Ethilrist’s advice is pretty much canon with that prescribed by my dietician when I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. However, she was quite adamant that I eliminate refined sugars from my diet. That meant sodas, and lots of processed foods, especially ketchup. She also advised that I not eat potatoes, rice, or pasta except in very small quantities.
But my doctor told me this tale to put that in perspective. He had read a published study where they monitored the blood sugar and glycolated hemoglobin of two randomly partitioned groups of diabetic nursing home patients over the course of a month. They gave the first group a control diet of a square meal, with balanced breads, meats, fruits and vegetables, etc… the whole FDA party line. To the second group, they replaced two of those meals a day with the equivalent calorie value quantity of ice cream.
After a month, the blood sugar and hemoglobin results of the
The lesson? It doesn’t matter what kind of sugars or starches a diabetic eats. It’s calories.
I also asked him about the Atkins diet and he looked dubious, then said “For you, it’s OK.” I pressed him on it and he said “for a diabetic struggling to keep his blood sugar in control, I can’t knock it. But the Atkins diet doesn’t distinguish between good fats and bad fats, so I can’t endorse it either.”
When I’m on Atkins, my blood sugar numbers are great. But the first few months, I ate far too many eggs, and my cholesterol numbers went from great to awful. When I’m not on Atkins, my blood sugar is too high… but then, I eat candy and dessert far too frequently.