Our bodies are designed to function a certain way, and one of the ways that they function is to use hormones to regulate certain things, and hormones are very important to our health, well being, and survival.
When hormones get out of balance, there are always consequences, and our bodies are designed to function with various hormones within a certain range, and outside this range, too high or two low, will have consequences, and often disastrous ones.
We learn more and more about the workings of the human body each year, and while there’s likely a lot we still don’t know and still need to discover, it is a magnificent creation to be sure. This is all way, way beyond what the human mind could be capable of creating, but we must always do our best to not only understand it but do our best to make sure that our interventions with it are responsible and appropriate based upon our present knowledge.
Our knowledge of it as far as diabetes goes is actually pretty good, but in spite of that we do not practice good sense when it comes to managing it, and I guess if we did, my having a site like this wouldn’t be needed, as everyone would receive great care from their so called health care team and we could just put up a forum to celebrate everyone’s success in managing this disease.
Actually, if we did that, a lot of people that end up being diabetic wouldn’t even get there, as we would do a much better job at preventing the disease.
Now there’s two main variables here, the quality of the practice of the practitioner, and with diabetes in particular, the quality of the practice of the patient, and it is extremely important that patients play an active role in the management of this disease. This will be true regardless of the quality of the practitioner, as the advice must be put into practice by the patient, and this involves just more than taking meds as prescribed.
The main thrust of diabetes management is actually the so called lifestyle component, and this is not just an alternative to medication, it is the foundation, and without proper lifestyle management, one does not even have a chance of success.
Now what we’ll be looking to do primarily is to address what’s wrong with us, and diabetes is a hormonal disorder, an excess of certain hormones which cause hormonal resistance, among other things, and a lack of certain others.
Unless we understand all this, and have at least a good idea of which hormones are too high and which are not, we don’t stand a chance of managing this disease correctly, because this is all at the heart of what’s wrong with us.
The most obvious hormone that comes up here, and one that does play a very central role in diabetes, is insulin. Just about everyone knows diabetes involves abnormalities with insulin. Type 1’s are said to have a lack of it, which is true, and type 2’s are said to either have a lack of it or are resistant to it.
Now it’s actually almost always the case that the latter is true with us, our disorder is being resistant to insulin, although some type 2’s do have an insulin deficiency as well, which is actually a combination of type 1 and 2. This is a simple matter to discover though, we just test to see what one’s insulin levels are, and if they are low enough to present an insulin deficiency, then one indeed has that, and we then must correct the deficiency.
Correcting this deficiency always means looking to restore it, not just load ourselves up with it. Now in Type 1 there just isn’t a good way to restore insulin, because injected insulin is far less efficient in the pancreas, and we need to raise it to levels that represent a disease state so we can regulate glucagon secretion in the pancreas enough to stabilize blood sugar enough. This involves both excessive glucagon secretion and excessive glucose uptake in the fat and muscle cells, and it’s a rather nasty way to manage things, but at the present time there just isn’t a better way.
So we have to create a horomonal imbalance with type 2 by treating insulin deficiency with insulin excess, but there’s never a reason to do that with type 2, which is the exact opposite of type 1 actually, as type 2 is the disease of insulin excess.
So we test and see that our insulin levels are actually high, above normal, way above normal actually, and in this case we certainly can’t say we have an insulin deficiency. So we’re in the other group, the one with insulin resistance, and that’s very obvious with just about all of us.
So what causes insulin resistance anyway? Too much insulin, and it’s always the case that a hormonal resistance will be caused by an excess of the hormone. So what do we do? We look to raise it further, calling this a “relative” deficiency.
So in doing so, we actually take on nature, we think we are smarter than nature and look to defeat it, but we’re the ones that end up defeated. It does try to fight back, by becoming more and more insulin resistant, it’s actually not so much the insulin itself that’s poison, it’s the excess nutrients, both glucose and fat, that these excessive insulin levels promote.
If we eat too much, and in particular if we consume too much glucose from our diet, from carbohydrates, this makes things worse, but as long as insulin levels are too high, this can cause the body to manufacture excessive amounts of glucose and fat even if we do eat less.
This is all very well known and fairly elementary, it’s not really that much different than drinking a certain amount of alcohol and feeling fine the next day, versus drinking too much and having a hangover, too much is just not healthy.
So the way too much insulin or too much of any hormone messes us up can be a pretty complicated affair, the too much should not be difficult to understand though, if one has half a brain that is. Very often we don’t though.
By not using our heads enough, we can get confused and think, well if we only had enough insulin, even more, than we can make things right, but what happens then is that the underlying condition, which we agree is insulin resistance, just gets worse and worse, and our efforts to maintain acceptable blood sugar get more and more difficult, and other parameters such as weight and cardiovascular markers go downhill though. We tell ourselves we are trying though but the only thing we are trying is to worsen our hormonal health and we do a great job at that.
We have to work with nature though, to assist it to heal, not against it, and when we have a disease of resistance to a certain hormone, making the resistance worse isn’t successfully treating anything, and requires us to be idiots even to think it is.