As I mentioned in a previous blog pos t, I've been reading Gary Taubes's new book Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. It's a dense read (with about 2,000 references, and no, I didn't check them all), but I've finally finished it, and I recommend it to anyone who really wants to understand where we've come in the past century, and why. Taubes spent five years researching and writing the book, and the manuscript may have been completed a year or more ago. The production process takes time. At one point he referred to the "current" president of Rockefeller University, and when I checked, I found she'd left in 2004. This suggests that he wasn't able to include some of the recent research supporting low-carb diets, even though avoiding carbohydrates -- especially highly processed carbohydrates -- is one of the primary messages of the book. Taubes feels that these ...
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.
It's so basic; we can easily forget to think about
calories. Diabetics are taught to "count
those carbs" and many of us have gotten carb counting down very
proficiently. What about calories? How do they figure into the life of people
As the number of obese and overweight people in America
continues to climb and we are bombarded with daily advertisements for weight
loss programs, drugs, and even surgeries, one has to wonder: is this really
such a complicated issue? Actually it's
quite simple. Generally, Americans eat too much and exercise too little, thus
the calories going in are outweighing (pun intended) the calories going out. Too much energy is being absorbed by our
bodies and then stored as fat.
I've hit a plateau with my weight. I'm happily 5-7 pounds lighter than I was
year ago. However, I really would like
to achieve my goal weight before getting pregnant with our second child. I'm only about 15 poun...
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