The Low Carb Diabetic



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Diabetes does not cause diabetic complications. Complications are brought about by high blood glucose numbers and highly elevated serum insulin levels.

Diabetes does not have to be a progressive disease. Obtain non diabetic blood glucose numbers and live a long and active life.

The best medication is no/minimal medication that allows you to control your condition. Why take unnecessary medication when the correct diet and exercise can achieve so much ?

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To help fellow diabetics and to repay the people that have helped us.

So much poor advice and misinformation, why ?

Diabetes is a highly complex disease, every time you find an answer to one question, you find further questions, that require an answer. So much information to be understood and so much information deeply flawed. Obesity and its often linked type two diabetes is now an epidemic. Diabetes is a serious and chronic condition. Deaths and complications continue to rise. Why ?

Why does the NHS give such poor and dangerous advice regarding diet to so many newly diagnosed diabetics ? So often diabetics are advised not to eat a special diet. We should eat the same healthy food as recommended to everyone. "Eat starchy carbohydrate food with every meal, inc. potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. etc." Diabetic complications are many, including loss of limbs, blindness and kidney failure.  If we had followed the standard dietary advice, complications would have come our way, sooner rather than later.

Why are the NICE guidelines recommending an HbA1c target of 7.5 when it is well known these HbA1c levels will lead to complications for many. An HbA1c of 7.5 equates to an mmol. of approximately nine. This is not a safe number.

The lower the HbA1c blood glucose number the lower the risk of complications !

For every percentage point drop in A1C blood test results (from 8.0 percent to 7.0 percent, for example), the risk of diabetic eye, nerve, and kidney disease is reduced by 40 percent. Lowering blood sugar reduces these microvascular complications in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Intensive blood sugar control in people with type 1 diabetes (average A1C of 7.4%) reduces the risk of any CVD event by 42 percent and the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from CVD by 57 percent.

Source: DCCT/EDIC, reported in December 22, 2005, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Why is the largest Diabetes charity in the UK, Diabetes UK recommending diets for diabetics that will lead to rapidly rising blood glucose levels and more medication ? Not our opinion, that of Dr. Charles Clark, one of the UK?s leading diabetes experts. ?No one has ever explained to me how you can ask someone to lower their blood sugar level and yet recommend a diet based on sugar.? Dr Charles Clark. Link

Why are so many type 2 diabetics being refused blood glucose testing strips ? Without regular testing, tight control is almost impossible. Relying on a three monthly and for some, six monthly HbA1c tests, is not the way to achieve safe and complication free control of diabetes.

Why is the fate of many diabetics being left to, at times, poorly trained and poorly advised dieticians ? A dietician we know never misses an opportunity to inform us ?I am worried about your diets?. When we dropped the high starch food and carbohydrates from our diet, she informed us this was unsafe and could lead to scurvy, osteoporosis and worse. We thought a diet including fresh meat and fish, together with around ten portions of vegetables and salad items a day, should keep the scurvy at bay. With increased cream and cheese the same applied to osteoporosis. After nine months on a low carb. diet, calcium levels were checked and no deficiency found. Trials have been carried out six times to induce scurvy in volunteers. All the trials and experiments were successful, the scurvy induced condition was brought about by a high carbohydrate and sugar diet. The very foods we had dropped at the start of starting our low carb. diet. Be very careful when being advised by a dietician. If you are being told to base your diet on starchy high carbohydrate food and drop the fat, drop the dietician, if you want to stay complication free and keep medication to a minimum.

Why is there such a difference in the health and complication rate of different diabetics ? we know one particular type 1, who has the blood numbers of a non diabetic athlete. He runs marathons and competes in 150 mile cycle races. His insulin use is around 20 units a day in total. No sign of complications, despite over 30 years of diabetes. Another type 1 describes her condition a ?complete nightmare? with the onset of complications and cannot get stable safe numbers, despite the use of an insulin pump. Good luck for one, bad luck for the other. No, they use a totally different diet !


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