The risk of diabetes is growing exponentially among both the adult and child population. According to the American Association for Diabetes, “There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.” They also predict a dire future stating, “If present trends continue, one in three Americans, and 1 in 2 minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.”
What does this mean to people facing diabetes? People dealing with diabetes face the possibility of the following:
• Heart disease and stroke
• High blood pressure
• Kidney disease
• Nervous system damage
• Dental disease
• Fertility problems
So what contributes to diabetes and how can the Zone Diet help?
Diabetes is caused by many things. Among the most common is Type 2 diabetes which is generally caused by insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is most frequently caused by fluctuating insulin levels, a direct result of a rollercoaster diet of high sugar and high carbohydrate foods which flood your body with sugars. These get used quickly or are stored, which leaves you at a deficit. This deficit causes cravings and the process is repeated. Eventually your pancreas starts missing the signals and you become insulin resistant.
The good news is that the Zone Diet’s main goal is to balance hormone levels and reverse insulin resistance. The Zone Diet’s main function is to combine proteins with low sugar carbohydrates to produce optimal insulin levels, digestion and metabolism. When this balance occurs, dieters feel sustained, have even energy levels and no longer crave the sugary snacks that have directly contributed to the problem.
The Zone Diet also recommends regular exercise. This is particularly important for sufferers of diabetes, because as muscle mass is improved, metabolism is improved. Quite simply, your body is better able to process the foods you consume and to use them optimally.
One last factor of the Zone Diet is the consumption of fish oil, or omega three fatty acids. These valuable nutrients have the effect of reducing inflammation. Inflammation in your muscle cells has a direct effect on your body’s ability to produce optimal levels of insulin.
As you can see, all factors of the Zone Diet are directly aimed at balancing hormone levels. As hormone levels are balanced, Type 2 diabetes can be reversed or avoided all together. Of course, it is always recommended that you visit your doctor before starting any diet to make sure you’re making the right decision for your health.