In this article I will attempt to highlight the most important aspects about diabetes and what you really need to know about it.
It can be scary to get a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, I know I was, and so I really want to explain to you that this disease, even though it is very serious – you can actually reverse it, and put it into remission. But we need to first understand it.
About Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is where the pancreas produces enough insulin, but the cells cannot utilize the insulin properly, because they have developed a resistance towards it. Type 2 Diabetes is also called Insulin Resistance, and the high blood sugar is known as hyperglycemia.
When we eat, food becomes glucose in the blood stream to fuel our body with energy. In order for this glucose to get into the cells, insulin is released by the beta cells in the pancreas to bring the glucose into the cells. Insulin acts as a key to open the cell’s insulin receptors, for the glucose to get into the cells.
Insulin is at the same time also a fat storing hormone and stores the excess food energy in the liver and the muscles for later use. It also dumps the excess energy as fat on the belly and inside the body and around the organs such as the liver and the pancreas. This fat is known as visceral fat.
The liver and the pancreas are the two blood sugar regulating organs, and when they get filled up with fat from overeating they loose communication with each other. This results in Type 2 Diabetes because they no longer can regulate the blood sugar optimally.
Type 2 diabetics overeat. They love to eat all the time simply because their blood sugar levels are high, and when they drop a bit, that makes them crave more food to keep their blood sugar levels high. It’s a vicious circle, and one that increases Insulin Resistance and promotes overweight.
It works like this. When you have Insulin Resistance you have high blood sugar. And as your blood sugar increases you get more Insulin Resistance and so on.
With Insulin Resistance only a small portion of glucose gets into the cells. In this situation, the cells don´t get enough energy any longer, and blood sugar gets backed up in the bloodstream, causing a high blood sugar level. At the same time, it causes our cells to starve of energy. This, over time, can lead to many serious complications, such as infections and amputations.
In essence, the organs of the body slowly start to rot. Type 2 Diabetes is therefore also known as a rotting disease. Because our cells do not get adequately fueled by the glucose. Due to this many diabetes patients are often tired; simply because they don´t have the energy, they are supposed to have.
The reason, Insulin Resistance develops in the body, is because of excess fat from animal proteins that enters the cells, and when the cells get fueled by fat instead of glucose, they wall out the insulin by withdrawing the insulin receptors because they now are fueled by fat. This is also a form of inflammation in the cells-
High Blood Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes Are Two Different Things!
The high blood sugar is not actually the disease itself, but is only a symptom of Type 2 Diabetes.
Imagine a person who has an infection that causes a headache. The headache is not the actual disease. The infection is, and that’s what needs to be addressed.
In the same way with Type 2 Diabetes, the high blood sugar is only a symptom of Diabetes, and it is the cause of the symptom, the underlying cause or the root of the problem that needs to be understood and then treated.
The underlying cause, or the root cause of Diabetes, is the insulin resistance. That’s what is causing the high blood sugar because it blocks out the sugar from entering the cells in the tissue.
I used to believe that it is the high insulin level that is the cause of the resistance but the more I study this disease, the more I learn, and I believe now that it is actually the high fat in foods that enters the cells causing an inflammation, like a wall around the cells that block out the insulin from bringing the blood sugar into the cells. And thereby the blood sugar stays in the blood stream together with the insulin causing both high blood sugar, known as type 2 diabetes as well as a high insulin level, which is a major contributor to many of the major diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke etc.
Diabetes Can Be Treated With a Low Fat Plant Based Whole Foods Diet
To treat diabetes successfully, it is the Insulin Resistance that needs to be addressed and not the high blood sugar, which is only a symptom of the disease.
Before you can actually treat it, you must know the cause of insulin resistance, and it is caused by too much fat in the diet. Too much saturated fat from animal proteins such as meat, dairy, and eggs. So if you want to free yourself of type 2 diabetes you must replace animal proteins (saturated fats) with low fat plant based whole foods such as salad, vegetables, quinoa, rice etc. (name more). These will gradually cleanse out the fats stored in the cells so the cells insulin receptors again will be sensitive to the insulin.
Low fat plant based whole foods are the key to reversing type 2 diabetes.
And foods like potatoes and rice are actually good for you even though the message for type 2 diabetics always have been to exclude high carbohydrate foods. Funny enough it’s actually those foods that will heal your insulin resistance and make you sensitive to insulin again when at the same time you cut animal proteins out of your diet, or drastically reduce these.
So a healthy plate for type 2 diabetics looks like this. (actually it’s healthy for all people, including those with chronic illness.
- 1/4 vegetables (including starchy vegetables)
- 1/4 plate of grains like rice or quinoa etc,
- 1/4 plate of fruits and
- 1/4 plate of legumes such as red beans and lentils etc.
Type 2 diabetes is not the high blood sugar which is only a symptom of the disease.
Instead diabetes is the underlying insulin resistance caused by too much fat in the cells.
To put this state into remission you need to go on a low fat plant based diet, and reduce animal proteins drastically or remove them completely.