Insulin resistance / Hyperinsulinaemia
In all my twenty years of living with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes,
no health care provider has once mentioned to me the subject of
insulin resistance/hyperinsulinaemia, what it is, how it plays out in
my body, what it signals. In fact the main treatment by NHS is to
have me check blood sugars, then give me medication to reduce my
blood sugar levels, take insulin and the usual mantra of eat less and
walk more, to say nothing of the poor dietary advice – which is now
being proved to be so wrong. I was advised to eat my carbs, count my
calories, and cut right back on fat.
So wrong! Fat is not evil, counting calories is not the way (to say
nothing of it being a complicated process) and carbs are fine in
moderation provided they are low carbs.
But I am digressing. The real killer, the real culprit in so many illnesses is Insulin Resistance. We need to understand that the main driver of chronic disease is insulin resistance and a high-carbohydrate diet and excess sugar.
Unfortunately, most medical schools still don’t teach medical students about insulin resistance, or
sufficient about nutrition, and one of the primary reasons, especially in the USA, for this is because
medical schools are strongly influenced by the food industry, which wants you to believe that eating
fat is dangerous and eating sugars and grains (net carbs) is healthy.
Neither is true, but these ideas are driven by financial motives. We need to remember that diabetes is one of the greatest growth industries in the world. My journey of diabetes has been a journey of managing a chronic condition for which I have been spun the line that it cannot be cured. It has been costly in terms of medication, my time, my emotional energy, ways it has inhibited my life, to say nothing of the huge costs in NHS staff time. The NHS approach has had nothing to do with creating health and well-being.
And yet, stories abound from doctors willing to put it out there
that diabetes is being reversed and can be prevented by relatively
simple dietary and lifestyle changes. But of course, if this were to
happen on the huge scale possible, the support industries for diabetes
would collapse as their customer base would disappear. Not entirely,
of course, because some patients will not be willing to adopt the
lifestyle and nutritional changes needed, not that they are at all
As part of a new paradigm I would like to see medical schools admit
that we failed by telling people to eat a high-carbohydrate diet, and
instead to change the focus of the teaching with more on nutrition
and lifestyle, and that we have to emphasise that carbohydrates and
insulin resistance are the problem and the cause of a broad range of
diseases, not just diabetes.
We have to realise we're heading toward a disaster because we don't
understand that you must treat insulin resistance with a
low-carbohydrate diet. Unless we do that, we're not going to
address the health of our nations … We used to be very lean.
That's what we're designed to be. We have to somehow get back to
that original state, because humans are not designed to be fat or obese.
Insulin resistance – ketogenic diet health benefits
Insulin resistance – learn more
Insulin resistance – an authoritative guide – with excellent
summary of how to treat and reverse IR
The Diabetes Code - Prevent and Reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally
Dr Eric Berg
It's NOT about the calories
Constant caloric restriction is not the same as intermittent fasting. Each approach triggers very different hormonal responses in our body, the difference between the two being the difference between success and failure.
The portion-control strategy of regular caloric reduction is the most common dietary approach recommended to treat both weight loss and type 2 diabetes. But does it work? No. Yet it is part of the only mantra my NHS doctor gives me - “focus on diet, get in some physical activity” – even though my symptoms are such I can hardly walk or swim. Dieticians at my diabetes clinic also follow this approach, and counsel me to eat four, five, or six times a day. This approach requires constant attention to food labels, to count calories and carbohydrates. They deny insulin creates weight gain.
Data originating in the United Kingdom shows that the foregoing conventional advice succeeds in only 1 in 210 obese men and 1 in 124 obese women. That is a failure rate of 99.5 percent, and that number is even worse for morbid obesity. So why should I follow this advice? On what evidence do medical people continue to propagate it? Millions of individuals are being given the WRONG advice which causes their health to deteriorate even further.
But why doesn’t it work? Because restricting calories causes a compensatory increase in hunger and a decrease in the body’s metabolic rate, the speed at which chemical reactions take place in the body when we eat or exercise.
The above approach nullifies weight-loss efforts and ultimately ends in failure.
Intermittent fasting succeeds because it produces beneficial hormonal changes that chronic caloric deprivation does not. Most importantly, it reduces insulin and insulin resistance.
Eat good healthy, fresh food and give up counting calories.
If you’re house is flooding, you don’t spend time baling out the water with a flimsy mop and bucket. You aim as far as possible to stop the supply of water into your house.
If you are in a rowing boat, and it springs a leak, you don’t spend your time bailing out the water; you stop the water coming into the boat by mending the hole of the leak, thereby preventing more water coming into the boat.
With diabetes it is the same; we need to switch our efforts from the water ( ie trying to get our blood glucose rates down) when we need to turn off the supply of sugar by reducing the consumption of it and of carbohydrates. Seemples