Yes, we are having a diabetes epidemic! Today, diabetes ranks among the top most common and devastating chronic diseases. Diabetes develops when the body does not make enough insulin. It also develops when insulin is ineffective in getting glucose inside our cells where it needs to go to be used as energy. In this case, more insulin is produced by the pancreatic isles to overcome the block (also called insulin-resistance) and to lower the unutilized glucose, a condition that is damaging to the entire body. This scenario, known as Type 2 diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes among adults.
Type 2 diabetes is almost always linked to excess body weight or increased body mass index (BMI), usually due to excess body fat. The presence of insulin resistance means that the affected person is unable to bring glucose into the cells and use it, even though there is excess of it outside. In the absence of this necessary source of energy cells actually “starve”. So, strange but true, the more one eats and the fatter one gets, the more that person’s cells starve despite plenty of glucose around! There are many serious complications that come with the high glucose of diabetes, the most common of them being heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure, but also stroke, loss of a limb or gangrene and lethal infections.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is no effective way to avoid or arrest these complications even if blood sugar levels are well controlled. Chemical reactions between sugar and proteins or fats will form AGEs. Since diabetic persons tend to have higher blood sugar, they generate more AGEs. AGEs are also bound to be higher in those patients with diabetes who consume foods rich in AGEs.
AGEs are known to cause many of the complications of diabetes. The higher the levels of these toxins, the more serious the problems tend to be.
But consider this: The quantity of AGEs formed just from having high blood sugar on a given day is modest when compared to the quantity we are likely to ingest with food on the same day. In fact, blood levels of AGEs in many healthy persons who consume an AGE-rich”western” diet may well be as high or even higher than in diabetic persons. This would make it likely for them to develop diabetes.
The good news is that everyone can reduce the chance of getting diabetes, and the devastating complications it brings with it, by simply controlling the intake of AGEs. Everyone can put a stop to the harmful effects of AGEs by learning how to avoid them.
Since diabetes is at present one of the biggest health challenges facing the world, it is important that we at least recognize food AGEs as a big part of this challenge, as a hidden “enemy”. No less important is to recognize that we can control this “enemy” and join the fight against it, sooner rather than later. We do have this choice.
For those with diabetes, acknowledging that foods with high AGE content – not just high blood glucose – are an important source of toxins is a top priority. Then, there is the AGE-less Way.
The AGE-less Way has prevented or improved diabetes in mice. In diabetic persons, a brief period of The AGE-less Way decreased levels of AGEs, improved inflammation, plasma insulin and indicators of vascular function.
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