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Posted by nita bishop on August 23, 2000 at 14:02:00:

In Reply to: Re: Diet and Diabetes question posted by didi on December 11, 1999 at 14:44:55:

: I am looking for the diabetic diet that was
used in the mid 1980,, I found it quit good in
loseing weight.. does anyone out there have it??
I remember it contained alot of bread, sweets
consisted of graham crackers, alot of vegetable, fruits..
: : I have a question concerning diet, diabetes, and blood sugar levels. Aren't most diabetics diagnosed with high blood sugar due to lack of insulin or the inability of the body to utilize the insulin that it does produce? I've read several posts here were diabetics have had low blood sugar levels. What causes this? Too much injected insulin or delayed response to the insulin? Seems like to me that the easiest way to control blood sugar would be to severly restrict the intake of sugar and carbohydrates (which turns to sugar in the blood stream). This would also greatly reduce the need for insulin. I know people are going to say that you have to have carbohydrate for fuel, but if my understanding of biochemistry is correct, in the absence of carbohydrates, the body will turn to fat and protein for fuel and part of the protein that you eat can be converted to glucose (blood sugar). Also, if carbohydrates are so important for body function, how could the Eskimos have survived and why do most predators and carnivors do just fine without eating any carbohydrates? There also seems to be a link between Type II diabetes and being overweight. Seems like the fattest animals are the ones that eat grains and other carbohydrates, not the ones that eat fat and protein.

: The Esquimos get osteoporosis at a much younger age than other populations. Ancient eskimo skeletons show osteoporotic fractures. The esquimo are also among those with the lowest
: longevity. One of the populations with the highest longevity is the Okinawans on a traditional diet which turns out to be mostly sweetpotatoes and the leaves of the sweetpotato plant. Carnivorous animals have a much shorter length of intestine and can eliminate large amounts of cholesterol. Humans can eliminate only about 100 gms of cholesterol a day. Carnivorous animals are often capable of great bursts of speed but have less endurance than plant eaters. Fortunately, man, like the cockroach and the rat is capable of surviving on all kinds of diets, but that doesn't say how long or how well.

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