Little knowledge about carbohydrates

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2014-11-24 08:11:33 -0600
Started 2014-11-21 07:49:04 -0600

Why is there so little knowledge about carbohydrates and blood sugar control? You would think the American Diabetes Association and every doctor, diabetes educator and, clinic would be shouting the information I am giving you about carbohydrates, from the house tops. They are not! If I were running a supermarket, I would have a section devoted to the proper diabetic diet and weight control as they are the same. I would put a big sign there with handouts loaded with information. Yes you can read ANGER into this post. Diabetics are bound to fail as they are not getting the correct information.
I ask a certified dietitian that works for a local supermarket chain about this. I sent her the ADA's food pyramid (no research done) and one from a University in California who did research.
The researched one put grains on the very top. The ADA grains on the widest part, the bottom.
I sent a copy of both to this dietitian. She dismissed me and said she couldn't help me.
Grandma Rose

7 replies

Hops 2014-11-24 08:11:33 -0600 Report

NPR reported on 11/20 on a CDC study finding that 5.6% of all newly diagnosed diabetics receive training from their physician on how to manage diabetes. This is a major part of the problem surrounding ignorance about carbohydrates.

haoleboy 2014-11-21 12:12:14 -0600 Report

The markets I shop at have 3 diabetic friendly departments they are called the produce, meat and dairy departments.


RosalieM 2014-11-21 12:35:15 -0600 Report

Steve, you are correct of course, but the ADA says we should eat 6 to 11 servings of carbohydrate a day. All the diabetes educators tell newly diagnosed diabetics that every day and charge them to teach them that lie.
If the over drugged diabetics ate like you and I do, they would drop dead from low blood sugar! They have to eat to cover the drugs which means carbohydrates. We deserve the truth, it should be up to us to choose but the choice has been made for those of us who don't question the experts. The best expert is the diabetic with a monitor and all the test strips they need. Diabetes strips are being limited by insurance companies to 50 a month if you don't take insulin. 50 strips a month is not enough to learn what foods raise your blood sugar. Tesing 4 times a day (needed)means 120 test strips not fifty. At $1.00 each who can afford that. K mart and Wallmart have a meter and strips a lot cheaper. They finally responded to the need. Grandma Rose

suecsdy 2014-11-21 11:59:12 -0600 Report

I did it Rosalie! Sat down and wrote to the local grocery chain. I'll let you know what they say. I pointed out that diabetes is a big problem here and it's hard having to buy things online and asked for a few specific items like the resistant starch fiber and Carbquick. I don't know if it did any good, but it did me good to try.

RosalieM 2014-11-21 12:36:57 -0600 Report

Great write the ADA and tell your doctor, spread the word. Let us know if you get a response.

Grandma Rose

suecsdy 2014-11-21 10:13:13 -0600 Report

Since I was diagnosed, it has been very difficult to even find some of the products that are beneficial to a diabetic diet in a local grocery. You would think that with diabetes running rampant in our culture that some of these manufacturers would at least want to capitalize on it. I made a point of looking for rsf at the store and there was none of any kind and there are other things I would like to try, but can only get online. They are expensive and then you have to pay shipping. It isn't very conducive to following a good meal plan. Maybe I will write to the local chain here and see if I get any response.

RosalieM 2014-11-21 12:13:46 -0600 Report

Please do write. It is only when companies, especially insurance companies keep hearing from diabetics that anything will change. The reason for this problem is the American Diabetes Association says diabetics can eat what everyone else eats but they must count carbs. They are saying that white flour is the same as Hi maise resistant starch fiber (both carbohydrates). Nothing could be further from the truth. You can greatly reduce your blood sugar and the need for drugs by your diet. Some on this site have done just that besides me. The reason I say to write your insurance company is because they have a financial interest in keeping you healthy. The ADA, drug companies and the medical establishment has a financial interest in keeping you sick, not healthy. How sad it that.
You can also reduce your chances of getting complications as well by your diet. Drugs do not prevent complications, a correct diet does if caught before they develop and prevent them from getting worse if you already have some nerve damage. Grandma Rose