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Old 03-10-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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New ADA Recommendations!?!

Forgive me if this has been discussed previously, but I found out today that the ADA revised their recommendations back in October. I'm not diabetic, but my husband was diagnosed T2 in 1993, and I have been following a low carb diet since 2010. I frequent quite a few low carb sites, and follow many low carb bloggers on Facebook. I don't recall seeing anything about this back when the recommendations were revised. It is almost like the ADA sheepishly released the recommendations because they didn't want to be caught backpeddling. Here's a link to an overview of the recommendations:

2013 ADA Nutrition Recommendations for Diabetics
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:08 AM   #2
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Wow. That borders on being a sea-change. The concept of individualizing a treatment plan is huge. I wonder how all the changes are going to impact diabetic nutrition classes and the medical profession?
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:37 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting the link, Kim. The changes in ADA attitude toward LC are small so far, but important, although I note they still recommend "whole grains" as a desirable part of a good WOE for someone with blood sugar/insulin problems.

I will stop being suspicious of the ADA when they stop taking millions from Big Pharm and other sources promoting what all LCers know is an unhealthy WOE. It seems pretty clear these days that drug companies are generally in the business of "treating" disease, not putting an end to it. (The lifestyle changes recommended at LCF and similar sites certainly don't put much money in drug industry pockets.)

The actual cure of a disease could end the need for medicine; thus the end of important, dependable profits for manufacturers. for example, financial disaster would result for the drug companies if diabetics did not need meds anymore. As we all know too well, the gigantic numbers of Americans alone who are diabetic now provide an easy source of regular income which the whole "medical industry" now has come to depend on financially because of a continuing need for diabetes medication...and the number is steadily growing.

And before we all get slammed as socialists here--to be fair, there are diseases which desperately need to be treated with medications, and the cost of bringing meds to market these days is astronomical. I certainly do not want the drug companies to go out of business or fail to make a decent profit--BUT, there ought to be a huge publicity campaign by all concerned to inform everyone that we eat and how we live is crucially important to our health. (That's why we need BBs like LCF! )
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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I do low carb and unfortunately I still need the medications. What would I do without the drug companies?
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