Looks Like The A.D.A is Developing an Open Mind?

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   Posted 10/30/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
A low carb diet search turned up a Wikipedia reference ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-carbohydrate_diet )
to a 2008 report from the American Diabetes Association listing some revisions to their

A snippet says: "It is possible that reduction in other macronutrients (e.g., carbohydrates) would also be effective in prevention of diabetes through promotion of weight loss; however, clinical trial data on the efficacy of low-carbohydrate diets for primary prevention of type 2 diabetes are not available."
Another paragraph states: "There is not sufficient, consistent information to conclude that low–glycemic load diets reduce the risk for diabetes. Nevertheless, low–glycemic index foods that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients are to be encouraged."
Well, perhaps not an open mind but a start.
The complete article can be found here:

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   Posted 10/30/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, Chris.  This is a very big turnaround for the ADA.  It's interesting to read sentences like these from that article:

 " two randomized controlled trials found that subjects on low-carbohydrate diets lost more weight at 6 months than subjects on low-fat diets (19,20). Another study of overweight women randomized to one of four diets showed significantly more weight loss at 12 months with the Atkins low-carbohydrate diet than with higher-carbohydrate diets (20a). However, at 1 year, the difference in weight loss between the low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets was not significant and weight loss was modest with both diets. Changes in serum triglyceride and HDL cholesterol were more favorable with the low-carbohydrate diets. In one study, those subjects with type 2 diabetes demonstrated a greater decrease in A1C with a low-carbohydrate diet than with a low-fat diet (20). A recent meta-analysis showed that at 6 months, low-carbohydrate diets were associated with greater improvements in triglyceride and HDL cholesterol concentrations than low-fat diets; however, LDL cholesterol was significantly higher on the low-carbohydrate diets (21). Further research is needed to determine the long-term efficacy and safety of low-carbohydrate diets". 

It's interesting to read how they interpret results of studies and dietary experimental groups and then end with a warning.  The bottom line is how do I, a diabetic or insulin resistant pre-diabetic, keep my blood sugar under control and at the same time lose weight and remain healthy.  As many of us have discovered, it's cutting out the unnecessary carbs.  If we were living 150 years ago, our bread would most likely not be made of ultra-refined flour and we wouldn't have hundreds of snack foods made with this flour and sugar.  Not only has this diet change been detrimental but our lifestyle has become less active.  This double whammy has led to more overweight people than ever in history and more health problems - tipping the balance for many of us with a metabolic disorder to full-blown diabetes. 


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   Posted 10/30/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to see some progress is being made! The wheels grind so slowly when working with a huge organization like the ADA but hey! I'll take anything that looks like they are becoming enlightened! For me what is really scary is to put myself in "non-carb" mode and walk through any grocery store or read a restaurant menu. The store, with its cookies, cake mixes, breads, snacks, sodas, pasta, rice mixes, cereals and even the frozen food is carb laden! It's so difficult to choose basic foods at first. And menus at restaurants are a nightmare! Fast food has almost no vegetables or fruit and regular restaurants push the most fried, fat, starchy stuff they can. Real food like meat and fish and vegetables is prohibitively expensive.

Everyone talks about this generation getting fatter but no one stops to look at the food choices we have in front of us. No wonder diabetes is on the rise!
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