Cause for Diabetes type II?Diabetes type 2, the kind you get as a middle-age or older adult, can turn those expected golden years into a rusted, tarnished horror story. New studies suggests that one cause may be a common, universally consumed food, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as from other recent sources.
Due to other commitments and problems, I have put off writing on the subject of high-fructose corn sweetener. Reportedly, statistics seem to suggest that the galloping increase of obesity in the USA, especially young people, runs side by side with the increase in use of high-fructose corn syrup in all kinds of ready made food.
Why are manufacturers using this sweetener so much? It's more stable, easier to handle in some ways, cheap, and tastes great. Start reading labels, and you'll be surprised how many foods in the normal diet contain this product.
Now for the link to Diabetes: a study of over 50,000 female nurses showed that not only do "junk beverages" such as soft drinks and punches or "fruit drinks" cause weight gain, they had a dramatic impact on the likelihood of their developing diabetes. To give you an idea, if you drink one or more soft drink or sugar-sweetened (sucrose or fructose) drinks a day, your risk of developing Type II Diabetes increases by a whopping 83 percent, as compared to those women that drank less than one soda a month.
Real fruit juice, on the other hand, despite its high sugar content, did not have this effect! More on that subject at a later date.
A representative of the American Beverage Institute charges that this research was flawed. The researchers do admit that obesity itself raises the probability of Diabetes II, and point out that generally the women that consumed the most soft drinks and punch also exercised less, took in more calories overall, and ate more carbohydrates (and probably junk food, since chips, doughnuts or sweetened snacks go so well with soft drinks as a pick-me-up), all of which lead to weight gain. The researchers insist, however, that all these factors were taken into consideration during the study, and stand by their findings.
So, since diabetes type II is a disease generally found in the older population, does this mean it's okay for children and young adults to indulge? I don't think so. There's several reasons. First, these drinks and snacks contribute greatly to obesity in young people, and weight gained when young sets one up for great difficulty in losing or maintaining weight when older. Second, the insulin-producing cells, which are called upon to burn sugars, as well as carbs which are converted to sugar, apparently "wear out" when constantly challenged to produce insulin (this is not a medically approved explanation but I think it will do). The more sugars and easily digestible carbs you consume, especially when taken without some hard-to-digest foods such as proteins, beans, fibrous veggies, whole grains, etc., the harder you are on your insulin-producing cells. Eventually they "give up" on you, and you'll have diabetes type II. (Medical professionals: please don't try to correct this explanation - if you think that's a good one, you should hear those I've given to "non-techies" on how fax machines and email work!)
What can you look forward to when you develop diabetes? Depending on the severity: Drugs, which you probably will have to pay for one way or another. You'll heal slower, sleep worse, and get sick more often. You'll have less energy, perhaps be hungry more frequently and able to eat less. You'll have to get stuck with needles a lot. Your eyesight will deteriorate. Your heart and circulation will suffer, sometimes to the point you lose a leg or two. You may develop pains or numbness in fingers and other extremities. You must follow a fairly rigid diet or you'll go downhill fast. You'll chop years off your life, and cut a lot of health and joy out of however many years you have left. Is all that worth a soft drink or 4 or 5 a day? Think about it.