DIABETICS PUBLIC ENEMY #1: SUGAR
Like gas to a car, food is fuel–a source of energy for our bodies to run and function properly. Here’s the process of converting food into energy. 1. We eat food. 2. Our body converts food into glucose. 3. Insulin in the body transports glucose to our cells. 4. Cells in our muscles and in our brain use glucose to complete the smallest and largest functions of the body. When there’s a kink in the process, seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, hearing, and moving become tasks the body cannot perform.
Our organs and tissues use the hormone Insulin (a chemical naturally made in our bodies) to communicate with one another so that our bodies can function. Our body manages how much glucose it needs, and gets it into the cells as needed.
Throughout the day, our pancreas releases small amounts of insulin, sending out more when we eat. Our body produces insulin, but when we have type 2 Diabetes, we either don’t produce enough insulin; the body doesn’t respond properly to insulin; or both. With nowhere to go, glucose hangs around in the bloodstream, thus resulting in high blood glucose levels. When the sugar lingers in the blood stream, we can’t use the glucose for energy. That’s why we quickly run out of it (energy). High blood sugar levels can cause problems with eyes, and nerves in the hands and feet. Over time diabetes can worsen as more and more beta cells stop working. In Diabetes 1 the body makes little or no insulin. For some reason, the pancreas’ beta cells that make insulin are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system.
We take medication to assist our bodies in managing insulin production, but the problem with medication is that, over time, it can cause neuropathy (nerve damage), retinopathy (damage to the eye’s retina), and or nephropathy (kidney disease). That’s why so many people are on dialysis.
For Diabetics, Sugar is public enemy #1. Too much of it or too little of it, can literally kill you. Te sweet donuts, the faky bread, the white rice, and alcohol, taste so good going in, but it may be the devil in disguise. I know how painful it can be giving up rice, especially when you’ve got a bowl of chili or beef stew, but we truly need to ask ourselves, is the rice, or the doughnuts, or the alcohol or the bread that good? Is it so good that we are willing to risk NOT being there for our children’s graduations, weddings, and birthdays? Believe me, I’m not preaching, it’s a struggle for many of us.
I’d like to encourage you to find an alternative to one life-sucking sweet. If your poison is doughnuts, find a replacement. If it’s rice, make a choice not to eat it, even if it’s going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life. If it’s cookies, I’ve got a great recipe for you to try. Believe me, it’s good. My mom makes them. You might even choose these cookies over homemade chocolate chip. If you need any kind of clarification on the recipe, call me at 808-888-9434. Te recipe calls for coconut four, and a few other things that you may or may not be familiar with. This doesn’t mean you can eat 12 of these cookies, but little changes in how we look at, and how we prepare food, can literally mean life or death. If you’re interested in other natural solutions for your diabetes, give me a call at the same number. Make no mistake Diabetes is a public enemy. Let’s attack it like it is!