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Treating diabetes without insulin: Now possible!

Author: Jonathan Pham
Review Date: November 19, 2019 | Last Modified: November 28, 2019
Treating diabetes without insulin: Now possible!

Insulin injection is generally regarded as a natural solution to diabetes. However, this treatment does have many drawbacks – specifically, if diabetics choose to receive insulin supplements, they will have to do it on a frequent basis. This is not only inconvenient but also costly in the long run. Not to mention, certain side effects may occur from injecting insulin. These reasons have given rise to the need for an effective method of treating diabetes without insulin.

Overview

Basic information about diabetes

Diabetes is a very common health condition these days. When you have diabetes, your body starts losing its ability to control blood sugar (glucose), which leads to an abnormal increase in the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. In a healthy person, their blood sugar levels are regulated by a type of hormone called insulin – which is produced by the pancreas. This hormone stimulates cells to absorb glucose and process them into energy.

Depending on the type of diabetes, either the patient’s body may not produce enough insulin, or their cells become resistant to it. No matter what the cause is, as their blood sugar levels gradually grow out of control, diabetics will start noticing symptoms such as increased thirst and hunger, eyesight issues, loss of sensitivity, etc.

Insulin injection – the conventional method of treating diabetes

Previously, those who are diagnosed with diabetes have to either receive insulin supplements or medications to ease their symptoms. For those with Type 1 diabetes, it is critical to supply your body with additional insulin. On the other hand, Type 2 diabetics may choose to perform other treatment options such as lifestyle changes and diet management. Nevertheless, these approaches are sometimes not enough, so insulin injection is still a viable choice for them.

Insulin is not taken orally; rather, it is administered via injection. 3 types of insulin are used in diabetes treatment, each of which comes with a different speed and duration of action.

  • Rapid-acting insulin: This type of insulin usually starts working within 5-15 minutes after the injection. In exchange, the duration of action is lower than the two below options. In most cases, its effectiveness lasts from 3-5 hours.
  • Short-acting insulin: Short-acting insulin usually works after 30-60 minutes after the injection, and its effects generally prevail from 6-8 hours.
  • Long-acting insulin: This takes the longest time to take effects (60-120 minutes), but the duration of action is the longest (14-24 hours).

Insulin injection

Side effects of insulin

To a certain extent, insulin is pretty much a type of medication, so naturally, its use comes with certain risks as well. Below are the side effects that insulin injections may cause to your body.

1. Hypoglycemia

Currently the most popular side effect of insulin, hypoglycemia is estimated to happen in 16% and 10% of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics – respectively. The condition is characterized by symptoms like confusion, sweating, increased heartbeat, loss of muscle coordination, etc. In some serious cases, it may cause patients to suffer from long-lasting neuropsychological damage.

Hypoglycemia is more likely to occur in those who receive frequent and intensive insulin supplements. According to Drugs.com, in a study that involved 600 diabetics, those who used to be affected by hypoglycemia had received insulin injections for about 17.4 years, while those who did not had only been treated for an average of 14.3 years.

2. Blurred vision

Bilateral presbyopia, which involves difficulties in seeing nearby objects, is an effect that can potentially stem from insulin injection.

3. Dermatologic reaction

Some patients who are injected with insulin have noticed a localized accumulation of fat tissues (Lipohypertrophy) or a loss of such tissues (Lipoatrophy). In addition, insulin injection under the skin may lead to infection if the recipient does not maintain careful personal hygiene.

4. Hypersensitivity

Insulin injection can stimulate hypersensitivity reactions, including abnormal skin redness (erythema) and swelling. Although such incidents are rare, they may still occur and affect patients for up to 2 following weeks.

5. Immunologic response

When a person develops immunologic responses, their body starts to create insulin-resistant antibodies, which then increase the elimination of insulin.

6. Heart diseases

The strong association between diabetes and heart diseases has prompted some researchers to conclude that insulin injection has something to do with this. Specifically, they believe that insulin can stimulate the creation of fatty plaques in the body’s arteries. Some common cardiovascular issues commonly found in diabetics include irregular platelet function and abnormal levels of blood lipids.

On the other hand, insulin injection can impact the sympathetic nervous system, hence increasing one’s blood pressure. In addition, the hormone may also contribute to the development of dyslipidemia.

7. Weight gain

Insulin treatments help eliminate glycosuria and reduce the metabolism of protein and nonoxidative glucose, hence decreasing the 24-hour energy expenditure. This, in turn, causes the level of body fat to go up, which then results in an increase in the body’s weight. The more intensive the therapy is, the more likely this side effect is to occur.

8. Metabolic issues

Insulin injection may enhance the transportation of phosphate within cells, which often lowers the level of phosphate in the blood – this condition is known as hypophosphatemia. In addition, the amount of potassium and magnesium in the bloodstream may also drop as well.

9. Kidney problems

Hypoglycemia may reduce renal plasma flow and glomerular filtration rate, as well as increase urinary albumin excretion rate.

10. Gastrointestinal distress

Although rare, gastrointestinal distress is a potential side effect that may happen upon the receipt of insulin.

Treating diabetes without insulin

The hassle of frequent insulin injections, in combination with the above-mentioned side effects, is enough for diabetics to search for an effective method of treating diabetes without insulin. Aside from the obvious diet regulation and weight loss surgery, those who are interested in curing diabetes without medication now have the option of performing stem cell transplantation.

Stem cell therapy works by regenerating lost beta cells and enhancing the immune system. As a result, the body is rejuvenated from within, and its ability to create and process insulin is improved. All of these allow diabetics to naturally restore their previous health condition and life quality.

Learn more about how stem cells aid in curing diabetes here. To get personal consultation about stem cell-based diabetes treatment, contact GO.CARE via phone/email. We will be happy to assist you on your journey to a better life.

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