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Reversing type 2 diabetes part 3 death by food

Is it possible that the very food we rely on to give us nourishment and nutrition is the very thing that is killing us?
The simple answer is “yes,” but the caveats of the answer are not so simple. In today’s message we will briefly look at the Standard American Diet (quite literally SAD) and two facts that are not disputed no matter which level of the “food pyramid” you stand on.

This article relies, in part, on the research findings of Michael Pollan author of “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” copyright 2009.

The Standard American Diet

The Standard American Diet (SAD) or Western Diet is one of the chief causes of the high rates “of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Virtually all of the obesity and type 2 diabetes, 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease and more than a third of all cancers can be linked to this diet.” Michael Pollan

That is frightening. If it doesn’t scare you then you are either not eating the SAD way or you are highly delusional about food and the way it can affect you.

The SAD way of eating includes: processed foods, added sugar, meat, added fat, processed grains and one that is low in plant foods, like vegetables, fruit and whole grains.

A Day in the Life of a SAD Eater

A typical day of eating for me once included:

Breakfast: eggs, cheese, bacon or ham (if I ate breakfast at all)

Lunch: usually a salad with low fat ranch dressing, but sometimes tacos and nachos and sometimes chicken strips and onion rings and four tablespoons of regular ranch dressing (to dip all the fried food into)
Dinner: steak (the more fat on it the better), maybe a vegetable, but always a meat

Snack: two bags of microwave popcorn

Extra Snack: (Just in case I was still hungry after the popcorn) usually a couple of slices of toast with butter

Sometimes I ate because I was genuinely hungry. Other times—most times—I ate because I was bored.

I ate the wrong things at the wrong time, at almost all times.

Death By Food

Many of us in the United States are suffering from a very terminal disorder that is not entirely our fault. That disorder leads inevitably to death by food. The very things we eat are killing us. But why is our food killing us?

We’ll get into that in a moment, but first let’s look at what Pollan says are two indisputable facts:

Fact 1: Populations that eat the so-called Western diet—generally defined as a diet consisting of lots of processed foods and meat, lots of added fat and sugar, lots of refined grains, lots of everything except vegetables, fruits and whole grains—invariably suffer from high rates of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer,” writes Pollan.

In other words, the SAD diet is killing us—Death by Food.

Pollan goes on to say that, “Virtually all of the obesity and type 2 diabetes, 80 percent of the

cardiovascular disease, and more than a third of all cancers can be linked to this diet…”

Information like this makes me wonder if the food industry and big pharma are somehow connected.

No one disputes this fact. This diet makes us sick and it makes us die.

Fact 2: Populations eating a remarkably wide range of traditional diets generally don’t suffer from these chronic diseases,” Pollan wrote.

Ummm…. hello? If these other ways of eating don’t make us sick and die, then why are eating the SAD way?

Some traditional diets include those that are high in fat, high in carbs and/or high in protein. These populations don’t have the typical diseases that the Western diet produces.

Basically what this means is that humans can thrive on nearly any diet…except for the Western diet, that is.

I like what Pollan says next. “What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization: to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick!”

As a sort of bonus, Pollan includes a third indisputable fact.

Fact 3, if you will, is that if people stop eating the Western diet, they can and will see dramatic improvements in their overall health.

In fact, many of the “effects of the Western diet can be rolled back, and relatively quickly,” said Pollan.

Does that mean that some or all of the diseases that are linked to the Western or SAD diet can be reversed?

Reversing the “irreversible”

Many of us with type 2 diabetes are given very little hope when we are diagnosed.

Let me sum it up:

  • Diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
  • Talk about medicine treatments. Maybe throw in a few short sentences about eating better and exercising.
  • Start taking medications.
  • Take more medications.
  • Gain weight because if you are on insulin it acts like a “fat magnet.”
  • Get on more medications with higher dosages.
  • Develop other conditions including: peripheral neuopathy, cardiovascular (heart problems), amputations, cancer, kidney failure and the like.
  • Give up…

The reason I added that last one is that sometimes it just feels like this is the only option left. For my grandfather, after he had one leg amputated and they were talking about cutting off the other leg, decided to stop his dialysis treatments (kidney failure was also caused by his type 2 diabetes). After about two weeks of stopping these treatments, he died. He gave up fighting because he was so tired of being sick and tired.

There is a certain connection between type 2 diabetes and depression. We are told we will not get better. If we are told that a “cure” is possible, it is some illusive concoction that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and in the end, doesn’t work.

But what if type 2 could be reversed? What if reversing this disease and the many effects of it could be lessened or even avoided altogether?

Some doctors have taken a different approach to type 2 diabetes. Instead of first looking at medicine, they have looked at the nutrition side of things and have seen amazing results.

I wrote about Dr. Neal Barnard’s book called “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes” in my post yesterday and I will be writing about it a lot more.

Not only does Dr. Barnard believe that type 2 diabetes is reversible, but has the science in his book to back up his claims.

We will look further into this in my next post.


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About the author

Karin Nauber, is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 24 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 12 years ago and has faced many challenges with the disease. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: karin@diabeteshealthnuts.com.

12 thoughts on “Reversing type 2 diabetes part 3 death by food

  1. Hello there! this is an amazing review you have got here. I am sure this quality information in this post will be beneficial to anyone who come across it. I have already saved this post so I can go  over it again and also share with my friend who I think will be of help to. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing a health article with us. The article’s main theme is Type 2 Diabetes That Reversing By Food. Our health depends on the foods we eat on a regular basis. And not eating this healthy food pushes us towards death. As a result, they have to suffer from various diseases including type two diabetes. So in this case, some doctors have emphasized changing diet rather than medicine to control diabetes. I have read the book on type 2 diabetes reversing mentioned in your article and I have learned a lot from it.

    Finally, I would like to share your article on my Facebook group so that everyone can know about this reversing type 2 diabetes and be aware of their eating habits.

    1. Hi. Thank you for visiting my site. I am happy that you found value in the post and that you will be sharing it. I am glad you learned a lot from Dr. Neal Barnard’s book. It has a lot of value in it.

      Sincerely,

      Karin

  3. Hi Karin I’m interested in the eating right part of your articles. I don’t have diabetes but I certainly need help with my diet . It’s SAD!

    1. Thanks for visiting my site, Diane. I will be posting more on proper eating over the course of time. But I can tell you right now that about 90% of the food on the store shelves (unless you are shopping at a health food store) is highly processed and is part of the whole SAD mess! It has often been recommended to shop in the outer aisles of the typical grocery store because that is where the produce is (refrigeration). I do believe that may be changing, but if grocery stores were smart, they would keep it that way so that the advice rings true!

      I hope you will visit again, soon.
      Karin

  4. This isn’t the type of article I would normally read. But my father suffers from Diabetes. He doesn’t need to inject it is managed by diet. It is amazing the impact of adding or removing one item of food can have on sugar level. By that, I don’t mean eating a mars bar or some other sweet and the sugar levels soaring. Eating and drinking certain natural fruits can make his sugar level correct themselves. We all should be taking a good look at our diet and not just calories and or fat carbs etc. you can enjoy your diet and eat a good diet.

    1. Thank you for visiting my site, Castle. One thing I like to say about type 2 diabetes is that carbs are not the enemy. There are a lot of other factors including the level of fats and processed foods that “gum” up the locks and make it impossible or at any rate, very difficult for our body to use sugars the way they were meant to be used. Dr. Barnard’s book talks about this to great extent and explains how this process can be reversed through proper nutrition. You can eat a great deal of really good foods and make this reversal process start.

      I hope if you have questions or concerns, you will check back soon. Even if you don’t have questions or concerns, I would sure like to hear if your father likes or uses the book and what his thoughts are.

      Karin

  5. As I read through your posts I am gaining a greater understanding about how hectic living with Diabetes can be. Seems like it takes so much to keep it under control. Undoubtedly the diet in many countries nowadays is unhealthy and is one of the primary reasons for health problems in many people. Having a nutritious and controlled diet is crucial to staying healthy. It’s no wonder then that someone who has discovered the benefits of eating healthy to diabetes will write a book to share this information. Purchasing this book is undoubtedly a cheaper option to buying the so called cures!

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. Yes, it can be very hectic. I will be sharing a video from the American Diabetes Association later today. It addresses this very issue. It is constant. Our diet choices are very much to blame for a lot of the sickness in our world today. As the SAD diet permeates its way throughout the world, more people world wide are facing diseases they have never imagined before.

      I hope you will continue to visit my site and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

      Karin 🙂

  6. Helllooo Karin Nauber, thanks alot for sharing these educational and wonderful articles with us all. I really do fancy these posts a lot. I came about some of your articles on high blood levels in my search for information about type 2 diabetes. I believe this article really relates to it after going through it. I already saved this post so as to come back for future referencing. Thanks a lot for the info.

    1. Thank you for visiting my site. I hope that you were able to find what you were looking for in the post. Check back often for updates! Thank you again.

      Karin 🙂

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