Happy November, friends! This month we are recognizing diabetes awareness and World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14th. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million people in the US are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. More than one million people are diagnosed every year! Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, while type 2 may be managed with insulin, dietary changes, medications and exercise
In September, Whitney, a board-certified dietitian-nutritionist and diabetic educator, shared her findings with us after studying the effects of replacing carbohydrates with Superseed Life products among two participants with type 1 diabetes. Because the Standard American Diet (SAD) is rich in carbohydrates, it naturally makes blood sugar harder to control, requiring more insulin. During one phase of the study, participants consumed traditional SAD foods—high carbs, low fiber. In the other phase, individuals ate Superseed Life (SSL) products instead of the usual carb sources—grains, starches, legumes, dairy, sugar, etc. The results were incredible!
Whitney said, “Both subjects reduced insulin requirements, overall carbohydrate intake, reduction in their average daily blood sugar (BG), and improved Time in Range. Subjects also ate more routinely, with a greater caloric intake throughout the day and were able to reduce their insulin needs by 90% and 60% respectively. Both subjects also reported an improved mood during the SSL phase.”
“Americans require 25-37g of dietary fiber per day and consume a measly 15g on average. During the SSL phase, all subjects met their fiber goals. Feeling hungry and deprived? Increase your fiber intake! Subjects said they felt satisfied, full, and in a good mood during the SSL phase…This is the new-new—Superseed life is on the horizon of something very exciting! Food to reduce medicine.”
Wouldn’t it be remarkable if we could consistently reduce the amount of medication we take by changing our diet? Whitney’s research proved that replacing low-fiber carbohydrates with high-fiber foods made with plant protein and healthy fats from seeds can help level blood sugar AND lessen the need for supplemented insulin. This could result in better sleep, money saved on medication, and more glycemic control—in two words: life change. Find Whitney’s full report on glycemic control and insulin requirements in a type I diabetic population using high-fiber dietary interventions here. We can’t wait to share more with you this week about how Superseed is infiltrating the diabetic community!
Not suffering from diabetes? Our message still stands! We can all learn from Whitney take a closer look at our carbohydrate intake and how it makes us feel. Healthy fats, fiber and plant protein instead of carbs and refined sugar are one way to keep blood sugar on track and help ALL OF US feel our best.