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Type 2 diabetes can be reversed and cured, but, in order to understand how it can be reversed, you need to understand how type 2 diabetes starts.
Our pancreas makes a hormone which is known as insulin. Insulin is responsible for turning glucose from the food consumed into energy that our body can use. Type 2 diabetes diagnosed people do make insulin, but their cells are not able to use it as well as a healthy person does. So, pancreas is making more insulin, so the cells can’t really keep up and glucose starts to build up in your blood.
There are few causes for type 2 diabetes, and usually combination if two is required to get such diagnosis. American Diabetes Association lists out 6 main things that cause diabetes, and most of the time its a combination of two:
- Being overweight. Having extra weight or even obesity usually can cause insulin resistance.
- Genetics. Academical researches have agreed to the fact that there are different bits of DNA that affect how your body makes or uses insulin.
- Broken beta cells. If the cells that make insulin send out the wrong amount of insulin at the wrong time, your blood sugar gets thrown off. High blood sugar can damage these cells, too.
- Metabolic syndrome. People with insulin resistance usually also have a group of conditions that include high blood sugar, extra fat around the waist, high cholesterol level, high blood sugar and triglycerides.
- Too much glucose from the liver. When blood sugar gets too low, the liver makes and sends the glucose out. After food is being consumed, blood sugar goes up, and your liver will usually slow down and store its glucose for later. But some people's livers don't. They keep cranking out sugar.
- Bad communication between cells. Sometimes, cells send the wrong signals or don't pick up messages correctly. Those messages control how your cells make and use insulin or glucose, such chain reaction can lead to diabetes.
There is a lot of different opinions and discussions about diabetes. One thing is known for sure - diabetes can be reversed with the daily review, calorie intake calculations, and, most importantly, with the right meals that are carefully picked up by doctors and nutritionists. Replacing sugar and meats with healthy (most likely - vegan) substances is the key to a better living and healthier body in a longer run. It is very important to understand GI tracking and what it does. Glycemic index, or GI, measures how carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood glucose levels. The smaller the GI (glycemic index), the less impact certain foods have on your blood sugar levels.
I already been talking about the product list, that every diabetes diagnosed person should avoid. Some of the products will be obvious, some will be not, but going through this list and keeping these ingredients as foods non grata will help you stay focused on your diabetes management:
- Processed carbohydrates. Processed grains such as white rice, potato/corn starches take all the carbohydrates and pump into your food. They’re not complex, they’re fiberless and they will also spike your blood sugar.
- Added sugar. It’s kind of obvious but let’s differentiate two sugars. Most of the time you will hear doctors or friends saying “stay away from the sugar” but that’s not necessarily the truth. You want to stay away from added sugars, which are found in soft drinks, juices, yogurts, ketchup, pasta sauces. Try to avoid it because it’s pro-inflammatory and it will spike your blood sugar.
- Dairy. With dairy it’s tricky. If you’re diabetic, you can easily consume dairy products as long as you’re doing it with moderation. It’s okay if products are without added sugars and flavours. It could be a low-fat variety of yogurts, skim, fat-free milk, etc. Be aware because lactose can definitely raise up your blood glucose.
- Fried foods. Or simply just fast food. When you deep fry in such a high heat with so much oil and fat, you need to understand that fat puts you at risk for diabetes, pre-diabetes, type 2. A crushing combo is sweet things such as doughnuts. Imagine eating something sweet, plus deep-fried, you’re getting triple trouble: added sugar + processed carbs + fat. Onion rings, french fries, fried meat, unfortunately, you should say goodbye to these tasty treats. Fat will muck up your cells and cause issues functioning properly with insulin.
- Processed meat. It’s a group 1 carcinogen, meaning you should try to avoid it at all costs. Also, it’s causing more inflammation in your body, and a lot of times with meat you’re getting endotoxin that affects the boost of inflammation. What do we mean by processed foods? Hotdogs, any meat in the can, lunch meat (full of nitrites, preservatives, poor quality meat).