Type 2 diabetes and the paleo diet

 

In December of 2013, my husband almost died from a DKA episode. DKA stands for diabetic ketoacidosis-Diabetic ketoacidosis is a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus. Signs and symptoms may include vomiting, abdominal pain, deep gasping breathing, increased urination, weakness, confusion, and occasionally loss of consciousness. A person’s breath may develop a specific smell. Onset of symptoms is usually rapid… in other words, he almost died.  Diabetes is not about being fat and then becoming diabetic. diabetes is a very complicated disease. People who make comments about it only being about eating less and exercising more are ignorant, and stupid, about the disease. When a person begins to take insulin for their diabetes, their body starts gaining weight. Insulin, in a way, contributes to a person’s ill health. yes, it stops a diabetic from going into DKA and helps in some ways, but it is also causing some measure of harm to the patient. Dr. Mercola has started talking about brown fat vs. white fat. I also found a video on Youtube that goes into a deeper explanation of brown vs. white fat (not produced by Dr. Mercola).

As a side note, there is a difference between ketosis (good) and ketoacidosis (bad). many people who are opposed tot he paleo diet get these two mixed up and think we are all killing ourselves by not eating bread.

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. This is what the paleo diet does. It eliminates simple carbs you body would burn for energy which causes it to use your stored body fat. The paleo diet is one of the few diets shown to take people out of type two diabetes. The Standard American Diet cannot and does not do this, it actual keeps people dependent on insulin. Their diabetes is, ‘managed’ through pharmaceuticals instead of diet and exercise. Here is the video I mentioned that goes into an explanation of brown fat vs. white fat. It kind of explains why people who engage in regular saunas with cold water/snow plunges seem to be fitter and healthier than those who do not, because the process of heating up our bodies and then plunging them into the cold helps white fat to act like brown fat.

 

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