The emotion behind a diagnosis of diabetes.

Sometimes you have to read the stories to see the emotion behind Low Carb LIVING. And to understand the anger that is developing.

Over the last few years I have seen the benefits in cutting back on sugar and refined carbohydrates for a wide range of conditions but the benefits have been so great and obvious in those people with diabetes – both Type 1 and 2.

What is making this group so angry then?

These people and in particular the parents of Type 1 children are seeing the most amazing results and getting control back in their lives. They are starting to see that the diagnosis of diabetes does not have to be a rapid decline into the complications of vascular disease, kidney failure, visual loss and ultimately widespread organ failure.

The frustration and anger these ‘low carbers’ are now venting is that the major advisory bodies are still not acknowledging that ‘low carb’ has a role to play and are still saying it is dangerous.
Social media is bringing the ‘low carbers’ together with the scientists and doctors who are paying attention and for this reason alone, I continue to see the amazing results that cannot be denied. These are not one off results that are radical. These are people who are turning around there diabetes control. These are parents that are now truly helping their children, and saving their lives.

‘Low Carb’ management in diabetes has to be the mainstay of dietary care for both Type 1 and 2. The medication is still integral but the amount can be reduced if the right supervision and professional support is in place. The pity is that associations like the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Australia and the Dietitians Association of Australia are still in denial that ‘Low Carb’ is the current evidence based practice.

Every day that they are not letting patients know that it is an option is negligence.

That’s what I want for my patients. Letting them know that there is a choice.

Read some of these stories posted this week on the ADA page. They are heartfelt.

“They are all doing the opposite of what you (ADA) suggest.”
“So many kids are suffering from this LIE and children are dying unnecessarily as a result.”

“As long as the ADA continues to promote 130 grams of carbohydrate per day .. we will have diabetics with roller coaster blood sugars and preventable complications. You are in a position to do something about it.”

“I deserve a long, happy and complication free life. Why doesn’t the ADA want me to have that?”

“I have been a type one diabetic for 28 years and am now 31. After all those years following the death sentence ADA diet I eventually lost sight in my left eye. Who I actually have to blame is the ADA, but they don’t care. They are not the one who has lost sight. The ADA diet is a death sentence!!!”

This one from a mother sums it up.

“My daughter has received over 43,000 shots since age 5. This does not include blood drawn my daughter has stuck her fingers with a needle over 35,000 times since the age of five. Diabetes type one is a life threatening disease. There is no cure. I haven’t slept a full night in over 19/12 years. I watched her cry. I have watched her almost die in PICU but that was before we discovered there is hope. I stopped holding my breath years ago for a cure.
I now help her manage her diabetes through a low-carb diet. I pray for her every day. I live in fear I may not be there if she ever goes too low. I’ve watched her hit the floor, carried her, calming her giving her glucose tablets while other family members froze in fear. I remain calm, for her sake at the time then go to my room and cry.
I would take this disease from her in a heartbeat. I’d take it from any child if I could but that’s not possible. So now we live day by day, seeing the possibilities of achieving a normal A1C. We see her numbers improving, her mental health improving.
I wish I had known about Dr Bernstein when she was first diagnosed. It would’ve prevented her eyesight failing, her neuropathy. But tomorrow is a new day. I will do everything I can for her and my other children and will spend the rest of my life reaching out to other parents to show them our success. To give them the wisdom which was shared with us.”

Why am I promoting ‘Low Carb Healthy Fat’ Living? It’s pretty obvious to me.