Cronyism is Putting Diabetic Patients at Risk

September 15, 2015

New legislation could limit patient access to unbiased diabetes advice. Action Alert!
A bill before Congress called the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act of 2015 (HR 1726, S 1345) and state efforts by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) will make it more difficult for Medicare patients with diabetes to get the help they need to overcome the disease.
The AADE—a private association—offers certification programs that diabetes educators can voluntarily pursue. These programs require an investment of thousands of dollars and a tremendous number of hours.
The so-called Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act (which opponents are appropriately calling the #DiabetesMiseducation Act) and other state legislative efforts would turn this currently voluntary certification into a legal requirement under Medicare—a costly, unnecessary obstacle for thousands of healthcare workers which, if passed, would leave countless diabetic patients without access to important, life-altering services.
There is something else you need to know about AADE. It does not strike us as an independent, objective organization; in fact, it receives large sums of money from Big Pharma. The organization’s 2014 annual report shows that its top two corporate donors were pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca and Novo Nordisk, with Eli Lilly not far behind.
So here we go again. Why compete for customers with the best products or services when you can sew them up in a government-enforced monopoly?
We’ve seen similar attempts at the state level on the part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to create monopolies for registered dieticians to the detriment of other nutrition professionals. The AND works to pass free speech-gagging legislation which prevents qualified nutrition experts, even some with PhDs in nutrition, from practicing. The result is that consumers are prevented from seeing the nutritionist of their choice. Following recent legal victories and a Supreme Court case, ANH-USA is working to reverse these monopolistic scope-of-practice laws.
Like the AND, the AADE has attempted to create mandatory certification requirements at the state level, but has been almost completely unsuccessful—only Kentucky has enacted the legislation. Now the AADE seems to be trying its luck on the federal level.
Diabetes is a rampant, ever-worsening health problem: one recent study found that half of adults in the US have diabetes or is pre-diabetic. Diabetes is often, but not always, the result of obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise. The standard American diet tends to create insulin resistance. New studies have emerged showing that consuming highly processed starches is akin to eating sugar, causing rapid glucose spikes that may over time induce insulin resistance and, eventually, type 2 diabetes.
As we mentioned above, diabetes requires a complete overhaul of one’s life and habits. As ANH-Europe’s executive and scientific director Dr. Robert Verkerk notes,

Critical to resolving our type 2 diabetes “epidemic” is the issue not only of how much we eat, and how much starch we eat, but when we eat. Calorie restriction and intermittent fasting are absolutely key to dealing with the present diabetes crisis, alongside getting in more genuinely whole, unprocessed food and fiber.

As conventional doctors often lack the resources to provide such support to diabetic patients—or, as we’ve reported previously, provide seriously misguided information on how to manage or reverse the disease—health coaches and diabetes educators become particularly important. In fact, one study showed that nearly twice as many coached patients were able to successfully control their diabetes as those with no coach.
And what about those drugs for diabetes that the donors to AADE want to sell? They can be extremely dangerous. And there are natural substances that can be very useful such as the herb berberine.
Action Alert! Write to your legislators and urge them to oppose HR 1726/S 1345, the Access to Qualified Diabetes Education Act. Please send your message immediately
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11 responses to “Cronyism is Putting Diabetic Patients at Risk”

  1. Bob Fenton says:

    Just one question – are you sure that it is the AADE and not the ACDE (Academy of Diabetes Educators that is working to become like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to become the exclusive source of diabetes education?

    • I have no idea, just curious. Do you have any reason to believe it is ACDE?

      • Bob Fenton says:

        Originally I thought this was possible, but in further research I need to agree with the author. I had blogged about something the AADE was planning for Associate Diabetes Educators, but nothing further has come of this. The ACDE did oppose the Indiana law making it possible for people with diabetes knowledge, i.e., peer-to-peer workers and peer mentors, to help educate others. I had thought that the exclusive attitude was due to the ACDE, but now I think the AADE is actually behind this and wants to become an organization like AND. Thanks for asking.

  2. Wendy Allen says:

    Gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO may affect health and cause Diabetes. Gluten may hurt nutrients absorbed like Mg/Cr that helps with insulin and gluten may affect glands and much more.

  3. Kathi says:

    This just sounds like another corporate co-habitation with the federal government (think Big Pharma and Monsanto and its allies) to exempt small/private and alternative medicine groups from having any rights to publish or speak about their merits also. Myself, I’m sick and tired of the federal government telling me what I should be told and what I shouldn’t when it concerns my health, my food or my safety. I prefer to do my own research and make the decisions what is best for me and my family. Many doctors and other personnel in the medical field, I’m sure they would like that right too.

  4. Everyone with health problems has been intentionally given those health problems with the sole intentional of being profited off of by the corrupt monopoly that is in place. The entire system is setup to make people unhealthy with chemical food and “treat” them with chemical medicines that make them even more unhealthy. All for the profits of the few who don’t even deserve to exist.
    Anyone who has health problems should put themselves out of their misery so they stop facilitating this corrupt system.

  5. Thanks for publicizing this bill, I agree with your assessment.
    Here’s my post, “Ed’s Bill”. http://www.diabetes-warrior.net/2015/09/17/eds-bill-diabetes-speech/

  6. Everyone with health problems has been intentionally given those health
    problems with the sole intentional of being profited off of by the
    corrupt monopoly that is in place. The entire system is setup to make
    people unhealthy with chemical food and “treat” them with chemical
    medicines that make them even more unhealthy. All for the profits of the
    few who don’t even deserve to exist.
    Anyone who has health problems should put themselves out of their misery so they stop facilitating this corrupt system.
    Allopathic Quack’s only care to make money off of corpses riddled with
    health problems they perpetuated unto it. They don’t care about the
    truth, they are a function of this corrupt system. Chemical foods >
    Chemical Medicines > Profits of the few increase > Your Death.
    These are my comments and they are not spam, so fu.

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