Diabetes Train? Don’t Take It. If You’re On It, Get Off It!

January 23, 2012

in BLOGS,Weight Loss

Diabetes-Train-obesityThe diabetes train is at epidemic levels.  Why? 

Could it be that lifestyle and diet habits are contributing factors? 

  • If you're at the train station to diabetes, take another route. 
  • If you're already on the diabetes train, let's think about how to safely get off it. 

I recently wrote an article about glycemic response and how it affects our overall health.  Glycemic response is definitely a key to consider.

  • this article will give other information about diabetes 
  • tips on reducing your risk of developing diabetes 
  • changes you can consider if you are already a diabetic

This article is in reference to ‘Adult Onset Diabetes.’ 

Let me give a disclaimer up front if you are being treated medically for diabetes.  “Any dietary or lifestyle changes can cause a need to monitor and/or adjust your medications.”

Obesity is also at epidemic levels. 

This is very likely the reason we are seeing epidemic levels of diabetes.  So, … using logic, … we can make the assumption that some of the same conditions that cause obesity may also cause diabetes.

What do you eat for breakfast? 

One of the most common breakfast foods is packaged, dry cereals.  When our children were young we had a rule that everyone in the family would be dressed and eat breakfast together.  I varied our breakfast menus.  We rotated between eggs, cooked cereal, and dry cereal along with toast and juice.  Nutrition was not my expertise but it just made sense to me to provide a variety of food choices for my growing family.  Saturday breakfast was usually pancakes, French toast, or biscuits with eggs. In thinking back I am so glad I did not give my family a steady diet of dry cereal.

What's wrong with dry cereals?

  • Most dry cereals are processed under very high temperatures. 

    • Those high temperatures are what makes them crunchy which is what makes them good… the crunchier, the better! 
    • The high temperature process fuses the proteins and sugars, thus making the protein non-functioning.  This can damage the kidneys, circulatory system, and other tissue; creating complications for a diabetic or putting a person at risk of developing diabetes.  
  • Basically dry cereal is a food I call dead and empty calories. 

    • Of course, empty calories are a big contributor to obesity.

Pollutants and toxins stored in fat contribute to the risk of developing diabetes. 

  • BPA, a compound used in making plastics and resins, is found in 95% of urine samples of people in the United States. 

    • BPA from food and beverage containers is known to leach into food and beverages during storage or heating. 
  • Human fat acts as a storage place for toxins and pollutants.

    • These toxins trapped in fat can cause insulin resistance which can cause diabetes. 
  • Toxins can be reduced by eating more organic foods and by reducing the consumption of polluted animal products. 
  • Eating more fresh whole food and drinking more water reduces the storage of toxins by helping flush them from your body. 
  • Exercising will help sweat out the toxins. 
  • Losing body fat can also reduce these stored toxins.

diabetes-train-junk-food-real-foodSugar intake is a biggie in contributing to both diabetes and obesity. 

  • A study of nurses found that consumption of one or more sugar sweetened soft drink per day increased the risk of diabetes 32%. 
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables contain fructose in small amounts so are not likely to cause problems for a diabetic as long as they are not in excess. 
  • The high antioxidant content of fresh fruits and vegetables is actually beneficial in reducing damage from oxidized fats. 
  • Keep in mind that fresh fruit juice and vegetable juice is concentrated sugar so should be consumed in moderation or not at all.

​Other tips for getting off or avoiding the Diabetes Train

  • I had a friend who was a border line diabetic.  He changed his diet to 2/3 raw food and was able to reverse the symptoms he was having.  Others have found that their blood pressure dropped along with their weight by using the 2/3 raw food diet.
  • Supplementing with digestive aids such as hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes increase the ability to digest foods and reduce food allergies as well as reduce diabetic symptoms and risks.  The inability to properly digest food puts an extra burden on the pancreas.
  • Fiber from a variety of sources helps slow the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates as well as improving blood sugar control.  High fiber intake (35 grams plus daily) is known to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.  Fiber also assists in weight loss.

Nutritional supplements are helpful in reducing the risk of diabetes, improving diabetic symptoms, and reducing obesity.

  • Vitamin C is a very important antioxidant for the diabetic as high blood sugar can decrease the ability to transport vitamin C to all areas of the body.  Without vitamin C, one can develop scurvy.  Proper supplementation with 1,000 mg of a quality, food sourced vitamin C has been known to reduce fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and serum insulin.
  • Minerals are shown to improve blood sugar control and heart function.  Chromium improves the function of insulin in the body.  Magnesium, copper, and zinc deficiencies can aggravate diabetes.  Mineral supplementation should be balanced as in nature, chelated for better absorption and taken in modest amounts.
  • B vitamins improve glucose tolerance and protect the pancreas.  Biotin, in particular helps prevent the development of diabetic neuropathy.  Often diabetics can have low levels of some of the B vitamins.  B vitamins supplements should be used in the entire B complex family from a natural food source.
  • Vitamin D improves insulin sensitivity.  A blood vitamin D level of 40 is usually considered optimal.  Supplementation should be in the form of D3.  Good, pure sunshine is the best source of vitamin D.
  • Vitamin A deficiency is common in diabetics because they may not be able to convert carotenoid rich food or supplements to vitamin A.  One sign of vitamin A deficiency is calluses on the feet.
  • Diabetes-Train-omega3-lipidsSalmon Oil (omega-3 fatty acids) can improve diabetic neuropathy with long term usage.  Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce the risk of heart disease.  High quality omega-3 fatty acids can displace fat contaminated with toxins as mentioned above.

As you can see, there are a number of nutritional actions you can take to reduce your risk of diabetes or if you are already have ‘adult onset diabetes’ you can reverse the severity of the disease.  There are even instances of people reducing medications or getting off them altogether. 

As I mentioned before if you are a diabetic, please check with your doctor for accurate monitoring as you make nutritional changes.

Chose a Nutritional High versus a Sugar High! Get off that diabetes train!

 

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1 A. Lynn Jesus November 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

This is such a great post! It is so informative! Thank you for all the tips. As I get older, I find myself craving less and less sugar. Now I still have my weaknesses, such as chocolate and the awesome craft beer we have here in Central Oregon. I was actually kind of shocked when I found myself saying "That's too sweet!" a few years ago – it seemed kind of unlike me. So I guess it's a good thing. It is kind of a natural selection limitation. Hehe.

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2 Caroline St-Onge November 17, 2014 at 7:58 am

I eat plain yogurt for breakfast with some fresh fruits inside. It's so much better than a yogurt you buy at the grocery with fruits already in there (just take a look at the long list of the ingredients). Why eat something complicated when it is supposed to be simple?

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3 Sharon G. Cobb November 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm

A great article full of great information!  I've lost two people very dear to me to diabetes and it runs in my family.  I encourage anyone reading this to give it a try.  It surely can not hurt!

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4 Ines Roe November 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Thank you for this good information about diabetis. I am very lucky because I am not on that train. However I am a sugar addict and love sweets so it is possible that I might end up on the train. I like to take care of myself and pay attention to my health. So this awarness will be helpful to me.

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5 MamaRed November 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

Wow, amazingly detailed look at cause and effect Pat. Wowser!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing such great details and opportunities for shirting and healing. 

Laugh lots, Love more!

MamaRed

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6 Beverley Golden November 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

Great information that people who are serious about improving their health can follow. It is interesting to me when people feel their condition is "genetic", and that there is nothing they can do but take the recommended medications the doctors suggest. One of the things I have learned is there is "always another way" and especially when it comes to our health and well being. Thanks for sharing this piece which has the potential to help many people, if they want to be helped. It is always about taking personal responsibility, I believe.

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7 Tina November 13, 2014 at 6:04 am

This is very interesting and helpful information. I've been "borderline diabetic" for about 20 years! I still eat Cheerios in the summer and oatmeal in the winter (OK, in the desert Cheerios wins) with fresh fruit for breakfast and yes, I'll a chocholic, but I'm curtailing that. Vitamin D is the one deficiency my doctor says "everyone has", even those of us who live in 300 days of sunshine a year! Fighting the battle is a difficult one and your suggestions are very helpful and do-able. 

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8 Lorii Abela November 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Thanks, Pat, for your advice on how to avoid the diabetes train. 

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9 Veronica November 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

this is greta inoemation that I will share with my mother. She is diabetic. I am trying hard to avoid diabetes

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10 Roslyn November 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Whem I was told I had metabolic syndrome a few years ago & a candidate for diabetes, I said no way. Lost weight, changed eatting habits, walk some & moved away from danger.

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11 Heather Cameron November 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Diabetes is very difficult to manage, I work with my 86 year old mother everyday to get her to understand how to manage hers.

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12 Meryl Hershey Beck November 12, 2014 at 11:40 am

Diabetes is such a growing issue for so many.  With all that people have going on in their lives it is easy to forget what we are putting into our bodies and how it affects us long term.  So much of what is offered to us the market is processed foods.  It is a sad tragedy.  Diabetes can be avoided for  so many if we could all just get back to the basics of clean living. 

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13 denny hagel January 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

My family has been blessed to not have to deal with diabetes so I am admittedly not well educated on the subject. Thanks for informing me Pat ! This is powerful info to have.

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14 Pat Moon February 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

Hi Denny,
I’m happy you are finding the information about diabetes helpful in staying on the right track.

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15 Olga Hermans January 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

 
My father in law died from diabetes; it was so sad to see everything that he had go through. But his motto didn’t fit your recommendations here Pat. He thought and always said, the time that I am still alive, I am going to eat everything that I like. He died on an old age though. Some people are like that isn’t it?

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16 Pat Moon February 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

Olga,
Yes, I had an uncle who was a diabetic and lived to be 88. I must say that once he was diagnosed with diabetes, he did eat a much healthier diet. As a result he did not suffer many of the bad side effects of diabetes. Then I know other people who are diabetics that are younger than me and suffer multiple health problems as a result. I see what they eat and know exactly why they are suffering. It is sad when all it takes to avoid diabetes is to eat sensibly, exercise, and use common sense about many lifestyle choices. Thanks for sharing.

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17 Sharon O'Day January 31, 2012 at 7:32 am

Boy, I feel like a broken record!  (Remember "records," Pat?  I just realized how dated that expression is!)  All too often our health challenges are a result of not taking personal responsibility.  And that epidemic touches all parts of our lives …

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18 Pat Moon February 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Sharon,
Yes, I remember records. As a matter of fact we still have a really nice turn table and quite a few great albums. Personal responsibility definitely is an important key to staying and/or getting healthy.

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19 Cat Ebeling January 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Great article! I see we think along the same lines! 😉 Just posted a similar article.

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20 Pat Moon January 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks Cat, for your supportive comment. There is such a problem with people health yet there are many of us who think along the same lines! We have a great mission.

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21 Sarah January 29, 2012 at 6:40 am

Pat…Amazing article. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world. There is so much happening in the health of people today due to the obesity epidemic and I thank you for breaking this piece down for us!

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22 Pat Moon January 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Hi Sarah,
Yes the obesity epidemic is a great issue in the health of many, many people today. Thanks for your support.

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23 Anastasiya Day January 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

Great post Pat! I do believe in a raw food/juice/organic life style too. Thanks for sharing this useful information with us!

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24 Pat Moon January 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Anastasiya, thanks for the supporting comment. I wish you the best health possible.

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25 MarVeena January 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

I really believe in a raw food/juice/organic life style. So many diseases can be controlled through a better thought out approach to what we eat/drink. My dad has diabeties,so this is a subject I am really interested in.
Thank you for such a thoughtful article and good ideas to help diabetics!
Blessings
MarVeena

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26 Pat Moon January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

Hi MarVeena,
My hope and prayer is that many will take diabetes seriously and do more to prevent it in the first place. Once you have it, you can make changes that can reverse it or at least control it and keep it from getting worse. Thanks for the encouraging remark and sharing.

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27 Hughie Bagnell January 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hi Pat….Great article! Thank you sharing…diabetes can not be taken lightly, my father had his lower left leg amputated as a result of diabetic complications so I would urge all to take your article quite seriously!!! …Thanks, Hughie 🙂

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28 Pat Moon January 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hello Hughie,
Yes, diabetes is a disease that should be taken very seriously! Once you have it, you have to make serious lifestyle changes if you want to live a quality life. So why not make simple changes that will reduce your risk of getting it in the first place? Thanks for sharing about your father. That is just one of the side effects of being a diabetic.

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