PERSONALIZATION #5: GLYCEMIC INDEX PERSONALIZED DIFFERENCES? In the last two posts, I discussed the individual personalized differences in how much blood sugar increased in response to high Glycemic Index foods like colas, soft drinks, cookies, cakes, and pastries.

PERSONALIZATION #5: GLYCEMIC INDEX PERSONALIZED DIFFERENCES? In the last two posts, I discussed the individual personalized differences in how much blood sugar increased in response to high Glycemic Index foods like colas, soft drinks, cookies, cakes, and pastries. Why is this important? Throughout the day, when blood sugar rises suddenly it stimulates cells in the pancreas called beta-cells to secrete insulin. The greater the rise in blood sugar, the greater the stimulus to these cells. Studies have shown that over many years, these cells become exhausted leading to Metabolic Syndrome, Pre-Diabetes, and Diabetes. This doesn’t happen in everyone, but is more common in overweight and obese individuals. There are some genetic differences and differences in the Microbiome between individuals which can affect these responses as shown in the two studies discussed. Diet and lifestyle influence the activation of genes affecting metabolism and diet and lifestyle affect the Microbiome. You cannot change your genes, but you can change your diet and lifestyle which has been shown in many studies including the famous Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent progression of Pre-Diabetes to Diabetes in 58% of individuals over 5 years. A diet made up of low Glycemic Index foods including a Protein-Rich Shake, fruits, vegetables, and limited amounts of whole grains is called a low Glycemic Load Diet. Combined with exercises that build muscle to remove glucose from the bloodstream, Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle benefits everyone but especially those who have a personalized predisposition to burning out their pancreas. 95% of those with type 2 Diabetes have excess body fat. The solution is personalized and in the next two posts we will discuss how your muscles play an important role in reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. To learn more read “Personalized Nutrition and Transformation” by Heber and Bowerman an e-book available on Amazon.com for $5.49 and go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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