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Why A Low Carb Paleo Diet Is Best For Diabetes…

Published on July 16, 2013,

Dr. Richard K. Bernstein is a long-time advocate for a low-carb approach to the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diagnosed 60 years ago with type 1, Dr. Bernstein pioneered the concept of reducing insulin use and blood sugar levels by reducing carbohydrate intake.. This is his response in DiabetesHealth to a question about his philosophy on diabetes management, and why he believes it is important to control blood sugars…


Dr Richard Bernstein (

My philosophy is that people with diabetes are entitled to the same blood sugar as people who don’t have the disease. This is exactly the opposite of the policy of the American Diabetes Association.

To get normal blood sugars you have to do certain things, and one of the key things is a very low-carbohydrate diet. This is because nothing else works. I’ve tried other approaches throughout my 69 years of having diabetes. I got my first meter in 1969, so I’ve had plenty of time to experiment and see what works.

There’s no way the ADA diet or any high-carbohydrate and low-fat diet will enable you to control blood sugars. It turns out that the kind of diet I recommend is essentially a Paleolithic diet, which is what humanity evolved on. Our ancestors did not have bread, wheat, sweet fruits, and all of the delicious things that we have today. These have been specially manufactured for us nowadays. For food, our ancestors had a paucity of roots, some leaves, and principally meat to eat. If they lived near the shore, they had fish.

My dietary recommendations boil down to what our ancestors ate. The ADA repeatedly says that while low-carbohydrate diets may work, they’re an experiment and we haven’t enough years of trial of these diets to see if they do any harm. But in reality the ADA diet is an experiment that was never based on any history. In fact, it is the cause of the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that is currently shaping our nation. Whereas the original diet, the Paleolithic diet, has been tested for hundreds of thousands of years and it’s only when you deviate from it that you end up where we are now.

More at:  Q&A With Dr. Richard K. Bernstein

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Obesity Is Not A Disease, It Can Be A Symptom Of Disease But It Is Not The Disease itself

Published on July 4, 2013,

Tom Naughton from Fat Head The Movie was interviewed on Canada’s Sun News Network about the recent classification of obesity as a disease. In a short but fascinating discussion Naughton  explains his concerns as the classification of obesity as a disease and why the focus should be on blood sugar management rather than weight…

To view the video click on the link at the bottom and it will open a direct link (unable to embed directly in this page):

obesity over-reaction

Here are some of the highlights:

- Obesity is not a disease, it can be a symptom of disease but it is not the disease itself.

- It is not the fault of fat people – it is the fault of the bad advice people are given – in particular, the bad advice to go on a low fat diet which usually results in people eating far too many carbohydrates and effectively going on the same diet farmers use to fatten their pigs.

- The discussion moves onto BMI – body mass index – and its limitations and the potential role of the pharmaceutical companies in pushing for obesity to be classified as a disease.

- Tom’s parting message is that it is not the weight that makes you sick but the high blood sugar and it is the high blood sugar that can in turn make you fat. Don’t worry about your weight – worry about switching to a diet that keeps your blood sugar under control and if you do that the other things will fall into place.

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Your Brain On Carbs: Study Suggests How Sugary, Starchy Foods May Lead to Addiction

Published on July 3, 2013,

A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the brain responds differently to some types of carbohydrates than others — and some sugary foods trigger the same reward mechanisms as drug and alcohol addiction. This is from the New York Daily Post…

Milk Shake

In the study, researchers observed the brain activity of 12 overweight or obese men

between the ages of 18 and 35 in the hours after they consumed milkshake meals. The milkshakes were identical in taste as well as calories, nutrients and carbohydrates, but one set of shakes was made with high-glycemic carbs, such as the kind found in white bread, white rice and processed sweets, that spike blood sugar more quickly. The other set contained low-glycemic carbs such as those found in whole wheat bread and brown rice that cause a more gradual rise in blood sugar.

Predictably, when subjects drank the high-glycemic shakes, their blood sugar levels rose more quickly, and several hours later had dipped lower than when they drank the low-glycemic version. They also reported feeling hungrier.

But researchers also noticed substantially more activity in the parts of the brain that regulate reward and craving, the same areas activated in addicts, four hours after the men drank the high-glycemic shakes.

Lead study author Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity research center at Boston Children’s Hospital, said the brain activity may suggest why some people get stuck in a cycle of reaching for — and overeating — sugary, starchy foods.

“Beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive,” Ludwig said in a statement.

“Limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat.”

Eating too many high-glycemic foods isn’t good for anyone, but the bigger picture of whether a person can become addicted to food — or to specific type of food like high-glycemic carbs — is more complicated, said Dr. Lisa Young, RD, PhD, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University.

“I wouldn’t jump so fast to call it addiction, but it’s possible in a certain subset of people,” Young told the Daily News. “There are other factors you need to look at, at the same time. When some people eat a cookie they can’t stop, but other people can stop. You’re dealing with psychological behavior.”

More at:  Your brain on carbs: Study suggests how sugary, starchy foods may lead to addiction

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