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I have Native American ancestry on both sides of m...

2008-03-20T17:38:00.000-05:00

I have Native American ancestry on both sides of my family, in both cases through the grandmother's line, and on Mom's side there is a huge amount of diabetes going on. She's got it, her mother has it, her grandmother had it, and at least three of her aunts have it. My father was diagnosed in late 2005 even though he had no known family history of the disease, and later it came out that one of his brothers has it too.

I get so angry every time I run across some wag who says there's no difference between losing weight on low-carb and losing it on low-fat because "it's about calories in, calories out" and you can't tell them any different, they know everything. This attitude is pervasive and tends to bleed over even into people who talk a good game about understanding what low carb can do for health. End result being that I know I need to low-carb but I have just about zero support for doing so. Being of little willpower (rice and pasta are two of my favorite foods!), the lack of support system has taken its toll for me.

I'm pretty sure I have metabolic syndrome at this point (I don't have health insurance but the non-lab symptoms are there), so I need to just suck it up and figure this out myself. And ensure that my daughter grows up knowing how to eat properly so she doesn't wreck herself like I have mine. (Even if I lose this weight, I'll be stretched out to there and that'll be another obstacle to deal with.)

I wonder if Native Americans here in the States will be able to get this kind of help with their dietary issues. I grew up passing as white, but if I'm having these problems in the white community, I can't fathom how it must be for them (the ones on the rez) with fewer options and only being able to afford the junk carbohydrates. It's sad.



I'm really looking forward to reading his blog. Le...

2008-03-19T08:34:00.000-05:00

I'm really looking forward to reading his blog. Let's hope with Taubes' book, and Wortman's study and the doc, things start to shift in the medical community.



cool story

2008-03-18T19:37:00.000-05:00

cool story