Understanding the Connection Between Type 2 Diabetes and Diet
Posted Oct 10 2012 8:30am
Diabetes occurs when a human body is incapable of producing enough insulin or when the body does not respond in the correct way to insulin. The pancreas is the organ that is responsible for insulin production however there doesn’t specifically have to be anything wrong with your pancreas for diabetes to occur. In many cases it is the consumption of too many high calorie and high sugar foods that leads to diabetes (specifically type 2 diabetes) as the pancreas is unable to control the high blood sugar levels experienced. While it has been proven that there is no link at all between type 1 diabetes and diet many researchers and doctors do believe that there is a strong link between type 2 diabetes and diet.
Type 2 DiabetesType 2 diabetes is the more common form of the condition and is more prevalent in adults. People suffering from type 2 diabetes have a pancreas that is unable to keep insulin levels under control, whereas type 1 diabetes refers to people whose bodies make little to no insulin. While the link between type 2 diabetes and diet hasn’t been established for long almost all researchers agree that as the population’s weight has increased so have the number of cases of type 2 diabetes. The debate surrounds whether it is a person’s weight that triggers the condition or if it is specific foods.
Some researchers believe that is the amount of calories and the subsequent weight gain that is the main cause of type 2 diabetes rather than a specific type of food. Foods that are especially high in calories such as those with refined carbohydrates and those that are high in fat are said to have the strongest links to diabetes. Doctors and nutritionists suggest removing these from your diet if you feel you are at risk with diabetes and replacing them with low calorie foods that are lower in refined carbs.
High Fat and Refined Carbohydrates
While it has never been proven that unsaturated fat directly links to diabetes, many researchers do believe that there is a strong connection. In fact according to some researchers unsaturated fat can lower your body’s sensitivity to insulin which is one of the most common characteristics of type 2 diabetes. However due to the high amount of calories in unsaturated fat this could be the link rather than the fat itself.
Most people know that there are good carbs and bad carbs with refined carbohydrates in particular being specifically bad. Research has shown that as the consumption of refined carbohydrates has increased over the last 40 years (particularly due to high fructose corn syrup and sucrose) which again may be why we are seeing higher cases of diabetes. Some studies have even shown that consuming too much fructose can lead to an increase in insulin resistance – another condition associated with type 2 diabetes.
What Can You Do?
If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes it is important to get your diet under control. You can do this through a healthy eating plan or by following a specific diet such as the Isogenics diet system . Getting your weight under control seems to be the main way to ward off diabetes and so you may want to think about making the change sooner rather than later.
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