The Blood Sugar Solution

October 1, 2012 · Posted in Low Carb Recipes 

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The Blood Sugar Solution
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Diabesity is an actual medical term used to refer to the continuum of health problems revolving around obesity and diabetes and everything in between. Diabesity is the single biggest global health epidemic of our time so says Mark Hyman, and I don’t doubt it given the low fat/high carb, nutrient depleted diet humans have embraced for last 40 years of industrial agriculture.

Hyman, like Dr. Oz and Daniel Amen, colleagues he mentions partnering with, is a doctorpreneur, part evangelical, part lifestyle coach, but the science behind his program does concur with what I’ve been learning. I gave it a chance because his earlier book (haven’t finished it yet) is much more science centered without the alarmist rhetoric and was probably written before he became a much in demand speaker. This book has that marketing-to-the-public flavor to it and is an easy read. He does redeem himself with a chapter, near the end, by describing how to take back our food health via education to our communities and he specifies direct action to take back our health care system from pharma driven research and profit driven hospitals and government policy.

Like Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution, Hyman wants to empower his patients to reverse their diagnosis with diet and exercise, but he reaches beyond the diabetic diagnosis by spreading the word about diabesity. Belly fat is his favorite indicator. He outlines a six week, seven step program custom fit to each individual according to how you answer his many questionnaires. The questions do not seem specific enough for me to trust them entirely. But it is a start and he goes on to tell you how to get tested to make sure. His program is described in his online paper "Biological Tune-up". You can also fill out the questionnaires at his website by taking his blood sugar quiz, if you become a member (at no cost). Selling supplements is likely the money maker on these health sites, but the information is still valid.

The seven steps of his program are:
Improving Nutrition
Regulating Hormones
Reducing Inflammation
Improving Digestion
Maximizing Detoxification
Enhancing Energy Metabolism
Sooting the mind

His diet is not vegetarian biased, despite his association with the cancer celebrity girl, Kris Carr of the Crazy Sexy Cancer fame, who advocates the alkaline vs acid diet (which still sounds like bunk to me, but is a good detoxification diet, just not for life.) He counsels readers to eat organic food and warns of chemical poisoning especially from mercury, arsenic, lead, PCBs and pesticides, all of which, he says, has been linked to diabetes and insulin resistance. He has footnotes referring to actual medical papers (unlike other health books like the Younger Next Year series which are a complete mish mash of conventional medical advice based on old assumptions and lifestyle cheerleading, much like Suze Orman in the financial world. I trust Suze more).

He advises on how to figure out if you are allergic to gluten, but warns that it is not going to help to eat gluten free junk food. The whole gluten story, I learned from him, is about celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that triggers body-wide inflammation via a leaky gut, caused by gluten damaging the gut lining. So food particles leak out of the gut into the blood stream causing inflammation in response to the invader organisms. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt and oats. (That’s my whole muesli breakfast practically.) And gluten has been made more intense in these grains due to current industrial agriculture practices so that’s why we’re seeing such an increase in cases. Gluten also triggers obesity and diabetes in patients with gluten sensitivity, which is 30% of the American population.

He also calls all those fake-meat-soy products Franken Soy foods which I found helpful to decamp from the vegetarian diet. And he was my introduction to supplements to use to help ailing mitochondria get back on its feet. (That’s the little energy production plant inside the cell.) As well as other broken functions. To boost nutrition function he focuses on deficiency of magnesium, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fat.

There is a recipe section and a shopping list for ingredients. The program is well thought out and well delivered in book form. It is rather strict. You have to cut out a lot in terms of carb and wheat reduction, but chocolate is still allowed (70% cocoa, 2 oz a day). After six week you can adjust to fit your personal nutrition profile from what you discover. He does convince me that close adherence to the plan will reverse what ails you if you are on the diabesity continuum.

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Fresh honey only a week from the hive made my ugly biscuits sing for joy. The country ham wasn’t bad, either.

Recipe for biscuits:,183,158178-228196,00.html

My modifications: Instead of 2 c all purpose flour, I used 1 1/2 c King Arthur bread flour and 1/2 c King Arthur whole wheat flour. The wheat makes it ‘stick to your ribs’, as Dad likes to say. Easier on your blood sugar and low-carb eating, too.

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