Does Fruit REALLY Cause Diabetes???

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The Diabetes Prevention Program   was a major multi-center clinical research study aimed at discovering whether modest weight loss through dietary changes and increased physical activity or treatment with the oral diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage) could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in study participants. At the beginning of the DPP, participants were all overweight and had blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes—a condition called prediabetes.

The DPP found that participants who lost a modest amount of weight through dietary changes (10% fat diet) and increased physical activity sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes.

This was the first time I heard fat being associated with insulin resistance.  Until this point, I believed it was all about carbohydrates.  And I thought that ALL carbohydrates affected blood sugar in the same way. 

Then, along came Dr Neal Barnard, who documented that a low-fat plant based diet, was three times more effective than the American Diabetes Association dietary guidelines at controlling blood sugar.

Say What??!!

In medicine, we are often wrong.  It turns out that excess fat is THE driver of dysglycemia or altered blood sugar.  And eating carbohydrates just perpetuates the problem.  But as most with diabetes can attest to, removing carbohydrates does not cure the root cause.  And I know several who exercise and eat a very low carb diet, but are having blood sugar issues.

There’s more to the story, but I’m here to today to help you get over your fear of fruit.  Time and time again, I see patients reduce fat significantly and increase fruit carbs, and their A1c’s improve. 

 

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyTracy Konoske is an eclectic clinician and uses a blend of natural, integrative, functional, and personalized medicine to help her patients feel their best.  Tracy understands that there are 4 drivers of chronic disease:  Toxins, Infections, Stress, and Diet.  And it's often a combination of all 4 that lead to a chronic health condition, and thus it takes a treatment plan addressing each of the 4 to resolve and reclaim good health.  Tracy has recovered from 2 "perfect storm" situations which had drastic effects on her health and led to multiple mystery illnesses and diagnosis including Lyme.

By reducing the burden of these triggers, Tracy is successfully resolving:

  • Fatigue (anemia's, adrenals, thyroid-related, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME-CFS)
  • Auto Immune Conditions (Hashimoto's, Lupus, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac)
  • Mental Health Conditions (anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD/ADHD)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction (trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, symptoms of early Alzheimer's)
  • Digestive Disorders (low hydrochloric acid, "leaky gut", Candida Albicans, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth SIBO, IBS, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Migraines and chronic headaches
If you've one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, or have been told you have Lyme or chronic Lyme,  there's a good chance you are in the right place.If you have a history of chronic sore throats, tonsillitis or tonsillectomy, mononucleosis, glandular fever, shingles, and/or cold sores, there's a good chance you are in the right place.

There are no coincidences.  All good things come from God.