I recently read articles posted on blogs or websites published by Web M.D., the Mayo Clinic, and the American Diabetes Association listing supposed myths about diabetes. The only myth contained in these articles are those propagated by their authors. How could these people be so stupid? These are the 10 most deadly real myths about diabetes propagated by the mainstream medical community and these myths are killing diabetics.
Myth #10. Saturated Fats Cause Heart Attacks.
Fact: Dietary saturated fats have never been shown to have an adverse effect on blood lipids. High total cholesterol has never been shown to cause heart attacks and abnormal lipid profiles are only tenously linked at best to coronary artery disease. Instead high blood sugars which are caused in diabetics by eating too much carbohydrate cause heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, ischemic gangrene, gastroparesis, all diabetic neuropathies of which their are many and ironically dyslipidemia. Restricting dietary saturated fats to less than 10% of total caloric intake almost always results in dangerously excessive dietary carbohydrate intake.
Furthermore, low total cholesterol has been correlated with and has a suspected causal connection to all sorts of bad shit like strokes, alzheimers, memory loss, cancer, and sexual dysfunction just to name a few.
Myth # 9: Eating sugar does not cause diabetes.
Fact: EEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh. wah wah wah waaaaaahhhhhhhhh. Wrong answer. Eating sugar causes diabetes. Eating sugar causes diabetes just as certainly as 2 + 2 = 4. Saying that eating sugar doesn’t cause diabetes is like saying gravity doesn’t affect objects with mass. Anyone who says that diabetes isn’t caused by eating sugar is wrong. He who is ignorant is less removed from error than he who knows what is wrong.
Hyperglycemia, the defining characteristic of diabetes and the principle cause of most diabetic complications means literaly from the latin too much sugar in the blood. Hyper = too much. Glycemia = sugar in the blood. All dietary carbohydrate including sugar raises blood sugar in diabetics and non-diabetics and too much sugar in the blood damages everything the blood touches including the pancreas and the body’s ability to metabolize sugar. While eating sugar does not always cause diabetes and other factors have a causal relationship to diabetes, eating sugar, sometimes any sugar, most certainly can cause diabetes. Eating sugar definitely causes hyperglycemia even in non-diabetics and most certainly in diabetic patients once an injured or deficient carbohydrate metabolism becomes apparent. Hyperglycemia is diabetes’ hallmark characteristic so even if eating sugar did not cause diabetes since it causes hyperglycemia it would still be wise to treat sugar as if it causes diabetes. Since eating sugar can cause diabetes it is important to tell people that eating sugar can cause diabetes even if it doesn’t always, exclusively, or did not cause diabetes in a particular subject. It’s very important to tell diabetics that eating sugar may have caused their diabetes and regardless of the cause of their condition its very important to tell diabetics that eating any more than a very minimal amount of sugar is probably going to hurt them.
Myth #8: Diabetics are at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Fact: While it is true many diabetics die of a heart attack or stroke many non-diabetics do also. Diabetics who do not or cannot normalize their blood sugar levels die prematurely of heart attacks and strokes more frequently because blood touches everything including the heart and the blood vessels that feed the heart and excess blood sugar damages everything blood touches. It has been estimated that 88% of diabetics have glycated hemoglobin A1C levels above the American Diabetes Association’s patently irresponsible recommendation that selected diabetics maintain A1C levels below 7% when in fact A1C levels above 5.5% in anyone are abnormally high and present a statistically significant increased risk of mortality from heart disease and stroke. High blood sugar and hyperinsulinemia dictated by insulin resistance and high carbohydrate diets causes heart attacks and strokes not diabetes per se, and it does so in ways unrelated to cornary artery disease, the type of heart disease that can but is not exclusively caused by lipid profile abnormalities. Apparently the folks at the ADA have selected 88% of diabetics to have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. This is what Governor Palin meant by “death panels”. Diabetics who do normalize their blood sugar levels do not have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke independent of other factors.
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Myth #7: Because diabetics are at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke they must eat a special diet that is low in fats and take special drugs called statins to lower their total cholesterol to abnormally low levels.
with a myriad of unknown potentially fatal or disabling side effects in addition to their known disclosed potentially fatal or disabling side effects in order to keep their overall serum cholesterol levels abnormally low.
Oh my word.
A myth on top of a myth inside of a myth. Diabetics aren’t at an increased risk for heart disease if their blood sugar levels are kept normal all the time. Serum cholesterol levels aren’t influenced by dietary fat intake as blood sugar levels are by dietary carbohydrate intake. Dietary restrictions on fat dictate severe calorie restriction or a level of carbohydrate intake toxic to a diabetic. Low calorie diets especially those proportionally high in carbohydrate dictate hunger. High carbohydrate diets dictate high serum insulin levels and high blood sugar levels. Abnormally high overall serum cholesterol levels do not correlate, I say again do not correlate to an increased risk of heart disease. Diets unrestricted in calories but restricted in carbohydrate may correlate to high serum cholesterol. Lipid profile abnormalities such as low HDL, high LDL, and high tryglycerides do indicate an increased risk of coronary artery diseases. Hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia the two defining diagnostic characteristics of diabetes and also the two most certain outcomes of a high carbohydrate diet, raise trygicerides, raise LDL, and depress HDL. Low fat diets that are high in carbohydrate cause both cardiomyopathy, which is unrelated to lipid abnormalities and also coronary artery disease related to lipid abnormalities. Hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia kills and disables.
Statin drugs carry a myriad of unknown potentially fatal or disabling side effects in addition to their known disclosed potentially fatal or disabling side effects and considering their use probably hasn’t prevented a single heart attack any risk or conferred any benefit their use categorically fails any reasonable cost benefit analysis.
Myth #6 Many diabetics think insulin is punishment.
Fact: This is a putrid demeaning lie. Many diabetics would prefer to explore other options before they begin taking insulin. If you had a choice between taking insulin shots or quitting carbohydrate what would you chose? Seriously? Of course by the time many diabetics are diagnosed with the disease its too late and pancreatic function has already been lost and insulin injections or other medication are the only option and furthermore even when diabetes is identified early enough to treat by diet alone most doctors will not prescribe insulin, oral diabetes medication, or even issue a diagnosis of diabetes. On top of that they will prescribe a diet which is counter indicated by the disease. Drink lots of skim milk (sugar water). Eat plenty of whole grains (packed with carbohydrate which converts to blood glucose) Eat plenty of Fruit. (not just pure carbohydrate like whole grains, pure sugar). Don’t eat bacon or eggs and if you do throw away the yoke. Don’t eat steaks and if you do limit your serving size to four ounces at a time even though bacon, eggs, and steaks contain no carbohydrate, and even though abnormal lipid profiles are caused by hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood) and hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin) not by dietary cholesterol.
The assertion that diabetics think insulin is punishment is an ad hominem used by medical professionals against diabetics to destroy their credibility and to coerce diabetics into engaging in behaviours that are deleterious to the health of the diabetic but highly profitable for the medical professionals.
Myth #5: Diabetics are not failing to control their disease when they are failing to control blood sugar.
Here we find the doctors, pharmacists, and diabetes educators propagating a myth to discourage diabetics from taking care of themselves because it would be less profitable to the medical establishment if diabetics took responsibility for their own health, even though it would be more profitable to diabetics and mankind as a whole if diabetics took responsibility for their illness.
Fact: If you are failing to control your blood sugar you and your doctor, pharmacist, and diabetes educator are failing to control your diabetes. You will be held accountable for high blood sugar not them. You will go blind if your blood sugar is consistently too high over a prolonged period of time not your diabetes educator. You will lose your limbs if you don’t control your blood sugar not your pharmacist. You will end up on kidney dialysis if you fail to control your blood sugar, not your Doctor. You will end up dead in bed or dead in the car you just crashed into a concrete retaining wall on the I-10. Your Dr.’s insurance company won’t pay for the mess, yours will.
What they don’t want you to know is if you quit carbohydrate and thus quit following the galactically stupid dietary reccomendations of the ADA, the Mayo Clinic, and the USDA that demand 60 percent of caloric intake come from carbohydrate, the macronutrient that is either sugar or turns to sugar, you will get better and it should get easier for your doctor to design a pharmacological regimen that protects against both hyper and hypoglycemia. If you knew that and did that you wouldn’t have to spend all of your time and money at their offices and clinics and that would adversely affect their profitability.
Myth # 4: Even if low carbohydrate diets were effective they are impractical and therefore not advised.
I’m truly at a loss on this one and don’t even know where to begin.
Wait, I’m not. Yes I do. RETARDED with a capital R E T A R D E D. Galactically retarded. Insulin shots are not pratical not at all. They are very inconvenient, yet many of us take them anyway because we have to or we will die. Some of us take insulin injections in spite of the perceived inconvenience and in spite of the fact that some would not have to do so to attain target blood glucose levels indicated by the Americans with Diabetes Association. Instead they suffer this inconvenience because the know complete blood sugar normalization as Reccomended by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein the only qualified diabetologist in the country I’ve ever heard of is the only sure way to prevent diabetic complications or the only possible way to reverse diabetic complications. So if insulin injections are indicated despite their impracticality because of their effectiveness wouldn’t it at least make sense to advise patients of other effective methods of blood sugar control and let the patient decide if the benefits outweigh the inconvenience? Wouldn’t it in fact make sense to actually tell people who are scared or maybe just annoyed by the prospect of having to take insulin injections that if they don’t want to be forced by the laws of physics and chemistry to take insulin injections that they should quit eating carbohydrate? Even if the patient goal of avoiding insulin injections cannot be attained then they are going to have to be on a carbohydrate restricted diet anyway to maximize the safety and efficacy of any prospective insulin regimen.
Myth #3 A diabetic diet is not a life sentence of dull diets.
People don’t even know what this means because you guys won’t even admit that carbohydrate restricted diets are the only effective diet for the treatment of diabetes. Not only that, the fat and calorie restricted diets you recommend both to the general population and also the diabetic population causes and exsacerbates diabetes. If that’s what is meant by a “diabetic” diet, a diet that makes diabetes worse in populations and individuals, then I would argue that a diabetic diet, whether dull or quacktastic, is a death sentence. This is what Governor Palin meant by “death panels”. “Diabetic” diets as defined by the ADA, the USDA, Kaiser Permanente, The Mayo Clinic, The Phoenix VA and others, restricted in both fat and calories, are recommended by these organizations because they are believed to be easier to administer to large populations run by state apparatchik, union bureaucracy, or monopolistic corporations.
I find blindness and kidney dialysis quite dull indeed. Especially in light of the fact that I personally find their diet, less satisfying, appealing, and practical than a low carbohydrate alternative. Few people choose skim milk when a full fat options is availabe. The Only ones who drink skim milk are diabetics and others who have been brainwashed or frightened by George McGovern and the lies he foisted onto the American people through the recommendations he wrote into law when he hijacked the United States Department of Agriculture vis a vis the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs. Not even George McGovern stuck to the “diabetic” diet, the low fat one that causes diabetes.
Myth #2: Low Carbohydrate are less nutritive than high carbohydrate diets.
Do you guys even read labels? I mean in a formal educational setting continuously for a quarter century and you guys just accept these conclusions as fact without asking any questions? Of course it is true that the gubment doesn’t force food makers to disclose vitamin b12 and b6 content on their nutrition facts labels but most high carbohydrate diets are deficient in both and vegan diets which the gubment claims can be part of healthy eating pattern almost always are and need to be supplemented in order to be safe.
Fact: Low fat diets are generally less nutritive than low carbohydrate diets in more significant ways.
Myth # 1: Blood sugar normalization is dangerous and impossible.
Fact: When attempted in the context of a low carbohydrate diet fine blood sugar control protects against the dangers of by both Hyper and Hypoglycemia.
These people call themselves scientists?
If by scientist you mean someone who hates America, hates Christianity, professes a humanistic religion that loves government and animals more than families and people then yes these people are scientists. If by scientist you mean someone who studies knowledge in an attempt to explain natural phenomena then I just don’t see it.
The risk of severe hypoglycemia is a counter indication to tight control achieved through a low fat diet. That’s the truth. Low fat diets are a counter indication to tight control because low fat diets are necessarily high in carbohydrate and high carbohydrate diets dictate high insulin levels whether injected or produced by the pancreas. Diabetes medications, particularly injected insulin cause hypoglycemia. There is no false dichotomy here. Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice no virtue. When you eliminate as much carbohydrate as possible you eliminate the need for diabetes medications or you mitigate the size of the dosage of said medications thereby mitigating the risk of severe hypoglycemia.
The only possible counter-indication to tight control would be if low carbohydrate diets were themselves dangerous in some other way, and then only counterindicated when the increased risk of mortality theoretically associated with high fat diets exceeded the net positive decrease of the risk of mortality associated with tight control. This hypothetical risk of mortality was asserted, never proven. Look at the numbers again. Diets high in fat were never shown to correlate to an increased risk in coronary artery disease. The correlation was assumed, never proven. In fact high serum cholesterol have never been shown to correlate to a higher incidence of coronary artery disease. And guess what else? Lipid abnormalities which are shown to correlate to coronary artery disease are caused by hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia. High carbohydrate diets cause hyperinsulinemia and hyperclycemia. And guess what else. Hyperinsulinemia raises LDL, lowers HDL, and raises tryglycerides while on the other hand hyperglycemia, renders LDL sticky. When I first heard of glycated LDL or LDL damaged and rendered sticky by hyperglycemia, I almost cried. It’s like millions of microscopic twinkies coursing through your veins clogging up your arteries. No such risk is present with low carbohydrate diets.