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Is sugar really responsible for diabetes?
(02.12.2019) back
Sugar is not responsible for diabetes
Sugar is not at all healthy, but it's not responsible for diabetes – the problem is impaired sugar metabolism, the cause of which is not completely clear
 
Fats could be the cause of diabetes
It's possible that fat is responsible for diabetes – this view is held by many physicians, and there is a lot of evidence to back it up
 
Diabetes is also an issue for people who appear to be thin as they often have fat in their muscle cells
Even thin people can have excessive fat in their muscle cells
 

 
 
The world is diabetic. According to a WHO report from 2016, more that 400 million people worldwide are afflicted with diabetes. About 4 million people die every year from the disease, or from a condition related to diabetes – there are 620,000 diabetes-related deaths per year in Europe. This means that diabetes is statistically one of the leading causes of death. What is the real cause of this development, and is it really connected to sugar?

More than 90% of people with diabetes suffer with type 2 diabetes. For this reason, we will be exclusively discussing this type of diabetes in this newsletter.

What are the causes of diabetes?

It is indisputable that the cells of people who have diabetes are not able to take in glucose, a kind of sugar. Normally a hormone called "insulin" is responsible for ability of cells to utilise glucose. Similarly to how a key unlocks a lock, the insulin docks on cells and allows access for sugar into the cell. For some reason, this mechanism does not function properly in people with diabetes, and the insulin is not able to open the "lock" for glucose. The result is a higher concentration of sugar in the blood, so the pancreas makes even more insulin – but without effect. This continues until the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin.

Could fats play a role in the cause of diabetes?

The causes for the inability of insulin to open the "gateway" for glucose are not clear, and moreover not without controversy. Dr. Neal Barnard, an American physician, as well as a number of other doctors have taken the view that fat present in the cells hinders the way that insulin functions, thus causing diabetes. There are specific related studies and experiments that indeed support this viewpoint, along with a connection between diabetes and obesity as well as a lack of physical activity.

Normally the insulin docks in receptors on the exterior of the cell, signalling the cell membrane that it can allow glucose to enter. When fats are concentrated in the cells, it impedes insulin's capacity to relay signals between the cells. Tiny organelles within the cells called mitochondria should burn fat, and the fact that they do not do this and instead allow fat to build up can be the cause of type 2 diabetes.  Here's the good news: The amount of fat within cells can easily be reduced.

Try it for yourself: Eat a low-fat diet and measure your blood sugar

Avoid fatty foods. It's not the glucose (i.e. sugar or carbohydrates) that is responsible for diabetes – instead it might be the fats that are gradually becoming concentrated within cells. Even if you are thin, your muscle cells may still have accumulated too much fat. In the opinion of many doctors, there is a high likelihood that a low-fat diet can prevent diabetes. Better still, if you add some physical activity and thus burn more fat, then you have done everything in your power to remain healthy for the long term, possibly sparing yourself from a life with diabetes.

Tip:
Bentomed is able to regulate the digestion in two ways: First, it pick up fats, and second, it improves the metabolism of fats. Every two or three months, do a short-term therapeutic treatment with Bentomed. In between, it's recommended to use Bentovital for the long-term maintenance of healthy digestion. You can also use Bentomed MICRO immediately after a fatty meal in order to ensure that less fats end up in your bloodstream. Nonetheless, it still best to always eat a low-fat diet and to regularly engage in physical activity.

Source: Dr. Neal D. Barnard, Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs, 2008

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