What We’re Reading: Reactions to the ADA’s New Guidelines

As we reported in a few days ago in the blog entry "ADA’s New Guidelines OK Low-Carb Diets for Weight Loss," the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently released its 2008 Clinical Practice Recommendations. A major change since last year is the ADA’s recognition of low-carbohydrate diets as an option for weight loss. This change has drawn mixed reactions from diabetes bloggers across the Web.

In his blog at MyDiabetesCentral.com, David Mendosa writes that the ADA’s new guidelines are an improvement, but laments the organization’s “lukewarm conclusion” about using the glycemic index as a way to improve blood glucose control. He argues that the ADA has blown concerns about the glycemic index out of proportion, and that controlling the way carbohydrates are consumed can be valuable for anyone with diabetes, not just those who want to lose weight.

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Also at MyDiabetesCentral.com, Gretchen Becker analyzes how dietary advice has changed over the years for people with diabetes. She contends that the ADA is reluctant to make major changes in its guidelines on carbohydrates because it doesn’t want to admit it has been wrong.

At Diabetes Mine, Amy Tenderich is “underwhelmed” by the new guidelines. She summarizes several criticisms from other bloggers of the ADA’s approach to carbohydrates, and concludes that if the ADA is still featuring carbohydrate-rich recipes, there is no reason to celebrate.

The ADA cites the unknown long-term effects of low-carbohydrate diets as its reason for recognizing them as an option only for weight loss over a limited period. It does issue a reminder on its Web site with its “Recipe of the Day” that foods high in carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels the most.

This blog entry was written by Editorial Assistant Quinn Phillips.