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Diabetes and Monounsaturated Fats

Diabetes and monounsaturated fats

An Australian orthopaedic surgeon amputated his patient’s leg at the knee. The patient had diabetes (and gangrene as a complication); in the course of follow-up, the surgeon advised his patient about diet and  nutrition for better management of diabetes. Later this doctor has been silenced by court order, from giving nutritional advice.

Diabtes and monounsaturated fats

It seems an anonymous person contacted the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and complained that doctors should not be giving dietary advice.  How ridiculous! The reality is that remedies for many diseases overlap in several professions. This seems to be a very worrying legal decision. “You are what you eat” is the basis of many ancient and modern medicine disciplines. The separation of professions (nutritionist v. physician) should not interfere with advice on diet.

Diabetes and monounsaturated fats

All fats are created equal but some are more equal than others.  So “High Fat” must be defined.   In the LCHF world,” high fat” means mono-unsaturated fats like coconut oil and coconut products, olive oil, peanut oil, butter and avocados. Typically they are fats which solidify in the fridge; they protect the metabolic rate and insulin sensitivity among other things.

Professor Tim Noakes is a respected South African sports scientist who recommends a high fat, moderate protein diet as an effective solution for pre-diabetes. His plan entails eating protein and high-fat mono-unsaturated foods and avoiding carbs. He has been talking about this for years.

Diabetes and monounsaturated fats
The chronic disease epidemic of the 21st century.

Dr Annika Dahlquist from Sweden is also a pioneer in LCHF. She too, was criticized for recommending a diet when nutrition was not her area of specialty. Carbohydrate restriction can be profoundly beneficial as it can reverse obesity and in some cases Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The evidence in favour of doctors giving nutrition advice is beginning to stack up for them.

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