Before I started researching diabetes, I thought it was a diet high in sugar that led to the development of diabetes. I was surprised to find out that the amount of fat in the diet has a much more drastic effect on diabetes patients, and removing fat from the diet will actually cure most diabetics of their illness.
So how does fat affect diabetes?
First lets give you a short explanation of how the sugar cycle works in the bloodstream. There are receptors in the blood that measure the level of sugars in the blood (also referred to as blood glucose level). When we eat foods with carbohydrates in them, the blood sugar level goes up. When this happens, the receptors send a message to the brain, and the brain tells the pancreas to make insulin. Insulin deals with the sugar in the blood, sending it where it needs to go, and effectively lowering the blood sugar levels back to normal. When this happens, the receptors tell the brain to tell the pancreas to quit sending insulin, and the process is over until the next time your blood sugar levels go up.
Here is a simplified flow chart
Now how does fat fit into this picture?
As most of us know, fat acts as an insulator. Of course fats have many more roles inside our bodies, but their biggest purpose is as an insulator. They insulate our organs, like our brains for example. Another property of fats is that they are sticky. Think of olive oil, or butter on your fingers. Greasy and sticky. It’s true that fats are good for us and a necessary part of our diets. But, almost everyone eating a Western diet overeats fats. When we have too much fat in our system, it starts coating everything. Just like butter coats your finger when you touch it, the fat molecules start coating your intestines, your blood vessels and arteries, and the cells inside them. This includes the sugar in your bloodstream.
Fat blocks insulin function.
In order for insulin to pair up with and move the sugar molecules, it has to attach to them. You can think of this attachment like a key fitting into a door lock. It’s a very specific fit. If there is cement caked onto the key, it is not going to fit into the lock. Similarly, if there is fat surrounding the sugar, the insulin can’t attach to it to do it’s job.
What happens when the insulin doesn’t do its job?
Well the sugar doesn’t leave the blood stream, and so the receptors there are still sending their message that they want more insulin. This puts the pancreas into overdrive, and it keeps out pumping insulin. But the problem isn’t that their isn’t enough insulin, it’s that it can’t function properly. You can imagine that after a while of this, the pancreas starts getting tired out.
Doesn’t the body have some sort of backup plan?
Yes it does. Your adrenal glands can help out the pancreas. They use adrenaline to push the pancreas to pump out even more insulin. But if there is still to much fat, the insulin can’t do it’s job. All that happens is the pancreas gets sicker and the adrenal glands start to wear out as well.
This is what’s known as insulin resistance. The insulin can’t do it’s job properly and when the pancreas and adrenals are effectively tired out, you can say hello to diabetes.
The good news here, is that this type of diabetes is EASY to cure. Yes I said EASY. Watch THIS movie if you don’t believe me. These people went raw for 30 days and cured their diabetes. I don’t believe you even have to go raw, I’m sure it helps (and helps in curing other diseases you might have), but if you just cut the fat from your diet (consume less than 10% of your calories from fat) your symptoms will reduce or disappear completely.
If you currently have diabetes and take medication, consult with your doctor before changing anything in your lifestyle. They will probably tell you that diabetes can’t be cured and you are wasting your time. Do it anyway, prove them wrong.
** For more info about the benefits of a low fat diet, and the effects of fat on insulin resistance read the 80/10/10 diet by Dr. Douglas Graham**