I receive many interesting articles on a daily basis and I would like to share the following information I received from “My Healing Kitchen.” I have included in this blog an edited version. If you would like to read the whole article, go to the website: myhealingkitchen.com/featured…/how- alec-baldwin-beat-diabetes
Alec Baldwin, star of NBC’s “30 Rock,” was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Baldwin chose to cure his condition by changing his diet, rather than sign a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with a diabetes drug company. He rebelled against the mainstream message that “there’s no cure for diabetes” and proved it wrong.
HOW DID HE DO IT?
“I stopped eating refined sugars, desserts and sweets,” Baldwin told an interviewer. “I gave up sugar … and lost 30 pounds in four months. It’s amazing.”
But that’s not how the media chose to spin it. Every story written has attributed the 53-year-old actor’s turnaround to his weight loss. One account of Baldwin’s triumph even went so far as to say: “Obesity is a leading cause of Type 2 diabetes,” which is pure baloney.
WHY IS THE MEDIA PUBLICIZING THE WRONG STORY?
Big Sugar and Big Food would throw a major hissy fit if doctors started blaming their products for today’s Type 2 diabetes epidemic — and these are two of the most influential lobbies in Washington. So, you see, it’s much safer to pin the rap on “weight gain,” which — in a very sneaky way — makes diabetes your fault. While numerous studies demonstrate that Type 2 and pre-diabetes are easily reversed with simple diet changes (i.e., quit consuming sugar, sodas, refined carbs, and baked goods like Baldwin did), doctors and the drug industry would have us believe that “lifestyle interventions” involve a lot of work and sacrifice. That’s if they even mention diet-and-exercise at all.
“EAT LESS AND EXERCISE MORE”
Official treatment guidelines advise physicians to recommend “lifestyle interventions” to all new, non-emergency Type 2 and pre-diabetes patients for a period of several weeks before prescribing medication. But it rarely happens this way. Usually, people newly diagnosed with Type 2 or pre-diabetes are given a drug immediately. If a patient balks and asks about his/her non-drug alternatives, physicians tell him/her to go home and lose some weight. When the patient asks “How should I do that?,” the standard response is: “Eat less and exercise more.”
“LIFESTYLE CHANGES FAIL IN THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE”.
That’s the verdict from Dr. Anne Peters, director of the clinical diabetes programs at the University of Southern California — and most physicians would agree. But when you consider the lame lifestyle advice that the average doctor dishes out, it’s easy to understand why. “Eat less” (restricting calories) never works for losing weight because you’re always fighting your hunger — and (surprise!) hunger always wins. “Exercise more” is equally doomed. Why? Because most people work up such a hunger during exercise that they consume more calories after their workout than they burned during it.
“LOSING WEIGHT” IS A RED HERRING
And that’s exactly what blaming Type 2 and pre-diabetes on weight gain and obesity does. Yet it accomplishes absolutely nothing with regard to stopping and reversing the spread of this nasty condition (which will soon afflict one out of every three Americans)
Baldwin’s diabetes cure came because he reversed his body’s insulin resistance. When this happens, the weight falls off effortlessly. Convincing research shows that low-carb (and no-carb) diets are highly effective at controlling — and even reversing — Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. Many people are essentially cured of their (Type 2) diabetes by low-carbohydrate diets, but that message is not getting out,” says Dr. Richard Feinman of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Studies in 2004 at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and published in Diabetes have produced groundbreaking research — though sadly, little-reported — showing dramatic results.
“We were shocked,” said Dr. Frank Q. Nuttall, the chief investigator. “We thought they’d be improved, but we didn’t think it would be improved as much as it was. The results were better than you get when you put patients on oral agents (drugs).”
THE SCIENCE IS VERY CLEAR
Sugar and refined carbohydrates elevate blood sugar and over time, this leads to insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. Left unchecked, Type 2 Diabetes develops. Cutting out these troublesome foods and beverages keeps blood sugar in the normal range, so there’s no need for glucose-lowering drugs. It’s really that simple.
DIABETES DRUGS WON’T PROTECT YOU
In fact, many diabetes drugs can make things worse. Two large studies in America and in Australia demonstrated that using glucose-lowering drugs and insulin to control blood sugar provided no reduction in heart attack rates or death from diabetic complications. Indeed, this approach significantly increased the number of deaths from heart disease and other causes.
THE ONLY REAL SOLUTION TO TYPE 2 DIABETES
There’s only one proven strategy that will free you of Type 2 and pre-diabetes. That’s by shunning the foods and beverages that jack-up your blood sugar (so you can get off all these dangerous drugs entirely)… … and switching to a diabetes-healing diet that can stabilize your blood sugar levels naturally and help your arteries repair themselves. In fact, Type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed in as little as 30 days with this drug-free approach. Thousands of people have already succeeded
COULD YOU HAVE PRE-DIABETES RIGHT NOW?
Currently, nearly 80 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which spikes your risk of a sudden heart attack and/or stroke by a whopping 50%. The real tragedy is that 90% of these people don’t even know they have it — and you might be one of them.
HERE ARE 10 SYMPTOMS THAT INDICATE YOU MAY BE AT RISK… If you have any of these symptoms, I urge you to get your blood sugar tested immediately
- Belly fat. A large abdomen is an early sign of insulin resistance.
- Depression. The stress associated with depression actually causes the liver to flood the body with high levels of cortisol (the “worry hormone”), which elevates blood sugar.
- Low blood sugar. If you feel agitated, jittery and moody, and experience immediate relief when food — especially carbs — is eaten, you might be hypoglycaemic (a state of low blood sugar).
- Fatigue. Insulin resistance wears people out.
- Brain fog. The fatigue caused by insulin resistance often expresses itself as a mental tiredness.
- Intestinal bloating. This may be a tipoff that your metabolism isn’t functioning properly because of insulin resistance.
- Too much (or too little) sleep. Many people with insulin resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a carbohydrate-rich plate such as pasta. People who sleep less than five hours each night are 250% more likely to develop insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance.
- Dental problems. Elevated blood sugar encourages bacteria that cause periodontal disease (gum infections).
- Frequent colds and infections — and/or slow-healing wounds. A bloodstream overrun with glucose blocks the action of cells that fight infection.
- Sexual problems. Between 35% and 50% of men with pre-diabetes or Type 2 experience erectile dysfunction and sexual problems. Excess insulin in the bloodstream damages the functionality of blood vessels.
Prof. Celene Bernstein- Nutritional Consultant 082 3388185