THE HIGH COST OF A
HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE
"Carbohydrate metabolism is important in the development of Type II Diabetes, which occurs when the body can’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it makes." Harvard School of Public Health's internet article (Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar).
THE HIGH CARB / HIGH SUGAR LIFESTYLE
The things is, many of us think that since we are not fat, we are getting away with living the "High Carb Lifestyle" (HERE). Although the numbers of young children who are OBESE is going through the roof (HERE --- just yesterday I saw a 16 year old Type II Diabetic), it is still common to see rail-thin children, adolescents, and even young adults, eating horrendous diets and seemingly neither gaining weight nor paying the price as far as their health is concerned. If you think this lifestyle is going to work out for the long haul, take five minutes to finish this article. Or just go to your next class reunion and see for yourself.
- Weight Gain --- Particularly in the Midsection
- Bloating / Gas
- Sugar Cravings
- Intense Hunger
- Frequent Hunger no Matter how much you Eat
- Concentration Problems
- Anxiety / Panic / Depression
- Lack of Focus or Motivation / Brain Fog
- Fatigue/ Chronic Tiredness / Lethargy
- Weakness (Temporary) / Shaking / Temporary Tremor
- Rapid Heart Beat
- Blurred Vision / Double Vision
HYPERGLYCEMIA / HYPOGLYCEMIA
As you lose your ability to control / regulate your blood sugar, you will see it bounce both up and down. When the blood sugar levels go up, your body makes insulin to deal with it. As the body dumps more and more insulin into the system in it's effort to keep up with regulation, you will sometimes see blood sugar levels plummet below baseline. This is known as "REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA" and is actually the flip side of the same coin which is just a hop, skip, and jump away from Type II Diabetes. That's right. As strange as it may seem, low blood sugar is a step on the path to Diabetes.
While this is a serious situation, the problem is that if the Insulin Resistant patient's BLOOD SUGAR levels don't slide into the range to be officially labeled as a "Diabetic" (or at the very least, "Metabolic Syndrome"), little or nothing is going to be done about it other than your doctor possibly providing some BLOOD SUGAR DRUGS for the symptoms that you will soon be having if you are not having them already.
- High Triglycerides (or currently being treated for high triglycerides)
- Low HDL Cholesterol (or currently on a STATIN DRUG)
- High Blood Pressure (or being treated for high blood pressure)
- A Fasting Blood Sugar over 100 (or having been treated for Type II Diabetes at any point in your lifetime)
Listen to the conclusions of this study (Prevalence and Trends of Metabolic Syndrome in the Adult U.S. Population, 1999–2010) from last August's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The increasing prevalence of abdominal obesity, particularly among female adults, highlights the urgency of addressing abdominal obesity as a healthcare priority." I have been warning people (particularly men, women, and children) for well over a decade about the numerous problems associated with ABDOMINAL OBESITY. Because Obesity is considered (as is Diabetes) to be an "INFLAMMATORY" problem, most doctors will tell you that either one causes the other since they are so intimately related to each other.
TYPE II DIABETES
One of the most fascinating things that I have noticed about people with Type II Diabetes in recent years, is that even when they trade in their High Carb Lifestyle for a LOW CARB LIFESTYLE, although the majority lose weight rapidly (HERE), some have trouble. And for many others, even though they lose the weight, they cannot seem to get their blood sugar regulated back to normal without medication --- even though they might be considered downright SKINNY. This is because when you get down to brass tacks, Diabetes is not really a "blood sugar" problem as much as it is one of the numerous CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES. This means that for most of you, sugar is probably your biggest source of inflammation (HERE). However, some of you will have to figure out the source of your INFLAMMATION and squelch it. I'll show you how momentarily.
A MISERABLE DEATH
According to the Honor Society of Nursing, "nearly 25 percent of the adult population in the United States suffers from metabolic syndrome X. Of the adult population, roughly 40 percent of people over 50 have metabolic syndrome X." The truth is, their numbers are way too low (HERE). Add to this the nearly 30 million Americans with Type II Diabetes (a nearly 20% increase over 2010 --- at a cost of over half a trillion dollars), and you'll begin to wonder why Diabetes is only the 7th leading cause of death in the US and not at the very top (probably because Blood Sugar Dysregulation is the #1 factor in our nation's leading causes of death, including HEART DISEASE, CANCER and most INFECTIOUS DISEASES).
Rest assured, the longer you live the High Carb Lifestyle, the more it is going to cost you, the more years you are taking off your life, and the less quality your remaining years will contain. And if you do manage to live to a ripe old age, odds are that you will be physically miserable (HERE). If you are truly interested in making a change, I have something for you to read (HERE). And the crazy thing is, it's not even that hard ---- and usually preferable to being six feet under.