We generally think of type 2 diabetes as elevated blood sugar, and that’s also how we diagnose it, which is a big mistake by the way. One of Dr. Joseph Kraft’s main messages in fact is that diabetes occurs far earlier than when blood sugar even begins to rise, and over his career he performed 15,000 glucose and insulin tests, not just on people suspected of having diabetes but just on people in general, and found that about 85% of them had diabetes, where diabetes is understood to be serious disturbances in blood sugar regulation.
Just because blood sugar is kept normal by the way doesn’t mean that your blood sugar regulation is normal, for instance if you require high insulin levels to do it, that’s far from normal, and this is what most people suffer from.
This has gotten worse and worse, and nowadays, about half the population has either diabetes or pre diabetes, and even more have elevated blood sugar when you add in the people that are higher than normal but not high enough for the diagnosis of pre diabetes, and even more are at the stage before this, high insulin levels.
It’s not even the high blood sugar that is the major worry here, it’s the high insulin levels, and high insulin is the main factor in the complications we all seek to avoid, so ignoring the main poison here is actually pretty stupid.
This is what they teach people though, control your blood sugar, insulin levels don’t even come into the conversation, and if you asked MDs about this, the overwhelming majority wouldn’t have the slightest idea why insulin levels would matter at all. This is because they aren’t taught what we know about this from science, they are taught only what they need to know to maximize prescribing.
Personally, I would never even consider taking a prescription for my diabetes unless it was clearly indicated, meaning that the hormone that the meds are looking to raise has been shown to be low, and there’s no other way to correct it, and the benefits involved would outweigh the risks.
So for instance if my insulin levels were too low, below 30 one hour after a high carb meal, which would mean that I would be a type 1.5 not a type 2, I would first look to correct this by looking to fix the autoimmunity, and it warmed my heart when I saw a presentation on type 1.5, or LADA, and the doctor giving it used that approach, and this is the only sensible way to go, and hormone therapy should only be used as a last resort. She claims widespread success treating her 1.5 patients naturally, without resorting to insulin.
Let’s say that this wasn’t possible though and there’s no other alternative but to use some sort of insulin therapy. So we have to choose between raising it all the time with an oral drug, or injecting, and with this condition, it’s the after meal insulin levels that are the problem, and the fasting levels are generally very good, optimal even.
So what we would look to do is raise insulin levels to normal, and only to normal, otherwise we’d be replacing one disease with another, and like the Goldilocks story, we don’t want too much or too little, we need this just right, and that’s the case with all hormones and especially with insulin.
So a dosage would be tried and then this would require monitoring to ensure that it is the correct one, to look to get insulin levels as close to normal. This isn’t curing anything or even reversing anything, it’s just compensating for the defect while we work on treating the root cause, in this case the autoimmunity.
So this is not how they do it on this planet at least, and as much sense as this makes, as far as I am aware, no one uses a protocol like this or anything close, and all insulin therapy is done with no regard to the insulin levels achieved or the patient’s welfare. Instead of the over 30 that we need to bring this up to at mealtime, they drive people 3 times higher or more all the time, which is very damaging to the body, but if you aren’t told this it isn’t going to bother you or the patient, and when the patient drops dead of a heart attack later you can just say, oh well that’s diabetes for you.
As it turns out, things like avoiding grains and repairing your leaky gut and looking to improve intestinal health in general, and also fixing one’s immune system, is a far better approach because this actually does look to reverse the disease, and that’s what we need to be shooting for, not just subduing one of the symptoms.
When you do that the effects are only temporary and the disease itself is not addressed. So for instance even with the best approach to type 1.5 using insulin therapy, the best you can do is keep insulin levels as normal as you can, while the immune system continues to attack your beta cell function, and over time there’s no other outcome than just getting worse, because it’s not the insulin imbalance that is the disease, it’s the autoimmune attack.
So with type 2, well we have too much insulin so adding more is just plain stupid, but that does not stop us. By the way, there are a lot of misdiagnosed type 1.5’s out there that they just assume are type 2, but testing for insulin is almost taboo, even in this case.
Those more in the know, and those not so much in the know but who are at least on the right track, will look to help themselves by seeking to lower, not raise insulin levels, to normalize them more, mostly by looking to change their diet.
Now very high carb diets, and ones that are very high in grains in particular, do play a big role in the excessive insulin levels we suffer from, and that’s not something that appears to be healthy for a lot of people at least, and if your insulin levels are too high, you are overdoing it for sure.
Many people normalize their blood sugar with a low carb diet, but have they reversed the disease in doing so? Well even if they have also normalized their insulin levels, something that is also achievable with a low carb diet, this in itself doesn’t mean that the disease has been reversed, because the body may and often won’t be able to process a reasonable amount of dietary glucose, in other words glucose metabolism will often still be broken.
Does this even matter though? Well it does, but we may think it doesn’t because we just think of diabetes as high blood sugar, or even perhaps high insulin levels, but even if both are normal, the damage behind these conditions may still be present to one degree or another, and in most cases it will be unless we address it properly.
This is where the right supplements come in, to look to fix the damage, and it takes a great deal of damage to go from normal to diabetic, and it takes a lot to fix it.
So how do we tell when we’ve really reversed this? If one can eat a fairly normal diet and be healthy and have healthy blood sugar and healthy insulin levels, that’s making it all the way back. We may not even want to eat a moderate carb diet, perhaps we love a low carb one, but the very fact that you could is what we’re after here.
Until we get there, there’s more to work on, and the disturbances that are still present once hormone levels are normalized affect much more than just blood sugar, they are at the cellular level, and affect way more.
High insulin has poisoned our cells from too much glucose and too much fat for many years when we get to the diagnosis of diabetes, and repairing the damage is something we really need to focus on if we truly want to get better.