Once the pancreas fails in its function to produce insulin when it is needed or in the right proportions needed, the body's blood sugar level becomes affected by the intake of other foods containing glucose. The impairment leads to diabetes and diet now becomes a critical concern.
Diabetes and diet becomes associated by giving great concern in planning the diabetic's diet. Otherwise, foods high in calories and carbohydrate will contribute to the presence of glucose in the bloodstream. Diabetes and diet planning should now work hand in hand as a way of managing the diabetes disease. Aside from diet, treatment includes medicines and exercise to control the blood sugar level.
To understand how and when the insulin fails, we must try to understand the main function of the insulin.
Below is a step-by-step description on how insulin affects our diet intakes:
1. During and after each meal, carbohydrates and proteins are broken down into amino acids.
There is a question asked every year at the Jewish Passover seder, "Why is this night different from all other nights?" I think each of us who struggles with food issues and weight issues needs to ask, particularly as we draw to the end of the year, "Why is this New Year going to be the year I finally conquer my weight and eating issues?" You can't change entrenched patterns and yo-yo dieting and feeding disorders unless you analyze what hasn't worked, what isn't likely to work, and what then is going to be the new and different approach to finally treat your condition, for the long term.
So let's look at what typically doesn't work (for most people). That includes:
Severe deprivation diets
Diets that shun entire food groups
Diets that require you to significantly restrict your lifestyle
Diets that only address food and not lifestyle adjustments
Why don't these approaches work? Well a severe deprivation diet typically allows you to ...
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If you smoke, stop smoking.
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