Today, we’re going to look at how to control type 2 diabetes without medication.
With so many people developing diabetes, knowing how to manage type 2 diabetes is especially important.
When you consider that type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease, a natural solution becomes clear.
Since medications all have side effects, treating diabetes without medication is ideal.
But this isn’t just about lowering your blood sugar without medication.
Controlling type 2 diabetes without medication means finding a way to correct your metabolism.
First, you need to understand the types of metabolism.
There are two basic energy-producing metabolisms in the human body.
One of those energy-producing metabolisms relies on FAT.
The other relies on sugar.
These two metabolisms work together to keep our energy up.
Most people are familiar with the principle of the sugar burning metabolism.
The simplest explanation being that our body breaks down all of our food to glucose.
And then we burn the glucose for fuel.
But we can only use so much fuel for our activities, so the excess is stored for later in fat cells.
This is over-simplified, but you get the idea.
And this simple understanding led to the low-carb craze in dieting.
There are some merits to this diet, and I tried it for a while.
But this diet has some flaws.
When I was doing the low-carb diet, people would always tell me, “the body has no real need for carbs.”
And that’s true.
We can live on a no carb diet if we really really want to.
But it’s not fun.
It’s also true that we can live without fat.
But that isn’t any fun either.
If we don’t have fat in our diet, our body will first consume the fats that are stored in fat cells.
This is one of the core principles in most weight loss programs.
Once those fat cells are depleted — Voila, we’re thin!
But once we’re out of fat cells, the body will produce its own fat.
It does this in a process called de novo lipogenesis.
De novo lipogenesis is how the body produces fat from carbs.
De novo lipogenesis is not an easy process, but the body uses it if it has to.
The body will also use it if we consume too many carbs at once.
The body is pretty thrifty and doesn’t want just to get rid of all those carbs.
So the body will try to convert some of those carbs into the fat.
And then the body stores these carbs-turned-to-fat in our fat cells.
We need to consume fat every minute of every day for our entire life.
Either we get that fat from our diet, or we get that fat from our fat cells.
Or we make that fat from carbs that we consume in our diet.
But our cells need fat to live.
Now that we have this background, let’s look at the study on diabetes and free fatty acids.
One of the puzzles of diabetes is determining what exactly causes it.
It’s popular to think that diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.
People believe that all the white sugar and refined flour is responsible for diabetes.
But it’s not.
I’ve shown you many studies in the past where people consume high amounts of soda and pure carbs, but they don’t get diabetes.
Much of the world relies on almost nothing but carbs to meet dietary requirements.
Many people in Africa and Asia eat mostly rice or grains such as sorghum or yams.
But these people won’t get diabetes.
What really causes diabetes is FAT.
Fat floating in the bloodstream causes almost immediate insulin resistance.
These are called free fatty acids.
We now believe that having a lot of free fatty acids in the blood for a long time is the culprit behind diabetes.
The insulin resistance from these free fatty acids can turn from temporary into semi-permanent.
But nothing really bad happens until the insulin resistance becomes chronic and long-term.
So controlling type 2 diabetes without medication means keeping these free fatty acids out of our bloodstream.
So we have to do everything in our power to avoid free fatty acids.
But how do you avoid free fatty acids?
Luckily, there are simple ways to avoid them.
First, you want to eat frequent meals — even small meals.
When we’re hungry, we release cortisol.
The cortisol then releases free fatty acids into your blood.
So every time we’re hungry we increase our insulin resistance.
Another tip is to consume plenty of carbohydrates.
Small meals and snacks of complex carbohydrates are easily portable — making this an easy step.
Something else that helps is aspirin.
Aspirin inhibits the process of fat burning and encourages our body to burn carbs.
Consuming carbs before and after a workout helps as well.
When you exercise vigorously, your body releases free fatty acids.
Carb consumption and coffee will help you lower free fatty acid levels during and after exercise.
Another way of inhibiting free fatty acids is to drink coffee with sugar.
The caffeine in coffee can indirectly help inhibit free fatty acids.
You should also consume plenty of B vitamins.
B vitamins (especially niacinamide) inhibit free fatty acids directly.
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