This blog tracks updates to the Blood Sugar 101 Web site.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

New Information on A1c, Lipids, and Cardiac Risk

Page changed:
A1c Predicts Heart Attack.

Added new study showing the even when taking statins, levels of HDL--the "good cholesterol" that is not affected by taking statins--are predictive of cardiac risk. Note: many of us find that HDL rises when we cut back on carbohydrates.

Added report from EASD of new study showing tight correlation between A1c and heart attack risk in normal people at A1c ranges of 5%, though 2 hour OGTT values are not predictive. Explained why OGTT results in people with 5% A1cs will NOT match post-meal blood sugar values due to the the tests artificial use of fast acting glucose. I speculate that looking at post-meal blood sugar values in people with 5% A1cs given a high carb meal would show a correlation between 1 hour values and heart attack risk.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Changed Color Scheme

I liked the color scheme I applied to the Jenny's Low Carb Facts and Figures site so much, I applied it to the diabetes site. Let me know what you think of it. makes it very easy to change colors.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Study: Low Carb Dieting & The Brain

Page(s) changed:
Studies Proving Safety and Efficacy of the Low Carb Diet
Studies Proving Safety and Efficacy of the Low Carb Diet (Low Carb Web Site)

Added study that compared a ketogenic low carb diet with a low fat diet in obese nondiabetic people. It found better weight loss over an 8 week period with the low carb diet and similar changes in mood with both diets. Less "improvement" in "speed of processing" was found with the Low Carb diet, however apparently no deterioration was found in speed of processing compared to baseline.

NOT a study of people with diabetes.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Studies Showing Safety and Efficacy of Low Carb Diets

Page Added:

Searching the web I found most of the sites citing research supporting low carb are several years out of date. This page pulls together the most recent studies that answer questions about the safety and efficacy of low carb dieting. I also cite a few smaller studies that support the effectiveness of low carb diets for controlling blood sugar even when they do not produce weight loss.

I also added this same page to the Jenny's Low Carb Facts and Figures site as it is relevant to people using Low Carb diets for weight loss.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

New "Jenny's Low Carb Facts and Figures Site"


I've moved the old "Jenny's Low Carb Facts and Figures" pages from to the server where they are nicely formatted and easier to read.

Find the new site at:

I've eliminated some of the pages that overlap with the "What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes" site, as well as a couple that referred to outdated issues.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Abnormal Lipid Storage in Heart May Explain Diabetic Heart Disease

Page Changed: A1c Predicts Heart Attack

Adds link to new study showing that triglycerides are overstored in heart muscle tissue of people with early diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance.