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The Link Between Diet & Diabetes

The Link Between Diet & Diabetes

The ever-increasing number of chronic diseases across the globe have become a serious concern. Dr Jeffrey N Gerber (MD) says statistics indicate a troubling rise in diabetes.

The inherent danger is that diabetes is a serious risk factor that leads to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, blindness and a host of other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and excess body weight.

Since 2012, medical costs linked to diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses have increased by 41%. Diabetes is currently ranked as the #8 cause of death (worldwide). Diabetes among children has increased dramatically and diagnosed cases tripled between 2000 and 2008. 50% of all children will have diabetes in the near future if this pandemic is not stopped. Even people with ideal body weight, can be diabetic yet they are less likely to be aware of it. 

Where did the problem start?

The United States Government began to subsidize wheat crop agriculture in 1973. At the same time, a certain individual, Mr Keys, promoted grain as a heart-healthy diet and fat as bad. This sounded great, however, there was no research to back it up. It sounded so great that 22 countries joined this initiative within a couple of years. The Keys-idea (low fat, high carbohydrate) was recognized as the new “American Standard Diet” by 1977. Some dieticians of the time warned that this was a mistake.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans acknowledged in 2010 (more than 30 years later) that at the time they did not specifically test the health benefits. The general state of health deteriorated over the past 30 years to such an extent that some doctors and dieticians describe it as a pandemic and a crime against humanity. An American physician and cardiologist, dr. Atkins (October 17, 1930 – April 17, 2003), to his death, refused to accept the “low fat, high
carbohydrate” principle. The very popular and healthy Banting diet is based on the original Atkins diet.

What is the relationship between diabetes and the heart healthy diet?

The pancreas secretes insulin, a very important hormone, that helps digestion of carbohydrates. Insulin regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. We basically eat only two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. The body breaks down the carbohydrates into glucose (sugar). Sugar stimulates insulin secretion and increases blood sugar. Foods high in carbohydrates (especially sugars and refined foods) will rapidly increase severe insulin secretion, causing glucose to be absorbed too quickly into the bloodstream (hyperglycaemia).

Insulin then stores the increased blood sugar in the liver resulting in a sharp blood sugar decrease (hypoglycaemia)

Low blood sugar triggers hunger/crave to replenish blood sugar—and so the vicious cycle repeats. The amount of stress placed on the body is always in direct relation to the amount of sugar and refined foods eaten.

This vicious cycle can lead to insulin resistance which is body cells that have trouble absorbing the available glucose, causing elevated blood glucose levels and a deceptive insulin deficiency (There actually is no deficiency). This deceptive insulin deficiency or resistance causes diabetes; body cells are just not able to efficiently absorb the much needed and readily available glucose. The body then interprets blood sugar levels as low—while in fact the opposite is true. You remain hungry/craving and keep on eating because your body cells don’t absorb the available glucose  where it needs it. This mistaken surplus of glucose is then stored in the liver and muscles
and converted to fat.

Vitamin C helps to combat the development of diabetes by regulating glucose levels in the blood. Vitamin C improves the absorption of glucose into the body cells, providing protection against the complications of diabetes. 

Sugar addiction is just as much a reality as drug addiction. Sugar withdrawal symptoms can include high blood pressure, anger, the shakes and even depression. Artificial sweeteners unfortunately do not remedy the issue, however, it may detriment the situation even further. Stevia is a plant that comes from artificial sweetener. 

Studies have shown that babies are born favouring sweet foodstuffs due to the mother’s diet

The Leptin hormone tells us when we’ve eaten enough. An excessive intake of carbohydrates can adversely affect the leptin hormone causing failure to reach satiety. Spiking blood sugar levels encourage the vicious eat  blood sugar spike  cravings  eat some more; cycle. Eating enough proteins and complex carbohydrates can successfully break this eating pattern and help prevent dementia / Alzheimer’s, diabetes and diabetes-related diseases.

Complex carbohydrates, proteins and especially healthy fats help you to put the fork down sooner and keep you satisfied for longer. A fibre rich diet (21-30 grams per day) aids the body to dispose of more toxins and waste. This prevents the body from storing fat. Fibre also makes you feel full sooner and greatly benefits effective appetite control. Remember to drink lots of water when taking Aloe Ferox supplements due to the high fibre content.

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