Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes
Pre-diabetes, as well as full-blown type 2 diabetes are on the increase, so much so that in 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a mandate for all nations to take action to combat the spread. In 2015, The International Diabetes Federation reported that more than 400 million people were living with diabetes. Experts predict that if this trend continues, by the year 2040, 1.8 billion people around the world will be diabetic. This article and the research cited within focuses on the growing recognition by diabetes researchers that the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) and foods high in sugar content may be a main cause of pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), overweight, and obesity. A practical and natural solution is also being given for tackling these conditions.
Diabetes type 2 and sugar
Normally, sugar is converted into the simple sugar, glucose. Then, insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, assists in moving the glucose into the cells of the body. A normally functioning pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin produced based on the level of glucose in the blood. If one has diabetes, blood sugar levels become too high and a healthy or normal balance is lost. My research has found that type 2 diabetes commonly occurs when one consumes an excess amount of refined sugar over an extended period. Unlike with type 1 diabetes, where the pancreas produces very little or no insulin, with type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces an adequate amount of insulin, but the cells are resistant to the hormone.
Research Linking Sugar Consumption to the Weight Gain and Increase in Cases of Type 2 Diabetes
According to Dr. Sanjay Basu Ph.D., an Epidemiologist from Stanford University cited in the Stanford Medicine newsletter in an article written by Digitale (2013): Researchers from Stanford Glucofort University School of Medicine, the University of California-Berkley and the University of California-San Francisco examined data on sugar availability and diabetes rates from 175 countries over the past decade. After counting for obesity and a large array of other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates, independent of obesity rates. Their study was published in Feb. 27 in PLOS ONE. 
FB Hu and VS Malik (2010) put forth: Research suggests that sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption is a risk factor for overweight and obesity as well as several cardio-metabolic conditions, especially T2DM. 
Overweight and obesity
The human body is a remarkable mechanism able to heal itself when given the right foods. Lifestyle Medicine, the application of healthy eating to allow the body to heal itself is gaining momentum in the medical field. As a diabetes researcher and lifestyle strategist who once almost lost his life to type 2 diabetes, my research, which saved my life, showed that pre-diabetes can be reversed and type 2 diabetes can go into remission by using a three-pronged approach. This includes:
- Low calorie diabetic diet: This facilitates weight loss.
- Diabetic exercise: Exercise designed for diabetics facilitates burning off the excess sugar buildup in the body, plus, weight loss. The way this occurs is that once the sugar has been burnt off, the body turns to fat for energy. The first of the fat to burn off is the thin layer coating the red blood cells. Once that layer of fat is burned off, red blood cells responsible for carrying sugar to the muscles to be used for energy are exposed and begin to absorb sugar and transport it to the muscles. The cells which had become insulin resistant are restored to insulin sensitivity. The diabetes is then in remission.
- Vitamins: A diabetic often requires vitamin supplementation. Vitamin supplementation can speed up the effectiveness of above two methods.
The man accredited as the father of Mathematics, Abn al Haytham, also known as Al Hazeen, taught his students about the importance of evidence-based conclusions. After consulting with several health care practitioners, I carried out my own research and experimentation. I was determined to achieve weight loss and reverse my type 2 diabetes. The development of my three-pronged approach allowed me to achieve my goals in only three weeks. This became my direct evidence of its effectiveness and confirmation of the growing assertion that tackling the problem of excess sugar in the body and weight loss can produce the reversal of T2DM. In 2009 when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had a blood sugar level of 21.7 millimoles/L-a life-threatening quantity. After three weeks on my program, my blood sugar level was normal. With continued practice of the specific exercises given in my weight loss/diabetes program, I have gone from an overweight 220 pounds to my suggested healthy weight of 180 pounds. To this day I remain type 2 diabetes free and at the same healthy weight.