Lifestyle Changes Spelled Out

What many people don’t realize is how simple the lifestyle changes are for treating the primary underlying problem in both diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance. We are talking about modest exercise , eating in such a manner are not to spike the blood sugar, and taking some basic nutritional supplements to improve the patients sensitivity to his or her own insulin.

DIET- As we all know that too many doctors make major mistakes in the diet, they recommended to their diabetic patients. Since the greatest risk for these patients is cardiovascular disease, the American diabetic association has remained primarily concerned with the amount of fat in people’s diets. Therefore, the ADA and many dietitians support is a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.

Diabetics have religiously followed the ADA’S recommendations for the past 35 years. In the mid-seventies, 80% of diabetics were dying from cardiovascular disease. As we enter the new millennium, 80% of diabetics are still dying from cardiovascular disease. This is a contrary to dietitians who believe that “a carbohydrate is a carbohydrate”, and that the source does not matter. This thinking completely ignores the glycolic index.

Numerous studies demonstrate that some carbohydrates release their sugars more rapidly than others. The more complex carbohydrates like beans, cauliflower, Brussels, sprouts, and apples release their sugars slowly. When these low-glycemic carbohydrates are combined with good proteins and good fats in a balanced meal, the blood sugar does not spike. This is critical in controlling diabetes. If the blood sugar doesn’t raise significantly after a meal- a major factor in diabetic control, there is no problem of having to bring it back down with drugs.

So, everyone realizes how bad sweets are for diabetics. But few realize that high-glycemic foods raise blood sugar much faster than eating candy does. When we finally convince the diabetic patients to eat low-glycemic carbohydrates combined with good protein and good fat, their diabetic control improves dramatically, and their bodies become more sensitive to their own insulin.






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