How the Media RUINS People's Perceptions About our Diabetes...

So, I got the Diabetic Living Newsletter this week, in my inbox for their newest magazine, or articles, or whatever... And I really don't get it. I really don't, because we know so much about Diabetes these days, yet we are still talking down to people about "table sugar," as if we were in 1985. Yes, their top two articles are: "The Best Low-Sugar Foods," and "Our Best Low-Sugar Desserts"... And... not only do I find it wrong to focus on things like "low sugar," because it's NOT sugar that causes our Diabetic issues and complications... but telling people that multi grain eggo waffles, and juice, are okay choices because they are "low sugar," and "light," seems pretty counterproductive to me... :/ Did we knock ourselves over the head and forget to carb count, and teach people how to carb count??? Why are we teaching people to focus on sugar? This is the kind of thing we want to fight! People's ignorance that they think we can't have sugar, or should avoid sugar... :/ While I know that some of these "low sugar" foods are not as high in carbs as they were before, they are STILL high in carbs after the sugar is removed, and we still NEED to tell people that they need to focus on the carb count... NOT the sugar count. People just can't tell the difference, and it helps them live in ignorance thinking all they have to worry about is total sugars, and not carbohydrates! Sigh...

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Tags: focus on sugar, frustration, media

Comment by Lisa on August 31, 2010 at 10:40am
Have you written them a letter/email to suggest some changes? It sounds like you have some very valid points that you could help with educating. I'm not sure why anyone who gets diagnosed isn't told about carb counting but for some reason it doesn't seem to be that common? I am always shocked when someone I know is now taking meds of some type (usually a t2) and no one mentions carb counting at all? Actually one person I know was just told by her doctor how dangerous it is!!!!! So there's the answer, it's starts in the doctor's office and keeps going on in publications and such. Sad but true.
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on August 31, 2010 at 10:49am
I am waiting until I'm not as angry, Lisa. lol I'm not a good letter writer when I am highly p***ed at the world. hehe
Comment by caprifoglio on August 31, 2010 at 11:56am
Geez. That is weird. Carbs are totally what you're supposed to read labels for.
Comment by Laura S. on August 31, 2010 at 12:02pm
I've just taken on a job doing some social media work for a diabetic friendly, celiac friendly no sugar product.
The very first thing I had to do was explain why we are not concerned about 'sugar' but rather carbs.
I have had well-meaning dear neighbors buy me sugar free candy (which bothers my stomach) and tell me I should never be eating any sugar. Usually it's the more elderly folks, however not always.
It's too bad we can't get the message out better, especially to the media.
Comment by Pauly on August 31, 2010 at 12:13pm
What is interesting Liz Marie is that the whole movement of "Web Sense" is not taken into account or researched very much. Sites such as TU and Diabetes Daily give a person so much more knowledge about their condition and information on eating than reading any publication or TV programs like D Life. I was glad to see some academics this spring doing some research on this site.

As time goes more publications will not be around. Time Magazine, News-week, and so on all have dismal circulation as more and more media is on the web. This may change things in the future as more is learned at the grass roots level.
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on August 31, 2010 at 12:16pm
Problem is they are online, and this was their e-newsletter... so they have more opportunity to spread the misinformation and miseducation even more... :/
Comment by Doris D on August 31, 2010 at 1:09pm
Back in the "Dark Ages" When I took Type ! that's all ppl talked about was sugar and calories. Now the diabetic community talks of carbs. Sometimes it just takes a mountian to move a mole hill and the way the press looks at diabetes (my g-mother included in this) is you can't have sugar. Their not thinking about the carbs we have to deal with. Sad to say but true! I know we need to get more focus on the carbs but many ppl still think of "sugar diabetes" when you say diabetes.
Comment by Betty J on August 31, 2010 at 1:35pm
So true Doris that was the dark ages but some ppl still live there. It's up to us to educate others about carb counting.
Comment by Greg on August 31, 2010 at 1:37pm
Is this the same publication with print versions that are displayed at supermarket checkstands?
I can't remember the title but it looks similar - just a lot of recipies that are not really low-carb, just low-sugar. These little publications seem aimed toward Type 2's and some of the recipes look relatively healthy, but with the same emphasis on not cooking with cane sugar. They also feature pictures of desserts and headlines like "OUTSMART DIABETES" or "BEAT DIABETES WITH FOOD!" I snort in disgust when I see these things. Maybe it is not called "Diabetic Living;" I'll check the name the next time I am at the grocery store. I hope no one out there buys those things.
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on August 31, 2010 at 1:42pm
Greg, I am not really sure... but I never look at those magazines in news stands, anymore. I need to keep my sanity. lol

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