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Archived Comments for: Review on "Atkins Diabetes Revolution: The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes" by Mary C. Vernon and Jacqueline A. Eberstein

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  1. A couple of basic errors

    John Richards, NHS

    11 January 2010

    You seem to have not quite grasped a couple of basic points about the science in paragraph 6.
    For one thing, type II diabetes is not a disorder of insulin production but of insulin response - the pancreas is still producing insulin, but for some reason the body's tissues don't react to it as much as they used to.
    Secondly, references 5 and 6 are not, as you imply, randomised control trials. One is a meta-analysis of 13 cohort studies and one is a cohort study itself. This is stated quite clearly in the abstracts.
    Third, while poor glycaemic control and post-prandial hyperglycaemia were cited as independent risk factors for all-cause mortality, they were not cited as risk factors specifically for cardiovascular disease.
    I'm sure you'll correct these errors in due course.

    Competing interests