Diabetes Smarts

This isn’t just a health crisis waiting to explode – diabetes rates have already blown up exponentially for the past several decades. And it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

This eye-opening, hard-hitting documentary walks you through why we’ve allowed the threat of diabetes to loom over us for so long. But more than that, it also shows you how to escape this deadly trap and live a diabetes-free life.

Every half a minute, about 5 people die from diabetes-related complications. More than ever, this is the time to take action and take your health back into your hands.

Realizing the danger of an unhealthy lifestyle, he moved from the U.S. to New Zealand with his wife Roxanna. But even with the abundance of fresh and whole foods in his new home country, Judd still faced the challenge of living healthy.

So, he documented his quest to find the answers he was looking for – and ultimately, eliminate the threat of diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases.

To unlock the mystery of diabetes, Judd sought the expert insights of medical authorities on the subject. He travelled around the world to interview doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, fitness experts, educators, parents, students, and diabetics.

Using their rich knowledge base, this documentary puts together the pieces of the puzzle to help people understand how this silent, deadly disease works – and more importantly, how to STOP it.

Host Judd Resnick introduces us to a frightening new reality; we now live in a world where nearly 10% of the global population is diabetic. His quest for health led him to move from America to New Zealand, but the truth that diabetes can affect anyone anywhere led him to seek real answers as to how we can solve this crisis both for ourselves and for our loved ones.

In this introductory episode, we learn the basics of what it means to be diagnosed with type 1, type 2, and prediabetes. We meet type 1 diabetic Ryan Provencher, and former type 2 diabetics Nigel Southam and Rachel Woodrow. They each discovered impactful and lasting methods for successfully lowering their blood glucose levels to the point at which they are each no longer classified as type 2 diabetics. How did they accomplish this amazing feat? In upcoming episodes we’ll explore the secrets to their success, and we’ll meet other amazing people who’ve also triumphed over diabetes.

The main culprit for the alarming rise in cases of diabetes is the dramatic increase of sugar, or “carbs” in our diets. Why is sugar deemed to be “bad?” As we’ll discover in this episode, there are many forms of sugar, and not all are necessarily “evil,” and, in fact, humans need to consume certain forms of sugar to fuel their bodies.

But we’ll break down which types of sugar are best avoided on a regular basis, where to find dangerous and hidden sugars which are secretly added to certain packaged foods, and how to go about healthfully enjoying a certain type, and amount of carbohydrates without damaging your body. We’ll meet author Megan Kimble and hear her story about how she changed her lifestyle and went “unprocessed.” We’ll also introduce you to chef Ronnie Fisher, who will show us two delicious and healthy snack recipes we can create to help us avoid the highly processed and sugar-laden store-bought snack foods.

Food is essential to life, and in this episode we’ll look at every main food group to learn the benefits and dangers of what you eat. We need carbohydrates, and there are healthy carbs we can and should consume on a daily basis. Did you know that sugar is found not just in “junk” foods, but also in fruits and vegetables?

We’ll learn the importance of fiber and protein in relation to managing diabetes. We’ll also reveal the danger of red meat – how much is “too much” to consume, and which other types of meat might be a healthier option? What are “Blue Zones” and what lessons can we learn from the people who live in these areas? Nutritionist Vandana Sheth, will show us a new method for gauging which types of foods and how much of each we should have on our plate at meal time. And Chef Ronnie will show us how to cook a healthy and delicious salmon salad.

Now that we understand the basics of the main food groups, it’s time to delve into the hows, whys and wheres for eating “the right” foods. We’ll journey to the grocery store and show you how to properly navigate each isle to find the healthiest and most cost-effective foods you should be including in your daily meals. We’ll also show you an example of a delicious and healthy pasta alternative you can cook up from home in under half an hour.

We’ll reveal why sometimes you can eat a higher quantity of food while still consuming less calories. Sometimes you just can’t avoid packaged food products, but for those moments we’ll teach you how to properly understand purposefully confusing nutrition labels so that you can make the healthiest choices. Fat loss and nutrition expert Ari Whitten will reveal why certain diets may actually end up making us fatter, and we’ll expose the truth behind artificial sweeteners. Could they actually be more harmful to our health than natural sugars? Plus, Chef Ronnie will once again show us how to create a healthy and cost-effective meal.

Properly managing or avoiding type 2 diabetes is not just accomplished by consuming healthy foods, we must also add movement to our daily lives. Exercise is vitally important, both for our hearts and our blood glucose levels. A growing lack of physical activity is ruining the health of our youngest generation. We’ll discover exactly how unhealthy kids and young adults have become.

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