Healthy Beginnings

Diabetes Type II: What to do when medications don’t work

Diabetes Type II has become the number one metabolic epidemic in the United States…and it’s due to more than just our lousy diets.

Every cell in the body requires stable glucose to operate at maximum function. Indeed glucose is the only nutrient utilized by the brain and nervous system. We’re generally aware that Diabetes Type II is serious and can cause eye complications, neuropathy, skin conditions, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and kidney disease. But, were you aware that newer research is beginning to refer to Alzheimer’s as diabetes of the brain; and that it can contribute to insomnia and mental symptoms, such as anger, anxiety, and sadness before it results ultimately in depression?

Standard treatment for diabetes is generally medication, diet modification (watch your carbs) and exercise. This protocol is often successful. When properly managed, most patients should not require medical intervention. But, what happens when medications, diet and exercise don’t work and your numbers stay high or worse, your numbers are “okay” but you still feel terrible and continue to experience diabetic symptoms and complications?

Diabetes Type II is more complicated than “just” your body not producing enough, or having your cells reject, insulin. Your body is a highly complex system, with multiple organ systems being influenced by and in turn influencing blood sugar regulating mechanisms.

A significant number of patients suffer from chronic pain syndromes (i.e. Fibromyalgia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Chronic Fatigue, Hashimoto’s, musculoskeletal pains), and almost all of them have in common an “uncontrolled” blood sugar condition as part of what is contributing to their unique pain syndrome. They’re on meds, watching their carbs, and some are exercising. Yet their blood sugar levels remain generally high, and their pain syndromes are getting worse. This is because there are other interrelated systems in their bodies that are not functioning well and not allowing their current diabetic protocols to work for them

Diabetes Type II can lead to sadness, anger and depression. But did you know that these effects occur because the parts of the brain (frontal lobe) involved in their “symptoms” are not firing properly, and if that dysfunctional firing mechanism is not corrected, not only will your mental health suffer, but so will your diabetes and its many complications. That’s right, improper brain function can, and often does, affect your body’s ability to control sugar levels. However, that’s just one surprise to the diabetic sufferer in our clinic. Were you also aware that a hypothyroid or poorly managed Hashimoto’s thyroid will also prevent medication, diet and exercise from controlling your diabetes?

The list goes on: Anemia, essential fatty acid metabolism and hemachromatoses, all will affect your ability to control your blood sugar. How about the gut: leaky guts, celiac disease, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, fatty and/or inflamed livers? All of those will negatively affect your diabetes. Wow! Where does one start?

As you can see, it’s all interrelated–one body–not a bunch of isolated, independent parts. The number of factors that may be involved in the optimum control of your Type II Diabetes (and it is very worth controlling) are many.

For the mild to moderate case medication, exercise and diet will be successful. But for the more complex cases, a comprehensive neurological evaluation of brain firing function and a complete metabolic exam and review are critical, especially if non-drug long term management, and avoidance of the deleterious effects of this very serious condition, is the goal of both patient and doctor.


1. Kharrazian, Datis, D.C., DHSC. FAACP., DACBN, DABCN, Dysglycemic markers, Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis, 2005, 2006, 2007. Postgraduate department, University of Bridgeport.

2. Kharrazian, Datis, D.C., DHSC, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN. Why do I still have thyroid symptoms when my lab tests are normal? MJ Publishing. Garden City, N.Y., 2010.

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