Asthma and Lectins

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Asthma and Lectins

AN476-Legumes-732x549-thumbAround 2 years ago I wrote about Asthma prevention from the beginning of pregnancy. Abnormal gut microbiota communities in new born babies contributes to asthma. C-section delivery, formula fed instead of breast-feeding, and antibiotic on pregnant mother are believed to be very closely related to the loss of four types of gut bacteria in those babies. Now I am starting to think that my own daughter may have been born with abnormal gut microbiota….

Based on a description of her symptoms, A pulmonary doctor has diagnosed my daughter with asthma even though her breathing test was negative. She has experienced shortness of breath and chest tightness here and there and not associated with particular strenuous activity. Her breathing is good, no cough or wheeze, sleeps through the night, and can play. I didn’t want to admit that she has asthma, and the doctor was not 100 % sure either, but he prescribed a medication to see if it will help her breath.  Of course, I haven’t used it.

She has never used antibiotics except on three occasions; once during my labor (normal delivery without epidural and no GBS), antibiotic eye-drops at birth (every baby are given), and other time when she had eye bone surgery from an accident at age 6.

I strongly believe that any antibiotic that gets into the bloodstream of the fetus or into the mother’s milk will inevitably influence the composition of the baby’s resident microbes.  In our first three years of life, a great diversity of microbes self-organizes into a life-support system with the complexity of the adult microbiota. This critical period lays the foundation for all the biological processes that unfold in our childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age—unless something comes along to disrupt it.

There is a possibility that my daughter has abnormal gut microbiota because of those 3 occasions of antibiotic use; however, there are another possible reason why she has abnormal gut microbiota, and that is lectin. Lectins are a form of protein found in nearly all plants and animals. They bind to sugar molecules called polysaccharides that cover the surface of most cells in your body. Lectins act as effective biological agents against insect attack by destabilizing the insects metabolism, interfering with enzyme activity, and disturbing the protective, digestive, and secretory functions of the gut.

The reason I suspect that lectin might be a contributor to my daughter’s asthma symptoms, is that before my daughter complained about shortness of breath, she had developed a skin irritation on her feet. A doctor assumes that it was athlete’s foot, but I suspected that it was something to do with her diet. I put her on autoimmune protocol diet, which eliminates high lectin content foods, and after two months, her feet were cleared.

One of the three major ways of the immune system is stressed is at the site of the intestinal mucosa . As toxins and food antigens brush up against the mucosa, the immune system mobilizes to neutralize the toxins. Normally, much of this work would have been done by beneficial bacteria. However, when antibiotics are taken, the beneficial bacteria are destroyed. For toxins that make it to the mucosa, the body will tag them with a chemical secretory IgA (SIgA), which attracts macrophages and other white blood cells to consume the toxins. However, again the use of antibiotics typically show a severe erosion of the glycocalyx that normally coats the intestinal microvilli. This is usually accompanied by a loss of brush borders and a marked reduction in SIgA production. With loss of the secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA), the body becomes more vulnerable to infections in the intestines from bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeast and they become resistant to treatment. Then, low in SIgA level becomes more sensitive to lectin.

So, now my daughter needs to take on the lectin free diet to become a Asthma symptoms free kid. It might not be easy, but if you think about consequences of not treating from the source, it is unavoidable.

Sources:
https://www.academia.edu/6445331/Antinutritional_properties_of_plant_lectins
https://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/Leaky-Gut.cfm
http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html
https://www.holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-a-g/digestive-health/1862-how-to-restore-gut-flora-after-antibiotics.html

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How healthy are your teeth?

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How healthy are your teeth?

bad-gum-disease-signsPeople spend time and money to correct teeth damage by having fillings, braces, root canals, crowns (caps), bridges and implants, extractions and teeth whitening. These procedures are very common and not many people question them. However, there are many common illnesses which were discovered to be associated with these dental procedures.

In last July’s newsletter I talked about amalgam fillings that can cause many diseases such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Thyroid Disease, Fibromyalgia,  Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer, Parkinson Disease. However, I also found out through the “Holistic Oral Health Summit” that any metal fillings (amalgam and/or gold) in the mouth generate unnaturally high electric current.   You can even measure oral electrical currents with medical equipment sensitive enough to measure very low voltage.

According to one of the speakers from the summit, the body’s normal electrical (bioenergetic) reading is around 450 millivolts.  However when saliva mixes with amalgam (or metal) fillings, a measurable electric current of up to 1,000 millivolts can be detected. This kind of highly charged electrical current is suspected of overpowering the body’s normal electrical flows and potentially interfering with energy flow to the brain. It is also suspected of causing various irritations to the nervous system. So, you can imagine if your brain is stimulated with unnatural electric current, having headaches, chronic fatigue, memory loss, sleep deprivation, and irritability makes sense to you, isn’t it?

Another dreadful discovery from the summit is about the wisdom teeth extraction procedure. Have you ever heard of Cavitation? If the bone does not heal correctly after the extraction, it creates holes in the jawbone that then harbor bacteria and other debris.  These holes are called Cavitations, NICOS (Neuralgia-Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis), or the more technical term: Osteonecrosis of the bone.  They can be a source of bacteria that then infects other parts of your body.  Osteonecrosis means bone death and happens when there is a lack of blood supply to an area of the bone.

Research indicates that 45% of all jawbone cavitations are located in the third molar area where wisdom teeth have been previously extracted. One of the speakers, a holistic dentist, Blanche D. Grube DDS said that the caviation on the wisdom teeth are caused by using epinephrine as a local anesthesia. This information is confirmed in a book called “Toxic Teeth” by Y.L. Wright, M.A. ,  J.M. Swartz, M. D. The book says, “A cavitation may also result when a dentist uses a local anesthetic with epinephrine. The best option is to skip the epinephrine when you get a tooth extracted. You want to get a good blood flow and a good clot to form in the extraction site. The epinephrine causes constriction of the blood vessels. Your heart beats faster. You don’t get much bleeding. This is good for the dentist because the patient stays numb for one or two hours and bleeding is slowed. But you don’t get a good clot to form. As the small capillaries close, red blood cells cannot be delivered to the area. The bone cells are deprived of oxygen. When bone cells are deprived of oxygen for as little as 34 seconds, they will die. The bone cannot heal because it is dead. If you had four wisdom teeth taken out with epinephrine, it is a given that you now have four cavitations in the bone where the wisdom teeth roots used to be.”

Having a hole in the jawbone is quite scary to think about it, but the worst part is that cavitation introduces powerful anaerobic bacteria into the bone, causing a silent infection in your jawbone.  This infection can then follow meridian pathways in the body leading to serious disease states. Many articles document that heart disease, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological diseases (including ALS and MS), and other autoimmune diseases (Lupus and more), are very similar to root canal infections.

So if you suffer any type of chronic disease and none of your conventional doctors are able to figure out what is going on in your body, I always suggest that you should see a functional medicine, naturopath, or osteopathic doctor. However, because I was very fascinated with oral health and the physical health connection by Holistic Oral Health Summit, I also suggest that you go to see a holistic/biological dentist who can review your physical complains and connect missing dots. There is a meridian tooth chart that shows the connection between each tooth and various organs, tissues, and glands in the body. If a person has a weak internal organ, the condition of the associated meridian tooth could make it considerably more problematic. The chart is pretty interesting. You may be able to find a connection!

Other sources:
http://www.biodentistalabama.com/research/windham-cavitations.pdf
https://www.isom.ca/wp-content/uploads/Oral-Pathogens-A-Common-Cause-of-Chronic-Disease-31.1.pdf
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022034516660509″>http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0022034516660509
https://www.curezone.org/dental/root_canal.asp”>https://www.curezone.org/dental/root_canal.asp
https://www.biologicaldentist.com/770/oral-electro-galvanism-super-charged-fillings/”>https://www.biologicaldentist.com/770/oral-electro-galvanism-super-charged-fillings/
http://www.milldental.com/our-services/jawbone-cavitations/

Happy Passover

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Happy Passover

Happy-PassoverAs you know, I am married to a Jewish man and we celebrate Passover every year. I am not Jewish but I love Passover because it is very ceremonial. The Seder plate bears the ceremonial foods and contains a selection of nutritious foods.

Maror  — Bitter herbs symbolizing the bitterness and harshness of the slavery the Hebrews endured in Egypt. Use horseradish
Karpas — A vegetable other than bitter herbs representing hope and renewal, which is dipped into salt water at the beginning of the Seder. Parsley or another green vegetable.
Zeroah —Roasted chicken neck or shankbone; symbolizing the Paschal Lamb (Passover sacrifice), which was a lamb that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.
Charoset — A sweet, brown mixture representing the mortar and brick used by the Hebrew slaves to build the storehouses or pyramids of Egypt. In Ashkenazi Jewish homes, Charoset is traditionally made from chopped nuts, grated apples, cinnamon, and sweet red wine.
Beitzah – A roasted hard-boiled egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.
Hazeret – Many Jews use horseradish for maror and Romaine lettuce or another bitter green for hazeret.

Horseradish, Parsley, Lamb, nuts, apples, cinnamon, egg, and lettuce are all very healthy and nutritious food.

Like the Japanese New Year feast, Osechi, all of the dishes have symbolic meanings and are nutritious too. For example, kuromame, black soy beans represent “hard work and good health.”  Herring roe, Kazunoko, contains many tiny eggs in a tight cluster and is eaten as a wish for an abundant harvest and fertility. Tazukuri (dried anchovies) literally translates as “making rice crops” and eating these tiny fish on New Year’s symbolizes a bountiful harvest.
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Both ceremonial dishes were started more than 1,000 years ago, and people who lived in those days knew what is good for us. Although it is hard to acquire chemical free, pure soil ingredients of the traditional dishes nowadays, we should remember why we are eating them and stick to old style cooking as close as they used to.

When your brain is not acting normally…

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When your brain is not acting normally…

Broken BrainMy last January’s (2017) newsletter was about dementia. I talked about the gut and brain connection and how a ketogenic diet helps improve brain function. When it comes to health, it is not just food you need to upgrade but also all other aspects of your life such as sleeping, managing stress, exercise, your whole lifestyle. Everything affects us in different ways.

Dr. Mark Hyman, Director of the Cleveland Clinical Center for Functional Medicine, released his own docuseries, “Broken Brain” last year about brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson disease, ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, autism, and more. He had experienced his own brain disorder 20 years ago. He went from being a healthy, smart, thriving physician, to becoming a disoriented, depressed, forgetful, terrified version of himself. Different doctors diagnosed his condition differently.  A neurologist said he had ADD.  Some doctors diagnosed that he had chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.  Another doctor believed he had depression and anxiety disorder.

After a long journey of seeing multiple conventional doctors to learning about functional medicine, he found out what was causing all of these unexpected symptoms. It was mercury toxicity. He explains, “I became toxic because I polluted myself by growing up on eating tuna fish sandwiches and sushi.  I also lived in Beijing, which heats all its homes with coal – the major source of environmental mercury – plus I had a mouthful of amalgam fillings. All of these exposures, combined with genes that prevent me from effectively detoxifying metals in my body, led to a slow and significant poisoning of my cells and mitochondria. Because of this I felt weak, tired, and couldn’t think. I had muscle pain and twitches, insomnia, digestive problems, food allergies, depression, and anxiety, and it was only by discovering high levels of mercury in my hair and urine.”

If 100 people experience the same lifestyle and exposures as to what Dr. Hyman did, do you think all 100 people will have the same symptoms? I don’t think so, because everybody is different. However, you need to change everything to get rid of your root cause.

There are 7 key areas Dr. Hyman focuses on for improving brain function after treating thousands of his own patients and speaking to specialists. They are;

Diet
Nutrition Deficiencies
Allergens
Hormone balances
Infections
Toxins
Stress

You need to look into each area even though you might think there are no connections between your brain and the physical symptoms you are dealing with. I highly recommend that you work with a functional medicine doctor to do a number of tests; however, you can start by making sure you have the necessary nutrition to heal your brain. First of all, a high-quality, high-potency, highly bioavailable, broad-spectrum multivitamin/mineral is a must. Also essential fatty acids (DHA, EPA), vitamin B, and probiotics are essential. In order to relax the nervous system, Dr. Hyman suggests that you need to take 200 – 400 mg of magnesium citrate or glycinate before bed in addition to what is in your multi. You need to find out your Vitamin D level and add vitamin D to your supplement regimen if your level is low.

Moreover, the docuseries talks about having a high dosage of antioxidants especially Glutathione. Glutathione is extremely important as an essential antioxidant, detoxifier, and immune system booster. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and chrolophyll in parsley contribute to raising glutathione levels. Other great food sources for high GSH production are unadulterated, undenatured whey and colostrum. Various supplements including lipoic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine serve as precursors to help your body make glutathione.

Additionally, you need to protect your mitochondria. The mitochondria is a unique intracellular structure that produces 95% of the cellular energy and regulates cellular metabolism. Many researchers believe that mitochondrial dysfunction plays a central role in nearly every degenerative disease.  If your power plant isn’t working properly, you know everything is falling apart and you are experiencing fatigue, pain, irritability, and cognitive decline, and more. To boost mitochondria, Dr. Hyman suggests that you take L-carnitine, NADH, lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10.

If you are still struggling with all the brain disorders after seeing a conventional doctor (or multiple doctors), it might be a time to review these 7 areas with a functional medicine professional. You need to find the root cause.  Otherwise, you can’t regain your health. Here is the list of doctors Dr. Hyman suggested in “Broken Brain”. Hope you meet a right doctor who can take you to a healing journey.

Vitamin K Shot

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Vitamin K Shot

If you are a mom or if you have a child, you may know that there are two shots a newborn baby gets, Vitamin K and Hepatitis B.  Vitamin K is scheduled to be injected into babies within an hour of birth and Hepatitis B is scheduled to be given within 12 hours of birth. Many of the vaccinations now mandated did not exist when I was a child especially in Japan (Vitamin K drops started in the late 1980’s in Japan). Vitamin K was not mandated because the number of babies who died from not getting Vitamin K at birth were too small to be recognized.  However, the money-making- driven pharmaceutical companies saw opportunities here. According to the Vitamin K manufacturer’s insert, the dose consists of Phytonadione, polyoxethylated fatty acid derivative, Dextrose, Water, Benzyl alcohol. It also warns that “Deaths have occurred after intravenous and intramuscular administration“, and that it does contain aluminum.

Without researching what exactly this shot consists of, many parents think the vitamin K shot is harmless. However, numerous adverse reactions have been reported. Surprisingly, some research [insert citation] suggests that peanut or tree nut allergy could be caused by the vitamin K shot because it is made with egg phospholipid and castor oil. Moreover, the vitamin K shot can also cause severe skin conditions, such as eczema. Eczema is a growing problem with newborns and it is an adverse reaction from administering the vitamin K shot at birth.

So, please research more about vitamin K and find out if anyone in your family has a nut allergy or eczema. The video above is of a mother who talks about the serious skin reaction that her son had after receiving the Vitamin K shot. It is devastating…

 

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Are you up for a new treatment?

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Are you up for a new treatment?

I have been watching a docu-series on Stem Cell therapy, called Healing Miracles. I had known of stem cell treatment, but nothing in detail. I also found out about Texas’s House Bill 810 through this documentary. I may have seen the video of Republican State Rep. Drew Springer speaks about adult stem cell treatments with tears (above video) really briefly, but I never had a chance to dig into what it is about.  The bill is also called Charlie’s Law. It was named to honor former State Representative Charlie Howard, who recently died of cancer. Charlie’s Law would allow patients with terminal illnesses or severe chronic diseases access to experimental stem cell interventions and permits clinics to charge patients for their costs even though it is “experimental”.

For those of you who are not familiar with what stem cell treatment is, I copied the explanation from NIH (National Institutes of Health). “Stem cells are cells that have the potential to develop into some or many different cell types in the body, depending on whether they are multipotent or pluripotent. Serving as a sort of repair system, they can theoretically divide without limit to replenish other cells for as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each “daughter” cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell”.

Currently, there are very few stem-cell treatments are approved. According to the FDA website, “The only stem cell-based products that are FDA-approved for use in the United States consist of blood-forming stem cells (hematopoietic progenitor cells) derived from cord blood. These products are approved for limited use in patients with disorders that affect the body system that is involved in the production of blood (called the “hematopoietic” system).”

You will see many clinics offering stem cell treatments across the country when you search on Google.  Many clinics isolate adult stem cells from a patient’s own fat or bone marrow and reinject them, promising to heal injured joints, rejuvenate aging skin, or even repair damage from neurological disorders and autoimmune disease.  Maybe a decade ago, the only option for those seeking stem cell treatments was to fly to Mexico, Caribbean, or China. Now in the US nearly 600 clinics are marketing unapproved treatments because they are in really high demand, and the FDA hasn’t established a solid policy like they have for pharmaceutical medicine.

Are you up for a stem cell treatment? If you are in pain all the time and not able to get out of bed, or if your child is suffering from a paralyzed body with no ability to use either their arms or hands caused by an accident, or if your spouse developed a cancer that is incurable with conventional treatment, would you pursue stem cell therapy?  There are actual stories about patients who have received stem cell treatments and regained a pain-free, disease-free normal body.

However, there is always risk involved with any type of treatment, and stem cell treatment is no exceptional. Three women with macular degeneration became permanently blind after undergoing an unproven stem-cell treatment.

A man, who suffered from a stroke, went to Mexico, Argentina, and China to get stem cell treatment. However, instead of physical recovery, the entire lower part of his spinal column was filled with a large mass which came from stem cells injected into his spine.  Moreover, a woman who had a “facelift” stem cell injection went to see another plastic surgeon 3 months later because she was still in pain and noticed her right eye was clicking. The surgeon found small chunks of bone from her eyelid and the surrounding tissue. There are not only adverse reactions, but also, there are cases of death from stem cell treatment.

I know it is hard to decide, but after watching the documentary videos and researching online, I think it is worth it to look for the best clinic or to join a clinical trial. A Closer Look At Stem Cells website gives you a list of questions you can ask a doctor at a stem cell clinic. Make sure that the doctor discloses all possible risks and details the procedure he/she is going to use. Clinical trials are funded by institutions and/or government, so if you don’t like the idea of being a guinea pig and paying a high price for an experimental treatment (This is the Charlie’s Law), you can check out The New York Stem Cell Foundation and/or California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

I believe that stem cell therapy gives us hope and a bright light at the end of the tunnel for many people who live with chronic illness and debilitating disease. As consumers we must do our due diligence to make sure we are getting the right advice and treatments, and not just going with a program because we hear what we want to hear.

Source:
https://stemcells.nih.gov/info/faqs.htm#whatare
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/health/eyes-stem-cells-injections.html
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1600188
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stem-cell-cosmetics/
https://ipscell.com/2016/06/womans-death-after-no-big-deal-fat-stem-cell-therapy-coroner-investigating/

Fat or no Fat for Type 2 Diabetes

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Fat or no Fat for Type 2 Diabetes

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We are all aware that Type 2 Diabetes is a serious global epidemic. I am sure that you or one or two of your family members have this health crisis. You also know that diabetes leads to complications of other diseases, such as nerve damage (amputations), kidney damage, loss of vision, heart attacks and strokes. So people not only end up taking diabetes medicine, but also high blood pressure medicine, cholesterol medicine, and so on.

There are however, a number of people who have reversed type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise, but NOT with medication. You can find many success stories across the internet, found in Google. Then you will discover very controversial diet methods; ketogenic diet (which consist of 60-75% of fat, 5-10% carbohydrate, 15-30% of protein) and vegan low fat diet (close to zero fat and no animal meat). Both claim to have had success in reversing type 2 diabetes. You can find these stories from dietdoctor.com (ketogenic) and forksoverknives.com (low fat vegan).

Supporters of the ketogenic diet say that reduced amountss of carbohydrates in the diet helps eliminate large spikes in blood sugar, reducing the need for insulin, and it allows the body to maintain glucose levels at a low but healthy level. On the other hand, low fat vegan diet supporters say that type 2 diabetes is caused by diets high in saturated fat, not high in carbohydrates. If you consume more than 15% of your calories as fat (many health professionals erroneously say a low-fat diet is a 30% fat diet) you begin to store the excess fat in other tissues like the muscle, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, etc.  As these organ tissues fill up with fat, energy sensors “say” there is enough energy (as fat) in the cell so they block insulin’s ability to allow glucose (another source of energy) to enter the cell (shutting down insulin receptors). Thus, creating high blood sugar because of insulin resistance*.

There are many articles to explain in great detail each claim, but I am just highlighting the key points. I understand that it can be confusing, especially for people who are considering dietary changes due to prediabetic or diabetes. I believe both claims are true, but how body reacts are totally depend on each individual’s biomarker. Also, I need to emphasize here that both supporters are NOT telling you to eat low carb process food like high protein bars, or nonfat vegan process food like vegan cheese, vegan burger. Both diets promote whole nutrition dense food, and both agree with leafy green vegetables as well as cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. To determine if the ketogenic or low-fat vegan diet will work for, I recommend you try each for a period of time and find out. However, without the help of professionals like me or other health professionals, you have to read in detail and precisely follow the rules of the diet, otherwise you cannot earn the full benefit of what they claim. Also, the key is to keep this dietary change going forward.  There is a possibility that as soon as your doctor sees that your A1C (A1c is a test that shows the average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months) is in normal range, you slowly start eating what you used to eat before the change. Then, down the road, your diabetes showing up again.

So, to be clear, motivation and sense of purpose has to be kept up in the long term to achieve real health gains – and subsequent diabetes reversal – to actually persist for longer than three months. I really want you to be successful in this change. Be STRONG!

Insulin Resistance: Copied from Healthline.com
Insulin is a hormone secreted by an organ called the pancreas.
Its main role is to regulate the amount of nutrients circulating in the bloodstream. Although insulin is mostly implicated in blood sugar management, it also affects fat and protein metabolism.

When we eat a meal that contains carbohydrates, the amount of blood sugar in the bloodstream increases. This is sensed by the cells in the pancreas, which then release insulin into the blood. Then insulin travels around the bloodstream, telling the body’s cells that they should pick up sugar from the blood. This leads to reduced amounts of sugar in the blood, and puts it where it is intended to go, into the cells for use or storage. This is important, because high amounts of sugar in the blood can have toxic effects, causing severe harm and potentially leading to death if untreated.

However, due to various reasons (discussed below), sometimes the cells stop responding to the insulin like they are supposed to. In other words, they become “resistant” to the insulin. When this happens, the pancreas starts producing even more insulin to bring the blood sugar levels down. This leads to high insulin levels in the blood, termed hyperinsulinemia. This may continue to develop for a long time. The cells become increasingly more insulin resistant, and both insulin and blood sugar levels go up.

Eventually, the pancreas may not be able to keep up anymore and the cells in the pancreas may become damaged. This leads to decreased insulin production, so now there are low amounts of insulin and cells that don’t respond to the little insulin that is available. This can lead to skyrocketing blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels exceed a certain threshold, a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is made. In fact, this is a simplified version of how type 2 diabetes develops.