Diabetes Gets Worse
If you have had diabetes for a long time, you have probably experienced the following: You start out taking medications. Those medications work for a few months but slowly they start to work less and less. Eventually, you need more and more medications. Most people with diabetes start off on metformin, then they go to metformin and glyburide, then you wind up on three or four agents, next is a little insulin and finally, a lot of insulin.
From Mild, to Severe
People with mild diabetes only require metformin. People with SEVERE DIABETES require insulin. The more medications someone takes, the more severe the diabetes. Although your sugars may up or go down, your diabetes is getting worse.
High Blood Sugar
High blood sugar is NOT diabetes. The sugars and the diabetes are two different things. The real heart of the diabetes is the insulin resistance. The insulin resistance is what is getting WORSE year by year. The high sugars are caused by the insulin resistance.
Think of It Like This
Imagine that diabetes is like an infection. When you have an infection you get a high fever. You don't try and cure the fever because you know it is not the real problem. The real problem is the infection and to cure the infection you need antibiotics. When you have diabetes, the fever is the high blood sugars but the infection is the insulin resistance. But all of our treatments are targeted at the high blood sugars which does nothing for you because you are not actually treating the disease. When you focus on the high blood sugars, the disease will continue to get worse.
For a long time we have believed that the blood sugars were the most important thing for managing diabetes. If your sugars are good, you are doing fine. But about 10 years ago new research showed that well-managed blood sugars did NOT matter. People with poorly managed sugars and people with well-managed sugars went on to develop complications like neuropathy, loss of vision, heart disease and kidney failure. If you think about it this way, you can see why. If you focus on blood sugars you are not actually treating the disease, you are only treating the symptoms.
How it Works
As you eat food, insulin is released.
Insulin takes sugar out of the blood and into the tissue.
When you develop insulin resistance, the insulin doesn't work as well.
So the body pumps out more insulin.
The increased insulin in the blood creates more insulin resistance because the body is exposed to insulin more and more.
Think of It Like This
Think of drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or any type of drug. After you take it for the first time, your body requires more and more to reach the same effect. That is what we call tolerance which is the same as resistance. Insulin is exactly the same. Your body develops resistance. It first develops resistance and you develop diabetes. Then you begin taking insulin and you eventually need more and more. - Dr. Jason Fung
Why Medication Eventually Won't Work
Current diabetes treatment plans DON'T work because we do not treat the disease. We treat the symptoms. We start with mild treatment in the form of metformin, and eventually work our way up to insulin. Taking insulin actually INCREASES insulin resistance in the body which causes more diabetes. This is why you need more and more insulin over time. It is a vicious cycle.
The core problem with diabetes is that the insulin levels are too high which creates insulin resistance. So how could taking more insulin actually be good for you? We focus on having less insulin spikes FIRST. Then we focus on dietary factors.
Lowering Insulin Levels
The most simple way to lower insulin levels is with a fasting window. Most people in our culture eat 3-5 meals per day. We start early with breakfast and end late with dinner or a bed-time snack. This means we have insulin pumping in our blood around the clock!
Remember, diabetes is caused by insulin resistance. To cure diabetes, we need to lower insulin levels. Lower insulin levels will decrease the insulin resistance which causes diabetes. As we stated earlier, insulin is released when you eat food. We can lower insulin levels by increasing the amount of time we spend not eating. The time we spend not eating is called a Fasting Window.
We recommend that everyone begins with a 16-hour fasting window. This means that your last meal of the day is 16 hours apart from your first meal of the NEXT DAY. To reach this goal, you will have to cut out breakfast or dinner. Please understand, you do not need to eat less food or eat different food. You only need to change the time that you eat.
It's Easier Than You Think!
Fasting is different, but it is not very difficult. If you want to be successful at fasting, it helps to start by understanding that eating 3-5 meals per day only benefits the food and drug companies. Less time eating = less insulin spikes. When you first start fasting, you may feel light headed, or sickly. This is normal. As long as your blood sugar is above 70 mg/dl, you are okay. These feelings will pass after just a few days.