Dietary Style Causes Diabetes Other Diseases
Dietary Style Causes Diabetes Other Diseases – We agree with Dr Su, the author of this article and the book, Carbohydrates Can Kill. The outlandish amounts of carbohydrates that are consumed in the typical Western diet is most likely culpable in the alarming rise in all the major types of diabetes. Although genetic susceptibility may be a necessary component in the disease development and progression, studies indicate that risk can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated by eating in a healthier way. Part of what makes up a healthier lifestyle is reducing the high-carbohydrate load that stresses the entire body, causing inflammation, AGEs, high cholesterol, diminished neurological function, vascular damage and much more.
Diabetes An Acquired Disease
In recent years, we have learned so much more about diabetes. We classify those who are diabetics into different types, depending on their age when they become diabetic, and on the manner of progression of their disease. Some of them had the disease when they were born or in their early childhood, even in their infancy. Others developed the disease when they were at different stages of adulthood. Despite the fact that many of us still blame genetics for causing diabetes, we should understand that our dietary style is much more closely linked to the risk of this detrimental disease than we would like to believe. In other words,
Diabetes is likely an acquired disease. Most importantly, we must know that diabetes is preventable, if we are willing to pay attention to our dietary style, such as restricting carbohydrates. But many people still do not believe what I have just written above.
Every time when I would ask my patients and friends to be vigilant on carbohydrate consumption, most of them would claim that they were not diabetic, because they had a normal reading of fasting blood sugar (or glucose) test or glucose tolerance test, or both. They thought that they were healthy. But they might not be!
Understanding the mechanics of developing diabetes is critical to all of us who wish to avoid this disease and stay healthy.
Diagnosis with diabetes is made only when either the patient’s fasting blood glucose (FBG) is 126 mg and over or his two-hour glucose tolerance test (GTT), after drinking up to 75 grams of glucose in water, is 140 mg and over. He would be told that he was pre-diabetic only if his fasting blood glucose is in the 100 mg to 125 mg range. Very few physicians and academicians are concerned about the magnitude of blood glucose after each meal within a two-hour window, so long as both the FBG and GTT are within “normal” limits. However, with my intensive literature review and careful personal experimentations, I have concluded that the magnitude of blood glucose at any time after each meal is the most important key to our health. Part of my conclusion, as described in my book, Carbohydrates Can Kill, has been independently underscored in a 2009 study, by Drs. Koichi Node and Teruo Inoue of Saga University School of Medicine, Saga, Japan. The study, “Postprandial hyperglycemia as an etiological factor in vascular failure”, was published in Cardiovascular Diabetology, on April 29, 2009. Based on my conclusion and the paper by Drs. Node and Inoue, an abnormal level of blood glucose at any time is more critical to the individual’s health than at a particular time, such as after fasting or at the two-hour point after a meal or a glucose tolerance test.
Rising blood glucose level, which is usually a result of consuming carbohydrate-laden foods, directly results in an increase of inflammatory factors, including C-reactive proteins (CRP).
A similar observation is made in an individual who receives intravenous glucose solution during medical attention. This is why more patients in intensive care and coronary care units today receive insulin in their intravenous glucose solution for reducing the risk of inflammation and complications. An increase of blood glucose and/or inflammatory factors can trigger premature cellular death and cellular mutations. Consequently, organs including the pancreas are inflamed and damaged or can become cancerous.
Because an increase of blood glucose causes inflammation, the inflamed intima (the inner layer of a vessel or endothelium) attracts deposition of lipids from VLDLs (very-low-density lipoprotein) and some LDLs (lower density lipoproteins). I suspect that such deposition might be a natural defense mechanism (i.e., covering up the inflamed intima (endothelium) with lipids, which include triglycerides and cholesterol). Studies have shown that hyperglycemia as a result of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet facilitates the production of triglycerides and VLDL-cholesterol.
Studies have also found that rising blood glucose level promotes blood clotting factors, which are critical in the prevention of acute cardiovascular events including heart attack and stroke.
An increase of blood glucose suppresses the production of nitric oxide by the endothelium. Nitric oxide is an important factor produced by the endothelium for dilating the blood vessel. Thus, hyperglycemia constricts the blood vessel and increases blood pressure.
Besides, high blood glucose level facilitates glycation (AGEs), which is a chemical reaction between sugar and either fat or protein or both, with or without an enzyme. Glycation can occur both outside and inside the cell, and it damages the cell. Glycation is a potential cause of cancer and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and others. Recent studies suggest that mitochondria are damaged by sugars, especially when the blood glucose level is elevated. Damaged mitochondria cannot use glucose for energy production, and they may be a likely cause of cellular degeneration including Alzheimer’s disease. In my writings, I have also mentioned the links between the complications during pregnancy and the maternal high blood glucose level.
The damage caused by repeated episodes of high blood glucose can accumulate. Therefore, disease could be either acutely or slowly developing, depending on the magnitude of the rising blood glucose after each meal.
With the understanding of the grave impacts on health by an elevated blood glucose level, no one should allow himself to naively think that he is “healthy” because his FBG and/or GTT is “normal.” Keep in mind that by the time diabetes is diagnosed, the patient has lost about 40% to 60% of the original mass of his (pancreatic) beta cells. FBG and GTT do not predict the ill impacts of repeated episodes of high blood glucose after a meal until the disease or diseases are in their advanced stage. This is the reason why many patients have been diagnosed with diseases that are highly linked to diabetes, such as retinopathy, cardiovascular diseases and among others, before they were diagnosed with diabetes. In truth, it is the rising blood glucose level after consuming carbohydrates, and not diabetes, that is helping to develop these diseases.
Armed with the information I have just outlined, everyone should have at least an annual series of blood glucose tests started at the time before meal, and at every 15 minutes for the next two hours after beginning to eat a meal. The test results will (1) help the individual to understand the relationship between the amount and types of consumed carbohydrates and the level of his blood glucose, and help to avoid those carbohydrate foods that elevate his blood glucose level; and (2) help to discover abnormal blood glucose readings sooner for preventing and managing Diabetes and other diseases.
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