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Response to Prof. Noakes article in Sweet Life:

Hi there,

I have just finished reading issue 4 of Sweet Life magazine, and I am sitting with my mouth open as I try and digest the article by Professor Tim Noakes.I don’t believe what I have just read and I refuse to believe that he actually states that he thinks that diabetics who live on the low carb, high fat way of eating are the ones that live to be 80, 90, 100 years old.

Doctors, Dieticians, Diabetic educators all tell us to eat less organ food and high fat content foods and to eat  more carbs, and fruit to reduce our cholesterol levels.

I have had friends and relatives who have lived by Noakes method of living, but they are no longer around to play golf or go braaiing with me despite the fact that they lived a rather active lifestyle.

Some years ago my daughter was getting married and my wife said I had to buy a new suit which I decided not to, but instead I went on a diet which consisted of no carbs only protein and in two weeks I lost 7 Kgs. and my old suit fitted nicely, but my cholesterol level increased from 5 up to 6mol.

All the books I have on diabetes instil on readers to mix carbs with protein but to reduce the amount of food consumed, makes sense.

My last blood tests revealed that my cholesterol level was 3.9, my HbA1c was 6.5, my triglycerides 1.5,  my HDL col.1.5 and LDL 2.1.

Those results are rather good but I am not going to live to be 80 or 90 according to Prof. T. Noakes and here I have tried so hard to live a healthy life style. Is it really a sweet life?
– Lou

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  1. Alex Alex

    I think your misunderstanding comes in at the fact that your diet consisted only of proteins and did not have enough healthy fats (olives, avocados, nuts, eggs, salmon etc). The diet needs to be around 60% fat to work. Your body needs to enter ketosis, where it burns fat for energy, not proteins.

    For more details on this methodology research the ketogenic diet (good information is always available on bodybuilding sites as bodybuilders are concerned with healthy diets to improve performance and aesthetics.

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  2. Tim Noakes Tim Noakes

    The point is that risk of heart disease cannot be predicted simply from the blood cholesterol concentration. To minimize risk you need to maximize your HDL cholesterol concentration and minimize your glucose, HbA1c, triglyceride, uric acid, homocysteine and ultra-sensitive CRP concentrations. None of the values you report are optimum and all indicate that you are eating a high carbohydrate diet. Your HbA1c value in particular places you at substantially increased risk of heart attack and can only be reduced by eating less carbohydrate. You might want to read Dr Richard Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. He explains how more than 60 years eating a low carbohydrate diet have helped him to remain free of complications despite his Type-1 diabetes.

  3. julian julian

    I am on the LGHF-Dieet,and it works.I have lost up to 19kg,move from size 42 to a size 36.I am 1,83 an I am standing no on 78kg from 97kg.All thanks to Dr. Gerrit Scoombi.

  4. Well thank you for your replies to my opinion regarding carbs. and protein.It would appear that I was under a misapprehension regarding good fats and bad fats.I would certainly like a comprhensive list of all the good fats that one should consume to lose weight and increase my HDL and a list of fats to avoid. Once again thank you to Sweet Life for all the comments published and for the life saving magazine.

    • Lou, check out the lifehackersguide link in my response to Alex for a list of healthy fats/foods to eat.

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