I just happened on this article today, and what I saw didn’t surprise me, but I thought, this stuff does tend to confuse a lot of diabetics, to their detriment, so this is worth doing an article on.
The very fact that the site is called Web “MD” should tell you everything you need to know about what you are about to read. There are some MDs that do know about things like diabetes and nutrition, but the overwhelming majority of them do not. Our article is written by Michael Dansinger, MD, who is clearly in the latter category.
Diabetics more in the know sometimes wonder, where the hell do they get this stuff? It’s not from real life. It’s not from reality. It’s not from diabetics. Some speculate, and not without reason, that this is all designed to make us sick so we will spend more money on our diabetes. Perhaps that’s a bit far fetched, perhaps it’s just due to pure stupidity.
I believe that it’s a combination of both, and there may be some design here at some level, not at the level of the practitioners, but they are certainly to blame for the stupidity part, which is actually a combination of that plus not bothering to look into the issues themselves, for instance what puts our blood sugar up.
In fact, oddly enough, what puts our blood sugar up doesn’t factor into any of this very much. To those of us with a clue, how foods affect our blood sugar does indeed matter, since our disease includes reduced tolerance to certain foods, they put our blood sugar up too much in other words. Given that the goal of these diabetics, as well as the goal of the medical profession, is centered upon blood sugar management, you would think they’d pay attention to that.
Instead, what they focus on is getting us to eat a standard diet, the one that nutritionists think we should all eat, which is wrought with myths as it is. This sort of diet, the higher carb lower fat one, no doubt plays a large role in causing so many people to get diabetes these days, and the decline in our fat intake and the increase in our carb intake corresponds almost perfectly to the rise in diabetes rates.
This doesn’t show cause, but we do know that a diet like this will cause high blood sugar in time, by increasing our insulin levels, and this eventually leads to the toxicities that cause diabetes, most notably the lipotoxicity that results from too many carbs and too much insulin.
So let’s jump in to this article. It starts by saying we do need carbs, and we do need a certain amount, but the actual physiological need for carbs is very minimal. This is in a sense evolutionary, and if their high carb need were true, the Eskimos would not have survived, as their traditional diet is extremely low in carbs.
So there’s something we need to take with a grain of salt already. Our friend recommends things like whole grains and baked sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes but they put my blood sugar way up, in the mid 200’s or higher, the same is true with whole grains. A lot of diabetics don’t tolerate these foods, aside from the fact that a lot of people don’t tolerate grains of any kind very well.
He doesn’t say, well try this stuff and see how it affects your blood sugar, it’s more like, eat this and if you’re too high, as you are very likely to be, I will prescribe something for you, something that will worsen your diabetes even further. So now you have the wrong food and bad medicine and we’re going to also tell you that you are getting worse in spite of our best efforts instead of because of them.
There are a lot of diabetics that control their blood sugar very well, without medication, but it’s not from eating a lot of grains and sweet potatoes. That’s not what they want though, they want us to control it with medication, with more and more medication, which is what happens once you get hooked on these medications. Insulin resistance gets worse and worse over time, meaning we’re getting worse not better, and you need more and more medicine, which makes the disease itself, insulin resistance, worse and worse.
We then move on to vegetables, and he says that they have lots of fiber and very little salt or fat. Wait a minute, what does salt and fat have to do with diabetes anyway? With the salt, the high insulin levels that diabetics typically have does cause a lot of high blood pressure and if you eat the diet you’re told to, this won’t do anything for your high blood pressure either, but by eating an actual diabetic friendly diet, this should take care of that in time.
Mine used to be a little high but now it’s perfect, and I eat a ton of salt, and I mean a ton. Salt restriction is always a bad idea actually and doesn’t affect blood pressure in any meaningful way, but it has been shown to increase mortality. So eat a salt restricted diet and you are more, not less likely to die. Salt restriction is a terrible idea for anyone actually, but things that harm you is right down their alley.
So this article is rife with references to low salt and low fat, low fat is another terrible idea and this means more calories from carbs. Fat only affects diabetes if your carb intake is also high, if your carb take is reasonable it has no effect. Higher carb intakes though clearly hurt your diabetes, and not just from putting up your blood sugar, they also drive your insulin levels too high which is what is behind the disease itself.
He also wants us to eat a lot of fruit, but a lot of diabetics can’t really tolerate fruit, but you’re supposed to eat this anyway, to hell with your blood sugar. Some diabetics can tolerate a little fruit, but it’s always about what you can handle, not what this guy thinks you should eat.
We move on to meat, and of course it’s the low fat options we want here, and this is all about fat and salt, the whole diet is. So it chooses to focus on some bogus myths that have nothing to do with diabetes, and blood sugar management gets thrown under the bus. Pretty crazy, but true.
The article list its sources as the American Diabetes Association and the United States Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines. If people think that the ADA is out for our well being and wants to help us overcome our diabetes, this should be more than enough to convince you that this isn’t the case at all. The ADA in fact gets their dietary info from dietitians, who are indoctrinated with the crap that you see in this WebMD article.
Sadly, a lot of diabetics believe these people even though anyone with a meter will tell you that this all doesn’t make sense from a blood sugar management perspective, but they are hit with myths like eating fat will give you heart disease, and we can manage your blood sugar with medication so don’t worry about that, just eat what we tell you and we’ll give you some medication for the heart disease risk too.
These medications are terrible for anyone, but they don’t even need a reason to give them to diabetics, and all diabetics are supposed to be on toxic statin drugs for instance. The wheels go round and round though and a lot of money is made, so they aren’t quite as stupid as they appear. We so often are though.