According to the latest diabetes information released by the American Diabetes Association, the disease has reached epidemic proportions in America.
In the US alone, more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year, with associated health costs that exceed $100 billion.
A new approach is needed because the conventional wisdom has failed us. Traditional diabetes drugs ignore the underlying problems and can actually make things worse.
Basic Diabetes Information
After eating carbohydrate-dense foods like white rice, white bread, and potatoes, the body breaks down these starchy foods into the simple sugar, glucose. Glucose serves as the primary energy source for the human body.
Glucose spikes after meals causes the release of the hormone insulin. Insulin transports glucose into cells where it can be used as fuel.
But high sugar spikes can “desensitize” the cells to insulin, leading to
...the hallmark of
and type 2 diabetes.
This metabolic defect produces free radicals as well as advanced glycation end products, which are formed when a sugar molecule attaches to a free amino acid to create a non-functioning structure in the body.
High blood sugar that leads to oxidation and glycation is associated with the common
symptoms of diabetes
and its serious complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness.
However, the most serious consequence is diabetic neuropathy. Nerve damage caused by high blood sugar can negatively affect digestion, urination, and heart rate.
Sedentary lifestyles and modern diets that are rich in refined starches (white bread, pasta, white rice) and sugars (sodas, breakfast cereals, candy) account for much of the explosive growth in diabetes cases.
American Diabetes Association
and diabetes specialists agree that the first line of defense against the disease is a lifestyle-modification program.
Anyone with high blood sugar can incorporate lifestyle changes, a proper diet, and well-chosen nutritional supplements in a comprehensive program to help control blood sugar and improve health.
The latest diabetes information centers around the following nutritional strategies:
1. Minimizing Sugar Spikes After Meals
Minimizing sugar spikes after meals is the first step in preventing diabetes. Eating a lot of carbs will saturate the bloodstream with insulin and eventually desensitizes the cells and tissues to the effects of insulin.
Prescription drugs have no effect on
But 5 common foods do! Eat these foods and your well on your way to beating diabetes.
2. Breaking Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance means that insulin does not work optimally at its target tissue—such as muscle, fat, or liver tissue—to drive glucose into cells. This has numerous adverse consequences, including glucose and insulin levels that are much higher than normal.
As the body attempts to overcompensate for poor insulin action by pumping out more insulin from the pancreas, insulin levels rise. Eventually, over time, the pancreas can “burn out” and no longer produce enough insulin to control blood sugar.
highlights innovative nutritional strategies for breaking insulin resistance and optimizing your health.
Following our dietary guidelines can also help in preventing gestational diabetes. Learn about the four nutrients that benefit both mom and baby.
|Nutrigenomics is a promising new diabetes prevention strategy that significantly lowers disease risk by influencing gene expression. |
Michael Smith, MD's Expert Author Email Alerts
Sign up to receive email alerts of Michael Smith, MD’s latest articles from EzineArticles.com!
|Get Proactive! Subscribe to Diet Insider for cutting-edge research and innovations in diabetic diets. Just click the image to get started today.|
Free Diabetes Prevention & Treatment Protocol
A Comprehensive Review of the Latest Research Innovations
Return from Diabetes Information to Home Page