Let’s talk about Diabetes T2
With a life partner also in the medical field barely a night goes by that we do not end up discussing healthcare at the dinner table.
Talking shop after hours is usually the last thing many people want to do but working with sick people often weighs heavily on us, particularly when the diseases we are confronted with most are what we call “Lifestyle “diseases.
Lifestyle disease pertains to the group of diseases associated with the way people live. These are diseases that potentially can be prevented by changes in diet, environment and lifestyle. Diseases like obesity (yes, it’s a metabolic disease) cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes to name a few.
What I find increasingly distressing about these diseases is that the majority of people who have them are not aware of how they got them and certainly not aware that in many instances these diseases are REVERSIBLE.
I was recently very fortunate to meet with Dr Jason Fung from Canada while at a conference in Cape Town. I am a great admirer of Dr Fungs work. Not only is he an excellent physician, but he spreads hope!
As a nephrologist (kidney specialist) Dr Fung realised that his Diabetic patients never got better. In fact, they only ever got worse. The clinical researcher who runs a diabetic program with Dr Fung told me that it was her job to “document the progress of patients’ death.” – Really sad for the people who have a job like that and devastating for the patient. Especially when it DOES NOT have to be that way.
The first, is that Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease, which they will have for the rest of their lives and will need to learn to live with it.
Interestingly however, the restoration of normal glucose metabolism within days after bariatric surgery in the majority of people with Type 2 diabetes disproves this concept. There is now no doubt that this reversal of diabetes depends upon the sudden and profound decrease in food intake, and does not relate to any direct surgical effect
The second lie is that diabetes is all about controlling the blood sugar!
Dr Fung goes on to say that controlling the blood sugar virtually makes no difference at all.
“The disease of type 2 diabetes is excessive insulin resistance. It is this insulin resistance that leads to high blood sugars. In order to treat/ cure diabetes, you must reverse the insulin resistance. The high blood sugar is only the symptom, not the disease. Therefore, treating the symptom alone is useless.”
Let’s use an analogy here. You develop a bacterial infection and a high fever because of the infection. Your doctor supplies you with Panado for the fever but does NOTHING about the infection. When your fever gets worse, the doctor prescribes further stronger medication to lower the fever and still neglects the cause of the problem – the bacterial infection.
This is exactly what happens in Diabetes. Conventional treatment dictates that we remove the excess blood glucose from the blood stream but do not look at the cause of the elevated blood glucose. Diabetic medications don’t even attempt to reverse the underlying insulin resistance.
The cause of insulin resistance is high insulin levels itself. Giving insulin does not make diabetes better, it makes it worse. Why would anybody be so foolish as to believe that a disease of too high insulin levels would be improved by more insulin? It is like giving alcohol to an alcoholic. It makes it worse. In the short term, though, things improve. The alcoholic feels better with alcohol. The ‘insulin addict’ feels better with their ‘hit’ of insulin. The blood sugars get better. But the diabetes gets worse.
I don’t want to get too involved with science on this article. My purpose in writing this is to get the message across to the man on the street. We cover t2 diabetes in much more detail in our book “The Banting Solution “ that you can read about HERE
For those who would like to watch a video on this topic by Dr Jason Fung
In an article by Dr Ron Rosedale titled ‘Doctors cause Diabetics to D.I.E ‘(which stands for DOCTOR INDUCED EXACERBATION) he explains that the body’s cells become desensitized to insulin (and importantly to leptin and other hormones) by being overexposed to these hormones by eating food that causes excessive insulin secretion. This is much like being overexposed to an odour in a room; soon you can’t smell it. If you eat a diet high in sugar-forming foods, the excess insulin that is being produced each time causes your cells to eventually become unable to properly “smell” the insulin.
Thus, type 1 diabetics taking two, three, and even 10 times the insulin that they ought to and that is necessitated by following current medical dietary recommendations, ultimately become desensitized, resistant, to the insulin that they are taking. They become both insulin deficient, and insulin resistant caused by DIE.
Diabetics have been told that they can eat meals multiple times daily that turn into sugar and even sugar itself, as long as they take enough insulin to lower their blood sugar. The importance of limiting the intake of sugar and foods that turn into sugar has been almost totally ignored.
I was really disturbed to recently read a diabetic information brochure being distributed by a local registered dietician that read “A sucrose (sugar) intake of <10% of total energy is acceptable. Therefore patients can have sweets prescribed by a registered
dieticians in a safe, practical way that fits into your insulin regime.”
There has been virtually no recognition that high levels of insulin are at least as much of an insult to a person’s health as high levels of sugar.
It is especially a disgrace that insulin-resistant diabetics (the vast majority of diabetics) become worse by following current medical recommendations and treatment. This is a disease that is reversible, and in many cases curable by paying attention to decades of metabolic science.