Until very recently the vast majority of case of diabetes were Type 1, childhood onset diabetes. What used to be called “adult onset diabetes” is now called Type 2 because obese children are now getting the disease.
Type 1 is caused by a deficiency of insulin due to damage to the pancreatic islet cells for mostly unknown reasons. Type 2 is caused by resistance to the action of insulin in the muscles and other organs. In Type 2 blood insuiin is higher than normal. Insulin resistance is markedly accentuated by an incease in toxic visceral fat, that is present around the intestine. Blood from the intestine drains directly through the liver and visceral fat produces a number of potentially damagiing substances. Removal of subcutaneous fat by liposuction, while improving superficial appearance, does nothing to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Although possibly coincidental, the association between the promotion of the National Cholesterol Educuation Program in the early 1980s and the introduction of the first statin, Mevacor, in 1987 and the dramatic increase in obesity and Type 2 diabetes is compelling. The population of the US and the rest of the developed world was led to believe that all cardiovascular problems were caused by “high cholesterol” and that as long as one reduced it with resins or statin pills one could eat anything.
In the US and Canada the incidence of Type 2 diabetes has increased exponentially in the last 20 years in concert with the increase in obesity.
Statin prescriptions correlate with drugs for lowering blood sugar. Half of the middle-aged population of the US is leaving the doctor’s office with pills for “cholesterol” and Type 2 diabetes! “Hey, my cholesterol and blood sugar are OK, now I can eat everything”. Wonder why there is an obesity pandemic.
No drug can prevent the horrendous complications of diabetes.
Weight loss dramatically reduces the development of Type 2 diabetes
Even a small reduction in visceral fat can make a huge difference in preventing Diabetes Type 2.