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Diabetes, Weight Gain, Hypoglycemia and The
More and more Americans are going up in weight and
down with Type II diabetes. Who or what''s to blame... and why?
By and large the established scientific community
come to accept that of the things we can control, the foods we put into
mouths are most responsible for the weight we gain, the illnesses we
and the diseases from which we suffer.
This is not new, it''s ancient wisdom... eat the
things and you''re likely to experience bad outcomes, eat the right
and you''re likely to have good outcomes.
But, exactly what is it we''re supposed to avoid?
Lately there has been a lot of talk about the
of the glycemic index, its role in weight gain and the recent
diabetes cases. Experts are convinced about its usefulness in
weight gain and as an effective tool at measuring and controlling type
Whether you are a diabetic or someone trying to lose
it helps to keep your blood sugar levels under control. While foods
glycemic index provide a sudden rush of energy that may be
by some lethargic people, the downside is it creates peaks and valleys
trigger violent mood swings, cravings, and excruciating inescapable
Sadly however, it doesn''t stop there. Over time,
high a glycemic index cause our pancreas to wear down
incapable of producing enough insulin. Moreover, our cells do not
appropriately to the little insulin that is produced, and the body
source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose.
after years of continuous abuse diabetes takes hold and begin to ravish
For people with a condition known as hypoglycemia it
downright scary. Like diabetes, insulin resistance, and insulin
hypoglycemia is a result of blood sugar out of control. But when you
hypoglycemia, it can do much more.
irritability, fainting, fatigue, cravings for sweets, light-headedness,
confusion, depression, night sweats, continuous thirst, hunger...
Statistic shows, one-third of of the people with
diabetes have not been diagnosed. And... more than a half of the people
hypoglycemia... a pre-cursor to diabetes, don''t even know they have it.
Furthermore, logic dictates that if diabetes and hypoglycemia are
disorders, it should come as no surprise that weight gain would also
What is this glycemic index anyway?
The glycemic index ranks foods according to
your blood sugar levels. It measures the increase in blood sugar levels
three hours after eating foods that are high in carbohydrates. Foods
high in fat or protein typically don''t cause your blood sugar level to
Examples of foods with high glycemic indexes
causing huge or rapid increases in blood sugar levels) are cakes, white
white rice, pureed potatoes, cold cereals, sodas and beverages with
On the other hand, low glycemic index foods
foods such as meats, fish, protein shakes and protein bars. Other foods
whole grain crackers, brown or wild rice, whole grain bread (one or two
or one roll), whole grain pasta, raw fruits, nuts, vegetables, beans,
Foods with low glycemic indexes not only keep
they also stave off irritability, headaches, dizziness, fatigue,
depression, night sweats and cravings. They also reduce the workload on
and allow insulin-producing beta cells to remain healthy and
To accomplish this it is important to snack between
must do this, even if you think you''re not hungry. Snack as often as
don''t eat too much per snack. It is better to eat small amounts all day