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Does blood sugar increase as an immune response to viruses, bacteria, toxins and or parasites, helping us fight them off?

Why do people and animals become insulin resistant or overeat to the point where obesity occurs?
Could it be that high blood sugar is an immune response to something in our environment?
Many illnesses are caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites and poisons. We know that sugar is a natural preservative that stops the growth of bacteria in foods, which is why when we add sugar to fruits we call the resulting jam a "preserve".
Have we overlooked a major immune system, increased blood sugar, because of our prejudices against the resulting obesity that insulin resistance and the craving for sugar and starch, (both of which increase blood sugar levels) cause in fighting off diseases?
We know that many things cause obesity. (Sleeplessness, many types of medications, lack of exercise, etc.)
Is there an important positive effect from high blood sugar that has been entirely overlooked thus far?
How would you structure scientific studies to prove or disprove this new scientific theory of mine?

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  • Jul 18 2013: I certainly know that diabetes is a terrible disease, one my husband suffers from and which is a curse upon millions.
    However, it is possible that the doctors and researchers who have studied it so far, and who have determined that at least type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, do not entirely understand it yet.
    Perhaps it is part of the immune system that can go terribly wrong, leading to diabetes. If so, it behooves us to not limit our research to what we have already decided is the only truth: that diabetes is an autoimmune disease.
    Perhaps it is more than what we have already discovered. Today we are reexamining the use of soy products after a huge rush to add them to everything. Next we may discover that many of us are allergic to Flaxseed, as my own physician told me ten years ago. It is being added to everything, although he believed from his own experience and research he had read that as many as 90% of us are allergic to Flax.
    Perhaps we have rushed to produce medications to control the symptoms of diabetes but we are ignoring other possible solutions because we have closed our minds to possible reasons that the body accepts such a terrible disease and even encourages it with overwhelming cravings for starches and sweets.
    Isn't it worth at least examining our ideas about this awful disease?
    My discussion was specifically meant to spark thinking about why our bodies get spikes in blood sugar and why some of us get insulin resistant while others do not.
    It was not meant to endorse diabetes or high blood sugar!
    WHY do so many get diabetes? Why do we crave sweets and starches? If we are open to alternative ways of viewing diseases we may find unexpected cures, rather than only medicating symptoms. If we do not think about possibilities, we won't look for other cures.
    High fever is an immune response to infections that can easily kill the infected person. So is edema.
    Maybe we need to rethink the causes of diabetes.

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