Diabetes Basics Part 31


We’re just about at the end of our journey here and this will be the last segment.  Last time we left off talking about oral prescriptions that are commonly prescribed for type 2 diabetes, and we noticed a big disregard for levels of certain hormones that control blood sugar, looking to elevate them to great excess in a vain attempt at long term blood sugar control.

Only metformin doesn’t make our condition worse actually among the ones we looked at, although I should also mention that a medication called acarbose doesn’t really either, although there are natural alternatives to this that also delay carbohydrate absorption, including one that Dr. Hite himself mentioned, salacia.

Dr. Hite also mentions symlin, which is a synthetic version of the hormone amylin, and I devoted an entire article to this elsewhere in case you want to check it out.  As it turns out, we already secrete too much of this hormone, and are amylin resistant, but who cares, let’s inject some more and see what happens, and the results predictably are pretty ugly.

Dr. Hite now discusses insulin injections for type 2’s, and he says, well sometimes your insulin levels can go too low and you need help increasing it by injecting it.  He’s describing type 1 diabetics though, not type 2’s.

It’s not unheard of that type 2’s can develop into a sorry enough state that they actually do have insulin deficiency, in which case bringing it up is a great idea, but this is not how we prescribe injected insulin to type 2’s.

No one cares what your insulin levels are actually, if they are too low, if they are too high, and almost always they are too high already, and no one cares how much higher this stuff makes you, as long as we get a temporary reduction in blood sugar.

So once again we’re dealing with creating more hormonal imbalance through excess.  When insulin is involved, it’s the hair of the dog that bit you approach, only we find more than just hair, we find a big dog with sharp teeth to bite us again and keep biting us.

That’s not a good treatment for a dog bite though.

When asked whether insulin will make you fatter, he says yeah it might, so eat less.  Actually this is a good tip, but you want to be eating less carbohydrate, if you are unfortunate enough to be on this stuff in the first place without having your insulin levels monitored closely, which pretty much never happens actually.

When asked whether protein in the urine should cause one to stop eating protein, his answer is no, and that’s the correct one, although this condition does indicate kidney damage and one may want to avoid excessive protein consumption.  Treating the kidney damage though is even more important, and this is yet another consequence of high insulin by the way.

Dr. Hite then goes into a long discussion about the effects of stress on diabetes, and this is indeed very important and worthy of a lot of space, although I won’t devote too much to this here.  There are many ways to deal with stress of course although this is for the most part beyond the scope of our discussion.

One thing that is certainly true is that the more you know, the less you worry about, and a lot of fear concerning diabetes deals with the unknown.  We also don’t want to be paranoid, but by the same token we want to give our disease enough concern, and this like a lot of things is about striking the right balance between caring and obsessing.

Diabetes is no treat, but can be well managed if one is willing to make the effort, and this does indeed require effort but not a huge amount of it.  There are certainly a lot of worse diseases to have, and in fact getting this one can even put you on a course toward even greater health than you would have been down otherwise.

I personally feel that my health has benefited quite a bit from my discovering I had diabetes, as I now pay attention to it even more, which has resulted in my going from a bit overweight to what I consider to be a great weight for me, and I can now set my weight at whatever I want it to be simply from tweaking my macronutrient ratios and amounts.

A lot of bad stuff happens to you from high insulin actually, not just being overweight, and as you learn to normalize this hormone, this actually puts you ahead of most people actually, and most people have too much insulin running through them, and suffer the consequences, and there are many.

This all does involve both a commitment to learn about diabetes, what it is, why it makes us sick, and how to actually recover from it.  Many diabetics who do this are well controlled, and well controlled diabetes is the leading cause of nothing.

So if the complaint against us was high blood sugar, and we no longer have that, what do we have?  Well if we had high insulin, which is the real problem here, and we no longer have that, what do we have?  We have nothing wrong with us really, as far as metabolic disease goes, as things just fall into place quite nicely when you normalize insulin and blood sugar levels.  This does not mean perfect levels, but more healthy ones, that’s the goal here, to get healthier and thrive.

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