Better Late than Never: Advice About Normal Blood Sugar From The ADA

I was astonished to see the ADA logo at the top of an article titled, “Eight Tips for Super Blood Sugar Control,” in the May 24th issue of the Diabetes Health newsletter. If this was actually published with the approval of the ADA (and not another prank from Dr. Feinman*), it signals a turn-around of galactic proportions. The author, Clay Wirestone, even recommend reading the books of Gary Taubes and (are you sitting down?), Dr. Bernstein!

When I was under contract to write a low-carb book for the ADA, they told me I could select anyone I wanted to write the Foreword. I said, “How about Dr. Bernstein?” (It was really a test to see how they would respond.) They said, “Anybody but him!”

Dr. Bernstein has long been an outspoken critic of this organization. He told me he was the only author ever barred from advertizing in the ADA’s publications. He often debated representatives of the ADA on the issue of normal blood sugar levels for those with diabetes, which they have always opposed. (In a confrontation with Hope Warshaw, she argued that, “Diabetics deserve to enjoy the same foods as everyone else.”  He said, “Diabetics deserve to be healthy.”)

Mr. Wirestone waffles a bit, and his “under 7%” target for A1C levels is far above what Dr. Bernstein would prescribe, but if readers take his advice and read the recommended books, they will certainly learn what they need to know and they will also realize that they have been misled by our government and health agencies, including the ADA.

“Eight Tips for Super Blood Sugar Control
by Clay Wirestone, Diabetes Health

You’re heard the doctors. You’ve read the articles. You know all about tight control.

Ever since the results from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial were published in 1993, everyone has known that reducing A1C levels staves off complications and keeps us healthy longer. We know this. And we’ve listened.

But many type 1s–and even type 2s who aggressively manage their illness–suspect that they could do better. And just a bit of searching around the web or browsing in your local bookstore will prove you right.

For me, it was the work of Dr. Richard Bernstein. “Diabetics are entitled to the same, normal blood sugars that nondiabetics enjoy,” Bernstein wrote in the preface to his book Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. He’s stated that viewpoint repeatedly in interviews and articles.

And who could argue with it? Some disagree with Bernstein’s advice on how to get that level of control–an extremely low-carb diet figures into his plan–but his basic notion tantalizes. Are normal blood sugars possible? Can people with diabetes transform good blood sugar control into great blood sugar control?

I think we can. And what’s more, it’s not that complicated. Here are eight suggestions….”

Read the rest of the article here:* Dr. Feinman’s press release from April 1, 2010:

(c) 2011, Judy Barnes Baker, Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat

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Judy Barnes Baker

The working title for my first book was, “You’ll Never Know What You Are Missing.” It summed up my goal: to make eating for health synonymous with eating for pleasure. Once you discover the secret, you will find that the very best food for weight management, longevity, the treatment and prevention of disease, and over-all health and happiness is also the most sumptuous, satisfying, and indulgent way of eating the world has to offer. You are invited to the feast. Enjoy!
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12 years ago

Diabetes Health is a little more liberal than the ADA for sure. It might have something to do with Dr. Bernstein who is on the board of directors. Great news!