The Real Cause of Diabetes

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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.

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