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Sweetened or Unsweetened? Do You Want Diabetes With That?

Posted by admin on Tue, Jun 05, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Anita's Healthy Tips

Dr. Mark Hyman has coined the term “diabesity”. It refers to the journey from a normal blood sugar level to “pre-diabetes” and finally to full blown Type II diabetes, often accompanied by obesity.

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Refined foods, sugary drinks and fast foods all turn to sugar very quickly in the body. After a high carbohydrate meal or snack, insulin is secreted by the pancreas so that the sugar can be transported from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy. An abundance of sugar in the system (aka a normal American diet) causes a lot of insulin to be produced. Over time the cells no longer respond to the insulin and the body needs more of it to keep blood sugar in balance. This is called insulin resistance.

The brain, the liver and the muscles are the primary users of sugar or glucose. After that, all the excess gets stored as fat!  A common side effect of insulin resistance is weight gain.

Quench Your Thirst with Water- Not Sugar

A diet that reduces the amounts of simple carbs and sugary drinks consumed is essential for combating insulin resistance which can lead to heart disease, stroke and cancer. Dr. Joe Mercola says that the #1 source of calories in the American diet is soda and sweetened beverages. Even diet sodas lead to increased food consumption according to Dr. Mercola.

This summer as the temperature rises, reach for pure water to quench your thirst. Sugar sweetened beverages like teas, sports drinks and coffees, found at every quick mart and coffee shop are fueling our nation’s obesity and Type II diabetes epidemic. These are largely preventable chronic diseases!! 

Diet and lifestyle modifications work to improve chronic disease in a vast majority of  cases. We can all start by taking action step # 1 towards reducing this epidemic right now this summer........stop drinking sweetened beverages! Mayor Bloomberg of New York City agrees that sweetened drinks are causing health problems and seeks to restrict consumption in the city. Read about it here

Will you join me in reversing this national trend towards chronic disease?


Anita Capizzi, RN, CHC, is a Certified Health Coach at National Integrated Health Associates and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her philosphy is to meet people where they are and upgrade their level of holistic nutrition and wellness, one step at a time.

Topics: holistic nutrition, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition