The American Diabetes Association (ADA) …
Wait, bleh! … I get a bad taste in my mouth EVERY TIME I type those words. :(
I apologize for being sidetracked, now where were we? Oh yes….
One of the ADA’s many websites published an article that was so insightful … it incited anger … imagine that?
The title of the article is “The Ups and Downs of Blood Glucose“. This was a simple, short and purely informational post showing how three hypothetical persons’ blood sugar readings might look … if they were hooked up to a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device.
Here’s the chart from the post below.
This article including the graph disgusts me… why?
This is just another way to ‘dumb down‘ diabetics into believing that high blood sugar is ‘ok’.
Why in the HELL would you use an example of an A1C of 8 … when ‘teaching diabetics’???
Note: An A1C test is used to measure blood sugar levels over a three month period. This is noted at the bottom of the picture above.
Do you know what an A1C of 8 is indicative of regarding actual blood sugar? It is approximately an AVERAGE of 207 mg/dl !!!! (11.6 mmol/l) EVEN IF A diabetic maintained that day and night that is WAY ABOVE the blood sugar levels that are harmful to cells, organs and LIFE!
If I were going to teach diabetics about good blood sugar control, if that were my goal I’d show an A1C of … I don’t know … maybe 5.5 … that at least an average in the upper ranges of what the ADA calls ‘normal’.
AND if you are going to use an A1C of 8 … at least have the decency to ANNOUNCE that this is too high and damaging … do that if you give a damn about diabetics.
Instead they only mention… very nonchalantly,
“… and your target A1C is most likely lower.”
Really? The organization supposedly dedicated to helping diabetics should be promoting truly normal blood sugars.
The ADA knows that diabetics should maintain non-diabetic normal blood sugars, or close to it. If the ADA does not know this? …shame on them. Read this post about my blood sugar goals and why.
Getting Back to the Graph
Here’s what a day of blood glucose readings might look like for someone with no diabetes, a person with type 1(with an A1C of about 8 percent), and a person with type 2 taking oral medication (also with an A1C around 8 percent).
Really, look at the chart closely. These are blood glucose readings of the typical diabetic who follows the ADA’s high carb, grain based meal plan.
Soaring highs and crashing lows. My blood sugars closely resemble the readings of the “No Diabetes” line.
That should be the GOAL of all diabetics.
However, you can’t get there if you follow the high carb, grain based meal plan of the ADA.
The person with type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, oscillates widely between low and high depending on insulin and food intake. And the type 2 profile, which is based on someone who takes oral medication and not insulin, shows fewer ups and downs, but is generally in a range much higher than that of a person with no diabetes.
This statement above is so damning.
It is damning to all those who read it and believe it.
And it damns the ADA because they are clearly stating that blood sugars that are in a range, ‘much higher than that of a person with no diabetes” is to be expected.
This reminds me of the ADA’s publicizing of the Accord studies which erroneously concluded that ‘strict’ blood sugar control did not improve mortality rates. Like much that the ADA does… that is immoral, unethical and should be illegal! (I posted about them here.) The closer a diabetic can maintain ‘normal’ blood sugar…the more healthy they will be.
THE PROBLEM … you can’t obtain and maintain normal blood sugars by eating the high carb (high grain) meal plan of the ADA! So they do all they can to ‘justify’ elevated blood sugars. Is absolutely shameful.
Say NO to the ADA and their high carb meal plan … it does NOT benefit diabetics.
IT DOES benefit Big Food and Big Pharma … here’s 19 million reasons why…
Here is my Diabetes Warrior Info:
My Diabetes Meal Plan ( a true diabetes diet, not like most of those promoted by American Diabetes Association)