Those Darn Love Handles…
Do you have a little around the middle? Well, those love handles aren’t so loving after all. A little or a lot around the middle is the smoke signaling a life-threatening fire. That beer belly or couple of extra notches in your belt alerts doctors to a range of metabolic imbalances from insulin resistance to full-blown type 2 diabetes. Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight or obese, and 100% (that’s right – 100%) of them have pre-diabetes, which is an early stage of type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes is not pre-anything. It is a lightning rod for heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
How did we get there? The American diet is full of empty calories made up of sugars from sodas, juices, smoothies, vitamin water, and sports drinks as well as refined starchy carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, white rice, and potatoes. Food marketing companies may want you to believe that these foods are healthy for you; however, consuming them leads to insulin, fat, and blood sugar imbalances. When the body digests refined starchy carbohydrates, they are turned into sugar almost immediately, so the body processes them in the same way. Eating white rice or a donut is nearly the equivalent of eating a candy bar to your body.
How does this happen? Insulin is a hormone, produced by the pancreas, which regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin helps cells metabolize or use sugar as an energy source. When you eat too much sugar (or refined starchy carbohydrates), the pancreas has to produce more insulin to keep the blood sugars at a normal range. Otherwise, the high blood sugar levels become toxic to the body, which causes a number of serious medical problems. Cells become resistant to insulin through the constant bombardment of insulin when too much sugar is in the blood. This condition causes the cells to be unable to take in enough sugar. The excess blood sugar is then stored as fat. You can see the vicious cycle created here.
What can you do? Don’t despair. Fortunately, this condition is 100% reversible through proper exercise and nutrition. If you just change your diet to eating lean proteins and complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, certain types of whole grains, and some fruits, you will be reversing the damage to your body. DeliverLean makes it easy by giving you the right portions of nutrient-rich, blood-sugar stabilizing foods.
Dr. Emile Allen, M.D.
-Chief Medical Officer at DeliverLean