Will a Low
Glycemic diet will not only make you thinner it can
make you live longer!
I'm Gene Millen, your
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When you get as old as I am being healthy, energetic
and able to do the really important things in life
become high on my priority list.
Some of my friends have been so rude as to suggest
that I'm "older than dirt" so I was intrigued by a
workshop entitled "The Anti-Aging Solution" which
was presented at a recent conference.
One of of
the surprising findings is the tremendous benefits
of a low glycemic diet.
The key speaker was Vincent Giampapa, M.D. cofounder
of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine,
which now has more than 2,000 physician members.
The seminar included the usual anti-aging strategies
that we are familiar with but don?t always practice,
such as reducing stress, eating the right foods,
nutritional supplementation and of course exercise.
Doctor Giampapa and his associates have taken these
strategies to a new level by showing how our choices
can impact our DNA and make a significant difference
in the quality and length of our lives.
The role that sugar and other refined carbohydrates
play in the drama of health and aging was especially
fascinating. Insulin, the chief hormone that
controls metabolism, is the lead character in this
production. Insulin is crucial for good health but
needs to be kept in a narrow range. Too much insulin
can have disastrous effects.
The typical American diet of white flour products,
sugary snacks and fast foods quickly turns into
glucose and our pancreas responds by sending a
stream of insulin to counter the assault.
Sugar is toxic to cells, and this glucose overload
causes the cells to become insulin resistant over
time. When this happens you develop insulin
resistance, which opens the door and invites in
diabetes, heart disease and a host of other life
If you are overweight by more
than 30 pounds your odds of being insulin resistant
multiply and you definitely need a low glycemic diet.
When glucose is oxidized by free radicals it coats
the surface of brain cells causing memory loss. It
is also responsible for skin wrinkling and impaired
"Persistent sleepiness after meals, which is common
among older people, is one of the first signs that
sugar problems exist," says Dr. Giampapa.
Dr. Cynthia Kenyon, a noted anti-aging researcher at
U.C. San Francisco, has extended the life of
earthworms by 600% by turning down the activity of a
single gene, which is the human counterpart of genes
known as the insulin pathway. Relatively speaking,
that?s the equivalent of vibrant, healthy
"I eat a diet that keeps my insulin levels low,"
says Kenyon. "I actually do eat lots of
carbohydrates, just not the starchy refined ones
that turn into sugar quickly in your body."
Jonny Bowden, a certified nutrition specialist and
author of "Living the Low-Carb Life" says, "High
carb diets are lethal because they produce high
levels of insulin and prevent your body from burning
"Research data consistently finds three common
factors in people who are mentally and physically
fit and live to be at least 100 years old," adds
Bowen. "The first is low triglycerides, the second
is high levels of HDL
cholesterol, (the good cholesterol), and the
third is a low level of fasting insulin."
"A low-carb, low glycemic diet improves all these
variables,? says Bowden. "So bingo, you just hit
your three longevity bull?s-eyes. Add
sleep, which are proved to raise HDL, and you?ve got
sounds good to me!
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