Alert the presses! Researchers out of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School “just discovered” that following a low-carbohydrate diet leads to “exceptional” blood sugar control among type 1 diabetics.
Honestly. Are you kidding me?!
Didn’t Dr. Atkins say this at least 35 years ago? Haven’t I personally been doing this for over 25 years? Isn’t the sky blue?
Sarcasm aside, let’s get something straight. I’ve now published four “low-carb” diet books (including The Hamptons Diet and The A-List Diet). Yet researchers still think this is something they have to spend precious research dollars to prove. Like they’re telling us something we didn’t already know…
Normalizing blood sugars
These latest results come from a study of more than 300 type 1 diabetics. They followed a high-protein diet in which the only carbs came from low glycemic index vegetables (like asparagus, broccoli, celery, and zucchini) and nuts (like cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, and walnuts).
Subjects reported eating an average of 36 grams of carbs per day — which in my opinion, is right on target. As a result, the participants’ average HbA1c (a measure of long-term blood sugar control) dropped by a dramatic 1.45 points.
Ultimately, carb intake was a significant predictor of HbA1c levels. Every extra 10 grams of carbs subjects consumed amounted to a .1 point rise in this critical number.
In the end, patients following the low-carb diet were able to reach HbA1c levels just shy of normal without any adverse effects like hypoglycemia. (For type 1 diabetics, the normal HbA1c range is between 4 and 5.6 percent.)
This “breakthrough” is really just basic science and something we’ve known for years… Carbs raise post-meal blood sugar levels — so obviously your insulin is going to be more effective when you’re on a very low-carb diet.
Unfortunately, instead of taking these results and making a common sense recommendation, the researchers took this information in the opposite direction…
The dangerous recommended “standard”
Just get a load of this hogwash: The study authors suggest that type 1 diabetics focus on adjusting insulin doses around their carbohydrate intake.
Basically, they’re telling you to just eat whatever you want and chase it with insulin. (As opposed to eating food that nourishes your body and works for it, not against it.)
In what universe, exactly, does that approach make sense?
Oh, that’s right… In a universe controlled by Big Agribusiness, Big Food, and Big Pharma — all of whom benefit greatly from a sick and fat population.
If studies like this are good for anything, it’s exposing this nonsense for the fraud it is.
The stigma around doctors and diet
Despite mountains of concrete evidence that low-carb diets work — not just for weight loss, but for blood sugar control and just general all-around health — the “experts” still refuse to acknowledge or endorse them.
No wonder nearly 30 percent of people who follow low-carb diets say they don’t discuss it with their diabetes doctor. Among those who do divulge this information to their physician, less than half say they’re met with support.
It’s crazy to me that diabetics wouldn’t feel safe discussing their low carb diet with their doctor.
But I get why they avoid the topic. All too often, the mere mention of the phrase “low-carb” leads to eye rolls, chuckles, or even admonishment by doctors. I hear about these issues on an almost daily basis. In fact, I even had one patient be accused of child abuse for admitting her family followed a low-carb diet.
It’s horrifying to think that the mainstream medical community is so blinded by dogma that they unknowingly (or maybe just uncaringly) contribute to their patients’ deaths.
What happened to “First do no harm?” I have to wonder how these people can live with themselves. They’d rather continue to stick their proverbial heads in the sand, rather than look at what the scientific evidence has been saying for decades. While preventable, chronic disease relentlessly steamrolls the country. And they still have the nerve to insist those of us who do follow the science are wrong…
Shame on them. There’s not much else to say.
Thankfully, there are science-backed, reliable ways to keep your blood sugar under control — without dangerous drugs. In fact, I’ve developed a comprehensive, step-by-step plan for preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and metabolic syndrome. It’s called the Metabolic Repair Protocol. Click here to find out more, or sign up today.
P.S. You can also check out my most recent book, The A-List Diet, which gives you a detailed guide for low-carb living, as well as over 100 delicious recipes that will make you forget all about those carb cravings. Now available in paperback!