Con­trol­ling di­a­betes

> Be­sides drug ther­apy, this dis­ease can be treated us­ing com­ple­men­tary and tra­di­tional med­i­cal prac­tices COM­MON CAR­BO­HY­DRATES

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

for our bod­ily needs.

In­com­plete amino acids (com­po­nents of pro­tein) which are not utilised are usu­ally re­moved by the liver af­ter a day or two.

We rapidly gain weight (fat) from con­sum­ing ex­cess starchy or sug­ary food and bev­er­ages caus­ing el­e­vated blood sugar, which our pan­creas then re­leases in­sulin to con­vert ex­cess sugar to triglyc­erides (stored fat).

Sur­pris­ing to many, fruc­tose (fruit sugar) gen­er­ates about 50% more triglyc­erides than does glu­cose (rice, noodle, bread).

Hyper­triglyc­eridemia then pro­motes fatty liver and el­e­vates choles­terol level.

Women’s health seems to be more badly af­fected by hyper­triglyc­eridemia than men’s, par­tic­u­larly its ad­verse ef­fect on ar­te­rial dis­ease.

The Obe­sity Re­view Jour­nal (2007) im­pli­cated the im­bal­ance se­cre­tion be­tween lep­tin and ghre­lin as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to obe­sity, with many obese peo­ple suf­fer­ing from lep­tin-re­sis­tance.

FOOD THER­APY

Us­ing food ther­apy to in­flu­ence one’s hor­monal pro­file is ba­sic to the prac­tice of nu­tri­tional medicine (www.anmp.org.my).

Most peo­ple have for­got­ten about the starches con­sumed by our poorer fore­fa­thers. Our lo­cal ubi kayu (cas­sava or tapi­oca) con­tains just 50% of the car­bo­hy­drates com­pared to our im­ported rice.

It is in­cor­rect to state that brown rice con­tains less sugar than white rice since both types come from the same grains.

Our lo­cal (not Ja­panese) sweet potato con­tains even less sugar than ubi kayu and the leaf of the sweet potato plant con­tains as much nu­tri­ents as broc­coli.

Al­though whole wheat con­tains 12% pro­tein, most of this is in the form of gluten which can trig­ger al­lergy in some in­di­vid­u­als.

The white wheat flour used in mak­ing bread, buns, noo­dles, cook­ies, or bis­cuits is heav­ily bleached and con­tains far less nu­tri­ents than its bran and germ.

Views ex­pressed are those of the au­thor, who’s pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Com­ple­men­tary & Nat­u­ral Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tions, and not nec­es­sar­ily those of the pro­fes­sional bod­ies and gov­ern­ment com­mit­tees of which he’s a mem­ber. Dato’ Steve Yap can be con­tacted at life­style. steve@the­sundaily.com.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.