I am 66
years of age and I have been sick for years. I have had diabetes
from age 13. I had to take 52 units of insulin daily. After a biopsy
it has been found that I have cirrhosis of liver and fatty liver.
I have always had a distension of the abdomen, swelling of legs
and ascites. I have also had an abdominal pain and diarrhoea. I
was ordered to eat low fat cheese, lean meat, vegetables, fruits
and margarine. I walked like under the influence of alcohol. I was
completely without the strength. After eating I used to vomit everything.
I have been on optimal diet for five months. When blood sugar has
dropped, I reduced the doses of insulin. At present I take eight
units of insulin, blood sugar is not increasing and I think that
soon I will stop taking insulin permanently. I do not have any pain
and I feel comfortable. I have noticed that my sight has improved.
Can I stop taking the insulin? Does diabetes come back?
Wieslawa B. from Dabrowa Gornicza
of retreating of diabetes is different in every person. People with
long-lasting disease, older people, people using bigger quantity
of insulin, people with fatty liver, with liver cirrhosis, with
insufficiency of kidneys and advanced atherosclerosis changes have
to wait longer for recovery. It is only in exceptional cases that
diabetes cannot retreat completely. It can happen that during long-lasting
diabetes the organism produces antibodies, which are causing atrophy
of insulin receptors in cells. Moreover, people with diabetes very
often produce a defence mechanism against sugar and insulin, which
induces insulin to be dissolved in blood. In this case insulin acts
very weakly or not at all, because the insulin is dissolved very
quickly in the body of a sick person. At that time the organism
dissolves both the insulin injected and the insulin produced by
the pancreas. Insulin is essential not only to the metabolism of
carbohydrates but also takes part in other body metabolisms. Insulin
is more needed by carnivores (and for human) than by omnivores (and
apes). When the pancreas is surgically removed or chemically damaged,
carnivores would quickly die, omnivores would live and their metabolisms
would only show a small disorder.
When the organisms have developed a mechanism to dissolve injected
insulin and that produced by the pancreas it can happen that insulin
can be in short supply even when quantities of consumed carbohydrates
are minimal. This can only happen when the diabetes is very severe
and has lasted for many years. However, this happens very seldom.
Then, the sick person can be cured from diabetes and from many complications
caused by it, but he or she has to take small quantities of rapid
insulin although the diabetes has disappeared.
Till now, I have seen one case of a woman suffering from many different
diseases including long-lasting diabetes. Three years after the
introduction of optimal nutrition the patient needed 8 - 12 units
of insulin per day. You should continue taking small quantity of
insulin till it is unnecessary and then discontinue insulin.
After starting optimal nutrition, a considerable improvement in
eyesight of persons suffering from diabetes or other diseases, which
have side effects on vision, is a rule, not an exception. Improvement
in eyesight occurs only when the disease has not made permanent
damages. In diabetes it is always possible.
Diabetes angiopathy, which develops in every diabetic patient, induces
changes in the arteries similar to atherosclerosis; after the introduction
of optimal diet, the diseases quickly disappear and can withdraw
Similarly, cataract can retreat. In diabetes the cataract complications
are often caused by the poor nourishment of eye lens which is common
or the deficiency of valuable proteins and energy in the diet. These
very often happen among peoples with low income.
You are writing that you do not have any pain at present. It should
be like that and every patient should be able to experience this.
Dr Jan Kwasniewski