Re: Shed the Burqa
- From: hrubin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Herman Rubin)
- Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 15:24:16 +0000 (UTC)
In article <2ad5a4b9-100e-4353-8535-50d20086fc01@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
cindys <cstein1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jul 6, 6:08=A0pm, mi...@xxxxxxxxxxx (Micha Berger) wrote:
cindys <cste...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I've always believed that carbs were bad news, and I've spent the
majority of my life on a high protein, low carb diet, ignoring all the
nay-sayers who kept trying to convince me that my way of eating was
unhealthy. I feel so vindicated.
That's still orthodox medicine among endocrinologists. The US FDA warns
against such diets because it causes ketosis, which not only ends up
burning muscle rather than fat,
It is orthodox, but there is NO study which shows that a
low fat diet is better than a low carb diet. Some
endocrinologists are up on that.
Ketosis is a byproduct of lipid metabolism. When carbohydrate is
unavailable, the body uses ketones (derived from fat metabolism) in
order to preserve muscle, not burn it.
Burning fat is what is needed to lose weight. Ketosis can be
a problem with a VERY high fat diet and VERY low availability
of carbohydrates. Some measure of ketosis is necessary to
IMHO, following the food pyramid is unhealthy and totally wrong and
the FDA just won't admit they made a mistake. But I emphasize that is
my lay opinion, and I am not an endocrinologist.
It is not too healthy, and you are right about the FDA
being unwilling to admit mistakes, or even to accept
what it does not supervise to some extent.
it can damage liver and kidneys if not
tracked and monitored. I discussed the topic with the doctor who manages
my son's diabetes. (That's Shuby; it seems that diabetes is much more
common among people with Downs.)
Type I and Type II diabetes are completely different
diseases. Ketosis is more of a problem in Type I,
especially in children, who need more carbohydrates
than adults. I am Type II, and keep up on the
I know this is off-topic, but I couldn't bring myself not to tell people
to double-check Cindy's advice (CYLMD). It's a topic of controversy, and
someone needs to make an informed decision.
I agree; the traditionalists keep trying to find
something wrong with low carb diets, and even their
biased approaches have been unsuccessful.
I wasn't really advising anybody else to adopt my diet. I was just
glad that something was being said in support of it. I have also read
that a lot of diabetics when they adopt the low-carb/high protein diet
are able to get off insulin supplementation, but this may just be for
people with type 2 diabetes. I have also read that people on the low
carb/high protein diet have low cholesterol. I haven't had mine
checked lately, but the last time I did, it was 170. I am curious to
know if Shuby is on a diet like this, and if so, if it has impacted
his diabetes. I ask this out of interest and curiosity not because I'm
advising other people to follow this diet.
This address is for information only. I do not claim that these views
are those of the Statistics Department or of Purdue University.
Herman Rubin, Department of Statistics, Purdue University
hrubin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Phone: (765)494-6054 FAX: (765)494-0558
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