Diabetes-causes and solution
DIABETES-useful information about different causes and solutions.
There are many different types of sugars. As we know the most common one is the white table sugar, which is half glucose half fructose. Lactose is a milk sugar and maltose can be found in beer. However, the worst of the worst is pure fructose, and the reason is that fructose not only causes insulin resistance, fructose also causes Leptin resistance (Leptin is a hormone made in fat cells). If you are Leptin resistant your brain no longer knows whether you are full or not and you tend to overeat. Therefore, you need to be sure that you eliminate from your diet fructose from fruits and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). HFCS is used to sweeten most processed food and soft drinks. Another reason to avoid fructose is that fructose controls the conversion of your Purines into Uric Acid which gives you the Gout.
Fructose is bad but it doesn’t mean you can’t eat fruit. Fruit contains vitamin C and fibre which slow down the release of sugar to your blood stream and have lesser effect on receptors. You can eat any whole fruit but you can’t have honey, agave, or drink fruit juices.
You also need to remember that all refined carbohydrates, when eaten, are converted very quickly to sugar spiking your blood sugar levels.
Trans fats (any liquid vegetable oils converted to solid fats) gum up insulin receptors and contribute to insulin resistance. There are many health implications from consuming trans fats, e.g. an increase in LDH - a bad cholesterol, therefore, it is better to avoid those fats as much as possible. Unfortunately, they are commonly used in many processed foods.
Another reason for not consuming vegetable fats such as soy, sunflower, safflower and canola oils, is that insulin upregulates enzymes that control conversion of those fats into Arachidonic Acid. Arachidonic acid is a precursor to pro-inflammatory hormone which gives pain, inflammation, and degenerative diseases.
The sensitivity of all the receptors of our body are based upon a balance of our Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. The ratio should be 6:3. As the most foods we are eating contain mainly Omega 6 oils, it is advisable to increase consumption of foods containing Omega 3 or take a supplement.
Accumulation of one type of fat called Ceramides outside fat cells, dysregulate lipid (fat) metabolism and can lead to lipotoxicity. Concentration of those toxic fats in the blood plasma and the tissue are associated with risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Research on Alzheimer’s disease also showed that Ceramides-toxic fats, create insulin resistance in the brain.
- Reduce consumption of carbohydrates such as flour, rice and potatoes. Make sure you eat them in combination with good proteins such as fish and lean meat. This way you slow down the release of sugars into the blood stream.
- Read food labels to avoid Trans Fats. Use coconut oil in cooking. Alternative sources for increasing energy production in your cells without going into ketoacidosis is medium chain saturated triglycerides – coconut oil. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can’t produce enough insulin.
- Avoid foods high in Ceramides such as soybeans, dairy, eggs, sweet potatoes, wheat and rice.
- Increase consumption of foods high in Omega 3 such as fish and other seafood (especially cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines). Nuts and seeds are also an excellent source of Omega 3 fats. However, if you don’t like fish, you should take a supplement of Omega 3. A dose of 200 to 300 mg should be enough per day, taking with food.
- Use Cinnamon as often as possible adding to your tea or coffee. There is a lot of evidence that cinnamon sharpens the sensitivity to the insulin receptors.
- Take a supplement of Chromium Picolinate. Lots of studies show chromium sharpens the sensitivity of the insulin receptors. A dose of no more than 1000 micg per day with food.
- Exercise is an excellent way to help people to protect themselves against insulin resistance.