Diabetes Basics Part 4

We left off in part 3 talking a bit about how we don’t just want to swallow the idea of allowing our diabetes to be manged by a medical doctor primarily.  We have to take the ultimate responsibility for the management of our own health care and realize that we ultimately decide everything, and we should also do our best to understand how we may impact our own health and how our health care decisions, including what sort of medical practitioner we will see, plays into the overall scheme of things and how it may or may not allow us to achieve our health goals.

I don’t really want to harp on the medical doctor thing too much, as I do plenty of that elsewhere on the site, but given that our friend here wants us to unquestionably seek the care of a conventional medical doctor, well not everyone may accept this unquestionably, and we should never accept anything unquestionably actually.

We might prefer, actually, to take advantage of the services of someone with at least a basic understanding of the disease we’re trying to treat, and the truth is, few MDs have much of an idea about diabetes at all, apart from some basic things they learned in medical school which are mostly founded on myths.

One of the biggest and most harmful myths is that the goal needs to be to achieve the best short term blood sugar control possible, everything else be damned.  So there’s two things that are wrong with this idea, the idea that this is all about blood sugar and the idea that it’s just about short term control.

This is not about the short game at all, it’s all about the long game, that’s where the monsters lie, so we need to be aware of what the long term goals are here, and tailor our strategies toward that as best we can.

So now we can move on to the meat of Dr. Hite’s article more, which is a collection of frequently asked questions and his response to them.  The first one is what are the steps we need to know to control our blood sugar, and it’s obvious that his idea of managing diabetes boils down to simply looking to control blood sugar short term, which isn’t surprising as it’s the overwhelming view and the one that conventional doctors share as well.

I want to point out that we can understand our approaches to managing diabetes or any disease as having two main components, a strategic one, and a tactical one.  Looking to control diabetes by managing short term blood sugar is 100% tactical, and while this is part of it, it’s actually not all that significant a part.

Since we’re mostly focused with down the road, and this should be our entire focus if the  truth be told, we’re going to have to let strategy drive this, and formulate our tactics around how well they serve our strategic goals.  So a strategic goal for instance, and a good one, would be to manage insulin resistance over time, and we know that when this is allowed to worsen over time it just gets harder and harder to control our blood sugar and our blood sugar actually goes and up in spite of increased efforts over time to manage it short term.

Eventually one may get to the point where their blood sugar has climbed to alarming levels in spite of more and more treatment over the years, and they tell the person well that’s diabetes, and you surely need to keep listening to us now and keep taking all these meds, lest you go even higher, short term of course.

Now let’s say this person had been taking more and more insulin, and is now at the point where tthe dosage is high but one’s blood sugar is terrible.  For instance, with this particular gentleman on over 100 units of insulin running in the 300’s all the time.

All this insulin has caused him to have severe heart problems as well, he already had bypass surgery and was told that a second bypass was needed right away or he would die, but he told his docs he would rather die than go through another one of these operations, and sought help elsewhere.The gentleman was fortunate enough to have a consultation with renowned Dr. Ron Rosedale, an MD but one that has an excellent understanding of diabetes, and is an expert on the disease in fact.

So Dr. Rosedale got this man off of the insulin entirely, and this ended up normalizing both his blood sugar and his heart condition.  He went from taking 8 different medications for various things and Dr. Rosedale got him off all of them, and feeling great as well.

Too much insulin is simply terrible for both these conditions, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but Dr. Rosedale knew that, and although it’s not as simple as just stopping the insulin,  this was the major change, to actually reduce one’s insulin levels by both not increasing it and also decreasing it naturally, taking this all in the other  direction.

The reason why I’m telling you this story is that when we look to do these things, we often will see a temporary rise in blood sugar.  We’re using strategic thinking here though, with the strategy being to lower insulin resistance by looking to normalize insulin levels, which over time will result in lower blood sugar, although as the body adapts we may see higher blood sugar for a while, but that’s fine.

The much dimmer witted approach of let’s keep your blood sugar as low as we can at any given time and not worry about how this is going to mess us up a lot more down the road is the problem here, not the solution, and this is essentially how this patient got in such a sorry state.  So we need to think strategically if we want to be acting with some semblance of a clue about what we’re doing.

So what we need to be asking here is not how we can best control our blood sugar but how we can best control our diabetes, the disease itself, not one’s blood sugar right now, what is wrong with us that causes our blood sugar to be too high generally.

Dr. Hite comes up with what he calls the 5 M’s of control, which we’ll discuss in Part 5.

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