As many of you know by now, they are now pushing lap-band surgery as a first-line therapy for type II diabetes. This is quite a dramatic turn around since it used to be designated as the therapy of last resort.
So what are the implications of this new recommendation? Well, to me it indicates that they are finally admitting that they have nothing to offer diabetics in terms of a cure. Not only that, they have not been very successful in preventing the complications of diabetes, or relieving them.
In spite of what they claim, lap-bands do not “cure” diabetes. In other words, take away the lap-band and the diabetes will return. It is basically another band-aid which is the basic approach to all things medical. The idea of treating the underlying cause of conditions is not within the ken of most healthcare practitioners.
So what is my take on this situation? My feeling is that doctors have always approached type II diabetes as a disease of too much sugar. In addition, they say that it is caused by insulin resistance – in other words, there is a problem of insulin transporting sugar into the cells.
Needless to say, I have always had a different take on this. For the most part I have suspected that type II diabetes was caused by the body producing too much insulin which resulted in the body’s fat cells to get filled up with fat. Insulin not only creates fat by pushing sugar into fat cells where it is converted into fat for storage, but it also sits outside fat cells and prevents the release of fat – it is a fat-storing hormone. This is why most diabetic medications cause weight gain because they increase insulin levels.
To continue, many people are thin when they are young which is the time they develop fat cells. If this is the case, they may not develop many fat cells so that later in life these fat cells can get filled up with fat. At this point it would be difficult for insulin to get sugar into these cells which I feel is where the resistance comes from. The result is a rise in blood sugar and hence they get diagnosed with diabetes.
As a result they often get started on a medication to raise insulin, which is not only the hormone that causes diabetes, but it is also the hormone that I feel results in most of the complications of diabetes. Very often, by taking people off these medications and using natural progesterone cream, benfotiamine, and alpha lipoic acid, you can reverse the neuropathy.
Putting a person on a program to burn fat will help get the fat out of the fat cells, providing room for sugar in the blood to get into these cells, leading, perhaps to a cure for the diabetes.
However, and it is a big however, two things need to be determined: 1) are you still producing insulin? – this can be tested for by doing a c-peptide level, and 2) what is the reason your body was over-producing insulin in the first place?
Those people who get sleepy between 3-4pm or sleepy after eating are producing too much insulin. Controlling insulin can be easily achieved.
If you wish to have more information I would recommend my book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”, or going to my website: www.plattwellness.com for information about consulting with me.