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CEO of American Diabetes Association on sugars and carbohydrates

A leading diabetes charity boss in America has released a video advising that “people should start paying attention to sugars and carbohydrates” and that “no one size fits all” when it comes to managing type 2 diabetes.

Tracey Brown, the CEO of the American Diabetes Association, has been living with type 2 diabetes herself for 16 years, and came off of insulin nine years ago. She recently gave an interview about her approach to treatment.

During the Sisters 4 Fitness podcast interview, Tracey explained how she is “mindful” of her sugar and carbohydrate consumption.

Following the interview, Tracey clarified her stance in a Twitter post: “I’ve seen comments and reports claiming breakthrough news around a lot of things that I didn’t say actually in the interview.

“I didn’t talk at all about me being keto or leveraging a plant-based diet or a high fat diet or any of those things. What I did say was that I am very mindful of the carbohydrates and the sugars that I actually consume. In fact, I’ve been mindful of this for the last 11 years and in fact I got off of insulin nine years ago.”

She indicates that there are many approaches to tackling type 2 diabetes with diet, and that “there is no one-size-fits-all therapy.” The key is focusing on sugars and carbohydrates in the body and managing them in a way that works for you.

During her video message, Tracey also refers to the Nutrition Consensus Report which was published last May 2019.

She said: “It’s full of the evidence-based recommendations. One which is that reducing overall carbohydrate intake for individuals with diabetes has demonstrated the most evidence for improving glycemia and may be applied in a variety of eating patterns that meet individual needs and preferences.”

Tracey did say she will continue to “unapologetically” tell her story and said her key aim was to “drive awareness about this awful disease”.

Photo credit: Sisters4Fitness

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