Updated Post - This post was originally written in March 2010. The main purpose of the update is to highlight the fact that the ‘truths’ written two years ago … are still true today. If you read this post originally, make sure you read the Summary.
I was doing some research for an upcoming post and I realized that I needed to do some explaining and defining first… before moving on.
First, when I say ADA, I am referring to the American Diabetes Association. Here is their mission statement copied and pasted from their website.
Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Personally, I believe their mission is to secure donations so as to extend their employment and ingratiate themselves with their “constituents“. Oh…and by the way, their constituents are Big Pharma and Big Agri-business…. IT IS NOT Diabetics. Big Pharma donated $19 million in 2008, the last year I could find records for.
Two Primary types of Diabetes.
There are others but we’ll save that for another time.
1) Type 1 Diabetic
” is a form of diabetes mellitus that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.” In other words, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin for the person to live, they are therefore “insulin dependent”. The previous name for this ailment was:
* I wonder why they changed the name? It was certainly an accurate description, I believe I know why… do you? I’ll discuss in a moment….this is exciting…isn’t it? :)
2) Type 2 Diabetic
” is a disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose in the context of insulin resistance …“. Typically, the pancreas produces insulin but the body is “insulin resistant” and does not process blood glucose efficiently, causing blood glucose levels to rise too high. The previous name for this form of diabetes is :
….hmmm. Let’s see…the old name for Type 2′s is “NON-insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus”… do you get the joke yet?
THE only reason the ADA changed the name, as more and more people stayed on the ADA diet, MORE AND MORE became insulin dependent!!! THE OLD NAME NO LONGER applies to the vast majority of Type 2 Diabetics. Actually, in truth…the name still applies…but not if you follow an ADA meal plan.
For the vast majority of Type 2 Diabetics that follow the ADA Meal Plan, NOT only are they INSULIN Dependent, the ADA Diet (and the advice of CDE’s, RD …you know…the minions) is REQUIRING THEM to take DRUGS that studies prove are linked to liver, kidney and heart damage.
Imagine all the T1′s are insulin dependent and the VAST majority of T2′s are Insulin dependent… the OLD names no longer applied. SO did they recognize their error and change their meal plan away from a high carb diet that is hurting and maiming diabetics???
HELL no…that would be too damn embarrassing. People would have to admit they were wrong…and the ADA would likely forfeit millions of dollars in donations from Big Pharma and Big Agri-business…. we couldn’t have that. IT is much easier to correct the problem by simply changing a NAME using a word processor.
In olden times there were only two types of diabetics?
Insulin dependent … and non-insulin dependent
… the problem is, the lines between them blurred creating confusion.
The Type 2′s who ate High Carb, grain based diets ‘blow out” their pancreas becoming insulin dependent.
And Type 1′s who ate High Carb, grain based diet (if they live long enough) often become insulin dependent. Just because they inject their insulin doesn’t make them immune from the gorging of a high carb grain based meal plan.
*See the problem?* Today the Medical Industry has created a plethora of “Types of Diabetes” … there is Type 1, Type 2, LADA, Gestie, MODY … all designed (in my opinion) to get more MONEY.
All diabetics always have and always will fall into two groups…
1. Those that don’t make enough insulin. (Type 1′s and Type 2′s with reduced pancreas function)
2. Those that are Insulin Resistant … their bodies do not process insulin properly and therefore do not process blood glucose properly. (Type 2′s and Type 1)
People… I urge you to wake up and follow a Paleo style meal plan. A paleo style meal plan is the meal plan we were designed to eat… This is true for all but particularly true for DIABETICS.