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Insulin Resistance and Blood Sugar Levels

12 Surprising Ways to Beat Diabetes

Find out how cutting fat, finding a roommate, and catering to a caffeine habit can slash your risk for type 2 diabetes

Scale Back on Animal Fat

If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, cutting out fat is more important than saying no to sugar, says Barnard. Here’s why: Carbohydrates break down into glucose when they hit the blood stream. Your muscles soak up most of this sugar and use it as fuel. But in order for glucose to get inside muscle cells, it needs insulin to “unlock the door,” Barnard explains. When you have diabetes, those locks get gummed up with tiny fat particles called intramyocellular lipids. Your cells start to resist insulin, and sugar piles up in the blood stream.

To drain the fat out of these cells and repair your body’s ability to process sugar, Barnard suggests temporarily taking meat, fish, dairy, and eggs out of your diet and limiting the amount of vegetable oils you consume (look for foods with no more than 2 to 4 g of fat per serving). Type 2 diabetics who followed a low-fat vegan diet for 22 weeks lowered their A1C—a measure of blood sugar control—and reduced their diabetes medications more than study participants who ate an American Diabetes Association-approved diet, which allows non-fat dairy, lean meats, poultry, and fish, according to research published in Diabetes Care.

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