The Real Reason Diabetes Runs in Families
If you are worried that you are “destined” to get diabetes because “it’s in your family,” I have good news for you – you do not need to develop diabetes. You may not know this but you have the power to beat your “destiny”.
Many people think they will get diabetes because their mother, father, uncle or aunt has it. This thinking is usually based on the theory of insulin resistance. This theory promotes the conviction that if a parent developed “insulin resistance,” then the children are likely to develop it, too.
It’s true that diabetes runs in families, but it has nothing to do with inheriting insulin resistance. Based on my research for the cause of diabetes, it’s not insulin resistance that causes diabetes and therefore insulin resistance is not passed down to you in your genes.
What is passed down to you in your genes is the potential number and capacity of fat cells that your body has. Each person’s genes define a lot about their body type – short, tall, thin, heavy, big boned, small boned, skin color, hair color, and so on. The same goes for how your genes define your body’s fat storage capacity.
As you read in my two prior blog postings, The Real Cause of Type 2 Diabetes, high blood sugar and diabetes are caused by filling your body’s allotment of fat cells so there is no place for the excess glucose that your body converts into triglycerides (fat) to go. When your fat cells are full, those triglycerides break down to fatty acids, and your body’s cells, especially muscles, begin burning the fatty acids on a regular basis for fuel, rather than glucose. This is why your blood sugar goes up.
So the connection between your family history and diabetes is not that your genes cause insulin resistance, but rather that your genes determine your ability to store fat. This is why thin people can also develop diabetes—they have a limited fat cell capacity to store triglycerides.
It’s also why you and your siblings can differ in your chance of developing high blood sugar and diabetes —even if you both overeat. Each of you has received genes dictating your natural allotment of fat storage capacities that may differ from each other. Imagine you and your sibling buying the same amount of food only to find out that while your sibling can put all of it inside his refrigerator, you can’t.
The only solution to preventing diabetes is to stop overconsuming foods, especially grains-based carbs. Even “gluten-free” and “whole grain” products are still grains to be avoided.
If you have siblings who, like you, are wondering if they are going to develop diabetes, be sure to tell them this message. No one has to get diabetes because “it’s in the family.”
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