Diabetes in most cases can be halted in its tracks and reversed. The great tragedy is how many people suffer from this disease needlessly every day because they believe they have to ‘live with the disease’ and don’t even know they may not have to.
Diabetes today is in epidemic proportions in the US, Australia, the UK and many other first world countries. Diabetes is not listed as a major cause of death but in fact heart disease is one of the main complications of diabetes. This makes diabetes one of the leading contributors to unnecessary death in modern countries.
But it need not be this way. Let me explain.
It’s an Epidemic
The CDC in the US has called diabetes “an epidemic”. The Medical Journal of Australia is calling it “an unstoppable juggernaut”. It costs $132 billion (with a ‘b’) every year in the US alone. In the year 2000, 170 million people suffered from diabetes worldwide and this is expected to double in the next 30 years.
But this is not an infectious disease. How can it be that it is increasing at such an epidemic rate if it’s not spread by infection? There must be something that we are doing which is causing this epidemic, right? It can’t happen for no reason.
In fact, it happens because people are following recommendations on diet that are completely wrong! This is why it seems an “unstoppable juggernaut”. In the very act of trying to do the “right thing”, people are causing their disease. And when they get diagnosed, what do they do? They redouble their efforts thinking they aren’t trying hard enough and make it even worse. It seems the harder you try, the worse it gets.
Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3 Diabetes
There are three types of diabetes, what are commonly known as Type 1 and Type 2 plus what I call Type 3 diabetes. It’s important to understand the difference because the cure for them is different. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen media reports talking about a ‘cure for diabetes’ as if it is just one disease. It’s not.
Type 1 diabetes – “Juvenile Diabetes”
Type 1 diabetes results when the cells in your pancreas (called your ‘beta’ or ‘islet’ cells) get destroyed usually because your immune system has attacked them for reasons that are as yet Glucofort poorly understood. The islet cells are the ones that make the hormone insulin. Insulin affects fat, muscle and liver tissues (especially) to tell them to take in and store sugar from the blood. In liver and muscle that sugar is stored as glycogen, in your fat cells, it’s stored as fat. So without the islet cells producing insulin, the sugar stays in the blood and the person gets muscle wasting and fat loss. In other words, untreated, a person with Type 1 diabetes gets scrawny and left further untreated will die. When I was a student twenty years ago, Type 1 diabetes was still commonly called ‘juvenile diabetes’ as it is almost always diagnosed in children or young adults – not the elderly.
The treatment is to inject the insulin that should have been made by your islet cells. It’s a life-saving treatment.
If you want to donate research into diabetes, donate it to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. It is a worthy cause.
Type 2 diabetes – “Maturity-Onset Diabetes”
Type 2 diabetes also results in high blood sugar but for a very different reason. Type 2 diabetes results from too much carbohydrate in the diet continuously over years. When you eat carbohydrates (starch or sugar) they get converted to sugar in your blood. To remove the sugar from your blood, your islet cells make insulin and the sugar goes into your fat, muscle and liver cells for storage. This is normal.
The problem is when you keep eating too many carbs. Your liver and muscles can only store a little so most of this burden goes to your fat cells… that make lots of fat to store the excess sugar in the blood. Of course this makes you fat. If you keep eating too many carbs, your fat cells reach a limit where they say “NO MORE!” and ignore the pleadings of the insulin to take the sugar out of your blood. Your pancreas sees the sugar is not going away and so makes even more insulin. Over time, the fat cells simply become ‘unresponsive’ to the insulin. What can they do? They are already stuffed full so they just ignore the pleadings of your pancreas.
When I was a student, type 2 diabetes was called “Maturity-Onset Diabetes” because it only affected older people. Now, even 13-year-olds are being diagnosed. Why? Too many carbs – soft drinks and grains.
You can see there is a very big difference here. Type 2 can be completely prevented and even fully reversed in the majority of cases by simply changing diet and doing some exercise. Type 1 cannot although it can be made much more manageable by taking the same steps as for Type 2.
There will never be a ‘cure’ for Type 2 diabetes any more than there will ever by a cure for stupidity. And I’m not talking just about drugs, there is not and never will be any ‘secret herb’ that will reverse type 2 while you keep doing what caused it in the first place. It’s an appealing idea… but it’s a myth.