Alternative thinking on healthcare is entering the mainstream. Dr Aseem Malhotra, a star cardiologist in the UK, author of Poppi Diet (reviewed in Moneylife) and anchor of several television shows, has scored a huge success in his fight against conventional diet and medicine. He has managed to reduce the insulin requirements by 50% of type-1 diabetic Nathan Gill, member of the European Parliament by cutting sugar and starchy carbohydrates from his diet. Mr Gill has now urged prime minister Theresa May, also a type-1 diabetic, to do the same.
Nathan Gill was so astonished by the dramatic changes to his personal health after following Dr Malhotra’s advice to pursue a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet that he has written an open letter to Theresa May calling for an urgent overhaul of dietary guidelines that promote low-fat foods and advise putting starchy carbohydrates at the base of diet. These government guidelines have been described by Dr Malhotra as a “35 year fad that has driven obesity related illness with disastrous consequences for public health.”
Mr Gill writes: “Current government advice recommends that people put starchy carbohydrates at the base of their diet. These guidelines are absolutely wrong and have been a major contributor to the obesity crisis in the UK over the past three decades and the diabetes epidemic. I have now concluded that this advice and the promotion of ‘low fat’ foods promoted in official government advice in 1983 has been a thirty-five year diet fad that has replaced millennia of eating satiating and nutritious full fat whole foods with disastrous consequences for public health.” New data from diabetes.co.uk reveals that 30,000 type-1 diabetics have reduced insulin requirements by up to 80% simply by cutting out starchy carbohydrates.
In the letter, Mr Gill mentions that the harms of sugar consumption on health begin after consuming more than two teaspoons of sugar a day but research by Dr Malhotra, published in the British Medical Journal in 2013, exposed that food labelling in the UK and Europe had, in effect, been advising the public to consume 22.5 teaspoons of sugar a day.
Exercise Vs Obesity
According to MedPage, a portal for healthcare professionals, more Americans than ever before (31.4%) are obese. At the same time, more Americans than ever before met federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity (54.8%). In 1997, the obesity rate was under 20%. From 1997 to 2006, the rate was stable, hovering at around 40%. Since then, the rate has been rising steadily.
US guidelines specify 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity and 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination. Statistically speaking, the data came from the National Health Interview Survey and, thus, relied on respondents’ self-reports. It is not possible to know whether obesity and physical activity have actually increased or people are responding differently to the survey.