Hi there. My name is Adipocyte-6722427, but you can call me George. I’m pretty famous. You can even look me up on Google. Not George of course – there are too many Georges. Try Adipocyte.
I’m a body cell. In fact I’m a body cell in YOUR body or could be. I’m one of several billion other cells in your body. In my particular case, I just happen to be a fat cell. Being a fat cell isn’t the most fun. We take a lot of flack from other body cells who think they’re better than us. Even those guys down in the waste department look down their noses at us. I don’t know why “cells” have to be snooty? Why can’t we all just get along? They’d be in big trouble if us fat cells weren’t around. We do a lot of important stuff. Besides, we have feeling too. It’s not nice to be called names or be laughed at.
Anyway you’re not here to listen to my problems. You want to hear about the recent Cell Conference where all of us body cells got together and chose to have Type 2 Diabetes. Us fat cells weren’t too happy, but we didn’t get much say in the matter. We’re always stuck in the back rows cause most of us take up 2 seats – plus it’s hard to get heard over those Heart Cell guys. Those guys really think they run things! Anyway the decision certainly wasn’t unanimous. In fact everyone of us fat cells voted against it. We know that fat cells double or triple in size when you have type 2 diabetes. Didn’t matter though – majority rules, so we and YOU got stuck with type 2 diabetes whether we liked it or not.
I can’t tell you exactly why the majority of your cells chose to have type 2 diabetes. There are still science secrets that humans haven’t discovered and until you do I’m not allowed give you all of the specifics. I can however say your researchers are on the right track. So far they’ve figured out that type 2 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which shouldn’t surprise you now that you know that when we voted on it, the decision was NOT unanimous. Autoimmune diseases are basically caused by the body attacking itself and I’ve got to say, us fat cells are pretty pissed at those jokers who voted for diabetes.
After the conference, it only took a couple of days for the new type 2 diabetic policy to be distributed down to all departments. You humans can probably relate. Us body cells recently heard about a Health Care Policy passed by some country called “America”. Apparently it was over 1000 pages in small print. Chicken feed compared to the type 2 diabetic policy implementation handbook each of us cells received. I swear it has at least 20 legal sized volumes in it. It’s going to take me years to read through it. I think for the time being we should just go with the brief at the front of volume 1.
Here’s what we cells and you are going to experience with type 2 diabetes.
First of all, us cells have all been ordered not to allow insulin into us. I thought that was kind of stupid cause every cell needs insulin in order to process glucose. Glucose is the energy fuel we all need to stay alive. When you eat, your digestive system breaks down food into protein, minerals and glucose. Glucose is the only form of energy that the blood system can transfer to us cells and the only source of food that us cells can actually use.
Your doctor is going to tell you to take pills which will either help increase insulin production or reduce us cells being resistant to accepting insulin. Your doctor may even suggest injecting insulin into your body. Funny thing about insulin. The more you get, the hungrier you’ll be. In fact insulin has now been proven by your human researchers to increase metabolic efficiency. In simple language, the more insulin, the better us cells are at changing food into glucose. The more glucose the body gets that it can’t use either gets sent to the waste department or deposited in us fat cells. I did mention that us fat cells were against type 2 diabetes at the conference, didn’t I? This is why – cause we’re going to get BIGGER!
You might be thinking at this point that it would be better to just not take the pills or insulin. Ha! YOU better think again buddy! If you don’t take those medications, your blood sugar levels (because us cells aren’t accepting insulin) will sky rocket. You’ll actually go into a coma and possible die. That would suck for all of us!
This whole cycle with increasing insulin to overcome our resistance to insulin results in 90% of type 2 diabetics being overweight. Your doctor is going to tell you that reducing your weight is the single most important treatment to reduce the resistance of us cells to insulin and he/she is absolutely right.
Easier said than done, but the cell conference made it’s decision and you got to do what you got to do! Remember, us fat cells are on your side. We voted against this so just keep us small and we’ll work with you to keep the insulin flowing into all your cells.
There are lots of down sides to diabetes. some of them are:
Diabetic Statistics 
- 23 times more often with lower limb amputations;
- 7 times more often with chronic kidney disease;
- 3 times more often with all cardiovascular diseases;
- 4 times more often with hypertensive disease and heart failure and,
- 3 times more often with heart attack, ischaemic (reduced blood supply) heart disease, and stroke.
So as you can see, type 2 diabetes is no laughing matter and (pun intended) nothing to be taken lightly. You can do your part by learning about low glycemic index foods and how much better they are for diabetics. Eat proteins, vegetables and fruit in moderate quantities. Stay away from junk food, processed foods (that come in a box) and all “white” carb foods like potatoes, white rice, white bread. Eat whole grains. Exercise regularly even if it’s as simple as a walk 4 to 5 times a week.
Help us fat cells out here. We lost the vote, but if you do what we suggest, we’ll beat the type 2 diabetic decision that the rest of those “other” cells voted for.
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