Monday, May 5, 2014


A study reported in the NY Times has revealed that among children up to 19 years of age, type 1 diabetes has increased 21% from 2001 to 2009. For those aged 10 - 19, type 2 diabetes has increased 30% for the same time period. 

The large increase in type 2 diabetes is obviously linked to diet. More processed foods and more carbohydrates consumed equals more incidence of type 2 diabetes. The ADA recommends that those with diabetes eat a diet low in fat and moderate in protein and carbohydrates. This only perpetuates the problem.

The ADA needs to get their act together and recommend a diet low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein and fats. Consuming whole grains, as suggested by the ADA, will NOT help reverse or manage type 2 diabetes. Grains, especially wheat, have a high glycemic index. Wheat has a higher glycemic index than sugar! Glycemic index measures the effect of certain foods on blood sugar. The higher the glycemic index, the more effect. Those with blood sugar issues need make any grain a small part of their diet or no more than 50 to 100 grams per day if they ever hope to correct the problem.  If you already have diabetes, you might want to stay near the lower end of allowed grams per day. *

Doctors seem especially concerned and "puzzled" with the increase in type 1 diabetes among children. Those with type 1 diabetes are usually born with it.  Type 1 diabetes is not reversible. So what is happening? My guess is the increase in diabetes in adults has a direct effect on the increase in children being born with type 1 diabetes. IMHO, we can't reverse or stop diabetes in children unless we do solve the problem in adults and especially those wanting to have children.    

*Always consult your health practitioner before making any significant changes to your diet.  

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