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Diabetes – What You Need to Know

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

photo showing bright colored vegetablesTo treat diabetes successfully, the Insulin Resistance 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 refined carbohydrates, 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, fruits, berries nuts and seeds as well as cut drastically down on refined carbohydrates. These natural foods 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. But you don’t have to go plant based if you don’t want to. Cutting drastically down on meat and animal proteins is also an option.

Conclusion

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, caused by poor nutrition.

To put this state into remission you need to cut drastically down on refined carbohydrates  and eat a low fat plant based diet. Thats one option, or reducing animal proteins drastically or remove them completely.

 

 

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Type 2 Diabetes and Intermittent Fasting

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.

This article Type 2 Diabetes and Intermittent Fasting will help you understand what type 2 diabetes is and how it works as well as give you and understanding of intermittent fasting and its health benefits in relation to Type 2 Diabetes.

What Happens When We Eat?

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, makes them crave more food to keep the blood sugar levels high. It’s a vicious circle, and one that increases Insulin Resistance and promotes overweight.

How Insulin Resistance Works

Insulin Resistance 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, due to their Insulin Resistance.

The reason, Insulin Resistance develops in the body, is because of either poor nutrition, overeating, and stress which all contribute to type 2 diabetes.

So rather than Type 2 Diabetes being an incurable chronic disease, it is actually a lifestyle disease that can be overcome through proper nutrition and gentle daily exercise. Research done by some doctors in America and Canada shows that this condition is fully reversible due to this fact. Also, many holistic health professionals recognize this.

Intermittent Fasting is a Major Successful Treatment Protocol For Type 2 Diabetes

A major successful and popular treatment protocol for Type 2 Diabetes today is fasting also known as Intermittent Fasting.

Intermittent fasting means eating in intervals of eating-stop eating, and eating again. It is a great tool for combating Insulin Resistance and obesity. It is not a diet that suggests what you should be eating. But it is rather a way of eating that involves periods of eating and not eating anything at all.

When we fast, the opposite happens as to when we eat and store energy.

Insulin goes down, and the body begins to burn fat.

First, the liver and the muscles are emptied of glycogen, which is stored as glucose or energy. This can take up from 24 to 36 hours. Afterward, the body begins to break down stored fat for energy. When there is no more body fat to be burned, it begins to break down proteins. But not before then.

Our bodies can only exist in two states. Either we are in the fat-storing state, the feeding state, or we are in fat-burning, the fasted state.

When we are in the feeding state, we burn glucose for energy. This is the natural metabolic state. But when we enter into the fasted state, glucose is emptied and, we begin to burn fat instead. Here our metabolism is changed from running on glucose to running on ketone bodies. This state is also known as ketosis.

So when we fast, we change our metabolism from burning glucose to burning fat instead.

The Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Fasting has many health benefits, such as:

  • Improved Human Growth Hormone (HGH):The growth hormone increases up to 5-fold, which benefits fat loss and muscle gain. It also gives life and vitality to the body.
  • Decrease in Insulin:Insulin levels drop dramatically, so the fat reserves come into play, and insulin sensitivity increases.
  • Improved Metabolism
  • Cellular repair:Autophagy, the cells initiate cellular repair processes, where they remove waste, old and dysfunctional proteins, which had built up inside them.
  • Gene expression:The genes change in relation the longevity and protection against disease.
  • Weight loss:without consciously having to restrict calories.
  • Reduce Insulin Resistance:also lowering blood sugar by 3–6% and fasting insulin levels by 20–31%.
  • Reduce inflammation:which is a key reason for many chronic diseases.
  • Heart health:reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammation, blood sugar, and Insulin Resistance.
  • Decrease cancer:Animal studies with rats show that intermittent fasting decrease cancer cells.
  • Increased brain health:increases the brain hormone BDNF and can aid in the growth of new nerve cells. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Anti-aging:prolonging of lifespan in rats. Studies showed that rats who fasted lived 36–83% longer.
  • Increased energy

My recommendation

I myself have use intermittent fasting in beteween meals: I have also done 8:16 fasting which I extend everyday from 4 pm to 8 am the next moring. And I have also tried a 24 hour fast. If however you would like to learn more about intermittent fasting which essentially is eat-stop-eat I recommend the book Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon who explains all about it.

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Its particularly good for obese people who want to loose weight. Instead of eating less and depriving your body of nutrients, the Eat-Stop-Eat method will teach you how to stop eating a couple of times per week to dramatically reduce weight. I highly recommend this book.

Conclusion

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. I

Intermittent fasting can help to reduce and eliminate insulin resistance. When you fast you decrease your insulin level. You get into the fatburning state, and begin to loose weight.  This can have a profound positive effect on Type 2 Diabetes.

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What is Diabetes Disease – Understand What Diabetes Really Is

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.

This article what is diabetes disease will help you understand what diabetes really is and how it works in the body.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is high blood sugar. That is the definition of Type 2 Diabetes. But that is not the actual disease. The actual disease is Insulin Resistance which is the root cause of the disease.

Insulin Resistance means that the insulin released by the pancreas cannot get the blood sugar into the cells’ optimally. Some sugar gets in, but not enough to fuel the cells’ with the energy they need.

This happens because the cells’ have developed a resistance towards it. The reason for this resistance is that when we overeat the pancreas pump out insulin in the body. And when the insulin cannot be fully utilized by the cells’ because of the resistance, the cells’ do not get fueled properly, they never receive all the energy they need and so they can’t signal back to the pancreas to stop producing insulin.

Therefore the pancreas keeps producing insulin and this result in a high insulin level. When the insulin level is high over a prolonged period, the cells’ develop resistance towards it. It is the cells’ way of saying no more of this meaning no more overeating.

How It Works In The Body

When we eat, the food is broken down into glucose and goes into the bloodstream to fuel our body with energy.

In order for glucose to get into the cells’, insulin is released by the beta cells’ in the pancreas to bring it into the cells’. Insulin acts as a key to open the cells’ insulin receptors for the glucose to get in.

When someone has Type 2 Diabetes it becomes hideous for insulin to enter into the cells’ because the insulin receptors do not open up to the insulin.

This is called insulin resistance and the glucose gets backed up in the bloodstream creating high blood sugar levels known as Type 2 Diabetes.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin Resistance is a condition where the cells’ no longer respond properly to insulin.

It happens because of a too high insulin level in the body, causing the cells’ to become insulin resistant.

Just as blood sugar gets backed up in the blood stream because the insulin cannot open the cells’ insulin receptors, insulin too gets backed to in the blood stream causing a too high insulin level causing insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is also known as pre-diabetes and is the state before a full-blown type 2 diabetes diagnosis is given.

The Cause of Insulin Resistance

The cause of Insulin Resistance is predominantly stress but also poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle.

When we are stressed out sugar gets released into our blood stream. This in turn this creates an insulin response leading to a too high insulin level. When the insulin level is high over a prolonged period it causes the cells’ to block out insulin. This means that the insulin cannot open the cells’ insulin receptors so the blood sugar can get in. It is the cells’ way of saying no more of this.

Obesity Does Not Determine Type 2 Diabetes

Often people get confused and think that obesity is the cause of Type 2 Diabetes. It is not so because not all obese people have Type 2 Diabetes. But obesity goes hand in hand with insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) because it has to do with a too high insulin level. It is caused by a too high insulin level due to overeating, stress and a sedentary lifestyle.

Insulin is a fat storing hormone as well as a fat burning hormone. That is why many types 2 diabetics are obese simply because they have elevated insulin levels and are in fat storing mode instead of fat burning mode.

Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and not a chronic disease

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, makes them crave more food to keep the blood sugar levels high. It is an addiction and 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.

Because Type 2 Diabetes comes through stress and/or poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, and is therefore not a chronic disease. And because of this it is a condition that can be put into remission.

A good deal of health professionals today can testify to this especially those with a more holistic view of the body.

Diabetes Can Be Put Into Remission By a Lifestyle Change and Cleansing the Liver on a Daily Basis

Because Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease caused by stress and poor lifestyle choices, it can be put into remission by lowering ones insulin level and doing daily liver cleansings.

This means de-stressing and creating a healthy and lasting lifestyle change, including a healthy diet, daily liver cleansings and getting some gentle daily exercise.

Diet wise you should focus on natural whole foods such as green leafy vegetables, salads, nuts, seeds, berries and fruit and only little meat.

My experience with Type 2 Diabetes

I have tried several diabetes cure plans and they all worked to some degree. Some plans focus mostly on keeping the blood sugars and insulin levels low but an ideal diabetes reversal plan should focus both on the insulin level and on cleansing the liver.

Weight loss should not be the main focus in reversing diabetes. It is more important to get into healthy living because when you get your body healthy you will naturally slim down.

My recommendation

For a natural diabetes reversal plan I recommend the Mastering Diabetes “Do-It-Yourself” program by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH. These guys have done a fantastic job in putting together a revolutionary plan to reverse type 2 diabetes permanently using all natural foods. Fat is the problem in Type 2 Diabetes as it clogs the cells and cause inflammation resulting in insulin Resistance. I highly recommend their work and they have gotten lots of excellent feedback. Perhaps the best diabetes reversal program out there including help and coaching as well.

Conclusion

Type 2 Diabetes is not the high blood sugar!. But an underlying condition which is called Insulin Resistance caused by a high insulin level.

Stress is the predominantly cause of Insulin Resistance but it is also caused by poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle. This leading to a high insulin level over a prolonged period causing Insulin Resistance.

Insulin Resistance is the root cause of Type 2 Diabetes.

It is not a chronic disease, but a lifestyle disease and a hormonal problem with insulin. And because of that type 2 diabetes can be put into remission.

 

 

 

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How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally

Type 2 Diabetes is a life threatening disease.

Every year, 1.4 million people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the US and the numbers are increasing.

The good news is that Type 2 Diabetes is not a chronic disease, but a lifestyle disease which can be put into remission with the right understanding and the right actions. This article will help you understand diabetes and how to reverse type 2 diabetes naturally.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is where your pancreas produce a sufficient amount of insulin but your body isn´t able to use it correctly. This is because the cells’ insulin receptors reject insulin, which is a hormone that acts as a key to unlock the cells’ insulin receptors so glucose (blood sugar) can get into the cells’.

The cells’ rejection of insulin is called insulin resistance, and it means that your cells’ won´t get the glucose (energy) they need to function optimally. This often results in fatigue and tiredness as the body can´t be fueled properly with energy. Only a small amount of glucose gets in, and as a result the cells’ don´t get the energy they need.

As a result, the blood sugar gets backed up in the blood stream causing high blood sugar levels known as Type 2 Diabetes.

A big cause of type 2 diabetes is stress. Usually the disease develops after a stress event, or a prolonged period of stress which affect your adrenal glands, causing them to be worn out. This also can affect your gut, resulting in a bad metabolism causing high blood sugars resulting in Type 2 diabetes. But it can also develop because of poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle, usually overeating the wrong foods (mainly refined carbohydrates and junk food).

High Blood Sugar is Only a Symptom of Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is known as high blood sugar. But in fact, that isn’t the disease itself but only a symptom of an underlying cause in the organism that needs to be dealt with in order to cure the high blood sugar.

Most people confuse the high blood sugar with their actual diabetes. And when they take medication and insulin injections that keep their blood sugar level at a good level, they think their diabetes is good. But the truth is, it’s not. Yes, they may have a good blood glucose level, but underneath they have a disease that hasn´t been dealt with, and which is rotting out their internal organs and at some time may cause them infections. Type 2 diabetes is also know as a rotting disease.

The underlying condition of type 2 diabetes is known as insulin resistance, which is caused by too much fat in the cells blocking out insulin so that the glucose cannot enter the cells.

When we overconsume foods predominantly refined carbohydrates and junk food we elevate our blood sugar levels and thus our insulin level. When we eat food, blood sugar increase from the food we eat, and at the same time the pancreas release insulin to bring the sugar into our cells’. When we eat too much fat, fat enters the cells and walls out insulin so that the glucose (sugar) cannot enter our cells. Fat is fuel like glucose, and when the cells are filled up with fat the insulin receptors pull back from the insulin because the cells are already well nourished.

How to Reverse Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is caused by too much fat in the diet walling out insulin.  So to decrease our insulin resistance and even reverse it, we must lower our fat intake drastically by consuming low fat foods and increase the complex carbohydrate foods which are salad and vegetables (including starchy vegetables) which actually are healthy and help cleanse the body and liver.

A low fat plant based diet is ideal for this purpose.

Note: we must never exclude fat because fat is necessary for optimal metabolism.

It´s important to keep your insulin levels low because many of the major illnesses like heart problems, stroke, alzheimers, PCOS etc. come from a too high insulin level.

Intermittent fasting is a very good way to lower your insulin levels more quickly. It is where you fast in between meals and/or you do a 16-hour fasting per day. To do a 16-hour daily fast you have to eat in an 8-hour window. Say you eat your breakfast at 8 am, you have your lunch at 12 pm, and your diner at 4 pm and then you don’t eat anything until breakfast at 8 o’clock the next morning. That’s a 16-hour fast, and that will help your pancreas rest from producing insulin. Doing this kind of fasting, over a prolonged period, will gradually decrease your insulin resistance and increase your insulin sensitivity.

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It is important to reduce stress in overcoming Type 2 Diabetes

Photo that says reduce stressBecause Type 2 diabetes usually develops after a stress event or prolonged stress, it is important to take time to de-stress. This can be through prayer and/or having faith that will calm the body. It can also be other relaxation methods like yoga.

One can also implement low intensity walking for an hour every day into ones schedule as a way of reducing stress and replenishing ones adrenal glands. Low intensity walking is where you walk slowly for an hour and take time to notice your surroundings. This will get you out of your head, out of thinking mode, and will help replenish your adrenals. When the adrenal glands are stressed out we are in problem solving mode, trying to figure everything out through thinking. And this internal stress has an effect on your diabetes. So its very important to de-stress. And walking is one of the best exercise forms for diabetics and done in this way, even helps to reduce your stress level. It’s important that any exercise done is not too strenious as this will only put more stress on your body and make things worse.

Another way to de-stress is to do accupressure. You can press the acupressure points on your belly to take the stress out of your body.

Liver cleansing are important in combating Type 2 Diabetes

The liver is the main organ for sugar/fat metabolism.

When you have Type 2 Diabetes the liver is insulin resistant and does not metabolize optimally. Further, the liver has become fatty due to the excess fat mainly from refined carbohydrates and therefore needs to be cleansed for optimal metabolism.

Click here to learn my 10 step framework to achieve your best a1c ever.

I also can recommend the Mastering Diabetes Do it Yourself program for putting your diabetes into remission permanently. It is an online coaching program that will show you the right foods to consume for increased insulin sensitivity and debunk some of the myths about what’s healthy and what’s not. It uses food as medicine and promotes a low-fat plant based based whole foods diet to permanently reverse diabetes. 

Conclusion

Type 2 diabetes is not a chronic disease, because it is a lifestyle disease caused by stress and/or poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle.

It is a condition that can be overcome through

  1. Creating a healthy lifestyle change, including the right foods for diabetics (food is your medicine).
  2. Getting daily gentle exercise (Low intensity walking daily for an hour is recommended).
  3. De-stressing
  4. Cleansing your liver
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