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Doctor in the House – Watch Diabetes Reversed Using Low Carb on BBC, While Old-School Dietitians Freak Out

Do you want to see type 2 diabetes reversed on TV, using a low-carb approach? Here’s the first episode of Doctor in the House, a great new show on BBC with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Watch it above or on if you’re in the UK.

Dr. Chatterjee spends two months helping a family where the husband has out-of-control type 2 diabetes. The husband is a walking time bomb for a heart attack or worse.

The prescription? A low-carb diet, intermittent fasting (eating only allowed during 10 hours per day) and some high-intensity interval training. After a while they add 24-hour fasting a few times a week. It may be the best treatment available anywhere.

The result? A revelation. In just two months his blood sugar control improves massively, he’s already off most of his diabetes drugs and he has lost tons of weight. He feels fantastic.

Old-school dietitians freak out

Can you see how dangerous this must be? All that sudden health and weight loss? Danger is apparently what old-school British dietitians see. The British Dietetic Association immediately put out a press release:

BDA: BDA alarmed by controversial and potentially dangerous advice in BBC’s ‘Doctor in the House’

Amazingly this is not a joke and they probably do not realize how absurd they sound. Isn’t getting personalized advice based on cutting-edge science, via their own in-house doctor a good thing? Isn’t massively improved health – even being able to get off medications – a good thing?

Isn’t it perhaps even better than following obsolete guidelines via the Church of Dietetics, while staying sick and on drugs?

On the Coca-Cola payroll

On a more alarming note the British Dietetic Association may not just be behind on updating their knowledge. They’ve also had the bad judgement of getting on Coca-Cola’s payroll, accepting sugar money and even “collaborating” with Coca-Cola on education for dietitians (meaning they let Coca-Cola attempt to brainwash their dietitian members). On top of that they are sponsored by makers of sugary yogurts (Danone) and cereals loaded with sugar.

Would you believe dietary advice from a dietitian educated by Coca-Cola, or a Dietetic Organization on Coca-Cola’s and Big Sugar’s payroll?

I’d rather trust an honest doctor – who’s revolutionizing his patients’ health – instead.

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Surge in Number of UK Adults with Diabetes

The number of UK adults with diabetes has risen by more than 65% in a single decade, to 3.5 million people – a clear sign that something is completely wrong.

The Guardian: Surge in number of UK adults with diabetes

The British Heart Foundation is pouring another £3m into research on the link between diabetes and heart disease, as well as new treatments for the condition. They seem to be totally focused on the usual thing: more new drugs to reduce the damage of the disease.

Fortunately people do not have to wait for even more drugs to be available, as reversing type 2 diabetes is already possible.

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Major New Study: Getting Blood Pressure Below 120 Saves Lives – and Increases Risks

A new just-released study may transform the medical treatment of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is super common in the modern world – about a third of the adult US population have it, and another third have borderline high blood pressure. Only one third of the adult population have “normal” pressure (under 120/80). High blood pressure increases the risk of diseases like heart disease and stroke.

The most common treatment by far – and the only treatment that doctors have time for during a 10-minute consultation – is drugs. It’s not uncommon for people with high blood pressure to get one, two, four or even more drugs to take daily for controlling their blood pressure.

The question has been how aggressively to treat high blood pressure in people at risk of complications from it. Earlier studies has only proved a benefit from lowering blood pressure to below 140 systolic pressure. Studies targeting lower goals have been small and inconclusive.

This new big study – funded by the National Institute of Health and other government organizations (not the pharma industry) – compared a goal of below 120 to a goal of below 140. The results were so clear that the study was stopped in advance after 3.2 years.

The good news

Risk of premature death during the study dropped by about 1.2 percent in absolute numbers in the intensively treated group. In other words participants had a 1.2 percent greater chance of not dying during the study, due to taking more blood pressure lowering drugs. This is actually quite impressive. The risk of cardiovascular problems also dropped significantly.

The bad news

Lowering blood pressure this much required on average 3 drugs to be taken daily. Quite a few patients needed 4 or more drugs. All these drugs come with the risk of side effects.

Unfortunately the risk of serious side effects also increased – like the risk of ending up in the ER due to fainting from low blood pressure (risk up by 1.1 percent in absolute numbers) or having your kidneys damaged or totally give up on you (risk up by 1.3 percent).

The bottom line

Yes, it’s good for cardiovascular health to have a normal blood pressure. But aggressively lowering it with drugs always comes with side effects. These are not just about the serious things that makes you end up in the hospital. The more minor side effects are much more common. Feeling tired, lacking energy, gaining weight from beta-blockers, etc.

The really good news is that you can improve your blood pressure without 3, 4 or more daily drugs. And without any of the side effects. Here’s how:

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure


Big Headlines about Statins

Sunday Express

Big headlines about statins in the UK yesterday. It may not be worth taking statins if you suffer annoying side effects, unless you think a few days of extra life is worth it. Statins add a mere three days to life

I wrote about the study earlier last week:

The Terrifyingly Tiny Effect of Statin Drugs


My Facebook Review of The American College of Cardiology


Drinking just one soda a day is likely to significantly increase the risk of heart disease, as well as obesity and diabetes. This according to the latest review of available science, published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Yet the same organization that publishes this journal, the organization of 43,000 physicians and other cardiovascular professionals, is accepting millions of dollars from Coca-Cola, as a “partnership”.

This was revealed last week in Coca-Cola’s transparency report. The payments from 2010 total 3.2 million dollars, including a payment of $450,000 this year:


Coca-Cola even brags on their website about the collaboration: Coca-Cola: Meet Our Partners: American College of Cardiology

I find this mindboggling and simply not acceptable, so I wrote a review on the ACC Facebook page. If you agree with me feel free to write your own review, or like mine so that it appears higher in the listing.


Just One Can of Soda Daily “Can Increase Heart Attack Risk By A Third”

Soda drinker?

Soda drinker?

Drinking soda likely increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease significantly. This according to a just published review of the available science, from Harvard School of Public Health.

The Telegraph: One can of fizzy drink daily ‘can increase heart attack risk by a third’

Of course the effect of soda drinking on heart disease is still mainly based on statistical data, so there’s a lot of uncertainty to the size of the effect. But anything that leads to obesity and diabetes likely increases the risk of heart disease too, so it makes perfect sense.


Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research – Great New Presentation by Professor David Diamond

Have you heard that saturated fat has been wrongly accused, starting with the shenanigans of Ancel Keys? Or that a total cholesterol number is not very helpful for determining risk of heart disease? Or that the benefits of statins have been vastly exaggerated?

Probably all these facts are familiar to you already. But I’d still recommend to watch this new presentation by Professor David Diamond. I’ve heard this story many times but still found the presentation well-worth watching. Not only does Professor Diamond bring up new details to the story, he also does it in great style and with lots of (sometimes dark) humor.

Statin humor

A quick example, which of these drug ads would make you most likely to have a pill a day for the rest of your life?


Obviously the left ad is the original one, for the biggest blockbuster drug of all time. Amazingly the right ad may be a more honest and transparent way to present the exact same study finding.

The 1 percent number is the real chance that the drug will benefit you, over many years of taking it (without even mentioning the risk of side effects).

Could you even imagine a drug company printing the more honest right ad? It would look like a joke.


Do Statins Speed up Aging… Or Slow It?

Do commonly used cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) speed up the aging process? That’s what a media scare said yesterday:

I’m no fan of the common over-prescribing of drugs like statins, but this alarm is not too believable.

What the researchers showed was that statin drugs make stem cells – that rejuvenate the body – divide more slowly in a test tube. This could be expected, as statins slow access to the cholesterol building blocks needed for cell division.

However, slowing the division of stem cells is not necessarily speeding up the aging process (even if it might feel that way). As stem cells have a limited number of divisions it could actually preserve stem cells. It could be argued to likely slow the aging process.

Don’t believe every new alarm in the media. They are biased toward new shocking, especially negative, scary headlines. That’s what brings readers.

Bottom line on statins

Statins have plenty of proven side effects – like the risk of muscle pain, weakness, feeling tired and increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes. On the other hand they do reduce the risk of heart disease.

Thus statins should only be used by people with really high risk of heart disease, meaning mostly people who already have proven heart disease, like people who’ve already had a heart attack.

Statins are not vitamin pills. These are potent drugs, with a real risk of significant side effects.

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Credit Suisse: The Future is Lower Carb, Higher Fat

credit suisse logo

The fear of fat is a thing of the past. In the coming years demand for fat will soar worldwide, while demand for carbohydrates will fall. The entire world will start eating higher fat, lower carb diets (on average).

This is what a big report from Credit Suisse predicts, based on trends and the evolving medical scientific knowledge.

Bloomberg Business: No Bread, Please, Just Pass the Butter as Fat Demand to Soar

PRNewswire: Credit Suisse Publishes Report on Evolving Consumer Perceptions about Fat

The report:

Credit Suisse Research Institute: Fat: The New Health Paradigm


The report is fascinating reading and I highly recommend the first two pages (introduction and summary). It gives you a quick look into how expert prognosticators look at the evolving debate.

  • Fat is on its way back in a big way and there are no longer any valid scientific reasons to fear saturated fat or cholesterol in the diet. Global demand will rise by 43 percent by 2030.
  • Carbohydrates are the main cause of the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. More and more people understand that. The worldwide consumption will fall by 8.3 percent by 2030 (despite a growing population).
  • Surveys by the institute show that a majority of nutritionists and doctors still have outdated beliefs about fat and cholesterol, incorrectly believing it to be bad for cardiovascular health. Modern science shows this belief to be false, according to the report. This fact is likely to spread fast as more and more experts update their knowledge.

The future is lower carb, higher fat.


The First Drug to Reduce Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes Revealed! And it’s Low Carb in a Pill!

How the drug works

How the drug works

Finally there’s a drug that can help people with type 2 diabetes live longer and healthier lives.

As incredible as it sounds most drugs in type 2 diabetes – like insulin – only helps to control blood sugar. They don’t actually improve the disease or help patients live longer. Sometimes they even make things worse.

Yesterday at the huge diabetes conference in Stockholm that changed. Results from a large trial shows that the drug Jardiance can help people with diabetes get less heart disease AND live longer (besides lowering blood sugar, blood pressure and even helping people to lose weight).

This is massive news for anybody interested in type 2 diabetes. And it makes perfect sense.

While other drugs are trying to hide the problem in type 2 diabetes (too much sugar in the body), Jardiance and other similar SGLT2-inhibitor drugs try to get rid of the problem. They increase the loss of glucose via the urine, by making people pee out up to 70 grams per day of the carbohydrates they eat.

Of course you can get a much stronger effect – and avoid all of the side effects – by simply not eating the carbohydrates in the first place. But hey, nobody can make money selling that. Read free advice on how to do it.


I wrote about a similar drug (Farxiga) two years ago: Low-Carb Diet in a Pill – A Good Idea?