What do medical experts at the American College of Physicians know about treating diabetes that your doctor may not?
This national organization — the second largest physician group in the U.S. – is going on record as saying that those with type 2 are very likely being held to a much stricter standard than need be where blood sugar numbers are concerned.
The issue is so important, the group’s president said, that its members couldn’t just “sit back and ignore things.”
Their announcement goes on to say that many patients diagnosed with diabetes are being over-treated with medications that can do more harm than good… and that those who have already reached their A1C goals can consider going so far as reducing or perhaps even stopping the use of a medication!
Such advice, of course, is bad news to Big Pharma’s ears. After all, drugmakers have spent a fortune convincing your doctor (and you!) that the lower the number, the better… and that you need to do whatever it takes to get there.
And sadly, that little move has now morphed into highly aggressive blood sugar treatments that are sending a lot of people to early graves.
So, if you’re one of the millions who have been diagnosed with type 2, here’s what you need to do ASAP.
A moving target
If it seems to you that almost everyone these days has diabetes, you’re right!
But that wasn’t always the case.
Because in 1997, both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the feds changed the rules where blood sugar is concerned.
That meant that the number of people who could be officially diagnosed with diabetes doubled… practically overnight!
For example, before that change, you needed a fasting blood sugar number of 140 mg/dL or higher to be considered diabetic. That was slashed to 126 mg/dL!
That immediately classified close to 2 million more Americans — people who previously would have been told that they had normal or “impaired” glucose tolerance — as having a full-blown disease!
Of course, lowering the limbo bar for a disease is basically the oldest trick in Big Pharma’s playbook. And along with all of those new diabetics, there have been more new meds to treat the disease hitting the market than ever before.
Prior to 1999, there were only 10 FDA-approved diabetes drugs. But since then, a whopping 43 more have been sent out the door by that agency!
At that time, doctors from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond said that they could find no “evidence” that lowering blood glucose to that extent would improve your health.
And physicians from New Hampshire’s Dartmouth Medical School pointed out over 17 years ago that even if adverse reactions from blood sugar-reducing meds are rare, the “enormous increase” in people taking them will mean that they won’t be so rare anymore.
Which brings me back to the new statement just released by the America College of Physicians.
The group has now issued new guidelines that say that those with type 2 are being given potentially harmful “overzealous treatment or inappropriate treatment” because of A1C targets that are lower than necessary.
The group proposes an A1C (your average blood glucose during the past few months) between 7 and 8 percent. In contrast, the ADA (and others) have set that goal below 6.5 percent.
As you can imagine, this recommendation has created a firestorm. But I’m very glad to see that the ACP isn’t backing down.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you immediately ditch your diabetes meds. What you should do, however, is refuse to accept what’s been sold to you as the norm.
Get a history of your numbers from your doctor and go over them with him based on this new information. If need be, get a second or even a third opinion.
Because even worse than needing to take drugs for a disease is treating a disease that you don’t even have in the first place.
“Major medical associations feud over diabetes guidelines” Richard Harris, March 5, 2018, NPR, npr.org