The reason I hate to report it, is because many people will be as shocked as I was – or even disbelieving – when first hearing that their morning ‘health’ drink could actually be unhealthy.
But it is true.
The Whole Fruit, Nothing But The Fruit
All fruit juices are similar to sugar water. True, the sugar is not glucose; it’s fructose. But it still spikes up blood sugar after drinking it.
The whole fruit contains fibre which slows sugar absorption down. The juice has most or all of the fibre removed so that the passage of sugar into the blood stream is rapid.
The Path To Diabetes (type II)
The 3-step pattern leading to diabetes can then emerge:
1. Sugar in the blood demands insulin, from the pancreas. Insulin influences ‘receptors’ in the cell walls to allow sugar to pass inside.
2. Over time the cell wall receptors become less responsive to repeated insulin insults. The pancreas has to produce more and more for the same result.
3. The overworked pancreas becomes can’t keep up with the demand for insulin. Blood sugar builds up and diabetes is present.
Avoid Diabetes – And Delay Aging
A feature of diabetes is that sufferers get aging diseases much earlier than the rest of us.
This is why diabetics tend to get problems with heart and arteries, kidneys and eyes at a relatively young age. Control of the diabetes is essential; and for most, perfectly possible.
Although input from an experienced practitioner is always helpful, one of the main approaches to dealing with Type II diabetes (also called ‘maturity onset’ diabetes) is through a rigorous diet.
This is the same diet as a ‘healthy aging’ diet, but with more care taken to keep blood sugar low.
This means reducing intake of sugar and starches (mainly potatoes, pasta, rice and bread) dramatically such that your blood sugar remains at a low-normal level – not just a moderate level.
Blood sugar can be monitored through regular blood tests.
A practitioner can advise on supplements to be used. Also see:
- Life Extension Foundation – diabetes for a great article
- Life Extension Magazine August 2008, p67 "Metabolic Disease and Heart Attack, which is very relevant.
- www.meta-syndrome.com for information on Metabolic Syndrome.
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