Curbing Carbs for Diabetes Control
- “Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’s failure to produce enough insulin. This form was previously referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes”. The cause is unknown.“It’s thought that glucose may trigger an auto-immune response that tells the pancreas to not produce insulin, but this was only theory when I last checked.
- Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop. This form was previously referred to as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”. The primary cause is excessive body weight and not enough exercise.
- Gestational diabetes is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood-sugar levels.
Only because of the extra glucose in the bloodstream, is type 2 diabetes called diabetes called diabetes. In all actuality, is the result of carbohydrate overload, and should be called carbolism. I call it carbolism, simply because of its addictive nature, and how it acts upon the body in the same that alcohol does. Alcohol is, after all, a carbohydrate. As this post is only concerned with type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes isn’t even looked at in this article.
As described on the Carbs, The Newly Found Death Sentence;
Type 2 diabetes is caused primarily by carrying extra fat on the body and carbs play a major part in that. Carbs cause diabetes because of their need for insulin to be turned into fat so the body can use it. This is the beginning of a downhill spiral that forces the body to make adjustments that it would never have to do if it were on a diet of protein and fats instead of carbohydrates. Because carbs have to be broken down to their most basic sugar, glucose to be used as a fuel, the glucose flows through your bloodstream before it can be metabolized on a cellular level, to be used for that fuel. Glucose needs insulin, to be turned into fat to be digested, to use for energy. Glucose cannot enter the cell without insulin to turn it into fat. The problem is, most of the glucose after it gets turned into fat, it gets stored as fat in any one of the multitude of fat cells on your body. This takes place in the visceral fat (fat around the internal organs) first and foremost, where it’s the most dangerous. The more carbs you eat, the more insulin your body needs to metabolize those carbs and with a body full of sugar (carbs), you need a lot of insulin to turn all those sugars into fat. After processing a diet full of high carbohydrate food over your lifetime, your body starts to have problems, manufacturing enough insulin, so you can continue to digest the carbs you continue to eat. Because your insulin production can’t keep up with your carb intake, the sugar doesn’t get turned into fat and stays in your bloodstream as sugar. It begins to build up in your blood system and you become diabetic. Hence the name insulin-dependent diabetes or type two diabetes. Remove the carbs, remove the excess blood glucose. If you remove the glucose from the equation, you remove diabetes. If you take away the carbs, you take away the obesity and excess glucose. Can it really be that simple? Duh!
“Insulin induces HMG-CoA reductase activity, whereas glucagon diminishes HMG-CoA reductase activity. While glucagon production is stimulated by dietary protein ingestion, insulin production is stimulated by dietary carbohydrate ingestion. The rise of insulin is, in general, determined by the digestion of carbohydrates into glucose and subsequent increase in serum glucose levels. In non-diabetics, glucagon levels are very low when insulin levels are high; however, those who have become diabetic no longer suppress glucagon output after eating.”
I would have used a better choice of words when describing “the digestion of carbohydrates into glucose”, I would have said, “breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose”, as the glucose at this point isn’t digested. It’s just broken down. It doesn’t get digested. Not until it can find a little hormone known as insulin, can it get digested. If it can’t find any insulin, it continues to float around in your bloodstream as glucose, looking for something to attach to.
This is why this disorder is called type 2 diabetes and it has little to do with type 1 diabetes except that it allows glucose to continue to flow in your blood with being turned into fat Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that shuts down the manufacture of insulin by the pancreas by destroying the cells where insulin is produced.
The fact that carbs are the major cause of type 2 diabetes, should be a warning to all who continue to eat this food. But what should alarm everyone, is what the excess glucose does, that carbs put into your system because it’s this excess glucose that’s so deadly.
Glucose and cholesterol are the basic building blocks of plaque buildup in your system and it’s this plaque, that kills.
Cholesterol is formed by lipids (fat) clinging to protein cells called apolipoproteins. They come basically in two forms that make up high density and low-density particles, the foundation of cholesterol in your blood. You can read about that on the page about The Foundation of LDL Cholesterol; apolipoprotein B.
It’s excess fat in our bodies that form excess cholesterol in our bodies by providing the fat to be formed into cholesterol, and it’s this excess cholesterol in the form of LDL particles that drives fuel necessary to manifest any one of a multitude of illnesses, disorders, and diseases.
When you combine these two destructive forces of glucose and fat in the body, it’s like two weather systems colliding. Havoc ensues.
Plaque is by far the worst manifestation of diabetes and a carbohydrate diet. It happens when glucose molecules combine with fat, cholesterol or protein molecules, before they can be utilized by your cells, and displays the true destructive force of glucose on your body.
According to Wikipedia, there are seven different kinds of plaque, Amyloid, Atheroma, Dental plaque, Mucoid plaque, Pleural plaque, Senile plaques, Viral plaque. We’re going to look at only 4 of these though.
By far the worst of the plaques caused by digesting wheat and gluten is amyloid plaque, because of all the diseases it has a role in. According to Wikipedia;
- “Amyloids are insoluble fibrous protein aggregates sharing specific structural traits. They are insoluble and arise from at least 18 inappropriately folded versions of proteins and polypeptides present naturally in the body. These misfolded structures alter their proper configuration such that they erroneously interact with one another or other cell components forming insoluble fibrils. They have been associated with the pathology of more than 20 serious human diseases in that abnormal accumulation of amyloid fibrils in organs may lead to amyloidosis, and may play a role in various neurodegenerative disorders.” The list of diseases caused by amyloid plaque is quite extensive, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to Diabetes, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases and more. the list on Wikipedia is 21 diseases and disorders or conditions associated with amyloid plaque. In my opinion, amyloid plaque is caused by the digestion of gluten from any source, whether it be wheat, barley or rye. Wikipedia says; “Studies have shown that amyloid deposition is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and a resulting generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can initiate a signaling pathway leading to apoptosis.” In short amyloid plaque is caused by oxidative stress and cell death, both of which are caused by consumption of gluten and other high starch foods.
- Atheromatous Plaques are basically plaques from fats and is the type of plaque that clogs up your artery walls. This is the type of plaque that causes atherosclerosis and leads to heart and cardiovascular disease.
- Dental plaque is caused by the excessive amount of sugar on the teeth, creating bacteria, causing decay. (Remember, carbs = sugar.)
- “Senile plaques (also known as neuritic plaques, senile druse and brain druse) are extracellular deposits of amyloid beta in the grey matter of the brain.”
They cause Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and play a role in most every other cognitive disorder due to the way this plaque gums of the neurons in your brain.
This is why Type 3 diabetes is considered dementia or brain damage and this is the major reason you don’t want to play around with type 2 diabetes, the next step is a loss of your senses, and you won’t even know it, as you won’t realize it as it happens.
Sugar and fat are what cause the plaque buildup
You need both glucose and lipids flowing through your body to create plaque. The glucose attaches itself to a lipid (fat) molecule that has yet to be utilized for energy and glycates that lipid molecule. The lipids, in this case, are LDL cholesterol. Low-density lipoproteins particles.
Because they float around in such loose form, they’re easily attacked by any free-flowing glucose in the system. This is the doom of maintaining a high amount of glucose in the body.
This is the beginning of plaque. Multiply this by the number of carbohydrates you ingest every day. The result is exponentially worse than you would ever want to believe.
So, how do you stop diabetes? It’s actually a simple decision, stop eating foods that contain wheat. The problem is that following through on this decision is it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever have to achieve. The biggest problem is that the worse your addiction is, the harder it is to break the addiction, but also, the more important it is to break the addiction. This could be the worst concern with carbohydrate addiction, there are different degrees of addiction, unlike that of heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. This problem manifests itself when trying to cut back as the greater your addiction is, the harder it will be to eliminate this food from your diet. But, it’s essential that you eliminate it, because if you don’t, the world of hurt described on Carbs, The Newly Found Death Sentence, will follow you until you either die or quit eating that which causes it.
The easiest path to this goal is explained at Carbs, How To Cut Back.