#114 We are essentially recommending that they eat exactly what’s causing their problem.

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#114 We are essentially recommending that they eat exactly what’s causing their problem.
Principle:
QUOTE Let’s focus just on type 2 diabetes, because the general recommendations are to tell patients with type 2 diabetes to consume 40 to 65 grams of carbohydrates per meal, plus more at snacks. Trust me on this, that’s a lot of carbs. And remember what’s going to happen to glucose and insulin, blood sugar and insulin, when we eat them? Yes, we are essentially recommending that they eat exactly what’s causing their problem. Sound crazy? It really, really is.
Because, at its root, diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. We can’t get the blood sugar into the cells, and that causes a problem in the short term. But the long-term consequences are even greater. And insulin resistance is essentially a state of carbohydrate intolerance. So why, oh why, do we want to continue to recommend to people to eat them?
The American Diabetes Association guidelines specifically state that there is inconclusive evidence to recommend a specific carbohydrate limit. But those guidelines go right on to say what we all know: Our carbohydrate intake is the single, biggest factor in blood sugar levels, and therefore need for medication.
These guidelines then go on to say: Hey look, if you are taking certain diabetic medications, you actually have to eat carbs, otherwise your blood sugar can go too low. Okay, so let’s take a look at the vicious cycle that that advice just set up. So it’s: Eat carbs so you have to take medicine, then you have to eat more carbs so you avoid the side-effect of those medications, and around and around we go. [1]
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REFLECTION
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could I add this to my Disciplines?
SOURCES:
[1] from the transcript of Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines, presentation by Dr Sarah Hallberg at TEDxPurdueU, (2,919,883 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1vvigy5tQ. (Access the transcript by clicking on “…” to the right of the title.) Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg has a B.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1994, M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1996 and M.D., Des Moines University, 2002. She is also the medical director of Virta Health, founded in 2014 with the goal of reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025 (https://www.virtahealth.com/about).
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