"The Diabetes Epidemic"

According to The New York Times diabetes continues to evolve as one of the major health problems facing the global community. In fact, the International Diabetes Federation cites a jump of 200 million more afflicted individuals over the past two decades. Marc Santora reports:

There are many factors driving the growth in diabetes worldwide, but most experts agree that changes in lifestyle and diet are the chief culprits, in addition to genetic predisposition. As developing countries rapidly industrialize, people tend to do work involving less physical activity. At the same time, the availability of food that is cheap but high in calories becomes more common.

The combination causes weight gain, which leads to greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

The other form, Type 1, is responsible for only 5 percent to 10 percent of cases, and is not associated with behavior, but rather is believed to stem almost entirely from genetic factors. In either form, diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels that result from the body's inability to make or use insulin, which can lead to a host of complications that include kidney failure and blindness.

"Diabetes is one of the biggest health catastrophes the world has ever seen," said Dr. Martin Silink, the president-elect of the International Diabetes Federation.

"The diabetes epidemic will overwhelm health care resources everywhere if governments do not wake up now and take action."

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mrtruth - June 12, 2006 1:10 PM

there's a cure for type 2 diabetes, but you ain't gonna find it on any fat and meat phobic web site like this one here.

the solution is called LOW CARB, aka ATKINS, SOUTH BEACH, ZONE.. whatever you want to call it.

that's the facts folks.

here's just one recent study backing this up:


to use the histrionic language I find on this site discussing Atkins - how can you people keep your medical degrees and continue to ignore the fact that the high carb diet you prescribe is downright dangerous for diabetics?

mrtruth - June 12, 2006 2:34 PM

wrong wrong wrong WRONG!!!

how can a diet that avoids fat and meat possibly be anything but high carb?

and NO single diet has ever performed better at controlling diabetes that a low carb diet. Go read Dr. Berstein's diabetes solution and get back to me... mmm kay?

mrtruth - June 12, 2006 2:38 PM

oh come on, gimme a break. you post Dr. Furhmans little stories as evidence?

I submit to you that while those people did well by lowering the sugar content of their diets (by eating mostly low sugar vegetables), they would do enormously better by following a low carb diet, or even better yet, a zero carb, all meat diet.

studies prove it.

you got any?

mrtruth - June 12, 2006 4:56 PM

oh come on, can't you do better than animal rights activist nonsense like AtkinsExposed.Org?

really now?

you can keep peddling myths about low carb diets and kidney problems, etc. etc.

but meanwhile,

here's some REAL people with loads of real stories about REAL results

(for those of you too lazy or dogmatic or otherwise disinclined to follow the link, it provides hundreds of postings from people with diabetes who have gone of meds by following a low carb plan. and without -suprise - their kidneys exploding and -suprise - wtihout renal failure or -suprise - wtihout developing cancer or - suprise - developing heart disease nor a -suprise - worsening of so called indicators for heart disease...

you people really gotta stop polluting the pipeline with nonsense one of these days...


mrtruth - June 12, 2006 5:00 PM

btw, you never responded to the study I refered to in my first post...

fact is, no matter what you say, a low carb diet improves diabetes, and does it damn quick too.

mrtruth - June 12, 2006 5:11 PM

your studies mentioned above all seem to be about kidney failure. Of course a low protein diet is better for someone whose kidneys are already in bad shape.

But a solid low carb diet is a fantastic way to keep that from happening.

if you are diabetic and still have good kidneys, DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE KNUCKLEHEADS! do you own research. Look up Dr. Berstein's book, and the Atkins book on diabetes.

anet - June 12, 2006 6:51 PM

Mr. Pugliese, Why even honor these nutty diatribes by replying to them. There's one on every blog.

mrtruth - June 13, 2006 10:19 AM


I speak from science and truth, and I have actual relevant to the point studies to back up my arguments.

Joel Fuhrman, MD - June 13, 2006 12:43 PM

A meat-based diet for diabetics? Many authorities and authors recommend watching the intake of refined grains and simple sugars in diabetics. Of course, the American diet which has the majority of its calories coming from processed foods has lead to an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. But, some people have bought the faulty logic that if sugar and refined grains and other high glycemic foods raise blood sugar and raise triglycerides that we should eat more animal protein instead of these refined carbohydrates. They attempt to solve the triglyceride-raising problem seen on those eating typical high carbohydrate diets by recommending a diet based on animal products and are often called "high protein diets." Unquestionably, sugar, white flour and other processed grains are unfavorable and must be addressed to help these patients, but to increase animal products at the expense of vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds and other nutrient-rich foods (which are also protein-rich) is not only dangerous, but reduces the potential for the diabetic to recover and get off all medications.

Carbohydrate restricted diets that are rich in animal products can offer some short term improvement in glucose control and weight loss, but because those diets are too rich in animal products (which do not contain phytochemicals or antioxidants) they incur other significant risks, such as higher risk of cancer, heart attacks and kidney disease. The main problem for the diabetic is that the increased protein intake promotes the progression of diabetic kidney disease and the higher saturated fat intake raises cholesterol and promotes heart disease.

Any professional promoting a diet such as the Atkin's diet for diabetics could be sued for malpractice, since the research data documenting the risks are conclusive (this post contains some relevant resources: http://tinyurl.com/frhnx). The evidence at this point is overwhelming that such a diet is exceedingly dangerous, especially for the diabetic, so prone to kidney disease. DiseaseProof.com should not be a place for individuals like this to promote dangerous views that could hurt others. Offering dangerous advice is not an option here.

Not a month goes by when I do not see a diabetic person whose health has been damaged by following one of the high protein fad diets. It is sad when you tell this person the diet they chose caused them permanent damage, such as a heart attack or kidney disease. In my medical practice I regularly see numerous diabetic patients that have caused permanent damage to their kidneys attempting improved diabetic control with such high protein, carbohydrate restricted diets.

Since I am a specialist in nutritional medicine and see many overweight diabetic patients every day, I have the experience to assure patients they can quickly get off their insulin and in most cases become completely non-diabetic with a program of nutritional excellence. It is not just carbohydrate; it is also low levels of dietary antioxidants and phytochemicals that causes the damage. My patients use exercise, nutritional excellence and the judicious use of the right type of supplements to get rid of their diabetes completely. They do this without incurring the risk of a diet overly burdened with dangerously high amount of animal products. It is not only safe and overall health-promoting, but the amount of weight loss achieved, and the reversal of their diabetes is much more profound than these individuals can achieve with a high-protein diet. My approach recognizes that diet program with a high nutrient per calorie density is the critical factor to facilitate recovery from diabetes and that food addiction must be addressed and solved for permanent results and permanent weight loss.

High protein, carbohydrate restricted diets are also heart unfriendly. One comprehensive study on the Atkins' approach showed the blood flow to the heart diminished by an average of 40% after one year and increased inflammatory markers that predict heart attacks.1 The low levels of plant fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidant nutrients on these unbalanced, low produce diets place extra risks on the diabetic patient. High protein diets may be short-term diabetic favorable, but they are long-term dangerous.

The low-glycemic benefit of a high protein diet is achieved with the very high fiber vegetable/bean/nut based approach that I recommend, without the disadvantage of eating so many animal products. Because the nutritional quality of the entire diet is so high, with so much fiber and micronutrients per calorie, the glycemic index of the whole diet is favorable overall and triglycerides and blood sugars fall dramatically.

Conclusion—the dietary style I titled, Eat To Live, is a vegetable-based diet designed to maximize nutrient density is the most effective treatment for those with diabetes. For a type 2 diabetic, this approach has resulted in reversal of the diabetic condition in the vast majority of patients and for a type 1 diabetic it solves the problems with excessive highs and lows and prevents the typical dangerous complications that too frequently befalls those with this medical condition.

Of course, no dietary approach to diabetes will succeed without attention to other risk factors especially sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and exercise.

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