For Day 7 of the Wego Health Writer’s Challenge, we get to pick our own topic. On Tuesday, I read a post on Diabetes Mine about carbs and fat. The post was a guest post written by Jessica Apple of A Sweet Life. Jessica wrote about Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, author of Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution in her article and several of the commenters also discussed Dr. Bernstein (including me). One of the commenters asked if Dr. Bernstein had done any actual research or just published consumer books. There are studies out there showing the benefits of low carb.
Like any study, you can take it leave or it. Although I do like to see studies, I also know that a study is not the end all as to whether something will benefit me or not. When I brought up the Joslin study that said:
those individuals almost never showed any worsening of eye disease after the first 17 years.
My eye doctor said that those studies are good unless you are that one person that is the one that ends up with a problem. It has now been 16 years since I last had laser surgery for diabetic retinopathy, so to me, that study offers hope that I won’t have to go thru that again. However, I also know that study is no guarantee that I won’t have problems. I personally would much rather believe that everything is going to work out OK in the end than sit here wondering every day if I am going to end up blind.
As far as the subject that started this post, I believe that every one of us is different and we need to find what works for us. I do lower carb because that works for me. I tried to do as low as Dr. Bernstein suggests and that doesn’t work for me. I also don’t want to go thru life and never have another piece of pizza or a piece of cake again like he would have you do. My mother is cooking Easter dinner tomorrow and she makes the world’s best mashed potatoes and stuffing. I intend to enjoy every last carb on my plate because they will be very bolus worthy!
My meter and my waistline tell me what foods are good for me and which ones cause me a problem. I don’t need a study to tell me what I should be or should not be eating. Someone working construction or some other physical job is going to need a lot more calories than someone like me who is very inactive. There are cultural or religious reasons why some people eat the way they do. Unfortunately, the high carb foods are a lot cheaper than healthier foods and when someone doesn’t have money, they can’t afford to eat very healthy. Some people are vegetarians and don’t want to eat meat or meat products. Some people have other health problems or allergies that effect what they eat.
Over the years, I have also seen plenty of food conversations that one person says they need to bolus for a food that sends someone else low. I bolus for coffee, but other people can drink it without worrying about blood sugar. A lot of people have problems with rice, but that is actually an easy food for my blood sugar. We are all different and you need to find what works for you, not what works for me.
Find foods that work for you, your meter and your lifestyle. Don’t worry about what some study says. If you are that 1 in a billion person that it doesn’t work for, it won’t matter what it says anyway.
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