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The Missing Piece of the Diabetes Puzzle
And the Secret to a Faster Metabolism
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The Missing Piece of the Diabetes Puzzle

 

 

There have been a lot of stories in the news lately about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Although I am by no means a news junkie, it's hard to miss this trend. Not only are famous TV chefs being diagnosed with it, Health Organizations (and other experts) predict that one in three children will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. This statistic rises to one in two if you are the child of African American or Latino parents. I admire the first lady Michelle Obama for bringing this serious issue to the public's attention and for doing what she can to reverse this epidemic. The work she is doing, teaching kids about healthy eating, will not only improve their health, it will likely impact the health of future generations. It's also a beautiful example of preventative medicine! Something our society is sorely lacking. And something I encourage you to embrace in this month's blog.

The Missing Piece of the Diabetes Puzzle

Modern medicine operates much like a farmer who fixes his fences ONLY after the horses or cows have broken out. Hence, most serious health conditions incubate for years before they are diagnosed. This is certainly true of type 2 diabetes.

A couple of weeks ago, I read a timely article in Life Extension magazine entitled "Glucose: The Silent Killer".1 In addition to summarizing all of the really bad things that excess blood sugar can do to your body, the article documented an important fact: By the time you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you've actually had blood sugar problems for YEARS. (Note: Do not confuse type 1 diabetes with type 2 diabetes. They are really very different. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, which begins in childhood and requires insulin. Type 2 diabetes, also called diabesity, is related to your diet and lifestyle.)

I certainly knew this to be true, and I have written about it in my books. But there is a new piece to the puzzle: We've set the range for normal blood sugar too high. Recent studies indicate that fasting glucose levels should be in the range of 70-85 mg/dL. Unfortunately, most standard labs give the upper limit of normal for a fasting blood sugar at 99 mg/dL. That's too high! Click here to continue reading.

The Blood Sugar Solution

New Study Finds Secret to a Faster Metabolism
By Mark Hyman, M.D.

I'm very excited to bring you a guest author article by Mark Hyman, M.D. Dr. Hyman, a pioneer in alternative medicine, teaches about "UltraWellness" in his books, TV appearances, e-letter, and more. His new book, The Blood Sugar Solution, provides a blue print for improving your health and reversing the diabesity epidemic—something we are both passionate about.

In his article below, Dr. Hyman shines a light on a very important fact. Not all calories are created equal! Calories from carbs affect the body very differently than calories from protein. This sensible and often overlooked advice can help you lose weight, maintain muscle tone, and boost your metabolism – C.N.


New Study Finds Secret to a Faster Metabolism


Eating carbohydrates makes you store belly fat. Eating protein puts on muscle. Most people know that. But a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that when you over eat on a low protein diet, you store bad fat around your organs including the liver, kidneys and pancreas.2 But if you eat a high protein diet, you add muscle and increase your resting metabolism and muscle mass. Since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, that's a good thing.

In the study, researchers admitted 25 brave volunteers to a hospital ward for 12 weeks. They controlled everything they ate and did. But they made them all overeat about 1,000 calories a day. The only difference was where the calories came from—protein or carbs.

The low protein group (5% protein) lost 1.5 pounds of muscle, and gained 7.5 pounds of fat. The high protein group (25% protein) gained 6.3 pounds of metabolically active muscle. They also gained fat because they were being force-fed. But, even though they gained more total weight, they were LESS fat than the low protein group.

This has important implications for our thinking about calories.


Bottom line: Not all calories are the same. Some calories make you store fat, while others make you store muscle.


In a world where for the first time in history more people are overweight (2.1 billion) than underweight this has important implications. And the world is getting bigger—over the next 30 years, the prevalence of obesity will double and mostly in countries like China and India (because how do you get twice as many fat people in a country like America where 65% are already fat)!

Here's the take home. Quickly absorbed carbohydrates from the bulk of the American and increasingly the world's diet—from sugar, high fructose corn syrup and white flour, are very efficiently turned into belly fat in the body.3 And that leads to obesity and diabetes, or what I call diabesity. Another recent study found that the free fructose in high fructose corn syrup (not in fruit), led to dramatic increases in belly fat, inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar and even pre-diabetes in adolescents.4

Carbohydrates and protein trigger produce very different chemical messages in the body independent of calories. Carbs lay down the fat, while protein lays down muscle.5

This study on protein adds to a whole slew of research that proves that higher protein diets (25%) does all sorts of obesity fighting things to your body and your brain.

  1. It makes you feel more full than an equivalent amount of calories from carbs.
  2. It leads to more weight loss in "free-living" humans as compared the ones who were force fed extra calories.
  3. It prevents gaining weight back after you have lost weight.6
  4. It speeds up metabolism and builds muscle so you burn more calories all day long and even while you sleep.

Reducing belly fat and building muscle is quite simple. And it is not just about the calories you consume. It is about where those calories come from.

Here are a few simple tips to speed up your metabolism and get rid of belly fat.

  1. Skip the sugar—in all of its forms. Especially liquid calories from any source (soda, juice, alcohol) all of which store belly fat. Be on a mission to get high fructose corn syrup out of your diet, it is especially good at laying down belly fat.
  2. Ditch the flour—wheat flour, especially, is just like sugar. Did you know that two slices of whole wheat bread raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar?
  3. Start the day with protein, not starch or sugar. Try whole omega-3 eggs, a protein shake, nut butters, or even kippers! Skip the bagels, muffins, and donuts.
  4. Have protein with every meal—try nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans; seeds like pumpkin, chia, or hemp; or have beans, chicken, or fish.

Somehow we are still duped by the idea that all calories are the same. They are not. Hopefully soon the practice of nutrition and medicine, and our government nutrition advice will catch up with the science. Then perhaps we can make a dent in the tsunami of obesity, diabetes and chronic disease coming right at us.

My personal hope is that together we can create a national conversation about a real, practical solution for the prevention, treatment, and reversal of our obesity, diabetes and chronic disease epidemic.

Excerpted with permission.

Dr. Mark A. Hyman, "The UltraWellness Doc," is an internationally respected physician, researcher, and author of New York Times best-selling books, including The UltraMind Solution, The UltraSimple Diet, UltraPrevention, and UltraMetabolism, which has been published in over a dozen languages worldwide.

Dr. Hyman is the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize this life-changing approach to health. He is also chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind Body Medicine, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Dr. Memhet Oz's HealthCorps.

He has dedicated his career to ensuring optimal health—UltraWellness—for everyone, and now he applies his breakthrough techniques to the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions triggered by insulin resistance with The Blood Sugar Solution.

Millions of people around the world have benefited from Dr. Hyman's UltraWellness philosophy. You can be next with The Blood Sugar Solution. Follow his advice and your life will be transformed for the better!

To learn more about Dr. Hyman and The Blood Sugar Solution visit his Web site at www.drhyman.com.

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Savor the sweetness in life, but not the sugar!

Flourishingly yours,

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

References
  1. To read the article online, go to http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/jan2011_Glucose-The-Silent-Killer_01.htm.
  2. Bray GA, Smith SR, de Jonge L, Xie H, Rood J, Martin CK, Most M, Brock C, Mancuso S, Redman LM. Effect of dietary protein content on weight gain, energy expenditure, and body composition during overeating: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2012 Jan 4;307(1):47-55.
  3. Stanhope KL, Schwarz JM, Keim NL, et al. Consuming fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened, beverages increases visceral adiposity and lipids and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese humans. J Clin Invest. 2009;119(5):1322–1334.
  4. Pollock NK, Bundy V, Kanto W, Davis CL, Bernard PJ, Zhu H, Gutin B, Dong Y. Greater fructose consumption is associated with cardiometabolic risk markers and visceral adiposity in adolescents. J Nutr. 2012 Feb;142(2):251-7.
  5. Devkota S, Layman DK. Increased ratio of dietary carbohydrate to protein shifts the focus of metabolic signaling from skeletal muscle to adipose. Nutr Metab(Lond). 2011;8(1):13
  6. Westerterp-Plantenga MS, Nieuwenhuizen A, Tomé D, Soenen S, Westerterp KR. Dietary protein, weight loss, and weight maintenance. Annu Rev Nutr. 2009;29:21–41.
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