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Diabetes Ahead: Atkins Detour Open

Jun 4, 2008
In an American society where fast food, processed meat, bleached enriched flour and high fructose corn syrup rule the roost, it's no wonder that the vast majority of Americans are headed for Type II diabetes. Type II is the diabetes that people acquire from long-term poor eating habits. This nutritional trend is also contributing to the epidemic of obesity in our nation. Luckily, the Atkins diet offers a solution that addresses both issues. It offers a way to delay, even prevent the acquired disease as well as weight loss.

To begin with, Type II diabetes is a disease that is a direct result of insulin resistance. This means that the body can no longer produce sufficient insulin to lower blood sugar levels. In youth, our bodies were able to digest and metabolize food more efficiently. A then-healthy pancreas worked to produce and release adequate amounts of insulin, no matter how many carbohydrates or sugar we ate. Of course, there may have been other consequences of unhealthy eating habits such as weight gain or mood swings but it didn't matter that much at the time.

However, as adults, the more sugar and carbohydrates we consume, the harder our pancreas has to work. Foods high in refined sugar and processed carbohydrates create a surge of glucose in our blood stream. The pancreas releases large amounts of insulin in response to the surge. Our bodies react by releasing adrenaline to correct the imbalance. Thus a pattern of sugar-insulin spikes and valleys is created. The longer our bodies continue in this pattern, the more likely we are to develop pre-diabetes and full blown Type II.

A large part of the problem is the average American diet. Hidden sugars and highly processed carbohydrates work against our body's natural metabolic processes. Certain foods are known to have a high-glycemic index. A glycemic index is a number that refers to the effect a carbohydrate has on our blood sugar levels. The higher the number, the more insulin the pancreas has to produce to convert the sugar into usable energy. Unfortunately, the American diet is rich in high-glycemic index foods.

With age, blood sugar and insulin difficulties become more aggravated. The condition is called "hyperinsulinism" and is a precursor for type II diabetes. It is normally accompanied by high blood pressure and high triglycerides.

Eating a low-carb, no-carb diet will reduce the extreme blood-sugar fluctuations that a body experiences when highly processes foods are digested and metabolized. The Atkins diet emphasizes a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Proteins are metabolized differently than carbohydrates in the body. They have less of an affect on the blood-sugar level. The effect is a more stable, continual level. This is the most desired insulin-sugar balance.

However, there are easily identifiable warning signs to diabetes that appear early. Your family doctor can perform insulin level tests that will let you know if you are at risk for pre-diabetic conditions, and studies show that low-carb diets like Atkins can help. Controlling your blood sugar is one of the most effective methods to controlling pre-diabetic conditions.

It is certain that continuing down the highly processed, high-sugar freeway is sure to thrust us into diabetes. Along with the extra pounds, mood swings, irritability, and depression we'll face heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. These can all be delayed or prevented if we take the Adkins detour. Adhering to a better nutrition plan now lays the foundation for better health, tomorrow.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis 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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