Diet Doctor Upgrade

The interest keeps growing. Once again the blog traffic to DietDoctor.com (and the Swedish version) is too large for our current server. We’re planning a move to a larger one (monthly traffic of up to 10TB). That should be enough for a while.

The switch will take place soon and at that time the site may be down temporarily.

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Baby Sister 50
Bacon art 6
OT: Not Exactly Paleo 15
Happy New LCHF Year! 2
An Easter Egg 16
Angry Birds Pork Rinds 2
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Vacation Time 8
Strategic Planning Days for Diet Doctor 17
Expecting our Paleo Baby 63
At the Diabetes Meeting in Vienna 0
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13 Comments

  1. mezzo
    Brilliant. I am trying to alert as many people to it as I can by sharing the post on my timeline. As loads of other people must do - and it seems to work!!! Congratulations, Andreas!!!
  2. DoragonMama
    Congratulations on the traffic, I am glad people are seeking you out.
  3. finn
    In Finnish media this research was introduced that LCHF increases risk to have diabetes II. Big headlines "LCHF diet is to diabetes" https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/32388
  4. finn,
    That is silly as that study doesn't test anything similar to LCHF at all. And it's just an observational study.

    As usual observational data can not prove cause and effect. Also there are plenty of such studies showing increasing prevalence of diabetes correlated to higher intakes of carbs.

    More interestingly much more reliable studies (intervention trials) and loads of experience (including my patients) consistently show improved diabetes with low carb diets.

  5. Alexandra M
    finn - That is ridiculous. Before the discovery of insulin, the ONLY successful treatment (in that it kept people alive) for Diabetes (Type I) was carbohydrate restriction. It is now the standard at Duke University's Lifestyle Clinic to treat Type II diabetics with a carbohydrate restricted diet, and they've been doing it with considerable success.

    Diabetics who follow the advice to adhere to a low fat diet are told to keep increasing their insulin dose to compensate for the additional carbohydrates. In other words, they're being told to follow a diet that makes them sicker and sicker and then to increase their medication as their symptoms get worse. That sounds like "crazy" to me.

  6. Mike W
    Some constructive criticism: Doc, I think your blog is very wasteful of bandwidth. I'm a tech geek, and one thing that bugs me more than a fat-phobic medical establishment is inefficient webpage design. If your blog host is charging you per terabyte served up (vs. # of visits), you could save a lot of money with a couple simple changes.

    First of all, your images seem to be very high-quality jpg. When I visited your page today, my browser had to download 2 megabytes of jpg files. Don't get me wrong, using a lot of graphics makes a blog more interesting and easier on the eyes. But most folks won't notice the difference if you convert your images to low-quality jpg before posting. And I estimate that would reduce your page's total bytecount by 75% or more.

    Secondly, I think having 10 posts per page (before the user has to click older-posts) is excessive. Most blogs I visit are around 5, especially if there's a lot of graphics.

  7. A great problem for Dr. E! Indicates how much people are craving sound medical guidance for weight and related health issues.

    Also demonstrates how much a doctor can do in helping people to deal with this obesity epidemic. People want medical advice they can trust that gets results. I've been reading various lowcarb/paleo/primal/keto sites for years, and any time a doctor gets on board the site explodes with people wanting to read his/her recommendations.

  8. Margaretrc
    Finn, I hope people in Finnland realize that, observational studies aside, it's simply not logical that a diet that restricts the one macronutrient that has the greatest impact on blood sugar is responsible for causing/worsening a disease in which the body has difficulty processing that nutrient. It defies logic.
  9. Alexandra M
    Derp. Thanks, Margaretrc for saying what I was trying to say more clearly, which was "If something successfully treats a disease, it is logically impossible that it is that thing causing the disease."
  10. Mike W,
    Thanks for the tips! They are worth considering. However, I'd rather pay extra for bandwidth then use low quality pictures or small pages. At least as long as it does not make the page too slow for people browsing on their phones etc.

    I guess you could say that I'm a quality geek. ;)

  11. finn
    Thanks for the replies. Sad thing is that every big newspaper mentioned that research as 'more carbohydrates means less diabetes II'. It's sad all those newspapers reach around 2 million people and not everyone have any critical view on what they write. Here is one example of news about that study:

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=fi&sl=fi&tl=en...

  12. Alexandra M
    finn - Sounds like another vegan activist. They're pretty much the ones who claim that "too much protein" is bad when what they really mean is "animal products are bad." It's amazing that newspapers just pass this stuff along without doing any fact checking.

    It's like the whole meat uproar a few weeks ago - but at least that study was from Harvard, flawed as it was. Maybe it's the translation, but isn't a "doctoral paper" a PhD thesis?

  13. Spending ones life in academia will teach you that studies can generally get the results desired, especially depending on the funding source. You only have to look back at all the studies that helped keep the tobacco industry going strong for so long with "results' that concluded that there was no credible evidence to link tobacco with cancer. But Science means studies will be tested, replicated or not, and eventually the truth will out.
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