If I were only allowed to give just one piece of health advice, it would be this:
Stop spiking your blood sugar!
What this means is, we have to stop eating too many of the wrong carbohydrates too often because it creates insulin bursts. Over time, insulin bursts creates glycemic stress which ultimately leads to “Insulin Resistance.”
Now I am going to keep this really simple. For more detailed information on this epidemic, please read my earlier post called, “Obesity, Diabetes and Glycemic Stress.”
When you eat something sweet or starchy that causes your blood sugar to spike, the pancreas releases insulin to usher the excess glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells. If blood sugar and insulin spike too high too often, cells will try to protect themselves from overexposure to insulin’s powerful effects by toning down their response to insulin—they become “insulin resistant.”
Today, over half the population are insulin resistant. That means there is more than a 50/50 chance you are one of them. But what does that mean?
It means you are well on your way to being overweight, obese and diabetic.
The best way to show how all this works is through a short YouTube animation called “Diabetes – Made Simple”
But since 2005, and with published results in 2012, we now have evidence of a further consequence of being insulin resistant.
Alzheimer’s Disease is now being called Type 3 Diabetes.
That doesn’t mean Diabetes causes Alzheimer’s Disease, although 80% of Alzheimer’s patients have Type 2 Diabetes. What it means is insulin resistance is the underlying cause of both diseases.
In an amazing article in “Psychology Today”, Georgia Ede, MD, shows how brain cells in people with insulin resistance literally begin starving to death. I highly recommend you read this article, called, “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think.”
The good news that this article emphasizes is that insulin resistance is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease that you CAN do something about.
“Yes, it is difficult to remove refined carbohydrates from the diet—they are addictive, inexpensive, convenient, and delicious—but you can do it. It is primarily your diet, not your DNA that controls your destiny.”
Besides diet, the other way to regulate blood sugar levels is through exercise. Strength or Resistance Training especially causes muscles to pull glucose out of the blood to be used for energy, making your muscle and fat cells more receptive to insulin.
The article contains a great infographic on 10 tips to improve your metabolism and take control of your health.
Read it and Reap!
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