Surender K Arora and Samy I McFarlane*
Corresponding author: Samy I McFarlane Samy.McFarlane@downstate.edu
Nutrition & Metabolism 2005, 2:16 doi:10.1186/1743-7075-2-16
(2005-10-01 07:19) Insulin for Life Inc
I am a Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) www.idf.org
I have had Type 1 diabetes for the last 48 years since the age of 6.
I have adopted the low carbohydrate/low insulin regime as the basis for managing
my diabetes. I am writing in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the IDF.
The high-carbohydrate advice for diabetes reminds me of the disastrous approach taken
by many physicians up until the mid 1980's .... that it was appropriate to have high
blood sugars because there was no evidence to the contrary. A much more sensible position
was that trying to normalise blood sugars was inherently wise because that is how
the normal body functions. The high-carbohydrate advice has never made sense in the
treatment of diabetes, and a lot of people suffer unnecessarily as a result of this
In summary, smaller amounts of carbohydrate require smaller amounts of insulin and
this results in much more predictability and less variation in blood glucose levels,
less serious hypos and better quality of life, amongst other benefits.
We have the tools to maintain near normal blood sugars all the time in diabetes, but
most are not listening.
To convey the rationale in brief, I have a Power Point Presentation on the Department
of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh site
which many have found useful:
LOW CARBOHYDRATE, LOW INSULIN, MODERATE PROTEIN, HEALTHY FATS AS THE BASIS FOR BLOOD
GLUCOSE NORMALIZATION IN DIABETES
Ron Raab B.Ec.
Vice President, International Diabetes Federation http://www.idf.org
President, Insulin for Life Australia Inc http://www.insulinforlife.org
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