I came across an interesting article “Mouth Watering Fare” in Diabetes Dialogue Magazine, written by Registered Dietitian Rosie Schwartz.
The article summarized interesting research presented at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society showing that:
Adults who drank two cups of water before each meal consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who did not.
1. Drink water before meals you’ll get full faster and therefore eat less food/calories.
The water drinkers also reported feeling more alert and less tired than usual- a sign that they may have been in a mildly dehydrated state before the study.Being mildly dehydrated may not be very dangerous; however it can interfere with hunger signals.
You may think you are hungry when you are actually thirsty!
When it comes to diabetes if you are mildly dehydrated this can lead to higher blood sugar (glucose) readings, because the concentration of sugar in the blood is higher. Also blood sugar readings can be higher as a result of overeating due to interference with hunger signals.
2. Drink water before meals to prevent dehydration and interference with hunger signals. Decreased hunger=less food/calorie intake=weight loss.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
There are many risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes some are controllable and some are not.
Risk factors include:
Uncontrollable Risk factors
Being over the age of 40
Being a member of a high diabetes risk group: Aboriginal, Hispanic, African/Caribbean Decent, South Asian, Asian, and the list continues to grow as more research is done.
Gestational Diabetes, or having a baby that weighed over 9lbs (4kg) at birth
Diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
• Polycystic ovary syndrome
• Acanthosis nigricans (darkened patches of skin)
Risk factors that can somewhat be controlled by lifestyle:
Large waist size (Carry most of your weight around the abdomen)
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol and other Blood fats
Note: None of these risk factors is eating too much sugar or sweets! However indirectly this can add to weight gain which can increase risk for Diabetes.
Reference: Canadian Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.ca/Files/are-you-at-risk.pdf
As seen on PerezHilton.com:
“Wow, Drew Carey is looking skinny! The Price is Right host has lost 80 lbs. by going on a strict diet, eliminating carbs, and hitting the gym non-stop. For him, that means at least 45 minutes of cardio a day – six days a week! The comedian said he was diabetic with Type-2 diabetes, adding, “It sucks being fat, you know.” But since losing all those LBs since January, he says, “I’m not diabetic anymore. No medication needed.” Good for him! We’re proud of you, Drew!”
It is terrific that Drew Carey has made positive changes of increasing physical activity, watching his portion sizes of meals and losing weight to help control blood sugars. However, you never want to skip out on Carbohydrates! Carbohydrates are what our body needs for energy, to help with our metabolism, our Brain would not function without Carbohydrates.
When most people think about Carbohydrates they think breads, pasta, sweets, etc. However Carbohydrates include all grains and starches, all fruits, and milk and alternatives (mostly milk and yogurt). It would be impossible to eliminate carbohydrates and you would not be able to live without them.
It is true that people with Diabetes need to watch their Carbohydrate intake as too much can cause high blood sugars, however eliminating Carbohydrates can also raise blood sugars. Why? Physiologically our body needs sugar to function, if we eliminate Carbohydrates from a meal our liver ends up making sugar instead to compensate for lack of carbohydrate intake (not good). NEVER SKIP OUT ON CARBOHYDRATES AT MEALS!
Also Drew Carey still has Type 2 Diabetes. Just because you no longer need to take Diabetes medication because you are controlling your blood sugars via lifestyle factors does not mean you have been cured of Diabetes. Diabetes does not go away, once you have it, you have it for life. However you can have well controlled blood sugars which prevent complications that can arise from uncontrolled Diabetes ie. heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, etc. If Drew Carey no longer controls his Diabetes with lifestyle factors, and/or his pancreas starts producing less insulin he will need to go back on Diabetes medications.