Fatty Pancreas Is Major Diabetes Risk Factor
Type 2 diabetes is escalating in nearly every corner of the globe. The majority of type 2 diabetics have a fatty liver. Even slim looking type 2 diabetics can have a fatty liver.
Did you know a large percentage of type 2 diabetics, or pre-diabetics also have a fatty pancreas? This usually predicts a more severe case of type 2 diabetes. It can also increase the risk of pancreatitis and eventual pancreatic cancer.
Fatty liver is incredibly common.
With estimates that around one in four people over the age of 50 have one. If you have a fatty liver, you may also have a fatty pancreas. Maybe you don’t know because your pancreas was never checked, or maybe your doctor only mentioned your liver and didn’t bother to tell you about your fatty pancreas, thinking nothing can be done about it.
Fatty pancreas tends to develop in overweight people who have syndrome X (insulin resistance). If normal, healthy pancreatic tissue is replaced by fatty tissue, it can no longer manufacture sufficient hormones or digestive enzymes. The pancreas is an organ that lies horizontally across the back of the upper abdomen behind the stomach. The pancreas manufactures the body’s supply of insulin, which controls blood sugar levels and fat metabolism. Insulin is released from the pancreas directly into the blood stream. Insulin blood levels rise after a meal, especially if it contains a lot of carbohydrate.
If the insulin producing cells in the pancreas fail, diabetes will occur and insulin injections are required.
The pancreas also manufactures enzymes and secretes them into the pancreatic duct which empties into the small intestine to enable digestion of food. The enzymes produced by the pancreas include lipases that digest fat, proteases which digest proteins, and amylases which digest starch molecules. People with pancreatic problems often find they suffer with digestive conditions such as bloating and indigestion. Taking a digestive enzymes supplement can be very helpful.
If you have a fatty pancreas or fatty liver, here are my recommendations:
- Reduce the sugar, carbohydrate and industrial seed oils in your diet. These foods are what create fat accumulation in internal organs in the first place. Most people with a fatty liver or pancreas got one because they ate more carbohydrate than their body could process. Carbohydrate rich foods include sugar, flour, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, breakfast cereals and grains. The liver is very proficient at converting these foods into fat. The other food that promotes the formation of a fatty pancreas is omega 6 rich vegetable oil. Fried foods and packaged foods like crisps, chips, crackers and cookies are usually full of the wrong fats.
- Base your diet on vegetables, protein and natural fats. These foods will keep you feeling full and will keep your blood sugar level stable throughout the day. This is very important in order to prevent sugar cravings, foggy head and fatigue. Many people trying to lose weight actually don’t eat enough protein and fat. They are in such a rush to lose weight and want to reach their goal tomorrow, that they eat too little food. This is risky because you will be far more likely to binge on all the wrong foods once you get tired and hungry enough. When eating protein rich foods like fish, poultry or red meat, please eat a palm and a half sized portion. Whey protein powder is an excellent source of protein that’s highly satiating. It will help to keep you feeling full for many hours and reduces the risk of sugar cravings. Please include good fats in your diet like olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, ghee, pastured animal fats and oily fish such as salmon. People who don’t eat enough protein and fat usually crave sugar and carbohydrate. For more information see the book Diabetes Type 2: You Can Reverse it. Many of our patients have poor liver health, therefore compromised fat digestion. If you have a sluggish liver, it will not produce sufficient bile. That means eating good fats can leave you feeling bloated, nauseous and tired. Taking an ox bile supplement can help prevent those symptoms.
- Berberine speeds weight loss by improving insulin sensitivity. This is critical for type 2 diabetics or pre-diabetics because the insulin in their body doesn’t work properly.
- Take a good quality liver tonic. Diet changes will work on their own eventually, but you should reach your health goals sooner, and feel more energetic sooner if you take a good quality liver tonic. Livatone Plus contains the nutrients your liver needs in order to burn fat efficiently and detoxify your bloodstream.
- Eat more raw vegetables. It is important to eat raw food such as salad every day. Try to eat as many different colored vegetables as possible because the pigments in vegetables are antioxidants and they each have unique benefits. Your liver and bowels need the nutrients in raw vegetables to function at their optimum. It is well worth adding raw juices to your diet – check out my Raw Juices Can Save Your Life book for recipe ideas.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.