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Recently, USA Today reported on the increasing rates of childhood obesity and the growing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in children. (1)
According to reporter Liz Szabo, a new study shows that diabetes in children rose sharply from 2000–2009.
Over the past 5 years, Dr. David Ludwig, lead author of the study and director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, says, “Most likely, things have gotten worse."
Dr. Ludwig and his colleagues found that from 2000–2009:
Experts believe that the inner ecosystem majorly influences the development of diabetes. You can restore healthy bacteria in your inner ecosystem by enjoying cultured vegetables daily, made with the Veggie Culture Starter.
Type 2 diabetes was once called adult-onset diabetes since it mainly showed up in adults who were overweight or obese, but we are now seeing more and more children with the disorder. When someone develops type 2 diabetes, the cells within the body become insulin resistant. When this happens, cells lose the ability to respond to the hormone insulin, which allows them to accept sugar.
This means that too much sugar remains in the blood while too little sugar goes into the cells—these cells eventually starve, and tissue dies.
Adults and children alike diagnosed with type 2 diabetes face a future with serious complications, including:
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is associated with obesity. But to make a blanket statement and say that everyone with type 2 diabetes is obese—well, that’s a stretch. The reality is that while obesity is associated with type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t necessarily cause it.
What, then, is the missing link?
According to some experts, your inner ecosystem plays a major role. In his new book, Missing Microbes, Martin Blaser at NYU Langone Medical Center explains that the human inner ecosystem is changing.
These changes are happening because of antibiotic therapy and because the American diet is increasingly devoid of foods that are high in plant fiber—foods that feed the microbes living in the digestive tract.
Dr. Ludwig agrees that a diet rich in vegetables and plant fiber encourages the growth of good bacteria. He says, "Gut bacteria influence inflammation and the immune system. As our diet changes and is increasingly sterile, we're getting rid of a lot of beneficial bacteria."
As Americans eat more and more refined foods, which are missing these valuable plant fibers, the numbers of good bacteria decrease. And so does diversity. Liz Szabo reports that “scientists are examining whether the trend could be related to rising rates of certain chronic diseases, from asthma and allergies to autism.”
The good news is that scientists are piecing together how the human inner ecosystem relates to serious, chronic disorders like type 2 diabetes and obesity.
For decades, The Body Ecology Diet—gluten-free, casein-free, and sugar-free—has taught how a mainly plant-based, probiotic-rich diet can support the diverse microbes of the gut and boost the immune system.
Body Ecology recommends:
Why are rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes growing among children? Diabetes in children spiked dramatically from 2000-2009. Type 2 diabetes, once called adult-onset diabetes, is occurring more and more in children. Type 2 diabetes can lead to a long list of health issues for adults and children, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and limb amputation.
Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity, though obesity is not necessarily the cause. Many experts believe that the health of the inner ecosystem is a major contributing factor. Good bacteria in the gut are critical to calm inflammation and support immune health. Unhealthy changes to the American diet, along with antibiotic use, are ridding our inner ecosystems of beneficial bacteria needed to fight disease.
You can rebuild your inner ecosystem and protect your family’s health with these Body Ecology Diet guidelines:
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Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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