MYTH ABOUT LOW CARB DIET--MUST READ FOR ALL: THE POSITION STATEMENTS

Opinions from major governmental and medical organizations

Although opinions regarding low-carbohydrate diets vary greatly throughout the medical and nutritional science communities, major government bodies as well as major medical and nutritional associations have generally opposed this nutritional regimen. In recent years, however, some[who?] of these same organizations have gradually begun to relax their opposition to the point that some have even voiced cautious support for low-carbohydrate diets[citation needed]. The following are official statements from some of these organizations.

American Academy of Family Physicians

The AAFP released a discussion paper on the Atkins Diet specifically in 2006. Although the paper expresses reservations about the Atkins plan they acknowledge it as a legitimate weight loss approach.[97]

American Diabetes Association

The ADA revised their Nutrition Recommendations and Interventions for Diabetes in 2008 to acknowledge low-carbohydrate diets as a legitimate weight-loss plan.[98][99][100] The recommendations fall short of endorsing low-carbohydrate diets as a long-term health plan nor do they give any preference to these diets. Nevertheless, this is perhaps the first statement of support—albeit for the short-term—by one of the foremost medical organizations.[101][102] In its 2009 publication of Clinical Practice Recommendations, the ADA again reaffirmed its acceptance of carbohydrate-controlled diets as an effective treatment for short-term (up to one year) weight loss among obese people suffering from type two diabetes.[103]

American Dietetic Association

As of 2003 in commenting on a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association reiterated the association's belief that "there is no magic bullet to safe and healthful weight loss."[104] The Association specifically endorses the high-carbohydrate diet recommended by the National Academy of Sciences. They have stated "Calories cause weight gain. Excess calories from carbohydrates are not any more fattening than calories from other sources. Despite the claims of low-carb diets, a high-carbohydrate diet does not promote fat storage by enhancing insulin resistance."[105]

American Heart Association

The official statement from the AHA regarding these diets states categorically that the association "doesn't recommend high-protein diets."[106] A science advisory from the association further states the association's belief that these diets are "associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease."[34] The AHA has been one of the most adamant opponents of low-carbohydrate diets. Dr. Robert Eckel, past president, noted that the association supported low-fat and low-saturated-fat diets, but that a low-carbohydrate diet could potentially meet AHA guidelines.[107]

Australian Heart Foundation

The position statement by the Heart Foundation regarding low-carbohydrate diets states that "the Heart Foundation does not support the adoption of VLCARB diets for weight loss."[108] Although the statement recommends against use of low-carbohydrate diets it explains that their major concern is saturated fats as opposed to carbohydrate restriction and protein. Moreover, other statements suggest that their position might be re-evaluated in the event of more evidence from longer-term studies.

Food Standards Agency (UK)

The consumer advice statements of the FSA regarding low-carbohydrate diets state that "rather than avoiding starchy foods, it's better to try and base your meals on them."[109] They further state concerns regarding fat consumption in low-carbohydrate diets.

Heart & Stroke Foundation (Canada)

The official position statement of the Heart & Stroke Foundation states "Do not follow a low carbohydrate diet for purposes of weight loss."[110] They state concerns regarding numerous health risks particularly those related to high consumption of "saturated and trans fats".

National Board of Health and Welfare (Sweden)

In 2008, the Socialstyrelsen in Sweden altered its standing regarding low-carbohydrate diets.[111][112] Although formal endorsement of this regimen has not yet appeared, the government has given its formal approval for using carbohydrate-controlled diets for medically supervised weight loss.

In recommendation for diets suitable for diabetes patients published in 2011 a moderate low-carb option (30–40%) is suggested.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The HHS issues consumer guidelines for maintaining heart health which state regarding low-carbohydrate diets that "they're not the route to healthy, long-term weight management."[113]

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  • My understanding & experience so far has been that high carb consumption surely increases the sugar levels. Besides one must work towards a healthy living rather than look at weight loss only. If weight is lost by the way of making an effort towards healthy living, that is super. Only efforts to weight loss may lead to other unwanted situations in our health

  • CUT CARBS to 100gms/day substitute with Good FAT and limit proteins to 20% max of energy intake and ignore all; the HYPE that comes from Community against FAT. FAT is good if you are on < 100gms/day CARBS.

    Forget ab out weight ... it will automatically come moment you start cutting your CARBS as on a FAT diet it's difficult to overeat since you feel full for a longer period.

  • will fat not increase cholestrol?

  • It hasn't in my case. It hasn't in most diabetics who ar living that life. It's a MYTH that FAT increases cholesterol. Stay below 110gms CARB and nothing will happen with respect to cholesterol. In fact it will improve becasue triglycerides and VLDL will fall like a rock

  • U R ABSOLUTELY RIGHT

  • Multi Grain roti/biscuits/atta is NON SENSE. So is the so called "DIABETIC RICE" Theya re all busy making money out of your helplessness. Greedy Corporate VAMPIRES.

    Count CARBS. ..... CARB is a CARB. It will spike SUGAR. Some do slowly others do fast. Even protein coverts to SUGARS so protein also is to be restricted.

    CUT CARBS -- Multi/Single/Whole doesn't really matter. Read the LABEL of a so called DIABETIC Biscuits. 60% CARBS :D :D What a joke of a biscuit for diabetics really. I have seen some ads where they are talking of Flaxseeds enriched biscuits. All advantages of flax is lost once you heat or bake :)

    BUT it's good to see DIABETICS on this board counting carbs and becoming conscious. So far i have been the lone wanderer talking of LOW CARB HIGH FAT (and restricted protein also).

  • I think the fact is Diabetic Biscuits, Multigrain Atta is all marketing gimmics. My formulae is mix one part of wheat atta and 3 parts of soya atta and make roti /paranatha,fried with ghee/makkan.However I personally feel this type of diet is not meant for the persons whose Kritereon Level is higher./ Kidney deseases.

  • Protein is bad for ppl with kidney issues.

    Do one thing:

    In your rotee while preparing the dough, add chopped greens like palak, methi or other saag and then make a roti out of it. :)

    I have stopped taking wheat since last 5 days. Rice i rarely eat.

  • I fully agree with yr system. U should also include walk in your routine.

    Dr S K Kapur

  • POINT WELL TAKEN

  • AS IN ANCIENT TIMES WAS SAID"EAT LESS, BE PATIENT(kam khao aur gam khao)".I LIKE YOUR DIET REGIMEN,ITS BEST.AND HOW MUCH THE MATTER COMES OF MODERATION,DEAR IT IS NOT ONLY REQUIRED IN TREATMENT,BUT IN DAILY LIFE STYLE ALSO.MODERATION MEANT DISCIPLINED LIFE STYLE

  • Diabetics who take their diabetes in their own hand don't really care what medical /ADA Brainwashed community feels. There's no MYTH to LCHF diet. Those who want to learn more should interact with diabetics who are on that diet and how they have completely gone of medicines or have reduced their medicines intake. This is not some JUNK SCIENCE.

    30-40% CARBS ... to a diabetic ... :)

    So that more PILLS and INSULIN SELL and medical community still gets a chance to BLAME FAT and scare with Heart Attacks.

    ADA cares for "Pharma LORDS" as 7 of their top 6 sponsors are PILLS Manufacturers and 7th one is the one that makes syringes. Same as was with "CAMEL" was sponsor of AMERICAN Heart?Medical Association in decades of 60-70 when they claimed that even DOCTORS Smoke CAMEL FAGS and when cancer awareness started to spread then no more "CAMEL CASH" for the AMA/AHA :)

    This is why diabetics hate dieticians and doctors when they start preaching same ADA nonsense wrt diets .. yes same non sense that ADA TALKS which ADA has now switched to saying LCHF is good only for weight reduction but after that again eat CARBS.

    Where there is a will there's a way. My NUTS are up now to 150gms/day now that i have given up wheat completely. Who says LCHF is only for NON VEG? Even Vegetarians can cut their CARB Intake and still feel full. It's all about being innovative.

    AIM for LCHF Diet if you want to get off medicines or reduce them drastically and also have other benefits.

  • Without having bias for any food I today took fasting level which was observed 106.

    I ate masala Poha(Chidwa- a typical Maharastrian food)for breakfast and observed the level after two hrs as 291. I took one cup of coffee without sugar and two monaco biscuits at 11.and thereafter I took baked chilka moong dal wth zeera tadka, Bhendi sabji, Arahar Dal, dahi. The medicines was as usual without any change. and after two hrs the result was 99. So I was confident of L.C.food.However person to person the diet may need some modifications.Also after some stablisation the medicines may be reviewed. This is my personal view.This may be due to the conditions of beta cells of pancreas

    After two days of consuming of Low carb, diet my fasting level has dropped to below 120 to 90.

  • Chiwda or POHA is a HIGH CARB food. Nevr recommended for a diabetic. Eat LCHF and enjoy LIFE.

    EAT HIGH CARB LOW FAT DIET (recommended by anyone who FOLLOWS ADA Manuals) and eat PILLS like Peanuts after that and finally also end up using insulin, losing eye sight or a limb :)

    LOW CARB HIGH FAT is effective for all who adopt.

    Restrict CARBS to 100gms/day.

    If any DOCTOR /Dietician says 60% energy should come from CARBS then change your doctor. They have absolutely no right to be feeding a diabetic with 250-300gms carbs/day.

  • Hello Anup , I am aiso diabetic on insuline, can i request you to let me know your LCHF diet in meal wise details , may be i can benefit from that ? I understand nuts are high in pritiens , so what nuts and how much ? Thank you .

  • Almonds+Peanuts+Walnuts+Pine nuts

    No cashew nuts

    If you get your CARBS down your Insulin will come down. Yes nuts have proteins but they have 75% energy from FAT which doesn't need insulin.

    LCHF will require you to restrict CARB S to 100gms/day or less which means you will basically have to give up wheat/rice/ etc and shift to more of VEG and chicken breast, eggs, butter, cheese, full fat mil cream and nuts.

    Experiment, dose insulin accordingly and then move one step at a time.

  • I SEE A 1000PATIENTS /MONTH

    SO U PRACTICE YOURS,I WILL PRACTICE MINE

    ALL THE BEST DOCTOR

  • Pity your patients if you recommend 60%+ CARBS to them.

  • AS A DOCTOR WE CAN ONLY ADVICE PATIENTS,WE CANNOT WHIP THEM AS SCHOOL GOINGS.....VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL EMOTIONS OF PATIENT,IF YOU WANT TO STRICLY WHIP THEM WITH DIETERY RESTRICTIONS,THEY MAY ALSO GO TO SEVERE DEPRESSION----AS THE SAYING MAY GO -JAB KHUCH BHI KHANA NEHI HAI,TAAB JEEKE KYA KARE...GUYS DONT LIVE TO EAT,EAT TO LIVE

  • SIR APPRECIATE YOUR VIEW

  • What is "good and bad" is not decided by a professional who has primary objective of ensuring that PILLS and DRUGS sell so that MR (Med rep) that visits them each month comes with a much "heftier packet" of CASH. It's because of this that you have self educated diabetics who detest such doctors and dieticians who still say CARBS should be main source of energy and take refuge of their so called professional degree as their right to do so.

    I have seen your recommendations change over a period of time. NUTS came in pretty late into your recommendations and CANOLA is off. Good. Soon Soya should also be off as Soya suppresses Thyroid functioning and thyroid is central to metabolic activity of human body ... diabetics already have a metabolic problem so why push something that's going to make it worse for them in long run.

    Best way to learn "what is good and what is bad" is engage with a diabetic who has defied the "ANCEL KEYS Junk science" and scares the doctors and nutritionists with amount of fat that they eat and still keep healthy because their metabolic blood panel defies what ANCEL Keys concluded decades back. Yes that includes 2-3 TBSP Coconut Oil that you seemed to ridicule and Proctor and Gamble started their scare against in last century.

    I know of a retired Western Medicine doctor (MBBS) who now has shifted to homeopathy after 30- years of practise. He is a eye specialist. He made a statement which goes as follows:

    "Never Question A Surgeon even if he stabs you. They are real doctors. But never believe a "Specialists" who writes PILLS because more famous the Physician you can be sure bigger fraud he would be"

    Do you know that according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), adverse drug reactions from drugs that are properly prescribed and properly administered cause about 106,000 deaths per year, making prescription drugs the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

    Compare this to the death toll from illegal drugs -- which is about 10,000 per year -- and you begin to see the magnitude of the problem that the pharmaceutical industry is propagating. And who are agents of PHRAMA Lords? Those who _SUGGEST_ high CARBS LOADED Diet to diabetics for sure and call themselves Doctors and specialists.

  • nice and very interesting debate.

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