Friday, July 27, 2012

American Diabetes Association - The Great Deception

I thought it was important to reach out to the American Diabetes Association and see what their "Stop Diabetes" program is all about.  A representative informed me that on November 2, 2009 the program began in an effort to educate people on the many levels diabetes impacts individuals.  It was also created to ignite a sense of urgency and inspire individuals to get involved in "the fight".

The representative, Harold Young of the Center for Information and Community Support states that "Scientists do not know the exact cause of type 2 diabetes."  This exact sentiment is echoed in other pages around the blogosphere, including The Real Food Revivalist

Also, in the correspondence with Mr. Young, he explains that while there is no known cause of type II diabetes, it is associated with several risk factors including genetics.  He strongly affirms that most individuals do not realize type II diabetes is a true disease.

That it is a disease has been well documented in population studies.  In the book, Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, he details many different cultures across the globe who were directly observed by doctors on site for periods of several years to decades.  These were isolated groups - eating their normal diet which mainly consisted of meat - and were completely cut off from current Western staple foods (i.e. white flour, sugar, rice and their various combinations).  Within this book, also documented were the Native Americans of the United States - in which over a hundred thousand individuals' health status were documented by doctors.

In all these cases where Western foods were concerned, there were no virtually no cases of diabetes or appendicitis - not to mention extremely low incidence of malignant cancer.  It was only after the introduction of Western foods, which essentially was refined carbohydrate - that these same previously isolated groups began to experience the epidemic of Western diseases.

These same groups of individuals consisted for the most part on animals, as often as possible ingesting the fattiest meat.

Despite these facts the ADA's "Stop Diabetes" program supports high carbohydrate, low-fat meals.  I suggested to Mr. Young that low-carbohydrate diets, which are high in fat sounded like the ideal diet for an individual attempting to keep their blood-glucose levels in check.  He responded:

"There isn't a one-size fits all diabetic diet.  Everything is individualized so you can have more flexibility in planning meals to fit your schedule, lifestyle and food preferences.  If a person with diabetes chooses to eat a low carbohydrate diet and has the approval of their health care team to do so, then they can.  If a certain diet works well for you does not mean that it will work well for all people with diabetes."

Essentially, Mr. Young is stating that even if eating a certain way were to be beneficial, we don't want to be pushy about it.  It may not complement someone's lifestyle.  If the ADA is so concerned about patient outcomes and the progression of diabetes, why are they not more aggressive on diet?

I explicitly asked if he realized there was a cure for type II diabetes, which I have seen first-hand.  His response:

"There are some people who are able to manage their blood glucose, through a healthy diet and regular exercise. This does not mean they no longer have diabetes. They need careful ongoing assessments of blood glucose control conducted by their health care provider, as those with normal blood glucose levels are at risk for a return of hyperglycemia."

Note the word "manage".  This seems to be the key factor in the ADA and other diabetes campaigns across the country.  This infers there is no cure for this disease.  

Mr. Young claims there is no scientific proof for the cause of type II diabetes, yet we know how to diagnose it - continuous high blood-glucose levels and marked insulin resistance.  What causes insulin resistance?  Continuously high levels of glucose in one's blood.  What causes continuously high levels of glucose in one's blood?  Something we ingest or come in contact with that converts to glucose in our blood.

The test of this theory has been well established.  Someone with type II decides to commit to a low-carbohydrate lifestyle.  They eventually ween themselves from the need for insulin.  They continue to have normalized blood glucose levels.  Is this not curing the disease when you have no symptoms?  

If you cannot diagnose the disease when someone comes in for a test, then it does not exist.  Or am I completely missing a point?


 Mr. Young clearly states that it is not curable, yet this runs counter to the National Diabetes Information Clearing House (NDIC), although much of what the NDIC is counter to actual science.

 They state that insulin resistance and prediabetes can be reversed and is completely preventable.  However, they state that it requires both dietary and physical activity.  The mention that individuals must be "...making wise food choices..."  For information on their wise food choices, see below:

In their "Points to Remember" section :

Individuals can prevent or delay onset of type II diabetes by eating a diet low in fat

Some quick pointers about the consensus from the worldwide diabetes conglomeration:

1)Type II diabetes has associated risk factors, but no known reason for contraction
2)Eating a low fat diet and exercising may ward off this disease, or at least delay the onset
3)Type II diabetes, once contracted can only be managed as there is no known cure
4)Genetics seem to play a strong role in development

The saddest part about this entire situation is that many individuals who are diagnosed with type II diabetes trust in the doctors and organizations.  They trust they are researching cures, looking out for them and giving them good information.  I personally feel terrible this is happening.  The Great Deception.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Have Diabetes - Help!

You'd think the above glucose meters were iPod shuffles, right?  Diabetes has become such a common occurrence, they're designing flashy meters to meet the rising inclusion of teens into the group.  Nearly 1/4 of the current population of the United States - 100 million - have either full blown type II diabetes or are pre-diabetic.

So you have type II diabetes?  Here is all you need to do to get your life back and stay off the meds:

1)Don't listen to your doctor.  Type II diabetes is completely preventable AND reversible.  You did not inherit it from your mom or dad. 

2)Go to the bookstore, or wherever and read up on some literature.  A good list (diabetes-related toward the bottom) can be found here:

You need to read up on:  a)How you became Type II
                                       b)How to reverse it
                                       c)How to keep it from coming back

3)Begin a low-carbohydrate lifestyle on day 1.

Type II diabetes is a metabolic disorder, much like obesity.  And in tandem with obesity (which it is often cited as having correlation to), simplistically speaking it is caused by continuously high levels of blood-glucose - leading to eventual "insulin resistance".  Insulin resistance is when all but fat cells resist insulin's main job of storing fatty acids/offloading glucose from your blood.  This is why many type II's are also overweight or obese - comes from the same cause.  However, the subcutaneous fat may not be present until later after diagnosis unless blood-glucose is controlled.

Doctors, nurses, dieticians, and major organizations (i.e. American Diabetes Association) all push diabetes management, rather than the proven cure aforedescribed.  Even the ADA's "Stop Diabetes" site promotes "healthy eating" changes.  See here:

For their July meal, here is a nutrient breakdown:


There is the standard USDA-Approved low-fat (especially saturated fat), high carbohydrate meal.  I suppose it is lower than the 350grams of recommended carbohydrates.  Assuming normal non-diabetic individuals can process around 9g of carbohydrate an hour, I would say this is a mealtime disaster.  This is case in point on why you cannot listen to most doctors, organizations and advice.  They are so ingrained with completely false unscientific information, they don't know any better.  

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be glad to help.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Am I In Ketosis?

Is your body in a state of Ketosis?  If you eat some form of low-carbohydrate plan, this is a question that commonly comes up, especially early on in the process.  The amount of carbohydrate restriction required to enter a state of Ketosis varies from person-to-person.  A general rule of thumb is below 50 grams/day, though some individuals propose as long as you keep your hourly carbohydrates as much under 9 grams, it is sufficient.  

For most people, after a week or so of eating low-carbohydrate their bodies will be keto-adapt - their bodies will begin to shift from using glucose as a primary fuel source - and start using fat as the main fuel.  One product of this process of fat breakdown in the body via ketogenesis is the production of ketones.  These compounds fuel the brain, and have been shown to be the preferred brain fuel - giving many on low-carbohydrate eating lifestyles "clearer thinking".  I personally have experienced this and it has made my graduate career much easier.  I'm maintaining my 4.0!

The older way of testing whether or not you are in ketosis is by purchasing urine test strips.  Generally, it tells you whether or not you are passing ketones.  This is unreliable as the information you are receiving is hours old.  The newer method, as mentioned in the Fat Head Blog is to test your ketone levels by electronic meter.  The advantages of testing by meter is that you can accurately obtain your blood ketone level, it takes a matter of seconds and you can do it anywhere - no trip to the bathroom necessary.

Let's say you obtain a meter - how do you even read the results?  Most meters will not check ketone levels, they are made for individuals concerned about blood-glucose concentrations (i.e. diabetics).  If you are interested in obtaining a meter which checks ketone levels (free of charge), let me know in the comments.
As Tom Naughton on the aforementioned blog explains, "Drs. Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney call nutritional ketosis: a blood ketone level of between 0.5 and 3.0 mM.".  So anywhere in between means you are in a good place.  Jacqueline A. Eberstein, R.N., who began working with Dr. Robert Atkins in 1974, gives some great information on ketone levels:

Blood levels of ketones:
Fed state---0.1mmol/L
Overnight fast---0.3mmol/L.
On low carb---1 to 2 mmol/L
More than 20 days fasting---10mmol/L
Diabetic ketoacidosis---more than 25mmol/L

Having a meter with a glucose blood test is also nice as it gives confirmation that you are on the right path.  A quick glucose blood test calculator/analyzer is here:

Keep in mind, I have never been pre-diabetic, diabetic or otherwise.  I obtained a meter recently out of curiosity and for n=1 purposes.  I took my first ever self-administered separate ketone and glucose tests:

Ketones = 1.5 mmol/L
Glucose = 85 mg/dl

This was after 2 large cups of coffee, which included about 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream and around 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.