Carbohydrates Kill: A Conversation with Tim Noakes

Tim NoakesTimothy Noakes is Chair of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa — and he will be speaking at Diabetes Innovation 2013. He has Type 2 diabetes and has made a very public about-face in nutrition recommendations. His book on running — a perrennial best-seller — had recommended a high-carbohydrate diet, but Noakes, an ultramarathoner, realized the diet was harming him, and also realized that he had developed T2D. He credits Jeff Volek — another Diabetes Innovation speaker — and others with bringing him to realize that for himself and for other people with diabetes a high-carbohydrate diet is a dangerous thing.

As far as I am concerned it is clear cut, the evidence in my view is that the more insulin resistant you are, in other words the more you are likely to have diabetes, or if you have diabetes there is no question, you do not need carbohydrates in the diet and the less carbohydrates you eat the healthier you will be. To me there is no debate; the problem is that in my view the drivers of the high carbohydrates diets are political and economic. They are not medical and scientific and unfortunately the solution of this problem is a political one — it’s not a medical solution.

Please have a listen to our wide-ranging conversation, touching on diabetes, diet, and the politics and economics of the food supply.

Listen in to our conversation (press play); read the transcript below.

Tim Noakes, Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Cape Town, Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013 [Read more...]

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Meet Judy Yates Osborne, veteran diabetes care program coordinator

Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

My name is Judy Yates Osborne–just recently married. :-) I live in Walkertown, North Carolina which is near Winston-Salem/Greensboro. I am the Coordinator of the outpatient diabetes center which is a tremendous responsibility, so I am always making an attempt to be up to date, on the edge, and looking for new ways to teach and run a program. [Read more…]

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Viridian Health CEO Brenda Schmidt talks multi-modal disease management with DI

BrendaSchmidt_1We caught up with Viridian Health CEO Brenda Schmidt after the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago where Viridian and Omada Health announced a partnership to launch “the first multimodal lifestyle offering to address the national diabetes epidemic.”

Viridian is scaling its national diabetes program through lifestyle coaches and technology, partnering with Omada Health to provide a social support structure in a virtual environment that mimics the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The power of the partnership lies in the ability to offer individuals choices about how they receive their services: through bricks and mortar sites, or virtually.

(Listen to our conversation after the jump.) [Read more…]

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Andrea Barrack is coming to DI 2013 from BCBS of LA

Who are you?

Andrea Barrack (internist/geriatrician by training), medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Diabetes affected several family members. Rates of DM were high in my previous practice (Pacific Islanders) and are high again down South among our plan members. It is a silent disease (T2DM) until complications arise. Most people are unaware of their risk, or window of opportunity, or changes they ought to do to improve their chances. [Read more…]

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Adrian James of Omada Health is coming to Diabetes Innovation

Adrian JamesWho are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?

I’m Adrian James, one of the co-founders of Omada Health. My background is mechanical engineering and design (10 years at IDEO), and my passion is inspiring better health and helping people stay away from preventable chronic disease.

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

I have type 2 diabetes in my family history and plenty of personal motivation to take health seriously, but the reasons I’m in this space have more to do with the desire to improve our food culture, address poor nutritional literacy, and raise awareness of prediabetes and the healthy path away from type 2. Additionally, at IDEO I spent years designing devices for people with type 1 and I feel very connected to the reality of managing blood sugar on a daily basis. [Read more…]

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Look Who’s Coming: Robin Wagner

Who are you? Where areRobinWagner you from?

Robin S. Wagner, DVM, PhD
Director, Diabetes Management Solutions
Medical and Scientific Affairs, Diabetes Care

Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
9115 Hague Rd, Building H
Indianapolis, IN, 46256
Phone: 317-521-2503
robin.wagner @

Please tell us a little more about why you are interested in diabetes, professionally and/or personally.

Professional and personal interest. Diagnosed with type 2 in 1999. I am a pumper. [Read more…]

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