In my opinion the dietary information for diabetics presented on BBC radio 4 'Food Program' here was extremely poor. The program gave a very clear indication why the epidemics of obesity and the often linked type two diabetes continue unabated. It is also my and many high profile medical professionals opinion, no improvements will occur, until the likes of the BDA make substantial changes in their dietary recommendations for diabetics.
Is it any wonder the NHS audited statistics for diabetics make gruesome reading year after year. Diet plays a huge part in diabetes control. Until the BDA change their dietary recommendations, the carnage will go on. So bad has the reputation become for dietitians in the US, a breakaway group called 'Dietitians for Professional Integrity' has been formed. They state.
"Our efforts are guided by professional integrity. We believe the American public deserves nutrition information that is not tainted by food industry interests. Those of us who co-founded Dietitians for Professional Integrity are nutrition experts first and foremost; we went to school to help people achieve better health through food, not to help multinational food companies sell more unhealthy products." Link to Dietitians for Professional Integrity here.
Could it be a matter of time before we see the same in the UK? BDA dietitians have informed me in the past, they are not allowed to sell any products, but only a cursory check on Google, reveals many well known BDA dietitians with links to what many consider junk food companies.
Results for England. The National Diabetes Audit 2010-2011
Percentage of registered Type 1 patients in England
HbA1c > 6.5% (48 mmol/mol) = 92.6%
HbA1c > 7.5% (58 mmol/mol) = 71.3%
HbA1c > 10.0% (86 mmol/mol) = 18.1%
Percentage of registered Type 2 patients in England
HbA1c > 6.5% (48 mmol/mol = 72.5%
HbA1c > 7.5% (58 mmol/mol) = 32.6%
HbA1c >10.0% (86 mmol/mol) = 6.8%
These results are very similar to those obtained in previous NHS audits over the past 5 - 6 years. Link to information here.