Feinman To Warshaw: How Healthy Is A Diabetes Diet That Requires Medication?
Posted Sep 11 2008 6:18pm
Dr. Feinman tells Warshaw what she can do with her high-carb advice
One of the most controversial debates within the diabetic community right now is around the subject of carbohydrate-restricted diets as a means for naturally controlling blood sugar levels and insulin production (we can thank Men's Health columnist Adam Campbell for writing this outstanding column about it in late 2006 to get the ball rolling). It's a fascinating subject since so much research is pointing to livin' la vida low-carb as an excellent way to tame and virtually "cure" diabetes naturally without the use of drugs or insulin in many patients. It truly is a miracle for diabetics!
Nevertheless, the so-called "experts" in the field of diabetes are none too pleased with all this talk about low-carb diets because they do not give this way of eating any credence whatsoever as a legitimate nutritional approach for taking on diabetes, especially the ever-growing Type 2. One such leader in the anti-low-carb movement happening within diabetes circles is author, nutritionist, and diabetes educator Hope Warshaw.
Her key reasons for opposing livin' la vida low-carb for diabetics is this:
- It's too "extreme" a "fad" diet to be taken seriously - It's not appropriate over the long-term - You can't stick with it and maintain your weight on it - Blood glucose levels do not return to "normal" after meals - Carbohydrate is necessary for a healthy diet - A low-fat, low-calorie diet is more effective
Interestingly, despite including a vegan diet among those to avoid in the title of her column, Warshaw mentioned it a grand total of ONE time compared with EIGHT references to "low-carb" in the six-paragraph article. Can you say obsessive? Sure looks that way!
While most diabetes professionals who read this predictable missive from Warshaw a couple of months back no doubt grinned and nodded their head in complete agreement with all of her conclusions about the low-carb lifestyle for diabetics, at least one did not. His name is Dr. Richard Feinman from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York who serves as Editor-In-Chief of the scientific journal Nutrition & Metabolism.
Please go read the entire column which was published this week in Diabetes Health, but here are my favorite points that Dr. Feinman makes:
- Low-carb diets control glucose metabolism problems - Encouraging carb consumption for diabetics is ridiculous - High-carb diets demand the use of more medications and insulin - Eating carbs WILL raise blood glucose levels - My favorite: How healthy is a diabetes diet that requires medication? - Reducing medication should be a sign of improvement for diabetics - Diabetes is a metabolic disease that require a metabolic response - There is no biological need for carbohydrate - Glucose can be supplied to the brain through gluconeogenesis - The obesity and diabetes epidemics caused by high-carb, low-fat diet - More carbs in the diet means worse weight and health control - If the low-carb diet were a diabetes drug, it'd be the hottest seller - Compliance is a problem with ALL diets, not just low-carb - Eating candy and taking insulin is really bad advice - Diabetes control should be left to the patient's personal choice
That pretty much sums it up and Dr. Feinman should get a medal for making his points so clearly and succinctly with all the references and evidence to back up everything he wrote in that response. THANK YOU for being one of the few who "gets it," Dr. Feinman. We need more brave researchers and medical professionals who have seen the positive impact of low-carb diets on diabetes to step up like you did.
Dr. Feinman is not all alone on this. Dr. Eric Westman from Duke University and Dr. Mary C. Vernon from the University of Kansas are also outspoken practitioners who have seen changes happen to patients with their own eyes day in and day out.
It's funny how these so-called "experts" like Ms. Warshaw are trying desperately to ignore the findings of people like Drs. Feinman, Westman, and Vernon, but the word is starting to spread among diabetics. Patients are curious about getting off their medications and insulin if at all possible and livin' la vida low-carb is opening that door of opportunity.
Something tells me we're gonna keep hearing positive reports about how low-carb is providing beneficial results to diabetics helping more and more of them reduce or eliminate their need for prescription medications in the coming years. When that happens, do you think folks like Ms. Warshaw will be singing a different tune?