Featured Weight Loss Article

Featured Weight Loss Article

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