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The common-sense, drug-free alternative to reverse type 2 diabetes

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Type 2 diabetes is a reversible dietary disease. It is also quite easy to grasp. It means that when you have type 2 diabetes, your body has way too much sugar and it has spilled into your blood and other body parts. Ideally, the sugar should just be stored in your cells where it will be converted into energy. It must not be spilling into your bloodstream and entering other body organs like your heart, kidney, liver, eyes. Excess sugar requires excess insulin and that is basically poison for the type 2 diabetic body.

There is only one way to stop this excess sugar build-up in your body: diets that eliminate sugar.

We must not forget that whenever we eat anything, it triggers insulin. Different foods trigger different amounts of insulin. Fat and protein don’t require too much insulin to break down into their corresponding acids. It is carbohydrates that require a good chunk of insulin. Why? Carbohydrates break down into sugar and sugar requires insulin to enter the cells for metabolism. Refined carbohydrates (mainly processed foods) trigger the highest levels of insulin in the body. The Glycaemic Index measures how different carbohydrates affect blood glucose. High blood glucose spikes insulin levels.

Norwood infographic as per it is the glycaemic response to, not the carbohydrate content of food that matters in diabetes and obesity: The Glycaemic Index revisited. Journal of Insulin Resistance 2016.

Over consumption of refined carbohydrates leads to high blood glucose levels. However, whole, unrefined carbohydrates like sweet potato doesn’t spike insulin the way an extremely refined carbohydrate product like doughnut does.

In a 2014 article titled Nutrition Revolution—The End of the High Carbohydrates Era for Diabetes Prevention and Management, Dr Osama Hamdy (Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School) wrote, “Now, it is obvious that increasing carbohydrates in the diet increases glucose toxicity and consequently increases insulin resistance, triglycerides level, and reduces HDL-cholesterol. Recently, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) departed from the recommendation of high carbohydrates intake and recommended individualization of the nutrition needs. It is clear that we made a major mistake in recommending the increase of carbohydrates load to >40 % of the total caloric intake. This era should come to an end if we seriously want to reduce the obesity and diabetes epidemics. Such a move may also improve diabetes control and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, many physicians and dietitians across the nation are still recommending high carbohydrates intake for patients with diabetes, a recommendation that may harm their patients more than benefit them.”

The common-sense, drug-free alternative to reverse type 2 diabetes is therefore to avoid refined carbs and significantly reduce intake of even whole, unrefined carbs.

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