Okay that may seem harsh but after reading this you may not think so.
Granted I am not talking about those whom are using lifestyle changes consisting of diet and exercise, specifically low carbohydrate diets, but after reading this I wonder how many actually do.
I am referring to this diabetes 2 case vignette, I was just reading on The New England Journal of Medicine website where doctors are given a case study for a 51 year old lady seeking advice on managing her diabetes. They are given 3 treatment options and are then asked to vote on and discuss these options.
None of these options are lifestyle changes, not only that, out of all the replies, there's barely a mention, though I did see a couple of doctors question the pharmaceutical influence of these options. Low carb and weight loss through lifestyle changes are mentioned a couple of times but considering the amount of comments by doctors there you're looking at maybe a couple of percent that were for diet and exercise.
What is worse, is that the majority of the doctors don't seem to be very confident in the safety of these drugs besides insulin, yet due to their patients not wanting insulin injections, they are recommending them anyway instead of lifestyle changes or a combination there of that includes diet and exercise.
There was one doctor that not only recommended a plethora of drugs but he also chucked a statin in there as well???
Now, I am no expert on this nor am a a doctor, neither I or anyone in my close family have diabetes, I am simply a fellow low carber with an opinion *wink*
Am I right to be disgusted and horrified by reading that?
For those that haven't read this article yet, this one is really good and shows where I am coming from:
The Cure for Diabetes