Type 2 diabetes has reached tsunami levels, with no slowdown in sight. All in just the last forty years or so. What changed? What’s different now?
We need to look at this.
Type 2 diabetes comes when your body can’t use the insulin it produces. With insulin on the sidelines, blood sugar roars out of control. The problem , though, is not the sugar, but the insulin.
It’s called insulin resistance. We have the insulin we need, but it doesn’t work.
Doctors tell us it comes from metabolic syndrome, which includes excess weight, high triglyceride levels and high blood pressure.
Well, looky here! Guess what appeared on the horizon forty years or so ago that just happens to cause excess weight, high triglyceride levels and high blood pressure?. Why, it’s high fructose corn syrup. Imagine that! Suspicious, eh? Yeah, there are other suspects, but HFCS is huge.
Especially since a recent study gave one group of rats a diet that included sugar, and gave a second group of rats the exact same diet, except for replacing sugar with high fructose corn syrup. The sugar rats stayed healthy and slim. The high fructose corn syrup rats got sick and fat as blimps.
Now, these sound like clues to me. In fact, enough to make getting rid of high fructose corn syrup sound like a winner.
The medical approach to treating Type 2 diabetes isn’t all it could be either. They don’t even try to fix the problem, just treat the symptoms.
Overcoming diabetes isn’t all about lowering blood sugar. As I said, sugar’s not the problem. And we’re learning that lowering sugar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Our bodies need sugar to do a lot of things–which all go haywire when sugar isn’t available. More importantly, taking the pharmaceutical axe to blood sugar bumps people off.
What we need to do is get our bodies to use the insulin we produce. This is certainly doable, but not if you stick to the diet created by diabetes poobahs.
First, the poobahs recommend a load of grains, but a lot of people, especially those with endocrine problems–which diabetes is–can’t tolerate grains. Grains ain’t what they used to be. Ditch ’em.
Then they recommend limiting protein. What’s that about? Health requires protein. Our bodies do all their work via the enzymes they create. And the source of those enzymes? Protein.
Plus, the endocrine system is a protein hog–and, again, diabetes is an endocrine disease. You need adequate protein. Good protein comes from grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, free range chickens, eggs from free range chickens, etc. that don’t have hormones, antibiotics or other hitchhikers.
Following that, they recommend a carb level guaranteed to put things into a tizzy. When your insulin’s in a world of hurt, don’t beat up on it by shoveling in carbs.
And then they say to avoid saturated fat! Will the nonsense never end? Our bodies need saturated fat. Our thyroid gland gets the blues without saturated fat, and a sad thyroid complicates diabetes big time. In fact, a down-in-the-dumps thyroid can cause diabetes.
Besides, you know what our bodies use to create insulin? You guessed ‘er. Sat fat. (But do read my article Does It Matter What Cows Eat about how get the good stuff.)
How much fat, protein and carbs? Generally, saturated fat comes first (in grams consumed), then protein, then carbs, but anybody’s who’s been alive for more than a day or two knows that one size never fits all. Start with the general rule and listen to your body about whether or not it’s happy. Tweak as needed.
But no matter how conscientious we are about our diet, we need vitamins and minerals to arm our bodies with enough ammunition to fight the good fight. Endocrine people especially.
Which is why I keep jumping up and down about supplements. They gave me my life back.
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