Let me first start by trying to explain exactly what the difference is between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then I will expand on it so that it all makes more sense.
Type 1 Diabetes & Type 2 Diabetes come from different causes:
- Type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas has stopped making the hormone insulin, caused by the body's immune system attacking the cells in the pancreas that make insulin.
- Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas still makes insulin, but cells within the body start to ignore the hormone; they become resistant to it.
Regarding type 1 diabetes, we cannot reverse this, while there is advice, we can offer on how best to live with it, this article relates more to type 2 diabetes.
I feel what I am about to share is important because even those suffering from type 2 diabetes (including my own father) often have little understanding of what caused it and how straightforward it is to reverse or put in complete remission. While I say it is straightforward, I do not in any way underestimate how difficult the transition for some can be.
I have to start with a little biology.
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Let me start with a simple fact: The average adult has 5 litres (that’s 8 pints) of blood in their body.
Do you know what your normal blood sugar level should be?
The answer is between 4 to 6.1mmols per litre of blood. In plain English, that’s the equivalent of just one small teaspoon of sugar in our vast 60,000 miles of blood vessels, arteries, veins, and capillaries.
To stay in homeostasis and enjoy better health and a healthier future, your body must try and maintain just one teaspoon of sugar in your entire blood network, a network long enough to go around the world more than twice!
Thankfully, your body's homeostasis tries hard to keep your blood sugar at this one-teaspoon level.
Because if your homeostasis begins to lose control of your sugar levels, even a small increase of just half a teaspoon over a 12-week period (tested with HbA1c blood test) you will be diagnosed as type 2 diabetic.
So, how do we avoid diabetes or reverse it if we have it?
Well to keep our body sugar level at just one teaspoon, our body relies on a hormone called insulin.
A hormone is a messenger generated in the body that delivers messages from one part of the body to another.
Virtually every cell in the body responds to the hormone insulin, and along with regulating our blood sugar level, insulin also promotes the creation of body fat.
Why does it create body fat? Because for most of the past 2 million years, our Primal ancestors only ate substantial amounts of sugar via fruit in the autumn.
This is crucial to understand: When we eat sugary food or foods that turn into sugar, insulin is released from our pancreas to control our blood sugar and switch the body into fat-storing mode.
To do this, in our blood insulin travels around the body and instructs cells to 'open their doors' to take the sugar out of our blood and into our cells.
This allows the blood sugar level to return to normal.
However, in the modern world, where blood sugar levels are constantly being challenged by sugary food and foods that turn to sugar, the cells can gradually become over-stuffed over time.
Over-stuffed cells don’t want to open their doors so easily. So, instead of a small amount of insulin politely knocking at the door, the pancreas must now release a larger army of insulin to batter at cell doors, trying to force them to open and let the sugar in.
This extra-elevated level of insulin in the blood, has a name, it is known as hyperinsulinemia, which once activated, can for many people, manage to maintain a healthy blood sugar level for several decades.
It's essential to grasp this concept: when cells become insulin resistant, the body attempts to maintain blood sugar levels by increasing insulin production. This elevated insulin production can persist for years, even decades, before the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Consequently, because, as we have already mentioned, insulin’s other major role is to store sugar as fat, elevated levels of it - hyperinsulinemia - drives the body hard into fat storage mode.
So how do you avoid both hyperinsulinemia and later developing high blood sugar levels and then full-blown type 2 diabetes?
Unfortunately, in our modern world of ultra-processed foods, sugar has become plentiful and available 24/7 all year round. Our food environment has been hacked, and we are truly suffering from what I call the “plate of prosperity”.
The secret to avoiding or reversing type 2 diabetes is to understand that it is caused in the main by a modern diet that is no longer suitable for human consumption.
Nowadays, most people know that sweets, ice cream, fizzy pops, cakes, etc. are loaded with sugar. Pair this with your new-found understanding of what causes type 2 diabetes, and you can probably appreciate how these types of food challenge homeostasis.
But let’s now look at a few food items driving insulin resistance that might surprise you.
Thank you to my good friend, Dr David Unwin, for the use of his sugar infographics.
Next look at what might be perceived as a typical 'healthy' British breakfast:
Looking at the above infographics, you can see how a healthy-looking British breakfast has the same effect on your blood sugar levels as eating 16 teaspoons of sugar.
Alternatively, if you ate eggs and bacon and had a cup of black coffee, tea or water instead of fruit juice, there would be little to zero effect on your blood sugar levels.
And, for someone eating fruit as a mid-morning snack, changing the banana for strawberries would make a big difference.
Now, let’s add some more staple foods to the list with a chart I adapted for my book Fat and Furious.
But, if you swap your regular rice for cauliflower rice with your evening meal (we have several great cauliflower recipes on our free Health Results app), you will avoid the effect on your bloodstream of eating ten teaspoons of sugar!
Or change the Spaghetti for Konjac Noodles, which have zero carbohydrates, you avoid 6 teaspoons of sugar.
Don’t get me wrong, consumed infrequently in smaller portions, most of these food staples probably won’t cause problems for healthy individuals.
However, this already isn’t the case for 1 billion people who after a short overnight fast, the onslaught of cereals, orange juice and toast for breakfast, followed by sandwiches for lunch, then pasta, spaghetti or rice with their evening meal, insulin has been knocking on their cell doors for such a prolonged period, that many of their cells have gotten fed up. They are currently experiencing pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
I created this tree to illustrate how insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes, links most chronic diseases together. It is such an accurate reflection that many doctors use my image at health conferences and on social media, so part of the good news I will share with you is that the word is beginning to spread.
All these illnesses are just branches of the same tree, the tree being insulin resistance. They have the same root disease but manifest in different ways.
It is important to say that some of these diseases may have other contributing factors and can also be caused by stress, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, vegetable oils, and a few other things.
So if you have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, how do you reverse it?
You need to swim against the tide and make changes to your modern-day diet, and if necessary, take appropriate exercise and better prioritise your sleep.
Yes, by addressing the root causes of insulin resistance, even type 2 diabetes can be reversed within weeks, with many improving their blood sugar levels so well that they can be de-prescribed their medication.
For others, as they reverse their diabetes very quickly, blood pressure improves, belly fat is lost, joints feel better, migraines are diminished, and they generally feel well again.
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