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In 1958 William Daughaday commented on behalf of the American Dietetic Association that ‘uncertainty exists in the minds of many physicians today concerning the therapeutic role of diet in diabetes’ and limited to 40% the amount of carbohydrate in the diet.

Dietary treatment of adults with diabetes mellitus by W H DAUGHADAY

In 1958 William Daughaday commented on behalf of the American Dietetic Association that ‘uncertainty exists in the minds of many physicians today concerning the therapeutic role of diet in diabetes’. He could find only three arguments to support its role: first, that it is a valuable educational procedure leading to optimal nutrition; second, that it can avoid the need for insulin; and third, that properly spaced food intake can reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia. Glucose control and prevention of vascular disease are notably absent from this list of benefits. He proposed that carbohydrate should provide no more than 40% of total calories, avoided discussion of free diet, and dismissed the high carbohydrate regimen with the comment that carbohydrate restriction is an essential feature of the diabetic diet [28].

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00125-008-1203-9

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