Diabetes is on the rise, yet most cases are preventable and some can even be reversed. Taking steps to prevent and control diabetes does not mean living in deprivation; it means eating a tasty, balanced diet that will also boost your energy and improve your mood. You don’t have to give up sweets entirely or resign yourself to a lifetime of bland food.
It might be hard to believe, but when you prick your finger with a meter andsee a blood sugar reading of let us say 250, it is NOT because you have diabetes! Some people can walk around with blood sugar as high as 300 without having diabetes. How is this possible? It all comes down to a single word: INFLAMMATION.
Ever wondered why diabetics have such high rates of heart disease, heart attacks, cancer, high cholesterol, blindness, arthritis, and neuropathy? Inflammation.
Just recently; February 2015, Scientists and researchers at the University of California San Diego proved that type 2 diabetes is caused by inflammation: they discovered that an inflammatory molecule called LTB4 causes insulin resistance. And what does insulin resistance lead to? High blood sugar and diabetes.
This is the reason why treating your blood sugar with drugs and injecting insulin to combat insulin sensitivity will never heal your diabetes; because you aren't treating the root cause of diabetes, just the symptoms of it.
Before we get to the facts, below are a few things you need to have in mind:
Losing Weight Will NOT Cure Your Diabetes: Shedding a few pounds isn’t going to hurt (it is actually quite beneficial) but weight loss by itself is no cure! Scientists discovered that it is actually the food you eat than can make or break diabetes. A large study done at the University of California, Los Angeles discovered that "contrary to common belief, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be reversed solely through lifestyle changes." And these people did not have to lose tons of weight: "the changes occurred in the absence of major weight loss".
Type 2 Diabetes Is Not a Life Sentence: Most doctors only talk about diabetes treatment, diabetes management and diabetic control using drugs, pills, injections and surgery. Nobody talks about the cheaper and more powerful alternatives because they do not make the pharmaceutical industry any money. If they can't make money off it, they don't tell you about it.
Diabetes Drugs Are Extremely Dangerous: Not only are diabetes drugs ineffective at attacking the root cause of your diabetes, they are extremely dangerous too. Over 100,000 people die every single year from drugs properly prescribed by their doctor. Not only could your diabetes kill you, but the drugs you are taking could take you down any day too.
Diabetes drugs artificially adjust your blood sugar; they do not do anything to address the root cause of your disease. They are only made to 'treat' and 'manage'. So you still live with the constant daily threat of heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputations, dementia, hypertension, nerve system disease, high cholesterol, depression, coma and blindness.
Myths and facts about diabetes and diet
Myth: You must avoid sugar at all costs.
Fact: You can enjoy your favorite treats as long as you plan properly and limit hidden sugars. Dessert doesn’t have to be off limits, as long as it is a part of a healthy meal plan.
Myth: You have to cut way down on carbs.
Fact: The type of carbohydrates you eat as well as serving size is key. Focus on whole grain carbs instead of starchy carbs since they are high in fiber and digested slowly, keeping blood sugar levels more even.
Myth: You’ll need special diabetic meals.
Fact: The principles of healthy eating are the same—whether or not you are diabetic. Expensive diabetic foods generally offer no special benefit.
Myth: A high-protein diet is best.
Fact: Studies have shown that eating too much protein, especially animal protein, may actually cause insulin resistance, a key factor in diabetes. A healthy diet includes protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Our bodies need all three to function properly. The key is a balanced diet.
- Healthy fats from raw nuts, olive oil, fish oils, flax seeds, whole milk dairy, or avocados
- Fruits and vegetables—ideally fresh, the more colorful the better; whole fruit rather than juices
- High-fiber cereals and breads made from whole grains or legumes
- Fish and shellfish, organic, free-range chicken or turkey
- High-quality protein such as eggs, beans, milk, cheese, and unsweetened yogurt
- Trans fats from partially hydrogenated or deep-fried foods
- Packaged and fast foods, especially those high in sugar, baked goods, sweets, chips, desserts
- White bread, sugary cereals, refined pastas or rice
- Processed meat and red meat from animals fed with antibiotics, growth hormones, and GMO feed
- Low-fat products that have replaced fat with added sugar, such as fat-free yogurt
The key is to be smart about sweets, choose your fat intake wisely and keep a food regularly as you eat daily. The hormones ad your system will sort themselves out overtime.
So, you see, Diabetes is not a progressive death sentence afterall.