Living with Diabetes: Why Diabetics Should Ignore High-Carbohydrate Dietary Recommendations
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According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is a disease that affects over 8% of the United States population and has become a financial burden to the health-care industry, costing $245 billion in 2012 alone (2013a). Many newly diagnosed type II diabetics turn to the ADA or other established medical authorities for help with this devastating disease. However, most recommend a low-fat high-carbohydrate diet. Following this advice will likely only cause progressive worsening of the disease and symptoms, leading to higher medical costs and possible premature death. In order for a diabetic to lead a long, healthy and relatively complication-free life, it is vital that they ignore the medical establishment and ADA.
The…show more content… This means that while there may be high levels of insulin attempting to transport glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells, the cells themselves are not listening. This elevated blood sugar begins damaging all organs in the body, which is what leads to diabetic complications such as nerve damage and blindness. Therefore, to treat diabetes, one must be able to lower blood sugar levels and maintain as close to a proper blood-glucose level as possible.
The mainstream recommended diabetic diet
The diet that is typically recommended by mainstream doctors is one composed of a large percentage of carbohydrates. The ADA site calls this approach “Create Your Plate” (2013b). It is similar to the “My Plate” dietary recommendations by the US government, meant for every American to follow. In essence, you fill your plate with mainly carbohydrates in the form of vegetables, starches and fruits and allows for very little fat (in the form of low- or no-fat dairy) and a minimal amount of protein. If foods are selected according to the guidelines, the percentage of carbohydrates is roughly 60-70% or more of the caloric intake. This is the dietary advice that most mainstream doctors and organizations recommend. In truth, it can be difficult to find a registered dietitian or primary care physician who would not recommend this style of diet for the management of diabetes.