The Real Cause of Diabetes

At High Carb Health, we focus on promoting healthy eating via a low fat, whole foods plant based diet rather than drugs as a way of preventing and reversing lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, digestive disorders such as Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, IBS/IBD and more. We are passionate about enabling people to take control of their health and fitness.


Please note that whenever I mention Diabetes in this article, I am referring to Type 2.


This is a topic I discussed in my talk at the Green Living Show, in Auckland at the ASB Showgrounds, the real cause of Diabetes. The most common way of looking at this disease, which is now at epidemic proportions, is to focus on the symptoms. High blood sugar has now become synonymous with Diabetes to the point that the majority of the population believes that this is the cause. This however could not be further from the truth.


If sugar isn’t the cause, then how does Diabetes occur? The pancreas, an organ in your abdomen, produces insulin, which is a hormone that it sends into your bloodstream, to travel to the various cells in your body. Like a key sliding into a lock, insulin attaches to a receptor on the cells surface, which in-turn opens the door and ushers the glucose in.


In Type 2 Diabetes, this system is not functioning correctly.  The pancreas makes insulin, and this insulin travels to each cell, but when it arrives, it has trouble opening the door. This means that glucose cannot get into the cells and builds up in the bloodstream. There is nothing wrong with the key (insulin) and nothing wrong with the lock (cell membrane), except there is something blocking or jamming the lock.


So what is it that could be jamming the lock? The substance is called intramyocellular lipid (intra – means “inside”, myo – is “muscle”, lipid – is “fat”), it is literally fat inside muscle cells. Therefore the real cause of Diabetes is insulin resistance caused by excess fat in our muscle cells. This excess fat acts like glue, which jams the lock, and the key (insulin) is not able to open the door and let the glucose in.


Because of this knowledge we now have around insulin resistance, we have been able to prove that Diabetes can be reversed. Making a dietary correction to a low fat, whole foods plant based diet is a scientifically proven method of reversing diabetes (currently the only proven method of Diabetes reversal). This is because it reduces the fat build up within the cells and reverses the trend towards gradually worsening insulin resistance.


The epidemic of Diabetes need not exist. We need to spread this knowledge of how a low fat, whole foods plant based diet can assist with the reversal of this crippling disease which has an enormous impact on heart health, eye health and is the leading cause of amputations and blindness.


High Carb Health are Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioners. Our aim is to give people realistic advice on how to get healthy and reverse illness via a scientifically proven, nutrition based approach to healing the body. Our goal is to provide long term, lasting solutions. We do not believe in quick fixes and our approach is far more effective in promoting health and preventing disease than prescription drugs, surgery, vitamin and herbal supplementation, and genetic manipulation. 


We provide education and coaching to help our clients transition to a healthier lifestyle, which also has the added benefit of assisting the body to reach its ideal weight. Fill in our Health Survey for a free 30 minute consultation - http://www.highcarbhealth.com/healthsurvey/

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure with Diet

From Nutritionfacts.org:

The most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death ever undertaken allows us to answer questions like how many lives could we save if people cut back on soda? The answer? 299,000. Soda isn’t just bad because it’s empty calories, so it’s not a health-promoting food. It appears to be an actively death promoting food. Of course not as deadly as bacon, bologna, ham, or hot dogs. 800,000 deaths every year, killing twice as many women than domestic violence; five times more people than all illegal drugs combined.

But eating more whole grains could save 1.7 million lives, more vegetables, 1.8 million lives. If only we ate more nuts and seeds, 2 and a half million lives saved, but fruit is apparently what the world needs most (they didn’t look at beans). 4.9 million lives hang in the balance every year, and the cure is not drugs or vaccines; the cure is fruit.

One reason why plant-based diets can save so many millions, is because the #1 killer risk factor in the world is high blood pressure, laying to waste 9 million people year after year.

In the United States, high blood pressure affects nearly 78 million—that’s one in three of us and as we age our pressures get higher and higher, such that by age 60, it strikes more than half. If it affects most of us when we get older, maybe it’s less a disease and more just a natural, inevitable consequence of getting older? No. We’ve known for nearly a century that high blood pressure need never occur. Researchers measured the blood pressure of a thousand people in rural Kenya who ate a diet centered around whole plant foods. Whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit, and dark green leafies. Up until age 40, the blood pressures of rural Africans were about the same as Europeans and Americans, down around 120s over 80s, but as Westerners age, their pressures creep up such that by age 60 the average person is hypertensive, exceeding 140 over 90. But what about those not following the Western diet? Their pressures improved with age, not only did they not develop hypertension, their blood pressures actually got better.

This whole 140 over 90 cut-off is arbitrary. Just like studies show that the lower the cholesterol the better, there’s really no safe level above about 150. Blood pressure studies also support a “lower the better” approach to blood pressure reduction. Even people who start out with blood pressure under 120 over 80 appear to benefit from blood pressure reduction, but is it possible to get blood pressures under 110 over 70? It’s not just possible, it’s normal, for those eating healthy enough diets.

Over two years at a rural Kenyan hospital, 1800 patients were admitted. How many cases of high blood pressure did they find? Zero. Wow, so they must have had low rates of heart disease. No, they had no rates of heart disease. Not low risk, no risk. Not a single case of arteriosclerosis—our #1 killer—was found.