The Great Carb Debate - Dr. Bernstein vs. Hope Warshaw

It's a showdown between Dr. Bernstein's low-carb lifestyle and the traditional ADA diabetic diet.

Who's side are you on?

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Comment by Leo2 on July 30, 2011 at 1:33pm
Dr. Bernstein. The big trouble I found was that I had a habit instilled that had to be broken. It took awhile, but there is no question that life is better on low carb with protein and fat. I think my forebears in Lithuania probably had a lot of protein. It sure agrees with me.
Comment by YogaO on July 29, 2009 at 10:22am
A few points:

1 - Dr. B's demo of the "bad effects of bread/carbos" is nothing but a parlor trick, designed to shock the viewers, not truly inform them.

2- No way can you do this "debate" justice in 4 minutes, so bad on dLife.

3- For me, lo-carb is just a non-starter. I eat ALL things in moderation - it works for me AND has the virtue of being sustainable, healthy and I can satisfy cravings.

As always, YMMV, so look at what's available and make it work for you.
Comment by Ryan J. on July 26, 2009 at 7:14pm
Oh and they tell us that diabetes is not a problem just a part of our lives.
If I am told that my goal is to live a normal life, then I should feel as if I cant get a package of crackers.
Comment by Ryan J. on July 25, 2009 at 2:58pm
Let me also add that what Dr. Bernstein didnt mention in this video is quantities of meat. I am a 23 year old male. I get really freaking hungry sometimes. I crave carbs because they give me energy. If Dr. Bernstein's ideas were to work for me I would be a "meat-a-holic" which in turn puts your kidneys at risk and even your heart. I don't think massive amounts of protein are good. I agree with hope warshaw here. Balance is the key. If I want a piece of bread with my dinner, then I bolus for the bread about 10 minutes before eating it to curb the effects of the rise. If I am out at a business dinner and my choices are limited then carbs may be the only option. In my world it would be rude not to eat in front of a potential client or partner. I think Dr. Bernsteins ideas make sense but they arent practicle for our society. Just my 2 sense.
Comment by Anthony Holko on July 25, 2009 at 2:45pm
I like Dr. B showing that healthy whole wheat bread turns instataniously into blood sugar. Hope Warshawe did a great job of obfuscating. I noticed a little crack in the amour when she said not the quantity but the quality. Stalin said the was a quality inherent in quantity which is also true about carbs.
Comment by elaine peterson on July 24, 2009 at 7:00pm
Oh....and the doc looks great for his age!
Comment by elaine peterson on July 24, 2009 at 6:59pm
I love the doc.....not that I can follow his advice as strictly as he advises, but he is inspiration to try. We deserve to eat like others? We deserve to be healthy. People vary their diets in response to all sorts of ailments. At least we have an option which, while challenging, works
Comment by FatCatAnna on July 23, 2009 at 7:04am
I have a friend that follows Dr. B's diet. She maintains an even BG of 80 - but to do this - she is constantly testing BG's every hour - using 4 different insulins to keep her BG's in that range. For me, as I've told her - it's too much work. To spike from eating fruit - which Dr. B doesn't believe in eating (and yes - you can get your vitamins from not just fruit according to Dr. B) - she says it's "either the watermelon or my kidneys". You can read one of her blogs about testing out the effects of fruit at this link - To Fruit or Not to Fruit . BTW, she is very much against the ADA way of dieting for diabetes - which I think is what Dr. B sort of brain washes people to think is evil. I don't follow the ADA diet - I follow my own way of eating - always have - and perhaps am on a low carb diet - but I don't completely cut out all carbs - it's something that just doesn't work for me - as it does for others. We are all different in how we manage our diabetes!
Comment by Alexis Pollak - I Run on Insulin on July 22, 2009 at 3:51pm
Dino - good post dude - this is something I have struggled with often - carbs do cause problems for me, but I have never been able to stick to low-carb diets for too long - its just not sustainable to me! When I restrict my carb intake a lot, I seem to crave them even more. And you're right about the enjoyment of food- some of that is robbed when you feel it could be hurting you! Aaarrrg!
Comment by nel on July 20, 2009 at 7:32pm
Dino I agree , as I said in my two responses to your post .
I need the commitment from ME 24/7 to deal what's available out there , diabetes or not diabetes related.



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