Three Little-Known Diabetes Facts

March 10, 2010

It has been said that there are no coincidences. The fact that I just found out a friend has diabetes, and the fact that I ran across a diabetes article today, may seem like coincidences. But I learned some interesting facts as a result.

Fact #1: Diabetes can be eliminated with a vegan diet
I already knew about Dr. Terry Shintani’s results getting people off diabetes and cholesterol-lowering medication with a vegan diet. See this post for a video of Dr. Shintani’s lecture on these results.

Today I read this article:The Diabetes Cure: Forget counting carbs. Here’s the new way to reverse this disease.

It offers more proof that a vegan diet can reverse type 2 diabetes.

Fact #2: Eliminating starches from your diet isn’t the answer
The ADA, American Diabetes Association writes: “Foods that contain carbohydrate raise blood glucose. By keeping track of how many carbohydrates you eat and setting a limit for your maximum amount to eat, you can help to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range.”

Not all starches are created equal.
Some create quick spikes in blood sugar. This, according to current theory, means an extra load on the pancreas, which produces insulin, leading to reduced performance/failure. It also causes the body to become less efficient with the way it handles blood sugar.

But further studies have shown that not just starches per se, or sugars per se, are important. What is important is the rate at which these foods cause blood level changes.

Enter the glycemic index
Some foods, mostly those with lots of fiber, including most whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, do not cause a rapid spike. Those are lower on the glycemic index.

Other foods, mostly processed flour, sugar, and the foods made with them: white bread, crackers, pasta, pastries, do cause a spike and should be avoided.

Clearly we don’t know all the answers. Apples, Pears and bananas are low on the glycemic index. Watermelon, however, is also a fruit, but it’s high.

Barley, a whole grain, is low on the index. Millet, another whole grain, is high.

So the assumption that eliminating starches from your diet will cure diabetes is just plain wrong.

Fact #3: Asians and Polynesians have the lowest incidence of diabetes in the world
According to the 2010 statistics from the IDF (International Diabetes Federation), the US, Canada and Carribean region has an 11.7% prevalence of diabetes.

Most of Asia (including Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China) and the Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, etc.) have only a 5% incidence, the second lowest in the world (Africa has the lowest.)

We’re talking rice and potatoes
What’s the backbone of the diet in Asia? Rice. And in a lot of places, white rice, as a matter of fact.

What about in Polynesia? Sweet potatoes and taro. More starch.

Why the discrepancy?
Plainly speaking, nobody knows! What we do know is that people who eat their culturally traditional diets have very low incidence of diabetes. Yet when they move to the U.S., their diet changes, and their incidence of diabetes skyrockets.

Traditional diets always rely on fresh, locally and seasonally available produce and proteins. That means an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains.

It means little to no manufactured, processed foods like soft drinks, cereals for breakfasts, and any of the canned, packaged chemical stews for sale that people consume regularly.

So is it because of the high-fructose corn syrup?
Who knows? Science doesn’t have the answers. The food manufacturers want us to believe everything’s safe to eat. Of course they do; otherwise they couldn’t sell as much and make as much money.

Judging from the facts about who has diabetes and who doesn’t, is it a coincidence that vegans have a low incidence of diabetes? Definitely not. Science can’t explain it, and probably never will. But the facts speak for themselves.


Want to get off your medication?

January 20, 2010

Do you want to get off your medication?

89% of people in this country take prescription drugs for chronic health conditions. That’s almost everyone. Does that alarm you?

We start medicating children in this country, putting them on drugs to control conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism. They become prescription drug users as early as age 5.

You are the exception to the rule if you do not take prescription drugs. You might feel abnormal. You might even wonder what’s wrong with you.

On the other hand, if you are taking prescription drugs, you might be sick of the high costs, the side effects, or the fact that you are destined to be taking them the rest of your life.

Want to do something about it?

The healthcare system is spiraling out of control. Costs are increasing, health is diminishing, and we seem to be getting nowhere, even with renewed efforts by the Obama Administration to reform the system.

Clearly you need to take matters into your own hands and make choices that make sense to you.

Ask yourself just one question: Am I getting better or worse?

If you’re getting worse, or not getting better, why continue to do what you’ve been doing?

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein, (attributed)
US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955)

So what can you do about it?

Plenty!

The following video by Dr. Terry Shintani will show you how to get off your medication, with the help of your doctor. His proven program has helped people stop diabetes medication in as little as two days!

100% of the people who follow his program lose weight.

Find out:
–Why eating more can help you weigh less

–Why low-carb diets don’t work

–The major myth the entire health-care system is based on

–Why genetics plays a much smaller role than you think

–The #4 cause of death that isn’t a disease

The video is an hour long and will show you exactly how to turn your health around, with basic changes in diet and lifestyle.

Take an hour and consider the evidence he presents. Then consider your future and what it might be like if you continue on the path you are currently on.

Watch the video now.


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