Dr. David Clark, Functional Neurologist and director of The Place for Answers™, explodes the myths and half-truths that sabotage the health of frustrated women labeled with Type 2 Diabetes.
This is Type 2 Diabetes Secret #1...
The pancreas is not the only organ that controls blood sugar.
The reason you think that the pancreas is the sole player is because of insulin. And everyone thinks of insulin as this great thing, that insulin’s your friend. Well insulin is necessary but insulin is not your friend. Insulin is inflammatory.
Insulin causes inflammation in your body and yes, the pancreas does make insulin--- but there are a couple of other players I need you to know about because if you are reading this and you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes or your doctor has warned you about it..or you’re worried about it because you know your blood sugar’s not controlled...
...there’s some things you need to know because the pancreas is not the alpha and the omega of whether or not you develop type two diabetes. Of course it is important. Let’s talk about some of the other ones.
The liver, adrenal glands and thyroid gland are the Big Three in control of blood sugar. (The thyroid factor is too complicated for me to talk about in just a couple of minutes). Let’s talk about the liver for a second. The liver stores glucose--blood sugar. The liver stores glucose in a form called glycogen.
So the liver has to be able to manufacture this glycogen so that it’s available for you later when you need it. Alcohol, bad diet and medications can cause liver stress and malfunction. The liver malfunction can elevated your blood sugar and flag you as a Type 2 Diabetic or a pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome. What I’m telling you is if your doctor isn't looking at your liver function from a FUNCTIONAL point of view, then I believe your doctor is missing the boat.
If you get put on insulin, take a large red Sharpie and circle that day on your calendar, because that's the day you stepped off a cliff...
Insulin is inflammatory. At the point most people get put on insulin, they have a condition called insulin resistance---which means the cells aren’t paying attention to the signal that insulin’s trying to give ( get sugar out of the bloodstream and into tissues.) They won't let glucose or blood sugar into the cell sooooo....
Giving you more insulin just makes you more inflamed and there are tremendous cardiovascular consequences from excessive insulin.
I mean you could just do a search in the scientific literature and see that high insulin is horrible, horrible for you. So the liver is a key player that’s gotta be looked at.
Let’s talk about the adrenal glands...the adrenal glands are the organs that help regulate your blood sugar. I’ll make it very simple for you. The adrenal glands make a hormone called cortisol. You may have heard of cortisol before, people say cortisol makes you fat. Well here’s why cortisol makes you fat and here’s why cortisol is related directly to you getting labeled with type two diabetes.
Cortisol frees up glycogen--the storage form of glucose. But---- what cortisol will also do is make you insulin resistant! When you're insulin resistant, insulin piles up outside the cells in your bloodstream and blood sugar piles up in your cells outside the bloodstream. If that goes on for very long you’re gonna have high blood sugar. Your hemoglobin A1C is going to be high. Your triglycerides will be high. You will get labeled with pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome or type two diabetes.
If your doctor hasn’t looked at your adrenal glands, then they’re not digging deep enough.
If you’re making too much cortisol or excessive cortisol, you’re very quickly going to become insulin resistant... and now the next question for the good health detective doctor is..WHY are you making excessive cortisol?
It could be a hidden infection. It could be stress. It could be a food sensitivity. Those can all be tested.
And my point is those are the things that could be causing your type two diabetes or your pre-diabetes.
So the secret today, our secret number one about type two diabetes is the pancreas is by no means the only organ involved in taking care of your blood sugar.
There’s your liver and there’s your adrenal glands and they both have to be examined and tested to get the root of YOUR "Type 2 Diabetes."
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© 2010 Dr. David Clark
THE PLACE FOR ANSWERS™
Dr. David Clark
Diplomate College of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist