Why Diabetics Struggle with Weight Control

Published: 17th December 2008
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Why Diabetics Struggle With Weight Control



How to Lose Stubborn Weight Without Going on a Diet

The most common complaint from diabetics is that they cannot control or lose weight. It seems that no matter what they do, their weight stays the same. 90% of diabetics are overweight. The answer lies in misunderstandings about a variety of topics such as: carbohydrates, glycemic load, inflammation and AA's (arachidonic acid) and how they all work in a diabetic's body. Menu planning and portion control will only work if you understand a few basics. Let's define them, and then try to put it all together.

All carbohydrates are converted into glucose after being eaten. Carbohydrates are made up of simple and complex sugars. All sugars must be broken down into the simplest form in order to be used by the body. The body will use what it needs, store some of it in the liver and muscle tissue, and what is left is stored as fat; better known as carbohydrate metabolism. The rate of metabolism varies from carbohydrate to carbohydrate.

Glycemic load provides a comparative value, of average sized portions, of how fast a carbohydrate will be converted into glucose. The higher glycemic load ratings are foods that will convert very quickly and cause spikes in glucose readings. All glycemic values are based on a value of 100, which is pure sugar.

Diabetes is an inflammatory disease. That means that the immune system has worked overtime causing the condition. When the body perceives that it is being attacked, or is wounded, it will manufacture AA's (arachidonic acid) which triggers the immune system to function. The problem is that the diabetic body does not know when to shut the immune system off. Type I diabetes is caused by the immune system turning on itself; and destroying beta cells; the cells that produce insulin. In type II diabetes, cell damage causes a reduction in insulin uptake (insulin resistance) that results in the body over producing insulin, but unable to use it. Eventually the pancreas becomes exhausted and quits producing insulin altogether. The body manufactures AA's, but AA's are also found in food, especially carbohydrates. Even beef, chicken and pork contain AA's if they were feed AA rich feed.

So how does a diabetic use all of this information? First: eliminate all high glycemic load foods from the diet. Second: test your body's inflammation level (AA sensitivity). Identify the remaining low glycemic load carbohydrates that still adversely impact your glucose readings. For non-diabetics, low glycemic load foods will not spike their glucose readings at all. Most diabetics will react very differently. It will be necessary to identify those foods. Understand that eggs are very high in AA's naturally, and most beef, pork and chicken contain them as well because of what they were fed. Don't be surprised if you discover that you are very AA sensitive. Most people that cannot lose weight are. Almost anything you eat spikes your glucose readings, or causes erratic readings. Your goal is to test a wide variety of foods, learn which foods are best for you, and in what portion size. Use supplements like carbohydrate blockers (PGX) to help control the rate of conversion. Eat high fiber (especially water soluble types) that can aid in controlling the resulting glycemic load; and combining good fats with a meal can alter (slow down) glucose conversion rates.

Your goal is to know your AA sensitivity level, minimize the carbohydrates that are going to spike your blood sugar levels, and be converted to fat, eat at least 35 grams of water-soluble fiber each day and reduce your level of inflammation. If you do that, you will lose weight, and find it easy to maintain. If you would like to learn more do an internet query search on the following articles: "A diabetic's Guide to Understanding Glycemic Index:, "How Excess Body Fat Contributes to Diabetes", "Diabetics Guide to Modifying the Glycemic Load" "3 Keys to Diabetic Weight Loss" and " What Diabetic's Should Know About Carbohydrates" www.how-to-take-charge-of-your-diabetes.com

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