The amount of sugar (or really glucose, technically speaking) is tightly regulated in the human bloodstream. A normal blood sugar (glucose) is under 100 mg/dL, and when the sugar rises to between 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL the serious medical conditions of glucose intolerance, pre-diabetes are diagnosed. Once above 125 mg/dL diabetes is diagnosed. As more research is done, the optimal blood glucose number goes lower and lower. The bottom line is you want to keep the blood sugar as low as you can for optimal health.
The American Academy of Pediatrics published their guidelines for children with diabetes last week. They suggest giving kids insulin and metformin, monitor their HbA1C and start a lifestyle modification program, including nutrition and physical activity. But did they suggest cutting back on carbohydrates? Dana Carpender evaluates the new guidelines and gives us her own…based on real science and years of research.
Looking for the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance is only the beginning of the journey – there is a bigger issue. A major problem lies in the attitude and standards of practice for health care professionals. Valerie Berkowitz continues to look at her history with insulin resistance to help guide you to learn how to feed yourself with what your body really needs.
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In the past few years, scientists have discovered that a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia is insulin resistance. In fact, some researchers are now referring to Alzheimer’s Disease as type 3 diabetes, an illness which affects only the brain. People who suffer from this condition are unable to accept glucose into their brain cells (neurons) and as a result, those cells starve. In her first column for CarbSmart, Vicki Cash, RN, BSN, examines the use of coconut oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.
When Alan Shanley grew up in Australia, obesity and diabetes were not a common occurrence. Australia is today ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. The prevalence of obesity in Australia has more than doubled in the past 20 years. In his first column for CarbSmart, Alan looks at the transition of nutritional advice from his youth to now in Australia.