Diabetes is among one of the many health crisis we have in this country and many others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are an estimated 34.2 million people in the United States who have diabetes . Of these, 28.7 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, while 8.5 million have undiagnosed diabetes. Additionally, there are an estimated 96 million people in the United States who have prediabetes.
There are approximately 336 million people in the U.S., which means that 10% have diabetes and 33% of the population are pre-diabetics. Thats INSANE!!! Why are the numbers so high? In my opinion its a couple of factors such as processed foods that we eat on a daily basis, combined with how inactive we have become, that have made diabetes become somewhat normal now.
Lets get right to it…
What is Diabetes and its’ Causes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body’s cells to use glucose from the food we eat for energy. When there is not enough insulin or the body’s cells are not responding to insulin, the result is high levels of glucose in the blood, which can lead to serious health complications. Symptoms of diabetes can include excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision, fatigue, and slow healing of wounds.
Processed foods are heavily processed and often contain added sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. Studies have found that eating a diet high in processed and ultraprocessed foods is linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2DM). One study found that increasing the intake of processed foods by 10% leads to a 15% increase in the risk of T2DM. Additionally, a 2017 study found that people who ate the most ultraprocessed foods (about 22% of their diet) had a 68% higher risk of developing T2DM compared to those who ate the least ultraprocessed foods (about 7% of their diet). Thus , it is important to limit the amount of processed foods in your diet to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
Vegan Diets might not be as healthy for a diabetic as we think…
While following a vegan diet may be beneficial for some people with diabetes, it is important to note that not all vegan diets are created equal. Some vegan diets may rely too heavily on processed foods and refined carbohydrates , which can lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, and may not be as beneficial for people with diabetes. Additionally, some vegan diets may lack certain essential nutrients, such as vitamin B12, iron, and zinc, which can be difficult to obtain from plant-based sources. Thus, it is important to ensure that a vegan diet is tailored to the individual’s needs and contains a variety of whole plant foods to provide the necessary nutrients.
So. if processed foods are what cause diabetes, and vegan diets arent the best option, then what is?
Carnivore vs. Diabetes
The Carnivore Diet is a dietary pattern that focuses on consuming only animal-based foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy, and eliminates all plant-based foods. Proponents of the diet claim that it can help prevent or even reverse common ailments such as diabetes , obesity, and autoimmune diseases. Studies have found that following a carnivore diet can help to reduce risk factors for diabetes, such as body weight and insulin resistance. Additionally, a study conducted in 2018 found that participants who followed a carnivore diet expe
rienced a decrease in fasting glucose, insulin, and triglycerides, as well as an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol. Thus, following a carnivore diet may be beneficial for those looking to prevent or reverse diabetes.
I’m no Doctor but….
it seems to me that the Carnivore, or animal-based diet not only could help lower the amount of people who suffer from diabetes, but that the vegan diet is probably one of the worst options for people (especially with diabetes). If you suffer from diabetes, then why not give the carnivore diet a try? Its no worse for you than what youre eating now, so theres nothing to lose (except that blood sugar monitor).
I’m not here to shit on the vegan diet. I just hope to inform people to think for themselves and make the best decision for them. A big reason people dont do well is because they dont feel well, and the carnivore diet has allowed me to feel much better than I ever have physically and mentally. Even if you dont exercise, the carnivore diet is still the best option, not only for people with diabetes, but everyone.
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