I’m shocked! Are you? Just kidding, I’m not shocked at all as this is to be totally expected since the advice from the American Diabetes Association has been wrong ever since their inception. They’re effectively killing people with the dietary advice they endorse.
A recently released 11 year study has been prematurely ended because researchers concluded it was futile to continue as both the group following their diet and exercise plan and those simply given health information had nearly identical rates of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths. Pretty effective, huh?
Once again, further confirmation of something many of us have known for many years.
The reason for this seemingly inexplicable finding…to those who have traditional medical thinking (inside the box)…has been described in my articles for almost 20 years. It’s plain common sense. The low fat diet with limited protein does not work because it’s the carbohydrates (they all break down into sugar) that is the cause of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular events. Exercise doesn’t work because it doesn’t negate in any way, the effects of sugar from those carbs.
A high carb diet contributes to heart disease because sugar creates an inflammatory response within the body and arteries, leading to heart disease, possible diabetes and other inflammatory health conditions.
Please see this video for a detailed explanation of a low carb diet and its health benefits:
Here is the text of a report about this study from the New York Times:
A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help.
“I was surprised,” said Rena Wing, the study’s chairwoman and a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University’s medical school.
Like many, she had assumed diet and exercise would help, in part because short-term studies had found that those strategies lowered blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
But, Dr. Wing added, “You do a study because you don’t know the answer.”
Still, medical experts said there were many benefits to diet and exercise even if they did not reduce cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes.
About 25 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Many are overweight or obese. On average, the disease increases heart disease risk by 2 to 2 ½ times, said Dr. Ronald Kahn, chief academic officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
It seemed logical that diet and exercise would help reduce that risk. An earlier federal study found that an intense diet and exercise program helped prevent overweight or obese people with elevated blood sugar levels from crossing the line into diabetes. The hope was that a similar program could also protect people from heart disease.
The study randomly assigned 5,145 overweight or obese people with Type 2 diabetes to either a rigorous diet and exercise regimen or to sessions in which they got general health information. The diet involved 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day for those weighing less than 250 pounds and 1,500 to 1,800 calories a day for those weighing more. The exercise program was at least 175 minutes a week of moderate exercise.
But 11 years after the study began, researchers concluded it was futile to continue — the two groups had nearly identical rates of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths.
The investigators are analyzing their data and will be publishing them in research papers.
But the outcome is clear, said Dr. David Nathan, a principal investigator and director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. “We have to have an adult conversation about this,” he said. “This was a negative result.”
The study participants assigned to the intensive exercise and diet program did lose about 5 percent of their weight and managed to keep it off during the study. That was enough to reduce cardiovascular risk factors.
“We showed that meaningful weight loss — let’s put ‘meaningful’ in quotes — could be established and maintained,” Dr. Nathan said. “To me that means we did a good experiment. We had a fair test of this hypothesis.”
Some, like Dr. John Buse, director of the University of North Carolina’s diabetes center, said the study confirmed what they would have expected. Dr. Buse, a former president of the American Diabetes Association, said treatments including smoking cessation, statins to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure medications are so powerful that they could swamp the modest effects of weight loss or exercise on cardiovascular risk.
Other medical experts said they were waiting for release of the detailed data collected by the researchers before interpreting the study.
“It is hard to tell anything without the details of the study,” said Dr. Irl Hirsch, medical director of the Diabetes Care Center at the University of Washington.
Dr. Nathan, though, said the results meant that people with diabetes might have a choice. The group assigned to diet and exercise ended up with about the same levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar as those in the control group, but the dieters used fewer medications.
“That may be the choice we are highlighting,” Dr. Nathan said. “You can take more medications — and more, I should say, expensive medications — or you can chose a lifestyle intervention and use fewer drugs and come to the same cardiovascular disease risk.”
He is not going to say which is better, Dr. Nathan added. That is up to the individual. But, he said, “those are real choices.”