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Old Fri, Jul-14-17, 03:03
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Default Sugar is poison. My heart attack has finally opened my eyes to the truth

Opinion piece in The Guardian by Giles Fraser.

Sugar is poison. My heart attack has finally opened my eyes to the truth

Thursday 13 July 2017

I am now a member of the zipper club. I know, I thought it sounded rude too. But apparently it’s the club name for those of us who have a scar right down the middle of our chest. I have one down my leg too, from groin to ankle. And as I spend time recovering from a heart bypass operation – mostly doing very little, watching the cricket, reading the paper – I have started to reflect on my condition. How did it come to this? How did the arteries of my heart become so clogged with gunk that I may have been just weeks from meeting my maker?

“Diabetic,” they said. “Pah,” I thought. I don’t feel any different. I just get up to pee a bit more at night. Some biochemical medical problem just seemed a bit too elusive, abstract, distant. I mean, when Diane Abbott blamed a bad interview on diabetes, who really took that seriously? Earlier this year, I was sent on a diabetes awareness day and spent the time looking out of the window, bored. They tried to explain it to me but I wasn’t concentrating. Continues
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Old Fri, Jul-14-17, 06:34
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It continues to amaze me how many people still have their heads in the sand. I'm glad my wake up call came before I ever had a heart attack.

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Old Fri, Jul-14-17, 09:37
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Sobering, sad story. Sad that this guy, like so many others, had no real appreciation of why he was developing these conditions. Unfortunately, when people are told to eat a healthy diet by medical practitioners, there is no follow on guide for what exactly constitutes a "healthy diet." Even more, there are too many schools of thought as to what is actually the root cause for CHD, CVD and the general symptoms that represent Metabolic Syndrome including Insulin Resistance. Not trying to be dramatic, but today's general health is every bit as serious as any of the health plagues throughout history. Yet, we have food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies who focus on their profits rather than what really constitutes a healthy lifestyle. Yes, very sobering.
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Old Fri, Jul-14-17, 09:44
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I was pleasantly surprised when I was on a forum that had nothing to do with health or nutrition, and someone mentioned that a few months previously they had been told by their doctor that they had diabetes. (Why they didn't get a pre-diabetes diagnosis was not explored...)

But they went out, went keto, and feel great; and there were several others with "Yes! That's the way to do it."
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