As diabetics, if we're wise, we do pay attention to the amount of carbs we consume, as carbs turn to blood sugar when digested, and if our blood sugar is high, then we want to eat things that aren't going to make it higher.
This isn't unlike being sensitive to a certain food and then wondering if we should pay attention to how much of it we should eat. You might think, well only an idiot wouldn't pay attention to this, for instance if you have celiac disease eating things with gluten in it will make your symptoms worse, so you don't just eat a diet high in gluten and then think, well they can give me some meds to make this more tolerable, that's just stupid.
However, when it comes to carbs and diabetes, this is the standard approach actually, get a lot of your calories from carbs and don't worry about this making you sick, we'll give you something for that. If this actually worked well they might have an argument, but we know it doesn't, over time we get worse and worse if we don't pay the proper attention to not eating things that make us worse and worse, and this continues on with the meds as well, and if anything, the meds may accelerate the progression of the disease, especially things that raise insulin too high to combat the higher blood sugar that we give ourselves from eating the wrong foods.
So we definitely need to pay attention to carbs but the foundation of this is paying attention to how all foods affect us, using our meters to decide what is healthy for us, and believe it or not, they don't want us doing that, here's the diet, eat it, it will make you worse but don't worry about it, that's diabetes.
As it turns out though the diet we're given is particularly unhealthy to diabetics, and it's not just the amount of carbs in it, it's the type of carbs. We're told to eat a lot of grains, especially whole grains, and this isn't really healthy for anyone to be eating, and especially for diabetics, as grains are inflammatory, especially whole grains by the way, which are clearly worse.
There's tons of information on this these days, I've picked out an article for you by Dr. Mercola to have a look at if you like, which goes into this in a little more detail than I have space for here. The focus of his article is on grains causing leaky gut, which is certainly a major concern with this type of food, and it's not something we want as diabetics for sure.
I'll be talking about some things we can do to prevent and heal leaky gut in future articles, but the most important thing is to look at things that cause it, and eating grains is definitely a big factor in this. Our intestinal lining is designed to allow for nutrients to be absorbed, but leaky gut damages this lining, and then all sorts of other things enter our bloodstream, like undigested food and pathogens, and this can cause a host of serious problems, chronic inflammation in particular, as well as all of the autoimmune disease we see exploding.
We're told though that eating grains and especially whole grains are healthy for us, and up until fairly recently, both conventional and alternative people have been preaching this, and this still continues for the most part, although some people are looking at the evidence here and seeing that this is not a good type of food to be eating at all.
So eating grains is given such an importance that even our blood sugar issues are cast aside, sure this might put your blood sugar up to unhealthy levels but eat grains anyway, a lot of them, they are good for you, and somehow these alleged benefits are held to override any blood sugar concerns, and even if these benefits did hold, that still would be ridiculous, as at best these benefits are fairly insignificant, and high blood sugar is most certainly not.
Grains have some protective mechanisms built in them which seek to preserve the species, we are eating their means of reproduction here, these are their seeds, and they prefer not to have their means of reproduction eaten too much, so they protect themselves.
A lot of people have heard of gluten and this is the stuff that people with inflammatory bowels need to avoid, since it causes a lot of inflammation, presumably the rest of us can get by with eating something that causes a lot of inflammation as well, although this is stupid and no one should be looking to eat something that is so inflammatory if they care about their health at all.
So you might have heard that it's only people with these conditions that need to worry about this, the rest of us can eat all we want of this, never mind that it makes us sick, we don't get sick enough for a diagnosis, that's all that matters.
So gluten is something that is found in wheat and it has caused some people to look to avoid wheat entirely, however the ill effects of lectins are lesser known and lectins are found in high levels in all grains.
Lectins also cause a lot of inflammation and damage to your intestinal tract, and are particularly implicated in leaky gut, which is a pretty widespread condition, and it's no wonder given how much grain we eat generally.
Leaky gut influences far more than just the gastrointestinal system, but we can just look at that and look at how people's gastrointestinal health is, and by the way it's not normal to have a sick gastrointestinal system, although this is so prevalent that people hardly even think about it.
People who give up grains are amazed to find out that it was the grains all along that caused issues with this as well as a lot of other health issues and how well they feel not eating these toxic substances. This includes me, and I never thought I'd be able to give up grains but I can't believe how much better I feel.
So grains not only raise blood sugar too much, which is of course a bad idea for a diabetic, they also significantly deteriorate health. The human requirement for grains is exactly none by the way. You also don't need grains to keep you regular and in fact with the way this damages the bowel your bowel will actually heal and work properly once you are off this stuff.
So you may or may not be able to give up grains, but this may be at least worth a try, see how you feel after being off them for a while, and then eat them again and see the difference. So at the very least though we should be looking to limit our grain intake as much as possible, and that can really help our diabetes as well.