Diets and Diabetes – Let’s Compare!
“The word diet comes from the old French word diete and the medieval Latin word dieta meaning a daily food allowance.” Diets are, “a set course of eating and drinking in which the kind and amount of food should be planned to achieve weight loss and better health.”
According to Dr. Roxanne Sukol, a preventative medicine specialist at The Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic, “The spread of conflicting information and even misinformation may be playing a role in America’s obesity epidemic.” Referring to recent data collected by the CDC, “50% of Americans have either diabetes or pre-diabetes by age 65.” Most people are still confused about what healthy eating is and it’s not because they are not trying, but because it can be very confusing. Many Americans make choices based on “taste and pricing” with “healthfulness” in third place. Labels can be conflicting and confusing stating “this food is healthy” even when it may not be. Americans recently received a failing grade in nutrition literacy from the findings presented by The International Food Information Council Foundation. According to Dr. Fatima Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, from Mass. General Hospital in Boston, “There is no one strategy that is universally effective in helping people achieve a healthy weight and lower their risk of chronic diseases.” We do know that yo–yo dieting that is severely restrictive can lead to bingeing and may lead to insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension, and elevated cholesterol and eventual heart disease. How you eat should always remain s Continue reading