A good place to start when we look at a problem or a disease of any kind is to look at the cause, the root or source of the problem. So What Causes Diabetes Type 2? Many of us are eating too many or the wrong kinds of carbohydrates. When we consume foods like breads, pasta, cereal, candy, juice, pop and the like, there is a spike in blood sugar. Sugar is the primary fuel that the body uses as it’s source of energy.
The body’s immediate response is to get those high blood sugar levels out of the blood stream by releasing insulin. The body uses the hormone insulin which is secreted by the pancreas, to convert the carbohydrates into glucose from the food we eat. When there continues to be too much glucose in the blood, the pancreas now has to release more insulin to remove it from the blood stream.
Insulin then lowers the high glucose levels by causing the liver and the muscles to take in and store glucose as glycogen into the liver and the muscle cells of the body. Glycogen provides the body with a quick available source of energy if blood glucose levels decrease.
Glycogen is also important because the body uses the glycogen as fuel for our muscles when we exercise. After we’ve completed exercising, our muscles will be renewed and regenerated by stored glycogen. This can take from a few hours to several days depending on the intensity and the length of time we’ve exercised.
In a healthy person blood sugar and insulin levels remain in the normal range. However insulin resistance occurs when the pancreas produces insulin but the liver and the muscle cells cannot absorb the glucose from the blood stream. The result is that the glucose builds up in the blood stream and more and more insulin is needed to enter the cells. This is called insulin resistance.
The pancreas tries to keep up with this increased demand for insulin by producing more of it. As long as there is enough insulin produced to overcome the insulin resistance, blood glucose levels stay in the normal range.
However over time, insulin resistance builds up because the pancreas cannot keep up with the body’s increased need for insulin.
Without enough insulin, excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream, and this is what causes diabetes type 2, pre-diabetes and other health disorders.
Obesity, especially excess fat around the waist, and belly fat have a huge part to play in insulin resistance. But the primary cause of insulin resistance is a dietary one. It’s the carbs that we eat that spike the glucose in the bloodstream, which then leads to a spike in insulin being released to address the problem. Obesity, excess fat around the waist and belly fat are the result of the body having to store the excess glucose as fat in the adipose tissue in the body.
Perhaps you are asking yourself if there’s a solution to this problem.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
We’ve been told that type 2 diabetes is a progressive chronic disease, and that if we have it, we will have it for the rest of our life, but research shows that both beta cell failure and insulin resistance can be reversed by dietary restriction of carbohydrate intake.
Conventional medicine describes diabetes as a disease determined by elevated blood sugar. It’s explained as the inability of your body to produce enough insulin. So insulin or drugs are prescribed to counteract the high blood sugar levels. However what causes type 2 diabetes is not the result of insufficient insulin production. It’s actually the result of too much insulin being produced mainly from eating a low carbohydrate and a high fat diet. There you have it in a nutshell.
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