What is the solution to insulin resistance?
When we eat foods like white bread, donuts or other sugary foods the sugars break apart easily and rushinto the bloodstream. The insulin works to get the sugar shoved into the cells but too much sugar is pushed out of the bloodstream. When that happens we get a hunger signal and feel like we need to eat again. Oh, brother… this is not a cycle we want to be on… what a mess! Now we have too much sugar in the cells and not enough in the bloodstream. If we keep eating foods that dump simple sugars into our bloodstream this craziness will keep on and on… and we’ll overeat and end up fat.
As if that isn’t bad enough, insulin resistance is associated with some common disorders like heart attacks, strokes, atherosclerosis, hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes, polycystic ovary disease, fatty liver disease, and obesity. Yikes… that’s a lot of bad stuff. All of this is well known and the reason for the insulin resistance is… well, it’s the SAD diet (Standard American Diet). That really is sad! Refined foods cause this to happen but complex carbohydrates (and starches) from plant foods do not. This is important and it’s what we need to know.
The Finnish Diabetes Prevention Program and the Diabetes Prevention Program in the United States both demonstrated that a switch to a diet higher in vegetables and lower in fat reduced the risk for developing diabetes by 58% for diabetes-prone individuals. Impressive!
This is great news. We are in control because we control the amount of simple sugars and complex sugars (and starches) from plants that we consume. Even losing as little as 7 to 10% of body weight would result in decreased fat which would make a big difference. And… if we do a little exercise… I suppose that won’t hurt either. J