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Here Is How High Protein Diets Cause Type 2 Diabetes And How You Can Reverse It

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Eating a high protein diet can actually worsen insulin resistance that leads to type 2 diabetes instead of heal it, according to new research, but there are natural treatments to not only reverse insulin resistance but type 2 diabetes as well.


Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic, which has progressed from a disease of our grandparents and parents to a disease of America’s children. As more and more children and young adults develop type 2 diabetes, it has become apparent that medical science has much to learn about who is at risk, why they develop the disease, how to avoid it and, most importantly, how to prevent this so-called “epidemic” from destroying future generations.

Who Is At Risk?

Where this once wasn’t the case, it seems anyone is at risk to develop type 2 diabetes in the developed world if they eat a high protein diet. High protein diets are high in fat. What is more, type 2 diabetes is not a genetic disease. Rather, type 2 diabetes is a diet-related disease that is completely reversible according to the journal Diabetes Care.

After close evaluation, one cannot say with certainty that the Standard American Diet is a diet that is in our best interest to eat. If you look at the Standard American Diet recommendations closely, it is recommended to eat a substantial portion of meat, dairy, grains, fruits, and vegetables daily. These recommendations are more tipped toward the best interest of corporations, and not so much toward health.

These poor food recommendations may be why we’re being told that dairy from cows who never see daylight and are shot up with antibiotics and rBST to produce more milk is healthy for us. This may be why we’re being told to eat red meat that is conventionally raised in the same deplorable and diseased conditions as dairy cows. This is why we’re told diseased chickens raised in dark crowded coops and on antibiotics are acceptable to give our children. Finally, this may be why it is suggested that ninety-five percent of our seafood that is farm raised and comes from China and other developing countries, is ideal for us.

What’s more, breakfast foods such as cereals, cereal bars, oatmeal and snack bars are ladened with sugar, preservatives, and colorings, while the quest for the “convenient meal” leads us further down the road of a fast-food lifestyle, laying the groundwork for disease.

Yes, corporate interest, not human interest, is what drives the Standard American Diet recommendations today and these diet and lifestyle choices are making us sick and obese by clogging up our livers.

Prediabetes Is Actually Early Stage Liver Disease

Before type 2 diabetes is diagnosed many get diagnosed with prediabetes. This is a type of a warning to change lifestyle habits – eat better, exercise more. But what often happens is doctor-recommended high protein diets actually progress prediabetes to diabetes.

It’s important to understand that prediabetes or type 2 diabetes for that matter, is not a pancreas issue. It is a liver issue. Your liver acts as the backup for your pancreas – that’s one of its jobs – your liver stores glucose and releases when you haven’t eaten for a long period of time. This happens so you don’t get a sugar crash.

When these processes work well, blood sugar is regulated and normal. When they don’t you’ve got insulin resistance.

Why do Americans Develop Type 2 Diabetes

The rate at which type 2 diabetes is increasing is directly correlated with obesity in the United States.

According to The Obesity Society, almost 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes are overweight or have obesity. People who are overweight or have obesity have added pressure on their body's ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels, and are therefore more likely to develop diabetes.

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How The Liver Becomes Sluggish

The liver becomes sluggish or fatty, in a number of ways, but first it’s important to understand how your liver operates. Your liver is a storage and processing facility that houses and processes all of the vitamins, minerals, and glucose you take in from your food. Your liver also processes toxins, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides, and even viruses, which it tries to neutralize and render as safe before entering your bloodstream. Another important job of your liver is to process fat, which breaks it down and releases it as an energy source. Bile is then produced to break down fats to aid in digestion.

If you’re eating a diet high in animal protein (fat), your liver is working hard to produce more and more bile to save your pancreas, which is another of its major responsibilities.

Another burden occurs when the liver can’t neutralize toxins, and stores them to protect you. This is short-lived. Overtime the toxins build up in the liver, slowing down its ability to do its job effectively to protect the pancreas. As a result the liver begins to store fat and starts to reject glucose. This is insulin resistance.

A landmark study published in the journal Cell, confirms you can eat a high protein diet and remain as insulin resistant as when you started.

This study looked at weight loss in two low calorie diets. One was a high protein diet the other was a low calorie standard American-type diet. The study asked “What happens to insulin when someone loses weight?” The group losing weight on the high protein diet, even though it was calorie restricted and they lost ten percent of their body weight, became more insulin resistant than the group on the low calorie standard American-type diet. It goes without saying that this goes against what practitioners recommend for people dealing with type 2 diabetes, who are told to eat a high protein diet to manage glucose levels.

The study also found that high protein intake causes alterations in muscle cell structure, organization and in oxidative stress, which are involved in preventing the therapeutic effect of weight loss on muscle insulin action.

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

When it comes to diabetes and too much protein, a change in diet goes a long way in restoring liver function and reversing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Restoring liver function involves eliminating fat, which means lowering animal protein, as well as dairy and even plant-based fat such as nuts, coconut, nut butters and avocado.

Substantially lowering fat in the diet is important when we're talking about diabetes and too much protein for two reasons.The first, is that animal protein, whether it’s fish, fowl or meat, contains a good amount of dietary fat.This is the last thing a fatty liver needs. Secondly, in terms of diabetes and too much protein, high amounts of protein in the diet makes the liver more fatty and sluggish.

A plant-based diet is low fat and highly recommended and ideal for reversing fatty liver, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Eating a diet high in quality carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables are restorative for the liver and body in general. Eating a higher amount of low GI fruits as well as herbal teas such as dandelion, nettle leaf, raspberry leaf and burdock root are excellent for cleansing and bringing back the liver, while eating more leafy greens, artichokes, red apples and asparagus help to cleanse the liver as well.

Adopting a plant-based diet low in fat and high in quality low GI carbohydrates is the only way out for people dealing with type 2 diabetes and too much protein in the diet, which has been proven to worsen insulin resistance over time.