The Pitfalls of Eating a Moderate Diabetic Diet

So your dietitian, nutritionist, diabetic educator, doctor,  told you to eat 45-60grams of carbs a meal and to be sure they are complex carbs, low on the Glycemic Index.  But they didn’t tell you the whole story.  There is more to it than just keeping your glucose levels in a normal range.  Having Type 2 diabetes means you have insulin resistance.  Having insulin resistance means it takes above and beyond normal amounts of insulin to accomplish the same goal as a non-diabetic person.  Even though your glucose levels are in a somewhat normal range you need to also think about how much insulin did it take to achieve that glucose level.  High circulating insulin is inflammatory on the arteries, which will lead to your body’s need to make more cholesterol to repair the damage.  Doctors will want to give you a statin drug like Lipitor to prevent your own body’s defenses to correct a problem they created by telling you to eat 45-60grams of carbs a meal which increased your cholesterol levels to begin with. 

Man has evolved to store energy as saturated fat, we don’t store fat in the liquid form like canola oil, that would be difficult when running from a wild beast controlling those swinging bags of oil.  So if we store fat as saturated fat it makes logical sense that we should be able to eat natural saturated fats without consequence.  Eating natural fats requires very little insulin to process, has an anti-inflammatory effect on your body, and will help to control your glucose levels, it is not the enemy you once thought it was.  I am of the age where everything was low fat this, low fat that as I was growing up, it was drilled into through the media.

If you want to reduce your inflammation, meaning you want to reduce your insulin, you have to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume on a daily basis.  Reduction in carbohydrates will lead to better glucose control, a decrease in cholesterol, and for most a decrease in blood pressure.