The Diabetes Connection

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The Diabetes Connection

Diabetes used to be a rare disease, but times have changed.

Over the last 30 years, it’s become an epidemic.

Let’s clarify this.

Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes has become an epidemic, while type 1 (juvenile) diabetes is still relatively rare.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by a condition where the pancreas completely shuts down and fails to produce any insulin, causing blood sugar levels to spiral upward out of control.

The more common type 2 (90% of all diabetics have this version) happens when you develop long-term insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance causes your pancreas to secrete more insulin to try to reduce blood glucose levels.

Eventually, your pancreas beta cells just get tired and stop producing excess insulin.

This is called beta-cell burnout.

The result is without enough insulin being secreted by your pancreas, blood glucose levels start to rise to dangerous levels.

The danger comes from 2 factors:  (a) excess glucose in your blood produces free radicals, and (b) excess glucose is neurotoxic to your brain.

Excess insulin usually precedes the development of type 2 diabetes by about 8 years, but they both come from increased insulin resistance.

Starting to see the connection?

Obviously, not everyone who has insulin resistance becomes a type 2 diabetic.

But, enough do – there are an estimated 16 million Americans with type 2 diabetes.

This devastating disease puts you at a 2-4 times greater risk of dying from heart disease and also increases the likelihood of kidney failure, blindness, impotence, and amputation.

Because of these complications, type 2 diabetes is the most expensive of all chronic diseases, costing approximately $132 billion per year.

As our obesity epidemic increases, so will the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.

That’s very bad news for the health care industry.

The good news is taking high-dose fish oil to reduce silent inflammation and following the Zone Diet will help reduce excess insulin and begin to reverse type 2 diabetes in just 6 weeks.

Both of these seemingly simple solutions are fighting words to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

They’ve spent the last 30 years telling diabetics to lose weight by eating less fat and more carbohydrates.

This has caused a greater rise in insulin levels, leading to more weight gain and an even greater insulin output.

In fact, even today the ADA still doesn’t recognize the importance of the glycemic load as the determining factor in insulin output.

Recent research at the University of Minnesota confirmed a low glycemic-load diet, like the Zone Diet, is superior to the dietary recommendations of the ADA.

In this study researchers put type 2 diabetics on either the Zone Diet or the ADA diet for 5 weeks, and then they were switched to the other diet for another 5 weeks.

When the type 2 diabetics were on the Zone Diet, they had significant reductions in both blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin levels compared to the time they were on the ADA diet.

The drop in these markers showed insulin resistance was being reduced on the Zone Diet compared to the ADA diet.

To ensure there was no fusion caused by the role of weight loss, the number of calories consumed in both diets was kept high enough to ensure no weight loss was observed.

This is another strong suggestion insulin resistance (and therefore silent inflammation) can be reduced without losing any weight.

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Have an awesome day!

(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)

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