Type 2 diabetes is the kind of diabetes where your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or isn’t able to use the insulin it makes. Insulin is an important and necessary hormone that gets the sugar out of your blood and into the cells that need it. The underlying problem is a condition known as insulin resistance. The cells in your muscles, liver, and fat simply stop responding to (or resist) the insulin that your body makes. The pharmacological solution is to get more insulin in the body or to artificially provoke the body to produce more insulin. Sometimes people have such raging type 2 diabetes, they get more than one type of drug to keep high blood sugar under control.
Unfortunately, putting more insulin into the bloodstream doesn’t do anything to solve the underlying problem of insulin resistance. It just makes it possible for the type 2 diabetic to control blood sugar levels and to more or less live with the underlying insulin resistance. Predictably, the reliance on drugs never ends. In fact, there’s a progressive need for more and more drugs as time goes on.
Another approach is to control and self-manage blood sugar production before it becomes excessive and problematic. When you don’t have excess sugar in your bloodstream, you don’t need excess insulin to deal with it. The foods that contain the most caloric sweeteners like sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (or the foods that quickly convert to sugar) are the very same substances that dramatically contribute to high blood sugar levels, which then require high levels of insulin to move it into the cells. When you eat less sugar, you have less sugar in your blood. It’s not really rocket science.
Paula Deen and the majority of American adults don’t understand the relationship between sugar through the mouth and sugar in the blood because it’s not the message we’re hearing from major health organizations or from our government. Almost 50 years ago Robert Atkins, the famous diet doctor, warned that “sugar is metabolic poison.” At long last the scientific establishment is coming around to embrace this basic and essential understanding.
Fox News just reported on an article entitled “The Toxic Truth About Sugar” published by researchers from UC San Francisco in the journal Nature. The scientists claim that caloric sweeteners are so extraordinarily toxic they should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco. “The public’s excessive consumption of sugar not only is contributing to a global obesity pandemic but also is critically altering people’s hormones, metabolism and blood pressure and causing significant damage to the liver.” The scientists concluded that "sugar is toxic beyond its calories."