Can My Doctor Cure Diabetes?

No.  Diabetes has become so common that Americans spend $12 billion annually on research and $132 billion on therapy.  This monumental effort has allowed medical science to better manage the secondary diseases of diabetes.

But slowing the consequences is very different from curing the disease.

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Routine medical therapy would consist of the following:

Type 1 diabetic.  Intensified insulin therapy, which is designed to mimic the flow of insulin in a healthy human.  3-5 injections of human insulin (or flow from an attached pump) are spaced throughout the day in accordance with meals.  Outcome with Type 1 diabetes is vastly superior than even a few decades ago.  In Britain prior to the discovery of insulin (1922), there were 119 deaths from diabetes per million people.  After the discovery of insulin (1931) there were 145 deaths from diabetes per million population.  That’s right, the death rate actually went up, because people increased the incidence of a self-destructive lifestyle and relied too heavily on the “magic bullet” insulin.  Clearly, insulin helps to control the rampant complications from diabetes, but is far from a cure for the disease.

Type 2 diabetic.  Use of oral hypoglycemic agents, including sulfa drugs like Diabinese, Glucotrol, Micronase, and Orinase.  These drugs seem to enhance insulin production and the sensitivity of the body cells to insulin.  However, they lose their effectiveness with time and, according to a huge study by the University Group Diabetes Program, elevate the risk for death from heart attack or stroke by 250%.[i] Other treatment drugs include metformin, the thiazolidinediones (TZDs), insulin, acarbose (blocks starch digestion), and orlistat (blocks fat digestion).  All of these drugs have their considerable side effects, such as orlistat, which causes flatulence, oily stools, “rectal leakage”, and malabsorption of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.[ii]

[i] . UDGP, Diabetes, vol.19, p.789, 1970

[ii] . Halstead, CH, Am.J.Clin.Nutr., vol.69, p.1059, 1999

Patrick Quillin

Dr. Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition and cancer. He has 30 years experience as a clinical nutritionist, of which 10 years were spent as the Vice President for a leading cancer hospital system where he worked with thousands of cancer patients in a hospital setting. His a Best Selling Author with 17 books which have sold over 2 million copies.

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