It's not hard to figure out what hyperinsulinemia is even if you'r not familiar with it. Hyper means high, and then there's the insulin part, so high insulin, and the -emia part indicates that this is a known disease.
It's a disease all right, and it's one that is at epidemic levels, which we know with quite a bit of certainty from sampling people's insulin levels. So although we haven't tested more than a very small segment of the population for insulin levels, a shamefully low percentage actually considering how many people suffer from this, from the testing we have done, we know that this is absolutely huge, far bigger than the disease it quite often leads to, diabetes.
A lot of what we know about hyperinsulinemia, as far as clinical testing goes, we owe to the work of Dr. Joseph Kraft, a medical doctor and pathologist who over the years, supervised and compiled over 14,000 oral glucose tolerance tests.
These weren't your standard oral glucose tolerance tests though, which almost always just measure the patient's blood sugar 2 hours after ingesting 75 grams of pure glucose. Dr. Kraft ran the test for a longer period, took a lot more glucose measurements, and even more importantly, measured insulin levels throughout the test as well.
What emerged is a total of 5 main patterns that he detected from compiling all of this data, starting with both normal glucose and insulin, and then showing ever increasing levels of insulin, where finally both insulin and glucose were well above normal, and this is the stage where diabetes is diagnosed.
So this stage gets worse until finally, in the end stages of the disease, you get beta cell failure, where the pancreas is no longer able to secrete normal levels of insulin, and insulin levels drop while blood sugar levels increase further.
So at this final stage, the patient not only needs insulin therapy but requires it, but this is not how we medicate using insulin, we instead administer it with no regard to what people's insulin levels may be, in other words they may be suffering from hyperinsulinemia, the disease of too much insulin, and then give them even more and raise their insulin levels further, worsening their disease.
Many people think, well controlling blood sugar is what this is all about, isn't it? So it's perfectly fine to elevate insulin levels to whatever level is required to provide good blood sugar control so we don't even need to care about how high insulin levels need to be.
However, we know that this is a mistake, and a big mistake, for a number of reasons. First of all, while you don't want to ignore blood sugar either, worsening the underlying condition to treat one of its symptoms is just plain stupid.
It's actually hyperinsulinemia that's behind type 2 diabetes, and it's preceded by it, and as the hyperinsulemia worsens, from the ravages of the high insulin upon the body over time, a period that generally lasts many years, finally one develops a level of insulin resistance that the pancreas is no longer able to overcome.
It's commonly thought that this is the result of failure to secrete enough insulin, leading to hyperglycemia, but this isn't the case at all, and this is proved by the work of Dr. Kraft as well. as diabetics can secrete way too much insulin on their own with even very high blood sugar.
Early on in my research of diabetes, I was gripped by several studies that measured both blood glucose and insulin, and at the time I was of the view that the pancreas probably isn't secreting very large amounts of insulin with these advanced diabetic patients with blood sugar constantly in the 300's, but the insulin levels measured were out of sight as well, and these were patients not on insulin therapy.
So that did serve as an awakening of sorts but the truth is that few people have been awakened to this, that as type 2 diabetics we tend to suffer from both high blood sugar and high insulin, and it's only at the end, decades later, that we get to the point where we actually become more like a type 1, a double diabetic really, with not only insufficient insulin but severe insulin resistance as well from all the decades of having insulin run through us at toxic levels.
So we need to see ourselves as not being like a type 1 and being treated as such, not producing enough insulin in other words, and we should never elevate insulin without a good reason to do so, and as with all hormones, the only good reason is to restore normal levels, levels the body can tolerate.