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Dec 2014 update: New research on the Low Carb Diet in general practice

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by Southport GP, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Madbazoo

    Madbazoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My GP and DN are now accepting this approach having looked at my results on LCHF for last 6 months but are still reluctant to pass the message on to other patients. I offered my services as a mentor to other patients but was turned down because of patient confidentiality.

    How can we get this message out to other diabetics? It would save the NHS thousands on reduced meds as well as the complications.
     
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  2. sanguine

    sanguine Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It should be a no-brainer shouldn't it? But [cynic] NICE need to play ball and the drug companies would lose profits. Similar arguments with statins. Oops did I say that out loud? [/cynic].
     
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  3. Ian DP

    Ian DP LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I think The problem is, the NHS policy / guidelines do not recommend low carb higher fat diets. Thus no NHS employee can recommend it (though many accept it when patients show good BG results).

    I guess any pct / Dr surgery can do their own trials, like southportGp, but in doing so have to do detailed follow up checks. These checks are obviously an added expense, but southportGp is showing how patients health is improving, hopefully more gps will start to do this..... And then maybe the policy makers will take note.
     
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  4. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    Has anyone spoken with Diabetes UK who should be our lobby group on this topic?

    I myself have lost 8kg on lchf and tied in with weight training, have seen a body fat reduction so far from 25% to 15% in two months. BMI changed from 25.4 to 24.2. More importantly, my blood glucose levels are far more consistent and I require much less insulin to maintain that, which is what we are driven to do by all other research.

    If nothing else, lchf for type ones looks to be the the best way to me to maintain the balance and reduce the risk of complications.

    Sent from my D6603 using Tapatalk
     
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  5. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Guru
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    Many people have contacted Diabetes UK.
    So far, there has been no change. Although a couple of months ago they did issue some blurb comparing LC with normal NHS guideline diets. I thought the document (sorry, don't have a link, but you can probably find it on their site) was badly written and did nothing but fudge the issue.

    The problem seems to be that Diabetes UK has a number of sources of funding that will not benefit frompatients taking responsibility for their own health, reducing medication, and avoiding carbs.

    Their published benefactors in 2014 are listed here. Note the pharmaceutical companies:
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Diabetes-UK-Professional-Conference-2014/Sponsors/
     
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  6. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    What I find fascinating is that a low carbohydrate diet (and using only complex, low GI carbs) was what I started with 25 years ago. I'd love to see the data that pushed the endocrine services part of the NHS into what the current recommendations are.

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  7. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Me too pretty much 30years ago. The "big fat surprise" gives a lot of info as to how the diet advice came about worldwide.
     
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  8. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    I don't have diabetes!
    I have a condition that carbs and sugars are harmful to me. My condition mimics diabetes as control of my blood glucose levels cannot spike or hypo.
    Isn't that the same as T2?
    Why have my consultant and dietician recommended a low carb diet? (and it works!)
    when I was misdiagnosed T2, I got the eatwell plate! (Didn't work!)
    I have through my trials and tribulations had many a discussion with other diabetics, and the same old rubbish is still being advised, though the tide is turning, and gradually the message is getting out there!
    The last discussion my T2 wife had with our GP she had been told to eat less carbs rather than low carb! No mention of fat or what to cook with etc.
     
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    alliebee · Well-Known Member

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    That was just a brilliant book. I learned so much!
     
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  10. Ian DP

    Ian DP LADA · Well-Known Member

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    What an interesting book (The Big Fat Surprise). Not so much concerning diabetes, but they (back in the 70s) were so concerned about reducing heart attacks they ignored (covered up) all the other factors (cancer increase, diabetic increase, other fatalities etc.).
     
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    alliebee · Well-Known Member

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    And the truth re transfats. And now the alternative that is so hard to read...
     
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  12. maisiesgranny

    maisiesgranny Type 2 · Active Member

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    thanks!!!! great help. i am especially interested that some of the folk in your trial came off reflux meds. i have been in a real pickle all this year as i have had chest infections, long lasting coughs, and in the summer breathing problems. end result reflux. maybe caused by all the stress. low carb high fat diet had been doing me good. no meds needed, but to stop my reflux i have gone back to carbs. not working!!! does not help that my dn has been off for ages with a fractured wrist. maybe i'll just try the lchf again and see. going to see a respiratory consultant next week to see if anything worse is going on. had to wait ages for appt. just as well i have very supportive friends or i would be seriously depressed by now.
     
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    zand Type 2 · Master

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    @Southport GP Yes thanks for the follow up and for all your hard work
     
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    zand Type 2 · Master

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    It's great when a doctor goes to such lengths to help his patients. :)
     
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  15. littlelin

    littlelin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi
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    Hello there - that really makes me cross, when you have offered to be a mentor and GPs refuse; I was asking for one either a diabetic or/and coeliac which were both
    refused to me from the gp and the coeliac society; if it wasnt for this site and some lovely helpful people I'd have been lost. Thank you all xx
     
  16. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    You could ask whether your GP runs an Expert Patient programme? If no, ask them why not?

    Many practices do..
     
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  17. littlelin

    littlelin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Apparently not; our practice has six gps all leaving by the end of the year! What hope of anything positive at the moment :0
    will tackle any new gp that arrives, have no fear!
     
  18. Southport GP

    Southport GP HCP · Well-Known Member
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    That is so great - if you have time perhaps you could print your GP a copy of the article off
    http://www.practicaldiabetes.com/Sp.../March 2014/PP Unwin final proofs revised.pdf
    and add the work came in the top five for the finals of the British Medical journal Diabetes team of the year 2014, also I have great stats on well over 60 cases now with very similar results. Many folk have mentioned how much more energetic they feel too.
    PS 'Starch is concentrated sugar!'
     
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  19. Southport GP

    Southport GP HCP · Well-Known Member
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    I explain that despite increasing healthy fats the average cholesterol levels came down in the patients I have monitored, also fats can contain vitamins ADE&K whereas carbs have no essential vitamins that cannot be acquired easily elsewhere, finally that fats are vital in satiation -making you happy that you have eaten enough.
     
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  20. NoCrbs4Me

    NoCrbs4Me I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nice paper. :D I'm going to give a copy to my diabetic nurse :nurse: when I see her again in January. She was sceptical of my diet last time I saw her.

    However, I have a question regarding a statement in the "what to eat" section. It says: "Cheese: only in moderation – it’s a very calorific mixture of fat, carbs and protein." I'm pretty sure there's not much carbs in cheese. Am I wrong?:nailbiting:
     
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