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Aug 21, 2012 03:46 PM

Diabetes on the rise

If diabetes is on the rise.. why don't more stores carry more products? AND/OR I guess my really question is why don't more companies make 'sugar-free' products.. is it just too expensive?

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  1. Cost is likely a factor, but part of the issue is that people won't buy them. My hospital has gone on a health kick, revamped the cafeteria menu, and ordered the vending machine suppliers to only stock bottled water, diet sodas, some energy waters, and healthy snacks. When we had they typical Cokes-Doritos-Snickers in the machines they would be stripped to the bones by Sunday night. Now, there's always a great selection of healthy stuff left at all times.

    1. Diabetics don't need "products" we need produce and proteins like meat, poultry and fish. All of that is readiliy available. All that high starch/carb artificiallly sweetened junk just adds to the epidemic.

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      1. re: mcf

        I see all kinds of products aimed at diabetics and dieters. I agree with mcf though, diabetics need quality produce and meat/fish, not sugar free science experiments. Using non-food chemicals to trick the mind is a gimmick that not only fails to address the underlying issue of the body's sugar/starch craving and addiction, and likely exacerbates it. Weight gain and metabolic syndrome are strongly linked to artificial sweeteners in numerous studies and it's very likely that artificially sweetened foods fowl up the body's appetite regulation and food storage.

        I don't mean to preach to anyone, but it's extremely frustrating having a sister and mother with diabetes who follow the ridiculous and harmful advice given given out by most of the medical community. For example, this article I saw yesterday:

        Written by someone with a Masters in Public Health and a reviewed by a medical doctor. It's absolutely mind boggling.

      2. Yes, diabetes can be a lifestyle disease...a product of what we consume, and what we're told to consume--what's touted as "healthy". The good news is that diabetics (and those who cook for them and love them, like me) can learn to manage their BG through watching their diet and their bodies' reactions to various foods. I learned that from the previous poster, mcf.
        Sugar free products aren't even close to being a magic bullet. But you're right, like big pharm lots of companies take advantage of consumers when selling low-sugar or low-fat stuff.

        I will say that in my area of the country (New England), it's annoying tough to find quality, varied produce year-round without paying a premium. But that is a product of geography.

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        1. re: pinehurst

          It's true that winter veggies tend toward the starchier squashes and root veggies. I sub yellow and white turnips, celery root, fauxtatoes (steamed, pureed cauliflower with butter) and make low carb meatloaf, braises, roast chicken over a bed of onions and lemons and/or fennel wedges... and teeny weeny red skinned sweet potatoes shared by two of us.

          So glad you're having success and seeing results. You're a VERY quick study. ;-)

        2. Any diabetic with an IQ over 80 can figure out what they should or shouldn't eat.

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          1. re: beevod

            Not true. Especially when ADA guidlines tell them to eat mostly sugar and starch.

            1. re: beevod

              Actually, that's a bit condescending and not true, beevod. Nutritionists in hospital recommended that my DH (after he was diagnosed as Type II DM) eat plain whole grain oatmeal and whole wheat toast for breakfast, as long as his total daily carbs were under 300. (He's 6'2" and over 200 lbs). This plan spikes his BG---so lots of diabetics who might take the advice of "experts" might just inject more Novolog and go merrily along.

              Not all veggies are DM friendly. Most fruits aren't. Balancing a DM lifestyle with a busy life, and sometimes other health issues (like BP) is not easy, and not always a cut and dry process.

            2. You would have to train a bunch of North Americans to give up a major part of their diet, because the average diet is high in starch, and refined starch at that. In terms of sugar, it is pretty easy to avoid it in the supermarket. Its really hard to avoid it in a restaurant. But carbs in general are your enemy if you are diabetic. You have to retrain your eating, and if you've been eating a diet high in sugar, that is very hard.

              You might have a look at this site:

              There are some specialty products there that are sugar-free. Good luck to you.