What are carbohydrates?

You may have heard about it in the press and many many documentaries explaining that Blood sugar levels are critical for optimal health. I’ve been watching mine now for over a year.   My blood sugar levels were creeping  up and I was finding it difficult to stop a muffin top slowly growing around my waist.    Its at tricky beast.  Mostly because we are swimming in sugar.  Diabetes Australia has a whole heap of information here.

Risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes – which is a world wide epidemic include

Risk factors

Risk factors for pre-diabetes are similar to those for type 2 diabetes which are:

  • Being overweight – especially those who have excess weight around the waistline (ie: more than 94cm for men and more than 80cm for women).
  • Being physically inactive.
  • Having high triglycerides and low HDL-C (good cholesterol) and/or high total cholesterol.
  • Having high blood pressure.
  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease.

Other people at risk include:

  • Women with Poly cystic Ovarian Syndrome*.
  • Women who have had diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or given birth to a big baby (more than 4.5kgs).
  • Those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.
  • Those from certain ethnic backgrounds such as the Pacific Islands, Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

The science on carbohydrate consumption and the rise of Type 2 diabetes is unfounded