Type Two Diabetes is an acquired disease. Your body reacts to your long term poor dietary choices, by becoming insulin resistant.
Good News: The first response to Type Two Diabetes, should be to adopt a Banting Diet. That will reduce and perhaps eliminate the need to inject insulin.
Type Two Diabetes
Getting too fat
When insulin is "on" the body is trying to eliminate glucose from the blood. If carbohydrate intolerance/insulin resistance is developing, insulin struggles to deliver glucose into the cells as it should. Too much glucose in the blood signals the fat storage response.
Metabolic syndrome is a form of pre-diabetes. It's caused by a growing intolerance of carbohydrates in the diet. The metabolism of glucose becomes faulty. It develops slowly and progressively unless you take steps to stop it.
When you restrict carbohydrates as on the Banting Diet, the amount of insulin the body needs declines, and insulin sensitivity over time increases.
When for several days the carbohydrates in your diet are less that about 50 grams, your body switches to a different metabolism, burning ketones rather than glucose. Once you achieve nutritional ketosis, the ideal is to sustain that metabolism as your normal state.
Dr Mary Vernon, MD, is one of the world's foremost experts on treating obesity and diabetes with low carbohydrate nutrition. She is a practicing family physician, educates doctors on low-carbohydrate diets, and is active in and former president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (doctors specializing in treating obese patients).
Withdrawal of Insulin Therapy
Dr. Bruce Bistrian, was studying a very low-carbohydrate diet to manage type-2 diabetes at Harvard. He was putting severely obese, clients using high insulin doses, onto a ketogenic diet. Seven days later, he began a staged withdrawal of their insulin dosage.
All his seven clients lost a lot of weight, but the diet was only 800 calories a day and was not intended to be long term. All clients were able to stop insulin injection.
After the experiment, some of the clients went on to a low-glycemic index diet, and managed to keep diabetes at bay.
Diabetes Association Doesn't Look to Cure Diabetes
This is a sad state of affairs. A doctor explained to me that although she believed a ketogenic diet was the best way to handle type 2 diabetes, she would not recommend a ketogenic diet to her patients, because she believes they cannot sustain the diet. "That's a waste of time. I give them something they can do, successfully."
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This is an easy way to get involved in the long discussion which enables you to keep learning more and more about nutrition for Type Two Diabetes. You need to do this in consultation with your doctor. Both you and your doctor may need to climb a new learning curve.
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