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I notice that your weight therapy program incorporates low-glycemic foods.

Question:

I notice that your weight therapy program incorporates low-glycemic foods.   My family has a history of type 2 diabetes and I really want to avoid this disease.  Would a diet of low-glycemic foods help prevent the development of adult-onset diabetes.

Answer:

Absolutely!   The most important thing you can do to prevent or treat adult-onset diabetes is to eat a low-glycemic diet and moderate your caloric intake.  The glycemic index is a measure of how rapidly a food will enter the bloodstream.  Sugar has a glycemic index of 100, as it would rapidly enter the bloodstream and cause a flood of glucose and insulin to rise in your system. We want the opposite to occur.  We want foods that will slowly enter the bloodstream and cause a very mild increase in insulin.  Insulin, when high, can drive your appetite, and cause cravings for more refined food products.  This can lead into a vicious cycle of weight gain and finally a development of adult-onset diabetes.   The low-glycemic index foods typically have more fiber and more nutrients and will more slowly enter the bloodstream.   An example of low-glycemic foods includes most proteins, many vegetables, as well as whole grain products such as kiwi, bran, brown rice, etc. Knowing the glycemic index can be extremely helpful in helping choose which foods are the best to eat.  We always want to avoid processed, packaged, sugars that are high in trans-fats, corn syrup and sugars.  These will most definitely lead you down the path toward diabetes.  Using whole foods that are organic and simply prepared is probably the best way to go. Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius

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