How people with diabetes are kept sick in the hospital


This is disgraceful. It’s how people with type 2 diabetes are kept sick in the hospital. Here’s an e-mail from Mariane:

Hi Andreas,
I live in Calgary, Canada and have been a member of Diet Doctor for since the beginning. I just want to show you what my recently diagnosed with diabetes father in law gets fed in the hospital.

Banana, cookie, crackers, fruit cup, pudding, bread, chilli and Ensure. This was lunch. I am totally shocked! All the dietician keeps saying is watch the fat. Omg! Glucerna (diabetic Ensure) has 25g of sugar instead of 35g in the regular Ensure. They are killing us!

This is why diabetes type 2 is considered to be an incurable, progressive disease. It’s because the usual care makes it worse, covering the problem up as best we can with more and more drugs.

Reversal of diabetes type 2 is very possible. But it requires not eating hospital food and not following insane high-carb diet advice from dieticians.


How To Cure Typ 2 Diabetes

Losing Weight and Reversing Diabetes – Maureen Brenner
The 2 big lies of type 2 diabetes – Dr. Jason Fung
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Diet & Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar
How to Cure Type 2 Diabetes – Dr. Jay Wortman
 LCHF for Obesity and Diabetes – Dr. Jay Wortman


  1. Wendy
    I live in Saskatchewan Canada and my dad was in the hospital for having a heart attack he was fed ice cream and other sugar and starchy things.
    Reply: #22
  2. Sue Duffin
    I am type 1 and after being told by my specialist that 'we no longer count sugar we now count carbs' my hbic is now higher than it has ever been and my sugar levels stay above 15, hitting 20 often. I'm thinking of throwing away their instruction and going back to checking the sugar content of my food and drink
  3. Apicius
    I would eat about 1/4 of the chile, 2 carrot sticks, the little container of butter and drink the tea without sugar. I would then beg the nurse to bring me more containers of butter.
    Replies: #4, #5
  4. bill
    And she would report you to the doctor.

    Seems a no win situation.

  5. robert
    I don't see any butter anywhere. Good luck with the margarine!
  6. Barbara
    When my father was in the VA hospital he was fed something very similar! They knew he was diabetic, and yet he was fed starches, sugar, etc! I wish I could go back in time and be a better daughter/advocate with what I know spread the word like this site does ( I have learned so much from it plus the internet), is the best I can hope for...
  7. joseph demegillo
    Guess what they feed diabetic patients in my ward,,,2 slices of toast in the morning, then porridge or cornflakes after plus orange juice....this is allowed in the diabetic wonder patients get high sugar at lunch time...then another carby lunch of either sandwich, or pasta or meat with seems carbs after carbs are being fed to patients...then when blood sugar is erratic the endocrinologist will just adjust dose of insulin or oral hypoglycaemics...what a stupid way to control diabetes......
  8. George Henderson @puddleg
    Dietitians are out to lunch, and guess what lunch is.
  9. chris c
    A diabetic friend who was in hospital some time back described her diet as

    "Carb sandwiches on toast with cow carbs, washed down with orange juice"

    Another was told she could manage her own diabetes herself. When she came round from the anesthetic she discovered her insulin and meter had been kidnapped and she was put on a Sliding Scale of insulin and her BG kept over 8 at all times "because we don't want you having hypos"

    Reply: #10
  10. robert
    Is that legal at all?

    a) I'd classify this as theft
    b) Forcing a patient to almost 2x normal BG, is that a criminal assault already?

    The claim "we don't want you having hypos" sounds half-resonable at first, but without the hospital staff knowing anything about the patient's history regarding blood-sugar control, stability... this is nonsense.

    Dr. Bernstein has a couple of videos on his youtube channel discussing how to deal with hospital stays as a diabetic and "uncooperative" staff.

    One tip was to NOT telling them that you bring your own test-gear and insulin, to prevent them from stealing it.

    Once again, it seems that the medical complex is absolutely clueless about how to deal with this chronic condition. I could understand shooting for a somewhat higher BG during surgery to avoid lows, but once the patient is conscious again and capable of taking care of BG control, they should stay out of it completely.

    Reply: #11
  11. Apicius
    I think you are correct, Robert. This is criminal behaviour.
    I think the medical industry has confused Hippocratic Oath with hypocritical actions.
  12. chris c
    It's customary here (UK) for hospitals to insist you bring all your medications in with you so they can take them away and replace them with what they *think* you should be taking instead. I could tell you the farce I went through trying to get my mother released when it was time for her to go home but you'd think I was making it up.

    If I could remember where I saw it I'd link to a horror story of a Type 1 who dropped his last vial of fast insulin and went to A&E (Casualty) to see if he could get a replacement. He ended up with a severe hyper and was admitted, after which they gave him a life-threatening hypo.

    If a patient screws up on hospital premises the hospital could be sued, but if the hospital makes the screw up they are covered from prosecution as long as they are Following The Rules.

  13. Sandra
    My diabetic husband has been in the hospital quite a few times and lost his leg to amputation just over a year ago. He was given these same types of foods. I had to bring him foods from home and sometimes go to the hospital cafeteria to buy him healthier choices. Last time, they did not charge for that, they charged it to his room cost. Hospital dietitians do not know much about "real" nutrition and even less about how to feed patients with specific conditions. We also take all of his meds and insulin on his hospital trips and he insists on managing his own medications and insulin. Sometimes they balk at it, but legally, they cannot stop you or force you to let them administer it. There is such a thing as patient rights, and we have to learn those and insist on their cooperation and perhaps threaten with legal action if they do not cooperate. If we don't, they'll kill us with their ignorance.
  14. ali
    I was in the ERI Scotland in December 2015. They couldn't have been kinder .

    I was in a small renal ward with 3 much older diabetic women. Every night in hospital the tea trolley came round at 9pm and these diabetics were offered chocolate gateau or lemon drizzle cake. Which they enjoyed! One lady needed insulin injections first thing every morning. Her sugar levels were over 20.

  15. Sandra
    Her sugar levels were over 20? You must have made a typo. As for giving diabetics these treats, yes, I'm sure they enjoyed them. However, enjoyment is not the issue here--health is. These treats are unhealthy for anyone, and even more so for diabetics, who should not be eating these things. They should have been given healthy foods instead.
  16. chris c
    Multiply UK/European numbers by 18 to get US numbers.

    I know a couple of diabetics in the UK who were put on steroids and left running BG of 20 - 30 (360 - 540), yet in other countries and even in other towns/hospitals in the UK they would be given medication, medication increases or even temporary insulin to stop this happening. Very unlikely though that they would be prescribed a low carb diet, my understanding is that while not yet a legal requirement, hospital and other institutional food MUST adhere to the Eatwell Plate/Food Pyramid.

  17. Chris
    Please know that blood sugar levels during illness and post surgery will go up, much, much higher during recovery. It depends on where you were before surgery/illness that should dictate where you are kept after surgery/illness.
    That's no excuse for feeding crappy carbs to your healing patients, but many bodies are not ready for a high fat or even regular protein diet during recovery.
    Personally I would bring in a quality bone broth (populating my freezer) enhanced with some organic gelatin to sip on regularly. Too bad they make you hear it in the microwave of all things. So ignorant!
  18. Mia
    I had exactly the same experience with my Dad in Edmonton last month. One doctor spent weeks 'tweaking' his diabetes medications since his diabetes was out of control (he was admitted for a blood infection caused by cellulitis, caused by - diabetes). Fast forward a few weeks and in a rehab facility he is being given one hardboiled egg, juice, and toast for breakfast, no bacon 'because that's bad for diabetes'. Orange juice and low fat yogurt for snacks. I don't get it.
  19. Arthur H
    To read my story, Google : "Whatever it is that you are doing, keep doing it"dietdoctor.
    When I was in hospital, some of the nurses smuggled lots of butter to me.
    At the time I knew nothing about LCHF, in fact I had no idea what a carbohydrate is.
    I only knew that the hospital's "heart healthy diet, " with margarine, was suspect.
    It was only when I was discharged from hospital with a box of pharmaceutical drugs, with advice that I would have to take them for the rest of my life that I decided to ask the question.
    "If the impressive list of these drugs that I had been swallowing on doctors orders for the past fifteen odd years, were to prevent heart disease, then what the hell happened there ?"
    The good news is, that I am into my fifth year of LCHF, and looking forward to my eighty third birthday on 24th of May 2017.
    No longer type two diabetic and completely pain free, and medication free to boot.
    I am being criticized for my fanatical obsession with posting information about LCHF and the misinformation being published by those who are trusted with our lives.
    I am encourage by a statement by a man who lived just over two thousand years ago. "A prophet has no standing in his own country".They nailed him to a tree.!
  20. Kaz
    Hi Arthur I loved your story your strength and your determination has inspired me hope you had a great birthday and a very very happy birthday from me and I truly wish you many more years of great LCHF health and happiness well done and know that there are thousands of people like myself and doctors all over the world who believe in LCHF as It makes great sense . You are not lone . Congrats and thanks all the best
  21. Sally Bazaz
    I have been doing lchf for sometime l have lost about 18kg but my weight loss is stalling now.l am trying to do ef l work with food l get tempted to eat .But reading all these inspirational stories l feel l will try again. Thanx for sharing
  22. Van Dyke Arlene
    My husband was recently in hospital and put on diabetic diet carbs,carbs,and sugar. I spoke with dietician and requested meats and greens only no fruits, grains or deserts. Only water to drink, coffee black for breakfast. It was better but I still had to be there during meal times to take off the tray anything he shouldn’t have. I brought him in food as well. Never had an argument with the doctors once they saw his blood sugars drop to normal. We have to be our own advocates in these situations.
  23. Carol
    Well done you.
  24. Susan
    When I was in the Laval QC hospital for a non-diabetes issue, as a prediabetic on medication the breakfasts were 2 toasts with peanut butter and jam and margarine, and orange juice plus coffee. Lunch and dinner were better. We always got soup (just drank the broth if it had pasta), and most often a meat or fish protein, potato, veg main meal, tea, and fruit - usually I just ate the meat and veg. At times I did eat some of the other stuff on the tray as at the time I'd only cut sugars from my diet plus some carbs, but when I came home I began to seriously cut carbs and started testing my blood sugar a few times per day. My blood sugar was normal as long as I stuck to a low-carb diet. If I go back in the hospital again (fingers crossed), I'll ask them for eggs for breakfast because they did come round and ask if my menu was OK. The funny thing is some of the nurses were watch dogs checking to see if you took all your medication but when I got a 10.0 reading after a meal did not seem concerned - I was!
  25. Sandr
    My mom is lucky then. She is diabetic and in the hospital right now. This morning they gave her an apple , a cheese omelets,some cheerios and a tea. Sounds pretty good for her diabetes. Last night she had sliced turkey( not deli meat), veggies, a bowl of sliced pears and a yogurt
  26. Jameson
    Proteins and healthy fats help control sugars... was doing great till I came into hospital.
    Been here five days and nutritionist refuses to give me any form of protein ... no medical reason provided. Refuses to discuss and attend in person. We'll...

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