In Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Dr Atkins wrote, "Foods rich in carbohydrates, especially sugar, honey, milk and fruit which contain simple sugars, and refined carbohydrates such as flour, white rice and potato starch -- are all readily absorbed through the stomach, so they speedily convert to glucose. When these foods are eaten in excess, they require a lot of insulin transportation." On the other hand, protein requires little insulin, and fats require none.
As the diabetic, or pre-diabetic, patient gains weight thanks to our fast food world, the body's cell's insulin receptors become blocked. The result is that glucose is no longer converted into energy, but into fat. The more excess weight a person carries increases the chance that he will continue to gain weight quickly, due to his body's inability to control the use and storage of the glucose.
Damage done by diabetes doesn't stop with peaking blood sugar levels. The onset of diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, adding to the probability of declining health and early death.
The good news is that with the aid of a controlled-carbohydrate diet, diabetics can reset their insulin receptors, and family members of diabetics no longer need feel they are pre-destined to a life of pills, insulin medications and the stark realities of uncontrolled diabetes: amputation, blindness, strokes and heart disease.
Dr Pescatore has enjoyed many successes with his patients. "Their lives are changed always for the better as they can reduce or stop their medications once they are on a low carb lifestyle. Even those on insulin can drastically reduce their medications once they start eating this way." He emphasizes using the right type of fats in his book. He recommends monounsaturated fats, which have been shows to lower insulin resistance and blood sugar, and decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
"If a family can learn to avoid sugar and simple carbs they will have a much better chance of being healthy in future generations, simply because their habits have gotten healthier," he says. He cautions that changing a family's habits can be rough, but time, energy, practice and patience can smooth things over.
Not only is Dr Pescatore helping his patients, he helped himself avoid a life of poor health. "I was an overweight child and never want to be overweight again. I have been following my own advice for 11 years now. I wrote The Hamptons Diet because it was time for the science of low carb dieting to be updated, and to make it truly healthy by adding the Mediterranean flair," he says.
"The real key to keeping weight off involves changing your lifestyle," Dr Draznin says. "Success means modifying your physical activities along with your eating habits. It requires an individualized approach and a serious commitment."
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