What You Should Know About Diabetes

What You Should Know About Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as just diabetes affects over 90 percent of today’s population. Of that population, about ‘ 50 percent of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke’ according to the World Health Organization. Even though diabetes is not curable, it is able to be managed effectively and by implementing certain procedures, eliminate the need for insulin injections or medications.

Diabetes is defined as having a higher than normal level of blood sugar otherwise known as glucose. This is also known as being insulin resistant.

What causes insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is caused by ingesting too much carbohydrates then the body can handle. When you eat carbohydrates, those carbohydrates are then broken down into glucose. Once broken down, your pancreas releases insulin. Once released, the insulin travels through your bloodstream and transports the glucose molecules into muscle and fat cells. The average person takes in more carbohydrates then the body is able to utilize and as a result, your fat stores increase. If too much stress is put on the system and it cannot keep up, the pancreas shuts down production of insulin and that is how we become insulin resistant.

Imagine if you will that your body is like the engine of a Ferrari. Ferraris are required to run on Premium. But what happens if you put diesel into your gas tank instead of premium fuel like you should have? The diesel fuel would go from the gas tank through the gas line and eventually get to your engine and completely seize your engine. Now imagine that same scenario but happening to your heart. Just like a car, your body requires the right kind of fuel.

How can we prevent this?

Whether you currently have diabetes or are pre-diabetic, there is one thing that we can do to manage or even possibly reverse the effects of diabetes and that is the right kind of nutrition. The Big Diabetes Lie is a revolutionary book that explains how you can manage your condition without the use of insulin injections or medications. This book has also been endorsed and written by doctors specializing in this field of medicine. People who are paid to diagnose and prescribe those medications! To get your copy of this book, click here.

The best part about this type of eating is you are actually able to enjoy the foods that you eat! Remember that this isn’t a diet, but a lifestyle. Imagine how much money you will save instead of buying insulin and medications every year. Imagine the kind of life it will give back to you. Wouldn’t you rather invest in your own health then putting man-made drugs and chemicals in your body? Who knows what kind of side effects it could cause! As a previous personal trainer, I’ve worked with several clients who have lost a few toes and had to get prosthetics. But do you think that that stopped them? NO! But why experience that in the first place? Why not avoid that completely? It isn’t too late!

What does this involve?

Since carbohydrates are the contributing factor for diabetes, we should reduce our intake of carbohydrate as low as possible. Now I am not saying completely eliminate it out of our diet. But a large portion of our diet should be coming from fats and a moderate amount from proteins. Typically we would want to keep our carbohydrate intake below 5% of our overall daily caloric intake. This diet is also known as the ketogenic diet. The word ketogenic is taken from the medical term for ketosis. A state of ketosis is when the body releases three ketone bodies from fat stores. These three ketone bodies are: Acetoacetate, Hydroxybutyrate, and Acetone. These ketone bodies are then utilized as an alternative form of energy since glucose stores in the body have been significantly reduced. So in essence, you are not only reversing your diabetes, but you are also losing fat as well!

Wait..doesn’t fat cause heart disease?

This is a common misconception. Many people think that ingesting large amounts of fat contribute to heart disease by clogging arteries but this isn’t true. There have been several studies done on the benefits of a high fat, low carb diet which has proven that the real culprit of heart disease is inflammation and gluten (also derived from carbohydrates such as wheat).  In this study, ’83 obese patients (39 men and 44 women) with a body mass greater than 35′ were used in an experiment that lasted at 8, 16, and 24 weeks. The results of this experiment was:

One argument against the consumption of a high fat diet is that it causes obesity. The major concern in this regard is whether a high percentage of dietary fat promotes weight gain more than a low percentage of fat intake. Because fat has a higher caloric density than carbohydrate, it is thought that the consumption of a high fat diet will be accompanied by a higher energy intake (31). On the contrary, recent studies from our laboratory (12) and many other laboratories (24,3234) have observed that a ketogenic diet can be used as a therapy for weight reduction in obese patients.

Multiple studies have not only been done on these types of individuals but this diet has also been used on patients with mental and developmental disabilities. Studies have shown that by using this diet, it brought back some brain function which wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.

 

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Dashti HM, Bo-Abbas YY, Asfar SK, et al. Ketogenic diet modifies the risk factors of heart disease in obese patients. Nutrition. 2003;19:901–2.

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Foster GD, Wyatt HR, Hill JO, et al. A randomized trial of a low-carbohydrate diet for obesity. N Engl J Med. 2003;348:2082–90.

He K, Merchant A, Rimm EB, et al. Dietary fat intake and risk of stroke in male US healthcare professionals: 14 year prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2003;327:777–82.

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