Why 26 Million People in the US Suffer Diabetes

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Unhealthy Food, Unhealthy Body

This is curated content supplied from Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website mercola.com. I am sharing this content, adding my own interpretation, because it is, to say the very least, absolutely shocking.

Diabetes has increased by 700% in the last 50 years and now affects some 26 million people in the U.S. This has happened because these people chose to consume unhealthy food products foisted upon them by the unscrupulous practices of the multi-billion dollar food industry.

Our food culture, supported by government subsidies and riddled with unhealthy chemicals and substances is the primary driver of diabetes and disease rather than the driver of health.

First, let’s make sure we understand the true meaning of Type 2 diabetes. It is NOT a disease of blood sugar, but a disorder of insulin resistance and leptin signaling.

Before I comment on the functions that insulin and leptin serve, I’d like to share comments made by Dr. Mercola as to why tainted foods supplied by agribusinesses cause diabetes.

The excessive consumption of fructose in the typical western diet is a major factor in the rise of diabetes. .

Your body uses glucose as energy whereas fructose breaks down into a variety of toxins that can devastate your health.

Dr. Mercola quotes from a book titled The Fat Switch, written by Dr. Johnson, who identifies the bodily damage cause by fructose:

  • It elevates uric acid.
  • It leads to insulin resistance.
  • It tricks your body into gaining weight by deceiving your metabolism.
  • It causes what is known as the metabolic syndrome (weight gain and abdominal obesity), as well as decreased HDL (the good cholesterol) and increased LDL (the bad cholesterol), elevated triglycerides (blood sugar content), and high blood pressure.
  • It metabolizes like ethanol (similar to alcohol) which causes fatty liver diseases.

Unhealthy foods, like corn, soybeans and wheat, are heavily subsidized, all of which have been identified as underlying causes of diabetes.

The corn industry produces High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), apparently the number one source of calories in the U.S. It appears in anything from processed foods. diet foods, infant formulas to soft drinks (sodas).

To make things worse, the diet most commonly recommended for sufferers of diabetes is the exact opposite to what actually works.

The common recommendation emphasizes high complex carbohydrate and low saturated fat. The truth is that, except for legumes, diabetics should eliminate grains and sugars for foods like, protein, green veggies, and healthy fats. The most important change is to eliminate fructose from the diet.

So, if you are still here, what is it that our common, modern diet does to cause diabetics?

  • Fructose is the major underlying cause of diabetes. It triggers a powerful biological switch that causes weight gain.
  • Insulin decreases the level of glucose in your blood stream. When blood sugar becomes elevated, insulin is meant to store the extra energy for future consumption. It’s supposed to direct the extra energy for storage. A small amount is stored in the liver as glycogen, while the majority is stored as fat, your main energy supply.
  • Leptin regulates our appetite and body weight. It essentially tells us when to eat, how much to eat, and when to stop eating.
  • Diabetes is caused by insulin resistance and poor leptin signaling. This is caused by substances like fructose.

What is the Solution?

According to Dr. J. Mercola, diabetes is very much reversible. The key is a change in diet.

 

 

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