Yet Another Diabetes Drug May Be Deadly – Here’s How to Avoid It

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Another diabetes drug – Onglyza – is now suspected to increase the risk of disease and death.

It’s quite possible that the drug really is deadly. This is because diabetes medications for common type 2 diabetes don’t address the cause for disease. They are only treating the symptom: high blood sugar.

A gigantic modern study – that many people instantly tried to forget about  – showed that intensive drug treatment killed more type 2 diabetics than letting blood sugar run high.

A Better Option

Drug treatment may be worse than the disease itself. It’s better to adopt a lifestyle that makes medications unnecessary. Here’s my standard recommendation for treatment of type 2 diabetes:

  1. Lifestyle changes: A strict LCHF diet, preferably with the addition of periodic fasting (exercising is a bonus that has a much more limited effect).
  2. If necessary for blood sugar regulation, the addition of the drug Metformin (almost all doctors are using this as a first line of treatment).
  3. If further medication is necessary, the addition of GLP-1 analogue injections (for example the drug Victoza).

Many may do fine with just step 1, lifestyle changes including an LCHF diet. Please note that this is extremely effective, which may quickly make you too well for your diabetes drugs. If, for example, you take insulin injections you may need to lower the dose significantly to avoid hypoglycemia.

As a bonus, lifestyle changes also cause a better weight, better blood sugar regulation and a better cholesterol profile, as well as not suffering drug side effects such as hypoglycemia… or premature death.

Here’s all you need to try:

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13 Comments

  1. Robert Ottawa
    The fact that another drug causes other debilitating illnesses is all too common, from what I have been reading. Is the same not true for cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication, not to mention cancer therapy drugs?

    Not using the conspiracy card is a difficult thing, when one can clearly see that so much is being earned by sale of drugs that generally have a pathetic track record of curing illness, but a pretty solid track record for causing disease.

    Nothing of the sort is earned by eating healthy foods (except by the people employed in the production of food). This sounds like the more reasonable option.

  2. Eric Anderson
    Since Intermittent fasting (IF) was mentioned I have hopes of some longer postings and discussion about various fasting protocols.

    18 Hour fast
    24 hour
    36 hour Every Other day
    5-2 diet

    3 or 4 days once a quarter

    What is the better or best effect on Insulin?

    Why and what is the state of evidence not just so and so does this or that!

    For me every other day was easy BUT what do you do when BMI drops below 25? I now do Sunday fasting from Saturday night through Monday AM. During the week i finish dinner by 6 to 6:30 PM. Sometimes I eat breakfast and sometimes lunch.

    Reply: #5
  3. François
    I could not agree more with Robert's lucid comments. And it's not because I'm also from Ottawa. Now, for those who read this blog and do not have a science or medical background (or are phyicians "trained" by pharmaceutical companies), here is an explanation of the above sentence from doc Eenfeldt's presenttion: "This is because diabetes medications for common type 2 diabetes don’t address the cause for disease. They are only treating the symptom: high blood sugar."
    Conventionally trained physicians think the problem in diabetes is high blood sugar. The notion that high blood sugar is a symptom of an underlying problem is a bizarre concept for them. Here is an analogy (thanks to Dr Jason Fung, a fellow Canadian physician for providing it in one of his presentations).
    The treatment of an abscess is incision, drainage and antibiotics. But an abscess also causes symptoms of fever and pain. If your physician gives you tylenol to treat the symptoms, they will be controlled for a while, but the abscess will keep on growing and will eventually cause again fever and pain. An increase in tylenol dosage will not resolve the issue...
    In diabetes, the problem is insulin resistance caused by continuously high insulin levels. Though the concept seems counter-intuitive, think of alcohol... The first glass ever will make anyone tipsy. But a regular intake of alcohol will cause an eventual resistance. You will be able to "tolerate" more. Until, eventually, your system will collapse.
    So chronically high insulin levels will cause resistance to insulin. The body will produce higher and higher levels to keep the circulating sugar within acceptable limits, until the limit of what the pancreas can produce is reached. Then, blood sugar will rise, but vascular damage caused by chronically high insulin levels has been going on for a long time before.
    A physician's reflex is to send the patient to a dietitian who will insist on carb intake (of course, they are convinced the brain would stop working if not enough carbs are eaten) and will prescribe a medication to make the pancreas secrete more insulin, not less. This physician should also automatically prescribe a statin (diabetics have a higher cardiovascular risk). Unfortunately, statins increase the odds of developing diabetes, especially in women.
    The real solution is to decrease circulating insulin, not increasing it. And the only way to achieve this is to use LCHF with or without intermittent fasting (skipping breakfast is all that is needed). I recommend doing a youtube search for Dr Jason Fubg and watching his great presentation on diabetes. I used it as a basis of a presentation I gave to physicians in Hawaii where diabetes is rampant.

    Hope this helps.

  4. Jason Dale
    Be careful also with GLP-1 analogues (Victoza) - my relative spent 1 week in intensive care trying to determine what the problem was. It turned out to be acute pancreatitis. Even the TV ads in the U.S. warn of life-threatening pancreatitis. If you use it, be aware and monitor for problems.
  5. François
    Eric,

    My two cents worth... Some types of fasting are not for the weak. Kudos to you to spend a whole day without eating. I suspect it is better to manage control of circulating insulin everyday, rather than doing it once a week.
    Skipping breakfast is easier to manage for the average person and brings down insulinlevels each and everyday.

    Reply: #7
  6. Peter Hill
    I agree with Jason's comments about GLP-1. Be very careful. As with many drugs, which are after all synthetic and artificial compounds. We are not born with,and neither do we develop, a pharmaceutical deficiency.
  7. erdoke
    As far as I understand, fasting is an efficient, or maybe the most efficient tool in breaking insulin resistance. Until it is done, secreted and circulating insulin may remain high, regardless of a non-insulinogenic diet regimen such as LCHF. Needless to say that there is a wide range of insulin resistance in different people, so some might do well without fasting – or more properly with the 12-16 hours between meals – others have to regularly fast for 24-36 hours to achieve similar results.
    Reply: #8
  8. François
    I totally agree. In fact, I understand Jason Fung uses this fasting technique to bring down circulating insulin levels in his inpatients and he gets excellent results.
  9. Joy
    Hi, could you please address those who have been diagnosed with "chronic kidney insufficiency"?

    I was diagnosed suddenly with Stage 3 without any warning due to long term lithium use.
    Because of this they could not give me metformin and want me to take glipizide to
    lower high blood sugar. I don't know that glipizide is safe to take.

    I want to follow the very low carb diet to lower my blood sugar and for general health, but I don't know whether I can safely follow diet with the kidney issues. Some medical people think it's not safe if you have kidney issues. However they've been wrong on most issues.
    Every drug they've ever given me, although perhaps helpful at first, has in the long run harmed my health and led to yet another drug and yet another diagnosis.

    I would like to know if it is generally safe to use the diet you promote if you have stage
    3 "chronic renal insufficiency". Would you suggest any modifications? Do you know of people who have had this medical issue who have safely followed the diet and/or whose kidneys have improved on it?

    Please don't tell me to go ask the doctors. I've done that and they don't seem to have
    the correct information. Everything I was told was wrong. I am asking to be prudent and to be wise. Thanks for any comments or info you may have.

    If anyone who reads this has had this issue and can help I would appreciate it also.

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  10. George Fouriezos
    I tried beating back a blood glucose level (BGL) at the pre-diabetes/diabetes boundary (7 mmol/L or about 126 mg/dL) with a combination of fasting and LCHF. They brought my BGL down into the normal range almost instantly, and it has stayed there for over a year, no drugs. I'm convinced that fasting is a useful adjunct to LCHF. If you would like to see my results graphed, you may visit http://web.ncf.ca/fx536. I'm neither selling nor advertising anything, just sharing my story because I think any method one uses to rein in BGL should be at least as effective as LCHF and fasting.
  11. Cindy C
    Just a few days ago, a friend mentioned Lithium and kidney failure so this could be more common than some realize. Here are some links for your doctor. You can do some more searches into some blogs of those who tried the diet who had kidney problems.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110420184429.htm

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42689095/ns/health/t/low-carb-high-fat-diet...

    A ketogenic diet is not high in protein, Potassium supplementation may be needed, although too much potassium is not recommended.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17621514

  12. robert
    "Reversal of Diabetic Nephropathy by a Ketogenic Diet"

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0018604

  13. Cleethorpes
    These are people's lives.

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