Alright, it’s time to get serious about this epidemic. Everyday, people talk about their health status with friends, family members, as well as health professionals. Obesity and diabetes are frequent discussion topics in many countries of the world, but the United States blows statistics out of the water.
Check this out! The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected infographic data comparing the prevalence of type-2 diabetes in adults over the age of 18 in each state annually from 1994 to 2014. These statistics are astounding and disgusting!
In 1994, South Carolina was the only state to have a prevalence over 6.0%. Let’s jump forward to 1999. Mississippi becomes the only state to have a prevalence over 7.5%. At the same time, the number of states with less than 4.5% prevalence decreased from 25 to 8; 17 of those states climbed their way up to the next percentage bracket. The most appalling of all is 2014. The lowest prevalence is 6.0%, and more than half of the United States is over 9.0% type-2 diabetic!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!?! I don’t think people truly understand the significance of this diagnosis when it is given by a physician. Most go on living their “normal” life, but utilize insulin in a medication as a means to moderate their blood sugar levels. What they don’t understand is that “logically, insulin does not help reverse the disease, but actually worsens it.” Insulin resistance makes the human body gain weight, and gaining weight definitely does not improve type-2 diabetes. “We’ve been prescribing drugs for a dietary disease. No wonder it doesn’t work.” I love this statement. So let’s dig a little deeper and see what actually needs to take place to reverse this monstrous disease overtaking our people.
Insulin is a hormone produced when we eat, which allows glucose into the cells. Once insulin is unable to do so, glucose just piles up outside the cell in the blood, creating what’s called insulin resistance. The cells are already over-filled with glucose, so now they resist the glucose because it is completely at capacity. This insulin resistance (present in type-2 diabetes) can only be reversed with the extreme moderation of sugar in the diet!
Now that you understand the cause of type-2 diabetes, let’s look at the reversal (or treatment) of it! First of all, don’t put more sugar in your body! Adapting to a low carb, high fat diet is highly recommended for an individual with type-2 diabetes. Cleansing the liver of excess sugar and providing a stability in blood glucose levels will help put the body in ketosis and burn off fat (adipose tissue) as fuel, lower your weight and combat type-2 diabetes! Integrating intermittent fasting and an exercise program will also help to lower blood glucose levels! To learn more about what it means to follow a ketogenic diet, read What Do I Eat to Flourish? While maintaining a ketogenic diet can be a challenge, and huge shift from your previous eating habits, exogenous ketones can be consumed to help expedite this process by moderating blood glucose levels and increasing blood ketone levels. To understand how exogenous ketones help the body become insulin sensitive rather than resistance, check out Can’t Commit to the Keto Diet Yet?
I hope this information will help you, a loved one, a friend, co-worker or even your next door neighbor understand more the effects sugar have on your body. Remember: you only have one body to live in, so take care of it every single day. Thank you to Dr. Andra Campitelli for sharing the link on Facebook to Jason Fung’s “How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes” and inspiring this post.
Maps of Trends in Diagnosed Diabetes: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/slides/maps_diabetes_trends.pdf
How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes: https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/reverse-type-2-diabetes-the-quick-start-guide/