Well This Back Fired!

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2017-12-30 20:57:44 -0600
Started 2017-11-21 16:50:24 -0600

I get that some with diabetes can "cover" a meal or partake of snacks that might raise and eyebrow or two. I do it, and I think many of us do. We know our limits and our weaknesses.

However, while I do believe that "normalcy" can be taught to those who don't know anything about diabetes, diabetes advocacy may really want to reach a balance.

I read this article: https://asweetlife.org/should-diabetes-organi... about the JDRF UK and how they were trying to show people that diabetics are allowed to eat treats with a huge stock of sugary sweets and jazz hands in praise. Ooops!

I can be forgiving when someone like Jimmy Kimmel does a less than great comment, but when an organization that is known to be an advocate for diabetes glams up the carbs. Well, that is kind of head scratching.

What do you guys think?

10 replies

Luis65 2017-11-22 13:39:01 -0600 Report

There are real problems with sugar consumption not just diabetes. One of the first things we have to realize is that large amounts of sucrose in our diets is not something our ancestors ate. The cheep refining of sugar cane and beets only came about in the 19th century. Sugar was only for the rich and they keep it in a locked cabinet.

Just like the tobacco industry worked tirelessly to dismiss the dangers of tobacco use the sugar industry had done as well. My ancestor was a sugar chemist in Louisiana and he was part of the effort to cheaply refine sugar, so I have a personal connection to it. Anyway I just read this piece from the Guardian on the Sugar industry suppressing the facts.

"Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims
Sugar’s demise from childhood staple to public enemy can be seen everywhere. Chocolate bars are shrinking, sugary drinks are set to be taxed and our recommended daily sugar intake has been slashed in half. But the battle against sugar might have begun sooner if the industry hadn’t kept secrets to protect its commercial interests, according to new findings.

In 1967, when scientists were arguing over the link between sugar consumption and increased risk of heart disease, researchers now claim that the International Sugar Research Foundation (ISRF) withheld findings that rats that were fed a high-sugar diet had higher levels of triglycerides (a fat found in the blood) than those fed starch. In a move researchers from the University of California at San Francisco have compared to the tobacco industry’s self-preservation tactics, the foundation stopped funding the project.
Sugar lobby paid scientists to blur sugar's role in heart disease – report
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Cristin Kearns, one of the researchers who analysed ISRF documents, says, “ISRF’s research was designed to cast doubt on the importance of elevated triglycerides in the blood as a heart disease risk factor. It is now commonly accepted that triglycerides are a risk factor, but this was controversial for decades. I think the scientific community would have come to consensus about elevated triglycerides being a risk factor for heart disease much sooner [if the research been published].”

haoleboy 2017-11-22 11:26:46 -0600 Report

it is the JUVENILE Diabetes Research Foundation so I think they should be held to a higher standard … promoting the idea of covering unhealthy food choices is, IMO, wrong.
I have a 44-year-old niece that is type 1 and she struggles with weight and eating a proper diet thanks, in part, to "covering" her poor dietary choices.
btw … I'm currently working with her on adopting a ketogenic way of eating and I am amazed at her lack of understanding of nutrition and physiology. she's a very bright girl and was diagnosed at 18.
❤ eat as if your life depends on it

msann 2017-11-22 10:20:10 -0600 Report

well i agree with Joyce everyone do there own thing has all of you know some people you cant tell anything they know all so just keep doing what working for each of us i take care of myself but i am going to eat my treat every day i am doing like a 1 on the 10 scale so that is great all have Happy Thanksgiving

theJeff 2017-11-22 06:21:39 -0600 Report

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told “you can’t eat that, you’re diabetic!” (shrill voice imagined here) A “Well hate to tell you this, yes I can”…or just a snide look in their general direction usually gets them to shut up.
I don’t see any harm in what they did (and yes I read the article) it was meant as something that everyone took as the wrong message or more to the point it was misinterpeted by those who feel good telling us (me) what I can or can’t do with my body and how I treat my diesease.

just my .02

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-11-21 21:20:47 -0600 Report

Doesn't bother me at all. Personally, as a diabetic, I do not care what people eat or how they choose to celebrate World Diabetes Day. Where is it written that diabetics can never have a sweet treat? I think people pay too much attention to what other people are doing instead of taking care of their own diabetes. i actually stopped reading every thing that is written about diabetes because there are way too many quacks, scam artist and people who write things they no nothing about.

GabbyPA 2017-11-22 11:13:39 -0600 Report

I do agree, it is up to us. But it would be like me coming on here and saying eat all the sweets you want, Feel normal...not that you would listen to that advice, but when a known advocate for the disease does it, it's just strikes me as odd.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-12-30 20:57:44 -0600 Report

Why pay attention to celebrities? They get paid to say and do what they do. It comes down to doing what is best for you. Stop paying attention to what people say and take care of yourself. Fools listen to fools every day and get nowhere.