Chapter Carbohydrates

Too often Carbohydrates are blamed for weight gain, high blood glucose, and just about anything else wrong in our diet. Also, carbohydrates are discussed without a clear understanding of what they are and the important role Carbohydrates play in our diet. Carbohydrates are not all equal There are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. There are high glycemic carbohydrates and low glycemic carbohydrates. A recent large (15,792 participants) study looked at the amounts of fruits, vegetables,...

About the authors

The lead author of this book is Toma Grubb and it is based on his experience as a type 2 diabetic. This book may not have happened without prodding from Ed Prestwood and his offer to coauthor it. Mr. Prestwood has been very instrumental in Toma's success at controlling his blood glucose because of the nutrition software he developed. Toma Grubb and Ed Prestwood have communicated about different issues between July 2005 and present and are in regular contact. Toma and Ed have a working...

Chapter Get the proper amount of vitamins

Getting the proper balance of vitamins is a very confusing topic. We get a lot of vitamins from the foods we eat. Too much of some vitamins can be just as much a problem as not enough. The charts included here are for reference. The only easy way I know of telling if you are getting the right amount of each vitamin is with the software that is included with this book. RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of vitamins change and there is controversy about the proper daily intakes of vitamins. The most...

Chlorine and Lead

Chlorine and lead are the two most common contaminants in tap and some bottled water. Although it may serve an important role in a public water supply, chlorine is a strong oxidizing agent and may increase the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Small amounts of lead may be toxic, especially in infants, children, and pregnant women. The following are some ideas to increase the likelihood that your drinking water is safe Use a quality bottled water The wisdom of bottled water is now being...

Going with the Whole Grain

Fibre ' B Vitamins * Trace Minerab Fibre ' B Vitamins * Trace Minerab * Carbohydrate Protein Some B Vitamins * Carbohydrate Protein Some B Vitamins We have come a long way from the days when one of the knee-jerk answers to the question What should I eat was Get a lot of carbohydrates. We now know that the staples of most diets, carbohydrates, aren't all good or all bad. Some kinds promote health while others, when eaten often and in large quantities, actually increase the risk for diabetes and...

How do we notice the effect of Omegas

Just like vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids have a long-term effect. Since Omega-3 fatty acids have a beneficial effect on the heart, blood vessels and circulation, changes can only be measured at the doctor's office by testing blood pressure and levels of blood lipids. In the case of people who take high doses of omega-3s for their skin and joints, on the other hand, the user should notice a positive effect after a few months. Even if you do not feel it directly, Omega-3s...

Improve Your Diet And Increase Exercise If you improve your diet and increase your level of exercise you may be able to

According to recently published results from the Diabetes Prevention Program, exercise and diet changes are more effective than metformin in preventing diabetes. This study divided 3,234 non-diabetics with elevated blood glucose into 3 groups. One group was given metformin but no diet or lifestyle education and support. The second group was given only diet and lifestyle education and support (no metformin). The third group received a placebo and no diet or lifestyle support. After 2.8 years in...

Metformin Increasing Insulin Sensitivity

The standard practice in mainstream medicine is to try to medicate. Medications are sometimes required but I believe they should be initially used in crisis situations and later, only if proper diet and exercise are not getting the desired results. Metformin is one of the more popular drugs of choice. In addition to diet and exercise, the prescription drug Metformin has been proven to increase insulin sensitivity in people with mild to moderate hyperglycemia but the main mechanism of action is...

Not all fats are villains in fact we need good fats for good health

As strange as it sounds, eating fat can actually help you lose weight. Not only that, your memory and your immune system will benefit from eating fat. It is an extremely bad idea to eliminate fat completely from your diet. Good fats are absolutely essential. These good fats come from things like Enova Oil, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, flax seed, almonds, walnuts and cold-water fish. Eating the right kind of fat and getting rid of the wrong kind is what is needed. There is the example a...

There are some key differences between my approach and the standard approaches

The American Diabetic Association and Canadian Diabetic Association are more lenient with carb counting and types of carbs than I am. I draw from them and other sources like USDA food pyramid and others. I think they all have some good points, but also ignore some key issues. Unlike ADA, CDA, USDA etc. I recommend eliminating all high glycemic carbohydrates i.e. white rice, potatoes, breads from highly refined flours, sugar and any other high GI food. I draw heavily from the Low Glycemic...

What Is Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber comes from the portion of plants that is not digested by enzymes in the intestinal tract. Bacteria in the lower gut, however, may metabolize part of it. (Dietary fiber is only found in plants, Meat and other animal products do not contain fiber.) Different types of plants have varying amounts and kinds of fiber, including pectin, gum, mucilage, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Pectin and gum are water-soluble fibers found inside plant cells. They slow the passage of food...

Why take Omegas

We need a certain amount of these fatty acids to thrive. They are important building blocks for cells throughout the body. Since the body does not produce them itself, we have to acquire them in the form of food and or a dietary supplement. Fish containing Omega-3s have been a natural part of the human diet for millions of years. However, our diet has undergone great changes over the last 100 years. Today we eat much more saturated fat and vegetable oils and much less fish. This has led to a...

Chapter The consequences of uncontrolled diabetes

A new approach to diabetes recognition and treatment is needed because the conventional wisdom has failed us. America is in the midst of a diabetes epidemic. Over the past 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled, and children are being diagnosed with diabetes in alarming numbers. Diabetes has rapidly emerged as a leading culprit in the epidemic of heart disease that is sweeping the country, and it is a leading cause of amputation and blindness among adults....

Drug Therapy for Advanced Diabetics

Some people, however, will not have the benefit of this knowledge before their type-2 diabetes advances to a more dangerous stage. In severe hyperglycemia, the pancreas becomes burned out after producing high levels of insulin for a long time. Insulin levels drop as a result of decreased production, and blood glucose levels are allowed to rise to very high, toxic levels. Although diet and exercise, along with supplementation, are still strongly recommended, a number of prescription drugs might...

Program for Early Diabetics

There are acute differences between the early stages of diabetes and the advanced stages. Thus, it doesn't make sense to treat all people with type-2 diabetes the same. In the early stages of the disease, people suffer from both hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. Rather than take drugs that further increase the level of insulin in the blood, people with type-2 diabetes would do better to pursue therapies that increase the sensitivity of insulin receptors on the cell membranes. One of the best...

Chapter Introduction to Tomas ideas on a Healthy Diabetic Diet

If you are anything like I was when I was diagnosed, you want quick easy answers about what to eat and how to get healthy. I can tell you what works well for me, and others I have worked with, but understanding it will take some time and study on your part. I recommend you start with this book, then go to Diabetic-Diet-Secrets.com, bookmark the site and visit it often until you have a clear understanding of what makes a healthy diabetic diet and you feel confident in planning a healthy meal...

Recent studies on diabetes and the benefit of good glucose control

This is the abstract of a study comparing lifestyle intervention to drug therapy. Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinating Center, Biostatistics Center, George Washington University, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 750, Rockville, MD 20852, USA. BACKGROUND Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 8 percent of adults in the United States. Some risk factors--elevated plasma glucose concentrations in the fasting state and after an oral glucose load, overweight, and a sedentary lifestyle--are potentially...

Preliminary findings from the largestever study of treatments for diabetes provide no evidence that intensive treatment

Interim results from the ADVANCE Study, involving 11,140 high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes, provide no evidence of an increased risk of death among those patients receiving intensive treatment to lower blood glucose (sugar). These findings contrast with those reported last week by the US National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggesting that intensive glucose lowering treatment levels had increased the death rate among patients with diabetes recruited to the ACCORD trial. ADVANCE was...

When Sugar Management Goes Awry

Digestible carbohydrates are broken down in the intestine into their simplest form, sugar, which then enters the blood. As blood sugar levels rise, special cells in the pancreas churn out more and more insulin, a hormone that signals cells to absorb blood sugar for energy or storage. As cells sponge up blood sugar, its levels in the bloodstream fall back to a preset minimum. So do insulin levels. In some people, this cycle doesn't work properly. People with type-1-diabetes (once called insulin...

The Diabetes Damage Cascade

Glycation and oxidative stress are central to the damage caused by diabetes. Unfortunately, neither of them figures into conventional treatment for diabetes, which is generally concerned only with blood sugar control. Glycation occurs when glucose reacts with protein, resulting in sugar-damaged proteins called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) (Kohn RR et al 1984 Monnier VM et al 1984). One well-known aGe among diabetics is glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). HbA1c is created when glucose...

Ed Prestwood

Ed Prestwood has been instrumental in developing the NutriCoach Diet Strategies used in this book. These strategies rely heavily on accurate and convenient analysis of nutrient intakes. This would be a Herculean task without the diet software developed by CyberSoft, the company founded by Mr. Prestwood. Use of this nutrient analysis software has resulted in exceptional Blood glucose control for people who have combined his software with the diabetic diet strategies offered in this book.

Toma Grubb

Throughout my life, I've been pretty active. Even as a teen, I was involved in sports and activities that can take a toll on the human body. My experience as a DUSTOFF pilot DUSTOFF is the call sign for US Army air ambulance helicopters in the Vietnam War gave me a taste for the rush of adrenaline that later in my life I was able to achieve without the added threat of live ammunition. Well into my fifties, I participated in sports and activities that many abandon earlier in their lives, ranging...