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What Causes Type II Diabetes During Menopause & How To Prevent It

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Diabetes causes 1.5 million deaths per year. More than 52% of Americans have “pre-diabetes” (insulin resistance) or full-blown type II diabetes according to a recent JAMA paper. I am here to tell you, type II diabetes is not inevitable. There is so much we can do to prevent it. Avoiding diabetes is easy if one adopts the eating habits and lifestyle of the ancestrally free human. Why does diabetes happen? 47 years ago the food pyramid was born. Since then the amount of people with diabetes has tripled. Diabetes mellitus refers to excessive urination and sugary urine, but it is now often diagnosed in people who neither urinate excessively nor pass glucose in the urine, based on a high level of glucose in the blood. Polyunsaturated fats, like those found in industrial vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates, and refined sugars are the best-documented cause of diabetes. Vegetable oils are a 100 billion dollar industry. They make up 1/3 of the food supply. They’re very unstable fats that oxidize in your body and produce toxic compounds known as aldehydes which:
  • Age you faster
  • Increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s
Recently, a high safflower oil diet was found to cause diabetes (Ikemoto, et al.), and obesity itself is thought to be a factor in developing diabetes. The hormone patterns associated with obesity can be seen as either cause or effect of the obesity (or both cause and effect). In addition to safflower oil, soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also promote autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and depression. Americans consume these oils by the ton! What else causes diabetes? A starch-based diet, emphasizing grains has caused people to reduce their fat and protein consumption. Starch stimulates appetite, promotes fat synthesis by stimulating insulin secretion, and sometimes increases the growth of bacteria that produce toxins. Patients are better off with a diet that prioritizes eggs, seafood, cheese, coconut oil, tropical fruits, grass-fed meat, and root vegetables. High stress is linked to diabetes. Numerous studies implicate cortisol as a cause of both the development of obesity and diabetes, as well as exacerbation of its main biomarkers. Recently, even human studies have confirmed the role of cortisol in this condition, and some doctors are using anti-cortisol drugs such as RU486 for treating their patients. Other interventions that should be able to replicate the effects of RU486 on keeping hypercortisolemia at bay (with arguably fewer risks) include progesterone, DHEA, vitamin D, and pregnenolone. All of which either block cortisol at the receptor level and/or inhibit its synthesis. The following has helped many of our patients that have come to us with diabetes:
  • Low carbohydrate, nutrient-dense, animal food-rich diet. Meat and eggs don’t cause type 2 diabetes. They help reverse it.
  • Instead of refined sucrose, try Inositol as Myo-Inositol or IP6. It’s sweet and can even stabilize blood sugar, which can enhance insulin metabolism, treat depression and diabetes, and is also important for fresh stem cells and ATP energy metabolism.
  • Get sunlight. Increased bright sunlight exposure is associated with a reduced risk for type II diabetes and heart disease by lowering blood insulin and lipid levels.
  • Exercise and movement. Glucose levels have been shown to decline after exercise.
  • Keep stress down! High cortisol is shown to be a major cause of diabetes. It’s crucial the body isn’t in a state of high stress all the time. Try meditation, affirmations, EVOX therapy, or Wim Hof breathing.
Are fruit and honey okay to eat? If you purposely overeat on sugar past satiety, or you don’t eat enough vitamins and minerals and b vitamins, the sugar might cause more stress on the body. However, normal amounts of tropical fruits and honey may be okay. I eat raw honey every day. The sugar I eat is mostly from organic fruit and honey. Some studies show honey can actually lower your blood sugar. Along with fructose and glucose, honey contains hundreds of compounds: phenols, amino acids, minerals. One of the reasons honey may be protective is because fructose can actually get into the mitochondria without insulin. When it does, it can help to restore the oxidation of glucose, allowing blood glucose levels to fall as their normal uptake increases. High blood sugar is a deeper problem than just a few bites of raw honey a day. It’s consistently eating processed carbs and fake foods. As for fruit, fructose itself is a naturally occurring substance in nature that has been part of the human diet since the beginning of humanity. High-fructose corn syrup on the other hand is an entirely different story – it is an unnatural chemically altered food. It is bad in every aspect. When fruit has fully ripened the disaccharide (double sugar molecule) sucrose is broken down easily into fructose and glucose (single sugar molecules), requiring very little digestive strength, (the same is true for raw honey and well-cooked root vegetables). To summarize, type II diabetes is preventable by taking the right lifestyle steps. Keeping stress low, avoiding industrial vegetable oils, and prioritizing nutrient-dense foods is key to keeping blood sugar levels normal. Insulin resistance leading to metabolic syndrome and diabetes is the root cause of virtually all chronic diseases in the Western world. Get in shape now.