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Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease because we use medications to treat it

John Poothullil, MD, FRCP

John Poothullil, MD, FRCP

According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of diabetes is growing throughout the world: 422 million (2014) compared to 108 million (1980), with an estimated 1.5 million deaths (2012) directly caused by diabetes and another 2.2 million deaths attributable to high blood glucose. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and lower limb amputations.
Experts tell us that insulin resistance causes it. It is common to withhold an antibiotic or a chemotherapeutic agent from a patient resistant to one or the other. However, when it comes to Type 2 diabetes, endocrinologists prescribe insulin to “overcome” the resistance, without clarifying the mechanism. In addition, there aren’t any tests to measure the degree of insulin resistance at any of the affected sites, before and after insulin administration.
I suggest that insulin administration may be the actual reason for Type 2 diabetes being a progressive condition.
First, in response to the sensation of hunger you experience as a result of insulin administration, if you eat, you are likely to prolong your diabetes as you create a constant loop of eating, hunger and eating.
Secondly, current insulin administrations can’t match the body’s natural rhythmic insulin release mechanism because they cannot be counter-balanced by thebody’s release of glucagon into the bloodstream, which happens naturally to raise blood sugar. The presence of stress and illness, and the variability of absorption of insulin into the bloodstream from the site of injection are other confounding factors that make insulin administration a guessing game.
Third, taking insulin leads you to believe you are in control and need not make any dietary changes.
Fourth, even maintaining blood sugar levels with insulin can’t guarantee avoidance of the complications of Type 2 diabetes mentioned above.
And finally, insulin is a known promoter of cancercell growth. This means that today’s pandemic of diabetes will become the next epidemic of cancer that the world will face, unless we treat Type 2 diabetes differently, such as by avoiding the consumption of grains.

John Poothullil, MD, FRCP received his medical degree from the University of Kerala and during his medical practice became interested in understanding the causes of and interconnections between hunger, satiation, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes.


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