Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as Insulin Resistant Diabetes. This article will show you what that means. If you need to recap the normal blood sugar and insulin response, click here and then come back to this article. Understanding the abnormal blood sugar and insulin response in Type 2 diabetes is crucial, because treating it relies on this understanding. 

What is Blood Sugar?

When you eat food, it starts off in the digestive tract. Here, it will break down into it’s simplest form. Carbohydrates will break down into glucose, protein will break down into amino acids and fats into fatty acids.

The transfer of food and nutrients from the digestive tract into the blood supply is demonstrated in the video below.

What is Insulin Resistant Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by [1]:

  1. Normal insulin response: when you eat carbs/sugar, your pancreas will make insulin. In other words, your pancreas is working.
  2. Abnormal insulin response at the cell

It’s important that sugar go from your blood into your cells. If your cells don’t respond to insulin, then the blood sugar won’t get inside (where it belongs).

Type 2 diabetes is called insulin resistant diabetes because your cells are resisting the insulin signal. Therefore, sugar stays in your blood and your muscles don’t get the fuel they need.

The video below demonstrates insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about Diabetes, including how to increase insulin sensitivity, click here.

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Dr. Johann is a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor. His approach emphasizes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and improving one’s health naturally. Dr. Johann obtained a Doctor of Naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Education at CCNM is a vigorous four years, with a curriculum involving biomedical sciences, physical diagnosis, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle management.

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