Type II Diabetes (T2D) is a lifestyle choice, it is not hereditary or caused by anything other than what we eat. Don’t beat yourself up over it, you didn’t know and were never told. Those that should have told you, lied to you. Is it reversible? Yes. Is the cure difficult? Not really.

T2D is the by-product of long term high insulin levels in your blood. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas to feed your body. It signals the cells in your muscles and organs to eat the glucose (a simple sugar molecule) extracted from your food for energy. Excess glucose is stored as fat. We get our sugar, not just from sweets, cakes, table sugar and sugary drinks, but also from all carbohydrate foods, such as cereals, bread, pastas, rice, fruit juices, smoothies, alcohol, etc.

For the last 50 years we have developed into grazers, unable to go more than 2 or 3 hours without some highly processed food, including sweets and drinks. Your pancreas will release insulin whenever carbs (sugar) is present in your stomach and gut and because of this grazing.

This constant overdosing of insulin causes the cells in our body to reject it, which then prevents them from eating the glucose. Your pancreas compensates by producing even more insulin, which aggravates the rejection. Most of the excess sugar is converted into fat, which accumulates in and around your pancreas, liver, other organs and muscles. This makes it even more difficult for the insulin to get through to the cell. The rest of the excess sugar remains in your blood causing you all sorts of issues. Your body is said to have become insulin resistant. Because your cells are not eating, your body is starving, even though you may have just eaten, and constantly telling your brain to eat more, especially sugar, which is addictive. It is a perfect storm of metabolic ill health which will guarantee an old age of pain and suffering.

Insulin related diseases include not only T2D, but also fatty liver disease, kidney disease, retinopathy (eye damage) neuropathy (nerve damage), amputations, arteriosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s strokes, etc. The medication they give you is not a cure, its only to keep you stable as the disease worsens and you need even more medication.

The cure: stop eating processed carbs. Yes, it’s that simple. Without carbs your body looks for alternative energy, namely ketones, which it makes from burning fat, and we all have a lot of fat to burn. As a bonus your pancreas gets a rest, your insulin levels normalise, and you genuinely lose weight. The first fats to go are those in and around your liver, then your pancreas and then the rest of your body. Your liver is particularly adept at recovering. Your body remains insulin sensitive, but the resistance starts to subside, and your cells can begin to eat normally.

I am not advocating a calorie controlled diet. You simply cut out as much processed carbs as you can. If you want a regime to follow, you can look at low cab/healthy fat diets, keto diets, etc. Otherwise just look at what you’re eating, if its real food, its likely to be okay and you can eat as much as you want. Leafy green vegetables, legumes, and nuts to give you essential minerals. Healthy fats and protein found in avocadoes, cheese, meat, eggs, fish, and olive oil for nutrition and vitamins. Eggs are the perfect nutrient combining a ratio of 1:1 healthy fat and protein.

It is important to stop grazing and above-all, if it’s made from wheat, barley, etc., which are all forms of grass, walk away. We weren’t designed to eat grass. Grains stimulate hunger and insulin, are difficult to digest, are behind most stomach and gut issues, contain toxins, inhibit mineral absorption, and the leading cause of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

For vegans, taking grains out of the diet is difficult and limiting, but in most cases, suitable substitutes, including substitutes for fat and protein can be found in vegetables. They should also supplement essential iron and B vitamins which predominantly comes from meat.

 

Once you start, depending on your illness – and you don’t have to be ill to start living healthily – you may not be cured, but I guarantee you will feel considerably better. How do I know? I’ve been a diagnosed T2D for the last 6 years, I also suffer from neuropathy and background retinopathy. Six months ago, I decided to reverse my diabetes by changing my food and eating habits. Within 3 weeks I came off my medications. My neuropathy has subsided (not entirely) and my last eye examination showed no evidence of retinopathy. In the process I have lost about 15 kilos (2 1/2 stones). My blood sugar levels are normal and my phone app has even stopped calling me fat.

 

Andreas E. Alexandrou

04/10/2019

 

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