Diet, Medication, and Diabetes

I was chatting with a friend today who I had spoken about some time ago about carbs and weight loss.  Back then all I heard was that’s not what the dietitians say and we got to watch our fat intake and it’s calories not carbs and all that nonsense that most people believe.

So it turns out that she ended up joining an internet weight loss group that is based upon low carbing and she’s also watched a few videos and now she’s listening to this stuff, it’s the carbs, not the fat, and she even knew that it was the high insulin that high carbs give you that packs on the extra pounds.  What a turnaround.

She’s not diabetic, and not really what you call overweight, she just has a few extra pounds around her middle but this has been very frustrating to get rid of and she’s now super pumped about this low carb thing.  She said to me that there are even diabetics in her internet circle that are managing their diabetes just with a low carb diet and don’t even need medication, and she’s of course talking prescription medication.

Of course there are, but what really struck me about this statement is the idea that diet and medication do the same thing, manage the diabetes condition, with the diet being seen as the little guns and the meds the bigger guns if the little guns don’t work well enough.

Of course they really don’t even have you trying to manage this by diet, they don’t want you to manage it by diet, and they pretty much pull out the bigger guns right off the bat with people anyway.  That’s all very well known as well even though they don’t know it, they are brainwashed into not recommending the right diets anyway.

The real thing that stood out to me though was to think that we’re talking about two complimentary and beneficial approaches to managing this disease, both can help you in other words and if so called lifestyle changes don’t help you enough then you need more help and we’ll prescribe something to help you further is the general thinking here, or perhaps even the ideal.

So I told her well these things actually do the opposite of one another, the diet will help you, a low carb one anyway, by reducing your insulin levels, and along the way she had learned a bit about insulin because she nodded.

Then I said, the medications take you in the opposite direction, they make the disease worse, in several ways, and in all cases it’s because they are seeking a temporary reduction in blood sugar at the expense of worsening the condition, the disease.

This didn’t seem that far out to her at this point actually, which did surprise me quite a bit, and this sort of talk will generally get people, diabetics and non diabetics alike, going for their pitchforks.  Imagine the idea of medical science being anything but in our best interests, the wonder of it all, this is surely sacrilege.

In diabetic communities this is for sure what you will normally see, even in ones that are preaching the low carb life with the kind of zeal you generally only see on TV on Sunday.  It is the path, and the medical community is chastised severely for their ignorance, as is organizations like the American Diabetes Association who are a bunch of scoundrels, but diabetic medications are spared all this, manna from heaven, thank the good Lord we have these because a lot of us need them.

So you may try to enlighten them a little and say, well do you know why low carb works?  So they think it’s just a matter of keeping their after meal spikes in check and these spikes control what your blood sugar is all day, you just eat to your meter and minimize the spikes and beyond that if you have trouble well you have to take meds.

Nobody really cares to look into what is wrong with us, no one really cares to wonder why low carb really helps us, and no one cares to wonder what happens when we take these various medications, how they work, how they affect our disease over time, and even what happens to us over time on them.

So they pat themselves on the back for being so hip to diet, and they play their game of carb limbo, wow I just get 40 grams a day, someone else gets 20 so hurray for that, someone else gets 85% of their calories from fat and are in full time ketosis, and this is all well and good by the way if this is what ends up working out for you, but they see their blood sugar improve, as it would tend to with low carb with a diabetic, and that’s where the thinking stops.

While this is certainly a step up from your typical type 2 diabetic, who doesn’t think about this at all, and may or may not follow the advice of their so called health care team, these are the real, genuine sheep I guess but most of these low carbers are sheep as well, just a different breed who are on a little better farm but are being shepherded to a great extent nonetheless.

They did manage to question the authorities on a few issues, and some fairly important ones as well, and have learned that these people aren’t really that competent when it comes to providing dietary advice, but their advice on medication is spot on, somehow.

The big problem here is people’s judging how one’s diabetes is merely by a single symptom, one’s blood sugar, and where it happens to be at the present time.  This is where all the trickery comes from, people being tricked, people tricking themselves, meanwhile we’re dealing with a disease that is driving all this, and no one cares about even looking at what may be happening under the surface.

When we do dare to look at the whole picture, using the same sense of healthy skepticism that these people take when looking at how our dietary recommendations are managed, and applying that to the rest of our so called care, it’s not hard at all to see the pattern, and it’s a pattern of seeking to mismanage our diabetes as much as possible.

So getting to the point where you see conventional dietary recommendation is wrong is just the first step, we also need to take a hard look at the rest of the stuff, especially the prescription medication, and then it’s not hard to see how this stuff takes us in the opposite direction from sound dietary practices, and make us worse and worse.  The evidence is pretty clear actually, but it’s hard to see with your eyes closed.

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