ASCOTTISH businessman believes diet rather than drugs may play a key part in tackling the epidemic of diabetes among Scots. Graeme Chatham was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in January 2002 and was prescribed drugs to lower his blood-sugar levels. But he decided to attempt to control his condition without medication, by following a strict dietary regime.
Chatham would now like to see a major research project carried out to assess the impact of this type of diet in the hope that it could help other diabetics and reduce the NHS drugs bill. "I knew absolutely nothing about the condition, however I had spent my entire business life analysing and solving problems," he explains. "To me, this was just another to take on, if somewhat daunting."
As well as staying active, he started cutting out foods such as white bread, chocolate and processed products from his diet, rejecting anything which contained processed sugar.
He says his weight dropped and his blood-sugar levels remained stable for three years.
But, by 2005, his levels were up again and his GP suggested he start using the medication to control his diabetes. Again, Chatham resisted and further restricted his diet, cutting out all cereals, bread, milk, red meat and dairy products.
Such a regime has been labelled a "hunter-gatherer" diet - returning to what our ancient ancestors would have eaten. Chatham, a company director of car dealership Graeme P Chatham Ltd, says: "Their diet would have consisted, in the main, of fish and shellfish, eggs, game of all kinds, nuts, berries, roots, mushrooms, herbs and leaf vegetables. Life must have been physically demanding, short and brutal. However, whatever they died of, you can be sure it was not diabetes.
Source - Scotsman