What is type 2 diabetes? Many think it’s simply a carbohydrate intolerance. It makes perfect sense, then, that restricting carbohydrates is a useful tool. After all, people with the disease have wildly erratic blood sugar.
This is why low carb and keto diets are all the rage. And many take to them to help “cure” their diabetes.
But, the carbohydrate intolerance is simply a symptom. You can use a low carb diet to improve your blood glucose, but is this really a cure?
What if you want to consume carbohydrates? Can you eat a higher carb diet and still manage to either prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes? Many in the low carb community don’t believe so.
They not only believe that high carbohydrate intake leads to the symptom of hyperglycemia, they believe high carbohydrate intake causes type 2 diabetes. As a result, you have to go on a low carbohydrate diet to reverse it.
But this isn’t so, and I have the personal history to refute it. In today’s video blogs, we tackle this very issue.
What is type 2 diabetes? My brief history
I have to admit, I bought into the idea that a low carbohydrate diet was best to treat my pre-diabetes. When I was 29, I received my 2nd of 2 pre-diabetic fasting blood sugars, and my first pre-diabetic a1c.
Throughout my history, I lost weight very easily on a ketogenic diet. So, naturally, it made sense to reduce my carbohydrate intake to control my blood glucose.
Consequently, I went on a low carb diet, lost weight, and my blood glucose measured by a1c went to normal. It was great, until I reintroduced carbohydrates. Every time I consumed carbohydrates, my blood glucose shot up.
A low carb/keto approach was never going to work for me long term. I thought I’d get everything under control and then reintroduce carbohydrates to tolerance.
But it didn’t seem to matter how many or what type of carbs I ate. It’s easy to look back and see how this would give people the idea that a low carb approach is the only logical approach to correcting the chronic hyperglycemia that comes with pre-diabetes/type 2 diabetes.
However, I decided to take a deep dive into the condition. I gave myself a crash course on everything type 2 diabetes, how it develops, and how low carb diets work. I also learned why my glucose shot up everytime I introduced carbs. So i made some changes and boom: No more carb intolerance.
As a result, by every measure my type 2 diabetes is completely gone. My last a1c was 4.7%, my last fasting glucose was 91,mg/dL, my lipoprotein insulin resistance score is a 20, and by every measure my blood glucose and insulin sensitivity is perfect.
All while eating 300g of carbohydrate a day from oatmeal, bread, potatoes, and, of course, the occasional pizza on the weekends.
Learn all about type 2 diabetes and how to reverse it in today’s video blog
Today’s video blog is all on what type 2 diabetes is and how you reverse it. We discuss the basics of blood glucose regulation, the predominant theory on how it develops, signs and symptoms, how it’s diagnosed, and how you can manage or reverse the disease. I also give you a couple tips that helped me tackle it.
To make it easier, we created 3 videos. This first, is a full length video covering what it is and how you reverse it:
In the second, we simply focus on what it is and how it develops:
In the third video, we just cover how to manage and reverse it:
The second 2 videos are simply cut from the first, and don’t contain much added information. So if you catch the first there is no need to catch the other 2.
As always, if you like this video, please give us a subscribe, as well as like or share it on social media. This is definitely something we’ll cover in more videos, but more on the practical “fixing it” side than the deep science side.
Type 2 diabetes is a nasty condition that will put you on a path to bad health. It’s in your best interest to avoid it if you can, and reverse or manage it if you get it.
There are many options at your disposal to help prevent, manage, and reverse type 2 diabetes. Diet, physical activity, exercise, and prioritizing sleep are all important factors that help manage blood glucose.
A low carb/keto diet is also helpful, but not necessary. If you want your carbs, you can eat your carbs. It may take time and effort to get there, but believe me, it’s well worth the wait!