Adult-Onset Diabetes (Diabetes Note Part 2)

Type 2 diabetes, previously known as adult-onset diabetes, accounts for 90-95 percent of diabetes cases.

In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can make insulin, but it doesn’t work as well. The accumulation of fat inside the cells of your muscles and liver interferes with the action of insulin. If insulin is the key that unlocks the doors to your cells, saturated fat is what appears to gum up the locks. With glucose denied entry into your muscles, the primary consumer of such fuels, thus sugar levels can rise to damaging levels in your blood.

The fat inside these cells can come from the fat you eat or the fat you wear (hint: your body fat).

Hence, the prevention, treatment, and reversal of type 2 diabetes depends on diet and lifestyle.

The good news

Type 2 diabetes is almost always preventable, often treatable, and sometimes even reversible through diet and lifestyle changes. Like other leading killers – especially heart disease and high blood pressure – type 2 diabetes is an unfortunate consequence of your dietary choices. But even if you already have diabetes and its complications, there is hope. Through lifestyle changes, you may be able to achieve a complete remission of type 2 diabetes, even if you’ve been suffering from the disease for decades.

In fact, by switching to a healthy diet, you can start improving your health within a matter of hours.

Even among healthy individuals, a high fat diet can impair the body’s ability to handle sugar. But you can lower your insulin resistance by lowering your fat intake. Research has clearly shown that as the amount of fat in your diet becomes increasingly lower, insulin works increasingly better. Unfortunately, given the current diets style, we’re seeing both obesity and type 2 diabetes earlier and earlier in life.


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