Glycemic Index Diet Mason City IA

In the glycemic index system, foods receive a score from zero to 100 based on how much and how quickly they raise blood sugar levels. Pure glucose scores a 100, while proteins and fats, which don't impact blood sugar, get a zero.

John Henry Brinkman, MD
(641) 422-6999
7 Woodbine Rd
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City, Ia
Group Practice: Mercy Internal Med

Data Provided by:
Udaya M Kabadi, MD
(319) 353-7248
200 Hawkins Dr # E420GH
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided by:
Chitravathi Yerrapareddy
(319) 833-5830
1717 W Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Data Provided by:
Kelly J Seiler
(515) 241-6500
1215 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Pediatric Endocrinology

Data Provided by:
Edward J Hertko, MD
5912 Dakota Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1954

Data Provided by:
Sanford M Markham
(319) 356-2638
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

Data Provided by:
Gregory Eben Peterson, DO
(515) 247-4113
411 Laurel St Ste 3275
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Diabetes
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
Bradley J VanVoorhis
(319) 356-4536
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology

Data Provided by:
Harold P Schedl, MD PHD
(319) 356-2742
4574 JCP Univ of IA Hosp & Clin
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided by:
William I Sivitz
(319) 353-7710
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Glycemic Index Decoded

Provided by: 

By Lisa Marshall

We’ve churned through Atkins, South Beach, and The Zone and seen the rise and fall of countless other “miracle” diets. But as the nation’s collective waistline continues to swell, along with rates of heart disease and diabetes, many believe the solution lies in a decades-old system called the glycemic index. “It’s not glamorous, it doesn’t have any sizzle, but it works,” says Lucy Beale, a weight-loss coach in Utah and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Glycemic Weight Loss (Penguin, 2005).

Created nearly 30 years ago, the glycemic index ranks carbohydrates on how much they raise blood sugar. It has been generating considerable buzz, with such celebrities as Bill and Hillary Clinton among its fans and TV commercials heralding it as the key to weight loss. At the same time, a chorus of critics has emerged questioning the index’s purported benefits and arguing that following it too strictly leads to an unhealthy diet.

Carb conundrum
Diabetes researchers in Canada invented the index in the late 1970s while testing the effect of starchy foods on blood sugar. When you eat carbohydrates, digestive enzymes break them down to glucose, which enters the blood and raises blood-sugar levels. The pancreas pumps out insulin, prompting cells to take in the glucose to either use as energy or convert to fat.

During the 1970s starch tests, the researchers discovered that—contrary to conventional wisdom at the time—not all carbs are created equal. Some, like Russet potatoes, speed through the digestive system and send blood sugar and insulin levels soaring and crashing fast; others, like lentils, metabolize far more slowly. Surprisingly, much maligned foods—like ice cream—actually spike insulin less than healthy-seeming ones like rice cakes.

In the glycemic index system, foods receive a score from zero to 100 based on how much and how quickly they raise blood sugar levels. Pure glucose scores a 100, while proteins and fats, which don’t impact blood sugar, get a zero. A score of 70 or higher qualifies as high glycemic; 56 to 69, medium; and 0 to 55, low. For years, the index didn’t spark much interest. But fast forward to 2006, and diet gurus and health experts have resurrected it, calling the low-glycemic or “slow carb” diet a healthier evolution of the low-carb fad.

“Part of the rationale of the low-carb diet is to reduce those radical spikes and ebbs in insulin,” says Thomas Wolever, MD, a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and one of the pioneers of the index. “The GI is a way to do that without reducing the carb intake and without eating more fat and protein.” A growing body of research suggests that stabilizing blood-sugar and insulin levels not only lowers the risk for diabetes, but also fends off heart disease, certain cancers, and age-related macular degeneration. One Harvard study, for example, found that those who ate foods higher on the index had nearly twice the risk fo...

Author: Lisa Marshall

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...