The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced their updated ‘Diabetes Care 2015’ guidelines. In each instance the ADA chose a change that harms diabetics…
- updated blood sugar targets, raising them.
- updated recommendations for statin use. (shocking)
- raised diastolic blood pressure recommendation
Once again the ADA is proving themselves to be the lap dogs of big food and big pharma. Preferring to serve their corporate donor’s interests above the people.
Diabetes Care Changes – Blood Sugar
Section 6. Glycemic Targets
The ADA now recommends a premeal blood glucose target of 80–130 mg/dL, rather than 70–130 mg/dL, to better reflect new data comparing actual average glucose levels with A1C targets.
This is complete and utter nonsense. My goals of my own personal diabetes care program are to obtain and maintain TRULY normal blood sugars. Restated my goal is to obtain and maintain non-diabetic normal blood sugar, and your goals should be too.
Why Recommendations Are Harmful
The ADA’s previous range of 70-130 mg/dl was harmful enough, suggesting that a diabetic could be 130 BEFORE consuming a high carb, grain based meal is PATHETIC advice!
Most diabetics with 130 pre-meal will be 200+ after eating 45-60 grams of carbohydrates with the meal. (The ADA recommends 45-60 grams of carbohydrates per meal, not including snacks)
So as bad as the 70-130 mg pre-meal recommendation is, to update the guidelines to 80 – 130 mg/dl, suggesting that 70-79 is not advisable … just makes my blood boil.
Here is a post explaining my blood sugar targets and why I chose them. Research and my personal example shows that I am on the correct path.
Diabetes Care Changes – Statins
Section 8. Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Management
Recommendations for statin treatment and lipid monitoring were revised after consideration of 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines on the treatment of blood cholesterol. Treatment initiation (and initial statin dose) is now driven primarily by risk status rather than LDL cholesterol level.
This next quote on this page, the same ADA sanctioned website.
Statin therapy should be added to lifestyle therapy, regardless of baseline lipid levels, for diabetic patients
FOR ALL DIABETICS!!!
This is infuriating. The American Diabetes Association is keeping ‘in step’ with the American Heart Association in the promoting of statins … for ALL diabetics.
Diabetics are at risk for heart disease but NOT due to cholesterol consumed but because of HIGH BLOOD SUGARS and a high carb grain based meal plan. The meal plan the ADA promotes!
Most type 2 diabetics know all about the ‘diabetes drug regimen’. Regardless of cholesterol or blood pressure levels many (almost all that I know) are automatically given cholesterol, blood pressure and a diabetes drugs.
The update in guidelines codifies the practice of prescribing statins … NOT because of need but because of ‘risk status’. A sad day.
I eat a high fat, high cholesterol diet. Dietary cholesterol is our friend. if you doubt me read this post, “Saturated Fat and Cholesterol“.
Diabetes Care Changes – Blood Pressure
The recommended goal for diastolic blood pressure was changed from 80 mmHg to 90 mmHg for most people with diabetes and hypertension to better reflect evidence from randomized clinical trials.
This like most of what the ADA does leaves me dumbfounded. I will admit that I am not an expert on blood pressure but …
Healthy people I know, do not have a diastolic blood pressure in the 80-90 range. My highest recorded blood pressure was 150 / 90 … and that was when I was obese and chronically sick. The doctor threatened to put me on blood pressure drugs at the time, and this was before my diabetes diagnosis.
My diastolic blood pressure since has been in upper 50’s to low 70’s typically. (drug free)
Diabetes Care Guideline Changes
On every count … the new diabetes care changes are a FAIL! Unless of course you have stock in Big Food, Big Pharma or the Medical Industry.
The ADA is CAUSING MORE HARM!
Raising blood sugar targets is WRONG!
Handing out statins like candy to people simply because they are diabetic … is a FAIL for diabetics but a BONUS to statin drug manufacturers. I will never take a statin again. NEVER.
Raising the Blood Pressure targets … is not healthy either in my opinion.
I wish you all peace, love and normal blood sugars. :)
Reduce Your Blood Sugar the Warrior Way
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.