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June 2013

My Life as a Guinea Pig

About five years ago during a visit to a local endocrinologist, he asked if I might be interested in participating in a Phase 3 study of a new type 2 drug. It didn't take long for me to say yes, especially once he explained how being a study subject worked.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jun 10, 2013

January 2013

Type 2 Comedian Drew Carey Sheds 80 Pounds, Says No-Carb Diet Did It

Keep a close eye on this story. It has two elements necessary for creating a lot of buzz: a celebrity and his unconventional "cure" for a disease. 

comments 5 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2013

August 2012

Biking Away From Diabetes

Martie Neugent's diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is one of those moments that he looks back on thankfully. He learned that he had the condition in 2000, at age 32, during what he assumed would be a routine trip to the doctor. Instead, it turned out to be a pivotal opportunity to make one of two choices.  He could go on exactly as he had, adding a cocktail of medications to control his blood sugar levels, or he could make some noteworthy changes and map out a new life. For him, the choice was an easy one. "All my mother's uncles died at a young age," Neugent said about the ravages of diabetes in his extended family. "And my great-grandmother lost her leg. My first thought was that I was probably going to die if I didn't get it fixed."

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 3, 2012

May 2012

Summer Pasta Salad Contest

To salute this popular side dish, Dreamfields Pasta is kicking off its second annual "Pastapalooza" Pasta Salad Contest. Each week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, one entrant will become eligible to win a free case of Dreamfields Pasta. Additionally, the 14 weekly winning recipes will be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 30, 2012

Women and Diabetes:  Adjusting Your Management Plan to Match Hormonal Changes

I've had type 1 diabetes for six years, and it never fails that during the dreaded "time of the month," I become increasingly insulin-resistant. Just looking at a carbohydrate makes my sugar skyrocket. I'm exhausted, and my mood goes from my usual positive to cranky and sensitive.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 27, 2012

Swedes Lob Dynamite Into a Controversy: High-Fat Diet Improves Blood Sugars

The slow backlash against low-fat, relatively high-carb diets as the ideal for everyone with type 2 diabetes has received a boost from a team of Swedish researchers at Linkoping University, about 100 miles southwest of Stockholm.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 20, 2012

April 2012

Summer Eating Tips for People With Diabetes

As we approach the summer season, our thoughts turn to barbecues, picnics, amusement parks, and road trips to the beach.  It is a season of fun, but it can be hard for people with diabetes to enjoy the festivities and still maintain healthy eating habits.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 23, 2012

Kale Chip Recipe

INGREDIENTS
1 large bunch (about 1 1/4 pounds) kale, stems and center ribs discarded, leaves roughly torn
2 sheets nori, cut into 1-by-2-inch strips
1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Oil* (see below)
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Grated zest of 1 lemon

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 6, 2012

January 2012

Cutting Carbs Two Days Each Week May Lead to Weight Loss

If you, like many people with diabetes, are trying to lose weight, you might be more successful if you cut back on carbohydrates for just two days a week instead of undertaking an unrelenting low-calorie diet. A recent report found that women who banished carbohydrates for two days a week and ate normally the rest of the time lost about nine pounds in four months, compared to the five pounds lost by women who cut back to roughly 1,500 calories every day.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 26, 2012

November 2011

An Unexpected Grief Down Under

Anyone who has lost a close family member to type 2 diabetes understands the grief and paralysis it creates, especially when the one who died was only 53.

comments 8 comments - Posted Nov 14, 2011

August 2011

Metformin Helped My Type 1 Diabetes

My name is Katherine Marple, and I've had type 1 diabetes for 13 years. I'm the first in my family to have the disease, so I've done most of the research and made most of the discoveries on my own. One of those discoveries was the power of metformin (in addition to insulin) to help me control my diabetes.

comments 16 comments - Posted Aug 18, 2011

July 2011

Righteous About a Diabetes Diet

Recently, we published an article by Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, titled "From Old Dogmas to New Realities. "In the article, Hope voiced the opinion that a low carb diet is not the only dietary option for people with diabetes, and that, in fact, such thinking is an "old dogma." In response, we received a number of strongly worded comments advocating the low carb diet as the only way to go.

comments 48 comments - Posted Jul 6, 2011

June 2011

Type 2 Diabetes: From Old Dogmas to New Realities - Part 2

In the last decade, dramatic changes have occurred in our understanding of the onset and progression of prediabetes. Lightning speed changes have also occurred regarding the therapies available to achieve optimal blood glucose control. Even with all of this change, however, many old dogmas hang on. It's time to be aware of the new realities. In this article,  I focus on two common old dogmas and the new realities.

comments 71 comments - Posted Jun 28, 2011

May 2011

Eight Tips for Super Blood Sugar Control

You're heard the doctors. You've read the articles. You know all about tight control.

comments 25 comments - Posted May 20, 2011

March 2011

STEVIA: Can Nature’s Sweetener Help Your Blood Sugar?

You know that awful feeling when a sugar low is coming. I break out into a cold sweat, feel panicky, get nauseated, and have trouble answering extremely simple questions like "Do you need to eat?" Well, I was feeling it again, and again, and I didn't know why. That's what I hate the most: When things go wrong, but I think I've been doing everything right.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 8, 2011

October 2010

Weight Watchers and Merck Collaborate to Help Physicians Fight Obesity Through Lifestyle Management Approach

Weight Watchers International, Inc., the world's leading provider of weight management services, and Merck, a global healthcare leader, announced today an innovative collaboration focused on fighting obesity.  The two companies will launch an initiative in which Merck will provide physicians and other health care providers with educational information about the Weight Watchers® program and its underlying clinical evidence to assist doctors in addressing the ongoing weight management needs of their patients. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 21, 2010

Reducing Health Costs Through Lower Food Prices

Reducing the cost of low-carbohydrate foods for people with diabetes could significantly reduce medical costs associated with the disease that affects more than 23 million Americans, according to a recent study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 20, 2010

September 2010

Rustic Sausage and Angel Hair Pasta

Delicious turkey sausage and earthy mushrooms make this dish stick-to-your-ribs hearty for those cool autumn days. Try it with a spinach salad and enjoy the season.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 20, 2010

Penne with Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese

A recipe that always comes out when there is leftover ham in the refrigerator, this colorful and very healthy dish tastes great. Use just deli ham from the grocery store or dress it up with some fancy cured ham such as real Italian Prosciutto.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 19, 2010

June 2010

Medifast: Healthy Weight Loss for Type 2 Diabetes?

There are so many weight loss programs out there, sometimes it is hard just to keep track of them, let alone choose one that will work. Add in the factor of diabetes, and the path to weight loss becomes harder to navigate and often contains land mines that we never even knew existed.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 15, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Expand Pediatric Partnership to Combat Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON - In collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) launched the Good Health ClubSM Physician Toolkit - unique educational materials designed to foster better communication between pediatricians and their patients on childhood obesity and diabetes prevention.  The toolkit will be available to pediatricians in communities across the country.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 11, 2010

February 2010

Dreamfields Pasta Wants to Know: Who's Your 'DFF'?

Many of us have a "BFF" (Best Friend Forever), but people with diabetes or pre-diabetes need a BFF who understands the importance of maintaining a healthy diabetic lifestyle -- a "DFF" (Diabetes Friend Forever). To honor these unsung heroes, Dreamfields Pasta is launching a first-of-its-kind contest to pay tribute to the special people who help make living with diabetes a manageable experience.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2010

January 2010

Ten Tips For Baking Wisely

I have a long-standing obsession with baking. The art of creating cookies, bars, pies, and cakes got me through some of the most stressful times in my life, including holidays, college final exams, and a new job.  After I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of twenty-four, however, I learned that my traditional ingredients, including white flour, sugar, and excessive amounts of chocolate, lead to high blood sugars and of course, fatigue, fogginess, and other undesirable side effects. 

comments 15 comments - Posted Jan 26, 2010

December 2009

Sugar Plum Dreams

The dictionary defines a sugar plum as a small round or oval piece of sugary candy. But for most of us, visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads conjures up a far vaster array of sweet holiday treats. From cakes, cookies, and pies, to sugar-laced seasonal beverages, and yes, plenty of sweet confections, the holiday season is arguably the sweetest time of the year - and the most difficult when one is trying to keep carbohydrates and calories in check.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 15, 2009

November 2009

Q & A: How To Lower Your Blood Sugar When It's Over 200 mg/dl

Q: How do I lower my blood sugar when it goes over 200 mg/dl? I have  type 2 diabetes.

comments 6 comments - Posted Nov 20, 2009

September 2009

Mediterranean Diet May Help Type 2s Avert Medication, Weight Gain, and Heart Risks

An Italian study of people with type 2 diabetes has found that 70 percent of those who followed a low-fat diet eventually needed diabetes drugs, as opposed to only 44 percent of those who ate a Mediterranean diet.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 14, 2009

June 2009

Broccoli Salad Recipe

This is a nice salad to serve with a summer barbecue. It also makes a wonderful addition to a summer picnic.  Double the recipe to serve more people.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2009

Bobotie (Meat Loaf) recipe

Introduced to South Africa by the Cape Malays, this Indonesian curried meat loaf is to South Africa what Moussaka is to Greece and Lasagne is to Italy.  Traditionally, Bobotie is served with yellow rice (add turmeric), chutney and banana slices dipped in milk.  This is a tasty meat loaf to pack in the cooler for a summer picnic.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 16, 2009

April 2009

China Develops Low-Sugar Veggie Drink with Aid of Bacteria

Scientists at Jilin University in Changchun, China, have used an ancient trick, employing sugar-loving bacteria, to produce a low-sugar, low-calorie vegetable juice aimed at people with diabetes and pre-diabetes who have abnormally high blood sugar.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 9, 2009

January 2009

Extremely Low-Carb “Ketogenic Diet” Leads to Dramatic Reductions in Type 2 BG Levels, Medications

Two diets - one severely restricting carbohydrate intake but with no limit on calories, and the other emphasizing low-glycemic carbohydrates and low calories - allowed high percentages of obese type 2 patients in a university study to reduce or even eliminate their diabetes medications (95.2 percent of the patients on the extreme low-carb diet and 62.1 percent of the patients on the low-glycemic diet).

comments 6 comments - Posted Jan 14, 2009

December 2008

ADA 2009 Recommendations Reaffirm Acceptance of Low Carb Diet

Every year the American Diabetes Associations revises and updates its Clinical Practice Recommendations, a publication upon which many doctors and medical caregivers depend as a primary source of diabetes treatment information.

comments 12 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2008

Low Carbohydrate Diets: Why You Don't Want the "Experts" to Tell You What to Eat
Low Carbohydrate Diets: Why You Don't Want the "Experts" to Tell You What to Eat

Diabetes may be described as a disease of glucose intolerance: high blood glucose is both the characteristic indicator and the cause of complications.

comments 121 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2008

Surviving the Holidays in Good Health
Surviving the Holidays in Good Health

The end of the year can be a difficult time because for many of us, it’s not just a day or two but whole weeks of merrymaking. We all know people who throw caution to the winds and give up all semblance of healthy behavior when holiday or vacation time comes around. It is not uncommon for these people to still be struggling to get back on track by March of the following year.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 10, 2008

Rethinking the Treatment of Diabetes

The first time I presented medical research findings, I was not yet a physician. The year was about 1975. I was in my early forties and a mid-career engineer. The forum was a scientific symposium on diabetes. At the time, I felt that I had discovered the holy grail of diabetes care and was eager to share what I had learned.

comments 22 comments - Posted Dec 8, 2008

Incidence of Diabetes in Postmenopausal Women Not Reduced By a Low-fat Diet

Next week we'll publish a great article written by Dr. Richard Bernstein. MD. Dr. Bernstein is a long-term proponent of paying more attention to carbs rather than fats (though he certainly doesn't advocate that you can have all the fats you want!) While Dr. Bernstein has been telling us about the benefits of low carb for over 30 years, there is still much skepticism about his (and many other's-Gary Taubes, anyone?) low carb results. The establishment has been slow to be convinced, despite the many research trials that back up their findings.

comments 6 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

November 2008

Are You an Athlete With Diabetes? Then You Need This Book!
Are You an Athlete With Diabetes? Then You Need This Book!

Diabetes Health board member Sheri Colberg, PhD, has published a completely revised, updated, and expanded version of her 2001 book, Diabetic Athlete's Handbook: Your Guide to Peak Performance. Dr. Colberg, a diabetic athlete herself, has a PhD in exercise physiology. Her book draws upon the experiences of hundreds of athletes with diabetes to provide the best advice for exercisers with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2008

August 2008

Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators
Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators

The members of the AADE are an impassioned group who genuinely want to make a difference in their patients' lives. It was an ideal place for me to be, especially because I had a concern of my own: Why am I getting red dots every time I inject? Every educator I asked went right to work examining the problem and investigating my behavior, truly wanting to help. Unfortunately, they are dwindling in number each year, while patients are increasing in number, making their work ever more demanding.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2008

Going Vegan Might Be Easier Than You Think
Going Vegan Might Be Easier Than You Think

Do you want to lose weight and improve your blood glucose levels? Do you want to do it without having to weigh your portions and count your calories? Try a low-fat vegan diet. A vegan diet is one with no animal products: no fish, no eggs, no dairy, and, of course, no meat.

comments 22 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

Following Dr. Bernstein on Holiday

At the beginning of 2007, we began studying guidebooks and making reservations for a long-anticipated trip to New Zealand and Australia. With limited funds and so much we wanted to do, we decided our budget would go farther if we stayed at hostels. At the same time, we were concerned about Al’s rising blood sugar scores. After visiting relatives during Christmas and celebrating the New Year, Al’s morning scores were as high as 154 mg/dl.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

Study Shows Type 2s Can Lower BGs, A1c’s, Whether They Take Set Insulin Doses or Tailor Them to Carb Consumption

Type 2s who tried out either of two different basal-bolus treatments using Lantus and Apidra enjoyed significant reductions in post-meal BG levels and longer-term A1c’s.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2008

July 2008

Type 2 Diabetes: Is Carb Counting Unnecessary?
Type 2 Diabetes: Is Carb Counting Unnecessary?

You’ve got type 2 diabetes. A few years ago, you started using a long-acting insulin once a day, and your fasting glucose levels and your A1c came down. But now your A1c is creeping back up. Your doctor tells you that you need to add a mealtime insulin to your plan.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2008

Children’s Nutrition and Fitness Education Program Scores

WakeMed Health & Hospitals Children’s Diabetes ENERGIZE! program has won the coveted NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2008

When It Came to Eating Right, Did Hunter Gatherers Have the Right Stuff?
When It Came to Eating Right, Did Hunter Gatherers Have the Right Stuff?

Yes, they lacked indoor plumbing, permanent settlements and elevated manners when it came to eating, but our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have eaten a diet that can help modern people combat metabolic syndrome and even type 2 diabetes.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2008

June 2008

Stacking the Deck: Carb Cards Make Counting Carbs a Cinch

This year Carb Cards™ have added calorie and fat gram information to the 3rd edition of the carbohydrate counting flashcards. Twelve new cards with information on such foods as oatmeal, beans, and fish have been added to the revised 55-card deck to encourage healthier choices and more variety in meal planning.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 26, 2008

Study by 24 Doctors and Researchers Lobs Rebuttal At the ADA and EASD for Their Stance on Low-Carb
Study by 24 Doctors and Researchers Lobs Rebuttal At the ADA and EASD for Their Stance on Low-Carb

Twenty-four diabetes doctors and researchers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden and Portugal have published a study criticizing the American Diabetes Association (ADA) assertion that diabetics should consume no fewer than 130 mg of carbohydrates daily and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) statement that low-carb diets are “not justified.”

comments 28 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2008

EatSmart Scale Lives Up to Its Name
EatSmart Scale Lives Up to Its Name

When you have diabetes, you make the acquaintance of a lot of high-tech tools to help you manage it: monitors, meters and pumps. One very handy tool that sometimes gets overlooked is a digital scale for weighing and analyzing the nutritional content of food.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 19, 2008

May 2008

Dr. Bernstein Urges Look at a Spanish Study That Bolsters the Case for Low-Carb Diets
Dr. Bernstein Urges Look at a Spanish Study That Bolsters the Case for Low-Carb Diets

Our Advisory Board Member Dr. Richard K. Bernstein has courageously championed the low carb diet for 20 years despite the fact that many people thought he was “out to lunch.” Although his patients loved him for helping them control their high BGs and reverse their complications, other medical professionals often criticized his low carb methods.

comments 9 comments - Posted May 30, 2008

High Beta-Glucan Barley Helps Manage Diabetes and Heart Health
High Beta-Glucan Barley Helps Manage Diabetes and Heart Health

BOZEMAN, Mont. (April 30, 2008) – Governor Brian Schweitzer appeared at Montana State University Tuesday to celebrate Montana’s scientific contribution to the development of barley varieties that serve as a natural way to help manage diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 

comments 3 comments - Posted May 8, 2008

Sweeter (and Better) Than Sugar? Two doctors take a close look at artificial sweeteners
Sweeter (and Better) Than Sugar? Two doctors take a close look at artificial sweeteners

Most people are aware of the health hazards that come with sugar consumption. Still, sugar restriction is difficult for our generation, which has developed a strong sweet tooth. However, for those who want to or must limit sugar, there is an extensive variety of sugar substitutes on the market.

comments 22 comments - Posted May 1, 2008

April 2008

Readers Exchange Opinions on Whether Low-Carb Diets Can Hurt Children
Readers Exchange Opinions on Whether Low-Carb Diets Can Hurt Children

Does Low-Carb Cheat Young Children of Their Needs?

KheurserRD wrote us to say, “From a dietitian's perspective, 30 grams of carbs doesn't allow for much. It would not allow for the recommended amounts of milk/milk equivalents or fruit a child needs. Not to mention the lack of fiber. Whatever happened to balance, portion control, physical activity, and eating within your calorie needs? ...If such extreme restrictions are being made, how can very young children meet their requirements for calcium and other vitamins and minerals present in milk or fruit and some carbohydrate-containing vegetables?  Were these children monitored for nutritional deficiencies, or have the long-term effects of such a diet been studied when the diet was started at such a young age? Even if there are no recommendations for fiber, diets rich in fiber are associated with the prevention of many diseases.”

comments 6 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

March 2008

The ADA and Low Carb Diets

For the first time, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) came out in support of low-carbohydrate diets for people with diabetes who want to manage their weight. The ADA announced this landmark decision in December 2007 with its 2008 clinical practice recommendations. The latest recommendation is in sharp contrast to decades of promoting only low-fat/high-carb diets.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 9, 2008

February 2008

Study Says Diet High in Whole Grains Lowers Risk of Diabetes, Cardio Disease

The debate between low-carb and low-fat diet advocates took a dramatic turn in January with the American Diabetes Association's limited approval of low-carb diets as weight-loss aids. Momentum seemed to have shifted to low-carb proponents.

comments 14 comments - Posted Feb 13, 2008

ADA's Latest Low-Carb Stance Is Severely Flawed, Says Longtime Low-Carb Advocate Dr. Bernstein

Pioneering low-carb diet advocate Dr. Richard K. Bernstein has responded to the American Diabetes Association's recent support for low-carb diets with a critique of several of the ADA's most cherished notions.

comments 30 comments - Posted Feb 8, 2008

January 2008

ADA Now Supports Low-Carb Diets
ADA Now Supports Low-Carb Diets

The powerful - but cautious - American Diabetes Association has announced that it now supports low-carbohydrate diets for people with diabetes who want to lose weight.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 9, 2008

December 2007

The Debate Goes On: Carbs In or Carbs Out?
The Debate Goes On: Carbs In or Carbs Out?

Recently on "Good Morning America," a friend of mine (and fellow A1c champion) watched author Gary Taubes talk about his new book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. My friend sent this email around: "Taubes says that exercise makes us hungry for carbohydrates and that carbohydrates cause insulin secretion, which creates fat."

comments 49 comments - Posted Dec 27, 2007

Low Carb Vegetarian Diet Works for Australian Type 1 Family
Low Carb Vegetarian Diet Works for Australian Type 1 Family

I am writing to share my experience with a low carbohydrate diet tailored to meet our needs as vegetarians. We have two people with type 1 diabetes in our family, and we have been vegetarians for over fifteen years.

comments 7 comments - Posted Dec 26, 2007

August 2007

Low Carb Diet Alters Hormone Levels to Fight Metabolic Syndrome
Low Carb Diet Alters Hormone Levels to Fight Metabolic Syndrome

Recently, four men and sixteen women with metabolic syndrome, weighing an average of 200 pounds, were put on the low carb South Beach diet for three months.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 17, 2007

A Good Night's Sleep With Diabetes

Parents of newly-diagnosed children with diabetes have something in common - they don't sleep soundly through the night. Anxiety soars in the darkness. When our son Danny was diagnosed at age seven, my husband Brian and I barely closed our eyes, and we set our alarm to check on him at least once every night.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 2, 2007

July 2007

Low Carb Hormone Discovered in Mice

The low carb diet definitely has its party faithful, but how exactly does the low carb diet cause your body to burn fat? Earlier studies have shown that feeding rodents a low carb, high fat diet caused fat usage and weight loss, but the mechanism of the process wasn't known.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 14, 2007

June 2007

Creating a Family Culture of  Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time
Creating a Family Culture of Healthy Eating, One Step at a Time

Several years ago, my husband Brian and my son Danny were eating at the Food Court of a local mall. "Dad, when someone gets three wishes from the genie in the lamp, why don't they just wish for more wishes?" Danny asked. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 14, 2007

April 2007

JAMA Study Compares the Big Four in Diets
JAMA Study Compares the Big Four in Diets

Constant controversy swirls about which kind of weight-loss diet works best, but there is precious little scientific evidence comparing one diet to another. To provide some real diet data, a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study pitted the Atkins, Zone, LEARN, and Ornish diets against each other in a year-long head-to-head study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 26, 2007

Carb Controversy: Tackled From Both Sides.
Carb Controversy: Tackled From Both Sides.

If food groups were sporting leagues, carbs would be the NFL. You've got your low carb teams, your high carb vegan teams, and your middling carb teams—and each team believes that truth is on its side.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why Eating Too Many Carbs Makes You Fat
Why Eating Too Many Carbs Makes You Fat

Carbs and carbs alone, not fat, increase body weight. It doesn't matter whether the carbs are from sugar, bread, fruit, or vegetables: They’re all rapidly digested and quickly converted to blood glucose.  A short time after a carb-rich meal, the glucose in your bloodstream rises rapidly, and your pancreas produces a large amount of insulin to take the excess glucose out.

comments 26 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why the Vegan Diet is Best
Why the Vegan Diet is Best

Remember the big picture: Populations that stick to traditional high-carbohydrate diets (for example, Asian rice-based diets) typically have low rates of obesity and diabetes. When they abandon traditional rice-based diets in favor of meatier Western fare, carbohydrate intake falls, but weight problems and diabetes increase.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why the Low Carb Diet is Best
Why the Low Carb Diet is Best

When I developed diabetes in 1946, physicians thought that the high illness and death rate of diabetics was due to dietary fat and the supposedly resultant elevation of serum cholesterol. Since the DCCT trial, the scientific literature overwhelmingly supports the role of elevated blood sugar in all long-term diabetic complications.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

Why You Don't Want to Go Low Carb or Vegan
Why You Don't Want to Go Low Carb or Vegan

Let’s be realistic and take a long-term perspective in this “which diet is best” debate, rather than wasting time quibbling over extremes—from low-carb to vegan. You’ll have type 2 diabetes for the rest of your life, and you’ll likely struggle with weight management throughout your life as well. The major challenge in weight loss, and even more so in weight maintenance, is long-term adherence.

comments 13 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2007

March 2007

Low Carb Questions and Answers From an Atkins Proponent
Low Carb Questions and Answers From an Atkins Proponent

Are ketones a healthy or an unhealthy sign?
Ketones in the urine can be a danger sign if your blood sugar is too high and insulin levels are too low. It can indicate acidosis, an abnormal condition usually occurring in people with out of control type 1 diabetes requiring immediate medical attention. Ketones can also occur because of other metabolic conditions.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2007

December 2006

Happy and Healthy Holidays While Low Carbing

During this time of year, we are all busy. Many of us are so overextended with demands on time and energy that we allow our usual health routines to fall by the wayside.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 7, 2006

October 2006

Understanding Ketones and Low-Carbohydrate Diets
Understanding Ketones and Low-Carbohydrate Diets

A common misunderstanding regarding the metabolic effects of low-carbohydrate diets concerns the formation of ketone bodies. The presence of ketones caused by fat burning is often confused with ketoacidosis resulting from uncontrolled diabetes, starvation or certain alcoholic conditions.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

September 2006

Losing Weight on a Lower-Carb Diet
Losing Weight on a Lower-Carb Diet

The amount of inaccurate or even misleading information that is passed off as fact among many people regarding lower-carb lifestyles still surprises me.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

August 2006

How to Get Enough Nutrients on a Lower-Carb Diet
How to Get Enough Nutrients on a Lower-Carb Diet

One of the common criticisms of the lower-carb lifestyle is that it doesn’t provide adequate nutrition. Is this really true?

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

July 2006

Pregnancy and the Lower-Carb Lifestyle
Pregnancy and the Lower-Carb Lifestyle

Years ago it was common for women to indulge their food cravings during pregnancy, and usually without ill effect. Now it is vital that women of childbearing age understand the importance of good nutrition before pregnancy and how to decrease their risk of diabetes during pregnancy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

June 2006

Type 2 Diabetes: Not Just for Adults Anymore

It used to be called late- or adult-onset diabetes; now it is called type 2. Instead of occurring primarily in people in their 60s or 70s, it is now found in people of all ages—even youngsters in grade school.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2006

May 2006

Be Prepared to Succeed on a Lower-Carb Diet
Be Prepared to Succeed on a Lower-Carb Diet

Are you tired of starting diets again and again or of gaining and losing the same pounds? Are you frustrated by knowing you need to lose weight but just can’t face being hungry all the time? Do you keep making the same mistakes with food and sabotaging your own efforts?

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2006

Low Carb Is Alive and Well
Low Carb Is Alive and Well

Who says the low-carb lifestyle is dead? You would never believe that after spending a weekend with experts in the field.

comments 1 comment - Posted May 1, 2006

April 2006

Blood Glucose Imbalances and Atkins Induction
Blood Glucose Imbalances and Atkins Induction

As I discussed in the February 2006 issue, the Atkins Nutritional Approach has four phases, ranging from the most restrictive Induction phase to the Lifetime Maintenance phase.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

March 2006

Low Fat, Low Carb or Low Cal?
Low Fat, Low Carb or Low Cal?

People are constantly being told that the only way to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight is to control calorie intake. It does not matter so much where the calories come from as long as one is eating less and burning more. Is this true? It is to some extent, but not completely.

comments 1 comment - Posted Mar 1, 2006

February 2006

The Four Phases of the Atkins Nutritional Approach
The Four Phases of the Atkins Nutritional Approach

The Atkins Nutritional Approach (ANA) is a plan that teaches you to personalize your eating plan over the course of four phases. The plan begins with Phase 1, which initiates weight loss, and progresses through Phase 4, which helps you to maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime. In addition to the food plan, the ANA includes supplementation and regular exercise. It is a permanent lifestyle change, rather than a “diet” that you go on and off of.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2006

January 2006

Researchers Argue the Case for Low-Carb Diets in Diabetes Management

In a review paper published in the July 2005 issue of Nutrition and Metabolism, researchers at the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at the State University of New York say that a high-carbohydrate diet raises postprandial plasma glucose and insulin secretion, thereby increasing risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, obesity and diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2006

The Road to Diabetes
The Road to Diabetes

The development and progression of diabetes is slow and insidious. However, as Dr. Robert Atkins observed through decades of evaluating patients with blood glucose abnormalities, it can be divided into six distinct stages. His observations are similar to those of researchers published in the March 1992 issue of Diabetes Care.

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December 2005

Low-Carb .. Lift Spirits—Not BGs
Low-Carb .. Lift Spirits—Not BGs

We all know that having diabetes does not exclude us from the merriment of the holiday season. And a book called “Low-Carb Cocktails: All the Fun and Taste Without the Carbs” (M. Evans and Co., 2004) offers recipes that can help prevent “yuletide libations from turning into blood-sugar nightmares.”

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September 2005

Bakery Serves Up Only Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Fare
Bakery Serves Up Only Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Fare

If you are following a lower-carb lifestyle and are planning to be in the San Diego area in the near future, be sure to put Indulgence Bakery and Café on a your list of places to visit.

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New ‘Zero-Calorie’ Sweetener Available
New ‘Zero-Calorie’ Sweetener Available

Shugr is a new zero-calorie sweetener manufactured by Swiss Research, Inc., of Los Angeles, California, available nationwide at The Vitamin Shoppe.

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Low-Carb Improvements

By following a low-carbohydrate diet for two weeks, obese patients were able to reduce calorie intake, lose weight and improve their diabetes.

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August 2005

How to Safely Make Fish a Part of Your Diet
How to Safely Make Fish a Part of Your Diet

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people consume omega-3 fatty acids, found in the flesh of oily fish, for their heart-protective benefits. However, some types of fish contain high levels of contaminants, including mercury.

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June 2005

Homocysteine
Homocysteine

In the last two articles in this series, we discussed the significance of HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and C-reactive protein (CRP) in evaluating—and lowering— your risk of cardiovascular disease. Now we’ll discuss another lesser known but extremely important blood marker: homocysteine.

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Decoding the Food Label
Decoding the Food Label

Have you ever wondered how to count the carbohydrates on a food label? Does it really matter how many grams of sugar are in a food? Do “sugar free” and “calorie free” mean the same thing? Do you need to count the fiber in your breakfast cereal as carbohydrate?

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May 2005

C-Reactive Protein and Heart Disease

Many people don’t realize this, but the only reason many of us are so concerned about our cholesterol levels is that to date, cholesterol has given us a “best guess” as to our risk for heart disease.

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April 2005

Cholesterol: It’s Only Part of the Story
Cholesterol: It’s Only Part of the Story

Caution: Consult with your diabetes care team before starting a lower-carbohydrate meal plan. Diabetes medications such as insulin or oral drugs that stimulate insulin production (sulfonylureas or meglitinides) will need adjustment to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when carbohydrate intake is decreased. In addition, blood glucose levels need to be checked more often.

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March 2005

Low-Carb Lifestyle’s Effect on Diabetes Control
Low-Carb Lifestyle’s Effect on Diabetes Control

Caution: Consult your diabetes care team before starting a lower-carbohydrate meal plan. Diabetes medications such as insulin or oral drugs that stimulate insulin production (sulfonylureas or meglitinides) will need adjustment to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when carbohydrate intake is decreased. In addition, blood glucose levels need to be checked more often.

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February 2005

A Focus on Fiber

Caution: Consult your diabetes care team before starting a lower-carbohydrate meal plan. Diabetes medications such as insulin or oral drugs that stimulate insulin production (sulfonylureas or meglitinides) will need adjustment to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when carbohydrate intake is decreased. In addition, meds might need to be decreased and blood glucose levels need to be checked more often.

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Eating a Low Glycemic Index Diet
Eating a Low Glycemic Index Diet

Carbohydrates are the body’s fuel of choice. Although we ingest calories from carbohydrates, proteins and fats, it’s the carb calories that the body turns into its readily available form of energy, glucose.

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January 2005

Making Sense of Glycemic Impact
Making Sense of Glycemic Impact

Caution: Consult your diabetes care team before starting a lower-carbohydrate meal plan. Diabetes medications such as insulin or oral drugs that stimulate insulin production (sulfonylureas or meglitinides) will need adjustment to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when carbohydrate intake is decreased. In addition, meds might need to be decreased, and blood glucose levels need to be checked more often.

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December 2004

Best-selling author Dana Carpender has published yet another low-carb cookbook

Following the success of “The Low-Carb Barbeque Cookbook,” Carpender returned to the test kitchen and created “500 More Low-Carb Recipes: 500 All-New Recipes From Around the World.”

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Sweet’n Low Offers New Desserts for Carb-Watchers
Sweet’n Low Offers New Desserts for Carb-Watchers

The makers of Sweet’n Low (saccharine) sugar substitute have introduced six desserts for people keeping an eye on their carb consumption.

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September 2004

Despite Low-Carb Craze, We’re Still Consuming Quantities of Carbs
Despite Low-Carb Craze, We’re Still Consuming Quantities of Carbs

A new report out by the NDP Group—a provider of food consumption patterns at restaurants and at home—found that despite all the attention low-carb eating is getting, actual carb consumption is higher than expected in the United States.

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August 2004

What’s for Lunch?
What’s for Lunch?

Caution: Consult your diabetes care team before starting a lower-carbohydrate meal plan. Diabetes medications such as insulin or oral drugs that stimulate insulin production (sulfonylureas or meglitinides) will need adjustment to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) when carbohydrate intake is decreased.

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July 2004

Lower Carbohydrate-Heart Connection Confuses Some
Lower Carbohydrate-Heart Connection Confuses Some

Not only are many people who want to lose weight jumping on the low-carb caravan, so are some people who have diabetes. Some wonder why, since the message seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Diabetes and heart disease are so closely related. Can a lower-carb meal plan help improve the odds? We’re learning.

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June 2004

Traveling

Sure, it’s easier these days to find lower-carb options at restaurants, but let’s face it, traveling can provide an excuse that allows us to lose control. “I’m on a trip,” or “I’m on vacation,” seem to always be the popular refrains. But there is no vacation from diabetes or weight and health management.

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New Low-Carb Barbecue Cookbook

Fast on the heels of her two best-selling cookbooks, Dana Carpender’s new collection of low-carb barbecuing recipes has just been released.

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Lower-Carb Lovin in the Morning
Lower-Carb Lovin in the Morning

Lower-carb lattes?

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May 2004

How to Make Your Regular Recipes Lower in Carbs

Lots of new low-carb cookbooks are available. It’s easy to convert traditional high-carbohydrate recipes into lower-carb versions. Before we had the luxury of all the lower-carb cookbooks that are now available, I would look at a recipe and identify the higher-carb ingredients; then I’d try to decrease them in quantity, omit them entirely, or replace them with something else that would work as well and would still taste good.

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April 2004

One Year Later and The Lower-Carb Lifestyle is Hotter than Ever

Who would have ever dreamed it? A year ago this column debuted when Diabetes Health asked me to write a feature article about some of the research related to lower-carbohydrate diets.

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March 2004

Keep On Keeping On

If you are reading this column, you have probably decided to try the lower-carb approach to your diet—or you are at least thinking about it.

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One More Reason to Consider a High-Protein Diet

The mainstream medical community is starting to take notice: High-protein diets work! Researchers at the University of Minnesota say a high-protein diet lowers after-meal blood glucose 40 percent in type 2s and improves overall glucose control.

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Low-Carb Guru Weighs In On Controversy

I struggle to understand why you are publishing information recommending low-or no-carb meals for people with diabetes.

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February 2004

How to Live the Lower-Carb Lifestyle in 15 Minutes

Best-selling cookbook author Dana Carpender has released her newest collection of tasty lower-carb recipes, entitled “15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, & More!” (Fair Winds Press, 2003).

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How to Win the Weight Loss War

So you want to lose weight. Prepare for war!

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April 2003

Low-GI Diet Does Not Limit Variety or Food Quality

Children with type 1 diabetes who followed a low glycemic index (low-GI) diet for one year ate approximately the same amount of macronutrients and variety of foods as a group that followed the traditional carbohydrate-exchange diet, say researchers in Australia.

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Exploring Lower-Carbohydrate Options

We have all heard great success stories about people who follow a diet low in carbohydrates. Many report weight loss, more energy and normal glucose levels. Maybe you are curious, but you're scared to try it. It goes against everything you've been taught about a healthy diet.

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February 2003

Insulin-to-Carbohydrate Ratios

Insulin-to-carbohydrate (I:C) ratios, which are used to calculate the insulin doses people with diabetes need for specific amounts of food containing carbohydrate, are an important part of any intensive diabetes management program.

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December 2001

Tasty Test

Diabetes food! Just the words can conjure up past images of long treks down the pharmacy aisle—past the orthopedic shoe supports, and toward the sparse, deserted shelf of "sugar-free products."

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October 2001

Some Low-GI Eating Tips / GI of Various Foods

If you are trying to develop a diet consisting of low-GI foods, consider the following:

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September 2001

The Many Benefits of the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index (GI) may not be a leading economic indicator, but it is a leading diabetes indicator. Knowing whether the GI of a food is high or low can be a great aid in the quest for control.

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July 2001

Flash It

Carb Cards LLC of Montrose, Colorado, has introduced its 21/2 x 31/2 flash cards designed to help children and adults with diabetes.

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June 2001

Diagnosis: Control

Carla Elliot liked to keep busy. A bright and outgoing 14-year-old girl, Carla involved herself in as many activities as she could. Whether it was swimming, cheerleading, softball, 4-H club meetings or simply running around the neighborhood, Carla was there.

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September 2000

Low-Carbohydrate Diets Can Work for Diabetes

Barbara Nelson, CDE, of Boise, Idaho, recently noticed that many of her patients were using the book "Sugarbusters!" for their dietary guidelines, usually at the recommendation of their health care providers. She wrote in asking for our thoughts on this book, and we got the following answer from Joy Pape, RN, CDE:

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Low-Carbohydrate Diets Unsafe

Carl S. Lau of Los Angeles, California wrote in response to our July article on the Food Guide Pyramid, wanting to know what scientific evidence there was showing low-carbohydrate diets to be unsafe. Elizabeth Rhodes, RD, LD, author of our July piece, had this to say in reply:

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October 1996

Satisfy Your Diet Craving

There's a war going on: The War of the Diabetic Diets. The generals are amassing their loyal troops and building up their ammunition storehouses of research and evidence (both scientific and anecdotal). All the generals are convinced that the better diet-their diet-will prevail and rule the Land of Diabetes forever.

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September 1996

Diet Debacle — Low Carb Diet Helps

There came a point in Evelyn Narad's life when she knew it was time to get serious about losing weight. She was 75 years old and had been diagnosed with type II diabetes 22 years ago. A broken shoulder and hand in the summer of 1995 kept her from exercising, and every inactive day she spent inside her house seemed like another pound gained.

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