Diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance
Type 2 diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance. When a healthy person consumes sugar their blood sugar rises and in response their body will release insulin. Insulin in a powerful hormone that causes cells to pull sugar from the blood stream.
In diabetes your cells only very slowly remove glucose from the blood when exposed to insulin. High blood sugar is damaging to the body so the pancreas releases even more insulin to force the cells to accept this excess glucose. Eventually your pancreas can’t release any additional insulin and you will be prescribed insulin to inject.
A person that has consistently high blood sugar and insulin is considered diabetic.
Chronically high blood sugar and insulin can kill you in many different ways. Please read this post for more detail on how high insulin drives disease.
Blood sugar needs to normalize
If blood sugar remains high it will directly damage your kidneys, eyes, teeth, heart, brain, reproductive organs, etc. Eventually there will be amputations to removed infected parts of your body because your blood flow is so compromised.
The first thing a diabetic needs to do is reduce the sugar and carbohydrates they ingest to as close to zero as possible. This can be very difficult because the diabetic will have had years of food habits to overcome.
Sugar is addictive and the dopamine bump that comes with it is very hard to give up.
The process of reducing sugar is often a gradual one. The goal is not a 100% zero carb diet on day one. It is about about taking consistent steps in the right direction.
A good first step for a diabetic is to start replacing their sugar consumption with a sweetener that doesn’t raise blood glucose and insulin.
There are a number of options available, however many of those options are linked to unpleasant side effects and illness.
Monk fruit sweeteners
It should come as no surprise that I believe that monk fruit sweeteners are the best choice for diabetics to reduce their blood sugar and improve their health.
Monk fruit is one of two plant based sweeteners that has been used for thousands of years. Additionally, monk fruit has been shown to independently lower blood sugar even when consuming a high fat, high sugar diet.
Even better, in all the studies and reports on monk fruit there has never been a negative indication. The only other plant based sweetener (stevia) is mutagenic and can cause kidney and reproductive damage.
When selecting a monk fruit sweetener be sure that only zero calorie ingredients are used to dilute the monk fruit. For example, a sugar alcohol called erythritol is fine.
Maltodextrin should be avoided as it has the approximately the same glycemic index and calories as sugar.