Where’s all the research on lifestyle and diet?


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.

Ignored Science

Nyström and Tengblad, both of whom also attended last year’s EASD, are saying that the meeting then, just as this year, completely ignored lessons learned from the new large PREDIMED and Look AHEAD studies. The latter showed that the advice still being given to diabetics – eat low fat and exercise – doesn’t work! Yet, they still go on as if nothing has happened. Nobody seems to want to even discuss what the studies showed.

PREDIMED clearly showed that a higher fat Mediterranean diet was better for diabetics than the common low-fat diet. Yet most continue as before to give advice that has been proven to work poorly.

The only clear and carefully stated dietary advice that I’ve seen at this conference was from a pharmaceutical company, educational material for health care professionals. They were telling diabetics to stay away from fat. Bread, on the other hand, contains starch, which they claim to be an “important source of energy” and bread could also contain “healthful fibers”.

With advice like this the company’s sales of diabetic drugs will increase even more. But no diabetic will get better.

Likewise, the market for diabetes research (the subject at the conference) will only increase. This, as more and more people get diabetes as a result of the dietary advice that we don’t talk about here.


Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar 

Death of the Low-Fat Diet

Lunch at the Diabetes Conference





  1. justmeint
    as in all things Andreas follow the dollar. If all it takes to reduce the symptoms of diabetes AND for many people put it into remission is to cut out carbohydrates from grains and starchy vegetables..... the pharmaceutical companies would go out of business. They are NOT into finding cures they are into making life long patients.
  2. Alain
    Pharmaceutical companies do not want to cure people ,but only to treat them. The goal is to make money, a cured person no longer bring money into the medical cartel.
  3. terrence
    This may well be yet another case of what Upton Sinclair was referring to when he said: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
  4. Amanda Renfrew
    Godzilla is storming the city and everyone is moving about their busy day. The far and few between are screaming, "Save yourselves!" but sadly, most aren't given the chance to hear.

    Thank you for sharing this information and helping raise awareness of a very fundamental subject.


  5. Jo tB
    Because my diabetes nurse (on instructions from my family doctor) wasn't satisfied with my Hb1Ac my medications have been doubled (with the threat of being put on insuline) and am being sent to a dietician. When I mentioned a Ketogenic (low carb) diet, she didn't listen to what I said, just said my meal plan needs an overhaul. Carbs need to be distributed evenly throughout the day. It's like talking to a brick wall.

    I don't expect a better approach from the dietician, but maybe I will be surprised and she will help me with the ketogenic low carb diet.

    As I T2 diabetic, you are left to your own devices if you don't follow the guidelines
    Why should we stuff huge amounts of carbs down our throat, when our metabolism can't handle them? Why should we stimulate our pancreas to produce ever more insuline, which will only increase the insuline resistancy?

  6. Eric Anderson
    Sometimes I may also say or imply zero carbs. But, egg yolkshave .3 grams and egg whites have .3 grams and heavy cream also has carbs.

    A more realistic view for me is 2.5 % of calories from carbs like eggs, cream, organ meats etcetera.

    My 36 hour fasting (Modified) diet has butter and coffee. (I have found that kelly gold salt free is better than heavy cream)

    My 12 hour feast also includes 113 grams (4 ounces or 1 stick) along with lots of fat eggs meat and a few green leafy vegetable

    Since I only have fat for 36 hours I can have controlled blood sugar and ketones with a range of protein intake around 600 calories (150 grams) divided into two meals eggs for AM and meat (Salmon, beef lamb, ) for dinner

    why not more research in this area?

    Could financial interest be a key?

    A good read might be the half life of facts

    Seem most of the problem is human nature that leads to belief and protecting ones turf.

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