If you're a type 2 diabetic, the standard medical treatment of insulin supplementation is based on your continuing to eat a diet "rich in whole grains," sugar, junk, and so on. In essence, you're supplementing with a powerful hormone that does all sorts of damage to tissues long term, so you can eat cake, pie, bread, candy, sodas, etc.
You're taking a drug in order to eat inferior, less nutritious (or anti-nutritious) food. It's that factual; that simple.
Now, I certainly imagine a need for insulin supplementation for some few people, but I doubt most. Dr. Bernstein's free forum, for instance, is chalk full of former type 2 diabetics who became more knowledgeable than the doctors treating them, cut out the junk, went high fat, and cured their diabetes. Natural dietary fat is the key and secret.
The root cause of America's obesity and diabetes epidemic is ignorant fear of fat.
Now, today, a couple of readers send me a link to a BBC article.
When I saw the title, I assumed it might be something to substantiate what we paleo types continually drone on about: eat a nutritious diet, one that does not include non-nutritious, relatively empty calories like grains and sugars that push out the high nutrition of meat / fish, natural fats, veggies, fruits, and nuts. This will keep your insulin low, and consequently, you won't develop insulin resistance.
Treating Alzheimer's with the hormone insulin, or with drugs to boost its effect, may help patients, they claim.
The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports insulin could protect against damage to brain cells key to memory.
UK experts said the find could be the basis of new drug treatments.
The article also says father on (twice, in fact) that those with type 2 are at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's. So, let's do 2+2. Both type 2, and now it appears, Alzheimer's, perhaps, are caused by insulin resistance, which means: your blood glucose is too high too much of the time (from eating too many carbs — grains / sugars — too often), your body pumps out the insulin to bring it down; and over a period of time, you become resistant to it. It doesn't have the same effect on you.
You're already familiar with this phenomenon. Try going drink for drink with an alcoholic. You'll be passed out before he's even slurring speech. Bum a smoke from a friend. If you inhale and finish it, you'll be green faced, sweating, heart racing, and likely hugging the porcelain soon enough. Many examples abound.
So, returning to the article, it ought to be clear enough, by now, that what you're up against is an out-of-control, state-protected industry (the FDA is a massive economic barrier to competition-scheme; it has little to do with protecting you) that conducts research with its only goal being new drug treatments.
Your doctors? Nowadays, most are no better than drug pushers. Drug pushers, however, retain some virtue in that they aren't parading around as "health experts."