Lies about diabetes

Diabetes epidemic affecting 350m – and western fast food is to blame

See, it\’s all hamburgers I tell you!

A few paras down:

Researchers also say that increased life expectancy is playing a major role.

Ah, so maybe it\’s not just hamburgers then?

As to the causes, the team attribute 70% to ageing and 30% to the increased prevalence of other factors, with obesity and body mass the most important.

Actually, it\’s fuck all to do with hamburgers.

It\’s to do with having conquered that age old problem of the human condition: insufficient calories. For the vast majority of us (with some distressing and hopefully soon to be solved exceptions) there is no cost or availability limit on how many calories we can ingest.

Which calories, yes: we can\’t all afford to eat nothing but prime rib. But that 2,000-4,000 calories a day, ranging from sensible to glutton levels of intake, is available, without problem or strain, to the majority of the global population for the first time ever.

Which is why we\’re living longer, see?

But the headline will have done its work: off everyone will go blaming hamburgers when in fact, while there are side effects, we should be celebrating the fact that we\’ve got enough food to cause minor problems rather than the not enough which causes serious ones. You know, diabetes being a better problem to have than death by starvation?

8 thoughts on “Lies about diabetes”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Anyone who blames hamburgers for anything is full of it. Yes, some fast food joints’ burgers are crap. But a good burger contains a good mix of everything the body could need – carbs from the bun, meat from the patty, eggs by preference which are just generally good for you, a little lettuce and tomato giving you one of your five vegetables a day.

    It would be hard to think of a better all-in-one meal offhand. If the government was serious about the diet advice they give us (instead of being a group of anally focused, bowel obsessed, hair shirt wearing freaks) they would recommend them.

    Although the other thing they are not saying is that it may well be the high carb diet we have been told to adopt for the last 5o years that is causing the diabetes. Cut the carbs and the blood sugar drops.

  2. Yes, So Much For Subtlety, but the problem you have there is that you’re talking sense, and the zeitgeist at the moment is talking bollocks, so really you’re just not “with it” as us groovy people say.

  3. See yesterday’s report in the BBC that early Type 2 diabetes can be reversed in many cases by taking a very low calorie (600/day) diet.

    The problem is that most GPs don’t want to know about this because they are quite happy cashing in on regular diabetes check-ups, eye-tests and prescribing metformin, statins, insulin and the Glaxo wonder drug Avandia (or congestive-heart-failure-and-blood-clots-on-the-back-of-the-eye-in-a-tablet to give it its correct name).

  4. The GP saith: “You are diabetic and always will be.”

    After a year or so of a change of diet, and further blood tests: “Of course, you’re virtually not diabetic at all.”

    Wozmean?

    P.S. The change in diet had nowt to do with fast food – it was a reduction in carbohydrate intake and, perhaps above all, a rejection of purportedly healthy supermarket muesli.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    3 Alex – “See yesterday’s report in the BBC that early Type 2 diabetes can be reversed in many cases by taking a very low calorie (600/day) diet.”

    I know that it is probably a shameful thing to admit but I can’t wait to see NICE attempt to recommend this. It is cheap. It seems to work. It ought to be at the top of their list of diabetes treatments. But how many British people do you think would starve themselves – which is what about 600 calories a day amounts to? The next step is the fun one: does the State refuse any other form of treatment except starvation? Do they have the guts?

    “The problem is that most GPs don’t want to know about this because they are quite happy cashing in on regular diabetes check-ups, eye-tests and prescribing metformin, statins, insulin and the Glaxo wonder drug Avandia (or congestive-heart-failure-and-blood-clots-on-the-back-of-the-eye-in-a-tablet to give it its correct name).”

    Yeah but realistically, people will take a pill. They ain’t going to reduce their food intake to 600 calories a day. Not, and I mean this literally, to save their lives.

  6. So Much For Subtlety: “Yeah but realistically, people will take a pill. They ain’t going to reduce their food intake to 600 calories a day. Not, and I mean this literally, to save their lives.”

    True but ask a GP what the chronic illnesses on his books are worth to him in take home pay.

  7. I’m a Type II diabetic, and a double 1/4 pounder with cheese and extra bacon is just about a perfect mixture of protein, fat and carbs.

    As for the severely calorie-restricted diet: if I tried to limit myself to 600 calories a day I’d be very, very ill very, very quickly. I have a BMI of about 23, so I could stand to lose a bit, but my disease is under control and non-insulin dependent. I’d be hypolycemic the whole time, and the nausea with long term low blood sugar that I get means I’ve had to buy some of the same anti-emetics they give to chemo patients.

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