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|June 16, 2005|
The Pluses and Minuses of Sugar
Women with type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity, were 17 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those without diabetes, according to a study.
Researchers have suggested that elevated levels of insulin in the blood of diabetics may promote breast cancer. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, allows blood sugar (glucose) to enter cells and be converted to energy. During insulin resistance, the process becomes impaired and the body becomes less sensitive to the effects of insulin. More insulin must then be released to compensate.
A healthy diet, regular exercise and weight control can help to prevent diabetes, according to researchers. Read More
Eating too much sugar and too many grains, which are converted to sugar in the body, will cause your blood sugar level to rise. If your blood sugar levels remain elevated, even mildly, over a period of time, your risk of diabetes will increase. If you end up with diabetes, your risk of cancer also increases, as the study shows.
Fortunately, diabetes, especially in children, is tremendously easy to treat by restricting all grains and sugars from the diet and increasing exercise.
Making these changes in your lifestyle will help to optimize your insulin levels. As some people may know, blood sugar is only the symptom in most diabetics; the real challenge is to control your insulin levels. Once the insulin levels are stabilized it is common for the blood sugar to come back to normal levels.
Exercise works by increasing the sensitivity of insulin receptors so the insulin that is present works much more effectively and your body doesn’t need to produce as much. Most people, especially doctors, tend to not appreciate how powerful exercise is. However, I believe it needs to be viewed like a drug and you have to be very careful with the dose. If the dose is not high enough, it will not work, too much and you can hurt yourself. One of the keys in using exercise to normalize insulin levels with secondary benefits of weight loss and normalization of blood sugars is to make certain minimum thresholds are met. It is my experience that most people are not exercising enough. So... get with it but, always get the advice of your doctor or a qualified trainer.
Cutting out grains and sugar from your diet is also extremely important, and you can read the details on how this will affect your health, as well as get some practical tips to make the transition, in Dr. Joseph Mercola's book, The No-Grain Diet.
Sugar has negative influences on your health. However, and this may shock some of you considering how much emphasis I place on eliminating sugar in your diet:
If you have to have something sweet it is far better to choose the natural, sugar than its synthetic, no-calorie artificial sweetener. Sugar is the lesser of two evils. But ideally you will want to replace both sugar and chemically based artificial sweeteners with all natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder.
So, remember that elimination of sugar in your diet most of the time is the noble goal, but if you have to have sweets, never choose artificial sweeteners.
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Note: I know many of you are thinking that sweet potato pie is going to me super high in carbs. But, if you replace the sweet potatoes with Yams which are relatively low (73) on the glycemic index and very high in fibre you have an amazing version of Sweet Potato Pie. A perfect way to finish of a dinner of BBQ Chicken.
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