Who would have thought that lowering insulin use while keeping blood glucose levels stable was even possible? I don’t remember hearing that in my pump training class. They talked about how to increase insulin not decrease insulin.
Who would have thought that it would be this easy to better regulate their blood sugar levels? Skipping breakfast and lunch sounds too simple.
Why does this work?
We fast every day. If we ate our last meal or snack at 8 PM and eat breakfast the next day at 8 AM we’ve just done a 12 hour fast. But for insulin resistant people the Dawn Syndrome robs us of the advantage of that fast. We wake up and our numbers are higher than they should be. Increasing our pump basal amounts doesn’t help either. (In fact, if this model is right it makes it even worse).
How is extending the fast by 4-8 hours beneficial? Well, instead of stepping up from our early number (as breakfast does) we keep steadily going down in blood sugar levels. Dr Feng’s view is that there’s a transition from using stored energy in the liver to stored energy in the body’s fat cells themselves. That transition is how we lose weight and affect the insulin resistance.
A few drugs, like Metformin, can help, but not enough over a long time, We’ve got to extend our reset period and the best way to do that is through fasting.
The Shift in Thinking
The main shift in thinking was going from believing that insulin is a neutral substance which only helps to lower blood sugar. If insulin itself is the problem then treating with insulin is throwing fuel on that same fire. No wonder we keep getting sicker and sicker.
Insulin is a hormone
From this site.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use.
The same site says this.
People with type 2 diabetes do not respond well or are resistant to insulin. They may need insulin shots to help them better process sugar and to prevent long-term complications from this disease. Persons with type 2 diabetes may first be treated with oral medications, along with diet and exercise. Since type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, the longer someone has it, the more likely they will require insulin to maintain blood sugar levels.
So let’s try and follow the conventional wisdom.
- T2Ds don’t handle insulin well (insulin resistance)
- T2Ds need shots to get more insulin
- Eventually oral meds will need to be replaced with insulin in T2Ds.
That’s the best they have to offer on these sites. The problem isn’t blood sugar levels it’s our response to insulin. No real insight is given on how to improve insulin resistance. No comment on the underlying problem at all.