Prof. Wendy Pogozelski, Type One Diabetic
Professor Wendy Pogozelski
State University of New York, TEDx, April 2015
The Livin La Vida, Low-Carb Show, Podcast
You'll hear "Dr. Pogo" talk about why she got extremely interested in biochemistry, what got her to study low-carb diets and then teach it to her students, her published paper on low-carb, her personal Type 1 diabetes diagnosis at the age of 40.
Many people don't know what a carbohydrate is. Sugar and bread, look very different, but in the body they both produce glucose. The sugar is immediate, the bread takes 30 minutes. For diabetics a slow rate of blood sugar rise is very important, but it's even better if that glucose spike can be avoided altogether.
Her doctors told her to eat 130g of carbohydrate a day, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. She understood why that recommendation was wrong.
There are many benefits of lowering carbohydrates in you diet, the first is weight control, the second is reduced inflammation, and increased protective HDL cholesterol. But for diabetics, eating very low carbohydrate means that your blood sugars are always quite low and the amount of insulin you need is tiny, so the potential for error is vastly reduced.
Insulin is a hormone, it is the key that opens body cells walls so glucose can enter the cell. But if there is excess insulin, it also drives the conversion of glucose into fat.
High blood glucose reacts with proteins in the body. The reaction with red blood cells is particularly unfortunate, it makes them sticky and reduces the blood flow to the extremities of the body. That causes a lack of oxygen and cells struggle to get enough oxygen for respiration.
The difference between a ketogenic vs. a non-ketogenic diet, is that ONLY in ketosis are there enough ketones available, for your brain to switch metabolism and use ketones while conserve glucose which is now in short supply.
There are a barrage of bogus studies that come out lying about low-carb diets. Put on your thinking caps today because Dr. Wendy Pogozelski will give you a lot to ponder.