How Do Fats Stop insulin From Working Effectively?
This group of medical students provide a wonderful and simple breakdown of how fats stop your insulin from being effective in the short term.
There are a number of other mecahnisms too, but these are covered in the program.
There is a long term impact as well and we cover in the program.
Meet the Founder of Transform Your Diabetes
Paul was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes whilst he was on a camping holiday in Scotland when he was just 5 years old. Paul is the only member of his family that has diabetes and his parents did not recognise the symptoms, he was taken to an emergency Doctor but sadly he was misdiagnosed. 24 hours later Paul's blood glucose levels rose so high that his body started to shut down and he slipped into a coma.
A few years later Paul was admitted to hospital to have his tonsils removed. The medical team looking after him refused to let him have insulin on the day of surgery and once again he slipped into a coma, but this time it was caused by medical experts who were not expert in managing type 1 diabetes. Paul remains grateful for these early experiences because they would later drive him to become an expert in his own diabetes.
In his teens and early twenties Paul ignored his diabetes as much as possible, he skipped insulin and he did not do a blood glucose test or see a diabetes team for years. This led to dangerously high blood glucose levels again and eventulaly he developed pneumonia and pleurisy.
At this point he started to invest his time in learning more and more about his diabetes. when he was 30 he left a sucessful career in IT to return to universty where he studied anatomy and physiology so that he could understand his diabetes more.
At university he took additional classes in nutrtion and this is where he first learned about the health benefits of following a whole food plant based diet. However, he had become convinced that restricting carbohydrates was the way forwards. He became so good at the low carbohydrate diet that he was asked to become the first coach on a paleo diet program that is now one of the world's leading paleo programs.
after 6 years of follwing a very low carbohydrate program Paul started to expereince a number of problems, his blood pressure was climbing and hiw lipid levels were climbing too. He knew that these were early signs of cardio cascular disease and he also knew that people with type 1 diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than the general population. To make matters worse when he started exercising to mitigate these risks he did not have any energy.
He knew that the low carbohydrate diet was great for his blood glucose levels but bad for his health in most other ways. something had to change.
Paul began reading the medical research on diets and diabetes and on how different diets change the way in which insulin attaches to the cells in our bodies, the place where it is required to do some work. he soon learned that the evidence has been showing us that diets that are high in fat stop our insulin from working and this happens in people without diabetes and people with ALL types of diabetes.
Although he had left university years before he made an appointment to meet is nutrtion professor to discuss his findings and to ask if his thoughts were biased by his own diabetes or if the evidence really did support the idea that fats inhibit the action of insulin. The meeting was very brief when his former professor chuckled and said, "I tried to tell you all of this years ago but you were stuck on the idea that low carb diets were the answer".
In 2014 Paul switched to a higher carbohydrate diet and this saw him reach the summit of Kilimanjaro with 17 others that have type 1 diabetes. With his energy levels soaring and his health improving he then set up a plan to train to run 40 half marathons in a year.
This is when he really changed his diet massively. Instead of restricting carohydrates, he began eating a diet that favoured carbohydrates and restricted fat and protein. His insulin sensitivity began to go up, it eventually went up 17 fold (1,700%).
In 2017 he finished his campaign to run 40 half marathons in a year, in fact along the way he lost count and ended up running 41.
You might be forgiven for thinking that his insulin sensitivity was only so high because of all the training. However, Paul's activity levels have reduced a lot since then and his insulin sensitivity remain consisitently high. Incidentally his blood pressure and lipid levels are now on the lower side of healthy and has not needed any medications to achieve this.
In 2021 Paul completed an MSc in Diabetes Practice at Swansea University School of Medicine where his dissertation researched if people with type 1 diabetes need additional insulin for fats and/or proteins int heir diets. the short answer is yes the do, the longer answer is nobody is quite sure how much and when. As a result of this Paul developed this exclusive coaching program. He has also been working alongside leading endocrinologists who sepcialise in type 1 diabetes and exercise and some peeer reviewed research papers are to be published soon.
Paul is now teaching the Whole Food Plant Based aproach to diabetes management and after increasing your insulin sensitivity he then helps you to re-introduce the normal foods that you love and adore so that you can develop a complete understanding of how to manage your diabetes around these. Combined with his earlier coaching experiences, his exceptional knowledge of diabetes and his knowledge of nurtition he is uniquely placed to help you to achieve your diabetes management goal and to help you to develop additional strategies for your diabets management toolkit.