Does diabetes run in your family? Are you overweight? Do you have a sedentary job or watch a lot of TV? Do you smoke? Are you an African-American woman? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re at higher risk of developing type II diabetes during your lifetime.
The good news is that even with high risk factors, diabetes doesn’t have to be your destiny. This disease is one of the most preventable diseases known to man. What causes adult onset (type II) diabetes is a decreased ability of cells in the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to get sugar from the bloodstream into the cells where it’s used for energy. Every time you eat simple carbohydrates and sugars, the pancreas has to pump out insulin to manage all that sugar. Over time, excess consumption of simple carbs essentially “wears out” the pancreas, insulin is produced less effectively, and blood sugar remains high – which is very damaging to virtually every part of the body.
Therefore, it makes sense that a low carb diet is the best diet to prevent and even reverse diabetes. A low carb diet is scientifically proven to:
- lower glucose levels
- control insulin levels
- allow for weight loss
- help with appetite control
- increase energy
- lower blood cholesterol (especially triglycerides)
- balance hormones
- reduce inflammation
- lower blood pressure
Stay tuned for next Tuesday to learn exactly what foods to eat and avoid in preventing diabetes. For more information about naturopathic medicine or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leia Anderson at Natural Paths to Wellness, call 717-494-4500 or check out: http://www.naturalpathstowellness.com/