Friday, 21 September 2018

Forbidden: a feast of fruits

DIABETES is running rampant. If you are one of the several million who have this condition, then pay attention. I will advise you how to manage your food and therefore your blood sugar. Even if you’re not, you should be aware that pre-diabetic numbers have also risen to 37 per cent over the past 10 years — and will keep on rising unless we take control.

Type I diabetes is a condition in which the body produces very low amounts of insulin or none at all. Type II diabetics have low insulin receptors. Either way, diabetes creates a zero tolerance situation for your body and that’s exactly how you need to fight back.

Your body uses insulin to convert the food you eat into energy. In a non-diabetic person calories are consumed, blood sugar rises, then the pancreas releases insulin to convert the sugar into energy. Any sugar not used as energy will be stored as fat to be used as energy later.

However, when a diabetic consumes calories, insulin is released in response to the increased blood sugar but the body is unable to use it effectively. The brain sees that the blood sugar is still going up, so it asks your pancreas to release more insulin. But since your body can’t use it these sugars are now stored as fat, or they float around the blood stream, putting the health at great risk.

Often, we are unaware or a little naive about how much sugar we are actually consuming. There is sugar in alcohol, fizzy drinks, “health” drinks, fruit juices, cordials, cereal bars, weight-loss shakes, bread, milkshakes and even fruit. I could go on but you get the picture.

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