Dr. David Clark, Dallas Functional Neurologist, shares life-changing information for the 25% of Type 2 Diabetes victims who suffer even though they take medication.
25% of Type 2 diabetics have no idea they have a hidden condition that can ruin their life faster and more painfully than the diabetes.
Most people think of Type 2 diabetes as some sort of a "bad decision" disease...you ate junk food...you’re fat....you didn’t exercise...and now you have Type 2 Diabetes. Granted, there’s a lot of whose lifestyle and diet have pushed them into a corner. Diet and lifestyle and exercise are huge factors in developing Type 2 diabetes.
But here’s the shocker:
Scientific data shows that 25 percent, a quarter of the people that are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, actually have an autoimmune disease.
This is called LADA, latent autoimmune diabetes mellitus of adults.
And what it means is your diabetes is being caused by your confused immune system attacking your pancreas; or attacking some other components of your body that are leading to this diabetic condition.
The bad news---taking insulin and taking Metformin® and taking all those drugs won’t do anything for this autoimmune condition.
There’s only a few ways to even know if you’ve got this autoimmune condition. You have to get the proper tests. So if your doctor hasn’t checked you for LADA, personally I think they’re probably not doing a good job. They’ve not turned over every stone to find out what’s the cause of your diabetes.
If you developed diabetes when you were in your 20’s, you were not overweight and you were exercising – then there's a good chance have Autoimmune Type 2 Diabetes.
Any person, at any age, can develop this autoimmune Type 2 diabetes. And it looks exactly the same as regular Type 2 Diabetes. The symptoms are the same, the lab results look the same. However, there is a huge difference.
If your doctor tests specific antibodies, they’ll show up positive.
The body’s immune system is targeting the pancreas, targeting insulin, enzymes such as GAD65 that are making you have a diabetic picture on your labs and making you have Type 2 diabetic symptoms, such as fatigue, thirst, overeating, sleep problems, high blood pressure. All of those things can be caused by your immune system mistakenly attacking you.
I would be very surprised if anyone has ever checked you for this. If your diabetes keeps getting worse or if you already have other known autoimmune conditions, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, scleroderma – if you already have any of those things – or MS for that matter – if you already have any of those autoimmune conditions and you’ve got Type 2 diabetes then there’s a very strong chance that they are connected.....meaning that an autoimmune attack has caused both things.
If you don’t do something to manage this and get a hold of it and find out what’s going on and what you can do to slow this thing down...
it will march through the rest of your body and continue to attack other tissues.
The common scenario I see is a person diagnosed with the Type 2 diabetes---but I also find out that they’ve also got Meniere’s disease....or they have vertigo that won’t resolve ....and they’ve also got rheumatoid arthritis---- or they’ve got some other undiagnosed autoimmune condition that is just waiting, coiled like a snake in the grass.
So what do you do about this? Well you’ve got to do the right tests and I’m not going tell you what the tests are because I don’t want you running out trying to get a test yourself. You’ve got to find a doctor who knows LADA.
I mean think about it. If what you had was an autoimmune condition, an immune system problem, shouldn’t that be the focus, or at least figured into your care?
Shouldn’t someone be finding out what is causing this?
What’s promoting your immune system? What’s egging on your immune system on to continue to attack your pancreas?
So, if your diabetic medication dosage keeps changing, then it’s time to get checked to find out if you have autoimmune Type 2 diabetes. If you do have Autoimmune Type 2 Diabetes, there are many natural tools to support your body and get your immune system back into balance. But you’ve got to do the right tests.
25% of Type 2 Diabetics – that’s millions of people – have no hope of getting better because they will continue to suffer with Autoimmune Type 2 Diabetes.
And Diabetes mediations won't help.
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