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Blood-Sugar Simplified

Blood-Sugar Simplified
While the biological mechanisms of blood-sugar control are indeed complicated, the basics are quite simple: blood-sugar is an equilibrium between supply and consumption.  Sugar, specifically glucose, is biology's primary fuel.  The drawing above illustrates how blood-sugar is a simple balance between sugar intake and the "burning" of it as a fuel.  Consuming foods from which sugar is extracted or synthesized is the fuel supply - represented in the left-hand scale pan.  The right-hand energy pan represents the sugar flowing in the blood stream ready for "burning" or conversion to energy.  As the sugar is burned, blood-sugar becomes lower.  Just as the fuel in you...
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Guest — Lily
Useful information, thanks a lot!
Monday, 06 March 2017 08:28
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Our Beloved Fats and Evil Carbs

Our Beloved Fats and Evil Carbs
Over the years, our society has discovered new dietary insights. Each new discovery results in a shift to a different and highly popular diet coined with its own name. Currently, some of the most popular diets are Paleo, Mediterranean and the old faithful Adkins diet. Moving past the 1950’s, as America continued to prosper, our waistlines likewise continued to grow. During the 1980’s and 1990’s it was reasoned that since our growing waistlines were composed of fat, the logical solution was to reduce fat consumption, thus the popular diet for that time was called low-fat. Strangely, however, waistlines continued to grow. The popular theory for the low-fat failure is that when people went on ...
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Guest — hELEN
Ken, So appreciate what you wrote above and it's most illuminating. Could I ask, after being oil-free since last July, this las... Read More
Saturday, 14 May 2016 22:48
Ken Thomas
Hi Helen,It was wonderful meeting you at the Gray Gardens potluck! Thank you for coming! And, Thank you for the Starch-Smart com... Read More
Monday, 16 May 2016 13:09
Sean Carney
Thank you Ken for your excellent reply to Helen.
Thursday, 19 May 2016 12:34
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Diabetes! What is it? What’s the risk? What can I do?

Diabetes!  What is it?  What’s the risk?  What can I do?
The percentage of diabetes cases are skyrocketing in the US and many parts of the world. How do you know if you are at risk? Is it genetic? Is it lifestyle? Is it preventable? A clear understanding, even if simplified, is your best defense against becoming diabetic and becoming non-diabetic if you already are. By definition, diabetes is the condition of chronic high blood-sugar. There are two basic types of diabetes; Type-1 and Type-2. Both types are due to an insulin issue. Type-1 diabetes is due to an autoimmune condition where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been amputated by the immune system. As with any amputation, they will not grow back. This leaves the vi...
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Ken Thomas
It has been pointed out that the sentence in the last paragraph that reads, "The very fortunate thing is that diabetes is easy to ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:12
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Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span

Ken’s Type-1 Diabetes Journey Part 6: Glycemic Index and Attention Span
As a Type-1 diabetic, the study of insulin and metabolism has been a subject of obsessive interest for the last 26 years.  From personal experience I have found that maintaining normal blood sugar involves more than simply injecting insulin.  It turns out that it is not entirely a simple matter of matching insulin dose to consumed calories.  Within the first year of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I discovered foods that result in the lowest required insulin doses and ones that result in the largest.  Additionally, the foods that require the lowest insulin also provide the greatest vitality, highest level of energy, stamina, strength and agility.  Later, I discovered th...
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