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The November/December issue of the magazine contains an article that claims to bust diabetes myths. Among the claims: avoiding sweets and low carb eating is NOT necessary to control diabetes and "research" supports the idea that diabetics should simply eat the same food-pyramid based "healthy" diet as everyone else. Elsewhere in the site this is defined as a diet based on bread, pasta, legumes and vegetables.
This may possibly be true for T1 diabetics who can counter their intake with insulin--although even that may be questionable--but for T2s it is dangerously bad advice. The likelihood of a T2 being able to achieve BG level control good enough to stay below 140 after meals and thus avoid long term complications if following this misguided advice is slim to none. This advice is fine if you consider a long slide into complications and insulin use to be inevitable and acceptable for T2s. I beg to differ.
I just had a conversation with my case manager today in which she told me that she wished she could use me as a teaching example for other clients of how BG contol CAN be achieved: I went from an HBA1C of 9.9 to 5.1 in six months. At the same time, my lipids have gone from elevated to good. And it was done on a strictly low carb/good fat diet based on post prandial BG testing, combined with exercise, weight loss, metformin, and a few selected supplements. Today, even after all this, my BG levels would shoot up into the 160+ range after meals if I ate the way this article claims I should. Examples of meals that have this effect? White bean and broccoli rabe soup! Turkey chili with black and pink beans! Lowfat Greek-style yogurt with 1/3 cup of blueberries!
No wonder so many T2s have a hard time controlling their diabetes, if they are being sabotaged by this kind of dangerous nonsense.
At the very least, any article of this type ought to distinguish between T1s and T2s. And it ought to acknowledge that the only arbiter of what works for the individual is their meter: not a plan put together by some nutritionist based on the ideology of the food pyramid.