Surprisingly, the diagnosis of diabetes doesn't have the same impact on patients as other potentially lethal diseases, due to the subtle manifestation of symptoms before the disease progresses fully. Because of this, people are less likely to take diabetes seriously, placing them at high risk for heart disease and a host of debilitating diabetic complications.
The most important thing to understand when working to prevent or treat Type II diabetes is that the low fat, high carb diet you've been prescribed by your health care professional is based on an ancient understanding of the disease and will promote disease progression. The only way to take charge of diabetes is to track and monitor every morsel of food you eat, and keep track of the carbohydrate count.
Carbs, regardless of the dietary source, cause blood sugar to rise and insulin resistance to develop. Once this metabolic imbalance begins, the only way to keep it on track is to severely limit carbohydrate intake. Fats and protein have a limited effect on blood sugar and actually help to flatten blood sugar spikes.
Target Less Than 100 Grams of Carbohydrates Each Day
You'll find that to hit your target carbs for each meal, there's no room for junk foods, breads, pasta, sugared drinks, and even salad dressing which are pumped full of sugar. Make fresh vegetables the core of each meal and compliment with solid protein and fat sources from meats, nuts, seeds and legumes.
Readings above these levels indicate metabolic instability, and the need to lower your carbohydrate intake. Blood sugar readings above 140 mg/dl are associated a doubling of risk of heart attack and dangerous complications from kidney disease, blindness and nerve damage. Monitor your blood sugar after every meal, and soon you'll know exactly which foods cause the largest swings and must be avoided.
Diabetes cases will continue to double every decade, jeopardizing the lives of millions, unless people are educated to take control of their diet. The disease is in your control, and only you can determine how it progresses. Many people have shown that they can prevent and even treat diabetes by incorporating an ultra-low carb diet and monitoring blood sugar levels carefully after meals. Cut your risk of a heart attack and diabetic complications by taking charge of your diet and lifestyle.