It has been my perception for some time that Tudiabetes has a pro-low-carb slant. Which is fine with me since Tu does allows discussion and rebuttal of the issue from all points of view. But it appears that Tu is becoming more stridently pro-low-carb than it has been before, and I think this is worthy of discussion.
There was a recent popular discussion here that was getting personal and out of hand, so it was closed to comment. Again, that is fine with me; all forums have the right to make judgement calls and close discussions when they become too heated.
But I do have a problem with an Admin then coming onto a closed topic so that they can insert their own personal pro-low-carb opinion which will be the official last word. And since it was added under the anonymous Tu Administration account, it therefore serves as Tudiabete's official opinion on the issue.
I am referring to the discussion with a Mom who's 8 year old daughter is apparently in a honeymoon period, and is not being given any insulin LINK HERE
And after closing this discussion so that no one can contribute, a Tu Admin has just added a final post, stating "While the general rule is that the younger the individual, the shorter the honeymoon, each individual is different and we here at TuDiabetes respect that YDMV (Your Diabetes May Vary). The honeymoon phase in children usually lasts 3-6 months, but a low-carb diet could certainly extend it beyond that timeframe. " LINK HERE (emphasis added)
What's extraordinary about this statement is, first, that the Mom who started this discussion was not even feeding her daughter a low-carb diet. So has Tu decided to step into the discussion by advising the Mom that the diet she was feeding her daughter could be improved if she made it more Bernstein low-carb acceptable? If so, that strikes me as quite a public statement for Tu to be making.
The second extraordinary thing about this statement is that there is no medical evidence that I can find to back up this statement. No study has been done that indicates that a low-carb diet can extend the honeymoon phase. Nor did I see any evidence of this come out during the discussion. So this belief in the benefit of low-carb is apparently Tu's pure opinion - but it is unfortunately being stated as fact.
The third extraordinary thing about this statement is that this statement promoting low-carb eating is made instead of statements relaying the two generally accepted ways of prolonging the honeymoon phase that appear in the literature - namely intensive insulin treatment and tight blood glucose control. It is easy to find statements to this effect in the literature including the ever present DCCT study LINK HERE plus many more.
So if Tu is going to decide to shut down a discussion and leave advice for the parent of a newly diagnosed young diabetic (and thereby leave advice for anyone googling and reading this discussion in the future), wouldn't it be better to leave advice that has some medical evidence backing it up?
I find this very disappointing. Do you agree?
I didn't weigh in on the discussion but if ur going to start on our Administration I just got this to say.............I think they do a GREAT JOB and they have their handsfull with all 21000 of us.
As the one who posted the original question/comments, I have to say thank you to all of you that have been supportive and that have reached out to me individually and also to those who have defended me by reminding a few people of what I actually said instead of what they read into it. I know what I'm doing for my daughter is the right thing for her. I also know that once the honeymoon stage is over and she requires shots again it will feel like her diagnosis all over again. We will be sad, it will hurt and we will have to go through the "grieving" process all over again. I'm dreading that day but I know it will come and when it does I will embrace it because I know it's the insulin that will keep my child alive.
I'm not going to rehash any of the awful things that were said in that post or this one because I know it's futile. So, I will simply say Thank You again to those who have been so kind to me.
Shana, I'm so glad you didn't get either turned off, pissed off, or scared off! I'm sure we all mean well - sometimes we do get heated and digress into...well....
Please keep posting, and hang in there doing such a great job!
Me, too, shana!!!....+ a lot......
Shana (by the way LOVE ur name) I'm like jutpup here with all she said no need for me to resay it. Just know that we're here any time u need us.
+ a googleplex! There are many of us that care about you and your precious little girl, and we will do anything we can to help you. I'm really sorry that some people reacted emotionally and didn't really understand what you so patiently said over and over again -- they're probably so tied up in their own issues that they can't put them aside in order to try to understand someone else.
But just remember that there are many of us here for you, and please stay in touch!
Sorry I didn't post before, I've been following along the last few days and just want to tell you that I believe you're a great mom, doing the best you can to keep your little girl healthy and happy, keep up the good work. I'm also the mom of a type 1, as well as being a type 1 myself. You're wise to ignore those nasty posts and keep doing what you know is the right thing to do.
Hi Shana. My best wishes to you and your daughter as well. Keep us informed -- we really do care.