Bestselling author Mark Hyman, M.D. has a new book out today called The Blood Sugar Solution. I plan to read it asap and recommend you do the same. The book explores a condition that Dr. Hyman calls “diabesity“:
“Diabesity is the continuum of metabolic disturbances from mild blood sugar and insulin imbalances to pre-diabetes to full blown type 2 diabetes. It occurs in about 40% of people of normal weight—these are the skinny fat people who look thin but are metabolically fat and have all the same risk factors for disease and death as those who are overweight. And it occurs in 80% of overweight people.”
He also notes this staggering statistic: One in three children born today will have diabetes unless we do something differently.
The Blood Sugar Solution lays out key steps to preventing, treating and reversing diabesity by dealing with its underlying causes. Those causes include diet, lifestyle and environmental toxins interacting with our unique genetic susceptabilities. As Dr. Hyman explains,
“…the reason these dietary and lifestyle factors lead to diabesity is because they create a condition known as insulin resistance. Contrary to what most people think, type 2 diabetes is a disease of too much, not too little, insulin. Insulin is the real driver of problems with diabesity.
When your diet is full of empty calories and an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories, and carbohydrates (like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes), your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin and needs more and more to do the same job of keeping your blood sugar even. Thus you develop insulin resistance.”