How to Stop Diabetes and Save Your life - Part 1

First things first
Chances are, if you’re reading this you already have been diagnosed with T2D, are pre-diabetic, or know someone who is.

I want to state this up front so there is no confusion. T2D doesn’t happen in a vacuum and you have a very good chance of managing it and living symptom-free if you learn how to change your lifestyle and nutrition habits.

Many people are doing this now WITHOUT medication, using nutrition as their means to freedom. Food is medicine.

Read this eBook if you have diabetes and want to reduce your symptoms, manage your life better, or reduce your medications. This is a great primer and learning tool for anyone who is at risk or to reduce their risk of getting diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. Insulin’s job is to get glucose (sugars from the carbs that we eat) into your cells to be used as energy for your body.

When you eat too many carbs and your body has more glucose in it than it needs, two things will happen:

1. Your body makes more insulin. When this happens and the level of glucose in your blood is already high, then insulin changes its primary mission from transporting glucose for fuel to storing glucose into fat. This is where much of your body fat comes from.

2. The more insulin you produce over time creates a decline in its effectiveness in your body. Your body stops recognizing insulin and refusing to let it do its primary job. This leads to the need for more insulin because blood glucose is no longer being accepted into cells for fuel. This is called insulin resistance and T2D.

The longer you live in this state of insulin resistance the more damage you are doing to your pancreas. Eventually, the cells that create insulin in the pancreas will die off and you will lose the ability to create insulin on your own,

See where this is going…? It’s a vicious circle that has no end.

How do you get to this point?
I’ve worked with many people who have dealt with or are dealing with insulin resistance. The common factor for many of them is the shock and surprise of their condition when they thought they were doing OK with their nutrition.

Not all of them mind you, but being diagnosed with T2D or insulin resistance takes many people by surprise. There are three main reasons why this happens.

Many people think it’s genetic. I hear it all the time. “I don’t have to worry about diabetes, no one in my family has had it”, or I do need to worry about diabetes, my dad had it.” While genetics doesn’t help you fight it off, just because someone in your family had it doesn’t mean you will or won’t get diabetes. It’s a factor but not the biggest one. Your lifestyle and the choices you make are the single largest contributing factor to your risk of contracting the disease.

Much nutrition information is wrong and deadly. Unfortunately, it’s become increasingly difficult to make the right choices because most of the information we’re taught from childhood if wrong and creates an environment where diabetes will become an issue for an increasing number of people year after year. Let's update some of that information now.
  • Fat does not make you fat. Carbs do.
  • Vegetable oils will kill you.
  • Any food labeled “Low Fat” will increase your risk for diabetes.
  • Eating red meat doesn’t give you a heart attack or colon cancer.
  • Reducing your calories if you’re still eating bad food doesn’t reduce your risk.
Abundance and ease of access to deadly processed food. The information that has been pushed and promoted into our society has not only misled millions of people, but the commercial availability of carbohydrate-based foods is astounding. Carbohydrates are easy to process, last longer, taste better (sugar). Try this… name one thing you snack on that is not a carb or has carbs or sugar in it. Yes, that includes, fruits and nuts.

Carbohydrates offer fewer nutrients by volume. They are less satiating so you can eat more per meal. They are less expensive and they are everywhere. The worst thing is that much of the food you eat has carbohydrates in it and you don’t even know. The food industry has done an excellent job of changing names of ingredients and getting away with literal lies on the labeling of foods that you eat every day.

Let’s look at risk
Here are the risk factors for T2D. I’m breaking these into things you can prevent and things you cannot. Looking at this list should put the issues we just went over in context.

TIP: The things you can prevent have a greater impact on the overall picture.

Weight. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin.

Inactivity. The less active you are, the greater your risk. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.

High blood pressure. Having blood pressure over 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels. If you have low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol, your risk of type 2 diabetes is higher. Triglycerides are another type of fat carried in the blood. People with high levels of triglycerides have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. 

Not Preventable
Family history. Your risk increases if a parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.

Race. Although it's unclear why, people of certain races — including black people, Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian-Americans — are at higher risk.

Age. Your risk increases as you get older. This may be because you tend to exercise less, lose muscle mass and gain weight as you age. But type 2 diabetes is also increasing among children, adolescents, and younger adults.

Gestational diabetes. If you developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, your risk of developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes later increases. If you gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds (4 kilograms), you're also at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Polycystic ovary syndrome. For women, having polycystic ovary syndrome — a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity — increases the risk of diabetes.

To sum all of this up.
Too much sugar in the blood causes your system to overproduce insulin. Over time this will cause you to get fat, and eventually burn out your ability to make insulin.

The way you get too much sugar in your blood is by eating too many carbohydrates and sugar. They are everywhere and in almost everything. If you don’t know what to look for, you are in serious trouble.

The big indicators of your risk for T2D are being overweight, not doing anything active, having high blood pressure, or low HDL cholesterol and high Triglycerides.

Coming up
Keep an eye out for part 2. I'll discuss more on why carbs have the geatest impact on insulin resistance and what to do about it.


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