If you have noticed some of the signs and symptoms that we discussed about diabetes in the last chapter, it is likely that you headed right in to your doctor in order to get diagnosed and to learn what you need to do in order to treat diabetes. Perhaps you were in for a regular checkup and your doctor decided to get you tested (either because of some of the symptoms you were describing or to be on the safe side). Either way, you may be dealing with a diabetes diagnosis and looking to your doctor for answers.
Most of us assume that we can to trust our doctor. We feel that they have the education and the knowledge to take care of us and we hope, especially if we have been with a particular doctor for a long time and that they are going to put our interests first and give us the right treatment. Unfortunately, most of the time this is not the case and there are many reasons why our doctor may choose to just put us on a medications and hope that this works.
Sometimes, the doctor truly believes what they are taught in med school about diabetes and feels that medications are the only way to solve the issue. Other times they may feel that this is the easiest way to help you when they are too busy with work to spend any more time on it. Some may even be getting a nice trip to some exotic locale as an incentive from the pharmaceutical companies so they will take any chance they can get to prescribe certain medications, regardless of whether they think it is going to be the cure that you need. This can lead to the pharmaceutical companies becoming rich off of their new lifelong customer (you), and you getting sicker and even more dependent on medications over time.
Finding a cure for diabetes
Your doctor is not thinking about what is going wrong with the body when you’re suffering from diabetes. They are only taught to prescribe medications while in medical school. They aren’t allowed to think in terms of treating the root cause of the disease itself because they could be wrong and get in a lot of legal trouble. There are a lot of things that are taking place a bio-chemically and physiologically within the body and when we are address them it becomes easier to deal with the disease.
Unfortunately, most doctors are told that they need to follow what is known as the “standard of care”. This means that everyone is going to be treated in the same manner if they have the same disease. When it comes to being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes, your standard of care is going to be diabetic drugs (at least one but often times it’s more than one) as well as, insulin. Most diabetics are going to get the exact same treatment, even the same drugs, to “cure” the issue.
In order to treat diabetes, we need to address how the body functions and learn what is happening behind the scene that prevents your body from functioning in the proper manner. When you think of the reason that you are dealing with diabetes, it is easier to see how the pills may not provide the results you need.
The truth about insulin
Many times, when the medications are no longer working properly for you, it will be time to go to the next level, insulin injections. Right away this should send up some red flags for people who are dealing with insulin-resistant diabetes. With this option, your body is producing insulin, the cells are just not responding to it. Do you really think that adding in more insulin is going to solve this issue? Unfortunately, millions of people do and they end up flooding their bodies with way more insulin than is needed.
There are a lot of issues that can come from taking in insulin in high levels, something that is easy to do when your body is producing its own insulin and you are taking injections of this hormone. Taking in insulin at these high of levels may cause:
· The patient to age prematurely, which results in shortened life expectancy.
· The patient will start to gain weight at an even faster rate than before starting on insulin injections.
· More issues with insulin resistance.
· The patient to deal with more issues with higher blood pressure.
· Lead to cardiovascular disease.
· Increase the risk of developing cancer.
These are just some of the issues that will start showing up when you deal with high levels of insulin. In Type-1 diabetes, it may be helpful to take in insulin injections because your body isn’t producing insulin at all, but with Type-2, your body produces plenty, it is just not responding to it. Adding in more of the insulin is just going to make the issue worse and will speed up the harmful side effects of diabetes rather than helping it out.
Misconceptions your doctor doesn’t want you to know about diabetic treatments
The treatment for diabetes when you visit the doctor is pretty simple. You will start out with diabetes medications, maybe told to change a few things about your dieting, and that is it. Over time, the medications will stop working so you will get more medications and eventually start on insulin injections. This is the way that it has been for years, but it is not really the best way to treat your diabetes symptoms.
Over the years, with the help of the pharmaceutical companies, there have been a lot of misconceptions that have formed around the treatment of diabetes, as well as some of the risk factors.
Many of us assume that if a relative has diabetes, we will eventually suffer from it as well, no matter how hard we work otherwise. Although, there may be some truth to genetics links to diabetes, this is just one factor in the health profile but certainly not the only one. Just because a relative has diabetes doesn’t mean that you’re destined get it. You can change how you handle your stress levels, exercise, diet, and other lifestyle choices in order to keep diabetes at bay.
Thinking that diabetes is all about genetics is basically allowing us to give in to it. You assume that since someone you are related to have diabetes, there is nothing you can do about this and you may as well give up. This can be really dangerous because it allows you to pick the easy way out. You will agree to go on prescription medications because you assume this is the hand you’re dealt in life and you should just learn to live with it. Is it really worth risking your health for an easy way out by limiting your options for healing and treatment?
“You can’t reverse diabetes” …
Thanks to the pharmaceutical industry and their effective advertising, it is common for people to believe that once they get Type-2 diabetes, they are going to be stuck with it for the rest of their lives. If someone tells you that Type-2 diabetes is irreversible, they have already given up on helping you. Your body, when given the right tools and nutrition, will be able to do a lot of the healing on its own, you just need to make sure that you hand it the right tools, which by the way, doesn’t include medications.
Now, if you choose to go on medications and do nothing about the diabetes, it will become an irreversible disease. You will not be able to get better just by popping those pills and perhaps this is where the misconception comes from. You need to make sure that you are taking the right steps, such as eating a healthy diet and reducing your stress levels, and then you can work on getting rid of and reversing diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that you can heal; you just need to learn how to work with the body to make this healing occur.
The only way to cure diabetes is with prescription drugs
If this was true, the cure for diabetes would have been found by this time. There have been millions of dollars, if not more, spent on diabetes research and if there was a cure that could come in the form of a pill, we would all have it and never need to worry about diabetes again. It is going to take a lot more to help you to finally cure diabetes. There is a cure and it is possible to reverse diabetes, but you are not going to find it in a prescription drug.
My doctor knows how to treat diabetes
For the most part, you are probably dealing with a doctor who is a generalist. They know a little bit about a lot of different problems and see a lot of people during the day who have a variety of these problems. Your doctor may know a little bit about diabetes, but their knowledge may not go past the point of handing you a prescription, telling you to watch your diet and exercise, and then moving on to the next patient. This often leaves the patient confused as to what to do and they will instead, rely purely on just taking drugs.
It is important that if you are relying on a doctor for help, you find one who is going to help you. You can speak to a doctor who is a specialist in this kind of diabetes, or even consider a nutritionist who can actually help lead you to the right direction of choosing foods to cure diabetes. You can find a team that can help you, but don’t just assume that your regular doctor will be able to take on all the work.
Blood tests don’t need to be done often
This can be a really dangerous way to look at your health. Many people will only end up monitoring their blood glucose levels two times a year or less. If you are taking medications for your diabetes, does it make much sense that you monitor the blood only two times a year?
Often it is best to monitor it once every month or two to get the best idea of where things are going. This allows you to check if the numbers are heading in the right direction and ensures that if things are not going properly for you that you can turn them around in a timely manner. It is hard to know where you are going if you never check this out so make sure that you find a doctor who will be more regular with your blood tests to avoid issues.
Is my doctor really helping me?
When you are dealing with Type-2 diabetes, it is important that you learn how to really advocate for yourself. While there are many doctors out there who are amazing, some of them have no clue how to treat diabetes and others may be so overworked that they have no time to help you. If your doctor is not able to take the time to work with you on this condition, then who’s to say that they are giving you the best suggestion when they hand you the prescriptions?
Is your doctor spending enough time with you discuss treatment options for diabetes? Will they be your advocate in helping your body heal itself? Think about the answers to these questions:
1. When you go to see your doctor, do they spend time with you and are you able to get your questions answered well?
2. Has your doctor spent time with you to create a treatment plan? Does this treatment plan contain goals and benchmarks that the two of you will be able to measure?
3. Have your doctor only prescribed medications, or have they spent some time talking about dietary guidelines that are specific for your health?
4. Has your doctor spent the time to provide you with a good exercise regimen that helps burn fat?
5. Has your doctor spent time to check for anemia or some of the other blood disorders?
6. Has your doctor done other tests on you including an adrenal stress index, stool analysis, or thyroid panel?
Your doctor can be one of your best assets when it comes to your health and how well you are able to manage and control your diabetes. However, you need to make sure that your doctor is on your side, and giving you the time you deserve, otherwise you could just become another number who is getting prescribed more medications. When you work with your doctor to treat the diabetes, know that there are natural alternatives to not only controlling your blood sugar but there are also alternative ways to heal and cure your diabetes.