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What Is Insulin Microburst Therapy and Why Should Diabetics Care?

Insulin Microburst Therapy is a relatively new, yet little known treatment for the condition of diabetes. It’s proponents claim it can stop and often reverse the complications of diabetes. Currently, there are only a handful of clinics in the world that provide this type of therapy.

Being a Family Practice Physician for over 38 years, I have treated thousands of diabetics. Generally, the protocol doesn’t change much, the medications get more expensive and have different names, but otherwise treatment options involve some combination of diet programs, exercise programs and the latest medications. At the same time, the results remain the same; ever increasing amounts of medications are needed and the complications get worse.

Lately more people have been asking about a new therapy called Insulin Microburst Therapy, a fairly new treatment option. To understand what this treatment is, why it works and how it works, it’s important to take a step back and think about diabetes from a different perspective.

The body is made up of individual cells. These cells form the basic building blocks of the body. When a person is conceived, one cell splits into 2, which splits into 4, then 8 then so on until eventually a cell decides to become a brain cell, a liver cell etc.

These cells feed on glucose, or sugar. Most cells can use fat, or muscle if absolutely necessary, but the cells feed on sugar. When someone is diabetic, their cells aren’t getting sugar, so a signal is sent to the brain to send sugar. The brain sends sugar by releasing it into the blood. Since the cells can’t use the sugar, they continue to signal the brain to send sugar. This results in an endless loop of the cells crying for sugar, the brain sending sugar and the cells not being able to use the sugar sent. Therefore, diabetes is not so much a disease of blood sugar levels, but a disease of cellular sugar levels.

Diabetes in and of itself is simple; It’s a disease of insufficient insulin production. Whether the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin and someone is a type 1 diabetic, or it doesn’t produce enough insulin and someone is a type 2 diabetic, the bottom line problem is insufficient insulin production. So, we replace the insulin. Seemingly, problem solved. But, it’s not solved, as evidenced by the myriad of complications even among the most compliant of diabetics.
The reason insulin is so important is because insulin is the hormone that actually transports a sugar molecule across the cellular membrane (the skin) and into the cell. Since a sugar molecule is too big to simply float into the cell, the cell must have some mechanism to transport it through the membrane and into the Mitochondria, the power plant of the cell. This transport mechanism is insulin’s generally recognized function.
Once into the mitochondria, the cell must then transform sugar into energy somehow. The process is extremely complicated, but to simplify, it is like baking a cake; Sugar is mixed with flour, milk, butter, eggs, baking powder, etc to form a goopy mess which is put into the oven and heat is applied. Once heat is applied, a chemical reaction takes place (we call this reaction baking), after a few minutes the reaction is complete and the goopy mess has been transformed into another substance, a cake, that bears no resemblance to the goopy mess we started with.

Your cells undergo a similar process to metabolize sugar. The Mitochondria start with sugar, it adds ingredients supplied by the liver called enzymes, it applies heat (which is why we have a body temperature of 98.6 degrees, this is the oven of your metabolism baking sugar into energy) a chemical reaction takes place (this chemical reaction is called the Krebs cycle) and a few minutes later, a molecule of energy is generated.

Here is the breakdown with diabetic’s! Just as with baking a cake, if there are ingredients missing, if there is not enough flour, or not any baking powder, a cake will not be produced, It will be something less than a cake. Same thing goes with diabetics; if some, or all the enzymes are missing, energy will not be produced in necessary quantities. Most of the complications from diabetes are not caused so much by having some excess sugar in the blood, but because the cells are not able to produce enough energy to thrive! This is why diabetic’s continue to have complications, regardless of glycemic control.

Here is where Insulin Microburst Therapy comes into play. When the pancreas is healthy, it doesn’t just sit and ooze insulin. The pancreas actually injects insulin into the liver in pulses. If the pancreas were to simply ooze insulin, the body would simply become adjusted to ever increasing levels of insulin. The pancreas releases insulin in periodoc “bursts” of insulin, so insulin hits the liver like a sledge hammer, then backs off. It hits again, then backs off, never allowing the body to become adjusted to higher serum insulin levels. Insulin Microburst Therapy mimics these natural bursts of insulin.

The liver, in addition to being the filter of the body, is also the chemical factory of body. The bursts of insulin generated by a healthy pancreas have a stimulating effect on the liver. The mechanism of normal pancreatic bursts stimulates the liver to produce the enzymes cells need to complete the Krebs cycle. This allows the cells to generate the energy needed to thrive and allows the body to heal itself.

The way Insulin Microburst Therapy works, is by stimulating the digestive process, while at the same time infusing insulin intravenously over a period usually of 2-3 hours, simulating the bursts of a healthy pancreas. In short, the body’s dinner bell is being rung, while at the same time, the liver is stimulated by bursts of insulin just like it would be by a healthy pancreas. The liver starts producing metabolic enzymes, the Krebs cycle is completed and the body’s cells can once again metabolize sugar.

The difference between using bursts of insulin intravenously and the insulin taken traditionally, either orally, or through injections, is not so much the type of insulin, but in how the insulin is used. Traditional methods of introducing insulin into the body are actually unnatural, they slowly raise the serum insulin levels, but they are insufficient to have a stimulating effect on the liver. Insulin Microburst Therapy, is a much more natural way to introduce insulin, it mimics the way your body produces insulin naturally. This therapy requires intravenous infusion because insulin has to effect the liver almost instantly to get the minimum therapeutic concentration of insulin into the liver.

Over the course of my almost 40 years of practicing medicine, I have seen therapies come and go, but I have never seen anything as exciting and effective as Insulin Microburst Therapy. When more physicians begin to realize the drastic, life changing effectiveness of this therapy, it will become the gold standard of care for the future of diabetic treatment.

14 Weight Loss Tips for Type 2 Diabetes

To loss weight actively is considered to be a hard time unless if you are getting use to the gym life then only a minimal push through is needed for compliance in the program. But if you’re not, or never been to a workout plans in your whole life then you better get some compelling reasons to do so here. Going to the gym for the right ground is not forceful but it’s a graceful move of saying “Yes, I still want to live healthy”, or “Yes, I want to feel great about myself”, in spite of diabetes. Once you got an illness that you have to go through in a lifetime, it requires an invisible drug called “self-accountability”. Self-accountability means you own the responsibility of taking good care of yourself for the sake of many noble reasons. What is good about this is, simply, you are in control of what is going on with your time and can deliberately choose where efforts will be spent. In the most part, you can easily distinguish if you are exactly doing the important things that help you progress and does it gives you fulfillment? Are you happy at the end of the day?

Weight loss Fitness for Type 2 Diabetes
Weight loss for type 2 diabetes is like a goldmine idea but thinking about the efforts of going towards the ultimate goal of weight loss makes you slouch your back. Asking yourself, “Can I do it? Really.”, “Am I going to look funny in the gym?”. If all these speculations are right, then of course, you can do it. Being confuse about doing it or not is an opportunity. Making a choice of enrolling yourself is already a half chance of losing weight and making a baby steps of pulling and pushing yourself to the gym or in a workout area in your community is already a bit by bit of accomplishment. Make a choice first before asking your partner about your workout plans. Might as well, he/she will join you in your journey, and that would be fun. Carrying yourself to walk in the park each morning or jog for a while in the street doesn’t just happen without a choice, and so make your choice to be fit now.

On the other hand, wherein a thought of exercise will just keep you jolting yourself with indecision, take note of what will happen to you along the way with diabetes. Have it come across your mind when your doctor just confirmed to you that you have Diabetes type 2. Right on that moment, the reality is just about to be unfold to you. If you think that it is just a joke, then it is not. Bear in mind to take life seriously although there might be sometimes wherein you make mistakes in the past but diabetes type 2 can put you down if you let it. However, the good news is, you have all the right thoughts to condition your mind so that your disease will not defeat you. The matter of fact is, you and only you can save yourself to prevail from your illness. Diabetes type 2 is like a partner that will guide you to execute your exercise plan in your program and get fit because it is necessary.

The 14 tips for a type 2 Diabetes to stick with exercise and lose weight:

  1. Ask your doctor to make an evaluation prior to enrolling to an exercise program. He might need to check your laboratory results before advising you.
  2. Take the baby steps first. It all starts with preparing your shoes, bag, diabetic kits (e.g gluco-meter),sugar-free candy, jelly beans, and diabetic snacks a night before going to exercise in the morning. Be sure to check your sugar before going for exercise and never skip meals and insulin doses.
  3. Check your blood sugar 30 minutes before exercise and 30 minutes after exercise. Beware of the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia like tingling sensation, weakness and confusion. If this will occur, stop the exercise and take some snacks.
  4. Do not start the exercise if your blood glucose is equal and above 250mg/dL or equal or below 100mg/dL. Eat first before commencing your exercise at the baseline of 100mg/dL while have yourself a check up if it is above 250mg/dL beyond 2 hours after eating your meals.
  5. Set the bar low. You have to begin with a warm up to moderate exercise then to the extreme level as tolerated. You can hit the streets for a walk or go to the gym 2 to 3 times per week for the first month and then you can eventually set your own standard higher.
  6. Bring a partner, if possible. There are times wherein you have to walk alone without someone with you but if there might chances that a friend can join you, so why not? That would be enjoyable. A friend can also cause you to go for exercise because he/she is simply waiting for you there. It’s so easy to absent but with a friend, you need to catch up on him. Working out with a friend will also make you to stay in the gym in a longer period.
  7. Talk less do more. Stay focus with your exercise to wholly move your body and absorb energy in every step in your workout program. Inform people about your accomplishment only when they ask about it.
  8. Track your workout achievements. You can write something about your exercise achievement in your journal or you may use an app to check how many steps you made while walking or running and how many calories you have burned.
  9. Make your workout moments fun. Enjoy your body as it does something for you to get you a good shape. Entertain yourself by looking forward to the rewards that you will get from your workout. Imagine, walking, running, weight lifting for a few minutes will burn your fats out and will use your excess calories. Just make sure that you won’t burn out your body.
  10. Stack a playlist song. Music is life and it will fire you up when the beat is just right for you. Sometimes, listening about your favorite audio books during exercise will make you absorb information that you need and gives you more strength to finish your exercise period.
  11. Set a small sustainable and achievable goal. It’s like aiming for 3 kilograms deduction from your present weight after a month or two. Be careful when conducting an extreme workout. Take into account that a small goal achievement matters especially when you accomplish it. It will boost your confidence to the next level.
  12. Make an agreement with your love ones. You can involve your kids, husband/wife, partner and brothers in this arena. In some point, they can help you maintain the workout by their supports. There might be times wherein you need their help to take over some responsibilities so you can work out.
  13. Plan your workout schedules. If you want to exercise 3 to 4 times a week then start organizing and plotting it through your calendar, or planner. This method will help you visualize a long-term goal and complete them. Picturing your success in your mind will keep you up, carry on and get use to your routine exercise schedules.
  14. Reward yourself. Hang-out with your friends or buy a new pants or shirt. You may also eat an indicated amount of your favorite food, but not too much. Or else, you know what will happen when you celebrate too much.

Type 2 Diabetes – Kid Friendly Snacks For Children With or Without Diabetes

There is a lot of talk about adults who are dealing with Type 2 diabetes and how it is best for them to manage their blood sugar levels and their body weight. But what about children who have Type 2 diabetes? If your children are dealing with excess body weight, unstable blood sugar levels and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, or they are showing signs of prediabetes, it is crucial you as their parent are mindful of their nutrition.

While it can be a challenge to get your children to eat anything healthy, you need to persist. By giving them options that will not cause massive blood sugar fluctuations, you can prevent unwanted symptoms from occurring. The good news is there are many tasty choices for those who are dealing with diabetes. Here are some kid-friendly snacks you can turn to…

1. Celery And Nut Butter. A quick bite to eat on the go, celery with nut butter will provide long-lasting energy that also combats hunger thanks to the healthy fats it contains. Choose almond or peanut butter depending on your child’s preference.

It is an ideal snack as it contains almost no carbs so you will not have to worry about any influence on blood sugar levels.

2. Whole-Wheat Crackers And Cheese. Another ideal option is whole-wheat crackers along with a few slices of cheese. Choose low-fat cheese if desired but either way, the cheese will provide sufficient protein to help stabilize blood sugar rises due to eating crackers.

Opting for whole-wheat crackers is smart as the dietary fiber will further slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream.

3. Yogurt, Fruit, And Nuts. A yogurt parfait makes a tasty snack at any point during the day. Here, choose plain yogurt to avoid any unwanted sugar and then top it with a few fresh berries for fiber along with nuts for healthy fats. You will have a complete snack in seconds.

4. Hummus And Vegetables. Finally, you cannot go wrong with hummus and vegetables: this is a fantastic snack for kids as it provides a combination of complex carbohydrates and healthy fats coupled with dietary fiber and antioxidants. The soft chickpeas in the hummus will give a small dose of protein as well – just what children need.

There you have the main points when it comes to kid-friendly snacks. Serve these if your child or children have Type 2 diabetes, or even if they don’t! You will feel right knowing you are giving them healthy, tasty food that will help to lower both their weight and blood sugar levels.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.