Hyperinsulinemia is an endocrine disorder characterized by a failure of our Blood Sugar Control System (BSCS) to work properly. It manifests when insulin progressively loses its effectiveness in sweeping the blood glucose from the blood stream into the sixty seven trillion or so cells that constitute our bodies. The insulin level in the bloodstream then rapidly rises to damaging levels and, together with the resulting elevated glucose levels, account for much of the damage to our arteries and vascular system. When insulin loses its effectiveness this loss is not due to any change in the insulin produced by the pancreas. It is due to a change in the cellular metabolism of almost every cell in our body. Although our insulin has not changed, our cell metabolism has changed. Our cells no longer respond to blood borne insulin signaling as they should.
Our BSCS works like any negative feedback system to maintain our blood sugar at a predetermined setpoint. This setpoint is below the threshold where excess glucose can cause vascular damage. And the insulin required to do this is normally below the threshold where it will cause arterial or vascular damage. When the BSCS is working right, it automatically, without our conscious knowledge, maintains correct blood sugar with a minimum amount of insulin whether we have just eaten a meal or been fasting and exercising for a week.
When our system starts
to exhibit hyperinsulinemia, our pancreatic beta cells simply increase
insulin production and for a time
this maintains our ability to swiftly lower post prandial (after
blood glucose. For a time this maintains normal glucose levels, albeit
by the secretion of these abnormally high insulin levels.
At some point during
the progressive loss of effectiveness
of insulin, our pancreatic beta cells may no longer produce enough
to manage normal post prandial and fasting glucose. This may occur
our pancreas becomes exhausted by trying to maintain abnormally high
levels needed. It may occur because the progressive failure of our
metabolism has created a chronic demand for insulin beyond what even a
healthy pancreas can supply. In either event, when this happens Type
2 diabetes is diagnosed. Of course, hyperinsulinemia has been
for some while, often for a long while, by the time this diagnosis is
As these elevated
levels of insulin and glucose in the
body continue they set in motion two damaging sequences of events that
rapidly lead to
atherosclerosis and heart failure.
The insulin sequence is:
insulin---increased delta desaturase enzymes---increased conversion of
omega 6 fatty acids to arachidonic acid--increased prostaglandin
2's--increased production of cytokines--increased inflammatory
response throughout the entire body.
The glucose sequence is:
glucose--increased intestinal candida--migration of candida to upper
intestine--root formation of candida in duodenum--migration of candida
spores throughout the bloodstream--candida infection throughout the
A naturopathic doctor,
with access to a dark field microscope, can readily show you the
candida spores that appear in large numbers in the bloodstream. This is
an inexpensive test and one well worth the few dollars
that it costs.
This candida source of
infection is not the only source of infection. Because
of the increased availability of cytokines, he
body becomes subject to infection from many other sources. This is one
reason that diabetics experience poor wound healing. One of
the most important sites of infection is the coronary artery.
This is located in the high pressure, sugar rich side of the blood
supply. When the infection that occurs here is noticed by the immune
system, the body attempts to patch the damage with cholesterol, Lp(a),
free calcium and
a few other things. This patching process is known as atherosclerosis.
As the patching process continues, the interior of the artery becomes
narrowed. As the artery narrows, we become more susceptible to ischemic
events. These are events where a clot forms in the artery and
blocks the artery at a narrow atherosclerotic point. When this occurs
in the coronary artery, the blood supply to the heart muscles is
stopped and a heart attack ensues. This whole process is exacerbated
by the fact that without adequate omega 3 fatty acids in the diet
the blood thickens and the platelets become sticky and prone to form
clots. Our book, Insulin: Our Silent
Killer discusses this phenomenon more fully.
Notice the role of
omega 6 fatty acids in making the entire body subject to the
inflammatory response mediated by the prostaglandin 2 family of
prostaglandins. The body would, if it could, manufacture the
antagonists to these prostaglandin 2's to prevent setting up this whole
body inflammatory response. These antagonists are the prostaglandin 1's
Our bodies, typically, cannot manufacture these anti-inflammatory
prostaglandins because they lack the basic raw materials. These are the
omega 3 fatty acids. We typically
need and do not have, any omega 3 fatty acids in our diet at all. We
have an over abundance of omega 6's and transfats in our diet. The
separate damaging role of transfat substitution for omega 3 fatty acids
has been discussed elsewhere in connection with the glucose transport
Epidemiologically, the fat and oils connection to Hyperinsulinemia, and thus to all of the diseases mentioned on our home page, clearly parallels the rise of the Hydrogenated and Refined fats and oils business. Although not well known outside of research circles, (for reasons that are probably economic), the connection between artificial fats and oils and the Hyperinsulinemic destruction of vital functions is now well established. Recent advances in the study of appropriate cellular biochemical pathways have been most revealing.
To stop and reverse the
progress of Hyperinsulinemia the
following is mandatory:
not eat any hydrogenated oils or any prepared foods
that contain them as ingredients.
Add to the daily diet a therapeutic amount of beneficial oils containing omega 3 fatty acids.
This one thing will, in
conjunction with the rest of the program, greatly delay the onset of
and in many cases prevent entirely these terrible diseases. This one
simple dietary change is a part of a complete program thoroughly
discussed in our special report, Insulin: Our Silent Killer. By
making this change we are forcing the body to begin the healing process
on every cell in the body. This is a drastic step and cannot be
maintained for ever. When the body begins to heal, it then becomes
necessary to restore the other fats and oils that it needs to
accelerate the healing process. The timing on this is critical to
the success of the program. To maintain such a drastic change in
the fats and oils balance for the body forces every cell in the body to
adjust. This is a therapeutic protocol and is not a protocol that can
be maintained for ever. To use it safely, requires care and knowledge
what is going on so as to be able to decide when to move on to the next
step. At some point it is necessary, in order to continue the
healing process, to add back into the diet the other fats
and oils that we need. In our book, Insulin:
Our Silent Killer we are able to expand,
explain and elaborate upon this protocol and present useful tricks and
techniques to assure its speedy success in the vast majority of cases.
However, there is
another problem that must be faced when
curing this disease. It is this: during that part of the cure cycle
elevated blood glucose and insulin levels are manifest, the body is
slowly destroyed by these agents. This period may last for many weeks
months dependent upon how long the disease has been allowed to run
before a cure is attempted. During this period of time it is of the
importance to use all measures available to keep blood sugar and
levels as low as possible so as to minimize the damage. This is
the focus of the drug treatment available from the medical
community. While this is an important step in
minimizing vascular damage to the body during the cure process,
it itself is not a cure for anything. In our book we fully discuss a
number of proven effective ways to minimize blood sugar and insulin
levels without drugs and their damaging side effects.
Our program will, relatively quickly, reverse hyperinsulinemia, type 2 diabetes and some of the other symptomatic diseases caused by hyperinsulinemia. In my case, my type 2 diabetes was reversed in 103 days from start to finish. At the start my fasting blood sugar was 368 mg/dl. At the end of the program it varied between 75 and 85 mg/dl.
This program will remove much stress from the components of the BSCS; over a period of time they too will be restored to youthful function. This includes the liver, pancreas, adrenals, thyroid and the interior transport agents in every cell of our body.
This program will slow and in some cases reverse vascular damage and gangrenous damage to our extremities. There are faster ways to reverse this sort of damage which is thoroughly discussed in our Special Report.
This program will, over time, revcrse much of the neuropathic damage to the nervous system.
It will reverse atherosclerosis too, but may take years to do it. But here too, there are faster and better ways to reverse atherosclerosis which we cover in our Special Report.
Although this brief discussion of hyperinsulinemia has been designed to provide the basic information needed to understand the condition, a great deal more information is available, in our Special Report. This is for those who prefer to have a reference book handy, that is more focused on reversing the condition. This is because more detail, beyond this elementary explanation, is needed to assure a safe, effective and comfortable reversal of this disease than is practical to include in a web page.
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