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Are we ignoring the ROOT cause of Diabetes/Pre-diabetes/Obesity…?
PREVENTING AND REVERSING TYPE 2 DIABETES – THE LOW CARB HEALTHY FAT WAY
Carrying excess weight on your middle referred to as visceral fat is not just a cosmetic concern, but is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes which is reaching epidemic proportions; there are over a quarter of a million diabetics in Ireland, 90% of which are type 2. Another shocking statistic is that an estimated 1 in 3 adults has pre-diabetes, the condition that precedes diabetes.
It is entirely possible to both prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes, as is shown by Dr Ranjan Chatterjee in his recent BBC Ones, Doctor in the House Series, and by looking at the work that another UK GP is doing in Liverpool, *Dr David Unwin. Indeed there is a wealth of information available on this topic. (Dr Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution). However a lot of the advice given for this condition can be unhelpful and misguided. Most people think that type 2 diabetes is a blood sugar problem when in fact this is the ultimate effect, rather than the underlying cause. The underlying cause and driver of this condition is Insulin Resistance, although, type 2 diabetes is characterized by chronically elevated blood sugar levels.
HOW DOES THIS WORK? When you eat certain food, particularly refined carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, sugary foods/drinks etc) that food is converted into sugar inside your body, the body’s way to deal with this sugar is to release insulin, a hormone, and this moves sugar inside your cells so that it can be used for energy. This is a great system when it works well, however if you have significant abdominal obesity, type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes this system does not work well.
Eating too many refined carbohydrates elevates your insulin levels for long periods of time and your cells start to become resistant or “deaf” to the effects of this hormone, and over time you need more and more insulin to do the same thing. This is insulin resistance. Too much insulin is toxic to the body as is elevated blood sugar.
THE EFFECTS OF RAISED INSULIN – It causes water and salt retention, which causes high blood pressure. It increases your risk of atherosclerosis which can lead to heart attacks. It can increase the levels of “bad” fats in your blood. It can drive the growth of certain cancer cells. It is associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and significantly increases your risk of getting type2 diabetes. It is also now associated with cognitive function decline.
REVERSING TYPE 2 AND PREDIABETES – The only effective way to deal with these conditions is to deal with the underlying cause, Insulin Resistance. Trying to address the blood sugar levels (with medications) without addressing the insulin levels is treating the symptoms, but not treating the root cause. It’s like using a bucket to remove water from an overflowing sink, rather than actually turning off the tap!
Stop adding fuel to the fire! Make lifestyle changes so that the body can become sensitive again to insulin.
WHAT CHANGES? – All carbohydrates to some degree will raise your blood insulin levels, so type 2 diabetes could be described as a type of “carbohydrate intolerance” Protein too can raise levels but to a lesser degree. The only macronutrient that keeps your insulin levels and therefor your blood sugar levels stable is FAT! Therefore if you are trying to reduce the insulin levels, you need to reduce the amounts of certain carbohydrates and replace them with healthy natural fats.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF A LOW CARB HEALTHY FAT DIET –
- Weight loss (especially abdominal) without hunger, low carb has been used as a weight loss method for over 150 years, and modern studies confirm that it is more effective than other diets.
- Reverse type 2 diabetes. Doctors treating their patients include Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Dr Sarah Hallberg , Dr Jason Fung, Dr David Unwin, Dr Joanne McCormac . UK Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra has been getting great media coverage in this area also. Interviews available on Youtube. PLEASE WATCH!
- Less sugar cravings, less gas, stomach cramps and less diarrhea.
- Normalized blood pressure and reduced triglycerides (heart disease risk factors).
- Increased levels of HDL (the good cholesterol)
“Heavy on the Belly Program”
This program is a holistic approach to the early detections of insulin resistance and to addressing diabetes, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, uncontrolled weight, and related cardiovascular and other conditions, in particular inflammation. It includes a nutritional consultation, Pulsewave cardiovascular screening, and a review of current blood test results.
A personalized diet and lifestyle program is prepared for each person, to include healthy, satisfying, low carb/healthy fat choices for meals. I encourage my clients to learn, and understand the value of the dietary changes, to liaise with their GP and to monitor their blood sugars closely (if relevant) especially if they are on medications.
For a consultation, ONLINE consultation or to attend a 1 day workshop please contact me.
Erina Macsweeney B.Sc, NT mNTOI
Milltown Killarney Co Kerry
Consultations available by appointment in Killarney, Killorglin, Cork City, Newcastle West, West Cork.