“A High-Protein Diet Lowers Blood Glucose Following a Meal in Persons with Type 2 Diabetes and Improves Overall Glucose Control.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October, 2003.
“The First Step to a Better Life is on this Page…”
According to the American Diabetes Association almost 20% of the population of both countries have prediabetes as of the late 2000’s. Additionally, in the late 1990’s the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that type 2 diabetes may account for 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.
What does all this mean?
It means that changing your diet could prevent you from developing a non-insulin dependant form of diabetes, a disease that is ranked as the 6thand 7thleading cause of death in the United States.
In addition to being a chronic, incurable disease, diabetes dramatically increases the risk of severe health complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputation and blindness. A leading cause of death by disease, adults with diabetes are twice as likely to die prematurely, compared to persons without diabetes.
“Understanding Your Enemy is the Key to Victory…”
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It is also know as non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to high blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetes.
Approximately 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight and many people are unaware they have developed serious diabetic complications.
The pre-cursor to type 2 diabetes is prediabetes. Prediabetes is a relatively new term for Impaired Glucose Tolerance, or Impaired Fasting Glucose (IGT/IFG). It is characterized by blood glucose levels that are near but not quite at the level that defines a diabetes diagnosis. Many people who fall into the prediabetes stage can delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes with dietary and/or lifestyle changes.
“Eating Properly is a Lifestyle not an Event.”
Combating or preventing diabetic complications requires your body to be re-programmed in order to better control your glucose levels. On many diets, you are not eating the way you will eat for the rest of your life. You eat foods you may not like very much and don't find satisfying. The end result is you may stick with it long enough to achieve your goal, but without a change to your body’s programming, most people backslide into previous eating patterns and gain back more weight than they lost.
The first step to successful weight loss and management is education. You’ve gotten some of it here, but now you need to understand how your body works:
- why and how weight gain and loss occurs;
- what are the long term diabetic complications if you don’t change what you put in your body;
- when will you see and feel results after you’ve committed to improving your overall long-term health; and
- what is required from you in the long and short term in order to sustain the lifestyle changes you need to make.
Contact one of our weight loss experts for a free consultation today…get on the road to healthy living and kick your diabetes to the curb forever!