Is taking insulin more dangerous for diabetics than the disease?

August 8, 2015
Volume 5    |   Issue 64

Diabetes is rampant these days. I've known several people in their 40s receiving the diagnosis. But I've also seen people take responsibility for their disease and get off their insulin. Tim, for instance, started running. He jogged his way off of insulin. Mike took a different route. He opted for gastric bypass surgery. Within weeks he was off all of his medications. Others have focused on diet to get off insulin. Whatever route you take, it's important you do so. That's because treating type-2 diabetes with insulin is more dangerous than not treating it at all.

You read that right. Taking insulin is bad news. But could it really be worse than high blood sugar? The answer, according to one study, is a resounding yes.

In this study, the researchers followed 84,622 patients with type-2 diabetes. They wanted to see if the insulin was responsible for a major cardiac event, cancer, or mortality. They also wanted to see if it caused further disease, such as microvascular disease. This is disease in the walls of the heart's tiny arteries. When these get damaged or diseased, it causes serious problems for diabetes. In many cases, it can kill.

The researchers divided the patients into three groups: (1) sulfonylurea therapy only, (2) insulin therapy only, and (3) insulin plus Metformin. Metformin is the first drug doctors prescribe for type-2 diabetes. Now this is really interesting. Sulfonylurea is an anti-diabetic drug that forces the pancreas to produce insulin, which lowers blood sugar. These are dangerous drugs. Research has shown that lowering glucose with sulfonylurea raises cardiovascular mortality.

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As bad as these drugs are, though, insulin was worse. The researchers found that the insulin led to more heart mortality, more stroke morbidity, more renal complications and neuropathy, and even more cancer.

I admit, this was a retrospective study, which isn't one of the best types of studies. But it was a significant study, in that it showed just how dangerous taking insulin is. Obviously, diabetics need to lower their blood sugar. Taking drugs to make it happen shouldn't be the first step to do so. It's best to start with diet and exercise. Evidence is showing that the drastic step of gastric surgery is better for your health than taking these drugs.

Insulin is a hormone. You don't want any more of it in your body than you need. And you want your body to use it effectively. Too much insulin damages your tissues, causes inflammation, and makes you more susceptible to disease.

You can make type-2 diabetes disappear with diet, exercise, and supplements. Eating few carbohydrates, processed sugars, and even high glycemic fruits is the first step. Focus your diet on vegetables. Then take supplements that will help reduce your blood sugar and your need for insulin. Advanced Bionutritionals has just developed a supplement to do just that. It's called Advanced Blood Sugar Formula. You can order it by following this link.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


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