Diabetes is ultimately caused by the failure of the immune system due to inflammations introduced by environmental toxicity. An environment is toxic if it does not support the health of an organism. This can be toxins that are viral, bacterial, physical or chemical and it may also be the case that the environment is toxic if it doesn’t supply the necessary components for health. It is also true that almost anything can be toxic above a certain threshold. This is where long term genetic adaptation comes in.
Over time a successful organism will change in ways to suit that environment. It will develop the mechanisms to recognize then offset or neutralize toxins. What is important is the very systems that must cooperate are in some ways disrupted and can not complete their functions leading to more inflammation and less cooperation. We see autoimmune diseases, sensitivities and deficiencies as part of this.
The net effect of this is a some what continuous suboptimal functioning which forces the body to compensate. The outcome of all this is what we call “diabetes”. There are all kinds of toxins out there but the one I’m going to concentrate on has to do with diet.
Why diet, two things: diseases of civilization and obesity. “Diseases of civilization” have been noted for centuries and is caused when some previously unexposed culture adopts our diet. This occurred largely before we had the scientific sophistication to develop most of the chemicals that people say plague our environment today. It also precedes the wide spread manipulation of foods, both plants and animals, by industrial systems to increase yields and profits. The rise of diabetes and obesity seem to be moving hand in hand. Weight gain, no matter whatever else it is about, is about eating and eating is the port of our major exposure to the environment.
I was an athlete and many of the people I’ve corresponded with were as well. A change of less workouts, for whatever reasons, but still the same eating pattern turned quickly into the abrupt onset of diabetes. How can you go quickly from athleticism to diabetes? On the face of it, this would seem impossible but it isn’t. It very simply takes 6 months and a person can be DKA, if they continue on their same diet, which has been the accepted healthy diet.
One of the reasons for this is that muscle does not protect against high blood sugars as well as fat. The continual insult to endocrine tissues does not abate. When a person has finished a work out and carbohydrates loads, once the muscles have taken up all they can, the body will evince higher blood sugars that will continue until the next round of exercise. This is a creeping effect, continual insult but with most of the blood sugar problem generally being contained by the consistent exercise of muscle. This will keep the blood sugars down most of the time but will not ameliorate the effects of the continual inflammation of endocrine and other tissues.
Maybe, at one time this would occur but this is inflammation. Continual exercise keeps the dog from the door but never reduces the effects of inflammation that has already been introduced. It is still there and all the disruptions in signals between the organs is still present due to the continual post prandial challenges and, probably, other continual environmental challenges