It's NOT the Sugar ~ Diabetes is A Symptom, What Is The Cause? Fructose > Starch! #RayPeat

It's NOT the Sugar!

If you are among the millions of Westerners who have been earnestly trying to 'eat right' to either lose weight, improve energy, or overcome an autoimmune condition, diabetes, or other disease, you most likely heard or read that 'sugar is bad' for health. Fructose is especially vilified, and more specifically high fructose corn syrup, which is actually a roughly equal blend of fructose and glucose. So why is all the heat on fructose, and not glucose?

Hmm. Can you say Kellogg, or other cereal manufacturers? They don't happen to have big lobby groups, do they? Well, actually there is more to it than that. The bait and switch tactic of pointing the finger over there (at fructose) to not see that we are putting our plant oil (waste product) into manufactured food products over here could have some part in the picture as well...but that's just a conspiracy theory. I'll let you chew on the cardboard flakes while I focus on sugar and diabetes ~ for now. You may want to use some of that nutritious, cough, almond or oat milk on the pressed cardboard, uh, I mean cereal, because, you know, milk is REALLY bad for you! OK, moving on!

I published a video on my Strong Spirit Woman YouTube channel titled Overcoming Sugar Phobias, where I read from one of Ray Peat's articles where he discusses the history of diagnosing diabetes.

Diabetes reflects a set of symptoms, for which there may be several causes, although the impression is that it is a disease of insulin, most likely caused by excess consumption of either sugar, saturated fat, total calories, or any combination of the above.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, have you ever asked your doctor what is causing it?  If so, at best you heard, it's an issue with too much (or possibly too little) insulin. OK, so, why???

Here is the part where you may be told, "you are eating too much carbs, or specifically, sugar." 

Don outlines many benefits of fructose in Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet.  As Ray Peat points out in his articles, fructose is needed in at least equal measure to glucose for proper blood sugar metabolism. Starches, aka 'complex carbohydrates' often recommended by nutritionists, contain only glucose, whereas fruits and honey contain a mix of both.

I linked to a few of Ray Peat's articles below.

If you have ADD, you can listen to me as I read from one of the articles, for which I have also included links in the description area of the video.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) published the following statistics about diabetes in 2019:

  • Approximately 463 million adults age 20-79 were living with diabetes, with an expected increase to 700 million by 2045
  • The greatest percentage of people with diabetes were between 40 and 59 years of age
  • Roughly half, or 232 million people with diabetes were undiagnosed
  • Diabetes is expensive ~ at least $760 billion dollars in health expenditures were spent in 2019
  • Over 1.1 million children and adolescents are living with type 1 diabetes
  • More than 20 million live births are affected by diabetes during pregnancy
  • 374 million people are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes

Soaked/rehydrated prunes & fresh raspberries on cottage cheese,

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), diabetes was commonly referred to as 'Xiaoke,' similar to a wasting disease, with excessive thirst, hunger, and urination along with weight loss. These days, obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, so even in Chinese medicine, the treatment has had to adapt to modern consumption habits compared to what was observed in years past.

The tart flavor of raspberries is balanced by the
cool yogurt w/ real maple syrup or honey

Ray Peat discusses in his article, Sugar Issues that in years past, it was observed that diabetics had sweet tasting urine (I'm trying to imagine a doctor tasting his client's urine???) This led to the belief that diabetes was a 'sugar disease' which has largely stuck to this day. As Peat states, Obese diabetes is also blamed on consumption of too much sugar, especially fructose. "Obesity is associated not only with diabetes, or insulin resistance, but also with atherosclerosis and heart disease, high blood pressure, generalized inflammation, arthritis, depression, risk of dementia, and cancer."

The sweet tasting urine in diabetics was from glucose, the simple sugar that results from the break down of starches, however, as Peat notes, in 1874, E. Kulz in Germany found that diabetics could better assimilate fructose than glucose, which led rise to the use of fructose therapy for treatment until the discovery of insulin in 1922. Consumption of fructose decreased the amount of glucose lost in the urine, along with other benefits.

In Ray Peat's article, Glucose and Sucrose for Diabetes, he writes about another doctor achieving good results during the late 1800s by giving pure sugar to patients with diabetes, referred to as wasting disease as patients often lost weight quickly:

In 1857, M. Piorry in Paris and William Budd in Bristol, England, reasoned that if a patient was losing a pound of sugar every day in 10 tiers of urine, and was losing weight very rapidly, and had an intense craving for sugar, it would be reasonable to replace some of the lost sugar, simply because the quick weight loss of diabetes invariably led to death. Keeping patients from eating what they craved seemed both cruel and futile.
Apparently his strategy worked! He reported the recovery of one woman over a period of several weeks for whom he prescribed 8 ounces of sugar every day, along with "a normal diet including beef and beef broth" (which is sounding like a Meats and Sweets / Hypercarnivore diet!)

He also reported helping a young man who was losing weight at an extreme rate, and was too weak to work by prescribing 8 ounces of white sugar and 4 ounces of honey every day. As soon as the man began eating "almost as much sugar as was being lost initially," the glucose in the urine decreased, rather than increased. He gained weight and recovered his strength.

Fried eggs, papaya, and turkey bacon

Roast beef w/ a Puréed Fruit Compote (YUM!) Recipe in next post

Can you imagine being prescribed 1 cup of white sugar and 4 ounces of honey to eat every day? Not in our modern times! Anyone who would prescribe that much sugar would either be laughed at, or charged with malpractice, yet back then, it was shown to work! We are led to believe that diabetes is incurable; anyone claiming to reverse diabetes would be considered a heretic or a fraud! You can't go up against the status quo of the medical establishment without ruffling some feathers, or pissing a few people off, pun intended!

In yet another article by Ray Peat, Gycemia, Starch, and Sugar in Context, which is the one I read from in the above video, Peat explains:

"The degenerative diseases that are associated with hyperglycemia and commonly called diabetes, are only indirectly related to insulin, and as an approach to understanding or treating diabetes, the "glycemic index" of foods is useless.  Physiologically, it has no constructive use, and very little meaning. 
Insulin is important in the regulation of blood sugar, but its importance has been exaggerated because of the diabetes/insulin industry. Insulin itself has been found to account for only about 8% of the "insulin-like activity" of the blood, with potassium being probably the largest factor. There probably isn't any process in the body that doesn't potentially affect blood sugar. 
Glucagon, cortisol, adrenalin, growth hormone and thyroid tend to increase the blood sugar, but it is common to interpret hyperglycemia as "diabetes" without measuring any of these factors. Even when "insulin dependent diabetes" is diagnosed, it isn't customary to measure the insulin to see whether it is actually deficient, before writing a prescription for insulin. People resign themselves to a lifetime of insulin injections, without knowing why their blood sugar is high."

There are many potential causes that lead to diabetes, including consumption of polyunsaturated seed oils, the potential benefits of coconut oil, thyroid health, stress, or conditions damaging the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. I am not advocating a high sugar diet, however, I am simply trying to point out that it's not just about sugar.

I personally have found great benefit adding some sweetness to my life! My trigger thumb healed once I added some fructose-rich carbs back into my diet after about 2 years very low-carb. I have great energy and focus, and enjoy eating Meats and Sweets. It is easy to sustain. I consume fresh and dried fruit, orange or grape juice, honey, and real maple syrup, along with small amounts of raw sugar here and there. So good in steamed milk!

Fructose is found in seminal fluid, and in the embryo, so it certainly can't be as toxic as many claim. Since this is such an important topic, I will end this article here, and consider looking into the issue of fat, including the dangers of consuming PUFA fats, and the benefits of fructose in future posts.

You don't have to wait for a future post, however, as you can read about both in Meats and Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet, available on Kindle, with ebook, and paperback versions in the works. For more in-depth information, be sure to check out Don's highly referenced book, The Hypercarnivore Diet, which may be updated later in 2020.

Articles by Ray Peat:

  1. Glycemia, Starch, and Sugar in Context
  2. Sugar Issues
  3. Glucose and Sucrose for Diabetes
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