Diabetes soars by 60% in a decade? Here’s the answer!

60%The media this morning is full of the news that diabetes rates have soared by about 60% in the past decade. As a consequence it’s proposed NHS services will creak even more.

So it was with great disappointment that I came across an article from just 3 days ago. Just 3 days ago the NHS itself published an article about weight loss diets. It is a far from helpful article, giving no clear guidance to anyone wanting to lose weight, and continuing to promote low-fat diets. Any suggestion that low-fat might be the way to go for anyone
is absurd, but suggesting this might be a better option compared with low-carbs could just be catastrophic for people living with diabetes – either Type 1 or Type 2!

So here it is as simply as I can write it: THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE FITS ALL when it comes to diet and lifestyle.

As far as low-fat is concerned it’s way overdue that we should lay this myth to rest. Low-fat = more sugar. In 2011 the Harvard School for Public Health declared “It’s time to end the low-fat myth“, yet 4 years on our NHS still thinks there’s any room for debate? Have they not yet realised that 40 years of low-fat diets have largely contributed to our current situation? Ever increasing rates of obesity. Ever increasing rates of Type 2 diabetes. NHS resources stretched with no hope in sight.

As far as low-carb is concerned? It’s a meaningless generic term in my book. An appropriate level of carbs for me – sitting here writing for you – would be utterly inappropriate, and likely far too low, for anyone with a physical job. What would be appropriate for a person with a high level of daily physical activity would be way too many for me. I can feel my middle swelling just at the thought of it!

It’s time to get with the plot. Educate people to understand what is appropriate for their own unique circumstances and individual needs. Support them to get great results. Watch the health of the nation improve!

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5 Comments

  1. Godfrey Newman
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 11:37 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have Type 2 diabetes. Mine is late onset, just like my mother who got it in her 80s and two uncles and a cousin. My cousin died in his early 60s as a result of complications. He live as healthily as he could. We must realise that you don’t need to be overweight or obese to get it. I am nearly 6′ and weigh 11 1/2 stone. It is life style that helps you to survive better but won’t necessarily make you live longer. Those who develop it due to lifestyle obesity should change their ways. Yes it means those choccies and fatty foods have to be curbed and regular exercise such as walking in areas with parkland will help. I also have a rowing machine to improve muscle tone. I still have to inject and take tablets but I guess Steve Redgrave does still as well. Supermarkets need to be better prepared for diabetics because it either means a long shop looking at everything for sugar levels or else buying the same stuff making it rather boring with similar meals. Also can the experts please stop changing their minds as to what we can or cannot eat!

  2. Posted August 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A big part of the problem is this insane production of sugary food that manufacturers flog at their addict clients, sorry, customers in order to line their pockets. When they are made to take responsibility in equal measure with consumers, we might get somewhere.

  3. Posted August 17, 2015 at 5:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    By avoiding anything with a label and eating clean and a good workout I am winning the my own personal war on Type II Diabetes.

  4. Posted August 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    We are up against two powerful forces–industrial agriculture and big pharma–both want to keep things just like they are. They keep pushing statins even though there is good evidence that statins cause diabetes in a significant percentage of people who take it. Dietitians seem to think the only source of saturated fat in our body comes from eating saturated fat–OUR BODIES MAKE IT FROM CARBS! Yes excess saturated fat in our blood and cells is bad–it comes from eating too much–PERIOD. If we burn whatever we eat it will not accumulate in our bodies–eat less or exercise more. When we burn saturated fat, it does not generate damaging free radicals like carbohydrates do–it just take half as much saturated fat to equal the same calories as carbohydrates (saturated fat is 9 caloires/g, carbs are 5 calories/g.) Taken on their own, neither provide anything but energy–what form or food they are in makes a lot of difference. Carbs in sugary drinks offer no other benefits, but carbs in fruits and veggies come with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that help prevent the damage from free radicals. Saturated fats from dairy and meats are also associated with vitamins, minerals and proteins as well as healthy fats that are essential for life –the omega fats. Our bodies work hard to include saturated fats as part of our cell membrane (as part of the phospholipid bilayer)–it is the excess of saturated fats accumulating inside the cells that is harmful–whether those saturated fats come from carbs or dietary intake. When you get your energy from saturated fats, your body will not need to regulate the glucose in your blood by using insulin to make your cells take it up. Bottom line–burn what you eat!

  5. Posted August 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Low carb is what has worked for my hubby and I. He suffered from diabetes 2 for over 15 years and I had become a pre-diabetic,. Hubby lost 70 lbs and today he and I no longer deal with diabetes. For us its a lifestyle .

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