Are you kidding? How about focusing on insulin levels? Insulin is a fat storing hormone that works overtime trying to compensate for the USDA recommendation of 6-11 servings of bread,cereal,rice, pasta. Fruits, starchy vegetables, dairy are also loaded with carbs that beckon the pancreas to work harder to produce more insulin.
High insulin levels, translated means your body is screaming “Help!” “Stop feeding me carbs!”
But these “identified novel risk factors” would have you continue to ignore your body’s screams and focus elsewhere.
“Eventually, the cycle of elevated glucose further damages beta cells, thereby drastically reducing insulin production and causing full-blown diabetes. This is made evident by fasting hyperglycemia, in which elevated glucose levels are present most of the time.”
Hello, “eventually”, if diabetes (high blood sugar) is the last stage, why is blood sugar the primary focus? Should we not target the earliest risk factor (insulin) for high blood sugar?
By the time blood sugar is elevated the pancreas is already overworked and in such bad condition it just can’t keep up with the burden of the continuous excess sugar splurges. Over time, the pancreas becomes unable to produce enough insulin to keep up. Body damage (eyes, mouth, liver, arteries…) is done.
In other words, you want to prevent high blood sugar, lower the carb load so the pancreas is not working in overtime. This is a successful way to make sure your pancreas lasts as long as you do.
If insulin was used as a screening criteria, risks for many of these conditions would be lowered:
diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and gestational diabetes
dyslipidemia (abnormal cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, VLDL)
The findings mentioned in this article echo, “New drugs in the making”, because they do not prevent the expression of diabetes. What was found was ”Novel” results of long-term high blood sugar.
What do you think? Were ”novel risks for diabetes identified” or Were they “novel” results of long-term high blood sugar?
It is plain and simple and it works: Lowering carbs lowers insulin and this will lower your risk of diabetes and the health conditions referenced above.
- Diabetes rates jump among U.S. teens (theglobeandmail.com)
- Global epidemics of diabetes – the rising numbers (somethingaboutscience.wordpress.com)