By Dr. Isaac Ayodele (DSc, Public Health)
Let me welcome you to another edition of Larger Than Life. I thank you for always joining me here every Monday to discuss topics related to the scourge of diabetes mellitus and how to reverse it forever. The way to good health is education. Education will make you discover the reasons you are ill. When you know the reasons you are ill, you begin to avoid it. You make the right food choices and lifestyle that can keep you healthy. That is why we are here.
Very important questions my clients have been asking me bother on some faulty advice from some experts to diabetics on the management of diabetes and obesity. This will be the discussion of today.
A client from South Africa wants to know how many calories she needs to take to manage her disease of diabetes which was 480 mg/dL and how many calories she needs to manage her obesity at 185kg. In spite of the age-long belief that metabolic diseases are cured by counting calories, it is not true that the disease of diabetes and obesity is cured by counting calories. The body does not recognize the concept of calorie-in, calorie-out.
This is the reason the obese and overweight never lose weight and stay slim by eating a number of calories and burning it through exercises. Same goes for diabetes which never gets cured through counting calories. This is because calories are not always the same. Calories of cake or biscuit are not the same with protein or fat.
The truth of the matter is that the human body recognizes and is governed by hormones, not calories. Everything in your system depends on hormones. Some foods stimulate the hormones more than others. That is the reason 900 calories of vegetables cannot be the same with 900 calories of biscuit. Some foods are more fattening than others. When you eat carbohydrates for instance, it will convert to glucose, fat or energy in your system. But, vegetables will not spike your diabetes.
Diabetes is not just based on what you eat. It is about the hormones based on what you eat, when you eat and how many times you eat per day. Every time you eat, your insulin level will increase. The more frequently you eat, the more your insulin will increase, and the fat will store in your liver and body.
One bad advice from experts to diabetics and the obese is that they should eat frequently. Some are advised to eat up to six times per day. They say, eat breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks, and dinner, snacks, in addition to eating a meal or two before bedtime. Imagine how complicated your health will be when you continue to stuff your system with this daily food and drinks.
The more you eat, the more you will stimulate insulin and you will give your pancreas load of work to do. This will increase your insulin resistance. It will store more fats and produce type 2 diabetes and its complications. This also produces cancer, stroke and heart disease. The organs also begin to get rotten leading to amputations, kidney disease and other diseases from too much insulin such as blindness, brain disease.
Let us continue with another faulty advice that breeds diabetes next week
I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my message with you. I hope I have given you some valuable ideas to help you realize your health potentials. I invite you to do whatever it takes to craft your best healthy life that can make you reverse diabetes, obesity and other health challenges that have made your life miserable.
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Love and respect to you all. Thank you very much as I wish you all-round greatness.