How Exactly Does Type 2 Diabetes Develop

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How Exactly Does Type 2 Diabetes Develop?

Insulin resistance is the cause of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Ok, so what is the cause of insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is now accepted to be closely associated with the accumulation of fat within our muscle cells. This fat toxicity inside of our muscles is a major factor in the cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, as it interferes with the action of insulin. I’ve explored how fat makes our muscles insulin resistant (see What Causes Insulin Resistance?), how that fat can come from the fat we eat or the fat we wear (see The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes), and how not all fats are the same (see Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar). It’s the type of fat found predominantly in animal fats, relative to plant fats, that appears to be especially deleterious with respect to fat-induced insulin insensitivity. But this insulin resistance in our muscles starts years before diabetes is diagnosed.

In my video, Diabetes as a Disease of Fat Toxicity, you can see that insulin resistance starts over a decade before diabetes is actually diagnosed, as blood sugar levels slowly start creeping up. And then, all of the sudden, the pancreas conks out, and blood sugars skyrocket. What could underlie this relatively rapid failure of insulin secretion?

At first, the pancreas pumps out more and more insulin, trying to overcome the fat-induced insulin resistance in the muscles, and high insulin levels can lead to the accumulation of fat in the liver, called fatty liver disease. Before diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, there is a long silent scream from the liver. As fat builds up in our liver, it also becomes resistant to insulin.

Normally, the liver is constantly producing blood sugar to keep our brain alive between meals. As soon as we eat breakfast, though, the insulin released to deal with the meal normally turns off liver glucose production, which makes sense since we don’t need it anymore. But when our liver is filled with fat, it becomes insulin resistant like our muscles, and doesn’t respond to the breakfast signal; it keeps pumping out blood sugar all day long on top of whatever we eat. Then, the pancreas pumps out even more insulin to deal with the high sugars, and our liver gets fatter and fatter. That’s one of the twin vicious cycles of diabetes. Fatty muscles, in the context of too many calories, leads to a fatty liver, which leads to an even fattier liver. This is all still before we have diabetes.

Fatty liver can be deadly. The liver starts trying to offload the fat by dumping it back into the bloodstream in the form of something called VLDL, and that starts building up in the cells in the pancreas that produce the insulin in the first place. Now, we know how diabetes develops: fatty muscles lead to a fatty liver, which leads to a fatty pancreas. It is now clear that type 2 diabetes is a condition of excess fat inside our organs, whether we’re obese or not.

The only thing that was keeping us from diabetes – unchecked skyrocketing blood sugars – is that the pancreas was working overtime pumping out extra insulin to overcome insulin resistance. But as the so-called islet or Beta cells in the pancreas are killed off by the fatty buildup, insulin production starts to fail, and we’re left with the worst of both worlds: insulin resistance combined with a failing pancreas. Unable to then overcome the resistance, blood sugar levels go up and up, and boom: type 2 diabetes.

This has implications for cancer as well. Obesity leads to insulin resistance and our blood sugars start to go up, so our pancreas starts pumping out more insulin to try to force more sugar into our muscles, and eventually the fat spills over into the pancreas, killing off the insulin-producing cells. Then, we develop diabetes, in which case we may have to start injecting insulin at high levels to overcome the insulin resistance, and these high insulin levels promote cancer. That’s one of the reasons we think obese women get more breast cancer. It all traces back to fat getting into our muscle cells, causing insulin resistance: fat from our stomach (obesity) or fat going into our stomach (saturated fats in our diet).

Now, it should make sense why the American Diabetes Association recommends reduced intake of dietary fat as a strategy for reducing the risk for developing diabetes.

The reason I’m going into all this detail is that I’m hoping to empower both those suffering from the disease and those treating sufferers so as to better understand dietary interventions to prevent and treat the epidemic.

Here are some videos on prevention:

And here are some on treatment:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. This issue should be publicly thrashed out with the Taubes- Lustig cabal. Recently at a public meeting I asked Taubes to explain how sugar intake causes insulin resistance and he hemmed and hawed. Later he muttered something about his belief that the problem could be addressed by a paleolithic diet. These guys are wolves in sugar coating! The talk I am referring to was at Harvard Law School and sponsored by the school’s Food Policy Program so a very sophisticated audience. But no one challenged his avoidance of the issue. Of course, intramuscular fat can arise from excess sugar, I assume. Anyway clarity would be appreciated. Diabetes ruins a lot of lives.

      1. I read with interest but was disappointed to read the writer recommends a low fat diet. The obese epidemic is a result of Americans following the food pyramid with 9-11 servings of carbs at it’s base.
        Low fat pasta, cookies, pastries, bread, pizza all have flour a substance that turns into fat in our bodies. When sugar is added to flour the damage becomes exponential. The other form of damaging sugar are liquid calories in juices and sodas.

        1. Margarita: If you look at the data, you will find that the obesity epidemic is being caused by eating too much calories, which include the generally high fat and highly processed carb food you listed. On this site, we learn that the science tells us that a diet of *whole* plant foods is best. People here report fat percentages that range from 10% up to I think 25% fat while trying to follow Dr. Gregers Daily Dozen recommendations. 25% fat is hardly “low fat” in the context of a human-healthy diet.

          The problem is that too many people are eating too much junk food like the food you listed (which leads to weight gain) and too much fat (which is calorie dense leads to weight gain) and hence type 2 diabetes as shown on this page and several others on this site…

          No one thinks that sugar is healthy. The point on this page is about what causes type 2 diabetes.

        2. The junk carbs listed here are just the delivery vehicle for fat. People aren’t eating plain flour or bread. They’re eating:

          Pizza: cheese, oil, processed meats
          Cookies: eggs, shortening/oil
          Pasta: cream sauce, cheese, meats
          Pastries: eggs, cream, milk, oil
          Crackers: cheese, processed meats
          Bread: butter, cream cheese, processed meats

          On and on. The junk carbs aren’t helping, but they’re not what’s making people fat. It’s the fat (mostly from animal products) they’re loading with the junk carbs.

  2. While reading a story about the Chumash and other nearby Native American groups at the time of the start of the Missions, I was intrigued by the following observation:

    Historically the Native Americans had a cycle of feast and famine–in the Fall they would eat what was plentiful (and preserve what they could for the Winter) and put on weight. During the Winter they would typically loose a lot of weight, and starvation was common during hard Winters. When they were (forced into) living in Missions, with a Spanish based ecological and economic model, (different) food was available all year long. As a consequence, they still put on extra weight during the Fall, but did not lose it through the Winter. Despite the fact that death from (newly present) infections was common, death from starvation became less common.

    And so I wondered:

    Given the fact the Native Americans had their gene pool refined by hundreds of generations through these cycles of feast and famine, is it likely that the year around availability of food (in addition to the fact that it was not the food they had eaten for all those millennia) is in part responsible for the development of diabetes [through the mechanisms detailed in the above article]?

  3. So if diabetes seems to start with a build up of fat in the muscles, can it’s dominoe effect that leads to diabetes be slowed, stopped or reversed with strength training or other exercise? Does exercise reduce the amount of fat in the muscles? Didn’t I read somewhere that people who do strength training live longer?

    1. Theoretically yea, and I know few people who did it, but they really work hard like running from 5 to 10 km daily.
      It’s too much energy in all fat we eat to rework it by exercise.

  4. The fat which builds up in muscle is known as intramuscular triglycerides (IMTG) that causes insulin resistance however athletes are able to prevent an accumulation of IMTG because they oxidized the fat for energy during exercise therefore physical activity plays an important role in preventing insulin resistance.

  5. Tralene, Several studies have shown that insulin resistance can definitely be slowed, stopped or reverse with exercise. Here are two studies you may want to look at to inspire you to keep exercising to control your blood sugar: This study concluded: “Sprint interval and moderate-intensity continuous training have equal benefits on aerobic capacity, insulin sensitivity…” “Role of exercise training in the prevention and treatment of insulin resistance and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” This study noted the beneficial effect of “prolonged, vigorous exercise-training protocols”
    I hope these are helpful

  6. Tralene- You asked if exercise can slow, stop or reverse diabetes and it certainly can, especially if paired with a plant-based whole food diet. Here are three resources that should give you some encouragement to keep exercising to control your blood sugar. Hope these help– “Sprint interval and moderate-intensity continuous training have equal benefits on aerobic capacity, insulin sensitivity ….”
    “Role of exercise training in the prevention and treatment of insulin resistance and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
    This study noted the beneficial effect of “prolonged, vigorous exercise-training protocols”

  7. Hi, I eat the diet that you recommand (expect I have an ALL FRUIT breakfast). I do have elivated cholestol in my blood because of my genes. I eat a very low fat diet (maybe 1 walnut and some flaxseed/week). My cholesterol is fine, my weight (too) low, energy great, morning bloodsugar (too) low (60), … but still…. I do feel that my bloodsugar is imbalanced after a meal (ex raw carrots are a trigger)…so what is it? is my blood Sugar too low at that moment or too high? My MD said I can not have diabetic because the results are normal : ex: morning blood Sugar, urine, cholesterol, etc. What can I do ? What should I eat instead? thank you for all tips ! you can also send me an e-mail :

  8. Hi Iles Maes. I’m a dietitian and volunteer moderator who helps Dr. G answer questions. Thanks for reaching out. I think your concern can be solved by adding a source of protein to your meals or snacks that are purely fruit or vegetable based. The energy we get from fruit or sweeter vegetables like carrots when eaten alone, is short -lived. You may be experiencing feelings of a low blood sugar an hour or two after eating just fruit or just carrots. By simply adding a healthy protein rich food (with some healthy fats) you will feel more energized and the effects will last longer. So, try a handful of nuts or seeds with your morning fruit and a hummus dip with your carrots for example. And, be sure to plan to eat something every 3-4 hours for optimal energy. Hope this helps!

  9. My 54 year old daughter has a bone spur on her heel causing a lot of pain. the surgeon is not recommending surgery thank goodness. He has given her exercises, suggested better shoes (New Balance). I wonder what dietary changes might help. She loves beef and eats steak whenever possible. Any suggestions?

    1. I imagine bone spurs are painful and so consuming an anti-inflammatory diet will surely help. Turmeric and cumin (high in naturally occurring asprin) would be great additions.

      All animal produce is inflammatory and so cutting that out could only help, let alone improve your daughter’s overall health by reducing her risk of developing diseases associated with consuming animal flesh and their secretions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers etc. Good luck

  10. Does the saturated fat in coconut oil have the same effect in creating insulin resistance in muscles as the saturated fat in animal products?

    1. Hello! My name is Megan and I am a volunteer for NutritionFacts. Coconut oil is primarily saturated fat. In fact, I believe it is the plant oil with the highest amount of saturated fat, while most of the other plant oils and nuts and seeds have very little saturated fat compared to unsaturated (MUFA and PUFA). Saturated fats are the ones that contribute to insulin resistance. This video here has some great information on how that happens: If you use coconut oil, I would use it very sparingly. Hope this answers your question!

  11. Check out Dr Robert Morse, an amazing healing with incredible testimonials. He says vegetables will raise your blood sugar more than fruits. Fruits is where the healing is at.

  12. .

    The focus on intramuscular fat has not made clear whether all fat intake is to blame, or only animal (saturated) fat.

    Plausibly, a Netflix-addicted vegan could “overdose” in a single evening on a modest pound of gorgeous (but salt-free) cashews from a Planter’s nuts product– all the while, muttering the mantra (“animal fat kills, plant fat heals”).

    (1) The irrepressible scientific question– is it true even plant fat intake from nuts can be harmful, and clog muscle cell machinery as surely as saturated fat?
    (2) If plant fat also is harmful, how can the Netflix-addicted vegan lose the fat now embedded in his/her muscle cells? If exercise is insufficient, what about brief-interval, but absolute fasting (with only water)?

  13. A Remedy For Diabetes? Do not Look To Chiropractors, State Says

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    1 diabetes to current with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
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    In sort 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells (beta cells)
    within the pancreas. Docs have recognized many particular genetic defects (mutations) in such households.
    In the event you eat a low carb meal and train straight after it then you fix
    your sugar and diabetes will cease progressing and start regressing.
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    adults ages eighty five and over who had been infected with cytomegalovirus have been about twice as more likely to have
    Type 2 diabetes compared with those not contaminated.
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    Diabetes is identified in case your blood glucose is 200 mg/dl or
    higher with symptoms of hyperglycemia or hyperglycemic crisis.
    Many patients with sort 2 diabetes can take oral diabetes drugs , but eventually may have to begin on insulin remedy Patients
    with kind 2 diabetes still have the flexibility to supply some insulin from the pancreas.
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    An worker with diabetes must eat a number of occasions a day to maintain his
    blood sugar levels from dropping too low. This greater-than-normal degree
    of insulin in the bloodstream is known as hyperinsulinemia.
    The catheter on the finish of the insulin pump is inserted by means of a needle into the belly fat of an individual
    with diabetes. That compared the results of normal control of blood glucose versus
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    people whose blood glucose levels aren’t managed by food plan and train alone,
    metformin is the primary drug treatment that they’ll be provided.
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    charges in patients with sort 1 diabetes mellitus in contrast with a non-diabetic
    inhabitants from the UK basic observe research database, 1992-1999.
    Diabetes is recognized at a blood sugar studying of 126 mg/dL (7 mmol/L) or greater.
    The incidence of kind 2 diabetes in children has risen dramatically over the last 20 years.
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    by your well being care supplier. It is most commonly recognized in youngsters
    and adults youthful than 30, but surprisingly more adults are being
    identified with type 1 diabetes during adulthood.
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    a health care provider when you’ve got this. The distribution of causes
    different significantly between older and youthful people with kind 1 diabetes, with cardiovascular causes being the predominant reason behind
    loss of life in these aged over 40 years, as previously reported.
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    Kind 1 diabetes – dubbed juvenile onset diabetes” – is the comparatively uncommon sort, affecting solely about 1 in 250 Individuals.
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    (HbA1C) are an necessary part of diabetes administration. An growing
    variety of patients with kind 1 diabetes are being treated with ‘insulin pumps’ which give
    a steady supply of insulin. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Well being, is happening at about 20 study websites across the
    United States, involving adults who’re at excessive risk for creating
    kind 2 diabetes. Folks do not have symptoms of diabetes
    until they have misplaced at the very least eighty %
    of their beta cells, Dr. Doiron mentioned.
    Girls who have had gestational diabetes have a 35% to 60% likelihood of creating
    diabetes in the subsequent 10-20 years. With tens of millions of people being affected by this illness every minute, diabetes
    is popping out to be an epidemic, notably in India.
    Individuals with diabetes who also have hypertension suffer fewer issues if their blood strain is
    saved under good management. One, we will take
    a look at the factors which can be known to increase the danger of diabetes and two, we
    will take a look at what actually happens in the physique, as
    a mechanism, before you develop a sort 2 diabetes prognosis.
    In addition to hyperglycemia, diabetes is characterized by
    specific (microvascular) or nonspecific (cardiovascular) complications.
    You’ll solely have to have this if initial blood
    tests haven’t been capable of decide whether or not you’ve
    diabetes. This means a group of genes that can result in type 2 is passed down from mothers and fathers to their kids.

    Excessive levels of insulin can exhaust the receptors, such that the cells of the liver (and muscle and fat) turn out to
    be insulin resistant, unable to reply to spikes in insulin and continuing to make glucose despite the fact
    that blood sugar ranges are inappropriately high.©
    2016 ANDREA CHAREST & KARINA METCALFPrevention and treatment of type
    2 diabetes depends upon appropriately figuring out the reason for metabolic failure.
    Nonetheless, recent knowledge ( 21 ) and proof from
    the ADA position statement BMI Reduce Factors to Determine
    At-Danger Asian Individuals for Kind 2 Diabetes Screening”
    ( 22 ) counsel that the BMI cut point ought to be lower for the Asian American population. Diabetes could
    depart you more susceptible to skin problems, together with bacterial and fungal infections.
    Des soins quotidiens sous forme de bain, de douche sous-marine,
    de cataplasmes, de massages ou de compresses forment le reste de la
    prise en cost des three semaines de cure. Gestational diabetes occurs more regularly in African People, Hispanic/Latino Individuals,
    American Indians, and people with a household historical past of diabetes than in other groups.
    One other 86 million adults in the U.S. – that’s a couple of – have predicates, where their blood sugar levels are larger than normal however not
    high enough to be categorized as sort 2 diabetes.

    There are two foremost sorts of diabetes – type 1 and kind 2.
    Sort 1 diabetes is an autoimmune situation the place the physique’s immune cells attack the insulin-producing cells.

    In accordance with the American Diabetes Association, the following health components are
    associated to sort 2 diabetes. In the event you eat unhealthy foods,
    fail to train, have sure conditions that predispose you to the
    illness, and grow to be overweight, this will likely tip the scales towards having kind 2 diabetes.
    Some folks with sort 2 diabetes develop into depending on dialysis remedies because of kidney failure.
    In sort 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, which causes the blood sugar (glucose) ranges within the body to rise
    dangerously high. Compared to adults with a healthy
    weight, obese individuals are more than seven occasions likelier to develop diabetes.

    Several factors can cause kind 2 diabetes, resembling
    insulin resistance, heredity, being overweight or overweight,
    lack of bodily exercise, abnormal glucose production by the
    liver , metabolic syndrome , problems with cell signaling,
    and beta cell dysfunction. Sure ethnic groups also are
    usually more susceptible to developing sort 2 diabetes, including individuals of Native American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian/Pacific Island descent.
    The relationship between the pancreas and diabetes was established
    when Minkowski performed a pancreatectomy within the dog in 1889.
    In the Nineties – even earlier than the discovery of insulin – scientists knew that
    the pancreas performed a job in diabetes. There are various different types of diabetes;
    the commonest are type 1 and sort 2 diabetes which are covered on this article.
    Staff at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) can test whether you’re getting the entire advantages you’re
    entitled to. Both they and your diabetes specialist nurse must also have the ability to provide you with advice about filling within the kinds.
    Kind 2 diabetes may be handled with medication, and
    many individuals can reverse their situation by adopting a
    wholesome life-style – a nutritious diet and exercise.
    While this would possibly surprise many people, the answer to curing
    sort 2 diabetes lies with killing the microbes and parasites
    contained in the organs as a result of it is weak organs (weakened by the microbes and parasites) which might be causing the immune system to
    be weak or are attacking the organs immediately.
    So putting all of our eggs within the biological
    cure basket could be risky and imply no enchancment within the
    interim. In distinction, sort 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed after the age of 40.
    When it happens in childhood, type 2 is most frequently diagnosed at puberty, says Briars.
    There’s a rising want to acknowledge this serious subject,
    especially since most instances of diabetes will be prevented via weight loss
    and other way of life adjustments,” stated lead writer, Elizabeth
    Selvin, PhD, MPH, an Associate Professor on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Faculty of Public Well being.

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious situation that results when the physique cannot
    adequately store glucose (sugar) in cells.

  14. Both here and elsewhere I read that switching to a WFPB diet will result in an almost immediate need to reduce insulin and drugs for Type 2 diabetes. I have been vegetarian or vegan since 1989, and developed diabetes since I stopped eating animal products. I switched to a WFPB diet in February, and am only now (mid June) finding I am able to reduce very slightly my insulin My A1C has been in the 6 range for awhile, and I’ve been on a maintenance dose.

    My question is: how long can I reasonably expect it to take to reduce the fat in my muscle cells, liver and pancreas? I’ve lost 30 pounds and probably have another 30-50 to lose. Will my diabetes not improve until I’ve lost all the extra weight?

    1. Hi Barbie: It’s really hard to say, but it sounds like you’re definitely heading in the right direction! You should continue to notice positive changes as you get closer to meeting your weight loss goal. I would recommend continuing your WFPB diet, as well as eating small, frequent meals/healthy snacks throughout the day and including physical activity into your daily routine. You can find more of our info on diabetes here. You might also be interested in the diabetes work from Dr. Barnard. Wishing you continued success in your journey!

      1. I’m 65 years old, almost 5’11” and just went under 200 pounds. I have every intention of staying WFPB but I find exercise difficult in the heat of summer. I overheat very easily. I will continue to walk, but my more aggressive exercise may need to wait for the fall. But I promise to keep working at it. I have other medical problems, and I really want to get rid of the diabetes!

      2. More news! My comment must have been prophetic. Today is my first day without insulin, and we will watch what happens over the weekend! My next goal is getting off all diabetic meds entirely.

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