5 Things Your Doctor Never Told You About Diabetes But Should Have
1. The difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus
Everyone who has diabetes needs to know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. The reason this is essential knowledge is that most doctors are not aware of the difference. As a result, they often end up treating THE WRONG ILLNESS!
Type 1 is a deficiency of insulin. There are many possible reasons for this, such as:
- Autoimmune disease, where the body has an immune response to the cells in the pancreas that make insulin
- Toxins that affect the pancreas, such as titanium dioxide
- Or nervous system issues that cause the vagus nerve to stop insulin production.
If you don’t have insulin, you need it. There are no pills that replace insulin. There are injections, and in some cases, a nasal spray can be used. Insulin is required to get sugar and amino acids into the cells so they can function. If you don’t have insulin, THEY STARVE! And, if you don’t have insulin you could starve to death, no matter how much you eat. The treatment for type 1 diabetes mellitus is insulin, that’s all.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is completely the opposite. In fact, there is no lack of insulin and most often there is too much. High levels of insulin push too much sugar into the cells, and they get bloated. At some point they block the insulin from the inside to stop the sugar from reaching toxic levels. We call this insulin resistance, meaning if you eat, your blood sugar goes up. The insulin from your pancreas just won’t work, and the blood sugar will keep rising. The rise in blood sugar is the reason this illness is called “diabetes” – just like when the pancreas doesn’t make insulin.
However, instead of starving, like with type 1, in this case the cells are overstuffed with sugar! They aren’t using it fast enough, and want to avoid toxicity. They make it into glycogen, a starch, to store it, and then block the insulin so no more can come in. This is why injecting insulin in type 2 diabetes is not helpful. In many ways, insulin injections become harmful, as we will discuss later.
Thus, the difference between these two illnesses should be on the list of explanations all doctors give to patients they diagnose with either of them. They have the same name, but are opposite problems.
2. Measure your insulin level
It is not yet part of a normal endocrinologist practice to test insulin levels. Mostly, the tests for insulin are used by functional doctors. As we have seen, there are two types of diabetes, and the only way to know which you have is to measure your insulin. There are many other reasons why this number is important. Insulin is a growth hormone that needs to be used intermittently, and not all the time. This is what excess insulin does to your body:
- Causes cells to take in excess sugar
- Forces fat cells to make more fat from sugar, making you fatter
- Increases triglycerides
- Blocks the use of fat for energy, preventing weight loss and decreasing energy
- Causes glucose to be made into glycogen (a storage form of sugar), causing insulin resistance
- Prevents the body from getting rid of dead and abnormal cells, causing inflammation and cancer
- Increased acid in the stomach causing GERD and ulcers
- Increased potassium uptake swells the cells and lowers blood potassium
- Decreased renal sodium excretion increases blood volume, and blood pressure
- Causes Alzheimer’s Disease
Edema, hypertension, elevated triglycerides, inflammation, pain, cancer, weight gain, and all the complications of type 2 diabetes mellitus are caused by too much insulin! This is important to know!
When you test, you should know how to interpret this test. A normal insulin level on a fasting specimen is about 3 to 9 uIU/mL, and is optimal around 5. Those who are resistant to insulin are mostly over 10 uIU/mL and I have seen people with numbers as high as 160 uIU/mL. High insulin levels tell you that your pancreas is making extra insulin, and you don’t need to inject more. Those doctors who don’t look don’t know if the insulin is high and you don’t need insulin, or if it’s low, and you need more insulin. Don’t take insulin injections unless your levels are low. If you have high insulin, use the Barton Publishing Diabetes Solution Kit to decrease insulin resistance before considering insulin therapy.
Aside from prescribing insulin, there are several medications that cause the pancreas to make more insulin. If you have type 2 with excess insulin, these probably wouldn’t be the best choice. Knowing your insulin levels can help guide the use of medications. Thus, it is essential to know your insulin levels before you start any therapy.
3. Know your C-peptide level
Along with insulin, the function of the pancreas is assessed by knowing the C-peptide level. C-peptide is the extra piece of protein left over after the insulin is made. It is mostly wasted, but it stays around longer than insulin. So, while insulin is like a snapshot, C-peptide is like a short video. The C-peptide can also tell:
- If your pancreas is putting out excess insulin
- Or if you are getting hypoglycemia from a tumor that secretes insulin which is not responsive to blood sugar like the pancreas
A normal C-peptide level is between 0.8 and 3 ng/mL Optimum is less than 2 ng/mL. If you have less than 0.5 ng/mL, then it may indicate you don’t make enough insulin. You could have both types of diabetes mellitus – Type 1 and Type 2 at the same time – if you have low C-peptide and insulin resistance. This is difficult to treat, but is managed well with the Barton Publishing Diabetes Solution Kit.
4. Diabetes is a toxicity problem
Doctors and nutritionists tell people with diabetes that they can eat anything they want, then they can use extra insulin to bring the blood sugar down. We have discussed the effects of adding extra insulin and medications. Doctors need tell their patients that they have too much…
- Too much carbohydrates (sugar)
- Too much fat
- Too much protein
- Too many calories stored
“Toxicity” is too much of anything! Everything is toxic if you get too much – vitamins, minerals, even water! There are people who have died of water toxicity from drinking too much at one sitting, or over time.
In the same way, the disease we call type 2 diabetes mellitus is simply someone who is toxic on sugar. Carbohydrates that turn into sugar cause the cells to swell up and become toxic. Many of my patients have said they feel like they are toxic. This toxicity damages the brain, the nerves in the feet, the blood vessels, the heart, liver, kidneys, and eyes. Have you been told you have “fatty liver?” This is liver toxicity caused by too much sugar, which can also be caused by alcohol, carbon tetrachloride, and other toxins.
So, if doctors told their patients they were toxic on sugar, the answer, or the cure, for this “disease” would be simple. If I was toxic on lead, I would find and remove all sources of lead, and do chelation to “get the lead out!” If I were toxic on BpA I would avoid plastics so not to get anymore into my system and detox to get rid of what is there. This is exactly what can be done to “cure” T2DM:
- Stop taking in the toxin (sugar)
- Get the levels down to normal (detox)
In the Barton Publishing Diabetes Solution Kit, this is exactly what is done. Phase 1 of the program is all about stopping the toxin that is ravishing your body and detoxing to get the toxic levels down.
5. Diet and Exercise Programs Don’t Work
Doctors don’t tell their patients the truth about diet and exercise. Some doctors will recommend a low fat diet, which is often medically supervised. While some offer a temporary benefit, they may not help as much as previously thought. One study stopped after almost 10 years on a low fat diet with intensive exercise because they could find no benefit.
A huge mistake people often make is to go on a severe calorie-restricted diet to lose weight. These are not helpful for diabetes type 1, nor type 2. They seem to be a short-term solution and may not lower the risk of complications. When people go off the diet, they continue to have the same problems as they gain the weight back. The problem is that they don’t address insulin production. Even high protein diets may not lower insulin resistance.
The fact is, diets don’t work! Temporary changes in eating habits may seem to work to bring down sugar or lose fat for the short term. That is the issue, everyone gains it back!
Exercise is also a big myth. Some doctors tell their patients that they can exercise their way to health and lose weight by burning off the excess fat and sugar. While exercise has many benefits, and everyone should do it, there is no way to heal diabetes with exercise alone. For example, every pound of fat has 3500 calories. So, to burn ONE pound of fat someone who weighs 180 pounds would need to run a marathon! I often ask, “How long does it take you to PUT ON a pound of fat?”
The real way to handle this is to change your lifestyle. There are many ways to do this, but the general principle is illustrated by a clogged sink that is overflowing with running water. The faucet is the sugar you eat, the clog is insulin resistance, the water flowing over the sink represents sugar spilling into your blood and urine.
- Diets and medications are like bailing the water out of the sink, which may temporarily stop if from overflowing.
- Exercise is like cleaning up the floor as the water overflows, again, requiring a HUGE constant effort.
The easy way is simply TURN OFF THE WATER! In the Barton Publishing Diabetes Solution Kit there are ways to turn off the water that are explained in detail. In short, the simple way to get your sugar level down is to stop eating it. Then, you don’t have to try to mop-up your high blood sugar later, nor do you have to use medications to try to lower it. It just won’t go up. You still have to exercise to clean up the floor (detox), but it isn’t a useless effort if there is no more water spilling over. This is the simple truth that all doctors should explain to their newly diagnosed patients with diabetes.
What You CAN Do About Type 2 Diabetes
With these five principles, doctors would be able to help people reverse type 2 diabetes, and it would become rare indeed. People need information. They need knowledge. Knowledge is power, the power to heal and cure.
- People with any type of diabetes need to know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes so they can know if a treatment applies to them.
- People who have diabetes need to know what their insulin levels are so they can know how to reverse the problem.
- People who have diabetes need to know what their C-peptide level is so they can know if they are type 1, type 2, or a combination of both.
- People who have type 2 diabetes need to know that sugar is toxic so they know how they got this disease.
- And, people who have diabetes need to know the effective ways to eat and exercise so they can properly detox.
In this case, knowledge is power! Don’t wait for your doctor to tell you! As a rule, it takes between 25 and 50 years for health information to become part of medical practice! This will all be new information to a medical doctor. You have the knowledge, now you can do it!