Science Thrives on Challenges & Advances with Each New Idea
If you have a basic understanding of diabetes, you probably know that it is a condition in which your blood sugar rises to a very high level, beyond what it should normally be, even in the fasting state. As I told you in my first blog, Diabetes Care & Prevention: A Revolutionary New Approach, diabetes is a condition associated with many complications that can impact your health and even lead to early death.
Sushruta, a 6th century BCE Indian healer, identified Type 1 diabetes after noticing that ants were attracted to a person’s urine due to its sugar content. Later, elevated sugar level in the urine and blood found in patients with this condition were correlated with the absence of insulin production by the pancreas. This established Type 1 diabetes as a disease of the hormonal system.
When similar elevations of sugar were identified in the urine and blood of adults with Type 2 diabetes, it was natural to classify this too as a hormonal disease. But when it was found that the early stage of rising blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes was also associated with high levels of insulin circulating in the blood, it became necessary to produce an explanation. About 80 years ago, Dr William Falta proposed the theory of “insulin resistance” as one possible explanation.
To be precise, insulin resistance refers to the notion that some of the cells in the body refuse to “be triggered” by the hormone insulin when it is released by the pancreas after a meal containing carbohydrates. Insulin tells cells that glucose, absorbed from carbohydrates, is available outside them to be escorted in. The cells burn glucose as the fuel to make energy so they can perform their cellular functions.
Experts in hormonal diseases accepted this theory and, based on laboratory analysis, decided cells that become resistant to insulin are located in muscle, fat, and liver cells. The experiment conducted to confirm this showed that liver cells were less sensitive to insulin. The problem is, that test did not actually measure insulin resistance. It only showed that glucose did not enter cells when insulin was present. This is like conducting an emotional intelligence test and calling it the equivalent of an IQ test.
This conclusion, nevertheless, justified experts in hormonal diseases to determine the diagnosis, classification and the standards of care for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes—all based on believing in insulin resistance. No one bothered to look at the problem in another way: was it possible that cells did not need the glucose, even in the presence of insulin?
I have been researching the issues of hunger, satiation, and the cause of diabetes for nearly 30 years. I have come to question the widely accepted interpretation of Type 2 diabetes as insulin resistance. In my book, Eat, Chew, Live, I put forward six reasons why insulin resistance only among three types of cells in the body (muscle, fat and liver) is illogical and must be inaccurate. Here’s one of them, just to exemplify the illogical nature of insulin resistance.
Consider your muscle strength. If insulin resistance prevented muscles from using as much glucose, we should see evidence of a weakening of muscle function, just as you would expect a car to function poorly if its engine’s ability to burn gasoline was impaired. But we don’t see a loss of muscle function in people with high blood sugar. Diabetes does not appear to prevent people from running, jumping, lifting heavy boxes, dancing, skiing, or walking. Type 2 diabetics may often be aging seniors who are losing muscle mass, but not at rates faster than the general population of seniors. There is no evidence of progressive weakening of muscle power or deterioration of muscle function in individuals with decades long Type 2 diabetes.
Let me give you one more piece of evidence that I think you can easily understand. You have probably heard that the incidence diabetes is increasing all around the world. Countries that never had high rates of diabetes in their population are now seeing diabetes skyrocket. Would you believe that millions of humans around the world are suddenly becoming insulin resistant when they were not before? Does that make sense?
I hope you are intrigued by my arguments and are eager to learn what I believe is the true cause of Type 2 diabetes. What I want you to walk away with now is this: scientific discoveries very often happen in unexpected ways. We accept one theory about how something happens until evidence suggests that this theory is wrong, and another one must take its place. Challenging what is generally accepted and changing to a new way of thinking is how scientific progress is made. I believe we are at this juncture when it comes to continuing to accept that insulin resistance is the cause of Type 2 diabetes.
It is important to understand the significance of my new theory, starting with questioning the classification of Type 2 diabetes as a disease of the hormonal system. Perhaps there is nothing wrong with your insulin production and your cells are not insulin resistant at all. This means that normalizing blood sugar by using drugs may not be the correct treatment for this condition.
As you will soon learn in my upcoming blogs, you can prevent and even reverse diabetes in completely natural, easy-to-do ways, related to how and what you eat. The solution to diabetes is not as complicated as you have been led to believe.
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