According to a statement by the American Diabetes Association, ""026there is little evidence that total carbohydrate is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. Rather, a stronger association has been observed between total fat and saturated fat and type 2 diabetes."10 Multiple studies have shown an inverse relationship between the amount of carbohydrate consumed and the development of diabetes.11 Populations of people worldwide who eat diets centered on high glycemic index carbohydrates, like rice for rural Asians, and potatoes for people in Peru, are essentially free of diabetes.12,13
The reasons why carbohydrates benefit diabetics have their roots in our fundamental metabolism. As far back as 1936 Harold Percival Himsworth reported that the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar was improved by eating carbohydrates.15 In contrast, fats in the diet paralyze the activity of insulin, cause insulin resistance, and cause the blood sugars to rise.11 All these changes, combined with the resulting obesity from eating fatty foods, encourage the development of type-2 diabetes. For people now following the Western diet, a change to a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet slows progression to diabetes.16,17 This same diet will cure type-2 diabetes.18-20
JC, I'm glad you found a bunch of studies that brought your numbers back to normal, Many of us have found different studies that have our D2 in control, although probably not a perfect as yours. Different things work for different people.
Studies, and more, have chosen to go so many different directions to control diabetes. Heck it was just 2 years ago that the ADA recognized the low carb diet for control of DT2. I do know that the first year I was obsessive about testing after, before, mid times etc. I know what the numbers were when I ate a meal with a small amount, large amount and no starches. I also paid attention to what my body felt like after these meals, and how when I cut the starches and concentrated on more foods lower on the glycemic index and load how things went. I decided enough experimenting, time to stick to what works. Now I don't test, now I am on one yearly checkups, and tomorrow I will find out how well MY PLAN has worked.
I agree that different things work for different people so the McDougall diet is an alternative for those not already having success.
I just wanted everone to know that a starch based diet has tons of scientifiic studies that back it up because so many people actually beleive that starches are bad for diabetes when for a great many its just the opposite....its fat that causes the problem....you may have a differentt reaction to starches but its been good for countless millions acrosss the globe that eat a diet that is almost totally starch based.
Although the western diet is rapidly spreading across Asia and only small pockets remain that still eat the traditional Asian diet.But those that still eat the traditional diet don't get diabetes.
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