The Real Cause of Type 2 Diabetes – Part 2
In my last blog, I walked you through a different view about the cause of diabetes. I told you that insulin resistance doesn’t make sense, biologically speaking, as there is no reason that only 3 types of cells would become resistant to the presence of insulin. If it can happen in liver, muscle, and fat cells, why doesn’t insulin resistance affect all other types of cells? For example, skin cells that are in physical contact with fat cells do not seem to catch this affliction.
I told you that, as a doctor and student of medicine, my thinking process led me to wonder if there might not be another mechanism that causes glucose to remain in the bloodstream, causing high blood sugar and diabetes.
And I discussed that one idea I began pursuing is related to the fact that your body’s cells can burn glucose or fatty acids for fuel. I then left you to ponder two questions:
- Why might muscles switch to burning the fatty acids? and
- Can the body store an unlimited amount of triglycerides (fat) made from excess glucose absorbed into your body?
If you thought about these questions, perhaps you guessed the answers. For the first question, the answer is that muscle switching to burning fatty acid is a natural daily occurrence. These fatty acids actually come from the triglycerides that your body produces from excess glucose. As for the second question, the answer is that the body cannot store an unlimited amount of triglycerides. Each person has only a certain amount of fat cells—and once they get full, there is no place for excess glucose (in the form of triglycerides) to go.
So, where does this leave us in terms of understanding the real cause of high blood sugar? Perhaps now the answer is very apparent to you.
Filling your fat cells — whether you are overweight or lean — is the cause of high blood sugar and diabetes. When your fat cells are full, the glucose that your body does not immediately use after a meal has no place to be stored in the form of triglycerides, even though the liver keeps producing triglyceride from the excess sugar. What happens next is that those free triglycerides are broken down into fatty acids, which your cells begin burning for energy instead of glucose. This is what leaves glucose in your blood, not insulin resistance by certain cells as is claimed now, causing high blood sugar leading to diabetes.
This means emptying your fat cells (losing weight, even if you are considered lean based on a weight table) to make room for your body’s “normal” need to store glucose is the key to reversing diabetes.
If you want to prevent diabetes, you have to eat less complex carbohydrates—especially grain and grain products. The result is that the body will have no need for additional storage area for triglycerides and no excess of glucose. Your high blood sugar will simply fade away.
Now doesn’t that sound more logical than the notion that millions of adults are suddenly developing insulin resistance?