What Causes Diabetes?

Since diabetes was first recognized in ancient times (dating back to about 1550 B.C.), it continues to be a major cause of death and health complications throughout the world.  As of 2015, diabetes was the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In his video, What Causes Diabetes?, Dr. Michael Greger tells us that his extensive review of diabetes research studies revealed that saturated fat can be toxic to the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, explaining why animal fat consumption can impair insulin secretion, not just insulin sensitivity, leading to a diabetic condition.

One of the many studies Dr. Greger sites in his video found that the subjects who ate foods high in animal fats (particularly meat and dairy) had a much higher rate of insulin resistance than those who ate a plant-based diet. 

 “Saturated fats, independently of any role they have of making us fat, may contribute to the development of insulin resistance and its clinical consequences,” states Dr. Greger.  

Evidence of the studies cited showed that, after controlling for family history, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking and amount of exercise, diabetes incidence was significantly associated with the proportion of saturated fat in our blood.

The bottom line?  Consumption of too many calories rich in saturated fats is a major contributing factor in developing diabetes.  While there is a genetic component to consider, high caloric diets rich in saturated fats are currently considered the cause of Type 2 diabetes.

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