New Discoveries to Help Prevent Premature Aging of Cells and Type II Diabetes, Lose Weight, Increase Insulin Sensitivity and Turn Sugar Into Energy.
Unhealthy Blood Sugar Is A Killer.
When sugar floats around in the blood, it causes glycation. Some call this process “rusting.” It affects all body tissues, and tends to make them stiff and inflexible. Glycation causes the most problems for the heart, kidneys, skin and eyes where flexibility is critical. This explains why Type II diabetics have a high incident of heart disease, kidney failure, eye disease and blindness. In all cases, glycation promotes early aging by damaging our cells causing free radicals and inflammation. This results in premature aging, poor quality skin and increased risks of disease.
YES, SUGAR IS UNHEALTHY!
Test Your Blood Sugar Levels. A healthy blood sugar range is below 100mg/dL. However, an optimal blood sugar level is around 65mg/dL to 85mg/dL. A fasting glucose level can be obtained to determine your level. At the same time, a fasting insulin level and a HA1C (hemoglobin A1C) should also be taken. The latter test gives you a three month look at your blood glucose (sugar) levels and will determine if you are a diabetic.
Above 100mg/Dl you are considered “pre-diabetic” and glycation occurs much more readily. If blood sugar is higher than 100mg/dL, action can be taken to reduce blood sugar. One way is to dramatically reduce starchy food in the diet, and replacing it with extra vegetables, salads and protein. The starchy foods to cut out or reduce dramatically, are; sugar itself, potatoes, and grains and grain products including bread, pastries and pasta. Fruit juice and cooked fruit should be reduced or cut out because its sugar quickly passes into the blood; but moderate amounts of whole fruit are fine as they contain abundant nutrients and their sugar is absorbed more slowly thanks to the fiber content of the fruit.
Control Your Insulin And You Control Your Weight.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, about 95% of whom have type 2 diabetes. It develops when the body does not produce enough insulin and/or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. As a result, blood sugar levels shoot up.
Weight gain, high body fat, aging skin, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure (hypertension), type II diabetes, PCOS, all have been related to INSULIN RESISTANCE. *After years of research, we now have scientifically proven products to help overcome insulin resistance without resorting to injecting insulin.
Post-baby weight gain raises diabetes risk in next pregnancy
By Anne Harding, Health.com
May 24, 2011 7:06 a.m. EDT
- Woman who gains roughly 12 to 17 pounds after giving birth more than doubles her odds of diabetes during the second pregnancy.
- Diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes.
- Findings underscore how important it is for women to lose their baby weight.
Women who gain weight after giving birth for the first time dramatically increase their risk of developing pregnancy-related diabetes during their second pregnancy.
Compared with women of similar height who maintain their weight, a 5-foot-4 woman who gains roughly 12 to 17 pounds after giving birth more than doubles her odds of developing diabetes during her second pregnancy, the study found. If she gains 18 pounds or more, she more than triples her odds.
Diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, is influenced by hormonal changes and normal weight gain and usually goes away after the baby is born.
It can lead to birth complications, however, and it also increases a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. In addition, it makes the baby more prone to diabetes and obesity as he grows up.
The findings underscore how important it is for women to lose their baby weight and keep postpartum weight gain to a minimum, the researchers say. This applies especially to those who are overweight or obese at the start of their first pregnancy.
The overweight women in the study who lost weight post-birth substantially lowered their risk of gestational diabetes compared with those who maintained their weight.
“We acknowledge that this is not an easy thing to do,” says the lead author of the study, Samantha F. Ehrlich, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, California. “It’s quite common for women to gain weight.”
The study, which appears in the June issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, included 22,351 ethnically diverse women who were members of the Kaiser Permanente health plan in Northern California. The overall rate of gestational diabetes during the women’s first pregnancy was 4.6%, and during the second it was 5.2%.
Less than 10% of the women in the study lost weight between pregnancies, which isn’t surprising given the new stresses and responsibilities that come with a newborn.
Having a baby causes a host of changes to a mother’s life and lifestyle that can influence her eating patterns, exercise habits, and work-family balance, says Truls Ostbye, M.D., a professor at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, who studies postpartum obesity but was not involved in the current research.
“Many of these changes make it hard to return to a healthy weight,” he says. “But the period can also be seen as a teachable moment for positive change. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][It] can be time when the mother — and the rest of the family — can refocus on a healthy lifestyle and set the new baby on a lifelong healthy trajectory.”
Pregnant women should walk regularly (with or without a stroller), keep snacking to a minimum, and avoid soda and other sugary drinks, Ostbye says. Breast-feeding can also make it easier for women to shed pregnancy pounds. Women who breast-feed their babies for at least six months are more likely to achieve a healthy weight after pregnancy, Ostbye adds.