It’s The Insulin, Stupid, Part 5

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If the medical profession doesn’t worry about insulin levels, and they most certainly don’t, what do they worry about?  Well high blood sugar of course, hyperglycemia, and when it gets bad enough that it qualifies for a diagnosis of diabetes, they now step in, swoop down may be a better way of putting it.

So they can check your blood sugar while you are on the road to diabetes, with more and more insulin resistance building up, but this doesn’t show up on a blood sugar test until many years of damage from this, although when it doesn’t, you are fine.

Once it does start climbing, when the crap has hit the fan, then don’t worry until you get to a certain point, the point where we can start prescribing for you, come back and see me again and we’ll wait until you are bad enough and then I can give you some things that will make you even worse.

This is exactly how it happens by the way, although we can easily be tricked into thinking their medicine is making us better, because it does tend to lower blood sugar for a time.  So we are told that’s all that’s wrong with us, and you come back in a few months and your A1C is lower, isn’t modern medicine wonderful?

If you asked them what’s behind this high blood sugar, they would tell you, it’s either lack of insulin or lack of insulin sensitivity, insulin resistance in other words, although they don’t care which one as it turns out.  If they had bothered to check, they would see what Dr. Kraft saw, that just about all type 2 diabetics are messed up with high not low insulin, and the ones that actually do have low insulin have had their beta cells demolished by too many years of way too much insulin secretion.

This might seem important to know, what our problem really is, whether it’s not enough insulin or insulin resistance, but they don’t care.  If our insulin levels are too high rather that too low, well we know with certainty that this is what is behind insulin resistance, too much of it, and they could then look to reduce our levels to more healthy ones, but they don’t.

All they care about is short term blood sugar management, but increasing insulin to combat higher blood sugar and higher insulin resistance is exactly how we got this disease in the first place, as the more insulin resistance you get, the more glucose you get put in your blood that you don’t need, and the more insulin you require.

So this is a vicious circle here, and by looking to increase insulin further, we actually clearly worsen the underlying condition behind this, which is insulin resistance, and they even know and admit that insulin resistance is behind type 2 diabetes.

We now reach the end of part 1 of 8 parts of Amy Berger’s article on this, so she is just getting started, and so are we.  At the end she mentions one of Jason Fung’s videos, and Jason Fung has done a lot to promote awareness of the disease of high insulin, and I feel that all type 2 diabetics should watch his videos, and he also has a great blog as well, and I want to give him another shout out.

I want to recap a little about what we’ve looked at so far, and we can sum this up by saying that it’s been shown that high insulin causes and worsens type 2 diabetes, the high blood sugar part of things, although high insulin does a number of other nasty things to us, making us fat, giving us cardiovascular disease, giving us cancer, and a number of other not so nice outcomes, so this is pretty important stuff.

Dr. Joseph Kraft dedicated decades of his life to compiling a database of measurements of both insulin and blood sugar during standard glucose challenge tests.  We usually only measure blood sugar with these tests but Dr. Kraft measured insulin as well at regular intervals.

What he discovered was that high insulin levels are at epidemic levels, both in diabetics and most non diabetics as well.  We of course have to put this all together with what we know about what high insulin levels do to you, and this paints a grim picture of how we neglect looking to prevent diabetes, and even more notably perhaps, the fact that our patients are already very sick with the disease of high insulin and how our efforts to help them simply worsen their underlying condition.

It’s no wonder at all that, given this, we have accepted that diabetes is progressive, you just will get worse and worse over time no matter what.  They blame the disease though and don’t notice that the blood is on their own hands, and through negligence and carelessness and stupidity, they have and continue to intentionally worsen the disease of insulin resistance by doing their best to worsen it as much as they can.

Amy starts off part 2 of her series by quoting Prof. Tim Noakes, who states that insulin resistance is the most important medical condition of our time, but doctors ignore it.  That is most certainly true, and pretty obvious actually.  I wouldn’t think that you would have to be a distinguished scientist to realize this, but it’s nice when anyone notices this actually.

Amy disagrees with Prof. Noakes that insulin resistance is a medical condition, because if it was it would need to be treated with medication.  It certainly does need to be treated with something though otherwise it will persist.  So it’s a medical condition to be sure, a condition that directly makes us sick, directly involves a bunch of undesirable outcomes.

Any does seem to think, oddly, that medical conditions always require prescription medication, which is where she gets confused, and she says that since we don’t have any then it isn’t a medical condition.  We actually do have some medications that treat insulin resistance, metformin does, but in a fairly toxic way, TZD’s certainly do but in a very toxic way, and anti diabetic medications are pretty toxic period actually.

Have we become so brainwashed though that we think all medical conditions can and only should be treated with medication?  Is this the hallmark of the definition?  I certainly think not, and this is quite ridiculous actually.

We’ll pick this up in part 6.

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