130g Carbohydrate per day – WTF?


What would happen if you have diabetes and take the advice from Diabetes Australia and the American Diabetes Association, and the British and the New Zealand, and South African and…?

‘Listen’ in to this conversation.

“DD: Well, it’s quite clear to me that your brain must not be working properly–you’ve put yourself in grave danger. You need AT LEAST 3 servings of carbohydrate per meal, and not just at breakfast I might add, in order for your body to function properly.

LC: Three servings per meal! Crikey! That will make my blood sugars go up for sure!

DD: Well, yes. As I said, your blood sugars need to go up. You see, Mr. LC. , in your addled state, you’ve failed to understand that diabetes is a PROGRESSIVE disease. And your diabetes hasn’t progressed at all. In fact, it seems to be quite stalled.

Without progression, we’ll be unable to prescribe pre-insulin drugs like metformin and engage you in the numerous diabetes education programs we have ready and waiting. Once you’ve been thoroughly well-versed in carbohydrate counting, let’s hope that we can get your diabetes back on track. Hmmm. We may need to start you out at 4 servings of carbohydrate per meal …

LC: But, but, I don’t really want my diabetes to progress.

DD: Nonsense. That’s what diabetes does. You’re deluding yourself if you think otherwise. I’ve seen hundreds of patients with type 2 diabetes, and I treat them all the same way–with the official Australian Diabetes Society diet–and they all have gotten progressively worse. So there.

Yes, I understand that your diabetes hasn’t progressed in 10 years on a low carbohydrate diet, but it’s clear why that is. It’s good that you’ve come to me so we can reverse that trend. I can help you choose foods that will be sure to start you down the road to full-blown diabetes.”