* if your tastebuds and brain are in constant need of sugar, if you experience dips in energy all throughout the day every day; then it is time to address your sugar needs (if not addiction). Remember sugar is a drug and coming off it is as difficult and 'painful' as Cocaine (for example). If you need help reducing your sugar intake or need more information, or a boost in motivation, please contact me today for a free telephonic assessment today!
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If you have recently been diagnosed with Type-II Diabetes or immune condition, and stressing about your new way of life, I would recommend to see me immediately, as Type-II Diabetes may be reversible if you are willing to make changes. An immune condition took years, if not decades to settle in, and might require more work but as Amy Meyer, specialist in autoimmune conditions and Thyroid Dysregulation, explains in her books, nothing is impossible
Type-II Diabetes is a Diet-and-Lifestyle induced condition!
If you have seen a health practitioner and he/she is asking for you to take pills for the rest of your life, and you are experiencing several if not all of the side-effects – while, not changing your diet or lifestyle –, then the approach is not for you, and you need to understand that you are the only one responsible for your state of health, and that you need to make change happen, with the right support. Then, and only then, will you be able to be the hero of your own journey.
And, it all start with your own inner-conversations. Be positive and be open for change, and give yourself a chance!
And you thought you knew all about Artificial Sweeteners and that they are the best alternative to sugar?
If you think that using chemically-made sweeteners is the answer, you may have to think this again. Research shows that Artificial Sweeteners have the same impact on blood sugar levels and on Insulin spikes; however, like chemically-designed drugs they have side-effects too. Studies have demonstrated that sweeteners can, like sugar, be the cause of Type-II diabetes and inflammation.
And here is the proof:
Artificial sweeteners regular use is, research shows, a leading cause of disturbed symbiotic Microbiome (the good gut bacteria), AKA Dysbiosis, a leading cause of inflammation, Obesity (including, in children), Type-II Diabetes, and subsequently autoimmune conditions
This is what we already know about sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup
"Temporal patterns over the past three to four decades have shown a close parallel between the rise in added sugar intake and the global obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) epidemics. Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), which include the full spectrum of soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy and vitamin water drinks, are composed of naturally derived caloric sweeteners such as sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, or fruit juice concentrates. Collectively they are the largest contributor to added sugar intake in the US diet. Over the past 10 years a number of large observational studies have found positive associations between SSB consumption and long-term weight gain and development of T2D and related metabolic conditions. Experimental studies provide insight into potential biological mechanisms and illustrate that intake of SSBs increases T2D and cardiovascular risk factors. SSBs promote weight gain by incomplete compensation of liquid calories and contribute to increased risk of T2D not only through weight gain, but also independently through glycemic effects of consuming large amounts of rapidly absorbable sugars and metabolic effects of fructose."
Vasanti, SM. Frank, BH. (2012). Sweeteners and Risk of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: The Role of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Current Diabetes Reports. 12 (2), pp 195–203.
This is what research shows about Artificial Sweeteners
The negative impact of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages on weight and other health outcomes has been increasingly recognised; therefore, many people have turned to high-intensity sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, saccharin as a way to reduce the risk of these consequences. However, accumulating evidence suggests that frequent consumers of these sugar substitutes may also be at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This paper discusses these findings and considers the hypothesis that consuming sweet-tasting but noncalorie or reduced-calorie food and beverages interferes with learned responses that normally contribute to glucose and energy homeostasis. Because of the interference, frequent consumption of high-intensity sweeteners may have the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements."
Withers, SE. (2013). Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements. Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism. 24 (9), pp. 431–441.
"Epidemiological data have demonstrated an association between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. [...] Eighteen studies were identified. Data from large, epidemiologic studies support the existence of an association between artificially-sweetened beverage consumption and weight gain in children."
Brown, RJ. de Banate, MA. Rother, KI. (2010). Artificial Sweeteners: A systematic review of metabolic effects in youth. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity. 5 (4), pp. 305–312.
"At least daily consumption of diet soda was associated with a 36% greater relative risk of incident metabolic syndrome and a 67% greater relative risk of incident type 2 diabetes compared with nonconsumption. [...] Association between diet soda consumption and type 2 diabetes were independent of baseline measures of adiposity [fatty tissue] or changes in these measures, whereas association between diet soda and metabolic syndrome were not independent of these factors" and concluded: "Although these observational data cannot establish causality, consumption of diet soda at least daily was associated with significantly greater risks of select incident metabolic syndrome components and type 2 diabetes."
Nettleton, JA. et al. (2009). Diet Soda Intake and Risk of Incident Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Diabetes Care. 32 (4), pp. 688–694.
"Non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) are among the most widely used food additives worldwide, regularly consumed by lean and obese individuals alike. NAS consumption is considered safe and beneficial owing to their low caloric content, yet supporting scientific data remain sparse and controversial. Here we demonstrate that consumption of commonly used NAS formulations drives the development of glucose intolerance through induction of compositional and functional alterations to the intestinal microbiota. These NAS-mediated deleterious metabolic effects are abrogated by antibiotic treatment." writes Suez, et al (2014. p. 181), adding: "We identify NAS-altered microbial metabolic pathways that are linked to host susceptibility to metabolic disease, and demonstrate similar NAS-induced dysbiosis and glucose intolerance in healthy human subjects. Collectively, our results link NAS consumption, dysbiosis and metabolic abnormalities, thereby calling for a reassessment of massive NAS usage."
Suez, J. et al. (2014). Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature. 514 (.), pp. 181–186.
"Since their discovery, the safety of artificial sweeteners has been controversial. Artificial sweeteners provide the sweetness of sugar without the calories. As public health attention has turned to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States, more individuals of all ages are choosing to use these products. These choices may be beneficial for those who cannot tolerate sugar in their diets (e.g., diabetics). However, scientists disagree about the relationships between sweeteners and lymphomas, leukemias, cancers of the bladder and brain, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, and systemic lupus."
Whitehouse, CR. Boullata, J. McCauley, LA. (2008). The Potential Toxicity of Artificial Sweeteners. Workplace Health & Safety . 56 (6), pp. 251–261.
A case-control Canadian study using 480 men and 152 women observed that using artificial sweeteners has a significant dose-response relationship for both duration and frequency of use, putting diabetics at a higher risk (33%) of bladder cancer than the normal population.
Howe, GR. et al. (1977). ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND HUMAN BLADDER CANCER. The Lancet. 310(8038), pp. 578–581.
Just in case you wandered... This simplified illustration shows the impact of regular soda consumption within one hour.
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