Archive | Health problems
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Is Potato Starch LCHF? About Resistant Starch 73
“I was told I was “diabetic” and had to go on drugs to control it” 21
The Result of Eating 29 Candy Bars 39
Before and After Six Weeks on an LCHF Diet 21
Yet Another Study Showing Better Blood Sugar for Diabetics on a Lower-Carb Diet 18
Normalized Blood Sugar and 135 Pounds Lost with LCHF 17
If Certain Foods Make You Sick, Just Take More Medicine 48
Small Steps or Radical Changes? 27
“Giant Leap to Type 1-Diabetes Cure” 18
Why You Should NOT Listen to Your Dietitian 19
“You Have Diabetes and You Are Going to Have It for the Rest of Your Life” 26
Time for a Gigantic Diabetes Meeting 16
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“I Finally Kept My Promise to My Mom”

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Here’s a story about a long struggle ending in success… by doing the opposite. A story about regaining health and losing weight – by eating MORE.

Christoph in Austria sent me his story about how he finally kept the promise he had given his mother: Continue Reading →

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Carb-Loaded: the Best Low-Carb Movie Ever?

This might be the best low-carb movie ever. It’s just been released and you can watch it online:

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Back in August 2013 the readers of this blog (and its Swedish cousin) helped kickstart production of Carb-Loaded.

The creators, Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen, have since done a terrific job of interviewing almost everyone in the low-carb community – like professor Tim Noakes, Gary Taubes et al (and me) – plus many other experts in food and nutrition, like Drs. David Katz, Marion Nestle and Yoni Freedhoff.

They’ve done loads of interviews, but that’s not what’s most impressive about this movie. What’s most impressive is how funny it is. I’ve basically heard all the information covered before, but I still found myself sitting with a silly grin on my face through much of the movie.

There’s some pretty impressive animation work lightening up the film too. But my favorite is the obnoxious doctor who sort of represents the conventional “wisdom” of our time. Reportedly the character was inspired by “dr Spaceman” in the TV series 30 Rock – if you’ve seen him you know what to expect.

Here’s a sneak peek of Carb-Loaded:

Did you like that? Check out the whole movie online here:

Watch Carb-Loaded

If you’d rather order a physical DVD or Blu-Ray disc, or if you want to check out other Carb-Loaded merchandise (like T-shirts) have a look at their online store. I you’d like, you can use the coupon code “DIETDOCTOR” for a 25% discount.

What do you think about the movie?

Note: I have no financial interests in the video streaming or the merchandise above.

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“Giant Leap to Type 1-Diabetes Cure”

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This is cool news. Scientists at Harvard just announced that they have managed to generate insulin-producing cells from human stem cells. This is hailed as a step towards a cure for type 1-diabetes:

BBC: ‘Giant leap’ to type 1-diabetes cure

Harvard: Giant leap against diabetes

Unfortunately, there are a couple of steps remaining to make it possible to cure people with type 1-diabetes. The cells need to be protected against the immune system, and would in reality act as a transplanted organ. This would require a life-long need for medicating with immunosuppressants for it to work – unless in the future, the cells can be made from the patient’s own stem cells.

Even in this the best case scenario, the immunosuppressing treatment might be required for a long-term effect, as type 1-diabetics also produce antibodies against insulin-producing cells, which is what triggers the disease in the first place.

There are also plans for trying to “encapsulate” the cells to protect them from the immune system without the need for medication. If this will work is not yet clear.

Finally, this is long-term a potential cure for just type 1-diabetes, which “only” one of ten diabetics in the world suffer from. Type 2 is a lot more common and is not caused by a lack of insulin-producing cells.

But still – potentially a big step towards being an important treatment consideration in the future. Continue Reading →

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“Your Best Carbohydrate Level Is the One You’re Happiest on Without Weight Gain”

Before and after

Before and after

I just got an email from Mary in Canada about how she found out where her optimal carb level is on an LCHF diet. How she finally managed to lose and maintain her weight – and reverse type 2 diabetes. Here’s her story: Continue Reading →

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A Low-Carb Diet Improves Quality of Life for Diabetics

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A Swedish study on low-carb diets for type 2 diabetes previously showed that blood sugar improved, and the need for medication was reduced. Now another analysis from the study shows that it also provided a better quality of life.

During the course of the study, the participants answered questionnaires and were interviewed in person. When this material was analyzed under direction of Associate Professor Margareta Bachrach-Lindström, an improvement in terms of physical performance, bodily pain and general health was found in the low-carb group. None of these improvements were seen in the low-fat group, despite the fact that they lost just as much weight. Mental health was unchanged during the course of the study and did not differ between the groups.

– The result is interesting and provides further argument for the idea that a low-carb diet may be beneficial for diabetics. We saw no evidence that the low-carb diet provided any psychological symptoms, as previously feared, says Hans Guldbrand.

When will diabetics cease to be subjected to low-fat diet recommendations, which provide a worse weight outcome, worse health markers and a worse quality of life?

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“I was told I was “diabetic” and had to go on drugs to control it”

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A normal blood sugar with LCHF in just a couple of days

I just got an email from Mike, who was told he was diabetic and that he had to go on drugs to control it.

However, he chose another path, the LCHF diet path. Here’s his short story:

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Try to Get It Right Next Time

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The world’s largest meeting on diabetes research is over, but next year it will be in Stockholm, Sweden – almost my home town. I’ll be there and my suggestion to the organizers is simple. Try to get it right next time.

At least, do have the courage to discuss all the research showing that today’s lifestyle advice isn’t working for people with diabetes, but instead unfortunately makes people sicker. To ignore this fact is unreasonable and unethical when 5 million people die from their diabetes every year.

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My Blood Sugar After Two Different Meals at the Diabetes Conference

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Here’s the obvious thing, that is being ignored at the diabetes conference. Instead, medications, advanced tests and molecules are discussed.

Above are my blood sugar levels after the lunch bag (with chips and chocolate) at the conference, and then after a decent low-carb lunch, that I bought at a restaurant.

The tests are represented above with red circles (the chips lunch) and green triangles (eggs, olives and tuna fish salad and a goulash soup), respectively. Unfortunately I measured my blood sugar far fewer times after the second meal, but the difference is still obvious.

These are the results in a healthy, lean person. How much bigger do you think the difference would have been for a diabetic that really doesn’t tolerate large amounts of carbohydrates?

None of the drugs presented at the conference are without side effects. Yet, even combined, they won’t come close to providing the same effect that you get from just changing what you eat – which also provides many more benefits than just blood sugar improvements.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to make money from serving diabetics quality food. There’s big money in daily pills and injections. And it’s hard to make scientists and pharmaceutical business leaders change their view if it leads to a loss of income. Continue Reading →

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Another Lunch at the Diabetes Meeting – and Another Test

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Perhaps a somewhat better lunch the day after the last one, which says a lot about how horrible the former lunch was.

I didn’t eat from the conference bag above, but instead I went to a restaurant where you could buy real food. The idea was to test my blood sugar and compare with the last test:

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Where’s All the Research on Lifestyle and Diet?

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Professor Nyström and Dr Tengblad

What’s wrong with the world’s largest meeting on diabetes research? Nobody talks officially about the real problem. A problem that has been demonstrated in two gigantic studies in recent years. Studies nobody has the courage to talk about.

The market for diabetes research and diabetes medications will only increase as long as the silence continues. More and more people will get sick unnecessarily.

At the meeting, I got the chance to talk quite a bit with Professor Fredrik Nyström and Dr Anders Tengblad. They both have, just like I do, a keen interest in the importance of lifestyle for diabetics.

Official discussions about this were almost entirely absent from the conference. Despite over 1300 presented scientific articles and discussions, there were not very many about eating significantly less of what diabetics don’t tolerate (carbohydrates). How many do you think? The correct answer is… zero!

It’s in the context of this that the junk-food lunches are not only ironic, but also a symbol of the total silence about the real problem. Continue Reading →

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