Monday, May 29, 2006

Diabetes Timebomb

Not only do we have 2.9-million adolescents at risk for diabetes, if the recent data published in the June issue of Diabetes Care is correct, 33% of adults - 1 in 3 - already have diabetes or are on the path to developing diabetes with impaired fasting glucose levels!

As reported in Forbes, "The number of Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has now topped 19 million, and a new study says a third of adults with the disease don't even know they have it. The researchers found that another 26 percent of adults had "impaired fasting glucose," a precursor to diabetes.So, if you add that together with the 9.3 percent of people with diabetes, that means that fully one-third of the adult population -- 73 million Americans -- have diabetes or they may be on their way to getting it," said lead researcher Catherine Cowie, director of the diabetes epidemiology program at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases."

These numbers are downright frightening!

In the Forbes article, Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine said "My hope is that we will do what needs to be done to make healthful diets and activity patterns more accessible to all, and diabetes a bit less so."

In other words, healthcare professionals like Dr. Katz aren't considering the possibility that their notion of a "healthful diet" is a contributing factor to these numbers! Dr. Katz is well known for his stance on the low-fat, carbohydrate rich diet - to consider any other approach is a public health threat!

The public health threat is a diet rich with carbohydrates - excessive carbohydrates - which directly and progressively impair the metabolism. The smoke-and-mirrors attempt to convince Americans to continue eating high-carbohydrate diets has to stop. It doesn't matter if the carbohydrate is simple or complex - excess is still excess! And the definition of excess is very simple - the state or an instance of surpassing usual, proper, or specified limits.

Whether simple or complex, all carbohydrates (with the exception of fiber) are converted to blood glucose which requires insulin to shuttle to the cells for energy. Once the amount available is exceeds what the body knows it needs in the coming hours the excess is shuttled to glycogen and body fat. Eat again and repeat. Eat again and repeat.

But we're told the problem isn't too many carbohydrates. Nope - we're told we eat too much fat...gotta watch the fat, gotta lower consumption of fat, gotta stop eating those foods rich with fat. If only Americans would stop eating so much darned fat they'd not get fat and diabetic. [note sarcasm]

Too much fat with excessive carbohydrate - deadly combination. You'll get no arguement from me that eating a steady diet with a lot of fat and a lot of carbohydrate will kill you. Slowly. Painfully.

The problem isn't our fat intake. It's our carbohydrate consumption - it's excessive. Our metabolism is designed for us to eat quality protein, good fat and even some carbohydrate. But we're like drunken sailors binging ourselves silly at every opportunity we find - the indulgence isn't alcohol, but carbohydrates! And just like the body cannot tolerate excessive alcohol consumption over time, it also cannot tolerate excessive carbohydrates over time!

The solution isn't reducing fat and eating more carbohydrate - it's the opposite...reducing the carbohydrate content of our diet and favoring the best quality carbohydrate foods out there - non-starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and some fruits. Eat a wide variety of quality protein and choose your fats well and you have a diet designed for your metabolism.

With one-in-three adults now at risk for or already diagnoised with diabetes, and 2.8-million adolescents at risk, we must set aside the dogma and get down to the data and stop this epidemic! We can do it - we have the evidence - it's been staring us in the face for decades! Are we going to truly take an evidence-based approach now and stop this madness, or are we going to continue down the path of our own destruction?


  1. I think we are going to continue down the path of our own destruction. I was browsing through this month's Better Homes and Garden's Diabetic Living (my husband has diabetes), which has a chart analyzing different diets and their suitability for diabetic people. They really trashed the diets that take a low-carb approach. Our family physician put hubby on the South Beach diet, including the initial phase (a no-no according to BH&G) and he has had fabulous results. Our mainstream publications are not helping the cause.

  2. My husband has been a T2 diabetic for over 25 years. He and I both thought if he took his meds and saw his doctor regularly he would be okay. Fast forward 22 years and 41 years of marriage. I lost my husband to diabetes - no he didn't die although he might as well have - he wasn't really the same man I married. He was depressed, overweight, had neuropathy in both is feet that was so bad that he could only walk 35 feet before he had to go and sit down, he was constantly irritable and arugmentative - I began to resent him. 4 years ago I told my grown children that I would be pushing dad around in a wheelchair in 6 months and I meant it.

    5 years ago I picked up a book by Dr. Bernstein. Since that book, I have studied and researched the effects of carbs on T2 Diabetes. I told my husband what I learned but he didn't want to hear it. He told me he was doing everything that the doctor wanted. He said he couldn't lose weight because he was on insulin and he couldn't exercise because of the nueropathy in his feet.

    After a lot of talking and my husband watching Dr. Phil (yes, Dr. Phil) 3 years ago my husband told me that he was ready to take responsibility for this disease. I told him that I knew what to do. He went on a low carb lifestyle program and so did I. He ate between 5 & 6 carbs a day. Within 2 weeks of being on a low carb diet, I saw his personality coming back. He lost 70 pounds within 9 months. He came off of insulin (he was taking 43 units a night) within 4 months. We go to the gym 3 times a week - where my husband walks 2 miles each time. He has been in 2 - 5K races and finished. He is 67 years old. I have my husband back! Our life is a complete 180 degrees from what it was 4 years ago. I preach the low carb lifestyle and program to everyone I meet. I can tell you about a number of people that I have worked with who have all had the same results as my husband. Oh yes, and when they say we don't know the long term effects of low carb lifestyle - to that I say - well, we DO know the long term effects of the low-fat, high carbohydrate lifestyle - it's a slow death sentence! My husband's life is back! He is among the living again and has been for the past 3 years. I wouldn't trade these last 3 years for a million dollars! How can the American Diabetes Association continue to push the high carbohydrate diet? It is downright criminal to do this to people! They almost killed my husband - slowly but surely. Medicine is big business - make no mistake about that. I read somewhere that when you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the pharmecuetical companies now have another $50 to $200 a month from you for the rest of your life. Not a bad revenue stream especially in view of that fact that over 60% of American's are obese and you can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone with type 2 diabetes.
    Dr. Richard Bernstein is my hero!!!!!! Along with Drs. Eades, Heller & Heller, Atkins, Jonny Bowden, and all others who are trying to clear away the cloud of deceit and show people with type 2 diabetes that there really is a cure and the cure is not found in more and more medication but rather in a low carb lifestyle and healthy, regular exercise.
    People of America - stop looking for the cure in a bottle - take responsibility for this disease - find out about low carbs and how they can actually reverse this terrible disease before it ravages your body.
    Oh yes, and pardon the pun but the frosting on the cake is that not only did my husband come off of insulin (and has been off of it for over 2 1/2 years) but his HDL cholesterol is up and his LDL is down, his blood pressure is fantastic as well. He is the picture of health now. We have 11 grandchildren. My children tell me that the last 3 grandchildren know a different grandfather than the first 8. It is so.

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