Diabetes, the sugar lobby and Big Pharma
Posted by Michael West | Nov 25, 2017 | Business , Government
Just four tubs of Nestle Soleil Chocolate Mousse, whisked until smooth, and four Arnotts Original Tim Tams, some cocoa powder, brown sugar and a few other goodies, and presto!
Let them eat cake! declares Australian Diabetic Living Magazine. Its a good thing that half a cup of milk in the recipe is low-fat milk or the Chocolate Tim Tam Cake featured below might cause high blood sugar levels.
This sort of thing from the food media and the diabetic education industry does little to quell the rising tide of critics who charge that industry is recklessly pushing sugar to the benefit of drug giants who make billions of dollar selling insulin.Diabetes is big business. According to Reuters , the number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to $850 billion a year.
With this sort of money at stake, an investigation into the ties between the medical profession, Big Pharma, the packaged food giants and the diabetes lobby is overdue.
This story makes no judgement on medical issues. Many believe the answer to the Type 2 diabetes epidemic which, as opposed to Type 1 diabetes, is linked to obesity and lack of exercise rests with diet, cutting out sugar and carbohydrates (glucose) that is, rather than advising patients toeat carbs and then use medication to deal with the increased blood glucose levels.
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