Type 2 Diabetes – Causes and Treatments

According to a CBS News story in 2016, a 19 year old Asian girl was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes.  Her doctor was so shocked he ran the test twice.  The young lady was 5’2″ and very slender.  Her family had a history of Diabetes 2 but at an older age. Her family’s diet consisted of white rice with every dinner, and a breakfast that was carbohydrate heavy.

New research by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School suggests that consuming too much dietary sugar (including simple carbs) could set off a process in the body that leads to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.  Specifically, consuming too much fructose found in fruits, vegetables and honey is a trigger.  Researchers found that in mice, excessive sugar in the liver appears to activate a molecular factor known as carbohydrate-responsive element-binding protein – ChREBP.  This protein causes the liver to keep making glucose, contributing to increased blood glucose levels despite insulin signals telling it to stop.  This ChREBP protein caused blood sugar and insulin levels to increase, which over time could lead to insulin resistance elsewhere in the body.

The 19 year old patient changed her diet and started exercising.  She limits both fruit and fruit juice, and eats higher fiber berries, such as strawberries.  She also eats more protein and is avoiding white starchy carbohydrates in favor of complex carbs.

Diet and exercise are key to reducing the risk and eliminating Diabetes Type 2.  So, avoid products with loads of added sugar; sodas, candy and many packaged foods. Read the labels!

Here’s to your Health!

Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR




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