The Low Carb Diabetic
With well over 200 million diabetics in the world the treatment costs run to billions of pounds per year. When numbers of this size are involved inevitably large commercial considerations influence opinion. The dietary information given to diabetics has been deeply flawed for a long time. For decades best advice has been based on the American so called food pyramid. This is basically a high carbohydrate low fat diet. It was believed by scientists and health professionals this diet would promote a healthy life style and reduce many of the increasing health problems such as heart attacks, stroke and obesity. During the time it has been adopted it has not worked. Heart disease and stroke cases have increased, obesity and its linked type 2 diabetes has increased to epidemic proportions. How could this situation have come about. Politics and commercial interests.
The book called The
Politics of Food was written some twenty years ago and highlights
the extremely cosy relationship between Members of Parliament and the
food industry. It was staggering to learn, that in 1987, when the
sugar industry was coming under attack, no less than 64 M.P.s were
involved in the promotion of the sugar industry and its high sugar using
customers. Michael Shersby M. P. was not only the Chairman of the
Conservative backbench committee on food and drink, he was also the
Director-General of the Sugar Bureau.
Over the last forty years or so many of the large
trials and studies on food and diet have been sponsored by large food
companies and their associated trade bodies and conglomerations. As you
would expect, findings and results have been heavily biased towards
commercial interests and considerations. Would a large international
company spend huge sums of money so that the end result would be to
rubbish their own products ?
There is some light at the end of a long tunnel. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recently changed their stance dramatically. For years their daily recommended amount of carbohydrates for a diabetic was 300, it has been slashed to 135. Usually our NHS follows along behind the standards set in America by the ADA hopefully we will follow soon.