Yesterday I did a "Type 2 - Patient Conference" course (which replaced the Xpert course in the North East Essex area). There were 21 participants and 4 "Experts" covering, general diabetes, diet, psychology and carbs. We were split across 3 tables with the Experts rotating. There were the usual messages about Type 2 being progressive (this word was used several times offering no hope which was disappointing). Some of the good things were explaining insulin resistance, the role of the pancreas, insulin, the liver, kidneys and HbA1c. Complications were also detailed. The Big Surprises In the carbs section they had a carb pile and non - carb, we had to say which foods went on which - many were surprised. There was no slight of hand regarding pasta, potatoes, rice and similar. There was some good advice not to double up on carbs e.g. potatoes and lasagne, and reducing the portion size of spaghetti Bolognese. They had one card which was low carb, omlette with salad, which they said could be replaced with vegetables. The Expert presenting this section said carbs are meals should be between 30 and 50 grams across 3 meals. I asked what if you are eating twice a day, the response was 2 x 30, I pushed and said wasn't this low carb, she replied this was enough. In the general diabetes section the Expert stated 30 to 60 grams per meal across 3 meals. I make this an "official" minimum of 90 grams of carbs which is low carb territory. Note that I did not include high fat. Saturated fat was metaphorically executed as the devil incarnate, with just olive oil alongside vegetable oils being promoted. The Experts also said that the Eatwell Guide is getting revisited. Has anyone else experienced this change of position or is this just a local Essex thing.