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The diabetes solution guide was developed by a group of researchers from the university of Newcastle and Glasgow. Professor Roy Taylor is the lead researcher from Newcastle University in this trial which is funded by Diabetes UK. It is an established organization in UK that is based on the knowledge and dealings of any form of diabetes in the world today. The medical trials, studies, theories and experiments have proven one thing that diabetes can be reversed. Professor Taylor said they could revolutionize the way type 2 Diabetes is treated and this builds on the work into the underlying cause of the condition, so that we can target management effectively. The diabetes solution program is not a physical product, it will be delivered to you as a .pdf file. It comes with other nice bonus guide and also two CD-ROMs with one containing a 7-day at home video exercise series and the other containing 70 yoga at home exercise videos to assist you exercise properly and attain a good weight for your body system. This program is meant for all both those with type 2 diabetes and those without it because it will enable you take precaution and prevent it from happening to you. You do not need to acquire any technical skill just purchase and read on. Read more...

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Understanding the Importance of Insulin

I'm going to talk to you about the hormone whose name you've heard many times insulin. Some of the content of this chapter is fairly complex, but I think you ought to read it carefully. Because for many of you, the answers to your battle with the bulge and concerns about long-term health issues are here. Almost everyone knows that insulin is given to people with a certain kind of diabetes, to help control their blood sugar levels when their own supplies become depleted or insufficient. Insulin is one of the most powerful and efficient substances that the body uses to control the use, distribution and storage of energy. At its most basic, insulin is the control hormone for glucose, a basic form of sugar. So listen up. Your body is an energy machine, never resting, always metabolically active-and it powers its operations mainly through the use of glucose in the blood, which is why glucose is interchangeably called blood sugar. The body must maintain a certain level of glucose in the...

As Your Blood Sugar Rises

Consuming carbohydrates impacts your blood-sugar levels. The amount of carbs-and the typewill determine how your blood sugar responds. For example, a food full of refined sugar and white flour, such as a jelly doughnut, will raise blood sugar much more dramatically than does a salad. To be useful to your body, blood sugar has to be transported to your cells. Think of insulin as the barge that transports glucose from your blood to your cells. Once it reaches the cells, three things can happen to that glucose It can be mobilized for immediate energy it can be converted into glycogen for later use as a source of energy or it can be stored as fat. Let's delve in a little deeper. Insulin is manufactured in a part of your pancreas called the Islets of Langerhans. As the sugar level in your blood goes up, the pancreas releases insulin to move the sugar out of the blood. It then transports the blood sugar to your body's cells for their energy needs. But as we previously mentioned, when these...

Watching Your Blood Sugar

Some people figure they don't need to worry about their blood sugar levels because they don't eat sweets. Not true For one thing, lots of foods that aren't in the sweets category at all can mess with your blood sugar levels. Potatoes, for instance they're killers when it comes to blood sugar We'll talk more about specific foods and how they affect your blood sugar levels later in this section, but first, what does it mean, and why does it matter The term blood sugar refers to how much glucose is in the blood. Glucose is the body's primary source of energy, so it's important stuff. But it has to stay in just the right range not too high and not too low or it can cause problems. The body uses hormones called insulin and glucagon to regulate blood sugar levels, but sometimes the body just can't keep up, often because the foods we're eating cause blood sugar levels to rise too much. Diabetes melli-tus is an example of a disease related to the failure of blood sugar regulation. Blood sugar...

Do Diabetics Need Insulin And Other Drugs

A large number of diabetics are overweight because they put out too much insulin. As you might imagine, nothing would be more inappropriate than to give insulin to these overweight diabetics, who already put out excessive insulin and have elevated blood sugar resulting from insulin resistance, rather than lack of insulin. Are you a Type II diabetic taking insulin, or one of the oral drugs called sulfonylureas, which work by increasing your insulin levels And do you seem to be metabolically resistant to weight loss Then chances are a hundred to one that you are a diabetic who is simply a victim of a poor assumption on the part of your physician. My approach with those already diagnosed diabetics on oral medications and or insulin who come to me is to determine if they can produce insulin on their own. Here's how you find out if the insulin you are taking is necessary or not Have your doctor run a test of insulin levels (as well as glucose levels) both before and ninety minutes after a...

The Two Types of Diabetes

At this point we should take one step back to clarify that the two types of diabetes are truly so different that they should be considered two quite different illnesses. This chapter addresses only Type II diabetes. Type I diabetes typically occurs in childhood or early adulthood and is unrelated to dietary habits. It appears to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body mistakenly attacks the pancreas, largely or totally destroying its capacity to produce insulin. Only five to ten percent of all diabetics are Type I. Type II diabetes is caused by a genetic propensity for the disease combined with improper eating habits. The research done by Cleave (referred to on page 314) showed that certain genetically predisposed races and cultures do not get Type II diabetes until exposed to significant amounts of refined carbohydrates. (I should point out, however, that it is possible to be at risk for Type II diabetes even if you don't have a family history of the illness.) The great majority...

Diabetes May Be Creeping Up on

Traditionally physicians have diagnosed diabetes in people in their fifties and sixties. According to a recent survey, however, the average age of onset in the baby boomer generation is now 37 The crucial point is that whether you get this illness in your thirties or in your fifties, you've been building up to it over decades. Type II diabetes never springs forth out of nowhere. We eat our way toward it, three meals a day, a thousand meals a year, ten thousand meals a decade. Type II diabetes is Diabetes is insidious. It exists as pre-diabetes, usually for several decades. It is during this period that a simple glucose-tolerance test (GTT) can establish its presence. Although the ADA currently estimates that one diabetic in three is unaware that he or she has the condition, we find, by doing GTTs on patients with symptoms and or a family history, approximately three prediabetes for every one with established diabetes.

Can the Course of Diabetes Be Reversed

If you want to know why I am so certain that the comparison testing will prove Atkins to be so effective, it is because in our clinical practice we have treated over five thousand Type II diabetics. Of those taking insulin-stimulating drugs (sulfonylurea) we were able to get the vast majority off those drugs. And of Type II diabetics taking insulin, more than half were able to cease their injections. Here is one of thousands of exciting case histories. Janet Drake credits doing Atkins with saving her life and her leg. Only 47 years old, she had been diabetic for seventeen years. When she got a blister on one toe, it turned into cellulitis, with a red line extending up her leg to her knee. One of the doctors at the hospital where she then worked as a nurse warned her that she might have to have the toe or the whole leg amputated if she didn't get her blood sugar down fast. Janet knew that her glucose level was around 290, far too high despite the fact that she gave herself insulin...

What Is the Nutritional Answer to Diabetes

Earlier in this chapter I pointed out that I have yet to see a study that showed that a high carbohydrate level in a diet is more helpful to diabetics than is Atkins. But I didn't tell you why. Even though the controlled carbohydrate approach was the standard diabetic therapy until 1950, the ADA abandoned it without ever doing a single test comparing it with a controlled carbohydrate eating plan that followed the Atkins approach. Here is a small sample of the research done over the last seven or eight years. In the mid-1990s, researchers began to compare the effects of high monounsaturated-fat diets with the effects of high-carbohydrate diets in diabetic patients. A study by Dr. Abhimanyu Garg at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center showed that compared with the high-fat diet, the high-carbohydrate diet increased risk factors for heart disease-in the form of triglyceride levels and VLDL (very-low density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels-by twenty-four and twenty-three...

The Perilous Path to Diabetes

From the standpoint of saving lives, this chapter should prove to be the most significant one I have ever written. Here's why For the past two decades, two illnesses have escalated so rapidly that they are considered twin epidemics-obesity and Type II diabetes. I might go so far as to say they are Siamese twins. Obesity and Type II diabetes are actually two aspects of a single illness, characterized by insulin resistance (insulin not doing its job in your body) and hyperinsulinism (excess production of insulin). The overlap between the two is impressive. Over eighty percent of Type II diabetics are obese.' And in my experience, the vast majority of obese people have the identical problems that lead to diabetes. The most convincing connection of all is that these twin epidemics escalated at exactly the same time, coinciding perfectly with dramatic changes in the American diet. During the generation in which these conditions reached unprecedented heights, the intake of dietary fat fell...

When Insulin Is Out of Whack

We've discussed the issue of excessive insulin output-what the medical profession calls hyperinsulinism-and the inefficiency of insulin usage-what is called insulin resistance. There can be no question that overweight individuals whose weight control difficulties are caused by hyperinsulinism respond best to the Atkins controlled carbohydrate nutritional approach. Even the majority of people who do not lose weight on a 1,000-calorie low-fat diet will lose weight on an 1,800- to 2,000-calorie meal plan-if carbohydrates are limited to 20 grams per day.

What Is Hyperinsulinism

Simply put, hyperinsulinism is the condition that results from too much insulin being produced by your body. It's easy to see how this might happen when you realize that there's a relationship between the kinds of foods you eat and the amount of insulin in your bloodstream. Foods rich in carbohydrates-especially sugar, honey, milk and fruit, which contain simple sugars, and refined carbohydrates such as flour, white rice and potato starch-are readily absorbed through the stomach, so they speedily convert to glucose. When these foods are eaten in excess, they require a lot of insulin for transport. Foods made of protein and fat, on the other hand, require little or no insulin. (Protein in excess converts to glucose in the liver and requires some insulin to transport it to the cells fat requires essentially none.) And what happens when there is too much insulin As an overweight person becomes heavier, insulin's effectiveness may decline. The cells become desensitized to the action of...

An Insulin Assault

Now let's reverse this line of thought. High blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL and being overweight all turn out to be consistently associated with high insulin levels. If that's the case, then presumably high insulin itself should predict heart disease. Four significant studies done in Wales, Finland, France and Canada support this theory 1. The Caerphilly, Wales, heart disease study, which observed 2,512 men aged 45 to 59, found a connection between fasting plasma insulin levels and heart disease that existed independently of other risk factors. 2. In the Helsinki Policeman Study, 1,059 men aged 30 to 59 were tracked for five years. The data revealed that fatal (and nonfatal) heart attacks were most common in those who had the highest insulin levels. 3. The Paris prospective study followed 7,246 men for an average of sixty-three months. Again coronary heart disease was proportionate to insulin levels, and the relationship was greater when the subjects were obese. 4. A...

The Path to Diabetes

Let's outline the journey that diabetes typically takes. As you now understand, the modern American diet is grossly tipped toward refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour, both of which comprise most junk foods and rank high on the glycemic index. Your caveman body is totally befuddled by such foods. When you eat them, so much blood sugar gets poured into the bloodstream that your pancreas has to pump out insulin as if it were handling an emergency. When you were 18, the superb efficiency of your body may have meant that you hardly noticed any symptoms resulting from this flood of blood sugar and resultant insulin overload. Later the symptoms pile on, just as for many of us the pounds do. You should already have taken the Blood-Sugar Symptom Test and be aware of any blood sugar-related symptoms you might have. The vast majority of overweight people on a high-carbohydrate diet display an extensive range of symptoms, the by-products of unstable blood-sugar levels. A...

The Importance of Local Foods

Finally, local foods and traditional diets are not fads. They have evolved within the environment where they are found. Pacific islanders have maintained healthy lives in these places for thousands of years. However, contemporary lifestyles, with their new foods and work patterns have been accompanied by increases in diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and or heart disease. There is a clear need to identify recipes and their nutrient analyses as a means to reverse this trend.

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Brown rice syrup and barley malt syrup are two of my most preferred natural sweeteners because they are complex sugars which are not hard on the body blood sugar levels. Brown rice syrup is my favorite sweetener because it has the most mild flavor (not as strong as barley malt syrup), and its pH is closer to our bodies pH than any of the other sweeteners, making it the most gentle on our bodies. Keep in mind that both brown rice syrup and barley malt syrup are about half as sweet as maple syrup.

Have We Made Progress

Nutritionists are now assessing our progress in meeting the goals of Healthy People 2010. These efforts will include evaluating healthful behaviors in the areas of fitness and nutrition, ensuring a safe food supply, and reducing and preventing diseases such as osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Atkins is the most successful weight lossand weight maintenanceprogram of the last quarter of the twentieth century The

The Atkins Nutritional Approach can positively impact the lives of people facing the risk factors associated with diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. It can also alleviate gastrointestinal problems, and certain allergies, chronic pain and immune system weaknesses.

An Ounce of Prevention

This landmark study investigated chronic degenerative disease, including a variety of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. It was found that degenerative diseases tended to cluster in the more urbanized, industrialized counties, while communicable diseases were primarily found in the more agricultural counties. The dietary and lifestyle factors chiefly associated with those counties where degenerative diseases were clustered included diets richer in animal products and higher in total fat. In fact, disease patterns suggested strongly that the intake of much larger quantities of animal-based foods was the major dietary factor responsible. Dr. Campbell wrote, at the conclusion of the study, We found a significant association between the consumption of even small amounts of animal-based foods and the increasing prevalence of heart disease, cancer, and similar diseases.

How you prepare a potato determines how fattening it is Take a look

Believe it or not, that baked potato will be less fattening topped with a dollop of low-fat cheese or sour cream. The calorie count will be slightly higher, but the fat contained in the cheese or sour cream will slow down the digestive process, thereby lessening the amount of insulin that potato prompts your body to

Overweight and Obesity

Overweight and obesity pose major health risks. First, they increase the risk of heart disease. Second, they make you more likely to develop other factors that also increase that risk. For instance, overweight and obesity increase your chance of developing high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol (see following sections), and diabetes all major risk factors for heart disease.

Eating the Atkins Way Must Have Special Advantages

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that controlling carbohydrate intake results in improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, moderation of blood-sugar levels and reduction of blood pressure. All these indicators result in reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. And, incidentally, in my forty years of practice, I've yet to see a single study that has shown that a high-protein diet causes kidney problems. 6. Atkins works because, as an increasing body of scientific evidence shows, it corrects the basic factor that controls obesity and influences risk factors for certain illnesses. That factor is excessive levels of insulin. An essential hormone, insulin governs the basic mechanism by which the body lays on fat. When found in excessively high levels-we medical folk call that state hyperinsulinism-insulin vigorously promotes the development of diabetes, atherosclerosis and hypertension. More recently, it has also been linked to increased risk of breast...

The Bottom Line on Fats

Dietary fat is a source of energy, but high-fat diets, especially diets high in saturated fat, increase the risk of gaining excessive amounts of weight and of developing diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and several types of cancer. This increased risk is the reason that health experts encourage us to reduce our intake of total and saturated fats by

The New American Plate

There is a strong consensus today among scientists that a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans reduces the risk of cancer. They have concluded that if everyone ate such a diet, exercised regularly and maintained a healthy weight, there would be 30 to 40 percent fewer cases of cancer in the U.S. Furthermore, this predominantly plant-based diet also reduces risk of heart disease, stroke and adult-onset diabetes.

Eat Foods Very High in Fiber

High fiber foods such as beans, vegetables, and high fiber cereals help regulate your blood sugar this is important for people with diabetes, as well as someone recovering from drug and or alcohol abuse. The craving for sugar after recovery is due to problems with blood sugar regulation. High fiber foods also help to lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Most gastrointestinal problems, such as heartburn, constipation, and chronic diarrhea, can be helped by eating high fiber foods (and avoiding high fat foods ). Eating foods high in fiber helps weight loss by creating a sense of satiety (satisfaction), so you'll eat less and still feel satisfied. High fiber foods also decrease your risk for cancer. Your goal is to take in more than 25 grams of fiber each day.

Foodborne Illness What You Need To Know

Age and physical condition place some persons at higher risk than others, no matter what type of bacteria is implicated. Infants and young children, pregnant women, and older adults are at greatest risk for foodborne illness, as are all people with weakened immune systems caused by cancer treatment, AIDS, diabetes, kidney disease, and organ transplants. Some persons may become ill after ingesting only a few harmful bacteria others may remain symptom free after ingesting thousands.

What Happens to a Meal

Obviously, if you eat a lot of carbohydrate, you'll end up with a lot of glucose in your blood. Sounds good, doesn't it All that energy coursing through your system. Eat sugar, starches and fruits and you're going to get those blood-sugar levels up fast, aren't you If you love candy bars, perhaps you're saying, That's great-the more I eat, the more energy I'll have. If you don't understand this yet, let's look at what insulin and the other energy-controlling hormones do when you eat.

Do Not Overeat Eat Slowly

Stop eating when you feel just satisfied, not full or stuffed. S-L-O-W down your eating. Eating fast means that you eat more. When you eat fast, your brain does not have enough time to register that you have had enough to eat, and you can overeat. Overeating is one of the main reasons for overweight and overeating causes major digestive and elimination problems -heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea. The tremendous physical discomfort of overeating is just not worth it When you overeat at meals, your children also learn to overeat, and the enemy of diabetes and heart disease claims another generation.

Subject of Intensive Study

Don't think the mainstream medical profession hasn't noticed the correlation between insulin resistance and disease. In the past fifteen years-and this is a trend that only keeps building-medical journals have published studies of the powerful association between obesity-usually accompanied by hyperinsulinism-and the probability of heart disease or stroke. All around the world the studies pour in. For example, using data from several epidemiological studies, Dr. B. Balkau found links between high glucose levels and mortality in thousands of men whose medical histories had been followed for two decades. Uniformly, high blood-glucose levels and insulin resistance signified markedly higher risk of death from cardiovascular causes. American research points in the same direction. The Bogalusa Heart Study followed four thousand children and young adults. Even in childhood, a high insulin level corresponded to higher triglyceride levels and higher VLDL cholesterol-a particularly damaging...

This Is Why You Cant Lose Weight

Now maybe you're past even that stage, and you simply cannot drop pounds. If you are, insulin has really closed the trap. The pancreas, faced with your abuse of simple and refined carbohydrates, has become so efficient at secreting insulin that just a touch of blood sugar will release a flood. In response to high insulin levels, your body has become intent on storing fat by the process I've explained. Group A responders (see pages 34-35) will recognize the role that excess insulin plays in preventing weight loss by giving you an ongoing sensation of hunger that can be satisfied only by constant overeating. I know I've produced a really heart-sinking analysis of how and why fat accumulates on your body. So, what do you do now You adjust the insulin spigot. And so far as weight loss goes, the answer lies in two entwined concepts burning fat and controlling carbohydrates, which we will explore in the upcoming chapters.

Lipolysis vs Glucosis

Have you ever wondered what sustained bears and other hibernating animals during their long winter sleep It was the utilization of their fat stores. When you dial down the volume of insulin production, as you do in lipolysis, your body is equipped to burn your own body fat in a similar way. It takes place smoothly and is self-sustaining. For you, this is a sort of biologic utopia. The process of losing weight becomes as painless as eating naturally was when you were piling on pounds.

Why Does Lipolysis Work

You'll remember that insulin's job is to convert all your excess carbohydrate into stores of body fat. In a normally functioning body, fatty acids and ketones are readily converted from fat tissue to fuel. But in overweight people, high insulin levels prevent this from happening. Most obese people become so adept at releasing insulin that their blood is never really free of it and they're never able to use up their fat stores. By primarily burning fat instead of carbohydrates, lipolysis breaks the cycle of excess insulin and resultant stored fat. So by following a fat-containing, controlled carbohydrate regimen, you bypass the process of converting large amounts of carbohydrate into glucose. When your carbohydrate intake drops low enough to induce fat burning, abnormal insulin levels return to normal-perhaps for the first time in years or decades.'-'

Are lipolysis and the secondary process of ketosis safe

Lipolysis results in the creation of ketones (that's ketosis), a perfectly normal and natural function of the body. Unfortunately, ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis, a condition found in a Type I diabetic person whose blood sugar is out of control and who cannot produce insulin.

Fiber A Form of Carbohydrate

What exactly is fiber Simply put, dietary fiber is the indigestible parts of plant cells. Although it is a carbohydrate, fiber does not convert to glucose and thus does not raise your blood-sugar level the way carbohydrates typically do. In fact, fiber actually slows the entry of glucose into the bloodstream. This in turn reduces the blood-sugar spikes that cause insulin production and encourage the body to produce and store body fat.' And by slowing down food's transit time in the digestive tract, fiber helps you feel full longer, resulting in fewer food cravings.

How and When to Eat Your Veggies

Consume vegetables little by little throughout the day. If you save up your carb allowance for a giant veggie splurge, it might produce a surge in your blood sugar. 2. When you eat higher-carb vegetables, such as yams or winter squash, do so along with proteins and fats. They will slow the passage of carbs through your digestive system and minimize their impact on your blood sugar. 4. Don't drink your vegetables. Juicing removes the fiber, which has the double merit of helping you feel full and maintaining a healthy digestive system. Juices also concentrate the sugars from vegetables, increasing the risk that they'll spike your blood sugar.

Moving beyond rice corn and potatoes

For now, all you need to know about high glycemic foods is that they mess with your blood sugar levels, which is especially dangerous for people with diabetes. They also can pack on the pounds almost faster than you can eat them, which is one reason many people who go gluten-free experience weight gain (to find out how to combat the gluten-free gain, check out the Managing Your Weight When You're Gluten-Free section later in this chapter).

Understanding the glycemic index of foods

The glycemic index (GI) is a way to measure how much effect a particular food will have on our blood sugar levels. The higher the glycemic index, the more quickly that food is broken down during the digestion process, and the more quickly blood glucose levels will rise. Carbohydrates that break down slowly release glucose into the blood stream more gradually and have a lower glycemic index. Sometimes people want a quick rise in their blood sugar. Serious athletes often pay close attention to the glycemic index of foods they eat so they can have optimal energy available when they need it. Unfortunately, a food's glycemic index won't be listed on the label. You can find glycemic index tables for specific foods by searching for glycemic index (food name) on your favorite search engine. Not all foods are listed, but many are, and it's a great start for understanding which foods cause your blood sugar to soar, and which ones don't. A great book on the subject of blood sugar and its...

Frequently Asked Question

What is the difference between a carbohydrate gram counter and a glycemic index A carbohydrate gram counter typically lists the total carbohydrate value of a food item. (The carbohydrate gram counter starting on page 492 also lists the level of digestible carbohydrates you should count when doing Atkins.) The glycemic index is a measure of a given carbohydrate's effect on your blood-sugar levels. You can use the glycemic index to choose carbohydrate foods that will have a relatively low impact on your blood sugar. But remember, when doing Atkins your total carbohydrate intake is of ultimate importance.

Politics Economics And Nutrition

With the majority of income being spent on purchasing food, less money is available for Aborigines to spend on utilities, such as electricity, gas and water for cooking, and refrigeration for storage. Convenience foods that do not require much preparation are favored over healthier foods. As a result, Aboriginal children and adults have a higher rate of health-related problems than other Australians. Poorer diets lead to a higher rate of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Facts and Fallacies About the Atkins Nutritional Approach

If you've encountered these critical articles suggesting that Atkins is dangerous, not to mention ineffective, you may have mixed feelings about starting a lifetime of controlled carbohydrate eating. Let me ease your misgivings It is clear to me-and to every doctor I've met who has had adequate experience with Atkins-that this program should be the treatment of choice not only for obesity but for diabetes and several other diet-related disorders. The misinformation saddens me, because it has prevented so many people in need from using and benefiting from the best treatment available. In effect, these ill-informed reviews are propagating epidemic, life-threatening conditions.

Review Your Medications

There are also several categories of drugs that can cause adverse effects when taken while on a controlled carbohydrate eating plan. First are the diuretics, because reducing your carbohydrate intake alone can have a dramatic diuretic effect. Second, since Atkins is so effective at lowering high blood sugar, people who take insulin or oral diabetes medications that stimulate insulin can end up with dangerously low blood-sugar levels. Third, Atkins has a strong blood pressure lowering effect and can easily convert blood pressure medications into an overdose. If you are currently taking any of these medications, you will need your doctor's help to adjust your dosages.

Checkup and Blood Work

When you go to your doctor, I recommend that you get your blood chemistries and lipid levels measured-and quite possibly the glucose-tolerance test (with insulin levels drawn at fasting and at one- and two-hour intervals)-before you start the program. Lipid levels will reveal your total cholesterol, HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. These indicators often change with drastic dietary intervention. The blood chemistries will measure baseline glucose, kidney and liver function. Be sure your doctor also measures your uric acid levels. Since many people wrongly believe that these indicators are negatively affected by doing Atkins, you may later regret not having a before baseline to compare with your after results. Your doctor will also check your blood pressure. High blood pressure-known as the silent killer-and being overweight often go together. Having high blood pressure (also called hypertension) puts you at clear risk for stroke and heart disease and may...

Functional properties

Curry leaf has a potential role in the treatment of diabetes. Hypoglycemic action on carbohydrate metabolism was reported in rats fed with curry leaves.14 Hepatic glycogen and glycogenesis, as evident from the increased activity of glycogen synthetase, were increased and glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis were decreased as evident from the decreased activity of glycogen phosphorylase and gluconeogenic enzymes.

How to Fashion a Food Plan from the Acceptable Foods List

You are more likely to enjoy gourmet meals doing Atkins than on the low-fat diets that still wearily make the rounds. But, for the moment, I merely want to introduce you to the notion that gourmet dining will be yours once you master all the possibilities offered by a nutritional plan that allows an intelligent and reasonable use of high-fat ingredients, including butter. Here and now, your attention should be totally focused on whether you feel you are in control of your eating and whether you feel healthy. Remember, during Induction my intention is to make you realize it is possible to be liberated from constant food cravings aggravated by unstable blood sugar. When you experience this liberation-and most significantly overweight people do-try to savor it. Notice how different it makes you feel. And remember it's something you can enjoy only on a controlled carbohydrate eating plan.

Is Brown Bread Better

In our opinion, the meaningful difference lies in the different levels of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber slows digestion so that the starches convert to blood sugar more slowly. The higher glycemic level of white bread can be mitigated by adding slower-to-digest foods to your meal.

Yeast Food Intolerances and Thyroid Problem

In addition to its other annoying or painful symptoms, Candida overgrowth or allergy can keep you from losing weight by causing cravings for sweets. Indulging those cravings will cause unstable blood sugar and more carbohydrate cravings. Candida thrives on sugar, but with Atkins you've already sent all that wretched, tempting sweet stuff into deep Siberian exile. However, Atkins does allow cheese, nuts, vinegar, mushrooms and pickles-all of which are aged or fermented items-and will provoke symptoms. If you discover or suspect you have a yeast problem, those foods will have to go for at least some period of time to give your body a rest from exposure. I believe that food allergies (more properly called individual food intolerances) to substances other than yeast can be a major roadblock to weight loss. Without knowing it you may have added to your meal plan a food to which you are allergic. Wheat and wheat products are frequently culprits. Other common problem foods include milk,...

A Frequently Asked Question Or Two Why has my appetite increased and what can I do to manage it

Appetite can return when you are no longer in lipolysis. Or you may have added a food that may be causing your blood sugar to become unstable, contributing to hunger or the reemergence of cravings. Examine what you've recently added and determine if it contains sugars or refined grain. Be sure that you are maintaining a regular intake of protein and fat and, if eating more of acceptable foods assuages your hunger, eat a bit more. If all else fails, stop the most recent additions until you get your appetite under control.

Your Metabolic Tendencies Are Never Cured

The fat you just sent to kingdom come was one symptom of a chronic metabolic condition. You do have and always will have a metabolic tendency to be overweight. The blood-sugar imbalance that I identified for you in Chapter 5 will not go away permanently because you have taken a nutritional path that circumvents it. All you have to do is go back to eating the way you once did, or even partially so, and you will arouse the sleeping demon. In very short order, your pancreas will once again secrete large quantities of insulin, and you'll suffer the symptoms of unstable blood sugar jitters, brain fog, afternoon fatigue and the like. Then your insulin resistance will lead inevitably to the production of more insulin and that, in turn, to weight gain if your carb intake exceeds your tolerance.

But What About My Bad Habits

It may have been a hard week at work, and come the weekend you definitely intend to engage in some modest pigging out. I, too, enjoy the occasional binge. The question really is what type of binge. People usually binge on chocolates, desserts, cookies, ice cream and candy. Today there is a world of controlled carb products in all these taste-tempting categories, and I strongly recommend that they become part of your Lifetime Maintenance program so that you will enjoy the maximum eating pleasure. But even with these remarkable inventions, you could, by overdoing, still get into trouble. A controlled carb chocolate bar may have only 2 grams of carbohydrates that impact on your blood sugar compared to 17 to 20 carb grams in the sugar-filled variety of comparable size. But eat five of them and you could well be back to the same kind of destructive behavior that got you in trouble in the first place.

Finding Substitutes for Favorite Foods

There is also a food that contains so little carbohydrate that it can raise your count only 5 or 10 grams crisp breads. My personal eating pleasure improved considerably when I found something flat and crunchy upon which to pile my cream cheese or guacamole or to serve as finger-size appetizers at parties. These toasted rye or wheat-bran delicacies, based on a popular Scandinavian concept, are mostly carbohydrate, so unlimited use of them would interfere with continued weight loss. But, because they are baked so thin and provide so much crisp surface area per carbohydrate gram, they are quite an ingenious way to spend your carbohydrate allowance. There are many brands and each has a different carbohydrate content per crisp, ranging from 3 to 6 grams, some of which is fiber. Fiber is good for keeping you regular moreover, it does not impact your blood sugar, and you can deduct it from the total carb count to get what I call the carbs that count when you do Atkins. This means that if a...

All Carbs Are Not Created Equal

Not all types of carbohydrates behave the same way in your body. For example, when your body digests table sugar, it turns immediately into blood sugar. So sugar and most other carbohydrate are what we call digestible carbohydrate Other carbs, such as sugar alcohols, have a minimal impact on blood-sugar levels still other carbs, such as dietary fiber, pass through your body without having an impact on your blood-sugar level. To date, the FDA has yet to focus on these important biochemical differences and treats all carbohydrates alike.

You Are What Your Burger Eats

Split peas are an excellent source of fiber, particularly cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Together with a low glycemic index, they provide a filling way to get your fiber and manage blood sugar levels. In addition, split peas have heart healthy nutrients such as magnesium and potassium.

Training Those Special People

One more very important message Suppose that temptation takes the form of sugar-laden junk food that's in the house for the kids. You're not doing them any favors by allowing them to eat this food. In my opinion, the most dangerous food additive on the planet is sugar in all its forms. Proper nourishment is one of the lifetime gifts you can give your children, so perhaps you should rethink your position. Who more than little ones with virtually their whole lives ahead of them stand to be damaged by a substance that helps provoke diabetes, hypertension and heart disease Allowing kids to eat according to the pleasure principle and not according to the principle of health maintenance is probably not the kind of parenting you wish to do. So, make the resolution now Sugar is not going to enter my home Your whole family will benefit.

Hummus Guilt Free Dipping

After all, taste is not the only thing we're after here. Hummus combines the monounsaturated fat in tahini and olive oil, together with chickpeas, which are an excellent source of folate, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, and zinc. But wait, you may ask, isn't this dish composed primarily of carbohydrates and fat Say it ain't so Do not distress, for chickpeas provide a rare exception to the rule of avoiding significant amounts of these two macronutrients in one sitting. With their rock bottom glycemic index of 28 and extremely low carb to fiber ratio, the blood sugar release of chickpeas can only be described as glacial. Given that hummus is included here in a section of side dishes, it is presumed that it will be a component of a well-rounded meal including a protein source and some vegetables.

Which Nutrients Should I Take

Atkins Basic 3 Formula contains all the ingredients in my basic multiple vitamin, known as Basic 1, although in somewhat different dosages (see table beginning below). Basic 1 is a good formulation when weight loss is not an issue. Basic 3, on the other hand, is designed to be taken as three tablets daily, one with each meal. Compared to Basic 1, it contains greater amounts of certain nutrients-including chromium, pantethine, selenium, vanadium and biotin-all of which play a role in regulating blood sugar and insulin, as well as in burning fat. We've also included additional amounts of antioxidants. Although you will certainly be able to find a good multivitamin that contains most of the ingredients in Basic 3, you may choose to purchase separately the individual substances I've just cited so you can take them in the desired amounts. Basic 3 is formulated with intestinal flora, which helps your body use the nutrients more easily. It contains the following Chromium, which deserves the...

Dont Underestimate the Danger

I fear that many of you think of diabetes as a rather innocuous condition that requires very little self-denial. Oh, well, you may say, if my blood sugar is out of control, I can take a pill to control it. Or if you are further along the path to diabetes, you might even say, I'll just have to take insulin and watch the way I eat. Don't flirt with that radically incorrect viewpoint. Diabetes can be an innocuous condition all right, but only if you eat appropriately. If you don't, diabetes can be a heartbreaking scourge. It's the largest single cause of new cases of blindness in the United States. It's also the leading cause of kidney failure, a giant stepping-stone toward heart disease, and can so severely damage the circulatory system that eighty-six thousand Americans yearly suffer amputations.' I won't catalogue any more horrors. Instead, heed my many years of clinical experience If you are at risk for diabetes, you have to make a lifetime pledge to stay away from those foods known...

What Do Your Results Mean

Clearly these lab results could show you whether you have diabetes, but more likely they will show whether you're on the road toward it. If you have a pre-diabetic finding and especially a weight problem, you have an urgent reason to follow a controlled carb eating plan-in other words, to do Atkins-with diligence.

Nutrients for Correcting Imbalance

Doing Atkins is a crucial first step to dealing with glucose insulin disorders, ranging from unstable blood sugar to full-blown diabetes. There are also many supplements that can assist. First and foremost is chromium, which is an essential part of the glucose-tolerance factor (GTF). This compound has such a profound effect on correcting sugar metabolism that I consider it essential for anyone who is overweight. Chromium (both chromium picolinate and chromium polynicotinate are effective forms for the assimiliation of this mineral) has an added benefit It helps lower total cholesterol levels and raise HDL (good) cholesterol. The effective dose range of chromium is 200 to 1,000 mcg per day. The second most important nutrient for individuals with blood-sugarfinsulin imbalances is vanadium. Most research, done with vanadyl sulfate, has shown benefits in combating both insulin resistance and lack of insulin. A typical dose range of vanadyl sulfate is 30 to 60 mg daily. Vanadyl is one of...

Better Late Than Never

My first forays into weight control began nearly forty years ago when I was a young cardiologist with a rapidly escalating weight problem and a strong desire to find a hungerfree way to deal with it. When I saw that my initial attempts worked, I was delighted. When I saw how much better I felt, I was happier still. But imagine my pleasure and astonishment when I began to comprehend the relationships between dietary carbohydrates and blood-sugar and insulin levels and the ability to eradicate the need for heart, high blood pressure and diabetes medications. In turn this led to my seeing how much healthier my patients were without the pharmaceuticals. This meant that I was working with a cutting-edge nutritional approach to helping overcome heart disease. This was unquestionably a defining moment in my life. What I now call the Atkins Nutritional Approach was born. Occasionally, I need to convey the message twice. Fifteen years ago, Stanley Smith came to see me. At the age of 54, as he...

Go for the Whole Program Friends

Your total cholesterol will probably go down-that's the most common result-but even if it doesn't or if it increases slightly, your ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol is more likely to get better and your ratio of triglycerides to HDL is even more likely to do so. Those ratios are the real McCoy in terms of determining risk of a future coronary event. And if you were progressing toward diabetes-one of the great, grand gateways to heart disease-the improvements in your blood-sugar and insulin levels should astonish and delight your physician. One explanation proposed by T L. Cleave, MD, in his book Saccharine Disease The Master Disease of Our Time, argues that increases in the incidence of coronary artery disease could be traced to increases in refined carbohydrate intake 26 He noted that diabetes, hypertension, ulcers, colitis and heart disease, to name a few, were all virtually nonexistent in primitive cultures until refined carbohydrates were introduced. He proposed his Rule of Twenty...

Changes in Metabolism and Body Composition

Along with a decrease in muscle mass, inactivity can also lead to an increase in body fat. This occurs if the number of kcals consumed is greater than the number of kcals expended through physical activity, as explained in the energy balance equations in Chapter 1. This simultaneous increase in body fat and decrease in muscle mass leads to a greater body mass index (BMI) and is associated with an increased risk for heart and blood vessel diseases, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases (see Chapter 1).

How to Deal With the Problem

By doing Atkins, you are taking the first and most critical step toward minimizing that which stresses your body. Having stable blood sugar-perhaps for the first time in years-is going to give your metabolism a much needed shot in the arm. Dealing with a food intolerance, if you have one, will be another great advance. But I'd also like you to coddle yourself by searching out your other stressors and seeing if you can't work out a strategy for minimizing them.

The Plateau Busters Checklist thanks to Ted Carpenter

ARE YOU EATING SIX SMALL MEALS OR SNACKS A DAY - A frequent eating schedule will provide a constant source of energy without the insulin rebound. Six small feedings a day are better than 3 large meals to break the 9. TRY TO EXERCISE MORE - Exercise can improve circulation, stabilize blood sugar & other important metabolic benefits. 12. YOU MAY BE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE OR TEA - Coffee, cola & tea stimulate release of insulin with a temporary lift in energy followed by hunger, fatigue & slower weight loss. 14. HOW MUCH ARE YOU DRINKING - Alcohol stimulates insulin. 15. IT MAY BE THE MEDICINES YOU ARE TAKING - Many drugs, even aspirin, can cause hypoglycemia. Watch out for hormones, amphetamines, diuretics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, anticoagulants, anti-diabetics, antibiotics, tranquillisers, clofibrate, acetaminophen, and propanolol. 17. SEX HORMONES - Will slow down weight loss and stimulate the production of insulin. Estrogen (used in birth...

Nutritional Approaches to Health Problems

The most common health complications faced by overweight men and women are complications that arise from the risk factors associated with blood-sugar disturbances, such as hypoglycemia and diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. For these conditions I commonly prescribe the nutrients described below. Again, I remind you that these dosages represent what I often prescribe and might in fact prescribe for you if you suffer from one of these complications For hypoglycemia Basic 3, my Blood Sugar Formula, plus chromium (800 to 1,000 mcg per day), Lglutamine, zinc, selenium, magnesium, all of the B complex vitamins and extra biotin. Alternatively, I use Atkins Formula HF-12. For diabetes Basic 3, the Blood Sugar Formula, plus extra chromium, zinc, selenium, inositol, CoQ10, biotin, vanadyl sulfate, magnesium. Alternatively, I use Atkins Formula DM- 17. For elevated triglycerides Similar to the list for cholesterol, except that L-carnitine and Omega-3 oils are emphasized. Also, because of the...

The Great Fat Meltdown

Once you've been heavy for some time, you're in a metabolic trap, a sort of high-walled box created in large part by high insulin levels. You may already have noticed that you're trapped. Certainly, trying diet after diet and failing on all of them is depressing. I know from personal experience and from the comments of thousands of my patients just how tightly the lid of metabolic obesity seems to press down. Fortunately, there is a key to unlatch this box. A perfectly natural bodily process called lipolysis can lift up the lid and let hope shine in. In the minds of laypeople (and even some ill-informed doctors) ketosis is often confused with diabetic ketoacidosis. The latter is the consequence of insulin-deficient subjects having out-of-control blood-sugar levels, a condition that can occur as well in alcoholics and people in a state of extreme starvation. Ketosis and ketoacidosis may sound vaguely alike, but the two conditions are virtually polar opposites. They can always be...

Host of Other Health Issues

Here are some further reasons why high insulin levels can lead to big problems Insulin increases salt and water retention, a recipe for high blood pressure. Insulin is directly involved in creating atherosclerotic plaques, which, if not controlled, can lead to heart disease. High insulin levels have been shown to correlate with high levels of triglycerides and low levels of good HDL cholesterol. High insulin levels correlate with increased risk of breast cancer and polycystic ovarian syndrome. (Conversely, the lower the levels of insulin, the better the survival rates for breast cancer.) Obesity increases insulin resistance. This means that you can sharply reduce your risk of blood-sugar disorders-and by extension, heart disease and other ailments-by simply keeping your weight down and controlling carbohydrate intake. Even if you have a hereditary predisposition to diabetes, you may be able to stall or completely avoid its onset.

The Benefit of Experience

What a dramatic difference In my clinical experience-reading food diaries kept by patients-I have seen time and time again that a diabetic following a high-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet with the emphasis on fat restriction will usually find that such a meal raises his or her blood-sugar level an average of 100 points if tested about ninety minutes after the meal. That same person will note that a steak or rack of lamb or a broiled half chicken plus a tossed green salad with Italian dressing will raise the blood-sugar level no more than 20 points, if at all. I have looked extensively but have not found a single scientific study showing that the higher-carbohydrate diet achieves better control over diabetes than the controlled carbohydrate nutritional approach that is Atkins. Certainly my clinical experience supports the position that the Atkins Nutritional Approach is the preferred nutritional treatment for Type II diabetes.

Nutritional analysis OF recipes

People with diabetes, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and candida (yeast infection). + Broccoli Rabe A natural sweetener similar to barley malt syrup. Brown rice syrup contains complex sugars that are not hard on the body blood sugar levels. It is my absolute favorite sweetener because it has the mildest flavor (not as strong as barley malt syrup), and its pH is closer to our bodies' pH than any of the other sweeteners, making it the most gentle on the system. It is about half as sweet as maple syrup and granulated sugar. Often times I balance brown rice syrup with maple syrup in a recipe because brown rice syrup all by itself has a slightly bitter butterscotch flavor, so I like to round out that flavor with the straight sweet flavor of maple syrup. It is not suitable for use in cakes because it causes the cake to become too dense and sticky. Stevia is a herb native to South America. What makes it unique, is that a very small amount of it is very sweet, and it has no sugar...

The Complexities of Carbohydrates

When doing Atkins, you will control the number of grams of carbohydrates you eat and will focus on certain food groups rather than others. One reason you will need to do this is because not all carbohydrate found in food is created equal. Most carbohydrate is digested by your body and turned into glucose-and most nutritionists refer to this as digestible carbohydrate. However, some carbohydrate can be digested by your body but not turned into glucose (glycerin is one example), and some carbohydrate is not digestible at all, such as fiber (see Fiber A Form of Carbohydrate, opposite) and is therefore eventually excreted by your body. These last two types of carbohydrate don't have an impact on your blood-sugar levels. Understanding the different behavior of carbohydrate in your body can help you make smart food choices. But you cannot necessarily rely on food labels. Recently (in 2001) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a request by numerous health food manufacturers to...

The Glycemic IndexA Beautiful Tool

For someone controlling his or her intake of carbohydrates, the implication of such an index is obvious. By using it, you get to know-in advance of eating it-how a given food will affect both your blood-sugar levels and your insulin response. By choosing low-glycemic foods you can insure yourself a stable, smoothly running metabolic engine. That translates into plenty of energy and lays the foundation for both long-term health and disease prevention. The controlled carbohydrate foods you'll eat during the weight loss phases of Atkins have a good deal of overlap with the lowglycemic foods you'll see listed on the glycemic index table on the following pages. (Pasta lovers who intend to try to squeeze in a little once they reach the Lifetime Maintenance phase, I have a tip for you Note that cooking your pasta al dente significantly lowers its glycemic effects. Here's why The shorter cooking time leaves the long chains of starch that are in pasta more closely packed together than longer...

Wheat is a proinflammatory agent

Recently, lots of books and articles have been written on the subject of pro-inflammatory foods. These foods are rapidly converted to sugar, causing a rise in the body's insulin levels (read more about this in number nine on my top-ten list), causing a burst of inflammation at the cellular level. Almost everyone knows that blood sugar rises from eating sweets (cakes, cookies, and candy). But lots of foods not considered sweets have pro-inflammatory effects foods that have wheat in them, like cereal, pasta, breads, and bagels. These foods can be high in simple starches when these are broken down, they act the same as sweet foods, raising blood sugar levels, releasing insulin, and causing inflammation. Bear in mind that the inflammation occurs in all people, not just those with wheat or gluten sensitivities. One great tool for identifying pro-inflammatory foods is the glycemic index (remember this term I'm going to use it again in number nine). The glycemic index measures how fast your...

Control Gastro Intestinal Problems

If you are overweight and inactive, you increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Many North Coast Indian families are affected by either diabetes and or heart disease and these two diseases, along with alcohol and drug use are the enemies of the North Coast Indian people in the same way that European invaders were the enemy over 100 years ago. If you wish to improve your health, here are some basic tried and true things that you can do. Please note that these suggestions are not only for people who need to decrease weight, but will also help anyone who has diabetes, heart disease, most gastrointestinal problems, drug and or alcohol recovery. The suggestions are also helpful to reduce your risk for cancer. Please notice that there is really a best way to eat to keep yourself healthy, and you can find great variety in this way to eat.

Lipolysis Testing Strips Proof Positive

Lipolysis testing strips (LTS) measure the ketonesthe markers that confirm your body is in lipolysis and the secondary process of ketosis-in your urine. The strips will change to pink or purple, depending upon how many ketones are present. The more ketones you excrete, and therefore the greater degree of ketosis you are in, the darker the color. (Lipolysis testing strips are available under the brand names of Lipostix, which are designed for people following a controlled carb weight loss program, or Ketostix, which are designed to warn of ketoacidosis in diabetics. However, both are quite serviceable as lipolysis testing strips. LTS are relatively inexpensive.)

The Four Principles of the Atkins Nutritional Approach

The change is amazing. Doing Atkins, you meet your nutritional needs by eating delicious, healthy, filling foods and avoiding the sugar and carbs that junk food is loaded with. As a result, you become less tired and more energetic, not merely because of the weight loss, but because the physical consequences of a truly dysfunctional blood sugar and insulin metabolism are reversed. Doing Atkins, people start feeling good even before they reach their goal weight. Once they abandon the catastrophic American diet of refined carbohydrates for whole, unrefined food, they start to live again. It's one of the most rewarding experiences I've had the privilege of witnessing with thousands of my patients. 4. You will lay the permanent groundwork for disease prevention. You will change your life, which, believe it or not, is even more important than looking good on the beach next summer. By following an individualized controlled carbohydrate nutritional approach that...

The Wrong Way to Do Atkins

Reality Your favorite foods may well be your problem foods. Unless you acknowledge and learn how to deal with your addictions, you are doomed to regain your weight and fall back into the dangerous cycle of high blood sugar and overproduction of insulin. Reality When you do Atkins during the week and then cheat on the weekends, for several days after your binge, you are no longer burning fat. At most, you could be in the fat-burning state for only three days each week. In addition, you may have overstimulated your insulin response, increasing the metabolic risk factors underlying your weight problem. Remember that when you burn fat, dietary fat is also being burned. However, if you combine high carbs with high fat-the typical American diet-you can be increasing your cardiovascular risks. Reality To encourage your body to burn its own stores of fat, you need to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat, meaning you need to eat primarily foods rich in protein and fat. Remember that...

Diuretics And Betablockers High Blood Pressure Medications

At the top of the no-no list are the diuretic medications, which work by preventing your kidneys from doing one of their most important jobs reabsorbing the minerals your body needs. Blocking the kidneys' ability to reabsorb sodium and chloride takes salt out of the body and lowers blood pressure by lowering the fluids that stay in the body. But those blocked kidneys also lose their ability to retain valuable minerals not only potassium, but magnesium, calcium, chromium, zinc and many others. Prescription diuretics induce mineral deficiencies that can cause many problems. Numerous studies demonstrate that diuretics aggravate diabetes, elevate blood sugar and increase insulin levels, triglycerides and body mass index (the measure for obesity). For all these reasons, I insist that my patients on diuretics discontinue them and replace them with L-taurine, the natural amino acid that is a powerful diuretic but has no ill effects on kidney function.

Weight Loss and Good Health The Atkins

The advice offered in this book, although based on the author's experience with many thousands of patients, is not intended to be a substitute for the advice and counsel of your personal physician. If you are currently taking diuretics, insulin or oral diabetes medications, consult your physician before starting Atkins. You will need to reduce and then closely monitor your dosage as you lower your blood-sugar level. People with severe kidney disease should not do Atkins. The weight loss phases of the Atkins Nutritional Approach are not appropriate for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Healthy People 2010

Diabetes mellitus Mounting scientific evidence supports a link among diet, health promotion, and disease prevention. Improved nutrition has the potential to prevent or delay many diseases often associated with advancing age. With prevention of illness comes the possibility of reducing health care costs. Therefore, one of the main nutrition objectives is to promote health and reduce chronic diseases associated with diet and obesity. This includes reducing the number of people who die of heart disease, reducing the number of cancer deaths, reducing the prevalence of overweight and diabetes, and reducing growth retardation in children.

A m for Fitness

Research clearly shows that being overweight greatly increases your risk for many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. If you are overweight, combining a healthful eating plan with regular physical activity is the most effective way to lose weight and to sustain Consult with a physician before beginning a new physical activity program if you have or are at risk for a medical condition (such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes), or if you are a man older than 40 years or a woman older than 50.

Why Vegetarian

Vegetarianism is ccrtainly a healthier way of eating. Many of our Western diseases arc of rcccnt origin and diet-related. Too great an intake of animal fats, salt and sugar leads to a dramatic increase in the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, while other diseases, such as diverticulitis and cancer of the bowel, are directly related to lack of fibre in the diet. There is also growing concern as to the effect that preservatives, flavourings and colourings have on health.

Table o Contents

The word is out that a plant-based diet helps to fight obesity and chronic illnesses such as heart disease, adult onset diabetes and cancer. Many Americans have begun following AlCR's advice to fill their plates with two-thirds (or more) vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans and one-third (or less) fish, poultry or red meat. That is, they are trying to take the spotlight off animal protein and push vegetables center stage. To do that, they reduce their serving of meat to no more than three ounces - the size of a deck of cards. Then they add three or more servings of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. That's the New American Plate.

Sugar Substitutes

Acesulfame K (Sunnett), a third intense sweetener, was approved by the FDA in 1998 for use in soft drinks, although it was used in various food products before that. About 200 times sweeter than sugar, this noncaloric product has been extensively tested for safety. After reviewing more than 90 studies, the FDA deemed the sweetener safe in amounts up to the equivalent of a 132-pound person consuming 143 pounds of sugar annually (an Acceptable Daily Intake of15 milligrams per kilogram of body weight 1 kilogram is about 2.2 pounds). Because it is not metabolized, acesulfame K can be used safely by people with diabetes. The sweetener is more heat stable than aspartame, maintaining its structure and flavor at oven temperatures more than 390 Fahrenheit and under a wide range of storage conditions. Like saccharin and aspartame, acesulfame K lacks bulk, so its use in home baking requires recipe modification. The flavor of acesulfame K has been described as A fourth intense sweetener,...

Strategic Snacking

It's important in Phase 1 to eat snacks between meals. Snacking on foods like low-fat cheeses, cold veggies, or nuts prevents drops in blood sugar, which leads to cravings. Once these cravings occur, people tend to overindulge in high-glycemic, high-calorie foods to satisfy them. According to Dr. Agatston, it takes far fewer calories to preempt a craving than to satisfy one. Eat a healthy snack one to two hours after your meals, or one hour before your cravings usually occur, and your blood sugar levels will remain steady. Once the detox process is complete and your cravings are under control, you may not need to eat as frequently.

Healthful Meals

Recently, fat, sugar, and salt have been vilified for they play in increasing the risk of certain diseases such as obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and high blood pressure. However, they are only bad when eaten in excess. The key is not to banish them from the kitchen but to use them in moderation.

Going for It

Lipolysis is the biochemical method of weight loss-the alternative to using glucose for fuel, the very process that has made you heavy. Lipolysis can be your life raft, giving you both slimness and health, and distancing you from the obese person's perils of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Most of all, of course, it is the key to achieving your goalto use up the fat stored on your body.

Zinc and Magnesium

Now, sure you've heard of the benefits of omega 3's. But we're not just talking about omega 3s here. We're talking about 2 specific fats found in fish oil -EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are 2 fats found only in marine animals (salmon oil is the best known source) that have been found to offer benefits such as powerful antioxidant, anti-cancer, & anti-inflammatory effects increased lean mass, decreased fat mass better blood sugar management, and more.

Fruits

The Harvard researchers concluded, in my view quite correctly, that eating foods high on the glycemic index leads to elevated blood-sugar and insulin levels, which in turn leads to hypertension, undesirable cholesterol and triglyceride levels and other risk factors for heart disease. Since this is the largest long-term epidemiological study being conducted in America, these conclusions will not go unnoted in the scientific community. This is a good time for me to disabuse you of the long-held notion that there was some enormous difference between socalled simple and complex carbohydrates. That theory held that simple carbs such as sugar and white flour sent glucose rushing into your blood stream faster than complex carbs such as fruits, potatoes and whole grains. But, Liu and Willett and the other researchers found that two foods that contribute most to elevating blood sugar to an excessive level (called the glycemic load) are baked potatoes and cold breakfast cereals. These foods...

Vegetarian Diets

The popularity of vegetarian diets has increased in recent years. One reason is that vegetarian diets have been linked to lower risks for several diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. There are many different types of vegetarian diets. The similarities among them lie in their emphasis on grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts to obtain all the necessary nutrients. The main concern people have when deciding to try a vegetarian diet is whether the diets will meet their vitamin, mineral, and protein needs. These needs can be met if vegetarians include foods from all the food groups in the pyramid. Meat, fish and poultry can be substituted with legumes, nuts, seeds, and other meat alternatives. Strict vegetarians who omit animal products from their diets may need to take Vitamin B12 and calcium supplements.

In This Chapter

You'll have fasted for more than 13 hours before you sit down to breakfast. At that point, your body's blood sugar levels are screaming for nourishment. If you're weight conscious, eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism so it works harder and more efficiently all day. Simply put, never skip breakfast.

More Induction

Resistance can benefit from doing Induction longer because it gives them time to correct metabolic imbalances they may have developed over time. These include insulin resistance, blood-sugar imbalances, carbohydrate addictions and allergies. Once the metabolic imbalances are corrected, weight loss may speed up.

Folic Acid

The fortification of enriched flour with folic acid is not only good for pregnant women, and women who will soon get pregnant, it's also good for anyone at high risk for heart disease. As heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.A., all American adults are at high risk. Folic acid may help prevent heart disease. Anyone who has diabetes is twice as likely to get heart disease. So by adding folic acid to all enriched flour, the government is doing something which will help everyone. Enriched flour is that which is used to make almost all commercial baked goods (bread, wheat cereals, pizza dough, tortillas, noodles, pasta, pies, cakes, cookies). Folic acid is also added to fortified breakfast cereals, such as Total, Corn Flakes, Cheerios, Kix, Special K, etc.

Second Chance

I'd like to introduce you to someone who did get off the Atkins bus. Fortunately-in the long run anyway-he got back on the bus and has committed to being a permanent passenger. Back in 1979, Gary Rizzio, a computer programmer from Colorado who is now 45, lost 60 pounds doing Atkins. But while recuperating in bed from a broken ankle, he alleviated his boredom with all-out indulgence in the junk foods he used to eat. That broke the spell, and before long his weight was back up to 250, and there it stayed for the next eighteen years, when he had a mild heart attack. His family history in heart disease and diabetes ran deep. His doctor was blunt Diet and exercise, he said, or you'll have a short life. Gary had been on his way to becoming diabetic, but Atkins improved his blood-sugar levels so much that his primary-care physician took him off one medication and decreased another. His

If Addictions Recur

If addictions do reappear-in the form of food obsessions and cravings-you're probably indulging too much in the foods that got you into trouble to begin with. The vicious cycle of hyperinsulinism and resultant low blood-sugar levels, combined with the possibility of specific food allergies or intolerances, can create an addictive situation. When you go back to bread, fruit or fermented foods, you may suddenly discover that you must have these foods, that no day or meal feels right without them. Observe yourself carefully. You are engaged in a real battle for self-control as your defenses crumble. You'll notice that the need that develops is genuinely physical. It isn't simply that you know pasta tastes good, and you'd like to have it. No, your body absolutely roars with anxiety and passion for that pasta. You are under its spell. When this happens, you'll know.

Final Message

A diet based mostly on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans can help prevent cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also keep your weight in a healthy range. And because eating from the New American Plate is as pleasurable as it is beneficial, you will soon find it becomes a permanent part of your life.

Emotional Eating

If you do, though, you not only won't feel better for very long, but after your blood sugar goes awry and the postbinge guilt takes over, you'll feel really awful. There are other ways to deal with a bad day, and some tricks you can use that will help you do so in a healthy way. So let me offer a few practical responses to situations in which you need to assuage an emotional hurt or alleviate big-time stress

Good Health

Exercise comes with another subtle but powerful health benefit By now, you understand the dangers of insulin resistance and the importance of curbing the overproduction of insulin. (If you don't, refer to Chapter 5 for a refresher.) Regular exercise results in a more efficient use of glucose at the cellular level, and this in turn reduces the output of insulin by the pancreas. It's just plain healthy to get moving.

Disease Prevention

Physical activity has important positive effects on virtually all of the body's systems musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine. These effects result in reduced risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer and Type II diabetes. As more exercise and disease research accumulates, we'll likely find many other conditions that may be prevented with regular exercise.

The Answer

We know that the first key to unlocking the solution to this epidemic is the acknowledgment of a well-established scientific fact the second key is the implementation of treatment based on understanding this fact. For my money, there are still far too many health professionals who acknowledge the fact but don't put the solution into practice. The simple fact is that the earliest diagnosable state of Type II diabetes is associated with the production of excessive amounts of insulin. In such a condition, the body does not allow insulin to do its job (hence, the term insulin resistance) therefore, the glucose level in the blood remains elevated. High insulin levels cause additional health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and two major cardiac risk factors high triglycerides and low levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Scientists continue to uncover even more difficulties attributed to hyperinsulinism, including polycystic ovarian syndrome and an increased death rate from...

An Important Test

You must remember how vigorously I encouraged you in Chapter 10 to have a GTT with insulin levels. This test demonstrates how your body reacts to receiving a fixed dose of glucose, the substance most readily convertible to blood sugar. Obviously, if your metabolism has been dealing with any of the assaults I've just described, the signs of such metabolic malfunction will be clearly evident on a GTT with insulin levels. I advocate that everyone take this test. However, if you are overweight, have diabetes in your family tree, have high blood pressure or high triglycerides, or have symptoms that appear when you are hungry and clear up when you eat, I must insist that you get a GTT. Be sure to get a five-hour GTT with insulin levels. Here is what will happen Blood will be drawn so that both your glucose and insulin levels can be determined. After an overnight fast (with no food in your system for twelve hours) the first blood will be drawn so that your fasting levels, or baseline glucose...

Prevention First

Of course, the best approach to diabetes is never to get it. The Atkins Nutritional Approach is your best insurance. The food you eat when you do Atkins is surprisingly close to what our primitive ancestors ate. Meat, fish and fowl nuts, seeds and berries vegetables and salad greens-Mr. and Mrs. Caveman would have recognized most of those things. They certainly wouldn't have known what to make of all those boxes filled with sugar, white flour and salt in the middle aisles of the supermarket-and neither does your bewildered body. If you have been doing Atkins for several weeks, the symptoms you used to suffer and that you recorded on your BloodSugar Symptom Test should be alleviating or disappearing now. Your blood sugar is normalizing and so is your insulin level. Unless you came to this nutritional approach too late, you have escaped diabetes, and momentum in that direction has been halted. In my opinion, you've been dam lucky. In the last twenty years, science has discovered that...

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Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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