By Neeraj Mahajan
People who eat a lot of pasta, baked foods and drinks with added sugars are in fact shortening their lives and inviting diabetes. Typically these are foods are called “high glycemic index foods” and have flour, milled corn, white rice, other refined grains and sugar.
Even eating normal food makes the blood sugar rise. As a result the pancreas, have to release more insulin into your bloodstream. These foods cause the maximum harm by making the blood sugar rise, most.
This gives rise to a catch 22 situation — the body needs insulin to keep blood sugar levels from rising too high. The excess insulin begins to make you fat by depositing fat in the fat cells and signals the brain that you are hungry.
This makes you eat more and asks the liver to produce extra calories, raising the triglycerides and lowering the good HDL cholesterol. The Insulin thus promotes oxidation that converts the bad LDL cholesterol to oxidized LDL which forms plaques in arteries causing heart attacks and strokes.Some of the many complications of diabetes include heart attacks, strokes, blindness, deafness, amputations, kidney failure, burning foot syndrome, venous insufficiency with ulceration and stasis dermatitis.
The high levels of insulin may also cause the kidneys to retain salt and raise blood pressure.
The insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) is associated with storing fat in the belly, rather than the hips; having high blood triglyceride levels and low level of the good HDL cholesterol; high blood pressure and an increased tendency to form clots.
When you eat, blood sugar level rises. The higher it rises, the more sugar sticks on cells. Once stuck on a cell membrane, sugar can never detach itself. It is converted to a poison called sorbitol that damages the cell.
The best alternative is to avoid foods that cause your blood sugar to rise quickly. These include all types of flour products: bread, spaghetti, macaroni, bagels, rolls, crackers, cookies and pretzels; refined corn products and white rice; and sugar added products. Eat lots of vegetables, un-ground whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts. Eat fruits and root vegetables (potatoes, carrots and beets) only with other foods.