Obesity By Itself May Not Lead To Diabetes
There might be some good news that excess fat may not increase the risk of diabetes. The thing to remember is that one thing by itself may not be problematic, but how that thing interacts with other things may be the problem.
Dr. Greger pointed to a study that showed that there was no association with obesity and diabetes when there were non-detectable levels of pollutants in the fat and blood.
Unfortunately having non-detectable levels of pollutants in the fat and blood was not the “norm” found in a random sample of the general population. Also, people with the highest concentrations of pollutants in the blood had 38 times the risk of having diabetes.
This study showed obesity played a role in increasing the risk of diabetes when the participant’s concentration of pollutants in the blood were high, because the fat served as storage for the pollutants.
The highest exposure to these pollutants came from the consumption of meat, dairy, and especially fish and seafood containing PCBs and dioxins. Since most Americans eat a Western diet it is easy to see why their fat and blood would contain high levels of these pollutants.
The fat in their bodies is mostly from the pollutant containing fat of meat, dairy, and fish, and not the fat from plant foods.
To consume the best fats from the best health supporting plant foods, consume the foods on this nutritional guide based on the Dr. Sebi food list.
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