Type II diabetes is a massive problem in the United States.
Sadly, much of the problem stems from misguided dietary advice doled out for decades. This advice encourages you to avoid eating a nutrient found in some of the healthiest, wholesome foods on the planet.
And now—a new study shows this once-demonized nutrient may actually PROTECT you against ever developing blood sugar problems in the first place!
Let me explain…
Re-examining what causes Type II diabetes
Type II diabetes is a complex metabolic disease. It occurs when your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin. As a result, sugar (glucose) doesn’t make it into your tissue cells. Instead, it remains in the blood, causing “high blood sugar.”
For decades, mainstream medicine blamed the condition on fat—a much-needed, but much-demonized nutrient—in the diet. (At the same time, they covered up the role that sugar…the real culprit…plays in the development of Type II diabetes and other chronic diseases.)
As a result, people started cutting out healthy foods with natural fats—such as meats, seafood, eggs, and full-fat dairy. And they replaced them with ultra-processed, low-fat foods FILLED with sugar.
Of course, we now know following this ill-advised, low-fat diet SABOTAGED the health of millions of Americans.
In fact, new research reveals that cutting out fat from the diet literally poisons pancreatic beta cells…
Cutting out fat sabotages the pancreas
For this news study, scientists from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, studied the effect of fat on pancreatic beta cells, which your body needs to produce insulin and safely transport sugar out of blood and into your tissues.
First, they exposed the pancreatic beta cells to excess sugar. Then, they exposed the cells to excess fat. Last, they exposed them to a combination of both excess sugar and excess fat.
As you might expect, when the cells were exposed to excess sugar, they created and released much less insulin than normal.
But when cells were exposed to both excess sugar and excess fat, there were two key differences…
First, the cells stored the fat in the form of droplets. (The researchers believe pancreatic beta cells naturally store extra fat in anticipation of “lean” times, when food may be less abundant.)
Second (and this is the really exciting part)…
The pancreatic beta cells created nearly normal levels of insulin when they were fed both excess sugar and excess fat.
The researchers believe that the fat actually HELPS pancreatic cells handle (and process) the excess sugar.
Therefore, the researchers concluded, to lower your risk of Type II diabetes, the body needs to undergo this cycle of fat storage and release.
Translation: You NEED fat in your diet to keep your blood sugar down!
Enjoy your steak and eggs
In the end, this study confirms what I’ve been telling you all along…
Sugar and ultra-processed foods are the REAL culprits when it comes to chronic diseases like Type II diabetes. So, make sure to cut out all the crud—like cookies, cakes, and colas.
Then, follow a balanced, Mediterranean-type diet that contains natural fats.
As a quick reminder, here’s a list of what you can—and should—enjoy on the healthy, Mediterranean-type diet:
- Full-fat, whole-milk dairy, including butter, eggs, cheeses, and plain yogurt.
- Wild-caught fish and seafood.
- Grass-fed and -finished, free-range, organic beef, chicken, and especially lamb.
- Nuts and seeds.
- Five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
- Alcohol, in moderation.
Finally, to learn about the one “sweet” you can—and SHOULD—safely enjoy each day, even if you suffer with managing your blood sugar, check out the April 2022 issue of Insiders’ Cures (“Sugar and carbs PROTECT AGAINST diabetes and disease?!”) If you’re not yet a subscriber, now is the perfect time to become one.