Today’s Born To Talk Radio Show with my guest, Dr. John Poothullil was illuminating. He likes being referred to as Dr. John. To begin with.
What can you expect?
This show is a “did you know?” experience. Do you or someone in your family have diabetes? If so, is it Type 1 or Type 2? Listening to Dr. John talk about his knowledge of diabetes may give you a greater insight into the definition of diabetes. He spent some time defining what Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are and how our bodies react to insulin.
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar aka glucose from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level.
The cells in your body need sugar for energy. However, sugar cannot go into most of your cells directly. After you eat food and your blood sugar level rises, cells in your pancreas (known as beta cells) are signaled to release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin then attaches to and signals cells to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. Insulin is often described as a “key,” which unlocks the cell to allow sugar to enter the cell and be used for energy.
Did you know?
We inherit our own fat storage capacity. It’s not the same for everyone. I am no expert on this subject, but Dr. John is, authoring 3 books including:
By 2050, a third of all Americans could suffer from Type 2 diabetes, warns Dr. John.
More than 1.5 million US adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control. It also confirms that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady. It’s already a $327 billion problem annually.
According to Dr. John, there are eight steps that can reverse Type 2 diabetes in eight weeks. They include eliminating grains from your diet, overcoming the tendency to overeat, taking control of your eating habits, and understanding the foods you eat.
From his research.
Dr. John explains that diabetes is caused by the consumption of grains including wheat, barley, rice, oats, corn and the many products made with the flour of these grains. When people excessively consume grains, it fills their fat cells and eventually forces a normal body metabolism to go haywire, leaving glucose in the bloodstream. Consequently, this causes high blood sugar and, when that continues for a long period of time, it results in diabetes.
Dr. John, states that this analysis of diabetes makes far more sense than insulin resistance. He explains why diabetes is spreading in countries like China, India, England, and the US where grain is a major portion of the diet. Furthermore, it explains why younger and younger adults, even teenagers, are developing diabetes, given their diets of pizza, sandwiches, snack foods, cakes, muffins, doughnuts and so many products that contain grains.
By the way, recognizing the link between grains and high blood sugar is the key to preventing and reversing diabetes. His book shows people how they can follow eight simple steps to change their diet, learn to stop overeating, and develop new approaches to maintaining their weight.
As an example, he says, “People do not need to go on special diets, other than avoiding grains. They do not need to buy any special products, such as the many things sold on TV or in magazines. Most of all, people do not need to live the rest of their lives taking medications or injecting insulin; all it takes is eating as little as possible of grains and grain-flour foods.”
Know your body. Understand what an A1C test measures and what that means. Don’t eat anything you can’t chew and hear why. Watch a 4-6-year old eat.
This show is packed with information. You may need to listen twice, for good measure!
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