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|User Info||More Dumb: Teen Diabetes; entered at 2012-04-30 11:04:33|
Registered: 2007-06-26 Location: Terra Firma
The problem is that the disease itself is caused by obesity. That is, eating too much and moving too little.
Major quibble here.
Diabetes and obesity are both effects of eating excessive carbohydrates, as are overeating and lethargy. People always want to blame the overweight person for their condition by saying they are gluttonous and lazy when in actuality the only thing they're guilty of is being ignorant or too trusting of government/media/conventional wisdom.
All of the symptoms I mentioned above are the effects of elevated blood sugar and insulin levels. Insulin's job as a hormone is two-fold; it controls blood sugar and possibly more importantly it regulates fat storage. Even if a person has lots of fat and is in a calorie deficit if insulin levels are high fat will not be used for energy. At the cellular level the body is starving even though the overweight person might be consuming a huge number of calories. Additionally a response of the body under starvation levels like that is to conserve energy (lethargy). Because of this to blame the overweight person is nonsense, they are literally starving when insulin levels are high and the direct result is to overeat or be a couch potato, they can't help it. This is why most dieters fail, the don't fix the real problem - elevated insulin levels cause by excess carbohydrate consumption.
Robert Lustig explains it better than I can.
Last modified: 2012-04-30 11:07:17 by lunatic_fringe