IMO, that is ridiculous. There is an excellent article that explains the situation, found here. The ADA is recommending that diabetics set four goals:
- Normal blood glucose, blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides), and blood pressure -- or as close as possible to these.
- Prevention of complications associated with diabetes
- "To address individual nutrition needs," according to such factors as motivation and cultural preferences.
- "To maintain the pleasure of eating by only limiting food choices when indicated by scientific evidence."
The results I was seeing mimicked other studies that are beginning to indicate that the medical community has gotten it wrong on treating diabetes, and on the effects of diet on cholesterol and blood sugar. The problem is that there is little profit to be made by telling people to eat different foods in today's drug pushing medical community: so we tell them to eat a balanced meal and take a pill.
Let's hope my sister can see the improvements that I saw, instead of eating the diet the doctor is pushing.