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Reversing metabolic syndrome

How Carbohydrates Ruin Your Health and Wealth, and What You Can Do To Reverse the Onslaught of Metabolic Syndrome.
2nd edition;  Softcover: 340 pages; Language: Russian;
ISBN: 0-9706796-2-9

People with diabetes are told that there‘s no problem with consuming table sugar ("...do not need to be restricted...") because it‘s no different from all the other carbohydrates in their diet. According to the American Diabetic Association, table sugar, (a.k.a. sucrose) is perfectly fine in the diabetics‘ diet:

Evidence-Based Nutrition Principles and Recommendations for the Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes and Related Complications

"As sucrose does not increase glycemia to a greater extent than isocaloric amounts of starch, sucrose and sucrose-containing foods do not need to be restricted by people with diabetes."

 Diabetes Care 26:S51-S61, 2003
American Diabetes Association, Inc.

 Translated from doctor-speak into layman‘s language, it means: “Since table sugar doesn‘t increase blood glucose levels any more than the same amount of carbohydrates in vegetables, grains, legumes and fruits, table sugar and food with added sugar do not need to be restricted by people with diabetes.

Indeed: once carbohydrates get digested—be it bread, pasta, rice, or sugar—the blood absorbs nothing but glucose, fructose, and galactose, the three basic “sugar” molecules that feed the body with energy. The only difference is that the table sugar absorbs into the blood faster than the bread, the bread faster than the rice, and the rice faster than the pasta. Everything else remains the same. So the message is: eat, baby, eat— just don‘t forget to take a pill or some insulin to counteract the glucose‘s effect on the impaired body.

That‘s despite one unquestionable fact: if you suffer from the predominant (95%) type II diabetes, the moment you stop consuming foods that convert into glucose, your blood sugar plummets—and, technically, you no longer suffer from diabetes. So the smartest, the simplest, and the most direct way to get rid of diabetes and related complications is to substantially reduce carbohydrates.

The results of the conventional approach isn‘t pretty: over 25 million Americans suffer from diabetes (one-third of them undiagnosed), and another 30 million are considered prediabetics — some of the diabetes' symptoms are already present, but not yet bad enough to justify being treated.

This book is partially based on the author's own experience with severe diabetes, which wasn‘t properly diagnosed because, as so often happens in younger patients, his “fasting blood sugar” wasn‘t high enough to diagnose diabetes despite all of the obvious signs—weight gain, polyuria (frequent urination), dry mouth, nerve damage, and other, less obvious symptoms.

Why the book-length treatment for a problem that fixes itself simply by reducing the carbs? Well, as with everything else in life, success is in the details. There‘s much more to disorders of carbohydrate metabolism than carbs.

Functional Nutrition Cover Page
Functional Nutrition Cover Page

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Author's note

If you already have diabetes, or prediabetes, or metabolic syndrome, or are overweight, then read Fiber Menace and follow its nutritional advice to get a leg up to full recovery.

It isn't anything like the Atkins Diet or South Beach, because it's (a) age and health adjusted and balanced, (b) it will not make your doctor faint, (c) and it's free of the diet-breaking side effects, particular to these low-carb diets.

You'll soon notice that your HbA1C and triglycerides are returning to normal, that your atherogenic index (the ratio of “bad” cholesterol to “good") has hit a sweet spot, that you are losing weight, that you no longer need to take drugs, that you mouth isn't as dry, that your blood pressure isn't as elevated, that you aren't as fatigued, that you aren't making 3-4 trips to the bathroom throughout the night, and that you are no longer experiencing the brunt of other primary and secondary symptoms of diabetes.

Good luck!

Konstantin Monastyrsky