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We are talking about both type 1 and type 2. Did you know that sugar does not cause diabetes? Not even type 2? Did you know that weight gain does not cause diabetes either? Did you know that the issue with diabetes is that your cells aren’t getting sugar, not that you shouldn’t eat sugar?
Today I’m talking to dietitian and diabetes expert Lauren Newman RD, LD, and busting lots of unhelpful myths about diabetes.
In the episode we also break down the difference between type 1 and type 2, but debunk a lot of blame that people with type 2 get.
Type 2 is caused by metabolic factors, often genetic or chronic stress related – it’s a dysfunction of the way the body metabolizes sugar. And/or insulin resistance, which means the cells aren’t getting sugar even though it’s in the blood stream. But our cells need sugar to keep us alive. Insulin resistance is not caused by consumption of carbs or sugar or (or higher weight). There are lots and lots fo reasons people might have insulin resistance, one of them, is yo-yo dieting and weight cycling. The other important thing to remember, is that Type 2 diabetes it can and does exist in thin people and people who eat an objectively “healthy diet.”
Conversely, lots and lots of people eat a lot of sugar and never get diabetes. People blame it on the carbs or sugar, but it’s the underlying conditions in the first place. Another example, is that exercise is good for insulin resistance, with or without weight loss, but if people start to exercise and lose weight, and their symptoms improve, weight loss tends to gets the credit, when exercise should be getting the credit.
Blaming sugar is easy, but it is still missing the mark, and is an oversimplification that can also make people dysfunctional with food which ironically, can exacerbate insulin resistance all on its own.
Listen to episode for way more context from Lauren!
00: Lots of rambling housekeeping today, you can fast forward and here is the gist: The F*ck It Diet Book Club is coming up and if you’ve read the book, I’m releasing a free Workshop on The 5 Tools, sign up to be sent the free workshop here.
8:45 Reading listener emails about TFID + Quarantine Silver Linings. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
16:48 My convo with Lauren Newman! Be sure to follow her on instagram at @gofeedyourself_
47:56 More listener emails! Plus Tiger King and RHOC
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