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Laura Dolson

2013 ADA Nutrition Guidelines are In

By October 22, 2013

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blood Every few years the American Diabetes Association comes out with new guidelines for nutrition recommendations for diabetics. In the past, some of the guidelines have led people away from using low-carb diets to achieve blood glucose control (boo). However, the last official guidelines came out in 2008, and more recently the ADA has seemed to be veering away from that stance. So I was very interested to see the new guidelines, and they are here, hot off the presses! I have to say that I am very pleased! These are by far the most low-carb positive guidelines yet. They even go so far as to say that sugar should be avoided! Wow! (Yes, that is a hint of sarcasm you have detected.)

Although the ADA has always said that eating plans for diabetics should be adapted to the individual to help them achieve blood glucose control and other goals, these guidelines really drive that message home every chance they get. Although the Web site still says that 45-60 grams of total carb per meal is a good place to start, they then say that people may need a different amount depending on their goals. And they took the old starch-heavy pyramid off their site a few years ago. I think they are definitely heading in a great direction.

Check out my Information and Commentary about the 2013 ADA Nutrition Recommendations .

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October 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(1) Mark. says:

Where do I get back the health I lost from most of three decades trying to follow the ADA’s advice? Low-carb has helped, but it can’t reverse diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, an amputated toe, impotence…

At least the tide may be turning. I can die twenty years before my time knowing that coming generations of type 1 diabetics (I do not expect a cure soon) will get somewhat better advice than I did.

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