This one is an easy one: I recently read a study by Leigh Perreault at the University  of  Colorado,   her  research  indicates  a  significant  long term reduction in diabetes risk when those with prediabetes were able to return to normal blood glucose control 70  to  100 ml/dL.  The study included data from  the Diabetes Prevention Program  (DPP),  which  found  participants who  lost  even  a  modest  amount of  weight…. through  diet  changes  and increased activity & exercise you can reverse diabetes.

   Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycationwhen you have excess sugar molecules  in  your system  they bombard body cells like a meteor shower- glomming  onto  fats  and  proteins in a process  known  as glycation. This  forms  advanced glycation end  products  (commonly  shortened  to AGEs), which causes proteins  fibers to become stiff  and malformed.  The proteins  in the skin most prone to glyaction are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy – collagen and elastin.

   When these proteins  hook up with renegade sugars,  they become weak, discolored  &  less supple  as  this shows up  in the skins surface as wrinkles,  sagginess  and  a  loss  of  radiance.   Not  only,  is  sugar  a culprit,  but also, grilling, frying, toasting  and roasting  food all produce high levels of AGEs. So things like crusted bread, broiled chicken, grilled salmon and coffee (the beans are roasted) are all loaded with AGEs.  Even Granola — a health  food staple — is an AGE double whammy (loaded with sugar and it’s roasted.)

   While working on this website…. which required alot of  inactivity and   sitdown time. Recently, I looked into a mirror  and thought  DUDE  you’re not a walking example of  what your preaching.  Being  the Month of  May now is the time to drop a  few pants sizes. Although obesity is known to be    a disorder of energy balance  affecting  over  half  of  United  States  adult population —  do we realize the impact of belly fat.

   Any type of  physical activity  will  help lower blood sugar levels and exercise also helps boost energy,  burn calories,  relieves stress and will strengthen the heart.  Almost  26 million people have diabetes  (8.3%  of     the United States population)  and  a small study of  people with Type 2 diabetes suggest regular moderate intensity workouts led to significant decreases  in  the amount of  fat in  the abdomen,  liver  and  around  the heart,  all associated with increase risk of  heart disease.

    If  the  present  trend continues,  the Center of  Disease Control  and Prevention  predicts  in 40 years  as many as  one in three adults  could    have diabetes.  The American Heart Association  states  that 65 percent          of  people with diabetes die  from some  form of  heart disease or stroke. While additionally,  adults  with  diabetes  are  two to  four times  more likely to have cardiovascular episodes that non – diabetics.

    The  two  diseases  are  so  inter-related  that  the National Cholesterol Education Program puts diabetes on their list equivalent to heart disease. Meaning if  someone has diabetes then it automatically looks  at  them  as     if   they  already  having heart disease. While both the American Diabetes Association  and  the American Heart Association  consider diabetes to be one of  the seven major controllable risk  factors  for heart disease.

   With other redeemable risk  factors  for  cardiovascular disease often found  in Type 2 diabetics include:  high  blood  pressure (hypertension), unhealthy cholesterol levels, obesity,  lacking  physical  activity,  poorly controlled blood sugar and smoking.  Therefore  adopting  a  healthy life plays a critical role in delaying the onset of  diabetes.

    The  Four Pillars 0f  Health:  sugar,  insulin,  cholesterol  and  weight control,  when one is out of  wack it can lead to diabetes. Therefore being over weight and portion size can make you be of  risk  for diabetes, while being under weight with diabetes increases your risk  for Type I Diabetes  which  is  caused  by  autoimmune  destruction  of   the  cells  that line  the pancreas increasing your need  for insulin injection. When  we  consume inappropriate  carbohydrates  the  pancreas  becomes  blown — out  from being constantly over worked with excessive spikes.

     In  his  book:  Overcoming  Run Away  Blood  SugarDennis Pollack states, “reaching heaven  early  as  a  result  of  bad choices  isn’t the best way  to  get  there.”  Understanding the way your body  works is half  the battle and your average American knows little about insulin. Except that      it is what a diabetic  has to take  to control blood sugar spikes,  insulin is vitally important our health in many ways.

     Your body needs energy  as  it  comes  from the carbohydrates that we consume  while  processing  the  glucose  necessary   for  energy,  however, your body doesn’t need much.  For  some  people  it’s  hard  to  imagine  the difference between complex or refine, and sometimes the difference put’s a tremendous burden  upon your pancreas.  This vital organ  was  created to serve  you 70  to  90 years  without a hitch,  while becoming less efficient it slows down your metabolism as we age.

     Insulin helps bring sugar from the blood into cells,  but also acts as a growth hormone making it difficult  for the type II diabetic to lose weight.  As increase rates of  obesity shows up in North America  and since insulin promotes  fat disposition.  One should  also  when  on insulin control their diet  with  the supervision  of  an  Endocrinologist  with sophiscated blood testing  (blood glucose,  C – peptide  and insulin antibodies.)

    However,  it’s  the composition  of  fats, carbohydrates and  protein in   our  dietary  regimens  that  remains  an  area  of   great controversy.  One theory is higher protein diets enhance weight loss due to increased satiety and a decreased subsequent energy  (calorie)  intake.  One possible reason for the reported success  of  high protein diets  may relate  to  their  greater “thermic effect,”  and  after 45  years of  age… those refined carbohydrates aren’t your  friend?       www.familycircle.com/eat-to-beat-diabetes

    Thermic effect of  food is the increased in energy expenditure above the baseline  following consumption.  It  further can  be defined  as  the  energy required for digestion, absorption and disposal of  ingested nutrients. This thermic effect seems to be influenced by the composition of food consumed. With the thermic effect  of  carbohydrates  (refined)  and  fat up  for debate. Some studies suggest that  fat has a lower thermic effect when compared to refined carbohydrates.

    While  other studies  have  found  no difference  between  the two  main concerns about protein. With the body having no storage capacity, thereby, the body must metabolically process protein immediately  or it can up your acidity levels in your body.  What protein does have  going  for it is a higher satiating influence making a person eat less.  Another  area  worth mention  is  the obese have a blunted  “thermic effect”  in general  which  makes them more prone to diabetes.

   It also important to follow a low glycaemic load (Low GL)  way of eating   and to  avoid sugar (refined carbohydrates.)  This is the basic strategy  for keeping blood sugar levels stablewhile  preventing  or  managing insulin resistance while reducing your reliance on insulin  and diabetes medicine. Also  very important  is  to  include  specific foods,  due  to  their  particular properties;  fish,  nuts  and  red grapes all  fall into this category.

   With some of  the key health issues of  diabetes being eye problems by which  Dr.  Jeffery Anshel  has  written, “Smart Medicine  for Your Eyes.” Also  with  kidney problems  being  a long term problem,  Dr. Rich Snyder wrote  the  book, “What You Must Know About Kidney Disease.”  While a    diabetic should also know the benefit of  Milk Thistle, Grape Seed Extract, Curcuman,  Olive Leaf  Extract  and Fish Oil.  As well as Alpha Lipoic Acid and Chromium  for keeping blood sugar under 5.5 A1C levels.

   Also knowing your ABCs:  A1C, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol especially         if you have  family history of  diabetes. Think  of  A1C  as  a picture what your  blood  sugar  averaged  over  the  course  of   two  or  three  months.     So by keeping  it under control  it  helps  to  avoid damage  to your heart,  kidney, brain  and vessels  throughout your body.

   Diabetic Neuropathy:  presently there is no cure  for neuropathy but by maintaining blood sugar (A1c levels.) This will do more than anything else to help prevent diabetic neuropathy.  While some of  the medicine you take can  cause  vitamin  deficiencies,  especially  vitamin B12  and  magnesium. It’s  important  to  have  blood test  to  determined  what  your  deficiencies might be, especially CoQ10, vitamin D & E and melatonin if having trouble sleeping.

    Also determining these deficiencies some doctors might want to start a supplementary program  that  can help build up your immune system and fight  of  the infections  and  other diseases.  With Some  of  the supplements  they  might  want  to  consider  Curamin,  Chromium  PicolinateOmega 3,  Alpha  Lipioc  Acid,  Gluccomannan  Fiber,  probotics, with also mushroom  complex  and  Oil of  Oregano  for  yeast  and  fungal infections in diabetics. Being  that   parasites  feed  off  the  heighten  levels  of  sugar  found  within  diabetics  and  with  their  DNA  being  toxic  to  humans.  This  could set up       a diabetic  for a vicious circle of  health concerns.    PaleoDiet!!!

    Also  a unique variation  of  the Paleo Diet  is  Dr.  Richard K. Bernstein   6-12-12 RuleWhich  is  understandably  the  best  system  to  help  control blood  glucose ~ which many diabetics advocateHis book which explains diabetes,  his diet  and exercise  approach  to  treatment.  Being – a – large book:  just reading the intro  and chapter towards  the end is beneficial or the best breakdown  into  user  friendly chunks  is Jenny Ruhl’s website.

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