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Carbohydrates: The Lowdown On These Glucose Powerhouses

Jan 22, 2008
Diabetes holds a long and complicated association with glucose, given the fact that this disease arises when the body is unable to break down glucose into energy to fuel itself. The reason behind this malfunctioning is either because the production of insulin in the body is insufficient in terms of the amount that is required to metabolize glucose, or that the cells of the body stop responding to insulin completely, which renders them incapable to metabolizing the energy that they need. The glucose, which is released into the blood, is produced when the carbohydrate content of the food is broken down during the process of digestion. And hence, it would appear that it is carbohydrates that need to be moderated for an individual to enforce a strict control over his glucose levels, or even eliminate them altogether to nullify the risk of high blood glucose altogether.

This reasoning, though supported by a large number of individuals, is a dangerous one, which will cause your body more harm than good. To better understand this, let us first study carbohydrates and the role they assume as a part of a dietary regime. Carbohydrates are simple organic compounds, which are the most easily accessible source of energy for the body to draw upon.

When you deprive your body of carbohydrates, it begins to look for other sources of energy which it can break down and use. It then turns to proteins and lipids and spurs the liver into action, breaking them down, just like in a state of famine or starvation. As your body metabolizes proteins and lipids, it first breaks them down into Ketones, which are then converted into energy. However, the production of Ketones is a lot faster than the rate at which they are used, and hence the surplus Ketones produced begin to clog up your bloodstream.

Your body tries to purge itself of these Ketones by excreting them with your urine, which in turn, leads to excessive urination and over a period of time, leads the individual to a state of acute dehydration a potentially fatal condition which is clinically termed as Ketoacidosis. Weight gain is yet another pertinent issue for diabetics, which makes it even more difficult for them to keep their condition in control, while also increasing their susceptibility to the more severe complications that diabetes is capable of.

Several modern day dietary programs, or fad diets as they are better known, propagate denouncing carbohydrates altogether and consuming only proteins-rich foods instead. The reasoning behind this practice is that carbohydrates are high inn calories and hence contribute to weight-gain. However, what these diets fail to consider is the fact that most protein-rich foods are very rich sources of saturated fats, which are co-conspirators of heart disease. Also, even though the individual may have lost a large amount of weight by eliminating carbohydrates, the weight comes right back on once he re-introduces them into his diet sometimes even more rapidly than the rate at which the weight was lost!

Discarding carbohydrates will also mean that the diabetic has to give up on a large percentage of the foods he is accustomed to, which will build up frustration and make the process of diabetes management seem unbearable. Not surprisingly, an individual who follows these dietary patterns is also apt to lose hope just as rapidly and will soon revert back to his unhealthy eating habits with gusto, leading him to gain even more weight than he originally started out with!

Carbohydrates are an essential food group, which form almost 60% of an individual's daily calorific intake. However, what matters more than the exact decimal amount of the carbohydrates you consume is the quality of carbohydrates you eat, wherein you keep away from refined and processed carbohydrates and build your diet around complex, wholegrain which are packed with nutrients like vitamins and minerals, besides being excellent sources of energy which, when included as a part of a balanced dietary regimen, can be easily assimilated and utilized by your body. When dealing with diabetes, remember that it is a well-balanced approach that your disease demands of you, and not precautions that veer on the extreme. Educate yourself about diabetes today and learn how simple living with this disease can be!
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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