Since I started this diabetes blog a few years ago, I promised myself that I would avoid going on Insulin at all costs. I have read too much that leads me to believe it is not the answer to the type 2 diabetes problem. I remember having breakfast a couple of years ago at a local diner and running into an acquaintance of mine who had obviously put on a lot of weight since I last saw him. I also noticed he was eating a large plate of blueberry pancakes with LOTS of sugary syrup all over them . I remarked to him, "Aren't you a TYPE 2 diabetic?". He replied YES, however it is the ONLY disease you can control. He indicated he went onto an insulin pump that automatically metered out enough insulin to control his blood glucose so he did NOT have to pay any attention to what kinds of foods or how much food he ate. I left the diner with the mental note in my head, "DO NOT ever let the diabetes doctors put me on an automatic insulin metered pump".
I later studied it in more detail and realized that there is a false security in doing so and you are likely to GAIN unwanted weight, and end up chasing your blood sugar all day long and thinking you are OKAY? Every single person I personally KNOW that is on an insulin pump has gained weight..........sometimes a LOT of weight. That results in adjusting the meter to more and more and more insulin as time goes by, all in the name of good control.
Take a look at this link and decide if there is a BETTER WAY?
The American Diabetes Association is one of the WORST places a diabetic can go for dietary advice
Spotting the road signs to ruin
This happens every day. It’s happening right now.
A newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic is shaken to her core. Diabetes! How did that happen?
After a talk with her doctor, she goes home and starts searching the Internet. And the one website where she’s most likely to end up is one of the most dangerous sites for anyone confronting blood sugar issues…
The American Diabetes Association website.
Fair warning. Be afraid… be very afraid…
The road less traveled
Here’s one diabetic’s story.
His name is Steve Cooksey. In 2009, when he was diagnosed, he was middle-aged and out of shape.
Two different nutritionists steered Steve to the ADA for dietary guidelines. But he soon suspected that the ADA carb-loaded path was a road to ruin.
Steve began following a strict low-glycemic diet. As I’ve mentioned many times, the glycemic index categorizes foods according to their effect on blood sugar.
Steve was astonished by his success. He was soon able to control his diabetes without medications. This inspired him to start his own website to share details of his regimen.
Throughout this process, Steve came to realize that the ADA is more about drugs than diabetics.
In one post, Steve writes that the ADA, “promotes a meal plan that creates more and more drug usage…while they receive MILLIONS from the companies that profit from the meal plan.”
That’s a bold charge. Of course, I didn’t doubt it for a second. But is it really as extreme as Steve claims?
Well…follow the donations. On the ADA website, you’ll find a page titled “Our Corporate Sponsors.” The cluster of logos looks like a Big Pharma convention.
Here are some of the drug companies that donate at least a half million dollars per year to the ADA…
* Sanofi Aventis
* Novo Nordisk
Okay, but does the ADA really advocate dietary choices that promote drug use?
On the website of Diabetes Forecast (the ADA magazine), I found an article titled, “Are Carbs the Enemy?”
And there it is — the smoking gun.
The article weighs the pros and cons of carb intake. And the question is “settled” with the observation that diabetes patients can eat their favorite foods in moderation… “as long as they lower their blood glucose with medication and exercise.”
Control portions? Excellent advice.
Eat what you want and balance that with medication? APPALLING! (Unless you’re a Merck executive.)
The ADA website is the LAST place any diabetic should go for advice to manage diabetes.
If you’re diabetic, take the danger out of your web surfing. You can find safe tips for living drug-free with diabetes on Steve Cooksey’s website: diabetes-warrior.net.
Corporate donors: zero.
“$19 million paid to ADA by BigPharma?” Steve Cooksey, Diabetes Warrior, 2/8/11, diabetes-warrior.net
“Are Carbs the Enemy?” Tracey Neithercott, Diabetes Forecast, American Diabetes Association, forecast.diabetes.org
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