On a recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed several magazines devoted entirely to diabetes. An entire magazine devoted to a disease?
The number of Americans with diabetes is expected to DOUBLE in the next 25 years — from the current 25.8 million to 48.3 million in 2050. That is 1 in 3 adults in the US with diabetes, it is predicted.
Of course, annual health costs for treating those patients are expected to soar, doubling from the current $174 billion to some $350 billion and crippling the health care system.
This latest information on the diabetes trends in the United States are pretty convincing proof that the food pyramid, conventional medicine, and the food industry are very wrong in their diabetes diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Those numbers should be DECREASING not increasing.
Obesity is the number one most preventable risk factor to avoid diabetes.
Besides the rapidly growing numbers of diabetics are those with ‘pre-diabetes’, who are well on their way to having full-blown diabetes.
Nearly one out of four people in the US have a condition called ‘pre-diabetes’.
What is ‘pre-diabetes’?
Pre-diabetes is a condition of elevated blood levels higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes. Similar long-term damage to the heart and circulatory system is already happening during the pre-diabetes stage.
Physicians can use three different tests to check for pre-diabetes conditions:
• The A1C test
• The fasting plasma glucose test (FPG)
• Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Both diabetes and pre-diabetes are becoming so common, it’s almost easy to overlook how serious this disease is. It increases your risk of early heart disease and fatal and non-fatal heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events, as well as significantly shortening your lifespan.
The additional health complications include:
· Heart disease and stroke
· High blood pressure
· Kidney disease
· Nervous system disease
· Dental disease
· Pregnancy complications
The fact is that diabetes can be preventable and curable.
No you won’t hear this from mainstream medical practice, or pharmaceutical companies, because treating diabetics is incredibly profitable. But a real cure can come from YOU — by changing your lifestyle, your diet and increasing exercise.
Drew Carey did it and countless others have done it too.
Conventional treatment focuses on treating the symptom of elevated blood sugar, rather than addressing the true causes of the underlying disease. Treatments that concentrate merely on lowering blood sugar while raising insulin levels can actually worsen the actual problem of metabolic miscommunication.
Lifestyle Changes Can Get Rid of or Drastically Improve Diabetes
Diabetes is actually not a difficult disease to prevent or reverse because it’s not really an affliction that takes over randomly.
Even the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine concludes that “the majority of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by the adoption of a healthier diet and lifestyle”.
The results of a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine show that intense lifestyle changes including diet and exercise demonstrated significant decreases in body weight and lowered blood pressure and A1C blood glucose readings. Cardiovascular health also improved as blood pressure was reduced and HDL cholesterol levels increased.
Diet is the single most important factor which leads to metabolic dysfunction, rising blood sugar, insulin control issues, and excessive levels of triglycerides which then become stored as abdominal fat.
Following a natural diet which excludes all sugar, processed carbohydrates, grains and hydrogenated fats in favor of grass fed meats, wild caught fatty fish, free range chicken, and plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables is the best and healthiest way to regain your body’s natural balance, prevent diabetes and related cardiovascular disease.
1. Eliminate Grains and Sugars
For the last 25 years, many people have been following the nutritional recommendations dictated by the food pyramid, uninformed physicians, and the food industry of consuming a high carbohydrate diet and avoiding fats. The end result has been a several hundred percent increase in diabetes—so this route is obviously NOT working.
Eliminate foods that cause an insulin response in your body–this includes all types of sugars and grains–even so-called “healthy” grains such as whole, organic grains promote an insulin response. Avoid all breads, pasta, cereals, rice, potatoes, and corn (which is in fact a grain not a vegetable and highly glycemic). You may even need to avoid most fruits until your blood sugar is under control.
Stop eating all refined sugars. This means totally avoiding made with HFCS (especially soda) or other refined sugars, including regular table sugar, syrups, honey, fructose, agave and more. This means reading labels carefully and HFCS has been snuck into many foods you would not suspect—catsup, sauces, soups, mixes, etc.
Do NOT substitute with artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners are very harmful and will cause more health problems in the long run. In addition, they do not help keep blood sugar and insulin levels in check—contrary to what you may have been told. Best to use Stevia—an all natural low calorie sweetener that will not affect blood sugar levels.
2. Eat real, whole foods.
Refuse to eat refined or processed anything. That includes packaged foods, processed meat (which strongly promotes diabetes) and commercial dairy products. This alone will reduce sugars and lower blood sugar, in addition to giving your body more valuable, disease fighting nutrients.
3. Get plenty of omega 3 fats in your diet.
There is clear evidence supporting the link between fish oil and diabetes relief. Administration of EPA (a component of omega 3 fats) decreases blood sugar and clotting factors, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol.
A large study on the omega 3 fats and the diabetes link found that taking one gram of omega 3 a day reduced cardiovascular mortality by 30% and the risk of death by heart attack by 45%.
4. Optimize Your Vitamin D Level
More than 70% of white Americans are vitamin D deficient. That number rises to an even higher percentage among those people with darker skin pigmentation. Vitamin D deficiency promotes diabetes (and cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, immune suppression, and more).
Boost your vitamin D levels with either daily sunshine or quality vitamin D3 supplements. Interestingly, optimizing your vitamin D levels can not only help improve type 2 diabetes if you have it, but can likely eliminate the risk of type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant.
Ideally the best way to receive vitamin D is to get it from the sun, but if you live in colder climates in the winter, it is often hard to do. In that case, you may want to use an oral vitamin D3 supplement.
Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, without which you’re highly unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is clearly one of the most potent ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance.
Regular exercise reduces the demand for medication by 20% in diabetics and checking the blood glucose levels before and after exercise can be a motivator to continue the exercise regimen. The benefits of exercise include:
• Control of blood sugar: Glucose is the source of energy in our body. Physical activity uses glucose and helps to reduce the blood sugar levels. Physical activity also decreases insulin resistance. A few studies have also indicated that activity increases the insulin receptors in the red blood cells.
• Improved cardiovascular function
• Psychological benefit: Physical activity is associated with an increased sense of well-being, a positive attitude and improved quality of life.
• Weight control: Physical activity helps obese/overweight individuals to lose weight and also helps them to maintain a healthy BMI.
Serious lifestyle and dietary changes mean making a huge commitment to implementing and maintaining the changes. However, you can and will greatly improve your health, your quality and length of life if you follow these guidelines. Don’t be a diabetes statistic!
Till next time,
Stay healthy and lean!
Catherine (Cat) Ebeling RN BSN, is a back-to-basics diet and nutrition specialist. In addition to her advanced degree in nursing from a major medical school, she has spent the last 30 years intensely studying diet, health and nutrition. She also has a book titled “The Fat Burning Kitchen, Your 24 Hour Diet Transformation” that has sold over 60,000 copies worldwide, and has helped thousands of people transform their lives, lose weight and improve their health.
Her mission is to help others prevent disease and live their best life ever.
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Time, “Why so Many of Us are Getting Diabetes” November 27, 2009
Elbert S. Huang, MD, MPH1, Anirban Basu, PHD1,Michael O’Grady, PHD2 and James C. Capretta, MA3, “Projecting the Future Diabetes Population Size and Related Costs for the U.S”. Diabetes Care, December 2009, vol. 32 no. 12 2225-2229
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, “How I cured diabetes in five steps, and why one-third of U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050” Natural News, October 23, 2010
Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Diabetes Epidemic Expected to Double”, December 15, 2009.
Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Lipids
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