Low-Carb Payoff…Regulating Blood Sugar!

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Don’t turn me off too quickly just because I’m talking about blood sugar and you’re not a diabetic.  Fact is blood sugar levels have more to do with good health than you might think, even among folks who think there’s no way they could be a candidate for diabetes.  Insulin is the master hormone and its effects are far more reaching than just controlling blood sugar.  I’m not a diabetic, nor am I an expert on diabetes.  I am merely an adherent to the low-carb nutritional lifestyle which has been shown time and again to be one of the most efficient ways of regulating our blood sugar levels, diabetic or not!

Dr. Michael Eades, author of Protein Power, recently posted an excellent article on his Health & Nutrition Blog entitled More Supporting Evidence for the Sugar Hypothesis.  This article focuses on the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Dr. Eades begins with a surprising comment:

“The sugar hypothesis of heart disease triumphs yet again over the lipid hypothesis. A study presented recently in Rome and published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that efforts to lower blood sugar pay off better in lower rates of heart disease and longer life than do efforts to lower cholesterol.”

More proof of “The Great Cholesterol Con”.  Right there it is folks, efforts to lower blood sugar pay off in lower rates of heart disease and longer life than do efforts to lower cholesterol.” I know what the ‘establishment’ has convinced most folks to believe but that doesn’t make it the truth.  But the majority of doctors are of the Cholesterol Lowering Camp, you say.  And that makes them what?  The majority…not necessarily right!  Many of them may not really know the truth, and instead of doing their own research they just go with what the majority thinks is right.

Dr. Eades goes on to say:

“Researchers presented data from a long-term study (almost 30 years long) showing that subjects who lowered their blood sugar levels with drugs for a period of 10 years reaped large rewards in terms of reduced incidence of heart attack and reduced incidence of all-cause mortality long after the end of the study.”

Even using drugs to lower blood sugar levels, subjects still reaped large rewards including a reduction in heart attacks and, they just plain old lived longer with a better quality of life.  The low-carb nutritional lifestyle is the undisputed king at regulating blood sugar levels.  So, why not adapt the low-carb lifestyle instead of waiting until one has to take blood sugar regulating drugs?  It just makes good sense.

Dr. Eades neatly sums it all up by stating:

“The nice thing is that it’s pretty easy to tightly control your blood sugar levels without drugs.  How?  By taking blood sugar control out of the hands of your pancreas and turning it over to the liver.  You can do this by keeping your carbohydrate intake low enough to ensure that your liver has to produce glucose.  When the liver gets into the glucose production business, it turns it out in a slow, steady fashion, making just the amount necessary.  Blood sugars stay low, and glucose-induced damage to the vascular system is minimized.  If you follow a good-quality, whole-food, low-carbohydrate diet, your blood sugar will stabilize.  If you’ve already got type II diabetes, following such a diet might not completely solve your problem, but it will make it a lot better.  I have never seen any kind of therapy that works better than a low-carb diet to lower and stabilize blood sugar levels.  It truly is amazing.”

That’s it in a nutshell folks!  Controlling blood sugar is more important to a healthy lifestyle than is controlling cholesterol.  The low-carb nutritional lifestyle is once again vindicated, not by opinion or hearsay, but by years of documented research.  Be sure to check out the complete post by Dr. Eades.  He has a very informative blog and writes in a style that’s easy for all us non-medical folks to understand.  Thanks Dr. Eades!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

Your Mom Called…She Said to Be Sure to Eat Breakfast!

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OK, it wasn’t actually your mom who called and said to be sure to eat breakfast.  It was actually a blog post by Dr. Michael Eades, bestselling author of Protein Power, entitled More on Protein for Breakfast.  He cites a study  in the British Journal of Nutrition which basically concludes that eating a protein rich meal for breakfast reduces hunger the rest of the day.  Wow!  Our moms have been right all along!  And of course those of us who are living the low-carb nutritional lifestyle know that a protein breakfast keeps the hunger pangs at bay all morning.

Of course you already know how much I loved donuts if you’ve read my story or followed my posts here.  I could easily eat as many as half dozen donuts for breakfast and be ready for more by mid-morning.  It didn’t matter if it was donuts, bagels, muffins, oatmeal, pancakes or any other sugary carb-loaded fare, I was always hungry within a couple of hours.  But after eating the low-carb way for a short while I realized that my bacon or sausage with egg breakfast would run me for four to six hours.

But don’t take my word for it.  If you’ve ever even remotely thought about doing low-carb but just can’t make up your mind, allow me to suggest starting off by eating a low-carb breakfast for a couple weeks.  I believe you’ll experience the most satiety of any breakfast you’ve ever tried.  You’ll surprise yourself that you will be able to make it all the way to lunch time without raiding the fridge or vending machine.

And check out Dr. Eades blog post for all the details on this study and for his comments as well.

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie