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The Power of Your Metabolism - Diabetes


Chapter: The Metabolism


Diabetes, as much as hypoglycemia, has a direct relation with a deficient metabolism.

There are two types of diabetes.  Type II diabetes is the most common, as approximately 90% of diabetics have type II.  It is a condition of diabetes that starts when the person is an adult.  Diabetes type I is hereditary diabetes, which is much less common, where the person is born with a pancreas that simply doesn’t produce any insulin.  That’s why the type I diabetic has to inject themselves with insulin 3 or 4 times a day for their entire life.

Diabetes is a condition in which the body maintains glucose levels (blood sugar) that are too high and this in turn affects the health and metabolism of the person.  Glucose levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl).  It is a measurement that laboratories use to find out if a person is suffering from diabetes.  Normal levels are from 75 to 125 mg/dl depending on what and when the person ate.  Diabetics maintain glucose levels of above 130 mg/dl and in some cases it can get up to 500 mg/dl and the person goes unconscious because of the excess of glucose.

The American Diabetes Association estimated a few years ago that there were about 14 million diabetics in the United States or about 6.2% of the population that suffers from this condition.  The statistics are clear, diabetes is growing at a fast rate and medical and health authorities in the country really don’t know what to do to stop this condition.

No part of the population is as sick as diabetics.  Diabetics are the part of the population that suffers from the most heart attacks, loss of vision and many times have to use dialysis treatments (mechanized system to clean the blood) when their kidneys fail completely.  What’s more, at least 85% of diabetics are overweight or obese.  What’s worse is that diabetic males in many cases become sexually impotent.  It is clear; diabetics really are the least healthy people in our population.

Scientists constantly fill the pages of newspapers with their “discoveries” of supposed diabetic genes and try to blame it on heredity factors.  According to their theories, the blame always seems to be on the human body; it is in some way defective and therefore is diabetic.  The given impression is that the person is a poor “victim” and that the person has nothing to do with the fact that they are diabetic.

Well, my experience with diabetics, in the process of helping them lose weight and recover their metabolisms, has been very enlightening.  I’ve worked with more than 2,000 diabetic people and have seen amazing results, not only in successfully losing weight, but also in seeing how they have been able to control their diabetes.

In order to help the diabetics, the only information that was useful to me throughout the years was the information published by Dr. Richard Bernstein in his book, “Diabetes Solution”.  I would recommend that every diabetic read this book, so that once and for all they can understand their condition and be able to control it.  It terrifies me to think about some of the advice that “experts” in nutrition have been giving their diabetic patients.  Some recommendations like “have snacks every 2-3 hours so that your blood sugar stay’s stable.”

My experience is that diabetes is simply an inability of the body to process refined carbohydrates.  In other words, a diabetic’s body has severe problems when it is fed foods like bread, flour, candy, chocolate, rice, potato, fruit, etc.  If the diabetic eats sweet carbohydrates like, raisins, banana, or mangos, they will also have problems.  If they eat natural carbohydrates (vegetables, salads) they don’t have any problems.  Refined carbohydrates are deadly for diabetics.

I am used to seeing people with diabetes adjust their diet to one that is low in refined carbohydrates and immediately they begin losing weight and controlling their diabetes.  So, a typical Mediterranean diet, like meat, cheese and salads for a diabetic is perfect.  I’ve seen diabetics who would inject themselves with 60 units of insulin daily, get to the point where they don’t have to use insulin anymore and they can control their blood sugar with only a medication to control their glucose.  By lowering their intake of refined carbohydrates, their blood sugar levels started to normalize.  Due to this, their doctors found themselves forced to reduce their medication dosage.  I’ve seen them come in with large pieces of dead, black skin on their feet and I’ve also seen how this skin is regenerated and goes back to a pinkish, healthy color when they control their refined carbohydrates.

One of the most interesting experiences that I’ve had was with a diabetic doctor that sought out our help at Natural Slim.  This doctor is one of the most well organized people I have ever met.  He measured his glucose level several times a day and kept a detailed agenda noting everything that he ate and what affect it had on his glucose.  He started to lose weight noticeably and had to go down to taking less than half of his medications in order to control his glucose. When he broke his diet and gave in to some bread or refined carbohydrates he also noted and observed that his glucose rose once more to dangerous levels.  In the end, the doctor discovered the same as I had, that diabetes is completely controllable if you can control your consumption of refined carbohydrates.

In my experience, no one sees a more noticeable improvement than diabetics, when they control their consumption of refined carbohydrates.  Be it a type I or type II diabetic, the key is lowering the intake of refined carbohydrates to a minimum. Precisely so, Dr. Richard Bernstein’s recommendation in his book is to substantially reduce the consumption of refined carbohydrates. He is right; I have experienced it with thousands of diabetics. When the intake of refined carbohydrates is decreased, all cases of diabetes are controlled, blood pressure goes down, triglycerides are lower and bad cholesterol (LDL) is also reduced.  I’ve never been able to understand why something so simple is not explained to diabetics.  Controlling diabetes is completely based on controlling the consumption of refined carbohydrates (bread, flour, candy, chocolates, rice, potatoes, grits, etc.)  At times, I have thought that there are financially motivated “vested interests”, that don’t want diabetes to be controlled, so that they can keep on earning a bunch of money from the sales of medications and treatments that they make for diabetics.  The solution is as simple as controlling your refined carbohydrates.  However, they trick diabetics with an extensive variety of “sugar-free” products that, in reality, are high in refined carbohydrates (wheat flour, honey, molasses, etc.)

I have attended the Diabetes Association trade shows and have seen how they recommend “sugar-free” candy products to diabetics without explaining to them that ALL carbohydrates turn into sugar (glucose) when they enter the digestive system.  Under this false idea that all “sugar-free” products don’t affect them, they sell cookies, cakes and candies that, within minutes of eating them, have made the glucose levels of the body go out of control.  Ignorance is truly dangerous.  Ignorance kills.

Diabetes is characterized by having glucose levels that are too high and hypoglycemia by having glucose levels that are too low.  They seem like they are opposite conditions but they are not.  They are related and you should know that hypoglycemia will eventually turn into diabetes if you don’t change your diet and lifestyle.

In reality, hypoglycemia or “low blood sugar”, is only an intolerance to refined carbohydrates.  Hypoglycemia is the beginning of a problem where the body starts giving a voice of alarm that it doesn’t want refined carbohydrates.  Diabetes is the final stage of the problem that has already turned into an inability to utilize refined carbohydrates.  We could say that hypoglycemia is comparable to a “protest” or “work strike” and diabetes represents a failed company that closed its operations because it couldn’t keep going.

People who are suffering from hypoglycemia are in a favorable position because they can avoid diabetes.  But in order to do it, they have to stop forcing their body to accept the refined carbohydrates that it doesn’t want.
The sequence of a hypoglycemic person (low blood sugar) is like this:  the person stuffs themselves with refined carbohydrates or sweet carbohydrates that their body doesn’t tolerate very well.  The refined carbohydrates turn into an excess of glucose and their body reacts by producing too much insulin with the purpose of lowering the increase of glucose in their blood.  The production of insulin of a hypoglycemic person is exaggerated and produces too much insulin in order to counteract the excess glucose which then causes the “low blood sugar” that we call hypoglycemia.  If the person hadn’t abused the refined carbohydrates in the first place, the excess insulin never would have been produced to cause the “low blood sugar” that is called hypoglycemia.  In the end, a person that wants to stop being hypoglycemic only has to stop eating an excess of refined carbohydrates and they will see their hypoglycemia disappear forever.

There is something about explanations that are too simple.  People tend to think that the solution to a problem like hypoglycemia should always be some extremely complex factor. If the solution seems too simple, many times we can’t accept it. However, the solution to hypoglycemia is simple: controlling the refined carbohydrates.  This hypoglycemia issue is worth solving because if you are hypoglycemic and don’t do anything about it, you will end up with diabetes.

Even more, when your metabolism is made slow, your body accumulates lots of fat.  Fat creates two compounds, “resistin” and “tumor necrosis factor-alpha”, thatinterfere with insulin and makes the insulin ineffective.  The excess body fat of a diabetic makes it so that their insulin can’t extract glucose from their blood effectively and a so-called “insulin resistance” starts, where the body of the diabetic resists the effects of its own insulin and the glucose level continues rising in the blood.  Finally, diabetes is aggravated, following the increase of fat in the body.
The good news is that diabetes can be controlled and hypoglycemia can be completely eliminated if you control your consumption of refined carbohydrates.

Hypoglycemia - is a medical term referring to a state produced by a lower than normal level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

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