In the mid-1980’s scientists at the Rockefeller Institute published a research paper called “The Glycation Theory of Disease.” This research effectively killed the 30-year belief that it was cholesterol and fat that were at the root of many diseases. The theory proposed that blood sugar would bind tightly and irreversibly to the body’s tissue proteins.
When a bond forms then that “glycated protein” binds to the one next to it and a chain reaction forms whereas the body becomes glued together,losing its elasticity. Blood vessels become clogged, inflammation products arise damaging tissues even further. In 2008, there are now more than 5,000 research papers implicating blood sugar as the cause of most degenerative diseases.
It appears that it never was cholesterol and fat that were the causes of disease, it was blood sugar. But the medical doctors, scientists, and people of the world have been led to believe in the dangers of cholesterol and fat. An enormous pharmaceutical industry has grown in response to these mistaken beliefs.
Recent research is only coming around to the idea of the dangers of glucose and the debilitating effects of the glycation process. In fact, ask people if they’ve ever heard of glycation and you’ll likely get 0 out of 100 people. That shows how entrenched the cholesterol theory is in the minds of the population.
The emerging role of endocrine disruptors in pathogenesis of insulin resistance
Endocrine disruptors or endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) represent a highly heterogeneous group of molecules found in the environment or in consumer products. Toxicology and epidemiology studies have suggested the involvement of diverse EDCs in an increasing number of metabolic disorders, including insulin resistance (IR) and IR-related co morbidities, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and polycystic ovary syndrome. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), another IR related condition, is emerging as a significant public health concern, affecting 30-45% of the general population in the Western world. To evaluate whether EDCs may also play a role in the pathogenesis of NAFLD, we reviewed the literature on well-studied EDCs, such as dioxins, bisphenol A, phthalates and other persistent organic pollutants, in relation to pathways that might contribute to the pathogenesis of fatty liver / NAFDL. This is yet another explanation for the explosion in diabetes.
Current dietary recommendations create an environment that is conducive to glycation. Recently I read the dietary recommendations that personal trainers were to provide to their clients and the “expert” advice was to consume 50-70% of one’s total daily calories as carbohydrates. That’s absurd and dangerous.
Today there is emphasis on the idea that there are good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates and this is reflected in the junk science called the glycemic index. This index argues that different foods can have differing effects in the rate of rise of blood sugar and that this is somehow meaningful to glucose control.
Even the American Diabetes Association has refused to accept the glycemic index as an effective means of controlling blood sugar and regulating diabetes.
It appears, then, that blood sugar control cannot occur while following the dietary recommendations of our medical elite.