Anyone who knows anything about diet and nutrition will have sometimes wondered: why are people with diabetes, who have a problem with blood sugar, put on a high carbohydrate diet which raises blood sugar? Then you think ,there must be something I’ve missed. All those trained dieticians and diabetes experts, surely they can’t have overlooked something so elementary?
The remarkable fact is they have and the sooner they do a sharp U-turn and put patients on a low carbohydrate high fat diet the better.Their current advice has nothing to do with evidence based medicine.
That is the radical conclusion of professor of biochemistry Richard Feinman of the State University of New York.. He’s the lead author of a new paper setting out 12 reasons why the low carb diet should be the standard treatment for people with diabetes. For an easy to follow summary – the original is aimed at professionals – see the other site I edit HealthInsightUK
The site also carries a Q&A with Professor Feinman who talks about how biochemistry gave him a clear understanding of the damage high glucose and high insulin can cause and his amazement at the poor science supporting the dogma that the best way to treat diabetics was by putting them on a diet that raised glucose and insulin.
Professor Feinman throws down the gauntlet to diabetes charities and standard NHS practice – either explain why the twelve points are wrong or make a major change in the advice you are giving patients. It needs to be decided soon because if he’s right patients are being harmed rather than helped on a daily basis.