Diabetes is an unusual illness. This means it takes place and afflicts everybody in a different way. No two people endure the sickness in the exact same way. This means each person needs their own therapeutics for the illness they are encountered with. One treatment technique for diabetes might work incredibly well for one person and not have a single benefit for a different person. Even so, there is a small variety of treatment that most techniques for handling diabetes fall under. In this we will discuss some of the main ways to take care of this illness.
By all means, your diet is the first kind of diabetes therapy. Some people are able to control their condition with their food intake, alone. Unquestionably, you do not want to try this out without first contacting your medical professional for advice. At the same time, even if you need more intense treatment, you can assist your treatments in succeeding, by maintaining your diet. Work with your doctor to create a menu plan and be confident you are taking in the proper amount of nutrients and minerals every day. This is so much more to this than simply following the food pyramid guide, so be confident you are getting help from a certified doctor or nutritionist while you are still trying to understand everything.
As goes with everything else, is it imperative for you to develop exercise habits. Your blood sugar levels can be managed with exercise. It helps your body with processing the foods you have eaten. Taking observation of your weight is helpful (typically). Weight problems are one of the main causes of Type 2 diabetes and at times you can restrain the sickness from occurring, but making sure to get lots of exercise. Aside from all that, exercising provides you with higher endorphin levels, which put you in a better mood and help your stress level. Confronting diabetes can be an exasperating and irksome process, especially in the beginning stages. Frequent exercising will help you to confront all of that.
If you drink, it is crucial for you to stop. For diabetics, alcohol consumption is a very poor choice. It can be tolerable with high temperance (no more than 20 ounces in a day), however if you have too much trouble keeping track of the amount of alcohol you drink, you are better off to just stop drinking all together. Drinking alcohol can really mess with your blood sugar levels. This causes more trouble for Type 2 diabetics when they need to regular their insulin levels and more trouble for Type 2 diabetics to keep track of their illness. In addition, the useless calories are of not good to anyone.
Diabetes is an uncertain and insidious sickness. What helps one individual could be harmful to another individual. The reason for this is it is a disease that is as unique as the individual whose life it disrupts. Lots of people recognize the remedies for diabetes can be deflecting and flustering-particularly when they first become diagnosed with the illness. Be ready to explore some different types of treatment regimens. It may take awhile for you and your physician to recognize the remedy methods that work the most excellent for you. However, there is no reason you won’t be able to lead a typical lifestyle, once you find appropriate medical care.
The China Study
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The study that gave this book its title was inspired by a survey initiated in the ’70s by Chou EnLai as he was dying of cancer. Ninety-six% of the population (880 million people) participated in 2,400 counties in China. The survey included death rates for four dozen different diseases including 12 different kinds of cancers. The resulting atlas implied that cancer was a disease of environmental conditions and lifestyle rather than genetics. The counties with the highest occurrences of some cancers were 100 times greater than in counties with the lowest occurrences.
In the ’80s, to further study these results, the author, T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist at Cornell University, and a handful of other notable scientists from both the United States and China, embarked on an in depth study of the dietary habits of the Chinese in correlation with disease. Thus was born the China Study. Their findings were startling and are the basis of discussion for the rest of the book.
The study showed that high cholesterol was a prevalent indicator of numerous diseases, not just heart disease. More significantly those with very low levels of cholesterol subsisted on a predominantly plant based diet. They were basically vegans. Poor vegans who died of nutritional inadequacy and poor sanitation while the diseases of affluence, the ones that scare us most, were chiefly a result of extravagant living, (but not as extravagant as in the US). The study compared people of the same age so does not mean that poor people died young before they got a chance to get the other diseases.
The conclusions of the scientists were that a high carbohydrate diet of unrefined plant based whole foods, resulted in much more fiber consumed and many plant based antioxidants providing a host of benefits. While consuming diets high in protein and fat transfers the calories into storage as fat rather than into body heat. (The only reason people lost weight on the famous high protein, meat based Atkins diet was because they were severely limiting their calorie intake to 33% less than normal. Over half of those on the Atkins diet suffered from constipation, bad breath, headaches and a 53% increase in calcium excreted in the urine. Plus many more health problems down the road.)
The book does not stop at the results of the China Study alone, but cross references the results with a host of other compelling American studies supporting research on breast, prostate and colon cancers, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, kidney stones and Alzheimer’s. These studies all point in the same general direction. Diet is more important than genes or environmental toxins in the development of these diseases. An animal based diet is what gets the bad genes to fully express themselves, while a plant based diet can minimize the impact of toxins. Consuming a high fat, high protein, animal based diet increases the rate at which toxins bind to DNA to form products that cause cancer.
It is further revealed that cows milk (casein) is a significant factor in the development of cancers especially prostate cancer and is linked to Type 1 diabetes. As one who is lactose intolerant, growing up in a country that doesn’t consume milk products, I’ve always been suspicious of the myth that milk was necessary for bone health. So what were we thinking to feed human babies milk that is meant to put 1000 pounds on a calf within the first few months of life? According to research, the reason our body doesn’t absorb enough calcium is because animal protein increases metabolic acids and this condition actually leaches calcium from bones. Only 5 to 6% of our diet needs to be protein to replace what is excreted as amino acids, not 35% as recommended by industry driven government dietary guidelines. The manipulation of such dietary guidelines accounted for in the book.
The role of big industry, i.e. diary producers, meat producers and big ag in protecting and promoting their product translates to considerable ability to influence government policy with industry driven science while suppressing inconvenient facts, in much the same fashion as the politics of global warming has been obfuscated.
The last third of the book describes how reductionist science is in the habit of studying only one element at a time without regard to how elements react with each other in the environment of the body. The Western habit of isolating just one ingredient in order to derive conclusions about its affect on the body, only makes sense if you plan to use pharmaceuticals to run your body; this lack of context is misleading and confuses the public.
Western doctors are also only peripherally trained in nutrition, as it affects drugs, so are not going to prescribe a diet based treatment for disease despite evidence that a plant based diet can reverse the symptons of disease. Those mavericks that do research diet treatments risk being marginalized and their careers truncated. Campbell describes accounts of such from his own career and those of other doctors doing this work. (He and his colleagues eat a vegan diet and recommends such because it is simpler than focusing on what you can’t eat and because he believes the benefits are increased with a zero animal product diet than with the 10% actually consumed by many of those he studied.)
So in the end it is not only the Western diet that is killing us, but Western reductionist thinking and Western propaganda-driven-capitalism. And then there is my pet theory — identity politics. America doesn’t want to be taking its diet cues from a Chinese peasant; as Campbell points out, Americans believe that our animal based, protein rich diet is the best in the world and that it is somehow unAmerican to think otherwise. Plus Americans like to eat it so no study is going to change that; annoying vegans being the fanatical exceptions that prove the rule.
We did change our diet though. I am happy to return to my Chinese and Thai lactose free roots with a tiny bit of meat while Catherine again embraces vegetarianism with some cheese. This book was recommended to C by her boss, a big brain science and numbers person, in response to the news of her cancer.