Originally Posted by archiguy
Ummmm, you're wrong. But you have a perfect right to be! This is America!
The biggest cause of early onset diabetes in our society is the huge emphasis on simple carbohydrates (basically sugar in any form and processed white foods like white bread, flour, etc.) in the modern American diet. The body converts them to glucose which then spikes insulin levels (what's not burned is then turned to fat in the liver). After many years of this abuse, the pancreas and liver become so damaged they can no longer cope and external insulin is required to properly regulate the body's blood sugar levels. Presto
- type 2 diabetes. There's a wealth of information about this online, there have been '60 Minutes' segments on it, books have been published on this subject, and at this point it's established science. In other words, what we now know is it's not the cheeseburger that's the real
problem, it's the fluffy white bun it comes on. My new rules are pretty simple: don't eat anything that's white.
Like many middle aged Americans, my blood sugar levels had been creeping up for years and it had started to become a concern for my internist. Just for fun, before my spring checkup, I decided to eliminate all simple carbs, including all sugar and alcohol, from my diet. Ten days later I had my checkup and bloodwork done, as I've done twice a year for the last 20 years. When the results came back 4 days later, I immediately looked at my glucose levels - a 40 point drop! Then I flipped the page to check on my cholesterol level and here's where it gets interesting..... an equivalent 40 point drop! All in just 10 days
. That's all it takes to get your blood sugar and lipid levels back on track. Oh, and I lost 8 pounds as well.
Bottom line - our modern American diet is killing us. Then Big Pharma manufactures drugs to counter those ill effects and charges us a pretty penny for it. Believe what you want, but doctors know better. My advice, and you're free to ignore it: listen to them.