Why Is Dietary Advice For Those With Diabetes So Bad?

Low Carb RN (CDE)

Three different conversations between a healthcare provider, and patient:

HCP: “Mr. Jones, you have celiac disease.  Your body cannot tolerate gluten.  You need to remove gluten containing foods from your diet.”

Patient: “That makes sense.  Thank you.  I will do that.”

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HCP: “Mr. Smith, you have lactose intolerance. Your body cannot tolerate lactose.  You need to remove lactose containing foods from your diet.”

Patient: “That makes sense. Thank you. I will do that.”

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HCP: “Mr. Williams, you are overweight. You also have high blood sugar.  You need to lose weight and control your blood sugar.  My suggestion is to eat a diet high in carbohydrates.  At least 55% of your diet should come from carbohydrates.  Avoid fat as much as you can.”

Patient: “Don’t carbohydrates turn into sugar?  Won’t that make me gain more weight and raise my blood sugar even more?  Can’t I just cut down on carbohydrates?”

HCP:…

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