If you are like the vast majority of the population, you probably think that the root cause of adult onset diabetes is a sugar problem.
If this is your assumption, you are wrong.
Well then, it must be because of your genes, you say…
OK, then it must be because you don’t produce enough insulin…
Adult onset diabetes, aka Type 2, is caused by a metabolic malfunction due to something called Insulin Resistance.
And guess what causes insulin resistance?
You heard right. Too. Much. Fat.
Now, stay with me on this because what you are about to learn may save you from a future of devastating health breakdown OR set you on a course of completely turning your diabetic or pre-diabetic situation around.
And just in case you think this doesn’t apply to you, think again. The CDC confirms that over 100 million Americans have diabetes. And frighteningly, 1 out of 3 adults is pre-diabetic. Of this group, 9 out of 10 don’t even know it! So listen up and learn if you could be a victim of this devastating malfunction…
The point I’m making here is that insulin resistance has reached pandemic proportions and is growing at an alarming rate. The chances are very high that you are insulin resistant, and you don’t even realize it.
Type 2 diabetes, which makes up 90% of all diabetic types, is a lifestyle problem. That means that your lifestyle brought it on, and your lifestyle can take it away.
With correct lifestyle and dietary modifications, you can completely transform and resolve your Type 2 diabetes. I kid you not. But, you must be willing to change your ways that lead you down the insulin resistant path and resulting diabetic or pre-diabetic state.
There is a huge misconception out there that sugary carbs cause diabetes. But first, let’s sort out this carb thing, which is the first area of confusion.
It is important to understand that there are 2 kinds of carbs in general:
- The good carbs: fruits, vegetables, whole grains
- The bad carbs: processed foods, fast foods, breads, pastries, candy
A lifestyle of bad carb consumption is a setup in the creation of insulin resistance. But wait you say… Aren’t those bad carbs full of sugar? Yes. But they are also full of FAT!!
The SAD (Standard American Diet) of animal products, refined vegetable oils, eggs, cheese, dairy products, processed foods, sodas, and fried foods provides the perfect storm for the creation of adult onset diabetes.
An even sadder truth is that our society, in general, is not eating enough life-sustaining and health-promoting whole foods like fruits and veggies.
Media hype has everyone afraid of eating an abundance of the very foods that nature has given us that are nutrient-dense and health-restoring!
Why? Because “they say,” for one thing, that fruits contain sugar and are to be avoided. Yes, it’s true that fruits contain natural sugars. HOWEVER…
The naturally occurring fructose contained in fruits does NOT cause out-of-control blood sugar spiking, nor does eating fruit lead you down the pathway to a diabetes diagnosis. In fact, just the opposite!
The fructose sugar in fruit is part of a whole food complex and goes through a very different and slower digestive breakdown than processed sugars. It is completely different than highly processed refined sugars and isolated, adulterated, industrially-produced fructose varieties like HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) which will indeed keep those blood sugar levels shooting to the moon.
The SAD is loaded with these highly refined sugars, along with highly processed and devastating-to-your-health fats.
The media has strongly promoted high-fat, low-carb diets–the very diet that leads to insulin resistance and a resulting diabetic diagnosis. Why would they do such a thing if the long-term consequences are so detrimental?
Profits. There are big bucks to be made in these high-fat industries.
The unthinkable truth… The dairy industry, the beef industry, the egg and poultry industry, the seafood industry, the refined oil industry, all the high-fat money makers, do not give one hoot about your health. It’s all about the bottom line.
Eat your fats and forsake your fruits, they tout, with twisted truths and jilted studies. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that there is no money to be made in promoting fruits. But livestock and high-fat industries… Big bucks!
Who do you think is funding all those magazine cover comebacks and biased studies on the benefits of the high-fat, low-carb diets? Those same money-hungry industrialists who pay to tilt the scale in their favor in the research materials that are presented to you, the unknowing, trusting and naïve public.
So hang onto your hat because I am going to explain precisely what occurs that leads to insulin resistance and the diabetic symptoms you can look forward to as a result…
- Clogged arteries
- Kidney failure
- High cholesterol
- Erectile dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
In order to understand insulin resistance, it is important to first understand what happens in a healthy body when you eat a meal…
- The sugars in your meal are transformed into glucose, a usable form of sugar that your body uses for energy.
- From the glucose, a storable form called glycogen is made to replenish your energy needs in the absence of incoming glucose food sources. This is a good and essential thing as glucose is essential in powering the muscles and cells for movement and energy.
- Glucose enters the bloodstream to be delivered to the cells.
- This causes the blood sugar level to rise and triggers the pancreas to produce insulin.
- Insulin is a hormone that acts as a taxi driver to deliver the glucose to the cells for uptaking.
- Insulin knocks on the door of the cells with its glucose delivery.
- The cells open the door and uptake the glucose delivery.
- When the cell uptakes the glucose for energy to run on, the blood sugar levels in the bloodstream return to normal again.
This is what we want to have happen when we consume our meals and in the process of normal glucose metabolism! However, in the case of high-fat, high-sugar SAD diets over time, it goes like this…
- A high-fat meal is consumed which floods the bloodstream with fats causing the triglyceride levels to rise.
- The highly refined sugars in the meal cause the blood sugar to spike and trigger the pancreas to produce insulin to lower the amount of sugar in the bloodstream.
- Over time, this constant high fat diet overburdens the fat cells to maximum capacity which is the only place fat should be stored.
- All this fat has to go somewhere, so it overburdens the liver which leads to fatty liver disease and is pushed into the muscles which leads to obesity.
- All the refined sugars keep the pancreas working overtime to produce excess insulin to try to manage the onslaught of all the excess sugars in the bloodstream.
- Eventually, the cells become clogged up with all the fat and refuse to accept anymore insulin deliveries of glucose.
- The insulin taxi knocks on the cell door with its delivery, but the cell says go away and refuses to let glucose in.
- The cell is now inflamed from all the fat to the point of nothing can come in or go out and not only is the cell now insulin resistant, it is also weight loss resistant due to all the inflammation.
- The vicious cycle continues, trapping glucose in the bloodstream, pushing more fat into the muscles causing more weight gain, and the pancreas exhausts itself from all the excess insulin production.
Because the cells are now refusing the insulin delivery of glucose due to fat congestion, heart disease develops along with a high risk of stroke and heart attack.
Numbness and tingling of the toes and legs can begin. Serious eyesight problems manifest. Men complain about erectile problems. Blood pressure problems develop. Cholesterol numbers are elevated. You are either too fat or too skinny.
And the nightmarish traditional medical treatment begins when your doctor prescribes a drug to lower your blood glucose level in the blood…
- Metformin is prescribed to try and force glucose into the cells and lower your blood glucose level
- The dosage is run up to the max until another drug must be introduced
- The new drug is also run up to max until…
- The doc starts talking about needles and insulin injections
- Cholesterol levels keep climbing and your doc prescribes a drug to lower it
- The blood pressure takes off and your doc prescribes statin meds and 1-4 prescriptions to control it
- Weight runs up from all the fat in the muscles and a low cal diet is recommended that fails
You see, drug therapy treatments do not correct a dietary and lifestyle problem. They make matters worse, along with all the toxic side effects.
They do, however, make the medical industry a whole lot of money.
Until you make the necessary lifestyle and dietary corrections, your insulin resistance will spin out of control and lead to a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis.
Diabetes won’t kill you. But, all the complications from diabetes will, like heart attack and stroke.
“But wait!” you exclaim. “I follow a keto (or other high-fat, low-carb diet), my blood sugar levels never looked better, and I finally lost that stubborn weight.”
Expect short term results with long term health devastation from these unnatural, latest fad, high-fat, low-carb diets. But that’s another blogpost….
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