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3 Diet Tricks To Fight Type 2 Diabetes
There's good news and bad news.

First, the “not-so-rosy” news.

At this moment about 26 million people in the US have diabetes—that’s about 1 in 12 of us!

And those numbers are not going down, my friend.

Now, far and away the more common form of diabetes is Type 2—about 90% of all diabetics have this form.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body’s cells resist the insulin that your pancreas makes—it’s like they “ignore” the signal they’re being given. As a result, they don’t absorb glucose out of your blood like they’re supposed to, and instead glucose builds up, up, up in your bloodstream.

Type 2 diabetes is nothing to take lightly or play around with.

Because of the inflammation caused by the excess glucose flowing through your blood vessels, diabetes can cause a wide range of very serious health issues—heart disease, kidney disease and nerve damage (that can result in blindness or amputation of limbs), to name a few.

Now, the good news:

Type 2 diabetes is VERY preventable and even if you DO have it already, it’s VERY easy to help turn around!

What you need to do is take a look at the possible underlying causes and DO something about them!

Let’s take a closer look at how you can help prevent yourself from becoming one of the grim statistics I quoted above, or if you’ve already been diagnosed, how you can help dramatically improve your state of health.

Primary causes of Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is very preventable and/or controllable because it is primarily the result of your DIET!

So it only follows that if you address the aspects of your diet that cause diabetes, you can help stop it at its very foundation.

Here are the main culprits:

Diabetes-causing diet culprit #1- Stop the glucose tidal wave

If you were to ask me for a glass of water and I poured the water to near the top of the glass, you’d probably have no problem drinking the water, right?

But what if I kept pouring and pouring and pouring and the glass began overflowing all over you?

Well, many people are eating foods that are causing their pancreas to say exactly the same thing!

You see, the typical modern diet is LOADED with refined carbs and sugars—I’m talking about things like donuts, bagels, soda, snack chips, pasta, hamburger and hot dog rolls, cookies, cakes, pastries, white bread and breakfast cereals.

Foods like these cause a tidal wave of glucose gushing through your bloodstream.

Now, if you just had them every once in a while, that would be one thing.

But many people eat foods like these day in and day out, and are stressing their poor pancreases to the limit…and eventually the pancreas might not be able to keep up with your constant, ever-growing demand for insulin.

At that point, glucose starts to build up in your blood and you become a perfect candidate for Type 2 diabetes.

To help stop the tidal wave and give your poor pancreas a fighting chance, it’s essential to eliminate as many refined carbs from your diet as you can, and concentrate on complex carbs instead—like whole grains, vegetables, fresh fruit and legumes.

Not only will you help improve your blood glucose levels, but you’ll also likely see some excess weight drop off without even trying!

Diabetes-causing diet culprit #2- Get the Omega-3 EFAs your body needs

Omega-3 essential fatty acids provide crucial support to your metabolism including maintaining proper insulin levels.

Plus they’re Nature’s anti-inflammatory, and that includes helping to reduce inflammation in your blood vessels caused by excess glucose!

Unfortunately our typical diets are heavy in processed foods, meat from grain-fed animals and vegetable oils--all of which are high in Omega-6 fatty acids but are severely lacking the important Omega-3 EFAs.

Avoiding processed foods and vegetable oils and eating more natural sources of Omega-3 EFAs (like fatty fish) can help, but for many that's not enough--especially if you've been a fan of packaged foods for a long time and/or would rather stick needles in your eyeballs than to eat fish!

That's when a high quality, Omega-3 fish oil supplement can help you satisfy this vital need.

Diabetes-causing diet culprit #3- Keep acidity low in your body

This is the newest issue to come out of some recent studies!

A study of more than 60,000 women recently published in the journal Diabetologia has concluded that the higher overall acidity of a person’s diet increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The researchers noted that a typical modern diet rich in acid-creating foods (like refined carbs, processed/fast foods and animal products) can induce an “acid overload” in the body.

If the acid foods are not counterbalanced by enough alkaline foods (like fresh vegetables and fruits) it can lead to a state of “chronic metabolic acidosis” (in other words, having an acid pH)—which reduces the ability of insulin to “bind” properly to your cells, making your cells less sensitive to the insulin.

Insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes in the making!

Plus having excess acidity in your body is downright harmful to your pancreas.

You see, more than any other organ in the body, your pancreas is VERY sensitive to pH—it must have an alkaline environment in order to function properly!

In addition, acidity in your bloodstream is harmful to your kidneys too—because they are responsible for filtering acid wastes out of your blood and putting them into your urine. And if they’re already dealing with added stress from excess glucose to boot, you are asking for big time kidney trouble.

But the good news is eating for a more alkaline pH is not only easy, but downright delicious!