There is compelling evidence that doctors have been taught precisely the wrong treatment for obesity and especially Type II diabetes for more than 75 years. Considering there is now a worldwide epidemic in both, that’s a scary proposition. Have we done this to ourselves?
Frankly, I’m hesitant to publicize this. Only a few mainstream doctors will even know about it, much less back it up. It’s very difficult to go against the status quo, for doctors and even for researchers. Doing so often results in professional suicide. However, it’s vitally important to anyone who wants to take their health into their own hands to read up and understand the facts.
The fact is, obesity can and often does lead to Type II diabetes, and vice versa. It’s a vicious cycle, and I’ll explain why below. Furthermore, the very medicine prescribed to mitigate high blood sugar, often cited as the cause of diabetes, is part of the problem. And that cause isn’t the cause – it’s a symptom.
Here’s how it works: consuming any food at all provokes an insulin response. In fact, smelling food can provoke an insulin response, part of the body’s way of getting ready for an incoming load of macronutrients. ALL macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) result in a secretion of insulin, which is instrumental in making some of them bioavailable as fuel. However, they are not created equal. Carbohydrates create the largest response, then proteins, and finally fats a tiny amount.
Fats don’t require insulin to be absorbed by the body, but carbs and proteins do. Insulin has been seen as the ‘key’ that unlocks the cells to allow nutrients to be absorbed. This simplification has led to a widespread misunderstanding about the role of insulin and how the body reacts to it. One thing it does in overabundance is turn off the ability to burn stored fat, and signal the liver to keep storing excess glucose as fat. This cause and effect is easily seen in most diabetics, who, once they are prescribed insulin to mitigate high blood sugar, begin to gain weight.
Once the liver and all other cells are so full of glucose that it literally spills over, it takes more and more insulin to lower blood glucose levels, and the more insulin, the more resistant to it our cells become. The startling conclusion is that what causes insulin resistance leading to obesity and Type II diabetes, is… insulin! We are being treated with the very substance that caused our illness in the first place.
As we’ve seen in other posts, nothing we have previously done about losing weight has a lasting effect. However, there is one ancient weight control practice that can change all that. The practice is fasting. Don’t let the word scare you. Please keep an open mind, because it could save your life to learn about a growing health practice called intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is merely the voluntary abstention from consuming food in increments from 12 hours on up. The record for an actual (supervised) fast is 382 days. Obviously, unless you are morbidly obese and under the care of a knowledgeable doctor, the latter is not what I’m advocating. For many reasons, the longer you fast, the quicker you lose weight, but you don’t need to go to extremes to have a very satisfactory experience. In addition, fasting has many benefits besides weight loss and correcting insulin resistance
In future posts, I’ll examine the many facets of intermittent fasting. If you’re in a hurry to learn more, I highly recommend a book by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Jason Fung, called The Complete Guide to Fasting. Dr. Fung especially has a way of making a complex subject seem simple. The subject of digestion and how your body turns food into fuel is quite complex indeed! It’s a fascinating subject, but there are many myths and misunderstandings that will hamper your journey to better health if you continue to accept them.