Type 2 diabetes – also known as adult-onset diabetes – does not have to be permanent. Caloric restriction and Fasting can help control blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and even help reverse type 2 diabetes. Before we get into how fasting can undo the threat of type 2 diabetes, we first need to understand how type 2 diabetes affects the body.
Diabetes develops when fat accumulates in areas of the body that shouldn’t accumulate fat. A strong indicator, and the beginning phase is an abundance of fat in your muscle tissue. Typically this is the result of a family history, a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, or a combination of these. This fat is called intramuscular fat. Imagine the marbling on a steak, it’s like that, only it’s inside your muscles, and causes insulin resistance — the characteristic that distinguishes type 1 diabetes from type 2. Additionally, intramuscular fat causes muscles to produce toxic fat metabolites like ceramide and diacylglycerol (DAG). These toxins also contribute to insulin resistance.
When you have high blood sugar, the pancreas produces insulin to lower blood sugar. However, insulin resistance causes the liver to stop responding to insulin. In fact, the liver keeps producing sugar despite a high level of sugar in the blood.
When the liver accumulates fat, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can develop. When non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is present, the liver releases fat into the bloodstream where it’s distributed to other organs and they, just like the liver, stop responding to insulin. Especially affected is the pancreas.
As fat builds up in the pancreas, its function is compromised; and since the pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, this is a major issue.
Predictably, insulin production drops.
Normalise your blood sugar to reduce body fat is what is needed, but many people begin insulin injections instead. Insulin injections aid in the short-term, but also contribute to fat formation. Including in the liver and pancreas, which leads to other health issues. It can feel like a catch-22 situation. Fortunately, there are alternatives…
Even though fasting, for me, is a dirty word because I love my food. For around 150 years, studies have shown that fasting provides serious benefits for those with diabetes. In the 1870’s, Dr. Appollinaire Bouchardet, an expert on diabetes during his time, noticed that fasting produced positive results for his diabetic patients.
Dr. Elliott Joslin published research (over 100 years ago) with a conclusion that fasting could reverse diabetes. He was among the first to realise that fasting detoxes your tissues and organs of fatty deposits.
When you start metabolising the fat in your organs, you can restore insulin sensitivity. And once you restore insulin sensitivity, you can get your blood sugar back on track.
But it’s not all smooth sailing – there can be some complications to be aware of. Fasting with type 2 diabetes comes with a few potential health consequences, which is why you should only begin a fasting regimen under the watchful eye of a General Practitioner (doctor) or certified health professional who has experience and expertise with helping diabetics through this process. Don’t risk your health with unhealthy yo-yo dieting and fasting. Ensure you surround yourself with the right people to support you to success.
Ideally, have your blood tested throughout the day to monitor your blood composition and overall health.
Fasting works similarly to bariatric surgery, a gastric surgery that effectively reduces the size of your stomach. Some studies have found that bariatric surgery helped around 73% of patients go into diabetic remission. This kind of surgery, however, is invasive and comes with all the risks of surgical procedures training the patient to manage nutrition afterwards.
Personally I’d try the post-bariatric surgery eating philosophy to see if it yields results before resorting to solutions found in an operating theatre.
After seven days of reduced calorie intake (about 500-600 calories a day), fasting glucose normalises. Furthermore, after two months on this diet, your pancreas can start producing a normal level of insulin to control blood sugar.
In recent years, medical and nutritional researchers have found that reversing pancreatic damage is possible. Once you clean out the fat, the insulin-producing cells start pumping out insulin again. Fasting can undo the damage to your liver and pancreas to the point that they begin to function normally again.
Because it takes a few months to detox your organs of accumulated fat, intermittent fasting is the way to go.
With a fasting diet, you can sustain the fast long enough to get rid of the excess fat deposits that lead to type 2 diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure. Break your fast if your blood sugar exceeds 300 mg/dl or drops below 70 mg/dl.
A reduced-calorie plant-based diet may also help repair the damage from diabetes. Remarkably, one study found that a well-planned vegan diet can lower insulin dependence by over 60% in just two weeks — without losing any weight.
Small changes lead to small improvements, moderate changes yield moderate improvements, but significant changes lead to extraordinary results:
Do what’s right for your body. Follow a healthy diet to supply energy to an active lifestyle. Cut out or reduce refined sugar, starches, and meat and cheese — all of which are consistently shown to promote diabetes.
You can restore your health with a little determination, the right support team and observing your dietary intake. Accept the challenge to transform your life today.
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