The feeding of diabetics with large quantities of a single carbohydrate (oatmeal, rice, potato, milk) has been practiced with occasional success for many years; when carefully controlled and when employed in properly selected cases this method is a useful and often indispensable adjuvant to the treatment; when applied promiscuously it is dangerous. Because it is not a routine measure applicable alike to all types of diabetes it has not become popular.
As a preliminary step the type of diabetes must be established. I have found the following clinical classification to be convenient and useful.
CLINICAL TYPES OF DIABETES
—In cases of this type the sugar disappears within two days after complete withdrawal of carbohydrates; this type, of course, includes patients who retain a small tolerance, i. e., that fail to pass sugar even when 100 or 150 grams of white bread or its equivalent1 are administered.The
CROFTAN AC. SOME EXPERIENCES WITH THE OATMEAL DIET IN THE TREATMENT OF DIABETES MELLITUS. JAMA. 1909;LII(17):1313–1316. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420430009002c
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