Type 2 diabetes is not a disease. It’s a condition brought on as a result of diet. Diabetes rates in Americans are high and rising higher because of our Western grain-based and sugar-laced processed food diet.
In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes enough insulin, but blood sugar levels increase so that cell membranes are triggered to become insulin-resistant. In response, the pancreas makes more insulin. Over time, insulin receptors in cell membranes begin to function abnormally. When blood sugar levels remain high all the time, damage to the cells of organ systems is the result.
So what we have is a situation where high insulin is a symptom we are getting denoting that something is wrong. It is in fact a flashing danger signal of the biggest chronic disease threats we have today, including osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
If you go to the American Diabetes Association website, they will tell you that scientists don’t know the exact cause of type 2 diabetes and associate with certain risk factors. These include:
- history of hyperglycemia, prediabetes, and/or gestational diabetes (GDM)
- overweight and obesity
- physical inactivity
- family history
- race and ethnicity
- high blood pressure
- abnormal cholesterol.
In other words, the ADA wants you to believe that there is not much you can do about your diabetes. True, it’s not really your fault you have this condition considering all the hidden sugar and unhealthy grains you’ve been told to eat. But they also want you to think that all that can be done is treat the symptoms and take your prescriptions. Why? The insulin they sell via prescription is synthetic, patented, and the price has quadrupled in recent times.
Nowhere does the ADA tell people they have the power to cure their diabetes themselves. Why would they? It would cut into their profits.
Nationally, almost 80 million people have diabetes or pre-diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. That means it is big business – just like cancer treatments and heart treatments are big business – and means lots of money for the medical-industrial establishment.
Professor Roy Taylor of the Newcastle University in Great Britain has spent years researching diabetes and diet. His research has proven that type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a life-long prison sentence of insulin shots and pharmaceuticals. It can be reversed – even among those who have had diabetes for up to 10 years — and health can be restored through major weight loss and diet changes.
Taylor has conducted two separate studies on people with type 2 diabetes from randomly selected British general medical practices. In both studies, patients were put on diets of 600-700 calories a day. The first study group included people who had diabetes for only a few years. The second study involved people with diabetes for eight years to 23 years.
Participants lost an average of 31 pounds and before six months had passed almost every patient who had suffered from diabetes for 10 years or less were diabetes-free. Others saw their diabetes reversed after six months.
Even though most participants were still overweight or obese at the end of six months, they had lost enough weight to remove the fat from the pancreas which allowed normal insulin production to resume.
“What we have shown is that it is possible to reverse your diabetes, even if you have had the condition for a long time, up to around 10 years.” Taylor said. “If you have had the diagnosis for longer than that, then don’t give up hope – major improvement in blood sugar control is possible.
“The study also answered the question that people often ask me – if I lose the weight and keep the weight off, will I stay free of diabetes. The simple answer is yes! Interestingly, even though all our volunteers remained obese or overweight, the fat did not drift back to clog up the pancreas. This supports our theory of a Personal Fat Threshold. If a person gains more weight than they personally can tolerate, then diabetes is triggered, but if they then lose that amount of weight then they go back to normal.”
To lose the weight, study participants used a diet of three special shakes a day along with 8 ounces of non-starchy vegetables for 8 weeks. Over the next two weeks they began to resume eating normal food under strict instructions. Patients were evaluated each month and given an individualized weight maintenance program that had them eating about one-third less than they were eating pre-diet.
Diabetes UK, which provided a grant for Taylor’s work, has a list of diets to help people with type 2 diabetes lose weight on its website.
But it boils down to avoiding all processed foods and sugars. Unfortunately, most people choose the easy route and eat processed foods. Processed foods are foods we buy already prepared and foods that we cook. Processed foods are those we find in the center of the grocery stores. These are incomplete foods, mostly dead and unable to support life.
Obesity and diabetes can be combated by simply changing your diet to raw fruits and vegetables. Your diet should be primarily organic fruits and vegetables (mostly raw), especially dark green leafy vegetables like kale, mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, watercress, spinach and arugula; other green vegetables like romaine, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, string beans, snow peas and green peas; non-green but nutrient-rich vegetables like beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, radishes, bean sprouts, red and yellow bell peppers, radicchio, cauliflower, tomatoes, artichokes and raw carrots.
Our diet should be 80 percent vegetables (organic) with only 20 percent meats (preferably free range and not exposed to GMOs or antibiotics). One good diet to follow is the Nutritarian Diet by Joel Furhman (and no, I’m not receiving a kickback or compensation for this recommendation).
If you feel you must eat meat, stick to meat from free-range animals that have not been fed genetically modified foods or subjected to antibiotics. Keep your meat diet heavy on fish consumption, but not farm-raised; those animals usually have been fed GMOs and heavily medicated.