Whether sugar causes diabetes or not is beyond the point

(Last Updated On: October 1, 2016)

Contrary to some, sugar is one of the biggest diabetes triggers

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here are some who still believe sugar consumption does not trigger diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that. That’s incredible. Some even think sugar is a important nutrient. There is a belief out there that if you don’t eat glucose or carbohydrates you’ll die. There is also another belief that if you eat fat you will also die. This is tied to the idea that diabetes is a disease; something you get, like cancer or tuberculosis. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

What is the American Diabetes Association (ADA) telling people

The ADA sends a wrong message when they say sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. What they mean is that sugar does not cause diabetes directly therefore is perfectly OK to eat. Then they say sugar only contribute to obesity and other problems and that can cause diabetes. What kind of message is that? This is like saying cigarettes don’t cause cancer; is the smoke they produce that does.

The myth lists

The myth/fact lists are all over the internet. Many endorsed by doctors and reputable institutions. Most of them say the same thing about sugar. They also endorse carbohydrates affirming that it is the only sources of energy we can use. If you don’t eat it you will fade away and die.

This is a great disservice and can be hazardous to the public. All carbohydrates turn into glucose so you basically producing insulin the same way as you would by eating sugar. Yes, pasta, bread, grains and table sugar are just glucose

Why sugar is at the epicenter of diabetes

What really causes diabetes is non stop exposure to insulin. Lots and lots of insulin over a long period of time. We get this excess insulin by eating sugar. We eat sugar in simple form but we also eat by eating excess carbohydrates that turn into sugar the minute you eat. Insulin has two main functions: to store fat and also to transform glucose into energy. Because we eat too much and do too little, there is a excess left over.

However if we over eat glucose, insulin production becomes to much to handle and cells become resistant to insulin. The pancreas also become tired end up having problems thus creating insulin insufficiency.

All people are affected by overeating glucose. Consumption of glucose creates inflammation which is the mother of all problems like cardiovascular disease, arterial disease, obesity, liver disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer and ultimately diabetes.

What can you do about it

A required knowledge is that you will not die if you don’t eat carbohydrates. Your cells are able to produce energy from different sources. We can produce energy from fat. We have been doing this for millions of years. In our distant past man hunted in winter and eat fruits and seeds (carbohydrates) in the summer. In the summer we stored fat by eating carbohydrates. In the winter we burned that fat for energy and run after animals; and that took a lot of energy.

Today we sit around in offices and live in a constant state of storing fat for the winter but the winter never comes. We eat a diet that is usually  80% carbohydrates and add sugar to that. This is damaging to everyone but some of us who are more sensitive and can’t handle and develop what is called metabolic diseases. Keep it simple. Diabetes type 2 is not a disease but the culmination of several inflammatory processes on top of someone who has a genetic predisposition.

Eat a diet rich in fats and less carbohydrates. To be exact 70% of your calories should come from fats. the rest, proteins and carbohydrates. It hardly matter what kind of carbohydrates you eat. At the end of the day it will all turn into glucose one way or another. What matter is the 70 – 30 ratio. That is: 70% fats to 30% carbohydrates and proteins.

Not all fats are alike

So people hear: eat more fat and they rush to the refrigerator and start eating everything in site, like a cheesecake. No. The good fats are eggs, meat marbled with fat, pork rigs, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, fatty fish, nuts, cheese, whole milk, butter, salami.(for starters)

The bad fats are margarine, soy oil, canola oil, fried foods, all vegetable hydrogenated oils, fat substitutes, trans fats. By the way all hydrogenated oils are trans fats. These are not stable chemically and oxidize in your body causing inflammation; the mother of all diseases.

 

References

  1. Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease13
  2. The role of oxidative stress in the development of complications of diabetes
  3. The possible role of sugar-sweetened beverages in obesity etiology: a review of the evidence
  4. Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk
  5. Nutrition Recommendations and Interventions for Diabetes A position statement of the American Diabetes Association

 

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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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