You Can Eat to Beat Diabetes
The number hit you like a slap in the face: Nearly half of Americans have diabetes or likely will soon, according to a recent crunching of national data in the Journal of the American Medical Association. If you just mentally counted yourself out of that half because you arent fat, or you think youre pretty fit, heads up: Youre not immune. Twenty percent of Americans with prediabetes are at a normal weight double the percentage from two decades ago.
Whats going on? Our food supply has become flooded with sugar, which has exposed a latent metabolic vulnerability in an awful lot of people, says Dr. Tim Church, a researcher with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In other words, evolution hasnt had the chance to catch up with the way we eat. From 1977 to the present, the amount of added sugar we consume has soared 30 percent, and our metabolism is losing its ability to process the onslaught.
This means that if you eat a lot of refined carbs and added sugars which, lets face it, most of us do and you arent blessed with the genes that can handle them, your pancreas has to produce an overload of insulin to clear sugars from your bloodstream. That excess insulin cues more fat to be stored in your gut. This visceral fat, explains Dr. Samar Hafida of the Joslin Diabetes -Center, produces inflammatory hormones that can cause diabetes as well as heart disease and strokes. Worse, you may not even know this is happening. The added fat can wind its way around and inside organs and muscles without ever producing a telltale beer belly or an alarming number on the bathroom sc Continue reading