There's all sorts of articles on diabetes out there that read pretty similar, although once in a while you do find one that is a little more interesting, and this is certainly the case with this one that I was provided a link to today by a friend.
So the article is called Healthy Aging: Dealing With Diabetes. So I wanted to have a look and see how they deal with diabetes, and what they are suggesting, although I had a pretty good idea of how it was going to go, similar to the nonsense we see in general in articles like this.
I think that the authors of these articles mean well, they are just so confused about what is really going on here, especially when it comes to diet, but this is from digesting the same old crap that conventional authorities want us to believe, and they do a great job in pointing people away from health and toward a greater need for health care.
The advice here isn't all bad though and it may be an improvement over what we normally see actually. The first and most significant thing they mention as being important in managing diabetes is exercise. This reminds me that I haven't gotten around to even one article on exercise and diabetes on my site yet but I will do one very soon.
Exercise in moderation has been shown to be healthy overall, it may or may not help your diabetes, we'll leave that for another article, but this surely isn't influential enough to be the primary mechanism of diabetic control. It can have a modest improvement with some patients, some patients don't get any help with their diabetes at least, and it makes some patients worse.
I do think that we all should be exercising at least a little though and I do exercise a little myself, even though it does nothing for my blood sugar, but we don't want to be too inactive either and a little exercise is simply good for you regardless.
The benefits of exercise for diabetics tends to be way overstated though and this article continues that trend, and in fact goes further than most. They say that exercise keeps blood sugar under control for diabetics, and once again it might, this should be changed to see if it does for you, and take that into account in coming up with your exercise regime.
The second most important thing that we should be doing according to this article also is exercising, so the top two things we can do is to exercise, and to exercise. Watching carbs comes in third, even though this influences blood sugar much more than exercise does, and is the primary influencer of high blood sugar without a doubt.
Now it's not that carb intolerance is behind this, there are things behind the carb intolerance itself, but the truth is that we are definitely carb intolerant, and you don't have to go further than just testing yoru blood sugar after certain dosages of carbs to see this, and see it pretty dramatically.
So carb management is much, much more important as far as looking to make lifestyle changes to improve our blood sugar goes, much like wondering which would be more effective if you are being poisoned, taking less poison or moving around more to get it out of your system faster.
Given the fact that they are not willing to make any significant changes to carb intake though, and that's pretty clear from reading the article, exercise may indeed be the bigger of their tools, but that's unfortunate.
The article speaks of balancing carb intake, which is the part that I found interesting, don't eat bacon and eggs for breakfast one day and cereal the next, make sure you get enough carbs with each meal and spread it out, with carby snacks in between meals as well.
The idea behind this isn't a bad one, looking to prevent insulin and blood sugar spikes, and that's the problem with diabetics eating high carb meals, but why is the solution to balance this and maintain the carb intake but just spread it out? Why wouldn't it be better to just eat the bacon and eggs for instance?
Of course they speak of the nonsense of a heart healthy diet when bacon and eggs is as heart healthy as breakfasts go, and is also as diabetic healthy as breakfasts go, and things like the stuff they suggest to eat instead, oatmeal, bagels, toast, is neither diabetic healthy nor heart healthy. If they were really interested in promoting health they wouldn't just look to reduce big insulin and blood sugar spikes, they would look to reduce both overall.
So why isn't this the goal? Why aren't they telling us to just eat to our bloody diabetes? Well then we wouldn't be eating a healthy diet according to their definition of it, lots of grains for one thing, the fact that most diabetics can't tolerate grains and that they make their diabetes worse just doesn't come up in the discussion, and if it did, well why would the effects of something on diabetes matter when you're looking to treat diabetes?
The next thing they mention is to avoid low blood sugar, which is caused by medications, medications you will almost surely need if you follow their other advice, which fails to to much other than just make your diabetes worse. So this one is pretty appropriate to put in there.
So later they recommend to see your doctor, since people on diabetes medications need to see their doctor often, and while that's true, they are casting us all in with that lot, we all need diabetic medications, or we will if we listen to their advice. That's the point of this advice actually and it works beautifully.
The problem is that people do poorly even on the medications, if they worked well over time that would be one thing, but they don't, and this paradigm of treatment is why people get so many complications and diabetes costs so much to treat. Once again, that's the point. Mission accomplished.