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Reduce high blood sugar with a low carbohydrate diet

The sustained high blood sugar levels at the 1 hour time interval of figure 1 (below) in the obese individuals is proof that they cannot fully metabolize glucose from the carbohydrates that they eat.

If you have a stopped-up sink in your kitchen, what do you do? You stop running water in the sink until the blockage is removed.

If you don't, the water will overflow onto the floor and possibly damage it. If you are obese and cannot metabolize carbohydrates fully, what is the most sensible thing one would do to reduce the high blood sugar level from building up?

The most prudent step one can take to lower blood glucose levels is to limit their carbohydrate intake. Even though the problem is not cured, it lowers your risk of developing some of the serious diseases associated with high blood sugar levels and obesity. In plain and simple language, until modern medicine finds ways to repair or remove the blockage that occurs in the metabolism of carbohydrates of obese individuals, the safest and the most effective way to deal with the problem is to restrict your daily intake of carbohydrate rich foods (sweets and starches).

An obese individual, or one who has the propensity of becoming obese, should definitely limit their carbohydrate intake and replace it with low carbohydrate-low energy, nutrient rich foods.

Carbohydrates are the starches or sugars found in foods such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and cereals. Glucose is the basic sugar unit in most of the carbohydrates we eat. The carbohydrates are digested ( broken down) into smaller units called glucose molecules, and are absorbed into the blood.

The glucose molecules that are found in carbohydrates are a major source of fuel (energy) for the body. Also, glucose is the body's first and preferred source of energy. The body can derive useful energy from the other two classes of foods, fats and proteins, but prefers to derive its energy first from carbohydrates.

It can be seen clearly from the graph (figure 1) that obese individuals have higher fasting blood sugar levels than thin individuals. The average fasting blood sugar level for the sixteen thin individuals is 81. The average fasting blood sugar level for the sixteen obese individuals is 112. This is further evidence that obese individuals should not indulge in carbohydrate rich meals daily because of the rapid accumulation of glucose in the blood.

The glucose that is not absorbed into the cells of obese individuals accumulates in the blood and most of it is converted into fat. In obese individuals, glucose is not oxidized (burned) into useful energy, but converted to fat. A diet that is low in carbohydrates will certainly reduce high blood sugar levels in obese individuals.

It was previously mentioned that carbohydrates are the body's first and preferred source of fuel (energy) . The body requires energy for all cellular functions. Carbohydrates in excess of the body's energy requirements are converted into fat. The body does not burn fat in the presence of abundant carbohydrate stores. An obese person cannot expect to lose weight as long as his carbohydrate stores are plentiful. To lose weight, one must take in fewer calories and carbohydrates than is burned.

It must be emphasized that as long as the carbohydrate stores are plentiful in the body, weight reduction cannot be achieved. In the presence of high blood sugar levels, the body does not burn fat. However, once the high blood sugar levels are eliminated, continuous burning of fat by the body can take place, resulting in weight loss over time.

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