Choose Your Proteins Wisely! Medical Weight Loss and Insulin Resistance
Most Americans consume carbohydrates at every meal. It is not uncommon for carbs to make up the bulk of the food that is consumed throughout the day. Cereal for breakfast, pasta for lunch, and a sandwich with a big bun is pretty traditional. Couple this with a mid morning snack of a candy-bar and a mid afternoon snack of potato chips, 3-4 soda’s throughout the day, maybe a sweetened cappuccino and then finish it all off with a big bowl of ice-cream after dinner and the stage is set for some serious health concerns.
Hyperglycemia means too much sugar in the bloodstream. This is usually the consequence of a diet following closely to what I listed above. Hyperglycemia left uncheck will lead to several health problems including, but not limited to, Type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia (too much fat in blood), high blood pressure and obesity. These four symptoms make up the scary state known as syndrome X. Essentially, X marks the gravestone!
More Americans die as a result of heart attack and cardiovascular disease than any other disease. Amazingly, many physicians and patients do not understand the relationship that high blood sugar and insulin resistance have in causing or contributing to this killer. Insulin, produced by the pancreas has two general functions, it breaks down sugar in the bloodstream and helps regulate glucose and glycogen consumption and it’s other function is more sinister and is a major cause of obesity in humans; Insulin also acts as a fat-storage hormone.
This sets up the following scenario; let’s say you just ate a bowl of macaroni and cheese. As the macaroni enters the intestines and passes by the pancreatic duct, insulin is released in order to break down the carbohydrates in the pasta. At the same time, the insulin finds an easy source of fat for storage in the cheese that accompanies the pasta. This fat gets deposited in the gut, the butt, thighs, and unfortunately, inside the arteries and choking the organs. Combine these fats and carbs enough and watch the waistline grow and the cholesterol increase as well as an increase in strain on the heart and vessels leading to high blood pressure.
Follow this long enough and the pancreas eventually waves the white flag of surrender. The cells in the pancreas that produce insulin become less sensitive to the sugars and if the fatty, sugary diet continues, these cells stop working. This is the condition known as Type 2 non-insulin dependent diabetes. This condition is becoming epidemic in America and is showing up in younger and younger individuals annually.
Generally treatment in the past has utilized medications to assist the body in breaking down sugars and, in worst case scenarios, insulin injections to control the sugar in the blood, sometimes several times per day. The consequences of having type 2 diabetes can be dire. Loss of vision, peripheral neuropathies (numbness and tingling), amputation, decreased immune function, lethargy, coma and death are all common consequences of having diabetes, a largely choice and lifestyle dependant disease. What are you choosing?
Fortunately, there may be an alternative to both the medical management of diabetes and the consequences of inaction on your part. If you have any of these health conditions, please contact us. You may be a candidate for the last diet you’ll ever need™!
Dr. Jason W. Haas