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causes the high blood sugar levels in Type 2 Diabetes?
blood sugar levels are caused by insulin resistance,
and insulin resistance is caused mainly by a diet that
is too high in carbohydrates and a lack of certain
Carbohydrates are simply long chains of sugar
molecules (glucose) hooked end-to-end. When you eat
carbohydrates your normal digestive process breaks up
these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and
they pass right through your intestinal wall into your
bloodstream, and load up your bloodstream with sugar.
If this happened every once in a while it would not be
a problem. But as diets today are so high in
carbohydrates, you have had a constant high level of
sugar pouring into your bloodstream year after year!
This requires your body to continuously produce
high levels of insulin to keep that blood sugar level
down. (Insulin's job is to push sugar out of the
bloodstream into the cells where it is used for
Eventually the cells in your body became insensitive
to the effects of the insulin (insulin resistance).
To handle this problem of insulin resistance
your body began to produce even higher levels of
insulin. This continued until your pancreas
reached the maximum amount of insulin it could
produce, and when the insulin resistance increased
again, your blood sugar began to rise out of control.
The result is type 2 diabetes! (Type 2
diabetes is actually an extreme case of insulin
Why A Diabetic Must Understand Insulin by Dr. Eric Berg
What can you do?
you have not already done so, you need to eliminate
ALL the starchy carbohydrates from your diet and stop
loading up your body with sugar. Even small
amounts of these starchy carbohydrates will prevent
your sugar levels from coming down.
will give your body a "breather" and the
insulin will be able to do its job of pushing the
sugar out of your bloodstream and into the cells, your
blood sugar level will drop naturally and the high
level of insulin in your body will drop along with it.
need to keep the carbohydrates at 20-30 a day.
do not overdue the protein. You want to eat 3-4 oz. of
protein. Eating a big 10-12 oz. steak will increase the
insulin 200X. Stick to 3-4 oz. of protein
(as below) and lots of green.
What not to eat, and what to eat
high in carbohydrates such as:
and potato produces (including yams and sweet
squash (hard shell squash)
products made from grains such as wheat, rye,
rice, oats & corn.
type of bread, pasta, chips or cereals.
type of hard beans (except green beans) - navy
beans, pinto beans, black eyed peas, kidney beans,
black beans, soy beans, etc. This includes peas
and peanuts. No tomatoes - they are a fruit.
doughnuts, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies and
milk or soft cheeses.
fruits and no fruit juices (see below for fruits
you can eat)
also need to eliminate fruit or fruit juice
because of its high sugar content except as noted
foods you can eat:
much animal protein as you want: Any
kind of meat including beef, pork, lamb, turkey,
chicken. Any kind of fish, seafood or shellfish.
(Not more than 3-4 oz. per serving).
can have eggs. You can have tofu.
- cottage cheese, cream cheese, parmesan, feta,
ricotta mozzarella, muenster, cheddar, sour cream,
etc. (no milk)
you feel you must have some fruit you can have ¼
cup of berries a day (blueberries, raspberries,
strawberries, etc.) or ½ of a very small apple,
but only in moderate amounts.
can have honeydew melon or cantaloupe and Avocados
but only moderate amounts.
Lots and Lots. Green is good. Green leafy vegetables, broccoli, green beans,
cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery,
asparagus, any kind of greens such as spinach,
beet greens, kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens and
materials such as any kind of lettuce, cucumbers,
bell peppers, etc.
beets, turnips, tomatoes and parsnips may only be
eaten in very small quantities due to their high
kind of oil such as corn, olive, peanut, walnut,
grapeseed, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, etc.
and Nut Butters
can have nuts: sunflower seeds, almonds, Brazil
nuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts. (No hazelnuts,
cashews or pecans) Note: All nuts have
some carbs but you can eat them in small
can have a whey protein, but check the label to
make sure there are no hidden sugars such as
fructose, honey, etc. There are whey proteins
which have Stevia in it. Jay Robb Whey Protein
is one that is okay to have.
is part of a Diabetic Program. You
need Diet & Exercise and also nutrition to help
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