Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Metabolism Society needs your help, please sign.

I received this in my email today for my website and promptly posted it on my low carb forum but just now realised I should probably chuck it up here too for my readers whom don't frequent the forum:

I just received this in my inbox from Richard Feinman, founder of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society and editor for the journal, Nutrition and Metabolism.

Basically, it is a petition for the goal on bringing more research and acknowledgment into the effectiveness of treatments of Diabetes 2 through low carb diets rather then just intensive drug therapy which seems to be the focus. With two latest studies doing just that, resulting in one of them having to finish their study early due to too many people dropping dead!

I posted about a Management of Diabetes Case Vignette once where doctors from around the world were given some information on a 55 year old woman with diabetes 2 and asked to vote and comment on their treatment from 3 options. None of these include a low carbohydrate diet, just drugs, drugs and more drugs... go read the various comments by doctors, rarely do you see lifestyle mentioned, there was one comment where they recommend diet and exercise but not to treat the diabetes but to treat the side effects of one of the drugs!

Crazy stuff!


The NIH must acknowledge the existing science and fund more research by the experts who have experience with carbohydrate restriction as a means of treatment for diabetes.

June 12, 2008

New England Journal of Medicine published the ACCORD study results. "We investigated whether intensive therapy to target normal glycated hemoglobin levels would reduce cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes" (intensive therapy meant intensive drug therapy).

"As compared with standard therapy, the use of intensive therapy to target normal glycated hemoglobin levels for 3.5 years increased mortality and did not significantly reduce major cardiovascular events. These findings identify a previously unrecognized harm of intensive glucose lowering in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes."

An elementary understanding of science lets one recognize that it is likely the treatment (intensive drug therapy) that has the (unrecognized?) harm. A substantial background of studies shows that not reducing glycated hemoglobin is a health risk.
It is the absence of any consideration of dietary carbohydrate restriction, the most safe and effective method of improving glycemic control that is so objectionable.

Scientists are stymied. Fighting with the NIH is not simple, generally not a career builder, and the number of people involved in this trial is in the hundreds. Only the public can help. We need your help in reaching them.

Please ask your readers to contribute by signing this petition.

Thank you.

Richard Feinman
Professor of Biochemistry
Founder, Metabolism Society


Laurie Cags said...

This is so important - thank you so much for posting!

Sherrie said...

You're welcome :)

Carol Bardelli said...

I bet they sent that to all of us. I got it and posted it too. Maybe we can get enough people to sign to make a difference.

Sherrie said...

Hey Carol, yes I think so :)

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BaileyAKA said...

This might be something you'd want to share with others, a set of tips about diabetes types (in really simple, comprehensive terms):