LivingFuelTV HealthAlert: Is Diabetes Reversible? Part 2

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Posted on 9th February 2012 by admin in Health Alerts |LivingFuelTV

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Diabetes can be a devastating diagnosis.  Do you know …

… the distinction between pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and type 3 diabetes?
… that type 1 diabetes accounts for 5% of diagnoses, and is a condition not resulting from diet or lifestyle?
… the role insulin plays in diabetes?
… how important our lifestyle and food choices in preventing a type 2 diabetes diagnosis in the first place?
… steps you can take today to reverse diabetes or prevent from becoming a diabetic statistic?

The answers to these questions, coupled with some very practical tips you’ll learn today could literally save your life.  Click on the graphic below to watch.

Audio Transcription

KC: Welcome to LivingFuel TV. I’m KC Craichy with my wife, Monica. Imagine getting a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The doctor gives you this little pill and you go home, and everything is fine, right?

Monica: We hear so much about diabetes nowadays. Can we talk real fast about what exactly is diabetes, how is it caused?

KC: Well, now we have pre-diabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, type 1, and type 2. Now there’s actually another one burgeoning called type 3. So let’s discuss that. Type 1 means your blood sugar is above normal levels. So let’s just say, I think it’s just over 100, 105, something of that level. Diabetes would be at a higher level than that, higher maintained resting blood sugar levels, fasting. You wake up, you haven’t had anything to eat yet, they test your blood, and your blood sugar levels are too high. High blood sugars wreaks havoc on the body. So what causes diabetes? What are the types. Right now we have type 1 diabetes, which means the beta cells in the pancreas have been destroyed and are not producing enough insulin to manage the blood sugar as we eat.

Monica: How do they get destroyed?

KC: Well, it could be a lot of things. I mean, we don’t even know the etiology of type 1 diabetes. A lot of people are saying it’s immunizations, and there are many other reasons that can hurt the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin. Now those type 1, they’re just not getting enough insulin, and they have to have insulin. And we’ll talk about the way to take insulin to optimize the type 1 diabetic. But right now we’ll talk about type 2 diabetes. That means the pancreas is producing enough insulin, but the cells are not recognizing it. It would be like being in a loud restaurant, and we’re having a discussion, and we’re tuned into each other, but we are shutting out all the other discussion. That just means that the cells are pulling back receptors and no longer receptive to the excess insulin that is around all the time. So many people end up taking more insulin to overcome that, so there’s even more insulin in the body to get the cells, demand the cells to receive the insulin to manage the sugar. So what happens is the people who are type 2 diabetic, they get advice from their doctor to eat this and offset it with a unit of insulin. And this is just the way they go. They eat the cheesecake, offset it with insulin. They eat the pizza, offset it with insulin. What happens, however, is that long-term high insulin levels are at the root of every disease of aging. So they say heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, complications from osteoporosis, stroke, all these are diseases of aging. But really, they are diseases of long-term high blood sugar and insulin.

Monica: I think it’s important to say, too, that, I guess, in defense of doctors, they’re not taught nutritional education. I mean, they’re taught pharmaceutical education and then surgery, right? So they’re really sharing from what they know.

KC: Doctors are very interested in this, also, because it really is an early death sentence. So what happens when you have insulin all the time as a type 2 diabetic, you can blow out the beta cells in the pancreas. So now you’ve got type 1 and type 2, often described as type 3 diabetes. It is really a mess. Now if any of you have seen people who have had diabetes for many years, they go blind, they have amputations of their feet and limbs, they have diabetic neuropathy, which means they can’t really feel when they touch things with their hands or their feet.

Monica: So it develops into a circulatory issue as well?

KC: It is a circulatory issue because high insulin, if you’ve ever looked at where a diabetic takes insulin, that spot is in hyper- coagulation. So high insulin can cause coagulation, which can cause heart disease or heart attack and stroke. It’s really a long list.

Monica: Okay. So, let’s talk about how food develops, or what we eat, either it makes us diabetic or not diabetic.

KC: Okay. Now, 100 years ago, the average sugar intake is estimated to be about 5 pounds per year

Monica: Per person?

KC: Per person, on the average. Momma making apple pie, you would go to the store once in a while and get a piece of candy, but it was a luxury.

Monica: It was a luxury, sugar.

KC: But it has become a staple in our lives. So, now, the average intake of sugar is over 150 pounds per year per person, and somebody’s eating our sugar. So it is a big deal. Now, 15 percent of most people’s calories are coming from hidden calories in drinks, sweet drinks and coffee, that sort of thing. You have eating breads and grains. You vegetarians out there are swapping out the meat for grains. What happens as a result of all these things is you have chronic high insulin levels, which is a disaster for your health. Now some people can maintain this for longer than others, but it is a recipe for disaster that’s going to take over once and for all at some point.

Monica: What’s a person to do?

KC: What’s a person to do? Now, the research shows that all cause mortality drops as your resting, fasting blood sugar drops below 80. So having low blood sugar in the morning, when you wake up, is a result of having a diet that is not spiked with sugars and grains at all times, including eating . . . grandma knew a lot more than we give her credit for, three meals a day and no snacks. That really does optimize endocrine levels, hormone levels, and so on. So having a very solid, high protein breakfast, high protein lunch. Protein should be the center of your meals. We talk about it in “The Super Health Diet,” we give a meal plan, and we talk about smart meals. And the way you design a smart meal is you have your protein source decided at the beginning of the meal, and then you surround that with high quality vegetables and greens and bright-colored vegetables. So you can get more of that at, or you can read about it in “The Super Health Diet.”

Monica: And I would say, too, there are certain foods that we, that our family just never eats. I mean, we never eat fried food on purpose. We really steer away from pork and shellfish.

KC: So you have to have a list of things you won’t do. For instance, if you were to go to a restaurant today and you say, before you get there, “I will not eat the bread that they put on the table, I will not have sweet drinks, and I will not order desert,” that alone can radically change your life. These are a few of the ideas. A lot of them are in my new book “The Super Health Diet.” You can read about it at You can watch other shows we’ve done on the subject. But I really hope this was helpful to you today. Eat clean, solid nutrition. That is the foundation of long life.

Monica: And really, in a nutshell, if you could just drop the sugars way back and the foods that turn to sugar as well, like your grains, your starches, those types of things.

KC: Keep in mind that a cow comes in the feed lot at 350 pounds and goes out at 800. What do they feed him? Corn. The same thing happens to humans. So you’ve got to be careful of eating too many carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates can shorten your life and will. So hopefully this was enjoyable to you, you got some good information. Go out and do it. God bless you, and have a great day.

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