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Diabetes and Weight Loss: Part 3 - The Blood Sugar Rollercoaster

By Dr. Adam Carter, DPT, CF-L2, CSCS

Most of us eat from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep. Part of the reason may be due to this being an ingrained habit and part of this is because we feel hungry all day. The scary part is when we have less than ideal food choices, (i.e. foods that spike your blood sugar) the more hungry we get. One of the reasons for this is because when we elevate our blood sugar, our body responds by producing insulin to clear and store that sugar. But it may clear too much of it making our blood sugar low and creating yet another hunger response. So the roller coaster begins. Now if you’re a diabetic, you’re taking insulin to clear your sugar after you eat, but just so happens this medication does the same thing. It lowers your blood sugar to the point you have to eat more carbs. I don’t know about you but this seems like a flawed system. It makes more sense to me to do one of two things. One, stop eating carbs. Two, stop eating all day long. Or if you’re a real gangster, do both. Don’t eat all day long and don’t eat carbs when you do eat. Obviously you need to check with your doctor before making any drastic dietary changes. Speaking of doctors! Check out the TED talk below (~19 min) for some really profound diabetes information by Dr. Sarah Hallberg. STRAIGHT FIRE!!! And a big inspiration for some of the content for this post. It’s ~19 minutes long but if you or a loved one suffer from diabetes or obesity, it is a MUST WATCH!! As always shoot me a message or comment if you have questions.

Until then...



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