Do Diabetics Need Insulin And Other Drugs

A large number of diabetics are overweight because they put out too much insulin. As you might imagine, nothing would be more inappropriate than to give insulin to these overweight diabetics, who already put out excessive insulin and have elevated blood sugar resulting from insulin resistance, rather than lack of insulin.

Are you a Type II diabetic taking insulin, or one of the oral drugs called sulfonylureas, which work by increasing your insulin levels? And do you seem to be metabolically resistant to weight loss? Then chances are a hundred to one that you are a diabetic who is simply a victim of a poor assumption on the part of your physician. My approach with those already diagnosed diabetics on oral medications and/or insulin who come to me is to determine if they can produce insulin on their own.

Here's how you find out if the insulin you are taking is necessary or not: Have your doctor run a test of insulin levels (as well as glucose levels) both before and ninety minutes after a typical low-fat/high-carbohydrate breakfast (including perhaps a blueberry muffin, cereal with skim milk and eight-ounce glass of orange juice). Make sure you take no long-acting insulin after 6 P.M. the evening before and no diabetes medications of any kind the morning of the test until after the second blood sample is drawn. (The blood drawn after eating or after drinking a glucose solution is called a post-prandial reading.)

Here's how to interpret the results: If the second insulin level is 10 or more points higher than the first, it means your pancreas is working and that you probably can get off in sulin if you are willing to follow the Atkins Nutritional Approach. If it is 20 or more points higher, it is almost a certainty that you can do so.

The Induction phase of Atkins is essential to accomplish this feat, as is a program for gradually reducing your dosage level of insulin (and sulfonylurea drugs), as I discuss in Chapter 24. My staff and I have taken hundreds of diabetics off insulin and thousands off oral medications, all without any ill effects. Do not discontinue medication, however, except under the care of a doctor.

In Chapter 24, you will also learn that the only drug useful for overweight, insulin-resistant, but not insulindependent, diabetics is metformin. And that chromium, vanadium, alpha lipoic acid, zinc, biotin and Co-enzyme Q10 can also help individuals who are insulin resistant.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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