Insulin Doubles Death Rate in Type 2 Diabetics: Study

A new study clearly documents that a standard treatment for type 2 diabetes is a killer, resulting in more than double the deaths. The treatment justification has always been based on irrelevant criteria—just as it is with most pharmaceutical treatments.

Enough with Insulin! by Jeff Fillmore

Enough with Insulin! by Jeff Fillmore

by Heidi Stevenson

It seems so intuitive: People with diabetes should inject insulin. In the case of people with type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas doesn't produce insulin, that's probably true. However, modern doctors routinely give insulin to people with type 2 diabetes simply because it reduces blood sugar levels.

The reality, though, is that type 2 diabetics who take insulin injections die at more than double the rate of those given non-insulin treatment!

The Study

The study,  Mortality and Other Important Diabetes-Related Outcomes With Insulin vs Other Antihyperglycemic Therapies in Type 2 Diabetes, investigated 84,622 primary care patients with type 2 diabetes from 2000 to 2010 and compared the results of these treatments:

  • Metformin monotherapy
  • Sulfonylurea monotherapy
  • Insulin monotherapy
  • Metformin plus Sulfonylurea combination therapy
  • Insulin plus Metformin combination therapy

These groups were compared for risks of certain severe adverse events: cardiac, cancer, and mortality. A primary outcome was defined as any one of these events occurring, but each such event was counted only once and only if it was the first adverse result. Any one of these events happening at any time, plus microvascular complications, counted as a secondary outcome. The results were dramatic.

Those on Metformin therapy had the lowest death rates, so that group was used as the reference.

In terms of primary outcome - that is, consideration of first adverse events only:

  • Sulfonylurea therapy resulted in patients being 1.4 times more likely to suffer one of these outcomes.
  • A combination of Metformin and Insulin resulted in 1.3 times greater risk.
  • Insulin therapy alone resulted in 1.8 times greater risk.
  • Those considered to be at greater risk because of glycosylated hemoglobin had as much as 2.2 times greater risk with Insulin therapy alone.

When considering any of these events happening, whether they were the first event or a subsequent one, the results were even more dramatic:

  • Insulin monotherapy resulted in:
    • 2.0 times more myocardial infarctions.
    • 1.7 time more major adverse cardiac events
    • 1.4 time more strokes
    • 3.5 times more renal complications
    • 2.1 time more neuropathy
    • 1.2 times more eye complications
    • 1.4 times more cancer
    • 2.2 times more deaths

Medical Hubris

Modern medicine's hubris allows it to make claims that simply are not supported. Based on those unsupported claims, thousands—and in the case of diabetes, millions—of people are placed on drugs and regimens that have never been demonstrated to have any beneficial effect. The result is that the general public becomes a mass of guinea pigs for medical experimentation—experimentation that isn't even documented and analyzed!

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Insulin vs. low-carb diet



I notice that the very expensive study did not include low-carb diets of any kind and did include a bunch of pharmaceutical drugs. How come I am not surprised by this? [Is my cynicism against MDs and pharmaceutical companies showing?]

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