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.


  1. My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 6 years ago at 10 years old . I knew nothing about diabetes at that time so I did everything they told me which was to feed him 75 carbs per meal with 3 snacks a day at 15 carbs for each one . Also of course give him enough insulin to cover all the carbs (more insulin more money)
    Well needless to say he turned into a butterball quickly he had never ate that much in his whole life ,so I started my on research and found dr Bernstein diet for type 1 s although I did not cut his carbs that low I did cut carbs and of course used less insulin and he lost weight .long story short at 16 he now eats no more then 100 carbs a day most days under 50 carbs and has a A1C of 6.0
    Why would anyone suggest more carbs and more insulin then low carb healthy eating less insulin unless itis to sale more diabetic supplies . Of course this is just my opinion

  2. Hi Jo.

    Thanks for sharing. I believe the main drive behind pushing carbohydrates in meals (that doctors, nurses and major organizations alike support) is based in the belief that if they pull the plug on carbohydrates - the 'void' will be filled with fats, which are deemed unhealthy. The newest dietary guidelines want everyone to eat less than 7% saturated fat.

    The sale of insulin is akin to the sale of statins for cholesterol lowering...although there is almost zero use for statins. Money changes people and makes them do things which are not rational - and this is the state of Western medicine.

  3. Jo,
    The Low Carb Convert is using what information they want to push their point. The ADA does NOT push a diet high in carbs. And people with type 1 need insulin to survive. Without it they will die (you know this from your son living with it). The Low Carb Convert has stated in a previous blog post that insulin is a medication "crutch". FYI: there is NO cure for type 1 or type 2 diabetes. There is management right now......until there IS a cure. For anyone to suggest they can cure it is irresponsible and dangerous.

  4. "Using what information they want to push" - isn't that how knowledge is learned?

    The ADA is complicit in suggesting a diet high in carbohydrate. A recent recommendation is 45 grams per meal, plus around 30-50 for a snack, for a grand total of about 180grams. That is the equivalent of 15 Tablespoons of sugar, or nearly a cup. For humans, the normal blood sugar range is around 1/2 teaspoon to 3/4 teaspoon in the entire body.

    95% of diabetics are type II. Many Type I's are very successful with a low-carbohydrate approach. You get better regulation of blood glucose.

    Insulin is definitely a crutch for type II. The ADA suggests individuals not modify their eating style too much, as this is a burden! Just supplement with insulin (one of the ADA's many corporate sponsors).

    There is no cure for Type I, though some have contacted me to say they are working toward one. Type II is curable, and I have seen it personally in family members with normal A1c and glucose. No meds.