Conventional food restrictions for diabetics proven wrong

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Diabetes News(NaturalHealth365) According to researchers from Denmark, the conventional advice that type 2 diabetics should restrict fruit consumption is absolutely absurd. The article, published in Nutritional Journal, evaluated the effects that fruit restriction had on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (TDM2) by taking 63 men and women recently diagnosed with TDM2 and randomly split them into two groups that they termed as “high-fruit” and “low-fruit.”

The high-fruit intervention consisted of medical nutrition therapy plus advice to consume at least two pieces of fruit a day, whereas the low-fruit treatment included medical nutrition therapy plus advice to consume no more than two pieces of fruit a day. Researchers determined the following after evaluating 12 weeks of self-reported 3-day fruit records:

• The high-fruit group was compliant with the recommendations and increased fruit intake to an average of 125 grams per day.

• The low-fruit group was also complaint and limited fruit intake to an average of 51 grams per day.

• HbA1C (three month blood glucose average) decreased in both groups with no difference between the groups.

• Body weight and waist circumference were decreased in both groups with no difference between the groups.

From this data, the researchers concluded, “That an advice to restrict fruit intake as part of standard medical nutrition therapy in overweight adults with newly diagnosed TDM2 does not improve glycemic control, body weight or waist circumference. Considering the many possible beneficial effects of fruit, we recommend that fruit intake should not be restricted in T2DM subjects.”

Current standard of care is based off of speculation – not fact

Ignoring the substantial proven benefits of fruit, health care providers historically have had concerns with its sugar content and have, subsequently, recommended that individuals with T2DM restrict their intake to a maximum of two pieces a day.

However, according to the Danish researchers, “Few studies have addressed whether high fruit intake is associated with glycemic control and these have shown either no association or an inverse association between fruit intake and either HbA1C or blood glucose. However, these are all observational studies and none are performed in subjects with T2DM.”

Leading U.S. healthcare providers will not change

Paradoxically, major health care providers like the Mayo Clinic refuse to take heed to the proven anti-inflammatory and cancer killing properties of fruit. According to their website, they advise diabetics to follow American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines dating back to 2011, which restrict fruit consumption to 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

To help put this advice into perspective, the following fruit servings contain about 15 grams of carbohydrates:

• 1/2 medium banana
• 1/2 cup cubed mango
• 3/4 cup cubed pineapple
• 1 1/4 cup whole strawberries
• 1 1/4 cup cubed watermelon

When you take into account the ADA’s recommendation that diabetics should restrict their carb intake to 45-60 grams per meal, you can quickly see how this can be a problem. In essence, the medical community is telling diabetics that they are running a risk of being thrown into a hyperglycemic episode if they eat more than a banana and handful of strawberries worth of carbs in one sitting.

Combat obesity and inactivity with an open mind

It is important to remember that type 2 diabetes is not only readily reversible, it is easily prevented. As it has been proven that the two primary risk factors are obesity and inactivity, it would behoove everyone to take a common sense approach in tackling these two killers.

As stated, fruit restriction is absolutely absurd. However, limiting your intake of all processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet is a good place to start. Make it a point to remain active.

With over 350 million people affected by T2DM today, our very lives depend on it. Consult with a trusted, natural healthcare provider on how to tweak your daily food and activity plan to best suit your needs.

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Sources:
http://www.nutritionj.com/content/12/1/29
http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/diabetes-diet
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/AN01691
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/
http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/carb-counting/

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  • David

    why does everybody have a different cure for all these diseases every week. and basically their all full of beans

  • Rawinthehood

    I routinely eat large amounts of plant-based meals daily, composed primarily of fruit i.e. 3 cantaloupes, 10-15 bananas, 20 mandarin-oranges, 1 head of lettuce, 1-3 tomatoes, 1 cucumber; just for example – yes, this is in one day. I have done this most days, for at least 7 years now – except when I am fasting on water only.
    I can assure you, my blood work continues to remain in the optimum ranges for all markers as indicated by my annual physical.
    Fruit offers too much sugar…nonsense!

  • Malcolm E Livingston

    I routinely eat large amounts of plant-based meals daily, composed primarily of fruit i.e. 3 cantaloupes, 10-15 bananas, 20 mandarin-oranges, 1 head of lettuce, 1-3 tomatoes, 1 cucumber; just for example – yes, this is in one day. I have done this most days, for at least 7 years now – except when I am fasting on water only.
    I can assure you, my blood work continues to remain in the optimum ranges for all markers as indicated by my annual physical.
    Fruit offers too much sugar…nonsense!

  • Geoffrey

    There are so many does and don’ts for a person with type 2 diabetes…very enlightening article!

  • 1% wallstreet sales tax

    I would believe this study if the suggested fruit intake was bitter melon, otherwise, I am very skeptical that people with type 2 diabetes should be eating fruit while they are insulin resistant. According to Dr. Lustig even healthy people should avoid sugar, especially fructose found in most fruits.

    David is right. There are very divergent opinions within the alternative health community from naturopaths/holistic physicians on the cures for the same diseases. It’s frustrating, but if you look at all the research yourself you can decide which opinion is correct.

    • Traderphil

      The ONLY sugars that are TRULY dangerous are the MAN MADE SUGARS and processed sugars! Man has survived quite well on primarily fruits and vegetables for millenia BEFORE the WESTERN “DIET” was introduced in the early 1900’s ! WHAT is ALL food turned into before it is assimilable by the cells?? That’s right! SUGAR, basically! I am so sick of the lies and deceptions , mis-information and dis-information regarding sugar! Once Again , I STATE THE fact THAT never in the history of the world have we ever had such rampant cases of cancers, DIABETES, neurological challenges, Depression, etc, etc, etc per capita ! EVER!!!! Western societies(especially N. America) have the SICKEST PEOPLE /capita the world has ever seen! Are you foolish enough to even listen to the crap form those who PROFIT from disease??? If so, you are on your own, literally! You may have noticed that disease is rampant, have you not, honestly? The rest with the common sense to understand this BASIC TRUTH, that YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!! PERIOD! Add a positive mindset and you are well on your way to health, true health! The solutions to most problems, especially Type2 Diabetes, are SO SIMPLE THAT WE TEND TO OVERLOOK THEM!!! Let me ask you a question? HOW MANY people do you know who have been cured of diabetes by listening to the American Diabetes Association’s diet recomendations ? That’s also correct, basically NONE!!! One only has to look at other countries that have low to no diabetes problems to see what kind of diet truly works! Get off your asses and actually do some research for yourselves! After all, it is YOUR LIFE your a playing with, is it not???!!!

      • 1% wallstreet sales tax

        while fructose in fruit might be offset by many other nutrients, it is still a poison. If you eat too much you risk getting metabolic syndrome.

  • Curious1

    I would like to know the “medical nutrition therapy” protocol which worked so well in both the high- and low-fruit groups.