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American Diabetes Association...Diet
By Elizabeth Melton Parsons   
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Last edited: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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Is this a diet that diabetics should be on?

The American Diabetes Association…Diabetic Diet




I’m a diabetic and when first diagnosed, my doctor started me on medication and put me on a special diet, a diet pretty much devoid of carbs. This was pretty much a bummer since I was big carb addict. It had some very good effects though. In a three-month period, I was able to go off all meds. This was great, but of course being human, I slipped off the diet and the blood sugar went up. So for about a year I was on diet, off diet, on diet….which meant that my blood sugar was up, down, up, down. Fortunately though, it never became as high or out of control as when I was first diagnosed, that is until I decided I’d take charge of my health and went to the American Diabetes Association website.


On that site, I found the recommended diet for diabetics. I thought, oh great, I can eat all these carbs and control my diabetes too! I was on the diet for two months and during those months, I gained 20 pounds and my blood sugar became extremely erratic. It soared to over 300 on most days and at times would drop into the 40s. I didn’t understand this, as I was following the diet to the letter. I pretty much lost hope and decided there was no chance to avoid insulin shots and the horrible complications of diabetes. I could see a future where I lost my sight or perhaps a limb, finally dying from insulin shock or diabetic coma. Not a rosy picture.


It finally dawned on me that when I was watching those carbs, my diabetes had been under control. I went off the recommended diet and decided to go back to a very low carb diet, not eating anymore than 60 grams of carbs a day. And those 60 grams were usually in the form of green veggies, sweet potatoes, salad, whole grain bread or fruit. The 20 pounds I’d gained were gone in the first month and my blood sugar stabilized, not ever being over 150 and that was usually the dreaded, fasting AM blood sugar.


When I went in and had my A1C test, it came back at 6.4. My doctor said it was excellent. This got me to wondering why such a diet as the one on the American Diabetes Association website would ever be recommended to diabetics. I could maybe see the large drug companies that sell insulin recommending this diet. It would keep type II diabetics insulin dependent just like the type one diabetics. But why would the American Diabetes Association recommend this diet? I’ll let your own intelligence figure that one out.


Perhaps you've been on this diet and it worked wonders for you. I would love to hear your story if this is so.


©2006 Elizabeth Parsons




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Reviewed by John Coppolella 10/10/2008
Wow! Thanks for the tip. I think a follow up article to investigate the affiliations would be good. Include in it what the AMA and other experts, such NIH and other Government sources recommnds as well. You could send them email or snail mail, and compare their responses to this diet issue, including a copy of this article to them and to American Diabetes Association itself( that would be interesting to hear from them. Just put a medical disclaimer at the end. I wonder if the Diabetes Association has an International analogue and website? Would they have the same diet on it? Until then, could you message me with the specific diet? This is just what I have been looking for! --- Rockie Coppolella
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 8/27/2006
A splendid and worthy article, Elizabeth! You've hit the nail on its head with this one!
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/12/2006

I think a blind man running for his life could work this out..
The American Diabetes Association must be working hand in hand with the Big Drug Companies..
It Sucks..
Stick to your commonsense diet :)


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