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March 14, 1908

THE OATMEAL DIET IN THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES MELLITUS.

JAMA. 1908;L(11):861-865. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310370027002f
Abstract

In 1903 Carl von Noorden1 advocated the use in certain cases of diabetes of a diet consisting of oatmeal, butter and a vegetable albumin. This method of treatment is commonly referred to, briefly, as the oatmeal treatment—Haferkur. To judge from the paucity of reports from German and other clinics, von Noorden's claims for the diet are generally viewed either with indifference or skepticism. This paper will attempt to show what the diet is, the method of its use, the claims made for it by von Noorden, and how far these claims seem justified by the experience of others, including that of the writer.

The Diet.  —The diet consists of 250 grams of oatmeal, 250 to 300 grams of butter and 100 grams of some vegetable albumin, such as roborat. For this latter substance, six to eight eggs—or the whites of the eggs— may be substituted. The oatmeal is cooked

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