A recent comment from Lauri Cagnassola asked for support on a petition to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Cagnassola is the managing editor of the journal Nutrition and Metabolism, and the petition is basically asking the NIH to consider all scientific evidence surrounding the issue of blood sugar control in Type 2 diabetics. Particular focus is on an NIH statement about the ACCORD study: "Intensively targeting blood sugar to near-normal levels ... increases risk of death." What makes this statement somewhat brain-dead is that it is not qualified by "using the methods for blood sugar control employed in the ACCORD study", which I believe were largely intensive drug therapy, possibly including insulin. There are plenty of good reasons to think that intensive insulin therapy could shorten your life, and this sort of blanket conclusion is dangerous, obviously, since the implication is that we should just give up on controlling blood sugar in diabetics, since presumably the cure is worse than the disease.
There is plenty of evidence, however, both anecdotal and clinical, that Type 2 diabetes is often effectively controlled through diet. See, for example, this recent study, as well as the excellent documentary "My Big Fat Diet". Proper testing of a hypothesis requires that all relevant evidence be included in evaluating that hypothesis, and the NIH appears to be only considering the narrowly defined evidence admitted by current dogmatic beliefs. The usual complaint when diet is brought up to this group of people is something like "we don't know the long term effects of a low-carbohydrate diet in patients with Type 2 diabetes." Of course you don't, because you've neither looked at the currently available evidence, nor attempted studies to gain your own evidence.
The petition is asking to change that. Of all scientific organizations involved in studying human health and making treatment or lifestyle recommendations, the NIH is one of the very few truly public institutions. It is funded by your tax dollars, and is supposed to represent the best interest of the general population, not of specific interests such as drug or food companies. Their responsibility is to consider all available evidence, since getting it wrong can literally be the difference between life and death. If you feel similarly, please sign the petition, and also consider contacting your congressional representatives. Elected officials are more sensitive to the public voice than bubble-world bureaucrats, and they hold the purse-strings for funding the NIH.