Diabetes & Bodybuilding
We received an email about the article Diabetes & Bodybuilding I just read your article on the meal plan for diabetic
body builders -written by a "nutritionist" with a BSc. I'm kind of shocked, but notreally, as every encounter I've ever had with a "specialist" has beenatrocious.The article begins by highlighting the body production of glucose. Then, itgets to the diet. If I could swear here, I would **** ******* ****! Awful.So far out of
line it is dangerous.Speaking from experience, the only successful diet for diabetics is highfat, high protein and low to zero carb intake. Everything else, as yourarticle pointed out in the beginning, is turned into glucose which diabeticscannot and will not ever be able to process. Get it right - please, you'rekilling people with this bad information.My guess is that you won't care, so I'll abstain from divulging everythingI've learned unless you want to learn.BR,Andy.
Rather than enter into a pointless debate on private email, I'm raising it here for open discussion and emailing Andy the link.
The official bodies like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Diabetes UK advocate(d) a carb level of around 50% total energy (%TE), as long as it's low sugar and high GI
carbs and made up of fibrous carbs preferably low GI, with moderate protein and total fat.
Obviously, here Andy is advocating the ultra-low-carb approach to diabetes, which indeed some people follow with good blood glucose control; indeed, the ADA has come around to this idea and openly admit there are numerous approaches to a suitable diet for diabetes, eg in some of the links here
. Indeed, there's evidence that the ultra low carb approach* can be dangerous for long-term health in an already at-risk population subgroup.
However, Andy is certainly wrong to suggest that the plan is 'so far out of line it's dangerous' because, if he is, then he needs to be sending a similar email to 1,000s of other websites including the ADA, Diabetes UK and the NHS. We are certainly NOT 'killing people'; indeed, there are 100,000s diabetics living long and healthy lives on the conventional approach.
If Andy is from the UK, then, as the US count fibre in total carbs, then the mention of 'zero' carbs leads me to assume there's next to zero dietary fibre in the diet he recommends.
I'd be wrong to assume that Andy is advocating a ketogenic approach as he doesn't mention this, but it's worth pointing out that his regimen would not be ketogenic as it would be high in glucogenic amino acids.
So, also 'speaking from experience', a diet like the approach in the article, is successful for diabetics. Andy is also very wrong to assume that we 'won't care' because we certainly do.
Open to debate, and would love to hear from diabetics and the approach they take. For reference, I do feel the 50%TE carbs is a little high as it's unnecessary: I'm more for around 40%TE from available carbs and fibre with low sugar, of course. *zero carbs is not possible unless you eat solely meat