Why Diabetic a Dreaded Disease
Diabetes has become so common that people don’t take it a serious disease anymore. Pre-diabetic can be as many as half of population above 40 years old. A big mistake is downplaying the significant of pre-diabetic, diabetic and the danger of sugar.
The health complications that diabetes fosters are many, including but not limited to the following:
High blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke – 75 percent of diabetics have high blood pressure (130/80 mm Hg or higher). Death from heart disease and risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
Blindness — Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74 years. 5% of diabetic in the world end up with total blindness.
Kidney disease – Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
Every year 4,000 people require hemodialysis and began hemodialysis in Malaysia. Hemodialysis is not a perfect treatment because heavy metals are not removed and in a few years more serious cardiovascular disease set in.
Nervous system disease — About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage such as : impaired sensation or pain in hands or feet, poor digestion, carpal tunnel syndrome and erectile dysfunction.
Amputations – Every year 100 lower limb amputations due to diabetes in the state of Pelis. Perlis population is just over 200 thousand populations and the rate of amputation in states are the same. If the rate is the same, the number of amputations of lower limb in Johore state can be no less than 1000 people yearly.
Dental disease — Almost one-third of people with diabetes have severe periodontal disease
Pregnancy complications — Poorly controlled diabetes before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy among women with type 1 diabetes can cause major birth defects in 5 to 10 percent of pregnancies, and spontaneous abortions in 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies. The big baby syndrome can also occurs leading to birth injury both to mother and baby.
Cancer— People with prediabetes have a 15 percent higher risk of cancer, especially cancers of the liver, stomach, pancreas, breast, and endometrium.
Women with diabetes have a 50 percent greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than women without diabetes.
Cancer is harder to treat
People with the highest insulin levels at the time of a cancer diagnosis also have significantly increased risks of cancer recurrence, as well as a greater risk of being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cance.
Carbohydrate-Rich Foods are As Risky As Cigarettes
In related news, research suggests refined non-vegetable fiber carbs such as potatoes, bagels and breakfast cereal are as risky as smoking, increasing your risk for lung cancer by as much as 49 percent.
Your risk is particularly high if you’ve never smoked. Among smokers, eating a high glycemic diet was associated with a 31 percent increased risk for lung cancer. As reported by UPI:
“A high glycemic index, a measure of the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels, was linked to a greater chance for developing lung cancer, researchers at the University of Texas MD Andersen Cancer Center found…
While increased levels of carbohydrates can increase the risk, the researchers said the quality of carbohydrates, rather than the quantity, has the strongest effect.
Foods such as white bread and puffed rice cereal are highly refined, which is why the researchers suggest swapping them out for whole-wheat or pumpernickel breads and pasta.
“The results from this study suggest that, besides maintaining healthy lifestyles, such as avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol consumption and being physically active, reducing the consumption of foods and beverages with high glycemic index may serve as a means to lower the risk of lung cancer,” Dr. Xifeng Wu, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas, said…”
High glycemic foods, i.e. refined carbs high in sugar, promote insulin resistance and obesity, and this isn’t the first time a connection has been made between a high-sugar and/or obesity and cancer.
In 2015, American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, discussed the cancer trend that obesity will likely overtake smoking to claim the lead spot as the principal cause of 10 different types of cancer within the next decade. Obesity is also associated with worsened prognosis after a cancer diagnosis, raises your risk of dying from the cancer treatment, and raises your risk of additional malignancies and comorbidities.
What’s the Key to Resolving Insulin Resistance and Diabetes?
The answer can be summarized in three words: Eat real food. Meaning fresh from “pasar”. Anything that pack for selling especially processed and pack is not “real food”. The most sustainable answer is to simply cut way down on ultra-processed foods, and to think of “diet” in terms of unprocessed whole foods, with which you then cook from scratch.
Practice intermittent fasting. When you fast, your liver burns off the available liver fat, and by temporarily depleting your liver fat stores you restore metabolic stability to your liver and improve hepatic insulin sensitivity.
Exercise is also an important component. Studies have shown that exercise is beneficial and increases insulin sensitivity, whether you lose weight or not, and even if you’re physically active as little as 2.5 hours a week can be beneficial.
Replace Refined Carbs With Healthy Fats and Moderate Amounts of Protein
Since you’re cutting a lot of energy (carbs) from your diet when you eliminate processed sugars and grains, you need to replace them with something better, including:
As much high quality healthy fat as you want. Your body needs saturated and monounsaturated fats to stay healthy, in appropriate quantities, as they provide many beneficial effects, contrary to what you have probably been told. It is good to target about 90 percent of your fat calories from them. If you’re insulin resistant, you may need upwards of 50-85 percent of your daily calories in the form of healthy fats.
Good sources include coconut and coconut oil, avocados, butter, nuts, and animal fats. Remember—fats are high in calories but small in volume, so when you look at your plate, vegetables should be the largest portion.
Moderate amounts of high quality protein found in organically-raised, grass-fed or pastured meats and dairy products, fish, legumes, and nuts.