How to Stop Diabetes and Save Your Life - Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed what Diabetes is and how we get it and what some of the identifiable risk factors are for it.

Let's go over carbohydrates and why they are such a big problem for all of us.

If carbs are the problem, how do I avoid carbs?

Let’s start by defining what a carbohydrate is and where they come from.

Carbohydrates represent one of the three main classes of foods or macronutrients. Carbs are a source of energy; they are mainly sugars and starches found in plant-based foods that the body breaks down into glucose that the body uses to feed its cells.

Something I want you to keep in mind. Carbs are not sugar, but they turn into sugar inside your body. Carbs turn into glucose. Glucose is sugar, period. Whether you eat a loaf of bread, a bag of carrots, or a cup of pure cane sugar, it all hits your body and requires insulin.

We’ll get into this later but I want you to consider this, carbs come from plants. Meat and animal based foods have little to no carbs at all.

Not only can the natural carbs and plants we eat cause a problem but the food industry has been adding sugar to our food for years without anyone even thinking twice.

I could probably write a book on all of the different carbs and sugars that are out there. Here are some guidelines you can follow to keep them away.

If the food you buy comes in a box it’s probably got carbs or sugar in it. Go with whole food that is as close to its natural state as possible.

Learn the many names for added sugar that you could find in your food. Here’s a “short” list:
  • Beet sugar
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Castor sugar
  • Coconut sugar
  • Confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
  • Date sugar
  • Demerara sugar
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Florida crystals
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Golden sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • Grape sugar
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Panela sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Refiner's syrup
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sucanat
  • Treacle sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Yellow sugar
  • Barley malt
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diastatic malt
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Rice syrup
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Fructose
  • D-ribose
  • Galactose
Stay away from breads and white starchy foods and vegetables.

Even with whole food choices, you will need to reduce your overall intake of carbs. That means generally eating fewer plant-based foods.

How to reduce carbs.

In order to reduce your risk for diabetes or help you heal if you already have it, reduce your carb intake. Carbs come from plants. Carbs turn into sugar and that’s where the problem is. Not only are carbs made from plant-based foods, but sugar comes in many forms and names. Be careful.

Reducing carbs:
  • Helps lower body fat
  • Increases your metabolic performance
  • Lowers your blood sugar
  • Balances out your insulin spikes
  • Reduces the need for insulin
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves cholesterol (HDL and Triglycerides)
There are 3 main ways that people are using this information and addressing their T2D. All three are based on diet and creating a whole foods lifestyle based on deliberate choices for their health.
Stay tuned for Part 3 where I'll introduce those three methods, weigh the pros and cons, and see how they work as a long-term solution to T2D.


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