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New study shows that 1 out of every 3 hospitalized patients are diabetic.

 

Diabetes finger stick

A new study found that 1 out of every 3 people over the age of 34 who are hospitalized in California have diabetes (and only a small percentage were hospitalized due to their diabetes…it was largely for other health issues).  Let that statistic sink in for a moment.

The study cites not only that diabetes is a growing health epidemic, but it also cites how our healthcare system is being completely overwhelmed by the costs associated with treating patients with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a “disease” that is completely preventable via lifestyle changes.  Yet 1/3 of Californians (and I suspect 1/3 of the rest of America is similar) have this debilitating illness that drastically shortens life span and is heavily correlated with heart disease and cancer.

People are dieting and exercising now more than they ever have been.  How many people do you know that are either on a diet or have and use gym memberships?

So, what gives?   Why then, is everyone getting fatter and sicker?

Well, it could be that American yearly sugar consumption has skyrocketed from 2 lbs. per year to over 160 lbs. per year per person over the last 100 years.   Think about that the health impact of that.

This study analyzed the incidence of type II diabetes and rates of sugar consumption in 165 countries and found “A strong positive correlation coefficient (0.599; p < 0.001) was observed between prevalence of diabetes mellitus and per capita sugar consumption using data from all 165 countries.”

So, in summary:  a completely preventable lifestyle-based condition has become an epidemic that is making our country sicker than ever and is single-handedly going to take down our healthcare system over the next 20-30 years.

It’s funny, I see so much panic and concern from people (mostly parents of young children) about the 130-200 yearly cases of the measles we see in this country.  They are concerned because “measles is a preventable disease”.  Yet, those same parents allow their children to gorge on sugar and set the stage for adolescent obesity and type 2 diabetes…a disease that is TRULY an epidemic, with 1/3 of our country affected by it, and which is a much more serious illness than the measles.

What we need to do in order to beat diabetes is to make a collective paradigm shift in the way that we view food.  That sounds daunting, but here are a few tips that we can all start implementing TODAY that will go a long way in preventing and reversing diabetes for us and for our children:

  • If you already have diabetes, you should seriously consider going on a strict ketogenic diet.  There are many studies such as this one or this one that show great promise in reversing diabetes by eating this way.

 

  • Go through your refrigerator and your pantry.  Identify all foods & beverages that are processed or that have added sugar in them.   This stuff has absolutely no place in a healthy diet that prevents diabetes!  Throw them in the garbage.

Junk Food

 

 

 

 

 

  • When food shopping buy only perishable food items that have very few ingredients and no preservatives, no chemicals, and NO ADDED SUGAR.  Basically that means buy fresh, organic meats, fish, poultry, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds.  When buying meat, opt for grass fed.  When buying seafood opt for wild caught.  The paleo diet is a great place to start:

Paleo explained in a graphic

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Call a family meeting and implement a new rule: your house will now be known as a JUNK-FOOD-FREE ZONE.  No exceptions.   Junk food does not enter through your front door.

No Junk Food alllowed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Send your children to school with homemade and packed lunches.  Don’t let them eat the crap that is given to them in school lunches.   It is deplorable!  Does the picture below look like anything that would prevent diabetes?

School lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Learn about and limit consumption of the immense hidden sources of sugar in our diets.  A food does not have to be sweet to cause diabetes.  Bread, pasta, pizza, rice, cereals, croissants, bagels, muffins are all loaded with carbs and, when eaten, they enter the bloodstream as pure sugar…no different than a snickers bar!  A pretty good resource that helps you understand how much sugar is hiding in every food you eat: SugarStacks.  Does your kid have a favorite yummy breakfast cereal that he or she eats on a daily basis?  Read this article from the EWG (Environmental Working Group) blog.  The amount of sugar in these cereals will BLOW YOUR MIND!  These are the same cereals that slap American Heart Association “heart healthy” labels on their boxes!

 

  • When throwing birthday parties for your children, be a leader.  Be a beacon for other parents and children to take example from:  don’t serve candy and cake to the children.  Get creative and serve a healthier all fruit cake like like in the picture below, or serve stevia or erythritol-sweetened, grain-free candy and cakes.  At least those won’t wildly spike blood sugar.  And they can be just as tasty!  My wife actually makes delicious grain-free no sugar added muffins.

healthy birthday cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Talk to your kids.  Educate them about food and our relationship to food.  I always teach my son about what foods are good for his health or bad for his health.  That doesn’t mean he always listens and only eats good foods.  He is 5 years old.  He eats plenty of crap.  But he eats that outside of the house.  In the house he knows it’s healthy eating only.   My son knows the difference between organic and conventional foods, why that’s important, and that sugar is very bad for his health.  I work hard every day to pound this knowledge into his head.  Hopefully, it’s a lesson that will stay with him as he enters his teenage years and adulthood.  Because, at the end of the day, I recognize that it’s my job to give him the necessary tools to not only get a good education and a career, but also to live a long, happy and healthy life.  And the habits that he is going to have at 30 years old are influenced by what he learns now at this tender, mold-able age.   It’s my job as his parent to give him the tools and the knowledge to grow up healthy and disease free.

talking to kid

Thus far in this article we have discussed type 2 diabetes, but there is also  evidence that type 1 diabetes is highly correlated to gut dysfunction (specifically leaky gut, imbalance in gut bacteria, and altered intestinal immune function).  Logically speaking, if someone with type 1 diabetes were to do some functional testing to uncover any of these malfunctions in their gut, and subsequently find them and fix them, there is a strong possibility that they can positively affect their type 1 diabetes condition.   At the very least, if they work to heal their gut and their type 1 diabetes remains unchanged, they will have vastly improved their overall health which is a win.  Click here to read an in-depth review on that.

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Do you have any experience with diabetes?  Perhaps you have it or someone you love?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks!

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

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Erythritol – The wonder sweetener that’s actually…HEALTHY??

In the never ending quest to satisfy our sweet tooth while preserving our health, people have taken to desperate measures, like using carcinogens such as aspartame or sucralose (Splenda).  For those of you that have been living under a rock and still use either of these two gems as a sugar substitute, please allow me the honor of scaring the crap out of you:

splenda sweet n low equal

Frankly, if I had to make a choice, I would rather you use plain ole’ sugar in your coffee than either of these poisons.  It’s a lesser of two evils kind of thing.

But what if I told you about a sweetener that:

  • Is all natural.
  • Has almost zero calories.
  • Has a zero rating on the glycemic index.
  • Does not spike your blood sugar when you eat it.
  • Tastes very close to real sugar.  NO weird aftertaste.
  • Is totally safe for daily use.
  • Does not cause tooth decay.
  • Does not cause the digestive discomfort that some other sugar alcohols do (like xylitol and sorbitol).
  • Actually may have an anti-oxidant like protective effect on your vascular system!

Say what?  You’d probably tell me I’m bs’ing you, and I can understand that.  After all, Stevia is a safe sweetener but let’s face it…it tastes pretty bad.  It has a strong aftertaste.  The liquid vanilla stevia from nu-naturals is the closest thing I have tasted to a Stevia product that is actually tolerable, and you can’t use it to bake.  Same goes for monkfruit.

Well, I’m not bs’ing you, and the sweetener is called Erythritol.  Quoted from Wikipedia:

Erythritol ((2R,3S)-butane-1,2,3,4-tetraol) is a sugar alcohol (or polyol) that has been approved for use as a food additive in the United States[1] and throughout much of the world. It was discovered in 1848 by British chemist John Stenhouse.[2] It occurs naturally in some fruits and fermented foods.[3] At the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeastMoniliella pollinis.[1] It is 60–70% as sweet as table sugar yet it is almost noncaloric, does not affect blood sugar, does not cause tooth decay, and is partially absorbed by the body, excreted in urine and feces. It is less likely to cause gastric side effects than other sugar alcohols because of its unique digestion pathway. Under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling requirements, it has a caloric value of 0.2 kilocalories per gram (95% less than sugar and other carbohydrates)”

 

You may be unaware, but erythritol is already being used in a multitude of food items that you and your family eat on a daily basis, from chewing gums to sodas, and other processed junk that I don’t recommend you eat!  So, without knowing it, you are probably consuming it already.

Erythritol Risks

Let me tell you, as with ANY other product I recommend, I researched this one thoroughly.  I tried and tried to find scientific research that gave me a reason NOT to use erythritol for my family or to recommend it to my readers.  The worst I found was this:

“In summary, we described a very rare child case of erythritol-induced anaphylaxis that was confirmed by DBPCFC.”

In other words, this really isn’t something for us to worry about.  It’s like any other benign food that can randomly cause a severe allergic reaction to someone that is unknowingly allergic to it.  If this worries you, try it in very small amounts on yourself and your family first before using it.  But again, this was the ONLY case of erythritol allergy recorded and it is a sweetener in widespread global use.

  •  If you happen to have contracted the Brucella Abortus virus from cattle, then erythritol may possibly feed and help it to proliferate, although this was only shown to happen in a petri dish and the researchers could not replicate this in vivo in mice.  Seems pretty low risk to me!
  • Some sources suggest that intestinal discomfort from erythritol ingestion can occur at doses of 50 grams or more, but that’s an INSANE amount of it.  It would be very difficult to eat that much erythritol on a sitting or even a day or a week!
  • As with ANY sugar substitute, natural or artificial, there is some research that indicates that just tasting a sweet taste can cause your brain to trigger an insulin response.  This has not been shown to be the case with Erythritol as of yet.

 

Erythritol Benefits

  • Japanese researchers from the University of Tokyo found that “These results suggest that erythritol is a very low energy sweetener without any harmful effect.”
  • This French study concluded that “Erythritol acts as an antioxidant in vivo and may help protect against hyperglycemia-induced vascular damage.”  This one is very important so let me expound: What they found is that in diabetics erythritol actually protects the vascular system from oxidative damage caused by Hydroxil Radicals (HO*).  In other words, Erythritol acts as an anti-oxidant under hyper-glycemic conditions and prevents tissue damage to the vascular system in diabetics.

 

Given this information, you might be asking yourself why the news media and the USDA/FDA are not launching massive public awareness campaigns in order to get the word out on Erythritol, especially for diabetics.  I mean, given the amount of money spent each year on healthcare and the massive diabetic and pre-diabetic epidemic we are facing as a country, wouldn’t that make sense?  Well, I have my own ideas, but I will leave it to my readers to make the call on that.

When I decided to try Erythritol for myself I plunged into Amazon and other outlets and researched every erythritol sweetener I could find.  If you are interested in trying Erythritol as a safe sweetener for you and your family, I highly recommend that you buy the brand, “z sweet”.  I was astounded by how much it tastes just like sugar, with no aftertaste whatsoever.  If you are a coffee drinker, or a diabetic, this will make your day!

z sweet

 

And if you decide that, based on my research and recommendations, you are going to buy Z-Sweet, I would really appreciate it if you did so by using one of these links to my amazon affiliate account to buy it.  It doesn’t cost any extra to you to buy it through my affiliate account and it helps to support the cost of running this free blog for my readers.  So, thanks in advance if you buy through my links! 🙂

  1. Click here to buy just 1 bag of Z Sweet.
  2. Click here to buy a pack of 2 Z Sweet bags.
  3. Click here if you are really loco and want to buy a pack of 6!

I hope you enjoyed this article.  Now let me know your thoughts.  Have you tried erythritol?  Did you like it?  Have you heard of any negative side effects of long term erythritol usage that I did not?  Do you just want to say hi?  Use the comment section below!

Thanks!

Rick

Rick Gold, Functional Wellness, FDN Practitioner
Gold Functional Wellness, Inc.

Website: www.GoldFunctionalWellness.com

Book a consult: http://www.snapappointments.com/listing/38C

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GoldFunctionalWellness

Follow me on Twitter: @RickGoldFWP

Email: Rick@GoldFunctionalWellness.com

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of the author, unless otherwise noted.  The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of the author.  Rick is not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian and he does not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.