Type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease, that at one time only affected adults, but can now be found in children and young adults. If not controlled or reversed, type 2 diabetes can cause debilitating health problems later in life.
The Cause of Type 2 Diabetes
It is now known that eating a diet high in fat, especially saturated fat, causes insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes. The main misconception is that carbohydrates were the cause, but recent research has determined that dietary fat leads to the disease.
The foods we eat turns into glucose, which is then moved into our cells. Glucose is necessary for energy, our nervous system, and the main fuel for our brains.
After we eat a meal, the food turns to glucose, and the pancreas releases insulin to move the glucose into our cells. Insulin is the key to unlock the cells to allow glucose entry into the cells.
A diet high in saturated fat causes circulating fat in our blood and blocks insulin from entering the cells. This will cause glucose levels in our blood to rise and the pancreas to create more and more insulin to get the glucose into our cells. This is called insulin resistance.
Complications from Type 2 Diabetes
If not treated or reversed, insulin resistance leads to type 2 diabetes, which can then lead to other health issues such as:
- Nerve damage to the limbs known as neuropathy
- Kidney disease
- Eye diseases
- Heart and blood vessel damage
- Slow wound healing
- Skin conditions
- Sleep apnea
How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes can be reversed with a change in diet to a plant-based high-carb, low-fat way of eating.
The type of carbs you eat makes a big difference. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains, potatoes, beans, vegetables, and fruit do not lead to insulin resistance. It is the white processed carbs like cakes, cookies, donuts, white bread, and junk foods that are unhealthy.
Avoiding saturated fat, dairy products, animal foods, and cooking oils will help with weight loss and improved insulin sensitivity. Not only will eating this way help reverse type 2 diabetes, but also treat heart disease, high blood pressure, and inflammation.