More than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, over 95% of which are Type 2 diabetes. Every year, an additional 1.5 million Americans get diagnosed with this lifestyle disease. Diabetes ranks as the 7th leading cause of death amongst Americans according to the American Diabetes Association.Diabetes also costs Americans in excess of $327 billion per year to treat and manage, not to mention the toll that diabetes has on the daily functioning of its victims.
Despite these horrific statistics, Type 2 and Type 3 (diabetes of the brain) diabetes is completely reversable if you are willing to take the steps necessary to reverse it. This article will cover, in my opinion, the first and most important step to combating this lifestyle induced epidemic.
Everyone is probably aware that eating foods that are high in sugar is the reason our bodies struggle with diabetes, however what may not be so well known is that eating grains, fruits, and certain vegetables and even meats can also worsen a persons’ ability to maintain proper blood sugars. For example, were you aware that eating wheat products also causes spikes to blood sugars. Replacing white bread for wheat bread is not necessarily going to help you. Instead, you should try and avoid bread all together and find bread alternatives like this Keto-bread orOopsie-bread.
Because diabetes is also driven by chronic inflammation, oxidative stress, and alterations in circulating lipids (fats), red and processed meats also need to be limited or replaced by grass-fed, grass-finished meats, free-range, cage-free chickens, pasture raised pork, or wild-caught fish. A cohort-study found that high red meat consumption raised diabetes risk by 21% and high processed meat consumption increased risk by 41%.
Are you aware, however, that everyone’s body is unique, and that one person’s body handles food and blood sugar spikes differently than another person’s. This is true even of people in the same family with the same genetics. This is the reason that I recommend that everyone who is concerned about developing or wants to manage and reverse their diabetes follow this very important suggestion. Purchase and use a CONTINUOUS BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITOR.
With advancements in technology, it is now possible to monitor your blood sugars on a 24 hour continuous cycle without the necessity for needles or blood draws. Devices like this Helo LX Plus can be worn all day long and with its compatible app, keep track of your blood sugars. This way you can see in real time how foods that you eat affect your blood sugar status.
Knowing which foods have the greatest spikes in your blood sugars can help you to tweak your diet so as to maintain healthy blood sugar levels as well as healthy insulin levels and thus begin the process of reversing your type 2 and type 3 diabetes.
At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve your best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. Dr. Ess will not waste your time or money. He will let you know if he can help you, and if he can’t, who in the community can.
Our office specializes in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at www.AskDrPatrick.com for more information. We accept most major health insurances including BCBS, Aetna, Humana, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare.