Today’s Preventable Pandemic
Today’s Preventable Pandemic
Everyone knows someone with Type 2 diabetes
By Tammera J. Karr, MSHN, CNC, CNW, CNH
|Everyone knows someone with Type 2 diabetes; it is so common it is assumed by many they will “get it” like a cold or flu bug, as they get older. The truth of the matter is, Type 2 diabetes is one of the most preventable illnesses in America, one unique to Americans and entirely dependent on the food choices consumers make. “Well my grandfather had diabetes”, a client will say to me; I ask how old was your grandfather when he was diagnosed with diabetes? “Oh he was in his late seventies”. As we age our cells become more resistant to insulin and sugars. This is in large part due to the lack of exercise many older and today’s younger folks are getting. And the foods most often eaten by older people are those highest in sugar forming content – carbohydrates.
My mother came from southern stock, corn bread soaked in sweet milk or buttermilk was a favorite, the problem with this is her blood sugars would go through the roof, because her blood stream was unable to process all the sugar made from these foods. Today’s version may be saltine crackers, chips or snack cookies. I have learned through clinical research that 3 saltine crackers will elevate my client’s blood sugars faster than glucose tabs or jell- good to know if you are traveling with a type one diabetic , as I often do and there is no glucose to be found. 30% of the glucose converted from our food goes striate to feed the brain, the rest is used for rapid energy or put into fat storage. The foods we eat and drink have a direct and profound effect on our brain; the brain is the central computer that controls all the rest of the body’s chemical responses.
The” SAD” (standard American diet) is loaded with food stuffs that the digestive system barely needs to break down to make sugar – a lot of sugar. Highly refined flour found in crackers, bread, TV dinners, coating mixes, cereals and fast foods are the worst. When you combine all the GMO (genetically modified organism) fats (canola oil), and sugars (high fructose corn syrup) with these grain products the liver goes into a tail spin and the pancreas cries out for help. Cholesterols, blood sugars and insulin climb, this in turn effects blood pressure, heart health, liver health and how well your brain works.
What to do?
It may not be reasonable to expect everyone to give up their favorite restaurant, but if Americans are going to get healthy it will not be because of a new health care bill, drug or insurance company – it will be because the populace begin being proactive about eating well, supplementation, exercise and learning to manage stress better.
Supplements are a must.
Last but not least – Exercise.
To your good Health.