I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
By the book
I follow a website on FB called My Diabetes Secret. It’s an ingenious idea by Christopher
Snyder (who just got married!!!!) to provide a place for PWD to anonymously
share something about their diabetes that they have never told anyone. It’s
interesting, and often heart-rending, to read what people have to say. There
was a recent a post by someone who has T2. This person was so frustrated
because they were doing “everything by the book” and yet their blood sugars
were still out of whack. My first thought when reading this was, “maybe there’s
something wrong with the book”.
I’ve written many times here about
how PWD need to take charge of their diabetes and find what works for them. I’ve also written about how mad I am that the
mainstream recommendations for people with type 2 seem to be completely backwards!
“I’m mad.I’m indignant for all of us who are dealing
with type 2 diabetes.We’re vilified in
the media for being fat and lazy when we aren’t much different from anyone
else.We’re told, even by the medical profession,
that we can control our diabetes if we “simply” make some changes to our diet
and increase our exercise, and yet, we are encouraged by those same medical
professionals to continue to eat higher amounts of whole grains even if our
meters tell us otherwise.If our blood
glucose numbers don’t go down, or continue to rise, we’re accused of cheating,
of being non-compliant.We’re told that
diabetes is a progressive disease, but would it progress as quickly if we
dramatically changed our carb intake early on?”
Clear back in 2013 (really much
sooner than that) I was calling out the mainstream ideas of what we should be
eating with type 2 diabetes. I was pleased beyond belief when Dr. Peter Attia
gave this TedTalk. No one is going to listen to me,
but here’s a doctor saying the same thing!
Well, sh!t just got serious! This article, written by yet another doctor,
highlights the changes that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommended
to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fat is no longer the villain, including
saturated fat. When Americans were told to follow a low-fat diet, the fat was
replaced with processed carbs (food pyramid fiasco). That correlates quite
nicely with the rise in obesity and diseases like heart disease and type 2
diabetes. Hmmm. The other remarkable thing about this announcement is that
these recommendations are being made based on…wait for it…science! Amazing!
Low-fat recommendations all those years ago were NOT based on science.
There is a video part way down
the page in the link above that is another TedTalk video discussing how we can
reverse the tide of type 2 diabetes and I highly recommend you watch it (18
minutes long). While I have some serious issues with some of her wording, like
her statement that patients no longer have diabetes, it’s really just
semantics. She does clarify that if her patients were to return to eating a
high-carb diet their diabetes would also return. They aren’t cured, they just
have normal blood glucose without medication.
I’m not saying that everyone
must immediately follow a low-carb diet. I’m simply pointing out that the
science behind why obesity and type 2 diabetes is on the rise is beginning to
find some traction in the medical world, and that’s awesome. Controlling our
type 2 diabetes requires us to pay attention and understand how our bodies deal
with glucose; how we can change what we eat in order to help heal our bodies.
It also requires us to question and learn and seek out new ideas; ideas that
might just turn the tide. I’m hopeful.