Insulin Resistance, Carbohydrate Intolerance, And Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance

With 52% of US adults having type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, who among us hasn’t seen friends or family (or self?) struggling with the disease? And how many of us still don’t fully grasp the disease and how insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance affects our bodies?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg brings amazing clarity to the disease, disputes current “standard” treatment methods, and shares the pathway to reversing it in her TEDx video — REVERSING TYPE 2 DIABETES. This is a worthwhile 17 minutes.

Here are my short takes:

Carbohydrates, protein, and fat, are the macronutrients and main energy sources in our food. Carbohydrates break down in our digestion into glucose in the blood (aka blood sugar) Unlike Protein and fat, carbs are not neccesary nutrient for our body.

Graph of macronutrient’s impact on blood insulin.insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance

Insulin is a hormone. Our body produces Insulin to drive glucose or blood sugar into our cells where it can be used. Insulin is also our fat storage hormone. It blocks our ability to burn fat and it makes us hungry.

The more carbs we eat the more insulin we need to produce to process the glucose, setting us on a course for insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance.

Diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. The diabetic’s insulin can no longer drive the blood sugar into the cells.

As Dr. Sarah Hallberg explains — Low Carb diets should be the our first and main line of defense.

The Virta Health website has more in-depth info and great graphs — Reversing Diabetes 101 with Dr. Sarah Hallberg: The Truth About Carbs, Blood Sugar and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

You might also be interested in: Is It Time For A Three Pyramid Food Chart?



  1. The stats are deeply worrying. Although anything but overweight, I was diagnosed TD2 18 months ago. Low carb seems the only way to keep on top of blood sugars for me. It can do wonders. Great post.


  2. I have not been diagnosed with diabetes (yet?), but I literally feel the effects of carbs as inflammation in my body. My husband, on the other hand, doesn’t feel a meal is complete without his beloved carbs… 😦


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