November is diabetes awareness month. In diabetes, the cells of the body cannot get the sugar they need. Glucose, a simple sugar, is the body’s main fuel. It is present in the blood, but in diabetics it cannot get into the cells where it is needed.

According to the Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the old approach was to focus on eliminating refined sugars and foods that turned into sugars – starches, breads, fruits, etc. – from the diet. The new approach focuses more attention of fat. Fat is the problem for individuals with diabetes. The more fat there is in the diet, the harder time insulin has in getting sugar into the cell.

Modern diabetic treatment programs drastically reduce meats, high-fat dairy products, and oils. At the same time, they increase grains, legumes, and vegetables. Another essential component is regular exercise. Through exercise, the need for insulin injections can often be reduced, and oral medications often become unnecessary.

In as little as three to five weeks, Slender For Life clients report to me that their physician is reducing their blood sugar medications because they have changed the way that they are eating and they now regularly exercise.