KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: Diabetes Clarified

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Posted on 28th February 2012 by admin in SuperHealth Podcasts

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Heart disease, stroke, and cancer, the top three killers in America, have an important health condition in common. It’s not diabetes, but a significant pre-cursor to diabetes. In today’s important LivingFuelTV HealthAlert, we explain this condition and discuss an important health marker that can measure your susceptibility to type 2 diabetes. We’ll also present in simple terms the key differences in type 1, type 2, and type 3 diabetes. With the booming impact of diabetes on global health, this episode contains ‘must know’ information.

Audio Transcription

KC: Welcome to LivingFuel TV. I’m KC Craichy. This is my wife, Monica. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, the top three killing diseases in the world, right? Not exactly. At the root of all these diseases are blood sugar disorders in just about every situation. So when you talk about pre- diabetes, diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, even type 3 diabetes, or metabolic syndrome, we are talking about the top killer on the planet today.

Monica: So you’re saying that diabetes is actually the top killer, not the others.

KC: When you consider that blood sugar disorders, when you think about what happens to a diabetic who’s at the end stage, you have blindness, you have small vessel disorders, you have amputations, and so on. All of the things that you see in these scenarios are what is supposed to be happening when someone is, say, 120 years old, but they’re rocketed forward in their life. So when we talk about type 1 diabetes, type 1 diabetes is the least common of diabetes that people contract. It is basically 5% to 10%, but most people say 5% of all diabetics. That means that the pancreas does not produce insulin.

Monica: So this is not a diabetes by choice. This is not the person’s fault.

KC: Absolutely not.

Monica: What would cause that pancreas to stop producing insulin?

KC: Well, we don’t know all of the reasons. It’s very complex. We know sometimes that immunizations are at the root. Sometimes it’s other kinds of chemicals that happens, a chemical problem that they get into, pesticides, herbicides, or something like that. Sometimes it’s an autoimmune reaction to something that they contracted, like the common cold or something like that.

Monica: So it’s not caused, like type 2 diabetes is really a lifestyle choice?

KC: Almost always.

Monica: Most of the time. Okay.

KC: Type 1 diabetes is something we’ll talk more about in a moment, but let’s just make it clear. Type 2, as she was saying, type 2 diabetes means that the pancreas is producing insulin, but the cells are not listening, if you will, to the insulin. The receptors on the cells, actually they start pulling receptors off the cells so that the cells no longer hear the insulin, so to speak, and so the body produces more insulin to compensate for less receptors on the cell. It’s called insulin insensitivity. That is a type 2 diabetes scenario.

Monica: And why is that mostly, diabetes 2, by choice, what they choose to eat?

KC: Because people, for one, eat the wrong things – grains and sugars and sweet drinks and unhealthy fats and so on.

Monica: So how does that affect the cells?

KC: What happens is that they cause a state of high blood sugar all the time. So we now know that if your blood sugar level is in the 70s, actually in the 60s – between 60 and 70 – that your chance of living longer is dramatically increased. So mortality goes up as blood sugar levels go up. So when you say I have a resting blood sugar of 90, you’re already going in the wrong direction. The way that this happens is eating grains and sugars and juices and sweet drinks and Coca-colas or soft drinks and all the things that people do to themselves along with all these carbohydrates. We have a time that our blood sugar is raised all the time, chronically, therefore insulin is having to be produced all the time. Therefore you have high insulin levels. That can be reversed, as we’ve discussed in other shows if you look at our shows on reversing diabetes. When we say reversing diabetes, we’re almost always talking about type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome, not type 1 diabetes. Now, what am I talking about when I’m talking about type 3 diabetes? Now there are two camps out there that are grabbing the title, Type 3 Diabetes. There is no clinical diagnosis of type 3. It’s just that a type 1 diabetic who does not manage what they eat and they give themselves a lot of insulin all the time essentially is creating an environment of type 2 diabetes, if that makes any sense. If you have high insulin all the time, it’s just the same as the person who eats grains and sugars and all these things all the time and maintains high insulin all the time. Eventually you’re going to wear the pancreas out as a type 2 diabetic. So if you eventually wear the pancreas out, you then have become a type 1 diabetic and a type 2 diabetic, often referred to as a type 3 diabetic. In the same way, as a type 1 diabetic, if you eat like the people that we just described as a type 2 diabetic and you just offset it with insulin, it’s really no different than the type 2 diabetic who has a lifestyle problem with food and chronic high insulin levels. The trick is if you have no insulin in your pancreas being produced or not enough and now you’ve created an environment of insulin insensitivity, now you’re not producing it and you’re not recognizing it. So we call that type 3 diabetes and that is a very terrible thing. Now there’s another term type 3 diabetes used, and I just had this discussion with Dr. Smith this week. It was fascinating. He told me about a Harvard study where they talk about an insulin degrading enzyme in the brain is used when there’s too much insulin, and the brain uses this enzyme to break down the insulin. When you have amyloids happening in the brain, if you have a low-grade infection of any kind, amyloids now are going and they are destroying the insulin, and they’re not able to focus on the infection. So now you have a buildup in the brain you don’t want. They often call that brain diabetes. So, with the type 1, the type 2, and the type 3, now metabolic syndrome is just all a confluence of different things going on, but always rooted in blood sugar issues, so you can do the same thing.

Monica: What would be the best solution for a type 1 diabetic that their pancreas is not producing the insulin? What’s the best solution for that?

KC: To create as natural an environment as possible. If you can create an environment as if, “Hey, I had a high-protein, high-vegetable breakfast, and now I need some insulin. I don’t need a cheesecake blast of insulin, but I need some insulin.”

Monica: KC, I think it’s important to say, though, that type 1 diabetics are allowed to have a piece of cheesecake every now and then. You’re not saying they can’t do that.

KC: I’m so glad you brought that up. Food is really one of the joys of life. What we’re talking about is the ideal scenario to optimize the human performance around this diabetes or even if you’re not diabetic. If we’re talking about creating an environment where you have a breakfast with a six-hour spacing to lunch, with a six-hour spacing to dinner, then that’s a three-meal-a-day cycle or a four-meal-a-day cycle with four hours in between. See, the trick is, you don’t want to have endocrine disruption between meals. So learn to fuel yourself from the meal you’re having till the next meal. That is one of the very important strategies to deal with this.

Monica: So snacking throughout the day is not optimal because you want to let your body rest. You want to let your organs rest, your digestive system.

KC: That causes long-term, chronic high blood sugar and insulin, to snack all the time. Hopefully, it was helpful to you. God bless you and have a great day.


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