Is high glycemic food causing your weight gain?

 

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(Week 15) Day 99/366 – Heritage – American heritage has always been carbohydrate addiction (Photo credit: Newbirth35)Do you know what may be contributing to your belly weight? Do you know if you may be insulin resistant? The current diet which is high in carbohydrates or glycemic index leads to a new phenomenon called insulin resitance or metabolic syndrome which in turn leads to belly fat accumulation, weight gain due to the anabolic actions of insulin, and increased health risk, according to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a practicing obesity, sleep and internal medicine physician and founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.What is glycemic index and glycemic load?

Some studies suggest that sticking to foods with a low glycemic index may help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Some claim it helps with weight loss.

The glycemic index and load concern carbohydrates, or carbs—one of the main types of nutrients in our diets. Carbs with a simple chemical structure are called sugars.

Sugars are found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables and milk products. They’re also added to many foods and drinks. Complex carbs, like starches and fiber, are found in whole-grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes.

 

Your digestive system changes the carbs you eat into glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for energy. Simple carbs are more quickly digested and absorbed than complex ones, so simple carbs can raise your blood glucose levels faster and higher.

People with diabetes need to manage their blood glucose levels. High blood glucose can damage tissues and organs. In time, it can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and other problems. If you have diabetes, controlling your blood glucose will prevent or delay these health complications. So it’s important to understand how foods and drinks affect your blood sugar.

“The evidence seems to support the concept that the more complex carbohydrates will lead to better blood sugar control than the more simple sugars,” says Dr. Myrlene Staten, an NIH diabetes expert.

What happens if I am Insulin Resistant?

Regulation of blood glucose - adapted scheme (...

Regulation of blood glucose – adapted scheme (glucagon and insulin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Studies have shown that up to 70% of the United States population currently has some degree of Insulin Resistance. If you are insulin resistant, your basal insulin levels will be high. Since Insulin is the principal anabolic(body building) hormone in the body, people with insulin resistance tend to gain weight, especially in the belly and upper part of the body, one area not good for the body to have a lot of fat! As per research from Mayo Clinic and other places, belly fat produces harmful chemicals that raise body’s inflammation which in turn raises the risk of many health problems including cardiovascular disease. In fact, most human disease starts with inflammation including that of Cancers. No wonder, obese people have higher risk of overall disease risk including that of cancer. Watch this excellent Youtube video to understand insulin resistance.

http://youtu.be/TjK8kR6ggbY

Researchers developed the glycemic index to measure the quality of carbs in foods. It shows how the carbs in different foods raise blood sugar. White rice, for example, has a higher glycemic index than brown rice, which has more complex carbs.

English: insulin resistance model

English: insulin resistance model (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it’s not just the types of carbs that matter. The more carbs you eat, the more your blood sugar rises. “The glycemic index really doesn’t take into consideration how much you eat,” explains Dr. Somdat Mahabir, who studies cancer risk at NIH.

That’s why researchers came up with the concept of glycemic load. It captures both the types of carbs in a food and the amount of carbs in a serving. Essentially, it shows how a portion of food affects your blood sugar. Many things affect the glycemic load, including food processing, how ripe a fruit is, how a food is prepared and how long it’s been stored.

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English: Diagram shows insulin release from the Pancreas and how this lowers blood sugar leves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glycemic index and glycemic load aren’t things you’ll see on a label, so they’re not easy to use. But labels do show helpful information: calories, total carbohydrates, sugars and fiber.

“It makes sense for everybody, not only diabetics, to eat the more complex carbohydrates because they will be more gradually absorbed, and blood sugar highs and lows will be smaller,” Staten says. Whole foods with complex carbs will give you more minerals and vitamins, too, and are usually good sources of fiber.

W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is a medical weight loss and sleep wellness program for people who are serious about losing weight and gaining control of their health. We understand that losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people and a physician trained in the new field of Obesity Medicine can help. That is why we are committed to our proven approach to medical weight loss using evidence based non surgical methods. We want to give you all the tools you need to succeed in losing weight fast and safe in Greater Philadelphia and New York City. zocdoc-reviews-dr-prab-r-tumpati-md

Our Group has helped patients achieve their goals by using a proven four-step method for safe weight loss:

•a physician-supervised diet and weight loss medication,
•a personally structured and administered exercise program,
•comprehensive behavior therapy, and
•ongoing weight maintenance support.

We can help you achieve long-lasting weight loss without feeling constantly hungry and deprived. At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program, we want to help you achieve lasting weight loss results and make changes that will keep you healthy for a lifetime.

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Weight loss centers that accept insurance
 
Pennsylvania –Philadelphia Weight Loss
 Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Insurance Weight Loss Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115

215-676-2334 

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King of Prussia Weight Loss

Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Weight Loss Center at King Of Prussia: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087

215-676-2334 

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New York City Weight Loss

W8MD’s NYC Insurance Weight Loss & Sleep Center at Sleep Medical Associates, PLLC, 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214

718-946-5500

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New Jersey Weight Loss

W8MD medical weight loss program at Vida Sleep Center of Dr. Felix Roque’s office at 543, 45th Street, Union City, New Jersey. 543 45th St, Union City, NJ  07087

(201) 766-6469.

This center bills out of network for insurance.

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About Prab R. Tumpati, MD, Medical Director

Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD is a practicing Internal Medicine, Sleep and Obesity Medicine physician with offices in New York and Pennsylvania. Board certified in Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine and board eligible in Obesity Medicine, Dr. Tumpati is experienced and well versed in the science and the arm of medicine. As the founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America, Dr. Tumpati brings his vision, and passion. Learn more at www.w8md.com

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