The Diabesity Epidemic – It May Be Coming to You
Have you heard of the “diabesity epidemic”? Well, your doctor hasn’t either, and yet you have a 50% chance of having it. Here’s what it is, 7 warning signs, and a discussion of how nuts can help.
UPDATE: Dr. Hyman is staying on this diabestity epidemic topic, and well he should given that it’s both urgent and important (as businessmen like to say). Go check out his 8 Steps to Reversing Diabesity, which speak to getting tested, the proper nutrition, supplementation, etc, as well as my post, 9 Ways to Fight Diabesity with The Blood Sugar Solution . Statistically speaking there’s a 50-50 chance that you’re on your way to diabesity hell, so learn, reflect and act!
AS YOU can imagine, I’m constantly reading about health matters. When I come upon an article that I might want to share here on this blog in some fashion, I often bookmark it for later reference. My last three bookmarks were all about a certain disease. So, it seems, I’m attracting information about it, and as you read on, you’ll agree that it’s worth knowing about.
Consider these alarming factoids:
- One of two of you have this deadly disease;
- It will like make you sick and could kill you;
And here’s the kicker…
- 90 percent of you do not know you have it, which is partly because your doctor is not trained how to find it, nor are they seeking it in you.
Another unsavory fact: this health hazard will cost America $3.5 trillion over the next ten years. If the trend is not reversed, in 30 years 100 percent of the U.S. federal budget will be required to pay for Medicare and Medicaid.
This nefarious disease is what Dr. Mark Hyman has helped popularize with the name, “Diabesity”, “the number one cause of obesity, heart disease, cancer, dementia and of course type 2 diabetes.”
As Dr Hyman explains it:
“Diabesity describes a continuum of disease, from optimal blood sugar balance to insulin sensitivity to full-blown diabetes. This biological imbalance is our modern plague. It affects 1 in 2 Americans and is the leading cause of most chronic disease in this country, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer, not to mention its leading role in weight gain and obesity.”
For the confluence of these various factors to grow significantly enough to imperil not only our life, but health, signifies that our doctors are missing the clues that are quite evident well prior to a symptom becoming alarming.
This is a basic problem and failing of our medical system – simply put, doctors are not paid to keep us well, but to intervene once we’re sick.
7 Warning Signs of Diabetes
I’ll continue now with presenting some information that will help you determine if you may be in that 50% diabesity group, and, if so, you will want to read Dr. Hyman’s article, “Fifty Percent of Americans Suffer From This Deadly Killer”.
So, these 7 warning signs come from the second of the aforementioned three most recent health articles I’ve bookmarked, courtesy of Yahoo Health.
- You’re overweight. Don’t hafta be obese… 10+ pounds increases the risk. And for children… well, with so many children now addicted to the dopamine effect of Internet or gaming clicks, the future is grim.
- Incessant bathroom trips. Thirst begets drinking which begets peeing.
- Blurry vision. It’s the glucose build up on the lens that does it.
- Losing weight. What’s the chance of that!! But it happens to some pre-diabetics because the body isn’t making the insulin necessary to break down sugars for energy or fat storage.
- Ring around the collar. Actually, it’s around the neck and it happens when insulin receptors in the skin makes extra pigment.
- Yeast infections (women). Too much glucose can make yeast overgrow.
- You’re north of 45 years. Yet another thing to worry about as the years set in.
OK, so a bit more info is at this Yahoo Health article.
And now to my last article that I want to share with you about diabesity, which by the way, my father contracted late in life because he was unwilling to change his eating behaviors…
Nuts Help Control Diabesity
If you’re nuts about nuts you’re several steps closer to controlling blood sugar and reducing inflammation. (If you’re not, practice a lot… it’s worth it!)
The damage that inflammation causes to our bodies is only now becoming widely recognized. I’ve heard it referred to as the underpinning of many chronic illnesses that beset the elderly, such as diabetes and heart disease.
In the typical American diet, an over consumption of omega-6 fatty acids relative to omega-3 fatty acids strongly contributes to inflammation. Most oils and nuts have more omega-6 than omega-3, with the exception of omega-3-rich flax and hemp seeds. However, as two recent studies indicate – one the so-called “Toronto Trial” and the other the Spanish Trial, nuts somehow do not contribute to inflammation.
The explanation for this comes a Spanish Trial, where it was reported:
“The results showed that eating one ounce of mixed nuts – raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts – a day increased the level of serotonin metabolites (break down products) in volunteers’ urine.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays important roles in the regulation of energy balance, metabolism, and blood sugar control.
Consequently, serotonin also tends to curb carbohydrate cravings, elevate mood, and improve heart health.
The results also provided the first evidence that nuts reduce blood markers for inflammation and other cardiovascular risk factors in people with metabolic syndrome.”
General recommendation: Get the bulk of your calories from lean protein sources, vegetables, whole fruits, legumes and beans, while dramatically limiting “simple”, blood glucose-spiking carbs, such as white flour, pasta, rice, bread and fruit juices. (Read What’s Making Us Fat and Sick.)
Specific recommendation: It’s a good idea to eat raw nuts to mitigate cravings for blood glucose level spiking foods such as simple carbohydrates. Just remember that they’re high in fat so don’t eat them like their popcorn