Controlling Blood Sugar
Controlling blood sugar (glucose) levels is
vitally important. When these levels rise sharply, as they do after ingesting foods
with a high glycemic index, such as potatoes or sweets, the body responds by producing
more insulin to deal with the overload. But if this demand for more insulin occurs too
strongly too often, the ability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin may become impaired
and our cells may become resistant to insulin as it tries to do its job of facilitating
glucose transport through the cell walls. The result is insulin resistance, a dangerous
condition that, if unchecked, leads to type 2 diabetes. Its primary cause is obesity.
Generally speaking, if you are obese, your risk for diabetes is high; if not, it’s low
(unless you happen to have a genetic predisposition for diabetes).