The Western Diet vs. The Diabetic Diet

food choices for the diabetes dietType 2 diabetes is now the most common form of diabetes in the world, affecting about 90% of all people with diabetes. This illness, which was once only considered to be the domain of wealthier people in more affluent countries, now claims more than 347 million people worldwide, with the number of adults with diabetes having more than doubled since 1980. More than 80% of all deaths due to diabetes occur in low-to-middle income countries. These staggering numbers are the direct result of globalization, as poorer countries move away from traditional diets to cheap, mass-produced Western foods, often combined with the inactivity of a Western lifestyle. The result is that obesity – and type 2 diabetes – are now diseases associated with the poor. had a March 24, 2011, article entitled, “How Western Diets are Making the World Sick”. The article discusses Dr. Kevin Patterson’s experiences in a surgical hospital in Afghanistan, specifically how the Afghans had a much different body type than the Canadians he treated back home:

“Typical Afghan civilians and soldiers would have been 140 pounds or so as adults. And when we operated on them, what we were aware of was the absence of any fat or any adipose tissue underneath the skin,” Patterson says. “Of course, when we operated on Canadians or Americans or Europeans, what was normal was to have most of the organs encased in fat. It had a visceral potency to it when you could see it directly there.”

During the interview of NPR’s Fresh Air, Dr. Patterson explains that the effects of urbanization are making the entire world fatter and sicker:

“Type 2 diabetes historically didn’t exist, only 70 or 80 years ago,” says Patterson. “And what’s driven it, of course, is this rise in obesity, especially the accumulation of abdominal fat. That fat induces changes in our receptors that cells have for insulin. Basically, it makes them numb to the effect of insulin.”

This global trend has its roots within the United States. Just sixty years ago, there were few cases of type 2 diabetes within Native American or Alaskan Native communities. Between 1994 and 2004, the number of adults with diagnosed diabetes aged 35 and younger doubled within these communities. It also increased 68% among their youth, aged 15 to 19. Dr. Patterson also noticed this trend where he has taken care of indigenous people near the Arctic Circle, specifically in that there is now a marked increase in diabetes among the Inuit has cared for. He blames this on a diet that now consists more on fast food than their traditional caribou diet, along with inactivity sitting in front of a screen instead of a lifestyle that was based on constant motion.

The typical Western diet has become enslaved to the “convenience” of fast foods and diets rich in processed carbohydrates, partially hydrogenated oils, starches and refined sugars, the result of which is an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. As long as easy access to these foods is considered “progress”, this epidemic will continue to grow. Fortunately, a lifetime of obesity and type 2 diabetes is not inevitable. Even those who already have insulin resistance or prediabetes, it is possible to turn back the clock and regain health.

The Amino Diet, Diabetic Program is designed specifically to help people who are considered prediabetic with insulin resistance and those who are already type 2 diabetics. The program is a diabetic diet that revolves around low glycemic foods to help regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day.

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