Evaluating Common Health Advice for Diabetics

Evaluating Common Health Advice for Diabetics

When you find out you’re a diabetic, a lot of people will start giving you advice. Pay attention to what they are saying, and remember that the basic question to ask them is always the same:  will what you are telling me to do help me reverse Type 2 diabetes or is it simply a strategy to prevent it from worsening?

The highest ideal is always the high road to health when it comes to diabetes. And it’s not so difficult to achieve, either. Why aim high? Because you don’t want to be in the position where you’re telling grandchildren you have diabetes five or 10 or 20 years from now, and they pity you. You want to be inspiring them, telling them how you overcame diabetes.

With this in mind, let’s evaluate the following recommendations people will give you and see just how sound the advice is:

1. Start exercising

With this recommendation, we have to consider a few things, such as what type of shape you are in right now. If you’re still able to walk and move around, there’s probably not much holding you back from exercising. Always check with your doctor to see if he recommends you start exercising.

The next question is what type of exercise are you going to do. If the person is recommending swimming or water exercises, these are a good start, but a change in muscle mass is really what is needed. Swimming can help, but you’ll see greater progress with bodybuilding.

Bodybuilding is not too high and lofty of an ideal for you to pursue. Check out the book, Body for Life by Bill Phillips and you’ll find dozens of before and after pictures of people, even in their 60s and 70s who started the program. It’s your best way to make a massive transformation in what your body looks like in only about 6 hours a week. 

The recommendation to exercise is good but it’s too general to do you any good. You need specifics.

2. You can still eat sugar; eat it in moderation

This recommendation is a bad one because first of all, who can eat sugar in moderation? Sugar causes erratic blood sugar readings and when the blood sugar level dips into the low zone, you will be back for more – uncontrollably. Besides this, sugar robs your body of vitamins and minerals, and you need every one of them as a diabetic.

Thirdly, sugar is a carbohydrate and diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate metabolism. Giving a diabetic sugar is like feeding alcoholic drinks to an alcoholic.

You must be adamant about no sugar in your diet as a diabetic. No excuses. Whoever tells you that you can eat sugar is a people pleaser type of person who has difficulty telling people no.

3. You don’t have to change your diet much

This recommendation is a bad one.

You do have to change your diet drastically and the sooner you do, the sooner you can kiss your diabetes goodbye. You’ll have to eat more protein – yes, red meats, too! – eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and decrease any and all processed foods and grains. This is the diet that works for diabetics.

4. Be extra careful with your health and see your dentist regularly

This is a good recommendation, no matter if you have diabetes or not.

5. Give up wheat

This is a good recommendation, as 99% of the wheat is GMO wheat and causes blood sugar issues, insulin resistance and diabetes. To give up wheat, give it all up; don’t go half way. You will not starve if you take wheat out of your diet. You will most likely get healthier.

6. Eat from the Food Pyramid

This is a bad recommendation, even though many health associations support the food pyramid. The food pyramid is a diet that is far too high in carbohydrates for diabetics – and remember, diabetes is a carbohydrate metabolism disorder.

Foods that contain carbohydrates are grains, starchy vegetables, beans and peas, and fruits. Some nuts also contain carbohydrates.

For a 2000 calorie diet, food pyramid advocates will have you eating 6 servings of bread, 1 cup starchy vegetables, 2 servings beans, 3 fruits, and 3 cups milk in one day. Let’s calculate out how many carbohydrates that is:

6 bread servings = 90 grams carbohydrates

1 cup starchy vegetables = 30 grams carbohydrates

2 servings beans = 30 grams carbohydrates

3 fruits = 45 grams carbohydrates

3 cups milk = 36 grams carbohydrates

That’s a total of 231 grams carbohydrates for the day! This is preposterous! A diabetic with problems metabolizing carbohydrates is supposed to eat 231 grams carbohydrates in a day? Just to give you a reference point, low-carb diets – which are very well-suited for diabetics – are 60 grams carbohydrates per day. This diet has almost four times the level of carbohydrates as a low carb diet!

The Food Pyramid is not a plan for health. It’s a plan for your diabetes to worsen.