Insulin Resistance; Receptor Sensitivity; Diabetes

[title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Question[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”] I have recently gone from taking no medications for diabetes, to having insulin injections at night. I have been gaining a pound a week even though I am working out and keeping on my diet. What going wrong and what should I do about it?[/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Answer[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]It should not surprise you very much because insulin does a couple things. It adjusts your blood sugar. It chases it down a little bit, but most people that have diabetes beginning in their adult years, the issue isn’t insulin at all. It is the receptor sensitivity. I would have to ask you, did they check your insulin level, not your blood sugar, but your insulin level?

First thing is that you should not start somebody on insulin until you know how much insulin is already in their blood stream.

You have to know the insulin level. If you have a high insulin level already, which you probably do, giving you more insulin is going to do nothing more than make you fat.

Insulin not only decreases blood sugar, but it also forces triglycerides into fat cells that surround your gut.

If cells are insulin resistant, approach therapeutically from that direction. You may say, “Well, they had me on metformin, but it was not strong enough.” The issue is not Glucophage deficiency.
The issue is often a deficiency in chromium and vanadium, because these minerals are necessary for insulin to work. If you are not taking these things in your diet or if you are not absorbing them from your food, you will develop diabetes. First thing that happens is insulin level goes up, blood sugar stays the same.

Then the blood sugar goes up, and people go “Ooh, ooh, ooh, we have diabetes here.” No. You had diabetes for probably 10 years. The approach is to make the cells more sensitive, and what I use is vanadium sulfate and chromium polynicotinate, and then to that, I will add green tea extract. What this does, is it makes the cell more sensitive. We are going to try to get you off of that insulin, because it is going to fatten you, which makes everything worse.

You can add a few other odds and ends to it that make a difference. You can add cinnamon and honey, but you really have to do it with green tea extract and the minerals. Everything after that is polishing the apple.[/testimonial][/testimonials]

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.