This op-ed in the New York Times from a few days ago is perfect for today. Friday. Yes, foodie friday.
Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.
A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity. (read more)
MORE on Beyond Meds: SUGAR: infographic and general info
A collection of links on diabetes, obesity and metabolic issues
Many of us who’ve been on psychiatric drugs (really any psych drug) have insulin resistance even if we’ve not developed diabetes yet. It’s worth learning about even if you’ve not gotten to the point where your doctor calls your issues diabetes.
I have had significant metabolic issues and they are much better since I changed my diet, and yes, I’ve cut out all sugar and sweeteners. (and got off the offending medications). I continue to tweak things and learn more and more. Much of what I’ve learned about diet and nutrition is collected on this archive page: Nutrition and gut health — my metabolic health is actually very good now, several years into my healing adventures. It took time and patience and learning to listen to my body
These are all good introductory posts on issues surrounding blood sugar, hypoglycemia and diabetes.
- Are You At Risk For Diabetes and Obesity? If you’ve taken or take psychiatric drugs the answer is YES
Eating wholesome whole real food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here: Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet
And you can find more Foodie Friday posts and recipes here.