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May 26, 2008
Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Even more chilling, it is the first leading cause of death for children. The rising rates of obesity in this country have also led to rising rates of type II diabetes (also called adult onset diabetes). Today, one in 12 adults are afflicted with the disease. This means that over 16 million people have the disorder, with 6 million of them walking around undiagnosed and unaware of their sensitive insulin condition.

Type II diabetes is created by increased aging, obesity, poor nutrition, high stress and physical inactivity. All of these conditions can be traced back to one source high acidity. Over-acid lifestyles and food choices have negative impacts on health, which is shown by the rapidly increasing diabetes rates in the country.

What causes diabetes is not clear. Experts can only establish that it has existed since the 19th century. In the early 1900's, Canadians Frederick Banting and Charles H. Best established the connection between the pancreas and diabetes. It wasn't until 1976, however, that Alexander Beam wrote a paper referring to diabetes as being an inherited disease. He said that negative environmental factors, like poor nutrition and physical inactivity, were likely to bring on the disease. It's important to not that not all diabetics are overweight at the time of diagnosis. However, the question remains: does being overweight make you diabetic, or does diabetes make you overweight?

For example, many in the medical establishment believe that obesity is the cause of diabetes. However, obesity is a result of increased consumption of complex carbohydrates and simple sugars. The high rate of consumption of these products (which are made from the acidifying foods of sugar and processed wheat) leads to high acidity in the body. The body attempts to deal with the increase of waste acids by using fat to neutralize the acid. The fat is then stored as a safeguard for the cells in the body.

Another speculation is the role of acidity and the body's response to elevated pH levels. It is thought that over consumption of caffeine, sugar and other carbohydrate rich foods stimulates the liver, muscles and fat cells. Once stimulated, these cells release their respective glucose into the blood stream. This is the elevation that individuals record when monitoring blood sugar level. In order to counteract elevated acidity, the body uses fat to neutralize pH levels. Fat is stored, then, as a safeguard to protect cells. Over time, acidity can lead to other serious health risks, including diabetes. The repeated pattern of elevated blood sugar levels can cause damage to the cardiovascular system, endocrine system and circulatory system.

Insulin resistance, which is a precursor to type II diabetes, is brought on through a highly acidic lifestyle and acidic food choices. It occurs in the liver, muscles and fat cells. Excess caffeine, chocolate, sugar and carbohydrates stimulate these bodily organs and tissues. As the body is stimulated, the cells begin to release their glucose and this leads to the elevated levels of blood sugar that people see when they do blood sugar testing. The body cells are disorganized and the highly acidic state can lead to a host of problems overtime including premature aging, high blood pressure, inhibition of the release of glycogen from the liver, and the inhibition of the burning of fat.

By incorporating inflammation fighting foods such as dark green vegetables, fresh dark fruits and complex carbs, as opposed to simple carbs, can not only help reduce pH levels in the body but improve blood sugar levels. By making conscious health decisions can delay the onset of diabetes does not have to be predetermined. Not everyone has to develop the it.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life catastrophe Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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