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Old 11-14-2013, 19:24   #1
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Perhaps a too long article, but it was published today in Sweden´s dominant evening paper - Aftonbladet and here is my edited Google translation to make it understandable. Written by Ann Fernholm - dr in Molecular Biotechnology and author of the book "A sweeter blood - the health effects of a century with sugar". The best book I´ve read on this subject. Hope it will be translated.


"The dietary guidelines that many diabetics get from the health care are out of date and inefficient. Prestige in the scientific community is hampering the development and each year this will cost taxpayers billions.

Last summer, results from a scientific study was published that would have caused headlines on billboards around Sweden. The study , Look AHEAD , is the largest assessment ever made of the lifestyle advice that diabetics have been given in recent decades. Thousands of people received intensive support to follow a low-calorie low fat diet and also exercise. They lost weight and the group kept a lower weight during all these years of the study, than the control group.
BUT . After nine years, the researchers stopped the study in advance. Weight loss had no significant effect on morbidity and mortality in cardiovascular disease. The results clearly show that the lifestyle consultations that diabetics have been given were wasted money and wasted time.

In the book " A sweeter blood," I have examined the scientific basis for low-fat diets . The belief that lesser fat in the diet could protect the heart , is based on the assumption scientists did in the 1950s i.e total cholesterol levels would be the most important measure of health. The decision was not made on scientific basis , but since the 1970s it has totally dominated all kinds of dietary guidelines. Even with type 1 diabetes , juvenile diabetes , the recommendations have been to especially avoid fat, despite the fact that high cholesterol is not even a part of their medical problems. Even type 1 diabetics should according to nutritionists primarily fill their plate with carbohydrates, while research clearly shows that high blood sugar causes heart disease.

Diabetics, regardless of type , have a 2-3 times higher risk of cardiovascular disease than a healthy person . An extensive European study from 2004 shows that nearly seven out of ten people who get coronary heart disease either has diabetes or prediabetes. Molecular biology research also shows high blood glucose levels cause an inflammation of the blood vessels , leading to atherosclerosis. The failure of the Look AHEAD intervention can easily be explained by holding on to a low fat diet , which by definition is rich in carbohydrates that increase blood sugar levels and make the diabetics blood sugar level going up and down too much.

The fear of fat that was first seen in the 1970s , seems to have resulted that many doctors almost completely forget that diabetes was once was called sugar disease “sockersjuka”. If 1920's diabetics should have had today's dietary guidelines , they quickly should have died. The fact is that physicians dietary advice to diabetics is based on that they simultaneously prescribe drugs that counteracts the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar.

Unfortunately, today's rancorous debate about diet indicates that many scientists and physicians will continue to shun calories, fat and cholesterol more than anything else. Hundreds of diabetics from the LCHF movement testify that a strict low carbohydrate diet have a dramatic effect on their blood sugar and health. Many rapidly lose weight and completely can manage without their medications. But leading nutrition scientists dismiss their stories as odd curiosities. Their cold prestige is an obstacle for further development.

Type 2 diabetes is one of our most common diseases. Besides all the suffering the cost of the disease lies between 0.5-1 percent of Sweden´s GDP. A staggering amount of money. To resolve all the tight knots in the diet debate , the state needs to invest in good research. It requires targeted funding for high-quality scientific studies that unprejudiced evaluates the lifestyle advice which shows the best protection of diabetic hearts. An investment of 100 million is a drop in the ocean compared to health care costs. For Sweden´s 365 000 diabetics this may however mean the difference between a healthy life and an early death."

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Glad to know that there is a country out there with a brain.

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