For the life of me I do not understand how you can blame fat for diabetes? This is straight from Wikipedia:
"Diabetes mellitus, often simply referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced."
Even if you know nothing about how he body works, this simple definition screams sugar causing disease! But the crazy thing is most of the so called experts who are apparently educated about how the body works still want to blame fat. Recently Paula Dean announced she has diabetes, big surprise, and now the media is saying its due to her famously using copious amounts of butter in her recipes. Of course it couldn't possibly be the sugar an flor she is adding the butter too!! During her announcement her sons made a lowfat lasagna with only 250 calories per slice.....the so called experts cheered on the efforts as if the lowfat would help a diabetic but the insulin response from the mainly carbohydrate meal would have no effect.
It's always a picture of the cheeseburger, meatball sub, pizza, or French fries that are shown as causation for diabetes and bad health, but it's burger, meatball, pizza and oil tht is vilified instead of the empty carbs that create an insulin response and induce a negative immune response in the gut.
How can something like diabetes, that has a cause so obvious, be so misunderstood and the misunderstanding be excepted?
I saw her on the Today Show this morning. She said her dietary changes were that she had to quit drinking sweet tea and eats "less" bread.
But then the recipes she made all were low-fat. Totally ludicrous.
And I know she was known as the "butter queen" but all of her recipes were loaded with sugar and carbs. The fat from the butter was probably what kept her from keeling over from hyperglycemia.
Butter was just a sugar delivery device more than likely.
It's probably a good idea to read Stephen Guyenet's insulin resistance series, which I think is the best exploration I've seen online of the many factors at play: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/search/label/diabetes
Unfortunately, Paula ended up with ALL of them. Large amounts of sugar. Excess calories. Micronutrient malnutrition. Inflammation from high omega-6 consumption and probably from gluten consumption. Probably little to no exercise. And coming from similar genetic stock, it might be that she and I share some SNPs related to higher t2 diabetes risk. However, I'm not planning to trip that switch. The people in my family who have diabetes all eat like Paula, the people who don't primarily eat a whole foods diet, but vary in total carb content.
Paula Deen's entire livelihood is based on the cheerful southern sprite who eats anything and everything without compunction. She has a brand to protect, so she can't very easily suddenly shift gears--or so it might seem.
Ironically, were she to embrace a paleo-type diet (perhaps with some allowances for dairy, and amounts of fruit, nuts, and seeds that hardcore paleos wouldn't go for, but would still be better for diabetes), over time, she could relatively painlessly modify her famous cooking to a much healthier style without alienating her core audience. Meat! Butter! Dairy! She could slowly reduce the sugar and carbs, and begin to increase the fat and protein, and in the process, trick her audience into some really amazing, healthy cooking that stays true to her rootsy southern style.
Deen has an effervescent, seductive (if highly curated) personality, and I'm very saddened by how she is managing this situation. Ultimately, Deen will suffer continuing health declines, while squandering an opportunity to provide a valuable service to people who could really benefit from her influence.
This article tries to be more even-handed.
I found it particularly interesting that Linda Siminerio, director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is quoted as saying, “To my knowledge no particular food has been linked to an increase in the risk of diabetes,” Siminerio said. “It’s being overweight and inactive.”
You really can't blame Paula or the media when so many qualified professionals give mixed signals about diabetes.
I was once fooled into thinking that lifestyle and dietary choices had little or nothing to do with disease and ill health. Unfortunately, that belief cost me 4" of my sigmoid colon and a myriad of other digestive issues. What I'm getting at is that the majority of our society truly believes that fat and cholesterol are bad for you and highly refined carbs are ok in moderation. I have a strong family history of diabetes and some family members are ok with injecting insulin as long as they can continue to eat the foods most likely responsible for making them sick. Talk about addictive foods and addictive beliefs.
Yes, it was the mass quantities of butter and oil that formed the waistline visceral fat strata, which probably induced the D2. But mass quantities of sugar and flour forced it to deposit. Like matches and gasoline...
Deen and every other person who has type two diabetes got it the same way...
Look, you can eat a lot of carbs, but then you better eat few to no fats. Or you can eat a lot of fats, but few to no carbs. If you eat both, well, you will get fat. period.
Deen is a big pharma shill btw.
Just in case type II diabetic didn't face enough stigma (as someone training to be a dietician, anyone with type II diabetes just completely gets blamed and faulted). The negative "oh my god, she ate fat, and now she's fat, oh no!" media reaction that now has people following her around reporting every time she eats a freaking cheese burger like it's some breaking news, is so ridiculous. Guess what? Millions of Americans are in this same position. They are diabetic because they are following flawed guidelines, and don't understand why their diet is failing them. This is the system we live in. It is broken, and as long as it is broken, people will suffer. End of story. Paula Dean just happens to have a television show, so she gets to try and make a profit off this. Everyone else just has to stay at home and shell out money for meds. It's crazy.