Many of my clients attending my diabetes class report that several years earlier they were told they had “borderline” diabetes. Unfortunately, they only made temporary efforts to eat more healthily or add some physical activity to their schedule, but they didn’t really take this diagnosis of “borderline” diabetes seriously. Within a few weeks the scare was forgotten and it was back to the old lifestyle.
In the twenty-first century, our eating habits have been hijacked by the food industry. The food-like substances proffered by the industrial food system trick our taste buds into momentary pleasure. But our biology rejects them. Our tongues can be fooled and our brains can become addicted to the fat, sugar and salt that is pumped into factory-made foods, but our biochemistry cannot handle them. The result is the disaster we have in America today. 70 percent of Americans are overweight. One in two has either pre-diabetes or diabetes. It is time to take back our kitchens and our homes.
Diabetes affects over 25 million Americans today, more than 8 percent of the population. More than a third remain undiagnosed and are not treated. In most cases, type 2 diabetes, traditionally known as adult onset diabetes, develops in connection with overweight and obesity. A new study, however, found that consuming large amounts of sugar may cause the disease independently from weight problems.
Is there a diabetic diet? The answer is no. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there is no one diabetic diet that represents the prescription for the way all people with diabetes should eat. Are there diabetic foods that people with diabetes should buy? The answer again is no. Foods labeled “diabetic” or “diabetic-friendly” carry a halo of being better-for-you than unprocessed, unadulterated and unlabeled foods. But, it’s just not so.
Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and six of them have been approved for human consumption.They are used in many foods and beverages, and because they about 200 times sweeter than sugar, much smaller amounts are needed for the same level of sweetness. But still, there is a potential downside to using some of these substances.
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE Chances are that when you hear the words insulin resistance you either think of type 2 diabetes or your eyes simply glaze over. However, the topic is far more complicated and thus more interesting than it first seems. The hormone insulin regulates glucose in the blood, and when some of