The actual statistics for type 2 diabetes are shocking.
Worldwide there are now 347 million people who now have diabetes. (1)
Of these same people 90% of them suffer with type 2 diabetes. (1) The World Health Organisation projects that diabetes deaths will increase by two thirds between 2008 and 2030 (1).
In the United States, diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages which is 8.3% of the U.S. population (2).
Shocking as these figures are, it is also the other diseases and health issues that can affect many diabetics that is also a great cause for concern.
Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States, as well as a major cause of heart disease and strokes. (2)
So what exactly is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes or ‘adult diabetes’ as it used to be call (not so now as more and more children are now suffering from it) is a metabolic disorder where the body becomes insulin resistant and is characterized by a high level of glucose in the blood.
Put simply the hormone insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is required to transport the sugars in our blood (that we get from what we eat) into your body’s cells where they can then be utilised.
The problem with type 2 diabetes happens when the body’s cells begin to literally ‘resist’ the insulin hormone which is transporting the sugars.
This means the sugar continues to circulate around the blood instead of going straight into the body’s cells and so the pancreas produces even more insulin in an effort to transport the sugar (glucose) out of the blood and into the cells of the body, thus stressing the pancreas.
Over a long period of time this will have a debilitating effect on the pancreas due to it being stressed by the over-production of insulin.
This will often result in less and less insulin being produced by the pancreas and so the need for more drugs/medical intervention.
The other type of diabetes (type 1) differs from type 2 in that the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are destroy by the body’s own immune system (known as autoimmune disease).
As yet, there is no known cure for the Type 1 diabetes, where patients need to take insulin via medication, though a healthy lifestyle, including diet, can certainly help you improve Type 1 diabetes.
Why do people get type 2 diabetes?
Within the mainstream medical profession, it is understood that there is no one single cause of type 2 diabetes and it is thought that a person’s chance of developing this disease is linked to several factors, which include:
- An individual’s genetic predisposition
- Environmental factors, such as exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals
- Lifestyle factors, such as being overweight/obese, lack of exercise and poor diet
No doubt factors, such as genetics and the others listed do play a part in ‘deciding’ what diseases may affect you personally.
Yet people with type 2 diabetes have completely healed their condition with the help of a high-carbohydrate, plant-based diet.
So what exactly has a standard diet got to do with type 2 diabetes?
Processed food, FAT and large amounts of it!
Many health professionals outside of the mainstream now advocate around 10% fat or less to be truly healthy such as Dr John McDougall, Dr Neal Barnard, and Dr Michael Klaper to name just a few.
And the reason is because they recognize that the modern western diet as it is now has way too much fat, including saturated animal fat, which is well known for its many negative health effects.
Insulin and high fat intake do not go together well!
Consuming too much fat (both animal and plant-based fat) and over loading the body with it can lead to also sorts of health issues.
One of these is when fat begins to interfere with the process of sugar metabolism and brings on the disease we know as type 2 diabetes.
With a sustained high fat intake the cells of the body begin to struggle with the delivery of the sugars via the transport medium we know as the hormone (insulin).
With the excess fat coating the cells and thus impairing this hugely important process the disease we know as type 2 diabetes begins.
Many studies have been conducted over the years that show a high carbohydrate, low fat, plant-based diet can make a huge positive impact on the health of people who are suffering with Type 2 diabetes.
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