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Diabetes, Defined

Defining diabetes by listing all of it’s potential complications is common but can be psychologically defeating, resulting in diabetics’ wondering why they should even bother to modify their diet and lifestyle.

We have developed a simple working defination of diabetes that emphasizes the hope found in sound diabetic treatment. And there’s a bonus: a solution is hidden in the definition.

Diabetes defined: Diabetes is the inability to burn carbohydrates efficiently for energy. Ten words.

This inability to burn carbohydrates is the only basic difference between a person who has diabetes and a person who doesn’t. It puts diabetes squarelyin the catagory of nutritional illnesses, and nutritional illnesses require nutritional treatment. The solution hidden within the definition is: If you aren’t able to burn carbohydrates for energy, don’t depend on carbohydrates for your energy needs.

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