New Insights into Age, Weight and Diabetes, For a Better More Fulfilling Life
Many people believe that you need to be old and overweight to develop high blood sugar and diabetes. The fact is, neither is true.
While 1 in 4 adults over age 65 has diabetes, there’s a growing trend among Americans of any age to develop high blood sugar, increasing their risks of developing diabetes sooner than later. The fact is, about 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year, and millions more join the ranks of the currently estimated 90 million who have high blood sugar, called pre-diabetes. Unlike old times, thousands of children are now diagnosed each year with diabetes, too.
Diabetes is serious; it triggers many health problems, from impotence in men, to nerve damage in the eyes and feet, to bringing on atherosclerosis, leading to heart attack and stroke and, kidney disease leading to kidney failure and transplantation. It is also costly. The American Diabetes Association estimates that diabetes costs the American healthcare system more than $245 billion per year in direct medical costs and reduced productivity.
The problem is, many people know little about diabetes, and don’t think about it until the day they happen to visit their doctor, have a blood test, and find out they are prediabetic or fully diabetic. They are told that they have become “insulin resistant” – meaning that three types of cells in their body no longer respond to the hormone insulin produced in the pancreas. This causes those cells to fail to allow glucose inside (muscle), release more glucose (liver) and let out more fatty acids (fat cells) in the presence of insulin, creating the high level of glucose in the bloodstream.
I have been researching diabetes for more than twenty years, and I am baffled at this theory of insulin resistance. It seems illogical that humans are evolving to become resistant to a hormone naturally produced in the body. And why would only three types of cells become resistant and not all your cells? Why would both children and adults of all ages become insulin resistant? Why do some pregnant women develop gestational diabetes and then it disappears within a few days after giving birth?
I noticed that in every nation where grains (especially corn, rice, wheat, barley, and oats) are becoming a major staple of their diet, diabetes is rising.
My conclusion is that the preponderance of grains and grain-flour products is leading us to this growing rise of diabetes in the US and throughout the world. It is not that consuming grains causes insulin resistance, as this theory is still illogical for the reasons stated above. Rather, I believe that the extensive consumption of grains in our diet causes a normal body metabolism to go haywire.
When you eat a meal, the carbohydrates in your food are broken down into glucose. Your liver can store 120 grams of glucose, and any excess is converted into fatty acids and triglycerides that get stored in your fat cells. Between meals, your fat cells release fatty acids to be used as fuel, especially by the biggest generator of energy, muscle fibers. This is a normal body metabolism.
I suggest that when people overeat grains, they flood their body regularly with glucose and they eventually fill their available fat cells. It doesn’t matter if someone is thin or fat; they only have a certain amount of fat cells for storage.
As a result, fatty acids that have nowhere to go flow throughout the bloodstream, and their cells, especially muscle cells, naturally begin burning those for fuel—all the time! Meanwhile, vast amounts of glucose remain in the bloodstream, with no storage available. The end result is high blood sugar.
I call this “the fatty acid burn switch” and it explains far more logically than insulin resistance why children whose diets are full of carbohydrates are now developing diabetes, why both thin and obese people can be diabetic, why some pregnant women develop diabetes, and why diabetes is spreading worldwide wherever grains begin dominating their diets.
The implication of this explanation is that diabetes is not a hormonal disease; it is a lifestyle disease, or more correctly, a condition of over-consumption of grains and grain-flour products. Prescribing drugs to force the pancreas to produce more insulin or injecting insulin into the body to force glucose out of the blood stream without explaining what happens to it is not the answer. We need to educate people to avoid grains as much as possible in their diets.
So, whatever your age or weight, change your eating habits if you want to lower your risks of developing high blood sugar and eventually diabetes. Stop consuming as often as you can items like bread, sandwiches, pastas, rice, corn, cereals, pizza, cakes, cookies and the like. Enjoy meals consisting of fresh or minimally processed vegetables, with perhaps some meat or fish as you wish, and use legumes like beans and lentils as your carbohydrates since they digest more slowly than grains. Add spices to enhance the flavors of your cuisine, and then eat slowly, chewing your food and allowing yourself to savor the experience of healthful eating.
It can be hard to retrain yourself to go without a sandwich for lunch. You may at first miss that full-in-the-stomach feeling of rice, corn, or bread to accompany your dinner. But you will see results when you follow this type of nutritional plan. If you are overweight, you will lose pounds. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, your blood sugar levels will fall. And if you taking insulin injections, you will be able to reduce your dosage.
There is a need to do research to compare my fatty acid burn theory to the theory of insulin resistance and validate the right one. But I am convinced that it is time to sound the alarm about diabetes and help prevent it among as many people as possible.
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