Preventing diabetes through proper diet is the best treatment. But if this new study published this week by researchers at the Mayo Clinic is correct, it might be the only treatment.
We’ve been told for years: diabetics need their insulin and must keep their blood sugar under tight control.
But what is the evidence that tight control of blood glucose is important for preventing many of the problems associated with the condition?
A new study from the Mayo Clinic has come to a disturbing conclusion: the problems associated with diabetes aren’t reduced through tight glucose control. Treating diabetes doesn’t seem to improve the disease’s outcome.
This implies that our conception of diabetes, as a glucose dysregulation disorder, is wrong. Could it be that diabetes is much more complicated, and exacts its effects through a variety of mechanisms OTHER than through the toxic effects of high blood sugar on the body’s cells? Could it be that our basic understanding of diabetes as a blood sugar regulation disorder is fundamentally wrong?
Perhaps most importantly, might the current treatment paradigm for diabetes–tight blood sugar control–be a figment of the imagination of the medical establishment?
I won’t pretend to be able to answer these questions. But if the study out of the Mayo Clinic is to be taken seriously, they need to be asked.