Obesity & Diabetes – it’s not what you were taught…

Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly

We have been taught, as have our physicians, that weight gain means diabetes. Let’s look at the actual research, but first let’s look at some basic facts:

  1. Diabetes is not a disease – it is a symptom
  2. Diabetes can in fact be reversed – it is not a life long, down hill process
  3. The most effective medications, with all of their risks, are based on isolating compounds from herbs and synthesizing them (Big Pharma can’t make money on the real thing)
  4. Type 2 diabetes isn’t a life-sentence. It’s a symptom that can be reversed, and you can be free of it for the rest of your life if you keep your weight down, new research has found.
  5. Type 2 diabetes actually has a variety of causes – which is why most obese people do not have diabetes!!

There are several causes of the diabetic profile. Have you ever noticed how many people who are thin have diabetes?

  1. Diabetes can be caused by different types of infections
  2. Diabetes can be caused because of adrenal overload
  3. Diabetes can be caused by too much sugar in the diet or eating too many foods that quickly turn into sugar
  4. High sugar intake (or the intake of AGEs) creates AGEs in the body
    1. AGEs are Advanced Glycation Endproducts
    2. Caused when there is too much sugar and sugar start combining with fats or proteins without an enzymatic process
    3. These AGEs are far more dangerous than free radicals – they attach to cells, anywhere in the body, and cause dysfunction, cancer or death of the cell
  5. Diabetes can be caused of liver dysfunction
  6. Diabetes can be caused because of gut issues, i.e., imbalance or depletion of the microbiota
  7. Diabetes can be the result of several different types of hormonal imbalances

The connection between weight and diabetes works like this:

  1. Over 70% of obese people do not have diabetes
  2. If your weight is predominantly due to sugar intake – you have a high probability of developing diabetes
  3. When your body turns to utilizing just sugar for fuel – it stops using fats for fuel
    • anyone with a basic understanding of the fuel making process in the cells understands that:
  • there are 5 different pathways that lead into the glyconeogenesis or glycolysis pathways
  • that leads into the Krebs cycle
  • that leads in the ETC that produces ATP
  1. When you stop using fat for fuel – you hold onto the fats
  2. You need to retrain your body to use fats rather than sugars and voila – you start losing the fat cells.

Prof Taylor. “This supports our theory of a personal fat threshold. If a person gains more weight than they personally can tolerate, then diabetes is triggered, but if they then lose that amount of weight, then they go back to normal”.

Why is this the case? It seems to depend on how much fat is stored in the pancreas. If you have a fatty pancreas it prohibits the pancreas from making insulin – which of course is one of the many end issues causing a diabetic profile: long before the pancreas we need to work with the gut, the liver, and the adrenals. Professor Taylor acknowledged that even long-standing diabetes can be eliminated.

The unfortunate part of the issue is that people who take Metformin (an anti-diabetic drug based on the synthetic compound found in many herbs) deplete their bodies of CoQ10 (just like the statin drugs do and most anti-depressants do) which causes havoc throughout the body because cells need CoQ10 to make fuel.

But the good part of the issue is that any Herbalist, Dr. of Natural Medicine, Naturopath etc. knows this basic stuff and what herbs to give in what dosage to reverse the diabetes.

On the other hand, your diet usually has to work in combination with protocol although the diet may be very different depending on what is causing the diabetes. For instance, the diet may have different components if the diabetes is the result of liver dysfunction versus adrenal dysfunction.

Simple answer: find a good health practitioner who actually does their research and can identify the cause and solve the underlying problem.

Here’s to your health.

For more information, contact: holly@choicesunlimited.ca

Dr. Holly is a naturopathic doctor that holds a PhD in Psychology and Biochemistry, specializing in balancing mind, body and energy of the system.

Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other health care practitioner.