We break down the starch into glucose in our digestive tract; it circulates as blood glucose (blood sugar) and is taken up by our muscles to be stored and burnt for energy. That’s what happens in type 1 diabetes: the cells in the pancreas that make insulin get destroyed, and without insulin, sugar in the blood can’t get out of the blood into the muscles, and so blood sugar rises.
If we clear the fat out of the blood, we also clear the sugar out.
This photo posted by Smith on February 12, 2017, was tagged as being taken at Real World Studios.
Guitarist Justin Adams can be seen in the background.
The effect is really dramatic–check out at least the end of my video What Causes Insulin Resistance? The most concerning downside of low-carb diets, though, is heart health: Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow This is the first of a 3-part series on the cause of type 2 diabetes, so as to better understand dietary interventions to prevent and treat the epidemic.
In The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes, I talk about how that fat can come either from our diet or excess fat stores, and then in Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar, I show how not all fats are equally to blame.
It would take scientists nearly seven decades to unravel this mystery, but it would end up holding the key to our current understanding of the cause of type 2 diabetes. Insulin is the key that unlocks the door that lets glucose in the blood enter muscle cells. Blood sugar would be stuck in the bloodstream banging on the door to our muscles, unable to get inside.