Diabetes as a Disease of Fat Toxicity


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  • Questions:
    1. So there's no way to diagnose an imminent pancreatic insulin decline?
    2. Is this set of conditions, without exclusion, the sole reason for type II diabetes?
    3. Why is that many of those with hyperlipidemia for a decade or even longer, do not develop diabetes?
    4. Is there any relationship between statins and diabetes?*

    * Over the years I've noticed seniors (acquaintances of mine) who were put on stains for hyperlipidemia, within 2 to 3 years later are subsequently diagnosed with diabetes. None have had, or do have heart disease. Coincidence? Or, was is the exact set of circumstances the good Doc just described, as in, it was only a matter of time before the excess fat in their blood caused insulin resistance.

  • BTW, as others have noticed, the feeds here on youtube for this channel are late, missing, out of chronological order, etc. Something's going on here. If you want the latest in order videos, you need to visit the website.

  • You mentioned that it's primarily ANIMAL based fats, saturated fats, implicated here. But, what about overweight vegans who consume heavy amounts of nuts, seeds, avocado, plant based oils, and excessive calories? What is the situation with type 2 diabetes risk for vegans?

  • Thank you so much for all your vital information, Dr. Greger! It's a shame that something/ someone is messing with your Youtube channel – I'll keep spreading the message of health and prosperity!

  • I thought you could reverse diabetes with diet.  This video sounds like the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas are killed off.

    Can they come back or are you just screwed forever once these cells are injured?

  • My fasting blood sugar is around 60 mg/dl. Some people say that is too low and a bad sign. However, I am fit and not really hungry when I wake up and sometimes exercise 30-60 minutes before breakfast without problems. Btw.: I eat a 85-90% carbs whole foods vegan diet.

    Is such a value ok for people like me or is that hypoglycemia?

  • If you want to know what to eat in order to avoid diabetes and be lean and muscular look at the dietary habits of those that are lean and muscular. Hmm…lean and muscular? Who would that be? Oh yeah, bodybuilders and physique competitors. What do they all eat? Lean chicken and rice. Lean white fish and oatmeal. Egg whites and sweet potatoes. What do all these foods have in common? Carbs and protein with very little fat. Please point me to a physique competitor who is winning competitions eating butter? You can't because they don't exist.

  • I can't even begin to understand this.

    Did you know since the 1977 low fat guideliens introduced by the US Senate, that obesity and diabetes has more than doubled in percentage from 20% to 40%? Americans were eating less fat, yet there is twice as much obesity and diabetes. It's obviously the carbs, espeically refined carbs that caused this not the fat.

  • Where do you get your science? Site your sources please. You're the only one I've ever heard talking about this radical "fat spillover inteferes with insulin" theory.

  • Thanks a lot Doctor. By ignorance myself and millions of people think that we develop diabetes by eating too much sugar how wrong I was. I am 48 now and became diabetic. I am really taking care of myself now I am dieting and exercising very seriously . My question is CAN WE REVERSE DIABETES? OR WE CAN JUST CONTROLE IT? thanks in advanced for your answer.

  • Why is it that people with Type 2 diabetes who go on a ketogenic diet lose weight, and reduce symptoms & insulin requirements then? Is it because the body is in a constant fat-burning state, so the saturated fat in the diet doesn't cause a fatty liver & start the vicious cycle?

  • What would you say in leu of the American Diabetes/Diabetic Association being called out in the new documentary What The Health as PROMOTING diabetics to eat foods leading to and aiding in becoming/remaining diabetic ?

  • SERIOUS QUESTION here. I'm a 60 year old woman with Type 2 diabetes (25 years since diagnosis) on insulin. How long after eliminating saturated animal fat can I expect to see better blood sugar control (especially because I'd now be eating more carbohydrates) and will my pancreas wake up to do the job of insulin production.

  • Nice video with very good explanation. I noticed a discrepancy between what you said and what I read in the Banting Memorial lecture you have quoted in your video. You mentioned that due to excess fat exposure, the beta cells are killed off. But, in the Banting lecture transcript, Dr. Taylor has indicated that he was able to reverse type 2 diabetes and has mentioned "The β-cells had woken up! This has never been demonstrated before. Clearly, the β-cells are not permanently damaged in Type 2 diabetes, but are merely metabolically inhibited."

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