Chronic kidney disease often leads to kidney failure, dialysis, and kidney transplants. Roughly 1 of every 10 Americans has it. Approximately 1 of 3 adults with diabetes and 1 of 5 adults with high blood pressure has it. The good news: Science is learning that certain foods promote kidney health. In fact, a healthy diet like Pritikin may actually halt the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.
It’s not uncommon for doctors to tell their type 2 diabetic patients, “Watch out for carbs.” The concern is that carbs may send blood sugar soaring. But new research is showing that a high-carbohydrate diet is actually good for you. What’s critical is the type of carbohydrate.
There’s very hopeful news, reports Dr. Melissa Schilling of New York University, author of a comprehensive new review implicating insulin as the deadly link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s. High levels of insulin, she points out, are preventable and treatable through changes in diet, exercise, and medication.
During the past two decades, many new and popular diets, like Paleo-style eating, have blamed high-carb foods for our obesity epidemic. These low-carb diets often advocate the consumption of more animal protein and the reduction or near elimination of carbohydrates. Even whole grains and beans, Paleo enthusiasts tell us, should not be part of the human diet. Has this been good idea? Not at all, science is learning.
A growing body of research is finding that for many people, getting healthy again does not require a medicine cabinet full of drugs. Fast and profound benefits can happen simply with diet and exercise. Good food. Good fitness. That’s all we need, asserts science.
“There is much we can do with a healthy lifestyle alone, no medications needed, to prevent diabetes,” states Dr. James Barnard, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UCLA and author of more than 200 studies on the relationship between lifestyle habits and chronic diseases like diabetes.
Instead of asking, “Should I walk before or after eating?” a better question for people with diabetes or prediabetes to ask is: “What is my blood sugar before and after exercise, and is it safe to exercise?”
The blood results for meal that began with vegetables revealed significant reductions in both blood sugar and insulin levels. In fact, the authors, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, noted that the results were “comparable to that observed with pharmacological agents.”
Getting rid of sugary drinks is important for both diabetes prevention and weight control. “We’re always better off eating rather than drinking our calories,” states Kimberly Gomer, MS, RD, Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Longevity Center.
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