I talk about the problem of excess insulin and the health problems associated with it, and type 2 diabetes is just one of them by the way, a lot on here, and with good reason, this is an epidemic and certainly plays the central role in our disease, and it is heartwarming when I see other bloggers that get this, really get this.
So a while back I ran into a very nice series on this on Amy Berger’s blog from TUIT Nutrition, called It’s The Insulin Stupid. I’ve been wanting to give that props on here and also go over what she is saying for a while now, and it’s finally time to get this started.
Like Amy’s, this will take a few parts, hers is 8 parts and she does talk about quite a bit within it, which is the best thing about it actually. The title comes is a take on how we add -itis to medical terms denoting inflammation, and she is claiming that -itis stands for “it’s the insulin, stupid.” For the most part this is true and a great many diseases do have their roots in excessive insulin levels.
It’s especially nice to see a nutritionist get all this, as they typically are spoon fed a bunch of crap in obtaining their education, with much of it based upon myth, and quite dangerous myths at that, such as cut the fat, cut the salt, get plenty of whole grains, and so on. It’s not a stretch at all to believe that their education is very well aligned with corporate health care and is designed to create the maximum amount of illness and suffering so that profits in treating it can be maximized, and it does a great job at doing this actually.
Nothing creates illness quite like recommending a diet which causes metabolic disorders from high insulin though, and while it’s true that they do show some restraint and don’t exactly tell people to go too crazy with the carbs, and their carb recommendations are well below what people tend to consume generally, following their fat intake recommendations in particular paints people in a corner to get most of their calories from carbs, which is the fundamental dietary problem of our age, not any sort of solution.
For a nutritionist to have a good, let alone a great understanding of all this, they have to be the curious sort that goes out on their own and learns, something we all should do but so few of us bother, and especially those in the medical profession who almost always smugly cling to the mistaken beliefs they have been led to hold from their training and education, and close their minds to everything else.
This is not the case with Amy though, not at all, as you will see as we go through her material and discuss it. She claims her site is a source of sanity in a sea of nutritional madness, and this sure looks like the case to me as well.
With all that out of the way, let’s jump right into her content. What inspired her to write this was the realization that the medical profession focuses on glucose levels exclusively and neglects what she says is a far bigger problem, insulin levels.
I came to this exact realization as well when I began my journey into researching type 2 diabetes, and this isn’t the sort of thing you see in the mainstream stuff, but mainstream stuff doesn’t tell a very good story though, at least not in terms of mainstream diabetes thinking, which still indeed approaches this as a blood sugar problem. It isn’t though, and far from it, the high blood sugar isn’t even a disease, it’s just a symptom of a bigger problem, which is hyper glucose regulation, caused primarily by excess insulin.
High blood sugar doesn’t cause high blood sugar of course and whenever you are looking at a condition, and want to do something about it, it only makes sense to ask what may be behind it, what we may have to fix, but as much sense as this would make, this isn’t how conventional medicine looks at anything.
They aren’t interested in resolving anything, and in fact they would make a whole lot less money if that were their approach, they just want to suppress the symptoms, which is actually a bad idea it itself generally and leads to a worsening of the condition, not to mention this approach ignoring the actual condition as well.
This is exactly what happens with type 2 diabetes treatment, we ignore the actual conditions behind it, we’re not even interested in knowing what they are in spite of having lots of science here and some very clear cut and proven explanations, we just look to ignorantly lower the blood sugar and then wonder why this ends up being a losing battle with people getting worse and worse over time in spite of our “best” efforts to control this.
We freely admit that type 2 is a disease of insulin resistance, in fact every definition of type 2 diabetes involves it being either a disease of insulin deficiency or insulin resistance, and we can test type 2’s and find that the overwhelming majority of them do not have insulin deficiency, this is actually something we only see in very advanced cases of it where one becomes a double diabetic, both type 2 and type 1, with the type 2 part being the insulin resistance and the type 1 part being the insulin deficiency, which is what characterizes type 1.
So in other words, while we would want to say that type 2 is defined as insulin resistance, and the deficiency is another disease, even if we don’t make this distinction, we’re still left with the overwhelming majority of type 2 being driven by insulin resistance, and if it is severe enough for long enough then one may end up with enough beta cell failure that they become insulin deficient as well.
So given this, you would think that we would next look to what causes insulin resistance. There are several causes, but the one that is far and away the biggest is excessively high insulin levels. After all, this is what is being resisted, insulin, and it’s being resisted not because there isn’t enough but because there is too much of it.
So we can then look to test us to see how prevalent insulin excess is, and we then find that the overwhelming majority of type 2 diabetics have excessively high insulin levels. What do we do with these people though? We want to increase it further. So too much insulin has made us sick and is making us sicker and we want to increase that, making us even sicker? Are you serious? That’s the real madness here.
I will continue this in part 2.