Glycemic Index Diet Willmar MN

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.

Glenn Carl Buchanan, MD
(320) 231-5000
101 Willmar Ave SW
Willmar, MN
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Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1970
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Hospital: Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar, Mn
Group Practice: Affiliated Community Med Ctr

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Ann Elizabeth Kearns
(507) 284-2511
200 1st St Sw
Rochester, MN
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Robert Michael Cuddihy
(952) 993-3143
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd
St Louis Park, MN
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Marwan Hamaty
(612) 371-1600
2220 Riverside Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
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Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Irene Hong-McAtee, MD
(612) 626-5716
516 Delaware St SE MMC 404 PWB 13-124
Minneapolis, MN
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Washington University St. Louis: MD: 1999
Graduation Year: 1999

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Robert John Sjoberg, MD
(218) 249-7890
1000 E 1st St Ste 203
Duluth, MN
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1979

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Rebecca Sue Bahn, MD
(507) 284-0051
200 1st St SW
Rochester, MN
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Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism
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Female
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Medical School: Mayo Med Sch, Rochester Mn 55905
Graduation Year: 1981

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Bradley Scott Miller, MD
(621) 624-5409
MMC 8404 PWB 13-124 516 Delaware
Minneapolis, MN
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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Male
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1997

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Lawrence Neil Mulmed, MD
(612) 336-5000
14721 Woodruff Rd
Wayzata, MN
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Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969
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Hospital: Abbott Northwestern Hosp, Minneapolis, Mn; Fairview University Med Ctr -U, Minneapolis, Mn
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Dr.Luke Benedict
(651) 241-5000
255 Smith Ave N #203
Saint Paul, MN
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis
Year of Graduation: 1999
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Endocrinologist
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Glycemic Index Decoded

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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

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