Type 2 diabetes is caused by a systemic resistance to insulin, the hormone that allows glucose (sugar) to enter your cells to be used as energy. There is a very common misconception, even amongst physicians, that in order to lower your blood sugar with the diet, that you should be limiting sugar. While you should be eliminating refined sugar (ie: table sugar, sodas, candy…) from your diet, complex carbohydrates and simple sugars from whole fruits are not the perpetrators of your insulin resistance.
Type 2 diabetes happens when there is a build-up of fat in muscle cells, known as intramyocellular lipids, that make insulin not able to function properly.
A whole food, plant-based diet, which is high in complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fat, has been proven to treat and reverse diabetes, decreasing amounts of medications required to maintain a normal glycemia (blood sugar level) and in many cases patients are able to cure their diabetes, no longer needing to inject themselves with insulin or take metformin.