With more than one billion people affected, diabesity is the largest epidemic in the world today. Fortunately it can be reversed , this combination of obesity and diabetes can be reversed with lifestyle changes.
Pre-diabetes, Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance Syndrome all these conditions are the same, in the sense, all of them have the same fundamental underlying cause and that is, the elevated blood sugar due to insulin resistance of the cells. Insulin normally pushes the sugar inside the cell but in insulin resistance this is impaired and the severity of this defect varies. The term diabesity covers all the above diagnoses and is a health problem involving metabolic imbalance which may range from mild blood sugar imbalance to full blown type-2 diabetes and which is essentially connected to obesity, especially abdominal obesity.
Diabetes + Obesity are two conditions so strongly linked that researches in started calling it diabesity. Excess weight is behind 64% of cases of diabetes in men. Whether obesity should be considered a disease on its own, it is also an important risk factor for many chronic physical and mental illnesses like diabetes.
Following the Wellness IQ at www.academyofwellness.com which includes lifestyle modification, dietary modification and taking a high bioavailable multivitamin/multimineral: vitamin D, fish oil, and special blood sugar balancing nutrients like alpha lipoic acid, chromium polynicotinate, biotin, cinnamon, green tea catechins, and glucomannan should also be included.
Experts now predict that more than 35% of American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Our current health care system will not be able to cope with this growing epidemic in 20 years which may cripple our economy. The human faces and human suffering behind the epidemic of type 2 diabetes that threatens to overwhelm our health care system is totally preventable and reversible.
I recommend a natural regime of low simple carbohydrate, moderate proteins and healthy fats as well as full hydration to achieve optimal weight.
Avoid sugar, processed foods, fructose in excess of 15 grams, and grains. This effectively means you must avoid most processed foods
Eat plenty of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace the grain carbs with:
Large amounts of fresh organic locally grown organic vegetables, Low-to-moderate amount of high quality protein (think organically raised, pastured animals). Most Americans eat far more protein than needed for optimal health. I believe it is the rare person who really needs more than one half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. Those that are aggressively exercising or competing and pregnant women should have about 25 percent more, but most people rarely need more than 40-70 grams of protein a day.
The rationale behind limiting your protein this: when you consume protein in levels higher than recommended above, you tend to activate chemical pathway, which can help you get large muscles but may also increase your risk of cancer. There is also research suggesting that this is a significant regulator of the aging process, and suppressing this gene may be linked to longer life to 101+ years. www.your101ways.com
To determine whether you are getting too much protein, first calculate your lean body mass by subtracting your body fat percentage from 100 (example: if you have 20 percent body fat, you have 80 percent lean body mass). Then write down everything you are eating for a few days, and calculate the amount of daily protein from all sources.
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Aim for one half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass, which would place most people in the range of 40 to 70 grams of protein per day. If you are currently averaging a lot more than that, adjust downward accordingly. You could use the chart below or simply Google the food you want to know and you will quickly find the grams of protein in the food.
Red meat, pork, poultry, and seafood average 6-9 grams of protein per ounce.
An ideal amount for most people would be a 3-ounce serving of meat or seafood (not 9- or 12-ounce steaks!), which will provide about 18-27 grams of protein. Eggs contain about 6-8 grams of protein per egg. So an omelet made from two eggs would give you about 12-16 grams of protein.
If you add cheese, you need to calculate that protein in as well (check the label of your cheese)
Seeds and nuts contain on average 4-8 grams of protein per quarter cup Cooked beans average about 7-8 grams per half cup
Cooked grains average 5-7 grams per cup Most vegetables contain about 1-2 grams of protein per ounce
As much high-quality healthful fat as you want (saturated and monounsaturated from animal and tropical oil sources). Most people need upwards of 50-85 percent fats in their diet for optimal health. Sources of healthful fats to add to your diet include:
Avocados, boiled eggs, Coconuts and coconut oil Unheated organic nut oils, Raw nuts, such as almonds, pecans, and macadamia, and seeds, organic Grass fed meats, almond/coconut milk and seeds.
Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D.