November 24, 2015

Another Type 2 Website

I have no idea how long this website has been up. If it were not for another blogger, I probably would not have found it. I will watch the site, but no longer try to participate. I tried posting to the forum, but the second post was deleted, apparently because they will not allow suggestions about low carbohydrate, high fat food plans that avoid whole grains.

The Editorial Team is made up of several writers who are all employees of Health Union, the parent company of Type2Diabetes.com. Often times they collaborate on articles for the site that may cover a broad range of topics from news articles, reports from their In America surveys, or a summary of feedback that we’ve gathered from community members. They are very diverse in backgrounds and expertise, so sometimes they may write as individuals or as a team.

I could not find anything in the multiple pages of rules they have, but I can still take a hint when something is deleted. With registered dietitians very active on the site, I can understand why anything about low carb/high fat is going to be deleted and especially anything mentioning avoidance of whole grains.

I have also discovered some very conflicting information and some outright errors that show how RDs/CDEs think. I know that people with type 1 diabetes use continuous blood glucose monitors (CGMs) and a few type 2 people use them.

I have not heard of blood glucose monitors that use test strips. I have heard of blood glucose meters that use test strips, and this is what people with diabetes all use, even if they have CGMs.

The next point of contention (slightly over half way down the page under Blood glucose monitoring) is when they say that if you have type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider will monitor your glycemic control using hemoglobin A1C testing on a regular schedule during office visits. The frequency of monitoring will be determined by how well your blood sugar is being controlled and other factors. Your provider may want to test you more frequently after a change in medication.

The last paragraph shows that they follow the ADA and Dr. Robert Ratner, chief scientific and medical officer for the ADA that says, “Many people with type 2 diabetes who are on medications don't need to do home glucose monitoring at all," in talking about oral medications. This is something that should not happen as this means that patients will be managing their diabetes in the blind and not understand what different foods do to our blood glucose levels.

I have always felt this is how they get diabetes to become progressive and can mandate the number of carbohydrates plus whole grains and without testing, we could never be sure of what they do to our blood glucose levels.

Therefore, on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being top rated, I could only give this site a 1- as the site has some poor information.

1 comment:

Ila East said...

Thanks for the review. There is so much conflicting information out there, I appreciate you pointing out their shortcomings.