If you were to do a Google search on the word “Diabetes” you will get 289,000,000 results within less than a second and most of them are FAKE information, not backed by good science. In a recent news flash, I came across this new study: “New Research Finds Drinking 100% Fruit Juice Does Not Affect Blood Sugar Levels. Juice Found to Have No Association with Major Diabetes Risk Factors.”

After years of diabetes education, I was insulted that a study would come up with these results. A glass of freshly squeezed OJ has about 60 grams of carbs for about 8 ounces. That many carbs will raise blood sugars. Don’t need to do a finger stick to figure that out. But, when a consumer reads this information, they most likely will continue to drink their daily fruit juice.

So, when I saw that study, I went to it and found that it was sponsored by the Juice Products Association. This is just one example of FAKE News or information that the Internet can provide.

To view the article and make your decision go to: http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/688051/?sc=sphr&xy=5026263

This is one of the reasons that A1c’s are elevated above normal for most patients with diabetes, as they have too much misinformation, whether it comes from the Internet, or just from family members and friends who want to provide helpful information.

So, what is the answer? The answer is getting your patients educated by a Certified Diabetes Educator or a program developed by a Certified Diabetes Educator.  And even with a program that is designed by a CDE, you have to use a little common sense. In my experience, I have found that CDE’s are not all the same, some believe in low carb diets, some believe in high protein diets, and others. So how do you know what to believe?

Every person is different; there are no two people with diabetes that are exactly the same.  Patients should follow the basic guidelines they are taught and then check their A1c results after 60-90 days. If it is going down from an elevated A1c, then they should stay with the program.  If they see it going up or unchanged, then they should consider making changes to their nutrition and physical activity by talking to their healthcare team.

When they find the right program, it should be explained to the patient that they will need to stay with this program probably for the rest of their lives. And warn your patients to contact you before making any changes on their own.

Steve Freed, R.Ph., Publisher