E28: Exploring The Cause Of Type 2 Diabetes, with Jeff Cyr


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In this episode, Jeff Cyr dives deep into his story. In 1977, Jeff was rushed to the emergency room for back surgery. He ended up getting a diagnosis of severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Jeff had a hard time walking because of his permanent nerve damage. Most of the day, Jeff would sit in his La-Z-Boy. At 330 pounds, Jeff would need to use his cane to get out of the chair.

In 2005, Jeff went to the doctor for hernia surgery. After routine blood work, the doctor said his fasting blood sugar was 300, and he had an A1C of 12.0. Officially, Jeff was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They gave Jeff a nutritionist who told him to eat a high-carb diet of whole grains and fruits.

In 2008, Jeff finally stopped feeling sorry for himself, and he knew something had to change. So, Jeff stopped smoking cold turkey. After a few months, Jeff quit oral morphine cold turkey. Again, a few months later, Jeff started exercising at Planet Fitness. On the first day of exercising, Jeff rode the bike for two minutes. Each day, Jeff would increase the time on his bike. Over the course of sixteen months, Jeff lost 163 pounds.

In 2011, Jeff went to the hospital for a liver biopsy. The doctor called Jeff in for some news. He was diagnosed with an auto-immune fatal liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis. Basically, it attacks the bile ducts of the liver. What ends up happening is the bile ducts become large and inflamed. Eventually, it will cause cirrhosis of the liver. When that happens, you need a liver transplant.

In 2012, Jeff started his low carbohydrate diet. It took eighteen months, and Jeff’s liver enzymes began to ratchet downwards. Eventually, the liver enzymes were almost healthy. Jeff’s doctor didn’t know what to say.

Later, we talk about adiponectin – a protein hormone that is extremely important in regard to type 2 diabetes. It’s an anti-inflammatory hormone, and it reduces cardiovascular risks. Here is a shortlist of what adiponectin does in the human body:

  • Increases fatty acid oxidation.
  • Adiponectin is what makes you insulin sensitive.
  • It preserves pancreatic beta cells.
  • Prevents beta cell death.
  • Promotes uptakes of fatty acids.
  • Increases glucose uptake and fat storage.

Jeff explains how to protect your adiponectin levels:

  1. Lose weight.
  2. Omega 3 fish oil.
  3. Any form of exercise.
  4. Grapeseed extract in high doses.
  5. Normal glucose and normal insulin levels.

Stay tuned as we talk about the difference between eating fat and producing fat. Plus, Jeff explains why butter and eggs are not the saturated fats that will cause insulin resistance. Lastly, Jeff says he wants people to stop feeling sorry for themselves, and he recommends reading Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.

Key Takeaways:

[ 3:00 ] Jeff Cyr tells his story [ 24:55 ] The contributors to Jeff’s liver disease [ 29:30 ] All about producing beta cells [ 33:00 ] Educating ourselves about type 2 diabetes [ 38:15 ] About adiponectin [ 48:00 ] The drivers for insulin resistance and diabetes [ 56:10 ] How to protect your adiponectin levels [ 65:30 ] The most important part of adiponectin [ 79:30 ] Eating fat vs. producing and storing fat [ 89:45 ] Jeff’s final advice for people with diabetes

Mentioned in this Episode:

Jeff’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.cyr.589 Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: http://www.diabetes-book.com

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