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.

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.

Diabetes Management at Absolute Health and Wellness

Diabetes is a complex condition – where naturopathy can help in disease management and physiotherapy and chiropractic can help with some of the musculoskeletal conditions associated with diabetes.


Interested in learning more?

Read on in our series of articles on Diabetes!

About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera

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Dr. Johann is a licensed naturopathic doctor and co-owner of Absolute Health and Wellness. He completed his 4-year degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). His clinical focus lies in chronic disease, such as those related to the Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Immune Systems.

His approach to medicine relies on working with the patient to come up with a feasible, multi-factorial approach that addresses all complaints at once. He employs a strong background in diagnostic medicine and human physiology and pathology to diagnose and treat. His treatment involve a combination of nutritional counselling, botanical medicine, eastern medicine (acupuncture), nutraceutical supplementation and hands on physical medicine.

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