Reverse diabetes with carbs

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I know what you’re thinking.

Of course you can’t reverse diabetes with carbs. Everyone knows that diabetics need to avoid carbs to prevent their blood sugar from spiking. Well, that’s not quite the whole story.

If we compare diabetes to a clogged sink that is overflowing with water, cutting carbs is like turning off the faucet. This might help prevent water from spilling onto the floor, but it does nothing to clear the clog in the drain. In other words even if blood sugars improve, the underlying disease does not.

What, then, is clogging the sink in diabetes? The problem is insulin resistance—the body’s inability to effectively move sugar from the blood into cells. That’s why blood sugar gets too high. But what causes insulin resistance?

It’s the accumulation of fat droplets inside muscle cells, called intramyocellular lipotoxicity.

What causes fat to accumulate inside muscle cells? Well, fat, of course, especially the saturated fat in your diet. In order to clear out this muscle fat so that diabetes can reverse itself, you need to cut the fat, not the carbs.

When people cut carbs from their diet, they typically replace those carbs with fat, which makes the underlying problem worse. This is true even if blood sugars appear to improve. The clog still gets worse.

It is also important to distinguish between healthy carbs and junk food carbs.

Healthy carbs in fiber-rich plant foods actually improve insulin sensitivity, while processed, fat-rich carbs like cake and cookies do not.

Just be aware that diabetes often improves so rapidly on a diabetes reversal diet that medications have to be weaned very quickly, so your blood sugars don’t drop dangerously low. If you’re ready to safely become diabetes-free, call our office. I’d love to help

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Dr. Gutman is the founder of Cleveland Nutrition, which offers a unique opportunity to use a dietary approach to medical care, with the support of a physician and specialized registered dietitians. The Cleveland Nutrition team teaches patients to use food as medicine to restore health, normalize weight, eliminate medication, and reduce pain. Their approach includes education and coaching to help patients change their mindset and boost their motivation, while offering them the accountability, tools, and skills necessary to change their health for good.

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