Corporations Influence Diabetes Care

Corporations, with Coke and Pepsi leading the pack are influencing national dietary policy and diabetes care as well.  Big food companies, large drug companies and the medical industry all profit from this association.

  • Big Food companies influence nutritional advice
  • Big Food influence national diabetes educators
  • Big Food influences diabetes care



It was big news last year, many in the healthcare and nutrition industry were on Coke’s payroll, receiving millions of dollars.  I uncovered Coke’s, Pepsi’s and Big Food’s involvement in nutrition and the diabetes diet promoted by American Assoc of Diabetes Educators  back in 2011.

pepsi influences diabetes care
Pepsi and Big Food influence diabetes care


Do we really want Pepsi, Coke and other large food corporations influencing nutrition and diabetes care?



Big Food and Nutrition

I discussed how “entangled” the American Dietitian Association (now the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics) is with major candy, drug and junk food manufacturers (Big Food). You can read the post “Two ADAs” here , if you missed it.  Here is a short snippet from the post.


“…. the ADA lists The CocaCola Company, The National Dairy Council and the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition as partners.”


The ADA receives …  funding from food companies, including  Abbott Nutrition, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Pepsico, SOYJOY, Truvia and Unilever.”


Of course the “American Dietitian Assoc.” is influenced by it’s ‘partners’ Big Pharma and Big Food. Does it bother you?

The information below in my opinion … is EVEN worse. It is amazing what you can find by simply ‘surfing’ through the internet.


Pepsi, Big Food & Diabetes Care

For those that may not know, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)  is a national group representing Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) .  These are the people  diabetics PAY for NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION, their lives DEPEND on the information they are given.


CDEs are people, entrusted with the responsibility to provide personal, diabetes management advice to millions of diabetics in the US alone.


The vast majority of Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) do not provide diabetes care, they simple treat the symptoms of the disease with Big Pharma drugs while promoting a Big Food friendly meal plan.

On the website of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) they listed their  Chairman of the Board of Trustees.   His name was Paul Madden, MEd  and if you look below, you can see that he was an employee of PepsiCo!!

PepsiCo working with and fundraising for the national organization of diabetes educators? The group most responsible for diabetes care? Does this bother anyone?


If I made this up, you wouldn’t believe me

If I made this up, you would NOT believe me! (Here is a link to one of PepsiCo’s websites describing Mr. Madden’s duties at PepsiCo.) Note: This link is now dead. “”.


Paul B. Madden, M.Ed., is Director of Advocacy, Education and Empowerment at PepsiCo.

Working with the Nutrition and R&D teams, …to develop initiatives that support individuals and families to make more balanced, healthier choices with foods, beverages and physical activity.


In the above quote his job was, ” helping families to make more balanced, healthier choices…”   WRONG!

And if you still do not believe this look it up yourself, here is the link.

Note: this link too has been taken down, concealing their relationships. Fortunately I created screenshots of some of the information (see below).



Chairman of the Board AADE Foundation was PepsiCo Exec

Let me rephrase. The chairman of the Board of Trustees for the national diabetes educators group was a PepsiCo Executive.  The group responsible for the dietary and diabetes care plans for diabetics, had a PepsiCo executive heading it’s foundation.

Does this bother anyone?


Diabetes care and Pepsico
Diabetes Care group and PepsiCo

Also on the same page you can see more evidence of collusion and commingling of influence peddling, see below.   Ronald Hoven for example, is a drug company employee. I’m sure the profit or loss status of his company (Eli Lily) would never affect his decision making when it comes to diabetes care as a Trustee for “American Ass. of Diabetes Educators” (AADE).

Diabetes Care Trustees?
Diabetes Care Trustees?



Take Back Control

WHEN will you say enough is enough? WHEN!?!

When will YOU demand honest, unbiased diabetes management advice???

The American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) chief concern is not diabetes care, that’s why their treatments do not help you treat the disease.

Why does your diabetes educator give harmful advice? Because of the greed and monied influences of Big Food, Big Pharma and the Medical Industry.

When the public learned of Coke’s efforts to influence nutrition was discovered, there was public uproar.  It’s not ‘just’ Coke and Pepsi, it’s entire industry groups including large food corporation and large drug companies.

Corporations have tainted nutritional studies and nutritional guidance for decades. This influence has been felt not only in diabetes care but all disease groups. It must stop if we are going to have any sanity in the nutritional guidelines.



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Below is my personal ‘diabetes care’ manual. It is truly diabetes friendly, not Big Food, Big Pharma and Medical Industry friendly.  Every person who follows my plan improves blood sugar control.  Not coincidentally, each person who follows my diabetes care plan reduces the profits of Big Food, Big Pharma and the Medical Industry.

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6 thoughts on “Corporations Influence Diabetes Care”

  1. FYI – Paul Madden is indeed Chair of the AADE FOUNDATION not the AADE, The Foundation raises money for research and education in support of AADE members work with patients. It is appropriate for business leaders to be involved in philanthropy.

    1. Thanks for the note, I’ll make the correction.

      Phlanthropy? Yes.. this gets us back to the willful ignorance / intellectual laziness. The AADE & ADA support a high carb meal plan that causes Diabetics to take more and more drugs and insulin as well as CDE Services… philanthropy… indeed, unfortunately the philanthropy is for CDEs, BigPharma and BigAgraBiz.

  2. Are you implying that Mr Madden being an employee of Pepsi is not qualified to be chair of the AADE FOUNDATION?
    Your objection seems to be centered on the fact that ” The AADE & ADA support a high carb meal plan that causes Diabetics” I have been involved with Diabetic care for a number of years and the ADA recommended diet is sound and medically correct. I also speak well of Mr Madden who has done great work with Juvenile Diabetes awareness and diabetic education.

    Eng-Hwi Kwa MD

    1. 1) I am not implying anything… PepsiCo should not have ANY financial interest with any group that supports Diabetics. Their high carb junk food is partially responsible for what ails ‘us’. Here is a post I did on their meal plan… 6-11 servings of grains/carbs is unethical.

      If you can’t see the conflict of interest then you too are blind.

      2) ADA recommended diet is sound??? …. YOU are willfully ignorant or intellectually lazy…or motivated by greed. Which is it?

      The ADA meal plan causes an increase in glucose requiring more drugs and insulin… what part of that equation do you not understand?

      Every PERSON who follows a low carb meal plan similar to mine reduces drugs, reduces insulin and reduces body fat. ALL also have improved blood sugar control… Here is a series of success stories…there are COUNTLESS others.

      The Group that Mr. Madden supports harms 25 million diabetics each day… that is a fact.

      Recent study shows 90 % failure rate with diabetics …here is a post I did on this topic. The failure rate is due to a high carb meal plan that benefits Monsanto, PepsiCo and the Medical Industry.

      IF all that is NOT enough to convince you … would you listen to Dr. William Davis? A leading cardiologist….and diabetic. Here is his blog.

      Here is the blog of a PhD in Pharmacology, she’s also a CDE.

      The truth is there… do a search for diabetes on the last two blog links… open your mind and begin to HEAL people instead of writing prescriptions.

  3. There is a comment below from a medical doctor… supporting PepsiCo’s involvement with the American Association of Diabetes Educators… what say you?

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