Above you have seen some of the evidence that suggests that DiabetesUK and the American Diabetes Association have got it completely wrong. This is also my finding from over twenty years of research. In these pages you will find why the conventional treatment of Diabetes, is resulting in increased morbidity, the evidence that DiabetesUK and the ADA have got it completely wrong, and the evidence to support the introduction of a radical departure: a high-fat, low-carb diet to control both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Proof that it works!
I was in New Zealand in 1999, two months before my book, Eat Fat, Get Thin! was published. While there I visited a friend’s cousin. NL was seventy-five years old, overweight, with high blood pressure and diabetic. During the conversation, my book was mentioned and I said I would send her a copy although, she told me, as it advocated a high-fat diet, she thought her diabetes would prevent her from using it. Here is an extract from a letter I received five months after I sent the book:
‘When your book arrived I read it immediately and gave myself permission to think it might, just might, work for me, despite the diabetes factor which I had said to you could possibly complicate blood sugar results. You assured me that it was more possible that these would improve.
‘I changed my diet in February and in that and the following month my weight dropped by eight pounds. It was such a luxury to be eating all the hitherto “naughty” things that had been such a “no-no” and being rewarded for my sins. I felt better in all ways and my blood sugars became far more stable, and lower than they had been for years.
‘I had meant to write before . . . but as it was getting close to my annual full diabetic general check-up, I thought I might have medical evidence to confirm my feelings of improved well-being. Prior to my G.P.’s appointment I had been for a variety of blood tests and also an ophthalmologist’s examination – retinal photography and pressure measurements.
‘First major surprise – the pressure behind my eyes which had for many years been border-line glaucoma, had reduced – “excellent” result. Cholesterol (total), HDLcholesterol and triglycerides had all improved, my glycosated haemoglobin was down by 1.5 and blood pressure was down from 160/90 in June last year to 130/74 – the lowest I can ever remember having. Naturally my G.P. was very confused by my “second coming” and her tut-tutting lacked conviction when I told her of meeting you, receiving your book and becoming a convert to and practitioner of what you advocate. So count me as one of your most loyal disciples.’
This is from a 51-year-old overweight, British diabetic who has been on a low-carb, very-high fat diet since May 2000. At that time she was on three lots of medication:
Metformin (Reduces blood glucose levels)
Acarbose (stops the uptake of glucose from the gut)
Glimipiride (stimulates insulin secretion by pancreas)
- 10 August 1999 – 6.2
- December 2001 – 4.9
- 10 August 1999 – 2.0 (very bad)
- 9 July 2001 – 1.6 (moderately high)
- 10 August 1999 – 8.2% (poor diabetic control)
- 10 March 2000 – 7.8% (borderline control)
- 18 August 2000 – 6.3% (good diabetic control)
- 6 July 2001 – 5.7% (excellent diabetic control).
- 10 August 1999 – 8.82(exceptionally high)
- 6 July 2001 – 1.06 (normal)
- 1996 – 94
- December 2000 – 20
She has now stopped taking the Acarbose completely and reduced the glimipiride by half. She displays no symptoms of her diabetes.
And lastly from someone in the private medical sector
|I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in October 2000, at the age of 37. At this time, my weight was registering an all-time high of 14 stone, BP was 142/92, with an HbA1c of 8%+. I was issued with the standard low-fat high carbohydrate diet sheet and duly went home and followed the dietary advice to the letter. I also bought a blood glucose meter and was astonished to find that my blood sugar registered 13+ after each and every so-called “healthy” meal. I felt tired and extremely unwell, and so, to cut a long story short, I decided to do some of my own research. Literally 2 days later, I had discovered the low carb approach. . . . I put this regime into practice, kept a food diary and carried out 5 blood tests a day for 6 months. At the end of the 6 months, I returned to my local Diabetic Clinic at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for my checkup. Tests revealed that my BP had dropped to 123/74, my HbA1c was 5.5 and I had lost 2 stone. More importantly, I felt fantastic, had loads of energy, and had lost count of the number of people who commented on how well I looked. My consultant was amazed, but not particularly interested in my methods. I was astonished that he didn’t want to know more – so that he could pass on the information to others. (Naive of me, I know!) Instead he informed me that Diabetes is a progressive disease, and that I’d need to start a drugs regime within the next couple of years, perhaps even insulin. It is my intention to prove him wrong. My next HbA1c, 6 months later, was under 6, with BP and cholesterol well within normal limits. At this point, my consultant announced that I would only be required to attend the Clinic on a yearly basis. So, in summary, I am very happy with my results, and with the way I feel physically. Incidentally, my father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 6 months ago, and he has followed my advice as opposed to his doctor’s, which is unlike him. His HbA1c has also reduced from over 8% to 5.7 in the space of 6 months. His doctors are astonished, as at diagnosis, a random blood sugar test revealed a reading of 24. However, the fact that both my father and myself are in the best of health is not enough for me. The “I’m all-right Jack” scenario is not acceptable to me, and my dream is to see ALL diabetics given the correct advice at diagnosis – it would then be up to the individual as to whether to comply or not. At present, unless they are blessed with decent research skills, diabetics will continue to suffer poor health and are destined for a premature death. During the past 18 months, I have tried, in my own way, to get the message out. Recently, I attended a large conference on diabetic care in Edinburgh, and somehow found the courage to stand up in front of hundreds of so-called Diabetes experts – consultants, dieticians, and Practice nurses, and briefly told my story. I was publically lambasted by an indignant dietician who stood up and declared loudly that “everyone knows the treatment for Type 2 Diabetes is a high carbohydrate diet”. A couple of weeks ago, in response to a report in a national newspaper on the subject of obesity, and the rising tide of Type 2 diabetes, I wrote to the 3 quoted “experts”, to comment on their continual obsession with the evils of fat as opposed to sugar. So far I have received no response! I am the Training Manager for a large nursing agency based in Edinburgh, and as such am responsible for buying places on appropriate courses for our nurses. I have recently made the decision not to send any more of our staff on Diabetes updates run by Lothian Primary Healthcare Trust, after I obtained a copy of their training syllabus, which revealed a less than enlightened approach to diet. I am therefore currently putting together a training pack on diabetes for one of our nurses to deliver informally within her own hospital. It goes without saying that I will have no hesitation in including information on the low-carb approach, together with appropriate references for staff to be able to do their own research.
F N, 9 June 2002
We may be approaching the end of the disastrous practice of advocating low-fat, carbohydrate-based diets for weight loss in diabetics.
Go to Part 1: The scale of the problem
Part 1: The scale of the problem
Part 2: What is diabetes — Are you at risk?
Part 3: Conventional treatment for Type-2 diabetes – and why it fails
Part 4: Why carbs are the wrong foods for diabetics
Part 5: The evidence
Part 6: The correct diet for a Type-2 diabetic, (or treatment without drugs)
Part 7: Treatment for Type-1 diabetes
Suitable foods for diabetics