My friend Dr. Laura Ruby, DNP is passionate about the scourge being referred to as “diabesity.”
Your not going to find this word in the dictionary, but you don’t have to be a genius to figure out what this term diabesity represents. It is basically the self-demolition of western civilization as obesity based diabetes gets further out of control. I’m not being flippant when I say demolition. The country will be a shambles when 40% of the population has diabetes as is the rough prediction by the year 2050. The combination of medical expenses and lost productivity from disability will be devastating to say the least…actually it already is!
The article below is part of Dr. Laura’s blog post yesterday on the topic. To see the entire post, which I highly recommend, go to http://drlauraruby.com/inflammation-and-chronic-disease/reversing-diabesity-start-your-journey-today/ :
Dr. Mark Hyman’s Blood Sugar Solution is a comprehensive scientifically- based program for reducing insulin and blood sugar. This applies to anyone on the Diabesity continuum, even if you have normal blood sugar. This is a functional medicine approach that looks at the whole person, not just the symptoms. Just cutting back on your calories is not the answer. Over the past few weeks we have discussed the connection between insulin resistance, inflammation, and chronic disease. This program is not just about the numbers, it is targeting the underlying inflammation that increases your risk for many chronic issues such as heart and vascular disease, stroke, dementia, autoimmune disease and cancer to name a few. There is NO PILL that can fix Diabesity — rather than healing the wound, they are merely covering it with a band-aid.
This approach requires you to make a paradigm shift, to understand the role that diet, environment, hidden food sensivities, gut issues and stress have on your health. You may want to go back to the beginning of June and read my earlier posts on Diabesity if you have not already done so. Most of us will need to make drastic lifestyle changes to reverse the metabolic imbalance occurring in our bodies. I am not asking you to do anything that I am not willing to do. I am on week 4 of the Blood Sugar Solution’s elimination diet and am already seeing changes in my body. Over the past year I have lost 25 lbs following a low glycemic diet. I have been on a weight plateau for the past 4 months. I finally started losing belly fat again after eliminating gluten from my diet. So apparently, like many Americans (1 in 30), I am gluten sensitive. Losing weight again is great but more importantly, I understand the metabolic and anti-inflammatory benefits that are connected to making these lifestyle changes. The information that follows are a few key points from Dr. Hyman’s book the Blood Sugar Solution. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I highly recommended this book to anyone who has belly fat, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. It may very well save your life.
Eat your medicine
- Focus on quality not quantity
- Food is information that impacts your genetic expression, hormones and metabolism.
Controlling glycemic load is an essential key for reversing Diabesity
- Remember it is no longer “Calories in versus calories out”.
- Eating foods that cause a surge in insulin will continue to fuel your insulin resistance and make it harder for you to lose weight.
- Chose low glycemic high fiber foods
- Adding lean protein to every meal with help decrease the glycemic load of the meal.