New diabetes nutritional scientific evidence shows that healthy whole grains can help to prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse diabetes.
This is breakthrough research for anyone with diabetes symptoms.
Understanding diabetes nutritional needs has been confusing, especially in relation to carbohydrates. But, now it’s clear that bad carbs are bad for diabetes and healthy whole grains are good diabetes nutritional food.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Once upon a time, type 2 diabetes was known far and wide as adult onset diabetes. Do you know why they changed the name to type 2 diabetes?
It’s a sad story.
This deadly disease has increased to the point that it’s now showing up in children all around the world, so it can no longer be called “adult” diabetes.
Today 24 million adults and children in the U.S. – 8% of the population – have type 2 diabetes. And it’s expected to double in the next 20 years.
Diabetes affects your blood sugar (glucose) levels and having the wrong amount of glucose in your blood causes health problems. While people don’t generally die from diabetes (they just go blind or lose their organs or limbs), it often leads to heart disease, our number one killer.
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?
Native Americans, who at one time had no diabetes at all, now have the highest incidence in the world. What happened to cause this?
Traditionally, native Americans ate all-natural, unrefined diets.
But once they were moved to reservations, their only choice was a “modern” refined foods diet. Since then, they’ve had a huge leap in type 2 diabetes.
Among Pima Indians in Southwest Arizona, 50% have diabetes.
Although they’re eating many of the same foods they ate on their traditional all-natural diet, today Pima Indians are using refined versions of those foods – refined corn products, refined sugar and refined grains.
And Native Americans aren’t the only indigenous people suffering from “modernization” of their diets. Aboriginal Canadians, Torres Straight Islanders and a long and growing list of people, who switched from whole foods to refined foods, are seeing a surge of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Research and Whole Grains
Although we’ve known about the benefits of healthy whole grains for years, a breakthrough peer review study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proves that whole grains, such as whole wheat, brown rice, oatmeal and whole rye help protect people from diabetes.
The research team from Harvard Medical School followed the eating habits of 43,000 men for 12 years. Although they all started out healthy, 3% developed diabetes in just over ten years. What were they eating?
Those who ate the least amount of whole grains had 60% higher incidence of type 2 diabetes than those who ate the most whole grains.
But here’s the real shocker.
Physically active obese men who ate the most whole grains developed 52% less diabetes, even though they were extremely overweight.
And two other research studies of women and whole grains confirmed these Harvard Medical School findings – healthy whole grains provide protection against diabetes and other degenerative diseases!
Diabetes Nutritional Whole Grains Benefits
Healthy whole grains are high fiber low glycemic foods that help keep blood sugar balanced and insulin working properly. Refined grains are high glycemic carbohydrates that cause blood sugar and insulin spikes.
Your body just can’t handle these constant blood sugar ups and downs. And once diabetes develops, it greatly increases the risk of:
- Kidney failure,
- Limb amputation,
- Erection problems,
- Heart attack or stroke,
- And also nerve damage.
“Whole grain products have the potential to substantially reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes,” Harvard medical researchers said, “And possibly other chronic diseases when sustained over time.”
They recommend a low glycemic diet that includes healthy whole grains.
Whole grains are in their natural form, just the way they were designed to be. You know “It’s not nice to try and fool Mother Nature.” And, in her not-so-humble way, she doesn’t mind reminding us; “I told you so!”
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