Diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic when You’re Actually Type 1
JG was a 25-year old overweight white male when he went to the doctor with a history of frequent urination and excessive thirst. He was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic when laboratory tests showed a high level of sugar in his blood. He had steadily gained weight during the four years prior to the diagnosis. He had no family history of diabetes.
He was given twice daily oral medications and insulin injections. Soon after the diagnosis he started a commercial reduced-calorie diet program and lost almost 62 pounds. He was able to stop all his diabetic medications.
But shortly after, he could not stick with the commercial diet and he went back to his previous way of eating and regained 60 pounds. For the second time, he was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic. His A1C blood test was 13.7, far above the safe range of less than 5.7.
When I first met JG in January of 2015 he was 39 years of age. At that time he was on two different oral medications, one to reduce insulin resistance of cells in his body and another to remove glucose through his kidney. He was also taking two different injections, one designed to stimulate his pancreas to keep releasing insulin for days at a time and the second, long-acting insulin.
My objective in meeting JG was to have him read the manuscript of the book I was about to publish and get his feedback. I asked him whether he was a Type 1 or 2 diabetic and he replied that he had been told he was a Type 2. I told him that the book was primarily for adults diagnosed with the condition of prediabetes to prevent them from becoming diabetics. He agreed to read it and give me his impressions.
He read the manuscript, and liked it so much, he decided to practice what is presented in the book to prevent diabetes in people with prediabetes. His reasoning was that since he was once able to get off diabetic medications using the reduced calorie-intake diet plan, he should be able to make the dietary modification suggested in my book to reduce the amount of medications needed to control his blood sugar. He also thought that the dietary modifications recommended in my book were much easier to continue for the rest of his life.
As specified in the book, he avoided grain products such as bread, pasta, rolls, and rice and experienced an almost immediate lowering of blood sugar levels. In fact, he even began having symptoms of low blood sugar, especially after his workouts and at night. He started reducing his oral medications and later his doctor agreed to a very cautious reduction of his insulin dosage. Finally, almost 3 months after our first meeting he stopped his insulin injections.
But what happened next was shocking. His blood sugar remained around high 100 to low 200 for almost 2 weeks. Then he started vomiting. When he reached the emergency room, he was hyperventilating. He was admitted with a diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that occurs in Type 1 diabetic.
The doctors were perplexed, until a test to determine the amount of insulin secreted by his pancreas showed that JG was a Type 1, not Type 2 diabetic. His pancreas was simply not producing enough insulin to control his blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children whose pancreas cells are damaged starting at infancy. But Type 1 diabetes can also happen to adults, like JG, such as after an infection with an agent such as mumps virus. Complete destruction of insulin producing cells can take up to 10 years, with a gradual reduction in the production and release of insulin.
What is the lesson to be learned here?
Not every adult who is diagnosed with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes is being correctly diagnosed. Like JG, you may actually be a Type 1 diabetic and not even your medical professional knows it.
The reason for this mistake is that our medical system is locked into believing that “insulin resistance” is the cause of Type 2 diabetes, without a clear scientific explanation for why or how it happens. Although it has been the accepted theory since the 1930s as the cause of Type 2 diabetes, no accurate test has ever been developed to prove that someone is or is about to become insulin resistant. Instead, the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes is based on a test that shows how high your blood sugar is.
There is an assumption that if you are an adult and your blood sugar gets high, you must have insulin resistance and are not burning glucose. This is erroneous logic. It is like having your car break down, and the mechanic claiming your car engine is not burning gasoline, without giving you any proof.
My argument here is that the endocrinologists have pursued their own narrowly-defined interests—with encouragement from the pharmaceutical and product manufacturing industries—while the vast majority of people including other physicians have blindly trusted their reasoning. The endocrinologists should be asked to prove that insulin resistance is the actual cause of Type 2 diabetes by having a test to measure when a person is becoming insulin resistant. I promote this agenda because I do not believe that insulin resistance is, in fact, the cause of Type 2 diabetes. Trying to develop an accurate insulin resistance test will, in my thinking, prove that insulin resistance does not exist.
My Theory on the Cause of Type 2 Diabetes
So, if not insulin resistance, what could be the cause of Type 2 diabetes? My theory is that the body is like a hybrid car, in that it can burn two types of fuel—glucose and fatty acids. In my book, Eat, Chew, Live, I present a scientific explanation for why and how the body switches to burning fatty acids, leaving glucose in the blood as the cause of high blood sugar. This switch occurs in adults, and increasingly in teens and children, because of overeating, especially grain-based products. It is why we see diabetes spreading everywhere that grain-based products (breads, pastas, rice, and corn) are increasingly used as major components of people’s diet, not because insulin resistance is sprouting up in different parts of the world at epidemic proportions.
We Need Proper Tests for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Ideally, we need a test to find out whether insulin resistance is the real cause of Type 2 diabetes. Only then can doctors truly know how to diagnose and treat all patients with high blood sugar. Without a test to measure insulin resistance, the best we can do for an adult at the first sign of high blood sugar is a test to measure if their pancreas is failing to produce enough insulin, in which case, we can at least prove that the person is a Type 1 diabetic like JG.
But we should no longer assume people with Type 2 diabetes are insulin resistant without a test to prove it. They may have high blood sugar and diabetes, but simply avoiding the consumption of grain products could reverse their condition within months, rather than years of medications for a “disease” they don’t really have.
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- How the consumption of grains causes your body to develop high blood sugar
- How you can lower your blood sugar to avoid or reverse Type 2 diabetes without using drugs.
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