In the past two articles, I explained how diabetes occurs—not due to insulin resistance but to your body burning fatty acids made from carbohydrate, largely grains, leaving glucose in your bloodstream.
So why do endocrinologists still maintain the insulin resistance theory, which has not been proven and is scientifically illogical?
About 80 years ago, the astonishing benefit of injecting insulin into children with Type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas does not produce insulin, was discovered. Later, when adults were discovered to have adequate levels of insulin AND high blood sugar, endocrinologists needed to come up with an explanation—and so the insulin resistance theory was born and the name Type 2 diabetes was introduced. No evidence was shown to prove the theory in a scientific way, however.
As a result, endocrinologists, not knowing why or how insulin resistance occurs, had to resort to other means to deal with it, mainly trying to “control” blood sugar. The pharmaceutical companies began producing drugs to do that. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention incorporated study findings based on this faulty concept into clinical and public health directives. The National Institutes of Health also failed to provide funds for basic research that would have invalidated the concept of insulin resistance. Therefore, “control” of diabetes became incorporated into the medical textbooks and clinical practice all over the world.
But Diabetes can be Cured
As I explained in the first two parts of this blog, by avoiding grains and grain products, no matter what country you live in, you can cure type 2 diabetes. This means consuming as little wheat, rice, corn, and products made with flour from them as possible.
Beware: You will hear from health and nutrition experts that grain and grain-flour products are good foods to eat, as they get every other nutrient into your body. They will claim a diet without grains is not sustainable. To counter that, I give you two bits of information to ponder. One, the ancestors of modern humans survived without cultivating grains for almost 40,000 years. In my view, this is proof that no carbohydrate is considered an essential nutrient for humans, and we certainly do not need carbohydrates from grains. Second, what would be better for you – giving up most grains or living with diabetic medications and the complications of diabetes even when the condition is “controlled?”
I am not recommending any special diet other than avoiding grains. I believe you can eat and enjoy any food you want other than grains. It’s healthiest and most diabetes-free if you focus on getting your nutrients from the infinite variety of seasonal naturally-occurring vegetables in your local area. Choose vegetables grown using composted plant fertilizer rather than those grown using factory-made fertilizers because the former are more likely to contain an assortment of nutrients in the right proportions. After all, humans evolved consuming what nature provided.
An added way to ensure your intake of needed nutrients is using spices, just as Indian cuisine does. A wide assortment of spices can provide over 25% of essential nutrients needed in the human body. I believe that the reason spices make foods more enjoyable is because they are nutritious. Vegetable oils are useful too, as they provide a variety of different carriers for spice/nutrient molecules.
I am not against consumption of non-vegetarian food items like meat, seafood or dairy, and even a few grain-based foods here and there are ok. But make sure your total energy intake is not excessive and the percentage of energy from carbohydrate is not over 25% of the total. An increasing level of triglyceride in the blood is an early indicator of excess total energy intake. Increasing levels of fasting blood sugar is another marker.
I hope you will convey this information to anyone you know who has diabetes, whether it is your friends who live in the US or your friends and relatives in India. Encourage them to reduce their consumption of rice, wheat, and other grains in any shape or form. There is no need to diet or purchase a diet program. Anyone with diabetes will see their blood sugar level drop if they do this. In most instances, diabetes can be cured in as little as 8 weeks.
John Poothullil, MD, is a retired physician who practiced for 30 years in Lake Jackson, Texas. He is the author of two books on diabetes. The first, Eat, Chew Live is intended to teach how to prevent diabetes and the other book, Diabetes: The Real Cause and the Right Cure teaches people how to reverse diabetes if they already have been diagnosed. The first book is available in India and the US, and the second book will soon be available in both countries. He is also working on a new book about diabetes and cancer, to be published in October 2017. See www.drjohnondiabetes.com for more information.
(This is the concluding Part 3 of the 3-part series. This information is provided by Dr. Poothullil in his individual capacity and does not represent the views of India-West.)