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Using Insulin: The Non-Diabetic Use of Insulin For Anti-Aging

(The Gospel only According to Saint Ellis...)


I Experiment with Insulin to prevent Diabetes, and slow down Aging

"Truth is truth. If a thousand people believe something foolish, it is still foolish! If they believe something true is foolish, it is still true! Truth is never dependent upon consensus of opinion. I have found that it is better to be alone and acting upon the truth in my heart than to follow a gaggle of silly geese doomed to mediocrity." - Christopher Columbus

"Many people (including the parents of diabetic children) view having to use insulin as a last straw, a final admission that they (or their child) are a diabetic and seriously ill. Therefore they will try anything else -- including things that will burn out their remaining beta cells -- before using insulin. Many people in our culture have the notion that you cannot be well if you are using medication. This is nonsense. But some patients are so convinced that they must do things the "natural" way that I practically have to beg them to use insulin. In reality, nothing could be more natural. Diabetics who still have beta cell function left may be carrying their own cure around with them -- provided that they don't burn it out with high blood sugars and the refusal to use insulin." - Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, Diabetes Solution

"It is dangerous to be Right when the Government is Wrong." - Voltaire

"I would like to die of old age... I hope that will not be until after I am diabetic... and I think I might not be diabetic until after I am dead." - Ellis Toussier

"Using insulin is like using a gun, or like flying an airplane:

Like a gun: Don't use it if you don't know how to use it.

Like an airplane: "Using insulin is like flying a small airplane. 1) You must know your altitude (know your glucose level)... 2) You must know your speed (know the right dose)... 3) You must check to see that there is fuel in the tank (food in your stomach...) and if you want to survive for a long time 4) you must know how to jump with a parachute (what to do in case of emergency...) even if you will probably never have to jump." - Ellis Toussier, Rejuvenation, October 2008

March 25, 2006

Dear Ellis,

I stumbled upon your website while researching insulin availability in Mexico. I must admit that I have found your website extemely knowledgable. I would venture to say that you know more about insulin therapy than over 95% of the doctors that I've known in my life (and I've had diabetes for 18 years)..

Congratulations on your success, and best of luck in your fight against aging.

Matt Sherman - California, U.S.A.

e-mail received March 23, 2007

Note: I am NOT a doctor. I am NOT a diabetic, and I use insulin. What I am doing was approved for me in Mexico City by Dr. Alberto Viau, who is an excellent medical doctor with a diploma from Duke University. You can learn from me, but I warn you to use insulin under the supervision of a doctor. - Ellis]

January 27, 2008        
From: Dr. Richard Lippman

Dear Ellis,


"I have been actively practicing anti-aging medicine since 1978. I have also been called a madman, but my commitment to anti-aging medicine has paid off through the years.

I want to thank you for your brilliant web site which provides a very valuable service for all those suffering from aging and multiple hormone difficulties. I read and try to remember everything you write. I believe as you do that all hormones should be corrected if they are less than optimal.

You truly understand insulin, and you understand Type 2 diabetes better than many American physicians. I also admire your extensive knowledge of HGH which is often a mystery to those outside of anti-aging medicine.

Sometime I would like to stop over in Mexico City when I travel to South America to meet you. Keep up the good work. You are the greatest."

Yours truly,    

Dr. Rich Lippman



January 27, 2008        
From: Dr. Danny M. DeGraff

Dear Ellis,


" My wife wants to thank you, (and I want to thank you also) because since I have been controlling my sugar, I am not as moody... For the last few years I was really irritable... I guess when your blood sugar is 200 to 400 all day it can make you grumpy... not to mention shorten your life...

Just think, last November my blood sugar was 300 in the mornings, before eating. Now it is 85-105 in the mornings... My HbA1c was 8.3, and now as two days ago it was 5.3%... Not perfect "According to Ellis," but definitely not the usual for a diabetic.

My doctor couldn't believe it or understand it: diet, insulin, and Ellis...

Thanks,

Yours in health,

Dr. Danny M DeGraff

http://www.alerfinmerida.com



March 11, 2008

Hello Ellis,



Thanks again for all of the time that you spent with me in Mexico City. I learned even more than I had hoped to on that trip.

When you first began to write about insulin for non-diabetics several years ago, I thought that you were probably wrong about it. I have slowly become convinced that more and more of what you are saying about insulin is correct. By the time I came to Mexico City, I was pretty sure that you are right, and since then I've become even more convinced.

I've even found out that some major medical scientists are now changing their thinking in this direction, and one formal study has begun on the use of Lantus in individuals with any sort of impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance.

These scientists are far behind you, but their thinking is finally headed in the same direction.

Jerry Emanuelson
http://www.futurescience.com


(e-mail received March 11, 2008

May 22, 2010

Hello Ellis,

Awesome. Started this morning.

Have been testing my glucose level and have been much too high.

Started with a 2 IU dose and brought my after-breakfast blood glucose level down from 135 to 80 within 30 minutes.

You are a life saver.

Charles Randolph



Ellis: Note that if Charles Randolf will bring his blood glucose level DOWN 55 POINTS, for example 5 TIMES PER DAY FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS... that would be about 75,000 times in 30 years... a few hours each time... he would have SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER blood glucose levels for perhaps 300,000 hours more than he would have had otherwise.

His blood would be LESS STICKY for 300,000 hours! That means that many capillaries would NOT get blocked that might otherwise have gotten blocked... That means that many NEURONS will NOT DIE that might otherwise have died...

"According to Ellis" he WILL BE IN BETTER SHAPE 30 years from now if he does NOT lose those neurons than if he loses those neurons!

THAT IS THE IDEA! - Ellis

July 28, 2010

Mr. Toussier:

You evidently know just enough about the physiology of glucose regulation to be truly dangerous. I hope that no legitimate physician associates him or herself with you in this project. Please go back to your studies, and learn what harm increased insulin does to the cardiovascular system.

Tom Watson, M.D.

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Hello Dr. Watson:

How many times in your life have you injected insulin?

- Ellis Toussier

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Mr. Toussier:

Whether or not I have ever injected insulin has absolutely no relevance to the fact that you are recommending an unscientific medical treatment that alters normal physiology in people who are healthy. Insulin use is certainly appropriate in type 2 diabetes, and perhaps (in the light of current knowledge) in impaired fasting glucose, but is never appropriate or physiologic in a normal individual.

You are apparently one of those people for whom carefully researched scientific knowledge is of no consequence compared to your particular belief system. Thus you resort to such completely irrelevant questions as whether or not a person who disagrees with you has ever participated in your recommended treatment. You will presumably tell me that if I have never personally injected insulin I have no grounds for disagreement with you. That is a classic example of circular reasoning, and holds no meaning.

The fact that abnormally elevated blood glucose levels cause harm does NOT imply that the lower your glucose level, the less harm your cells will experience. It is precisely because nerve cells, for example, use glucose as their obligatory fuel, that an abnormally low glucose level caused by excess blood insulin levels can permanently damage nerves.

As with most physiologic systems, there is a balance that must be maintained in the glucose/insulin physiology of the body. For a healthy person to inject insulin to disrupt that physiologic balance is unnatural and foolhardy, and there is no properly designed scientific evidence to suggest that doing so prevents aging.

Tom Watson, M.D.

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Hello Dr. Watson,

I would like for YOU to write a chapter of my book, explaining exactly what you explained to me above... I am glad that you believe I am mistaken... I would like for you to write why I am wrong, why nobody should do what I am doing... in fact, you can even write one of the introductions to my book. Tell them "DON'T BUY THIS BOOK" if you want to... Write whatever you want to. I DO WANT the reading public to know that I might be mistaken and that it might be very dangerous and BAD for their health.

If you will take the assignment, you will not associate yourself with me in any way on this project. On the contrary, it will be plain by what you write that you don't agree with me and that you have nothing to do with my ideas, except to warn the public that they should not listen to me. Your part of the book (as many pages or chapters as you wish) will be signed by you as the author, and I will publish it with all your contact details too, so that anybody who agrees with you can contact you.

Thanks for writing. - Ellis Toussier

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Mr. Toussier,

Your response was interesting and unexpected. To be invited to write a segment in a book in opposition to its basic premise is unique, to say the least, and I am tempted by it. However, I truly do not have the time in my life at the moment to undertake such a challenge. I wish I did. You certainly seem to have an open mind, and I appreciate that.

There are many available scientific sources which indicate the potential harms of insulin use in a non-diabetic, and I would be happy in the future to communicate with you on this topic. I include below only a single reference of this type for your consideration. I do not expect to convince you of the risks with references to studies alone, but I thought you might find this abstract interesting.

Note in particular the "Conclusions" section of this abstract.

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Diabetes Care. 2000 Aug;23(8):1097-102.

Plasma insulin and all-cause, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality: the 22-year follow-up results of the Helsinki Policemen Study.
Pyörälä M, Miettinen H, Laakso M, Pyörälä K.
Department of Medicine, University of Kuopio, Finland. kalevi.pyorala@uku.fi

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of plasma insulin with all-cause, cardiovascular, and noncardiovascular mortality.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied 22-year mortality data from the Helsinki Policemen Study. The study population comprised 970 men, 34-64 years of age, who were free of coronary heart disease, other cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Area under the insulin response curve (AUC insulin) during an oral glucose tolerance test was used to reflect plasma insulin levels.

RESULTS: During the follow-up period, 276 men died: 130 from cardiovascular and 146 from noncardiovascular causes. The hazard ratio (HR) for hyperinsulinemia (highest AUC insulin quintile vs. combined lower quintiles) with regard to all-cause mortality adjusting for age, was 1.94 (95% CI 1.20-3.13) during the first 10 years of the follow-up period and 1.51 (1.15-1.97) during the entire 22 years; adjusting for other risk factors, the HR was 1.88 (1.08-3.30) and 1.37 (1.00-1.87) during 10 and 22 years, respectively

The corresponding HRs for cardiovascular mortality during 10 and 22 years were 2.67 (1.35-5.29) and 1.73 (1.19-2.53), respectively, for age-adjusted and 2.30 (1.03-5.12) and 1.39 (0.90-2.15), respectively, for multiple-adjusted HRs. A U-shaped association was observed between insulin and noncardiovascular mortality, multiple-adjusted HRs for lowest and highest versus middle AUC insulin quintiles were 1.85 (1.20-2.86) and 1.43 (0.91-2.24), respectively

CONCLUSIONS: Hyperinsulinemia was associated with increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in Helsinki policemen independent of other risk factors, although these associations weakened with the lengthening of the follow-up period. The association of insulin with noncardiovascular mortality was U-shaped.

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P.S.: Although I cannot take the time to accept your kind invitation to author a chapter in your book, I would be open to further email discussion with you on this interesting topic.

Tom Watson, MD

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Hello Dr. Watson...

Thanks for answering my request. I too, am happy that you are tempted by the possibility to write in opposition to the basic premise of my book... The basic premise of my book, of course, is that insulin is a very good hormone to learn to use correctly and medical doctors are mistaken in their fear of insulin.

The study that you send me, by the way, does not address this fear, because I AGREE with the conclusion of this study. The conclusion of this study supports my view...

In fact, it is the primary reason WHY I am not a diabetic and I use insulin: "Hyperinsulinemia was associated with increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in Helsinki policemen independent of other risk factors, although these associations weakened with the lengthening of the follow-up period."

The LAST thing that I ever am is HYPER-insulinemic...

I also AGREE with what YOU wrote before: "Please go back to your studies, and learn what harm increased insulin does to the cardiovascular system."

I KNOW what harm increased insulin does to the vascular system. It is precisely because of this that I inject insulin. It is what I call "The Insulin Paradox" (which is going to be the title of my book...)

And "The Insulin Paradox" is this: injecting a correct dose of insulin does NOT cause greater insulin resistance... and injecting a correct dose of insulin does NOT INCREASE the amount of insulin in the blood stream... it LOWERS the amount of insulin in the blood stream.

And the REASON it lowers the total amount of insulin in the blood stream is BECAUSE it lowers blood glucose levels about 20 or 30 points (which is a HUGE amount...) So the PANCREAS does not add insulin to the blood stream, or not as much as it would have, so there is always LESS insulin in the blood stream. This, then, results in LOWER INSULIN RESISTANCE.

(actually, a correct dose of insulin at the right time lowers blood glucose levels about 60 to 90 points from where it would have been if I had never learned where my blood glucose levels are, eating like I did, and not injecting insulin, as I didn't...)

And you wrote: "It is precisely because nerve cells, for example, use glucose as their obligatory fuel, that an abnormally low glucose level caused by excess blood insulin levels can permanently damage nerves. As with most physiologic systems, there is a balance that must be maintained in the glucose/insulin physiology of the body."

Again, I AGREE WITH YOU. HYPO-GLYCEMIA can permanently damage the entire nervous system, including the brain and the limbs...

But HYPER-GLYCEMIA ALSO permanently damages the brain and the nervous system... and the kidneys... and the circulatory system... and the eyes...

Because I inject insulin, I am virtually NEVER hypo-glycemic nor hyper-glycemic.

I remind you that I have taken 20,000 doses of insulin in 9 years... (about 5 per day, or about 2000 to 2500 per year...) and I have checked my blood glucose about 25,000 times...

So I know for a fact that my blood glucose is almost ALWAYS ABOVE 70 mg/dl... very very seldom between 60 and 70... and virtually never below 60 mg/dl. (and almost always below 100 mg/dl... where it would not be if I did not inject insulin...)

But in 20,000 doses, I HAVE had blood glucose below 60 about 4 times... (but "60" is NOT extreme hypo-glycemia, and neither is 50, and neither is 40... and there is no damage to the nervous system at 60, or 50, or 40... in fact it might arguably be GOOD, for other reasons...)

But those were ALL "mistakes" I made when I was learning to use insulin, because NOBODY WAS THERE TO TEACH ME TO USE INSULIN CORRECTLY... Every single doctor in the world jumped when they heard I had taken my first dose of insulin. No doctor taught me to use insulin... most of them could not prescribe it to a patient, because they knew nothing about insulin, except that insulin can kill.

I knew that too. It was not my intention to use insulin more than a few days... but my blood glucose levels improved, and I had no side effects (until I made a mistake and forgot to eat...) and I was very very careful not to die accidentally.

So one day became one week, and one week became 9 years... And now I have no intention to ever stop using insulin to keep my blood glucose between 70 and 100.

But I don't want to convince you that I am right and doctors are wrong, because then you won't write the chapter or chapters in opposition to the basic premise of my book.

You wrote: "For a healthy person to inject insulin to disrupt that physiologic balance is unnatural and foolhardy, and there is no properly designed scientific evidence to suggest that doing so prevents aging."

And I AGREE with you again. There is no properly designed scientific study or evidence to suggest that doing so will prevent aging. So let's do one.

There is only the mathematical fact that blood glucose 85 is less than blood glucose 115... and HbA1c 5 is less than HbA1c 6...

And we know that blood glucose is the food of cancer, and high blood glucose is the cause of damage to the circulatory system, and high blood glucose is the cause of kidney disease, and kidney disease is the cause of anemia, and anemia is associated with degenerative diseases and heart attacks and senility...

And I am familiar with statistics. I think that if I can increase the probability of surviving or never having cancer (which kills about 15% of the population) and if I lower the probability of stroke or heart disease (which kills about 50% of the population) then I think it is a good bet to think that because I will use insulin to keep my blood glucose levels about 30 points lower for the next 30 or 40 years... 30 points lower than they would have been otherwise... I therefore think I will increase my life expectancy and my good-health span.

Of course there is the problem of hypo-glycemia, which I never get... so what's the problem?

I too, am happy that you are tempted by the possibility to write in opposition to the basic premise of my book... I hope I don't end up convincing you that I am right, because then you won't be able to write in opposition to my basic premise...

But if I do, I will still ask you to write something for my book. And I will be glad for you because then you will live longer, and you will be healthier for longer, too.

So... Please buy a blood glucose meter and 200 test strips and start testing your blood glucose before breakfast and 30 minutes after breakfast, lunch, supper, and any time you are curious. Start to write down your results in a notebook.

You might not believe what you will see.

Ellis Toussier

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July 9, 2011

Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2011 16:37:34 -0700
From: dr.czar@xxxxxx
Subject: inquiry
To: etoussier@hotmail.com

Hi Ellis,

I have been reading the contents on your website, and here is my primary question: how do you recommend HGH to a diabetic for an anti-aging protocol as it is diabetogenic, and leads to diabetes? I am an MD and a practicing endocrinologist. Most of what is written on your website, I practice. My confusion however remains on the above referred question.

I would like to team up with you if you think it can help.

Regards,

Dr.S.F.Czar

From: Ellis Toussier
To: dr.czar@xxxxxxx
Sent: Thu, July 14, 2011 5:29:53 AM
Subject: RE: inquiry: HGH and Diabetes

Hello Dr. S. F. Czar.

I am not a doctor... And I know I say a lot of things that I can't prove... but... just because I say them and I can't prove they are true, does not mean that they aren't true... and just because you have learned that growth hormone is diabetogenic, doesn't mean it is really diabetogenic.... although I understand that you would believe your sources more than you would believe me... (but I know I am right and they are mistaken... )

I say that HGH does not cause diabetes type 2, because I know my HGH... and I think I know more about diabetes than most diabetes specialists... (I think I know more, based on the very bad advice to diabetics that some diabetes specialists give their patients, who tell me what their doctor tells them, or what they write in books or very bad advice that I have read written by diabetes doctors and endocrinologists on the internet...)

And I say that Type 2 diabetes is not caused suddenly, because somebody took growth hormone, which they feel and see is good for their body.

I say that Type 2 diabetes is caused by eating incorrectly for 30 or 40 years previous.

I have USED HGH every single day for 13 years... That is nearly 5000 days, at 2 units per day... I am one of the persons on planet Earth that has used HGH for the longest continuous time.

And I have SOLD HGH to thousands of persons around the world for 13 years...

And I have gotten FEEDBACK from those persons and also from literally thousands of other persons subscribed to my forum, Rejuvenation.

I have gotten feedback from parents with children who were denied growth hormone because they are too tall according to their endocrinologists (who claim that HGH does not work on children who they decided are "too tall" because they are 5' 3" tall... or HGH is "not worth the risk"... etc.) and from persons who take HGH to reverse the signs of aging in their body (who endocrinologists say is "not proven...") and from persons with Crohn's disease, or athletes, or bodybuilders (who endocrinologists say there is no improvement in body strength, etc.).

I get feedback from persons to who I sold HGH and also from persons to who I did not sell HGH... They write to me because they find my pages on the internet, and I am at the center of the wheel.

And I get feedback from many many doctors who write to me because they want to treat a patient with growth hormone, or who have come to Mexico to learn what I can teach them about growth hormone and anti-aging therapies.

And in 13 years and thousands of feedbacks, I have never heard of a single person who took HGH who then wrote to tell me that they have gotten diabetes BECAUSE they took HGH.

So if it hasn't happened to thousands of persons who write to me, then I dismiss the fear of HGH that it might cause diabetes, as another one of those incorrect things that some doctors learn and then repeat and they must say always say against growth hormone.

I don't know ONE person who has gotten diabetes because they take HGH...

So... "According to Ellis" it is only a MYTH that HGH causes or might cause diabetes...

You say that HGH is diabetogenic... That is because you have read that it is diabetogenic. I am almost certain that YOU have never had a case, or known a case personally.

But whoever wrote it, had nothing else to say, so they said it anyways.

I have had debates with doctors who point out that HGH raises blood sugar. And I answer, HOW MUCH does HGH raise blood sugar? And how does that cause diabetes, if AN APPLE will raise blood sugar much more than one injection of HGH?

Typical doctor response: no answer.

And then, it is repeated one thousand times until it seems to be the Truth. The Big Lie... that is when a lie is repeated so many times that it is assumed by everybody who hears it or reads it to be true.

SHOW ME A CASE where taking HGH has CAUSED diabetes... Just ONE case...

And if you can show me a person who supposedly got diabetes from using HGH, according to his doctor, then prove to me that that person had been EATING correctly for the past 40 years, and had not been raising his (or her) blood glucose from eating spaghetti and bread and cookies and chocolate cake and french friend potatoes and tortillas, etc.

You are an endocrinologist, so perhaps you have been taught that there is no known reason why people become diabetic, and we don't know why they suddenly become diabetic.

And I am not an endocrinologist, so I am fortunate because I didn't learn the mistakes that they teach in medical school. "According to Ellis" Diabetes is not inherited. It is learned.

It is learned from your parents, not inherited from your parents. You learn to EAT like your parents, and if they were diabetic (as BOTH of my parents were) then you will learn to EAT like they did, unless you unlearn what you learned and relearn to eat correctly, which is what I did a bit late in life but soon enough not to become diabetic, yet. I am probably "on the road to Diabetes" but I am not a diabetic yet, as defined by the A.D.A.

"I would like to know that I will die someday of diabetes, because I think I might not become a diabetic until AFTER I am dead..." - Ellis Toussier

Diabetes is not a disease that happens suddenly overnight.

And... the AGE at which many persons start to take HGH is 40's or 50's or 60's...

And that is also the age at which the incidence of Diabetes starts to happen...

So leave it to some GENIUS doctor to report that a patient took HGH and got diabetes, and his bird brain connect the two and so he blames the diabetes on HGH which the patient had been taking for a short time.

If you do know of a case of somebody who got diabetes after taking HGH, please PROVE TO ME that the person took HGH, and that that person was not going to get diabetes ANYWAYS.

I point out that when a person starts to use HGH, they also start to take BLOOD TESTS. And when people take blood tests, they also MIGHT DISCOVER THAT THEY HAVE DIABETES.

That does not mean that the BLOOD TEST caused diabetes. And it does not mean that because they took HGH, or drank mother's milk, that this caused diabetes.

So... anyways... when somebody writes to me and tells me that he has diabetes and he wants to take growth hormone, I always tell them: HGH will not cause your diabetes to get worse... but your diabetes will PROBABLY get worse whether or not you take HGH... so you CANNOT TAKE HGH unless your diabetes is very well controlled, according to MY DEFINITION OF WELL CONTROLLED, and that is probably much more strict that your doctor's definition of well controlled.

So YOU CANNOT TAKE HGH BECAUSE YOUR DOCTOR IS GOING TO CLAIM THAT it is HGH THAT IS CAUSING YOUR DIABETES TO GET WORSE.

I want to finish by saying that I don't know where on my web pages I recommend HGH to a diabetic, or to anybody at all. I let people decide for themselves, so I only say what I do (I use HGH), and why I do it (because it regenerates my body, probably lengthening telomeres), how I do it (with authentic injectable growth hormone), and I tell them the results (I will be 66 years old in one month, and I look and feel and think and function sexually and in every way as if I am 46 years old...)

I will be happy to answer your questions, debate with you, learn from you, or write a book with you if you would like to team up with me.

I am open to change my mind, if you you can convince me to change my mind.

Ellis Toussier
The Incredible Dirty Old Man Who Does Not Grow Older....
The King of Growth Hormone
The Father of EPO for anti-aging
The Father AND THE MOTHER of non-diabetic use of insulin
The Madman in Mexico
The Man With the Legendary Ego
The Amazing Cognate Poet

Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:09:11 -0700
From: dr.czar@xxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: inquiry: HGH and Diabetes
To: etoussier@hotmail.com

Hello Ellis,

Gosh! it has taken me a lot of time to read material on your website. I believe you are on the right track, and I need permission from you to put some of your material on my upcoming website. I do not differ on many things. In fact, I can endorse and vouch for some of the things you have stated.

Please let me know if I can use your material in a different format since its a website for a medical practice. I would also like to become your co-author as I believe I can save a lot of lives by passing out good information to the general public.

Regards, Czar MD

PS: Kindly send me your phone number so that I can speak with you. I am not very good with emails as I have a very busy practice and long working hours do not allow me the liberty to answer every email. Calling is much easier or may be we can chat on Skype if you like.

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Why Should Diabetics Have All the Fun?
Using Insulin to Prevent Diabetes and Premature Aging

THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ANTI-AGING THERAPY IS: "Keep Your Glucose Levels under control".

If you do not keep glucose levels under control, you lose NEURONS.

There are TWO REASONS why you lose neurons: 1. SUGAR sticks to the neuron and erases it. 2. SUGAR MAKES BLOOD STICKY... and sticky blood causes CAPILLARIES to get blocked... A capillary that is stopped up is essentially an EX-CAPILLARY... blood can no longer flow through that capillary.

So: whichever cells depended on that capillary to get blood will then DIE.

If that was a bone or muscle: NO PROBLEM. Lost bone or muscle cells will be REPLACED.

But if that happened to be a NEURON: GOOD BYE NEURON. Neurons are NOT regenerated. Once they are gone, they are gone, you have lost them forever.

Although another neuron might take the place of the atrophied neuron, neurons have MEMORY... when a neuron is GONE, the MEMORY that was in the neuron is also GONE. As you lose more and more neurons, you become more like a vegetable and less like a human: would you like to be a tomato, or do you prefer to be human?

Blood glucose is regulated by the pancreas, which should produce several hormones, including insulin (which makes glucose levels go DOWN) and glucagon (which makes glucose levels go UP.)

The food we eat is converted to a form of energy called glucose. The speed at which food is converted to glucose depends on how much of it is already carbohydrates, or sugar. Ideally, we should eat in such a way that the food we eat does not become blood glucose faster than our pancreas can release insulin to keep blood glucose between 70 and 85 mg/dl.

"According to Ellis" every instant that my blood glucose level is higher than 85 mg/dl I am aging a little bit faster than I have to. I explain this in greater detail on my page "The Glucose Theory of Aging" which I think should probably be called "The Glucose Law of Aging" because to me it is a Law, like the Law of Gravity: It is true "for diabetics and non-diabetics only..." It affects EVERYBODY, 24 hours a day, every day... It is true for everybody, whether you are diabetic or not.

The higher the blood glucose, the more and worse am I causing a little damage to my body. It is as if I am "cooking" my body a little faster. High blood glucose cannot kill me today, but it can kill me 20 or 30 or 50 years down the road.

It is a known fact that diabetics who control their blood glucose at an early age live as long or longer than persons who are "not diabetics" who eat whatever they want to and who do not control their blood glucose. Thinking this way, knowing that diabetics can live longer, I decided to consider myself a diabetic, even though I am not a diabetic according to the definition of the American Diabetes Association.

Why should diabetics have all the fun? I decided to try to keep my glucose levels under control "by Hook or by Crook."

Therefore... I decided to experiment with using insulin. Today, if my blood glucose is 100 mg/dl or above, I inject a tiny dose of insulin, to bring my blood glucose down, hopefully between 70 and 85 mg/dl. I do this anytime that I find blood glucose above 100 mg/dl, which is usually after eating.

But since I know when I am going to eat, and I know what I am going to eat, I also inject insulin BEFORE eating... I check my blood glucose AFTER eating... and I inject insulin IF NECESSARY, and in the dose that is necessary, at precisely the correct moment (when my glucose meter tells me my blood glucose is "high".)

"According to Ellis" I interpret blood glucose levels as follows:

> 200 mg/dl SUICIDAL
180 mg/dl DEATHLY
160 mg/dl HORRIBLE
140 mg/dl TERRIBLE
120 mg/dl BAD
110 mg/dl VERY HIGH
100 mg/dl HIGH
70 to 85 mg/dl OPTIMAL
55 to 69 mg/dl LOW

In contrast to other hormones that decline with age, levels of circulating insulin increase in most people as they age. This occurs because as we lose beta cells, blood glucose levels rise more often and more insulin is needed to bring blood glucose levels down. Insulin brings blood glucose levels down, but remains in the blood stream for a longer period of time, and the tissues that respond to insulin become deadened to its signals.

  • This causes an increase in blood glucose, which in turn causes the pancreas to secrete more and more insulin, which increases the insensitivity of tissues that respond to insulin. It also damages the circulatory system, which sets off a cascade of other damage in the body.

  • Fat is accumulated especially in the abdominal region around the belly, which in turn makes the tissues more "insulin insensitive" or resistant.

  • Beta cells, which produce insulin, burn out as a result of overwork and also due to the higher blood glucose levels, which then means that the pancreas becomes less and less capable of releasing enough insulin precisely when needed, which again results in higher blood glucose levels, which again results in a higher blood insulin level, which again results in more resistance to insulin.

    The cells lining the arteries produce higher levels of clotting factors--increasing the risk of a heart attack.
  • The higher blood sugar levels increase the accumulation of 'advanced glycation end products (AGEs)' which stiffen connective tissue.

One of the keys, therefore, to successful anti-aging is to keep glucose levels under control.

I began to use Humulin "R" in June, 2002... After I learned to use Humulin "R" I switched to Humalog, which is faster acting and shorter lasting than Humulin "R". Dosing remained the same: 3 iu before a large meal, and 0, or 1, or 2 iu after a meal, according to what the glucose meter commands me to do. Note: I do not listen to or take orders from most doctors... I only listen to and take orders from my glucose meter.

It is a fact that most doctors don't know anything at all about using insulin, and what they think they know is mistaken.

One doctor told me I could get severe hypoglycemia and brain damage... He said I will become resistant to insulin... and he said I am already a diabetic because I have used insulin, now I am insulin dependent.

I asked him: "Doctor, how many times in your life have you injected insulin?"

He answered "Never, of course..."

I answered "I have injected insulin more than 15,000 times in 8 years... I have NEVER had severe hypoglycemia. I am NOT resistant to insulin. I am NOT a diabetic, and I am NOT dependent on insulin.

After you have injected insulin ONE time, then you can come and give me advice."

(left unsaid: "Until then: SHUT UP AND LISTEN!") - Ellis Toussier

Starting in December, 2006, I began to use 10 units of "Lantus" injected every day in the morning. Later, through careful experiments, I found that 15 units per day gives me better results. So then I split my optimum daily dose into two doses: now I use 10 iu of Lantus in the morning, and 5 iu of Lantus at night. Sometimes, if I know I am going to have (or I already had) a large supper, I might take 10 iu Lantus at night. That might be: anytime after 6:00 P.M.

I continue to use Humalog (fast acting, short duration) as before, but a slightly smaller dose.

I COMBINE Lantus with Humalog... that is ... I take Lantus thinking about the next 12 hours... but I take Humalog for the spot check, to get the spot highs down in a hurry. And I take 3 iu of Humalog when I want to go DOWN about 20 points in a hurry. I take 2 iu Humalog when I am about 100... And I take 1 iu Humalog if I have already taken Humalog within the past hour and my blood glucose is about 93 to 100...

(I want my blood glucose to be ABOUT 85, preferably lower... Dr. Bernstein shoots for 83 mg/dl BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER meals... Dr. Bernstein is much more strict than I am... he has HbA1c = 4.5 compared to my HbA1c = 5.1)

see HbA1c to Average Glucose Conversion Table

Lantus is a breakthrough insulin... It is a new dimension... I am sure it will revolutionize anti-aging if it ever catches on with anti-aging doctors, which it probably will not. Lantus crystalizes as soon as it is injected, then slowly dissolves into the blood stream in a steady dose.

This is very different from the long lasting insulins that existed before Lantus, and it represents a huge step forward in ease of management because you can predict what effect it is having at any time. I visualize in my mind as similar to having an insulin pump which leaks a steady stream of insulin into the bloodstream, in injectible form.

I also lowered my dose of Humalog (fast acting - short duration insulin) before big meals from 3 iu to 2 iu, on the assumption that Lantus is contributing 1 iu. And my usual dose of Humalog after meals is now: zero, because my glucose levels are usually below 100 mg/dl AFTER a large meal (unless I ate too much carbohydrates) !

Using insulin, in general, helps to keep my glucose levels below 100 mg/dl all day long. This in turn keeps insulin resistance low, thus keeping low insulin circulating in my blood.

Eating foods that do not contain high sugar content (high carb content) is as essential for me, as it is to inject the proper dose of insulin at the proper moment to keep blood glucose levels as much as possible within the range of 70 to 85 mg/dl, (or at worse 100 mg/dl), which is optimal for me.

Thirty Good Reasons Why I Am NOT a Diabetic And I Use Insulin

1. The most important reason of all that I use insulin is because it helps me to keep glucose levels close to 90 mg/dl 30 minutes AFTER I eat.

2. Because blood glucose is low, insulin levels in my blood are extremely low, "out of the chart"... "like an athlete"... Even if it appears to be contradictory, injecting insulin helps me to keep insulin LOW, and thus helps me to prevent insulin resistance in my body.

3. The next very good reason why I use insulin is because it is almost "free". It costs about $6.00 dollars per month at the proper dose for me, three or four times every day. This is "zero" compared to the infinite good it does for my body.

4. The fourth reason why I use insulin is because IT DOESN'T HURT ANYTHING AT ALL TO INJECT. Modern syringes are a miracle in themselves. At first, the thought of injections is scary... but it is really nearly totally painless... and it "hurts" much less than losing my health!

5. The fifth very, very important reason why I use insulin is because I want to avoid getting Diabetes Type II. Both of my parents were diabetics, and according to doctors, I would probably become a diabetic by age 65. Injected insulin keeps my pancreas from producing and releasing insulin on that occasion, so my pancreas does not burn out its own insulin producing beta cells as quickly as it would have. My pancreas would normally be called upon to produce more than a minimum amount of insulin whenever glucose rises above 90 mg/dl. This causes the beta cells to work, and burn out in time. Beta cell burnout is the direct cause of diabetes Type II. I think I might never become a diabetic type II... or, I might... but many years after age 65.

6. The sixth reason why I use insulin is because it helps to prevent high blood glucose levels which cause a loss of NEURONS... The more neurons you lose in your lifetime, the more you become like a vegetable, and the less you resemble a human being, because NEURONS ARE YOUR BRAIN AND THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM that feels and thinks and creates. So if I avoid high blood glucose levels, I remain smart, and I remain nimble and fast into OLD CHRONOLOGICAL AGE.

7. The seventh reason why I use insulin is because it helps to keep my circulatory system well. Low glucose running through my veins and arteries and capillaries helps to keep them in good condition. Blood Sugar has been proven to be bad for the circulatory system!

8. The eighth reason why I use insulin is related to the seventh reason, ie, since my circulatory system is in good condition there is less chance of a heart attack...

9. ...and less chance of stroke...

10. ...and less chance of amputations...

11. ...and less chance of capillaries bursting in my eyes and causing blindness...

12. ...and less chance of capillaries bursting in my kidneys and causing kidney damage...

13. And speaking of kidneys, less blood glucose running through my blood gives less garbage for my kidneys to filter out, which will keep my kidneys in better shape for longer....

14. ...and since kidneys regulate red blood cell count, if my kidneys are in good shape I do avoid anemia...

15. ... and since anemia correlates with low cognitive powers, avoiding anemia and keeping a good red blood cell count keeps me from losing my intelligence, and I avoid becoming senile.

16. ... which reminds me, that if I have a proper level of red blood cells, my brain will receive the proper amount of oxygen, so if I take insulin I will also lose fewer brain neurons due to low levels or lack of oxygen.

17. ... And it isn't only the brain that keeps neurons longer, the entire nervous system is affected when there is high blood glucose, so having the proper level of blood glucose helps me to keep all the neurons in my body for longer...

18. ... and since neurons control muscle fibers, if I lose neurons I also lose muscle fibers because if they cannot move they atrophy...

19. ... and as muscles atrophy, the space they used to occupy is replaced by FAT, so the percentage of muscle decreases as the percentage of fat increases.

20. ... and as muscles atrophy, the muscles that focus the eye atrophy, so we lose vision, so I am preventing loss of vision...

21. ... and loss of speed, and reflexes...

22. ... so I will be able to play the guitar for many years longer...

23. ... and my vocal chords will be in better shape for many years longer, so I will be able to sing for many years longer.

24. When glucose levels are high, my pancreas secretes a hormone called somatostatin, which blocks the release of growth hormone by the pituitary... Growth hormone is good for me, so I don't want my pancreas to release somatostatin, so insulin helps my body not to block growth hormone.

25. And when glucose levels are low, my pituitary releases growth hormone... so taking insulin helps my body to release growth hormone.

26. ...and growth hormone is good for my skin. Insulin helps me to avoid wrinkles for many other reasons (because it keeps the circulatory system well so food, water and nutrients get to my skin and keep it hydrated and healthy)... but it is also good for my skin because it might help increase my growth hormone...

27. ...and growth hormone strengthens my immune system...

28. ...and growth hormone gives me more energy...

29. ... and more muscles...

30. ... and it helps my hair to grow nicer...

31. ... and it keeps me from feeling depressed...

32. ... and it helps me to avoid osteoporosis...

Before you can use insulin you must know if you are a good candidate to use insulin. Not everybody is a good candidate. First, take "The Poor Man's Glucose Tolerance Test" to see if your pancreas is not working as well as it used to when you were younger, ie, it is not producing insulin; or it might still be producing insulin, but not enough to lower your blood glucose levels below 100 mg/dl within 2 hours after you have eaten a meal high in carbohydrates.

If your blood glucose rises to 130 mg/dl or more after 30 minutes, then you are a candidate to use insulin... but we still don't know if you are a good candidate. To find out if you are a good candidate, you must first find out if you are resistant to insulin. There is only one way to find out: you must take a blood test at a blood testing laboratory, and test for INSULIN (do not confuse with "glucose".) You are not insulin resistant if your level of insulin is 7 or below, you are mildly resistant to insulin if your level of insulin is 8 to 14, and you are very resistant to insulin the closer you are to 25.

If you ARE NOT insulin resistant, you are a good candidate to learn to use insulin, and it will benefit you very much.

If you ARE insulin resistant, then you must first lessen your resistance to insulin. To do this you must eat a very low carbohydrate diet for a month or two, and also do plenty of aerobic and resistance exercise. Take another blood test after 30 days and 60 days. You are not a good candidate to take insulin until your blood insulin level is perhaps 10 or below (I am not certain at what point it is sufficiently low for you to be able to take insulin.)

You will need: a vial of "R" Regular Insulin (eg., "Humulin" by Eli Lilly)
A bottle of normal Coca Cola or other refreshment, with sugar. This is "on standby" to raise glucose levels quickly, in the unlikely case that blood glucose drops below 55 mg/dl. In five years and many thousands of times that I have injected insulin, I only had a slight hypoglycemia ONCE, and that was at the very beginning, when I was still learning...

I don't know why more doctors don't understand that diabetes can be avoided by avoiding the loss of beta cells, but I understand this perfectly well. When medical doctors specialists in diabetes tell me that taking insulin will cause me to get diabetes I ask them "How will I get diabetes if my glucose levels are kept close to 90 mg/dl for nearly 24 hours a day, everyday for the rest of my life?"

Doctors also tell me that using insulin is dangerous, because it might cause hypoglycemia (very low blood glucose levels). An overdose of insulin can cause hypoglycemia, but the correct dose of insulin does not cause hypoglycemia. I have not gotten hypoglycemia in 5 years of using insulin and more than 7,000 doses of insulin, because I learned the simple rule: have a bite of something to eat with each dose of insulin... or take insulin after eating.

Furthermore, I never take a fatal dose, even if I test my glucose levels and they are higher than I like. The highest dose I will take is 3 iu BEFORE I EAT... 3 iu of insulin is not enough to drop my glucose levels low enough to cause me to lose consciousness, even if I forget to eat. I have never lost consciousness in nearly six years since I began to take insulin... I only got "a buzz" once when I forgot to eat after taking insulin, when I began to experiment with insulin... I measured my glucose and it was 51 mg/dl. It would have had to go below 25 for me to faint, and much lower for me to die.

I have never gotten below 70 mg/dl after I learned how to prevent a very low glucose level. I learned that I must always eat something ("bad" or good) at the same time, or soon after, I take my small dose of insulin, to have an upward force which will counter insulin's downward force.

The fact is that I have injected 1 to 3 iu of insulin three or four times or even more times every day for more than five years. Despite all the warnings I have been constantly given by several doctors that insist I will become diabetic, or insulin dependent, or I will become resistant to insulin, etc., tests show that my pancreas is working very well... I have not become a diabetic... I have not developed resistance to insulin... I have not become dependent on insulin...

Everything most DOCTORS tell me is MISTAKEN, which is why I don't listen to what doctors tell me about diabetes or about using insulin (or about using growth hormone or testosterone or EPO...) anymore. I know more than they do because I USE insulin and they don't... so why should I listen to them?

The ONLY doctor whose advice I agree with is Dr. Richard K. Bernstein, author of "Diabetes Solution"... I disagree with the bad advice of the American Diabetes Association, and Dr. Bernstein also disagrees with it.

I could stop using insulin at any time... and I might stop when I want to start aging faster. So far, I am in extraordinarily good health at age 65, so I still have not decided that I want to age faster... Since according to the glucose meter what I am doing works, and what doctors tell me to do is not working for the population as a whole, I am better off if I don't listen to their bad advice. I only listen to Dr. Bernstein, and to myself.

My pancreas is still working as well or better than when I started using insulin in 2002. I know this because I have tested my response to glucose, and if it ever rises to 160, it is lowered to below 105 in less than 2 hours... without injecting insulin.

So if I can avoid beta cell burnout, and thus I avoid diabetes, I also avoid all the complications of diabetes. Each one of these complications is a good reason for me to take insulin but I'll list them here together and later as individual reasons why I take insulin. In particular, I avoid amputations, blindness, impotence, dry and wrinkled skin, brain damage, kidney damage. Most importantly, I avoid the worst killer diseases: a higher incidence of cancer, a much higher incidence of heart disease, etc.!

NOTE: I am not a doctor. I am telling you the reasons why I take insulin, and I absolutely believe that I am right to take it, but I do not recommend that anybody else should do what I do only because I do it. If you decide to take insulin, it should be your own decision... Insulin is very easy to learn to use correctly, and I believe it is extremely good for your health if you use it correctly, but insulin is like a gun: you have to know how to use it, or else, don't use it. It can be dangerous if you overdose...

Other than that, if you do not overdose, I think you will not have any problem or side effect using insulin... but I AM NOT A DOCTOR, so please do not take insulin unless you can benefit from it... and not everybody will benefit from taking insulin.

I will teach you who can benefit from taking insulin, and who will not, and who might benefit, and how to know exactly if YOU should consider taking insulin.

In June, 2002, I began to experiment with taking a small dose of insulin. What began as an experiment, (some would say "a reckless experiment") turned out to be the best anti-aging therapy that I am taking today. I am convinced it is the single best and most powerful hormone, including growth hormone, because growth hormone is great but it is of no use if you died from a heart attack or from cancer, or from pre-mature aging. Insulin will keep glucose levels low, which will result in much better "internal health."

The reason I think insulin is so important is because it gives me much better control of my glucose levels than if I do not use insulin. This is true even if I eat as well as I can, even if I eat low carbs, and do exercise.

----------- Half doses of diabetes drugs can prevent disease.

(Reuters) - Low doses of GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia combined with metformin can prevent diabetes without causing the most common side-effects, Canadian doctors reported on Wednesday.

Taking half a dose of Glaxo's combination pill reduced by two-thirds the risk that patients would go from having high blood sugar -- pre-diabetes -- to full type-2 diabetes, the researchers reported in the Lancet medical journal.

Fourteen percent of the patients treated with the drugs developed diabetes after four years, compared to 39 percent of those given placebo, the researchers found.

The effect would likely be the same with Avandia's rival drug in the same class, Takeda's Actos, said Dr. Bernard Zinman of Mount Sinai Hospital at the University of Toronto, who led the study.

"I think it is a class effect," Zinman said in a telephone interview.

Actos, known generically as pioglitazone and Avandia, known generically as rosiglitazone, belong to a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones, which help the body better use insulin.

Type-2 diabetes is caused as the body gradually loses its ability to respond to insulin, a condition called insulin resistance. Overeating, a lack of exercise, genes and other factors all play a role.

As insulin works less and less well, levels of glucose rise in the blood, damaging blood vessels and organs. The beta cells in the pancreas begins to lose their ability to make insulin.

SIDE-EFFECTS

Avandia and Actos work well to help and even prevent diabetes. But they have side-effects, including fluid retention, heart failure and, possibly, heart attacks.

Glaxo said this week it had settled more lawsuits alleging Avandia caused heart attacks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing data on possible heart risks from the drug.

Glaxo, which will be looking to save its faltering market for Avandia, paid for the study. Sales of Avandia topped $3 billion in 2006, but fell to $1.2 billion in 2009.

Metformin is an older drug that also helps the body use insulin, but it can cause upset stomach.

So Zinman decided to try a half-dose of both to see if that would be effective and cut back the side-effects.

His team recruited 207 patients with pre-diabetes and gave them either two pills a day of combined Avandia and metformin or placebos. They followed them for almost four years.

"The side-effects were not there -- the weight gain, fluid retention, the gastrointestinal side-effects," Zinman said.

The study has not lasted long enough to tell whether heart failure or heart attack rates would rise measurably, but Zinman said fluid retention often points to future potential heart effects.

Both Avandia and Actos will soon be available generically, and metformin has long been, meaning a potentially inexpensive way to prevent diabetes, he said.

Lifestyle changes like exercising and losing weight also work to prevent diabetes, but people do not follow them well, he noted.

"The concept of combining submaximum doses of effective drugs to maintain efficacy and reduce side-effects is an attractive one," Dr. Thomas Buchanan of the University of Southern California wrote in a commentary.

The International Diabetes Federation estimates that 300 million people worldwide have pre-diabetes and 230 million have diabetes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6516QT20100602

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If I do NOT take insulin, my blood glucose is about 103 to 105 in the morning... that means, it might go higher than 105 after I eat, but it will DROP to about 103 to 105 two hours after I eat.

But if I DO take insulin, my blood glucose is about 75 in the morning... most of the day it is about 80...

So... if there are 24 hours in a day, and 365 days in a year, and I live another 30 years, that is about 260,000 hours... Let us suppose that I pass 30,000 hours at 110 mg/dl and 230,000 hours at 80 mg/dl... Instead of 260,000 hours at 105 mg/dl or higher... let us suppose for the sake of guessing something: 30,000 hours at 140, 30,000 hours at 120 and 200,000 hours at 105...

30,000 x 110 = 3,300,000
230,000 x 80 =18,400,000
total mg/dl-hours = 21,700,000

200,000 x 105 = 21,000,000
30,000 x 120 = 3,600,000
30,000 x 140 = 4,200,000
total mg/dl hours 28,800,000

So... 21,700,000 is roughly 75% of 28,800,000
or 28,800,000 is roughly 133% of 21,700,000

I am betting that I will get to age 94 (30 years from now) in BETTER SHAPE because I have not used up 28,800,000 mg/dl - hours. Or... at that rate, it will take me another 10 years to burn up the remaining 7 million mg/dl-hours.

I am only guessing. If I am correct, I will be in better health... but if I am mistaken, there is no downside... I have nothing to lose by trying it. - Ellis

I am convinced that keeping my glucose under control is the least expensive, and certainly the single most important anti-aging therapy that I am doing... (and I am taking EPO, growth hormone, hyperbaric oxygen, deprenyl, CoQ10, and many other "far out" therapies.)

The nice thing about experimenting with insulin is that I can test myself with a glucose meter and I get a very objective NUMBER in black and white that I can use to know my glucose levels before and after, with and without, insulin. I didn't know how to interpret this number, and I couldn't find good information on the internet. The guidelines I found were all too high, since Dr. Bernstein has written that he has seen side effects from diabetes in patients with 120 mg/dl for an extended period of time.

I finally developed my own table to interpret glucose levels. Most Diabetes doctors and even the American Diabetes Association don't interpret it correctly for non-diabetics... but I learned the correct interpretation after reading a lot about glycosilation, HbA1c, and finally by understanding Dr. Bernstein's strategy to control his diabetes. From Dr. Bernstein I learned that it is imperative to keep my glucose levels between 70 and 90, even if I am not a diabetic. Even 100 mg/dl is relatively "high" even if it is "very usual" and "normal" after eating most meals... but if you can avoid 100 mg/dl, why not avoid it?

See:

Correct Interpretation of Glucose Levels: http://www.rajeun.net/glucose.html

Dr. Bernstein's story "My First Fifty Years as a Diabetic" http://www.rajeun.net/fifty.html

As I write this in early 2007 I have taken more than 7000 blood glucose tests. I know exactly what a dose of 1 iu, 2 iu, or 3 iu of insulin will do to my glucose levels. I know how to calculate the number of grams of carbohydrates that I am about to eat, and I know how to calculate approximately how high any meal will raise my glucose levels. I know what glucose levels I will get if I do NOT use insulin, and I know what glucose level I will get if I DO use insulin... and I much prefer the results WITH insulin...

The simple reason why I continue to take 3 iu insulin before every meal: it keeps my glucose levels controlled, so it is good for my health. It is the least expensive, most beneficial anti-aging hormone of all. Although it can be dangerous if you don't know how to use insulin correctly, it is also dangerous to drive a car or to shoot a gun if you don't learn how to use it correctly... so I have learned to use insulin correctly, and it is very safe for me.

In late 2006 I began to use Lantus, 24 hour insulin, together with Humalog, fast acting and short duration insulin. The combination of the two makes keeping my glucose levels below 100 much easier.

First, taking insulin is NOT for everybody. Before you take insulin, you should determine how YOU react to carbohydrates. See my pages "Typical Glucose Tolerance Tests" and "Assess Your Pancreas".

To be a candidate to take insulin you should have a reaction to carbohydrates, eg., after drinking a large 400 ml glass of ORANGE JUICE your glucose rises to 130 OR MORE in 30 minutes... It is not important if it falls in 2 hours ("normal") or if it remains high ("diabetes")... In both cases, you are a candidate for taking insulin.

EVEN IF you are a "candidate" to take insulin, you MIGHT NOT be a good candidate. You must first find out if you are RESISTANT to insulin. Resistance to insulin occurs because there has been too much insulin floating around in your blood stream for too long, so to REVERSE RESISTANCE TO INSULIN you must REVERSE THE REASON why there was too much insulin floating around in your blood stream.

You can find out if you are resistant to insulin by taking a fasting blood test for INSULIN (do not confuse with "glucose"). The range is from 3 to 25, where 3 is "like an athlete" and 25 means: "very high insulin resistance.

If you find you are resistant to insulin, I suggest you can lower it by eating a VERY LOW carb diet AND doing a lot of aerobic and resistance exercise... try it for one month... then take a blood test for INSULIN again, before you start to learn to use insulin...

If you are a diabetic, OF COURSE you should see a doctor... but SUGGEST TO YOUR DOCTOR that you should take insulin... if he wants you to AVOID taking insulin, then he has the wrong attitude towards insulin... in my opinion you should look for a doctor that is glad if you take insulin correctly. If I was a diabetic and needed to find a doctor, I would look for a doctor who is diabetic himself, and who takes insulin himself... This way, I would have a doctor who truly understands insulin, and who probably is not going to be afraid of using insulin.

If you are not a diabetic, you will not find many doctors that will recommend that you can take insulin for your good health. This idea goes too much against the thousands of doctors who try everything possible before they accept to give their patients insulin, as if insulin is going to be the cause of blindness, or of severe diabetes side effects. The object of this page is to teach you what I learned in the School of Hard Knocks, because nobody was there to teach me what I had to know about using insulin, and I am glad I learned.

If you want to try to take insulin, you must FIRST take the Poor Man's Glucose Tolerance Test http://www.rajeun.net/assess.html

If you have a response to glucose, (anything except a flat response...) you are a candidate to take insulin. First determine that you are NOT resistant to insulin, and if you are NOT resistant to insulin, then go on to the next step.

Start with a dose of 3 iu just before breakfast... Eat breakfast and test your blood glucose 30 minutes or 40 minutes after breakfast... The only response that you do NOT want to get is anything below 70...

If you do get below 70, and above 50, take it easy and simply drink a glass of normal coca cola, or a glass of orange juice and your glucose will go above 70 in about 5 minutes...

(I will bet $1000 to $1 that you will not get below 70... if you take 3 iu R insulin AND ALSO have breakfast after you have injected insulin.)

If you get between 70 and 110, then you are doing very well after your first injection of insulin... 70 to 90 is perfect, and you will probably get nearer to 90 than to 70...

If you get 100 to 110, or more... that is too high, but we'll fix that ... you are just learning right now, and we have to figure out your dose... Today I take 1 or 2 iu of insulin AFTER I eat, if my glucose comes out 100 or higher

There are only a few simple rules you have to learn so that you can take insulin:

1. NEVER TAKE A LETHAL DOSE OF INSULIN. In my case, I know 5 iu is NOT a lethal dose, so I take even less, I take 3 iu before each meal.

2. ALWAYS EAT SOMETHING, PREFERABLY PROTEIN OF ANIMAL ORIGIN, TOGETHER WITH THE SHOT OF INSULIN.

3. ALWAYS TEST YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE BEFORE YOU TAKE INSULIN, THEN AGAIN 30 MINUTES AFTER YOU EAT (OR, ABOUT ONE HOUR AFTER YOU TOOK INSULIN) This is elementary. How can you know if your glucose levels can stand to go DOWN 30 points unless you TEST yourself before you take insulin... And how can you know that you did not take too much insulin unless you test yourself afterwards?

4. IF YOU GET ANY SIGNS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA, (FAINTNESS, SWEAT, DIZZINESS, BUZZING) DRINK A GLASS OF ORANGE JUICE, OR COCA-COLA, OR TAKE A BITE OF BREAD RIGHT AWAY.

The WRONG WAY TO TAKE INSULIN is to do it like some body builders have told me they do it: Take a BIG DOSE OF INSULIN 10 or 15 iu or more... then TRY TO BALANCE IT WITH A LOT OF BAD CARBOHYDRATES...

It is not necessary to eat carbohydrates, such as bread, or sugar, or potatoes. I always eat something that I know is also HEALTHY for me. I never eat a piece of candy, or sugar, or other foods that I know are unhealthy. Usually I eat protein: a piece of turkey, a hard boiled egg, a slice of cheese. I might also eat a small portion of fruit, such as a fourth of a banana, or a small plum, a few grapes, a quarter of an apple, a small piece of pineapple. But it is difficult to stop, when you eat something that is delicious... better, don't even start to eat fruits...

The fruits I choose to eat contain a lot of carbohydrates, but a small piece translates to only a small amount of carbohydrates which will not increase my glucose much. AND fruits contain a lot of soluble fiber, vitamins, and enzymes. So it is a balancing act... I eat a small portion of fruit because a small portion will not cause a great increase in my level of glucose, but I do also get a benefit from the fruit I am eating. And if I eat it after injecting insulin, I know it helps me to keep glucose levels balanced between 70 and 105.

I admit that I don't know exactly what benefits I will get for bringing my glucose levels under control for the rest of my life will do for my health and my lifespan... But I know what it does to diabetics who bring their glucose levels under control, and it is all good...

So I'm confident it has to be a good thing for me to do, too.

I also know what glucose levels OUT of control can do to a diabetic... so if I had to choose which one hormone to take I would have a hard choice between insulin and growth hormone, because I like them both very much... But I don't have to choose one out of all the hormones, I can take both of them... and perhaps you can too, without any problem. Think about it.

I use 2 or 3 iu Humalog (fast acting, short duration) by Eli Lilly, before every meal: breakfast, lunch, and supper. I take 0 or 1 or 2 iu Humalog after any meal, according to what a blood glucose test shows I should take.

Starting in late 2006, I began to take 15 iu Lantus (long lasting 24 hour insulin) every morning. I take 5 iu Lantus every night. In order to understand why I take two doses of 24 hour Lantus instead of one single dose, which is better than the instructions tell you to do, read how I use Lantus. The way I use Lantus is better than the very people who make it tell you to use it.

I test my glucose levels before, and again 30 minutes after eating my meal, and again after 60 minutes and 120 minutes if my first test showed glucose level above 120 mg/dl.

Not everybody is a candidate to take insulin... If your glucose levels are NORMAL-MIN in a glucose tolerance test (ie, your glucose does not rise, it stays "flat" after eating a plate of spaghetti) or after eating a high carb meal, then your pancreas is working like a charm, at very youthful levels. You do not need, and should not take, insulin.

See: 10 Graphs and Charts of Typical Glucose Tolerance Tests

Or, if your body is insulin resistant, you must first work to lose resistance to insulin. This can only be done by eating in such a way that you do not stimulate a high glucose response, which in turn will stimulate a high insulin response. You can take a blood test for INSULIN (do not confuse with "glucose") to see if you are insulin resistant. If you are insulin resistant, your insulin level will be high, and you should not take any additional insulin as I do until you lower your insulin resistance.

I have a bottle of regular soft drink, with sugar, on hand as my "fire extinguisher" in case I would have to put my glucose levels up. This happened to me twice when I was barely learning to use insulin. (I did not have a teacher or doctor to teach me how to use insulin, because there was no other person that I know of who is not a diabetic and was using insulin, and no doctor that I know of who would prescribe insulin to anybody who is not a diabetic.)

I took insulin, but I neglected to eat anything for about an hour, because I didn't know then that it is so necessary. Once I measured my glucose level in the low 50's mg/dl. That is hypo-glycemia. I knew something was wrong because I was sweating and I had a buzzing feeling.

Fortunately it was not low enough to make me pass out... (I drank a glass of soft drink and I ate some bread, and I felt better immediately... in less than one minute.) Fortunately, too, I was still using "R" insulin because I was learning, and not Humalog, which I knew is faster and more powerful.

The danger of taking insulin is that you might lower your glucose levels too low, in what is called "hypo-glycemia". I have measured my glucose in the low 50's mg/dl. That is hypo-glycemia, but not low enough to kill me, yet.

I was still very conscious and able to think and function very well, but I felt a little dizzy, a buzzing in my body, and I was sweating cold. It is a very strange feeling, and I knew it was bad but it could have become worse. I knew enough that I drank a regular Coca Cola, and I felt better right away. I have read that some persons lose consciousness at about 25 mg/dl. and it is possible to die if it goes lower than that.

Before I decided to try insulin, I knew that I was either a "mild diabetic" or "Normal-Max" on the glucose tolerance test, above. Then I had to determine my correct dose. I started from the bottom. I hit the correct dose at 3 iu of "R" Humulin insulin, but if I were to do it again, I would try 2 iu first.

To make certain that I wouldn't accidentally pass out without anybody knowing the reason, I told somebody else that I was going to inject insulin. I already knew how to test myself with a glucose meter. I had a bottle of soft drink or a glass of fruit juice nearby.

Now I am always sure to eat a small piece of cheese, or a slice or two of turkey, and then I eat my meal 30 to 40 minutes after I injected.

I always remember to eat something WITH insulin, a few minutes after I inject it. This is my insurance policy, so I know my blood glucose will never drop like a rock. At first I tested my blood glucose every 20 minutes for 2 hours.

Today I test much fewer times, because I have tested myself enough so that I can predict glucose levels after the meal I ate pretty accurately, and I know it will never be below 70 if I ate a good meal.

Remember that I am not a doctor. The above is true for me, and it is not medical advice. I know that insulin is a very good hormone if used correctly, but it can be very dangerous if I make a mistake. For this reason I do not sell insulin because I do not want to be responsible for selling some fool a medicine that he used incorrectly.

Read: The Glucose Theory of Aging: The Correct Interpretation of Blood Glucose Levels

Using Lantus

Ellis Toussier's HbA1c to Average Blood Glucose Conversion Table

Assess Your Pancreas: The Poor Man's Glucose Tolerance Test Typical Glucose Tolerance Test Results: How to Interpret The Poor Man's Glucose Tolerance Test Using Insulin Frequently Asked Questions


Using Insulin, Frequently Asked Questions Have you ever had any contact with Dr Bernstein? If so, what type of contact has it been, that is, phone calls, e-mails, personal visits etc?

In April, 2007, I went to New York and I met Dr. Bernstein in person. I was present for two consultations with a subscriber of my forum, for a total of three hours. I also asked him a few questions, but I did not ask him what he thinks that I use insulin and I am not a diabetic.

Of course I have listened to his phone calls on teleconference, and of course I have read his book. I know somebody who went to see Dr. Bernstein personally, and this person told me that there is somebody who is an assistant to Dr. Bernstein who is not a diabetic and who also uses insulin... I learned this after I had started to use insulin. So I SUPPOSE that Dr. Bernstein would not be opposed that I should use insulin to control blood glucose, as do almost all doctors, since I have never gotten hypoglycemia except at the very beginning when I did not know how to use insulin and I forgot to eat after taking insulin...

At the beginning, I used to inject insulin and wait 45 minutes before I would eat, because this is the time that it takes the insulin to act, and I thought that was how I should take it so that it would be in my blood, etc... There was NO DOCTOR who would or even who could show me what to do... (except Dr. Bernstein, who I couldn't get in touch with...) And once or twice I "forgot" to eat, once I was in a restaurant and the food was still not brought to me, when I started to feel a buzz... I did a huge fuss with the waiter because he didn't understand what I meant when I said " RIGHT NOW" as I was getting more and more panicked...

That was the LAST TIME I would ever risk such a situation, so I changed how I would use insulin.

Now, I inject insulin and I always eat a bite of SOMETHING... anything... right away, or soon after, ie, I inject, and the next task I do in the following 10 minutes is to decide what should I eat... an egg... a small fruit (not a good choice, but I do eat it...)... a small piece of cheese... a slice of turkey or chicken... etc...

What does he think of the various protocols you use to stay young?

Let me say, immodestly, that I think I know more about using growth hormone than Dr. Bernstein does because he doesn't use it, or else he would have mentioned it... I think he thinks that it is bad for diabetics, and I am convinced it is not bad for diabetics... but the myth is that it is bad for diabetics, that it causes insulin resistance, and that it causes diabetes... pure baloney, by doctors who know nothing about growth hormone, who are opposed to its use, and who say it is a very dangerous hormone.

I don't know what Dr. Bernstein thinks of the protocols that I use to stay young, but I know what I think about the protocols I use to stay young: nothing that I do is dangerous... nothing that I do has side effects... and nothing that I do does not work... - Ellis

Why do you use insulin, if you are not a diabetic?

I use insulin because I am convinced it will PREVENT me from becoming a diabetic sooner than if I would NOT use insulin... it will POSTPONE the day that I will become diabetic. It doesn't HURT, it is extremely CHEAP, and IT GIVES ME GOOD RESULTS ON THE GLUCOSE METER. I don't care what anybody says... no doctor... no "expert"... I only go by the results I get on my glucose blood tests. Period. I have taken more than 7000 blood glucose tests, so unless a doctor has taken at least 1000, he should not give me advice, he should take advice from me.

BOTH of my parents were diabetics by age 65. My father injected insulin and, unfortunately, my mother did not, which was incorrect but dictated by "doctors". She "controlled" her diabetes with metformin, as well she could, which is not well enough. I am convinced that using metformin instead of insulin was a big mistake. If I had known then what I know now, I would have convinced my mother to use insulin also.


I received this, from S.G.P. who is not a diabetic and has been using insulin if his blood sugar is above 95 mg/dl for longer than I have. I paste our e-mail correspondence:

SGP: You'd be proud of me. I've been taking my waking Blood Sugar for 10 years and use mostly Glucophage to keep it in check (there is no doubt in my mind that GH has big diabetagenic effects due to the cross binding of IGF-1 to insulin).

I also take a half unit of insulin if my Blood Sugar is above 95 in the morning.

Ellis: That is great but... HOW do you MEASURE half a unit of insulin?

SGP: I dilute it in bacterstatic water by a factor of 10

Ellis: What kind of insulin do you inject? (I inject Humalog or Humulin "R" or I mix 67% Humulin "R" with 33% Humalog.)

SGP: Humulin "R" ("regular")

Ellis: Do you dilute a vial of insulin in order to be able to inject half an iu?

SGP: Yes.

Ellis: How often do you measure your glucose levels?

SGP: Every morning and sometimes a half hour after a big meal.

Ellis: What glucose level are you trying to bring 95 down to when you inject?

SGP: 80

Ellis: Which brand of glucose meter do you use?

SGP: Accuchek Aviva

Ellis: Why do you consider 95 mg/dl so high that you inject insulin?

SGP: When I go off of GH, my waking Blood Sugar is around 80, which from what I've read is pretty good.

Ellis: How do YOU interpret blood glucose levels, compared to how I interpret it?

70 to 85 mg/dl is OPTIMAL
85 to 100 is O.K.
110 is HIGH
120 is BAD
140 is TERRIBLE
160 is HORRIBLE
180 is DEATHLY
200 and above is SUICIDAL

SGP: I would agree with that!


A Diabetic II wrote: I control my blood sugar completly by diet and have no need for Insulin

If you think you don't have need for insulin, you probably are not checking your blood glucose enough. I suggest you should check your blood glucose 30 minutes AFTER you eat, and if it is above 100 mg/dl, check it again 30 minutes later (ie, 60 minutes after eating.)

IT IS VERY EASY TO BECOME HAPPY that your blood glucose is "controlled" because you get some good results, and then you don't check anymore... and that is when you will make mistakes...

YOU CANNOT TELL IF YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE IS ABOVE 100. YOU CANNOT GUESS, BECAUSE 5 years and 7000 glucose tests later, if I don't use insulin, I still often find that my blood glucose is above 100. THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IS: YOU HAVE TO CHECK IT WITH A GLUCOSE METER!

That happens to me, and I AM NOT A DIABETIC... and YOU ARE A DIABETIC.

So I am certain you do have need for insulin. Every diabetic can use insulin, and most non-diabetics would benefit greatly, also in my opinion. Diet is extremely important, I agree, but insulin is also important to fine tune, because we don't stay at 83 mg/dl after we have eaten.

I am amazed at how little of the wrong food it takes to get glucose up to 110 mg/dl, which I am convinced is bad for us in the long run. The trouble is that the "long run" is 20 or 30 years down the road, so we don't worry about it today... but what we do to stay healthy today is what determines our health in the future.

I went to see Dr. Bernstein (April, 2007) and I asked him: what do you do if your blood glucose is 100?

He answered: he injects insulin to try to bring it down to 83 mg/dl (83 mg/dl is his target.)

Both my parents are diabetic, as are my grandparents and my uncles... I am not diabetic yet, but I know I will become diabetic some day.

I would like to know if authentic injectable growth hormone might cause diabetes to develop sooner in me?

You are mistaken on several counts. 1) Diabetes is not caused by growth hormone... It is caused by EATING INCORRECTLY for many years previous to when it becomes manifest. And 2) "according to Ellis" diabetes is NOT inherited from your parents... YOU LEARN to be a diabetic, because YOU LEARN TO EAT the same foods that caused your parents to become diabetic. If you change your eating habits NOW to prevent high blood glucose levels, you might never become a diabetic, or perhaps you will become diabetic when you are 90 years old.

The answer is too long to answer fully here. Please see this page, where I answer this same question:

Does HGH Cause Diabetes?


from: Bob Burtis
Hello Bob,

>After an afternoon of Thanksgiving turkey and too much food, I was thinking you might have some information or thoughts about diet, hunger, and tryptophan and serotonin. The glucose aspect is probably a part of it, as well.

>I used Phen-fen about five years ago and found it to be the best weight loss regimen I have ever come across. The main effect seemed to come from the serotonin re-uptake inhibitor characteristics, that seemed to give one a feeling of fullness and satisfaction along with some positive mood enhancement.

According to Dr. Ward Dean, metformin is almost the same but perhaps better than Phen-fen.... On the other hand, and this is only according to me, I prefer taking a shot of insulin before each meal. I know this is anathema to most doctors, and it might sound crazy or maybe I sound crazy, but I am convinced that insulin is far better than metformin. In the first place, it is the natural hormone found in our body. There is NO REASON to be so frightened of insulin, IF YOU USE IT CORRECTLY, in the CORRECT DOSE... and that is not so difficult to learn to do !

The problem with insulin, of course, is that you have to be relatively careful with it... so... I AM EXTREMELY careful with it... So what ? I get perfect results with it, much better than if I don't use it, and it is not my opinion, it says so on the glucose meter. It is very objective.

I don't know if taking insulin would help somebody with eating disorders to eat correctly, but it might. I think insulin probably does have an effect on the brain, on the "serotonin re-uptake inhibitor characteristics, that seem to give one a feeling of fullness and satisfaction along with some positive mood enhancement"

>This could move in the direction of Prozac and many more serotonin-related products that I know too little about and don't have much interest in. I'm not looking for mood-altering, but the Phen-Fen combo of satiety and good mood was unique.

I really think that insulin could do all this and more...

>Whether the heart valve side-effects were the result of prescription abuse or inherent dangers, is academic, since it's been pulled off the market.

That is what happened with Phen-Fen... metformin does not have that problem, but metformin does have some chance of side effects... I would say insulin is much safer, if it is used correctly. Of course, 500,000 doctors would disagree with me, and 500,000 doctors would be mistaken... they have never tried insulin on themselves, so they are all just repeating what the books say, which is mistaken.

>The key seems to be with the serotonin and almost every resource I've come across seems to look at it from their unique point of view. If something as simple as eating can produce tryptophan and then effect serotonin to create feelings of fullness and satisfaction, wouldn't there be a way to supplement a reduced calorie diet regimen and create the same result, without prescription drugs and side effects?

Bob, everybody has to come up with complicated explanations in order to seem to be thoughtful and original... I like simple explanations... Insulin is what we need to metabolize food correctly, and if we metabolize food correctly, I don't care to know how or why I feel better, I just do feel better. I can't explain why, but I know I do.

>I've read up on 5-HTP and related supplements, but still no one seems to have any research or theory on how the process works and could be simulated by natural supplementation. I suspect the glucose aspect is a part of this, as well, but in the end, we're dealing with brain chemicals and particularly serotonin.

>A lot of my eating is mood based - not the manic depressive kind, but simple mood swings. I am self-aware enough to see this in myself (and others), but will power alone is not enough to deal with what I sense is more a body and brain chemistry equation than anything else. It's also quite complex, I'm sure.

>But on the surface, it seems very fundamental....

>I'm hungry, or feeling a little down, so I eat a sandwich, and I feel better. What is there in a ham sandwich that we cannot duplicate and mimic with half a sandwich and a few supplements?

Try doing the same, but without the bread. Keep your blood glucose levels low.

I have thought of something VERY INTERESTING... your BODY TEMPERATURE fluctuates according to what you eat... I am going to document this in myself... unfortunately, that means I have to break all of my rules, in order to get my glucose levels sky high so I can show there is a change of body temperature, but I will sacrifice myself for the sake of science! So... I'll drink a large glass of orange juice, for the sake of science !!!

Yes, I know I sound like an eccentric nut, but I am not an eccentric nut, I just know that a glass of orange juice will shoot my glucose levels sky high (or at least it is "HORRIBLE according to Ellis") and I know that is bad for me, as it is bad for you too... and I simply try to do things that will result in a prolonged healthspan, and not do things that I KNOW will result in damage to my body in the long run.

>Just wondered if you had any thoughts along these lines...

Yes.. a few... The problem in this world is deciding "Who Will I Believe?" There are thousands of "doctors" with diplomas from Harvard and Stanford and the best and most famous universities in the world, and EACH ONE OF THEM thinks differently, and many times totally contradictory one with the other. So it is not enough that somebody is a "doctor", they also have to be smart. And there are some truly hard-headed doctors out there, as well as some doctors with what I consider to be some very strange ideas (which I won't get into.)

So... Just because I am NOT a doctor is not a good reason to think I must be mistaken and they are correct. On this issue of taking insulin when I am not a diabetic, I know that the correct dose of insulin has not done anything BAD to my pancreas, as I have heard doctors preach, incorrectly.

It is also true that if a child behaves badly and you do not punish the child then, the child does not learn to behave well... If the punishment comes later, or many years later, the child does not learn...

This is precisely the case with eating incorrectly. When we eat incorrectly NOW, the punishment does not come until TOMORROW... maybe YEARS later... Think about it... EVERY TIME YOU EAT POORLY, YOUR BODY WILL BE PUNISHED, but not right away! It could be a few months before you have gone UP in weight, or it could be a few years before your SKIN IS WRINKLED, or it could be a few decades later that you are INSULIN RESISTANT, or you have a BIG FAT BELLY, or you are BECOMING DIABETIC.

So... if the PUNISHMENT comes DAYS or MONTHS or DECADES LATER, we DON'T LEARN OUR LESSON unless we study what happens. This is why I have decided to study how to eat correctly, and for a long time I ate according to what the experts told me to do, but today I eat according to what I finally figured out for myself... and that is:

"Don't believe Dr. Atkins... Don't Believe Dr. Barry Sears... Don't Believe Dr. Dean Ornish... Don't Believe The U.S.D.A. Food Guide Pyramid... Don't Believe Dr. McDougal (strictly vegetarian)... Don't even believe ME !!!

YOU CAN ONLY BELIEVE THE GLUCOSE METER ! KEEP YOUR GLUCOSE LEVELS LOW, and you will avoid diabetes, perhaps forever. If you are already diabetic, of course you have no choice: you either keep your glucose levels under control, or you will die sooner. Period. I hope you decide to keep your glucose levels under control." - Ellis Toussier

read this page:

The Glucose Theory of Aging http://www.rajeun.net/glucose.html

Ellis Toussier

If you are not diabetic, why do you use Lantus and Humalog?

There are many reasons why I use Lantus and Humalog, but here are five reasons:

1. It is almost free. It costs less than 3.00 per day, including syringes and test strips. Insulin itself costs about 50 cents per day.

2. It does not HURT at all... zero... nothing... it doesn't hurt, period.

3. In theory, it is good for my health because it helps me to keep blood glucose between 70 and 100 mg/dl almost 24 hours per day, every day.

4. There is no good reason why I should NOT use insulin, except that I could perhaps die of hypoglycemia if I overdose. But I have not gotten even close to overdosing or hypoglycemia in 14,000 shots in 7 years that I have been using insulin. So if it doesn't harm me and it benefits me, then I think this is a good reason to use it.

5. Theoretically, keeping my blood glucose from soaring an average 30 points more, as it would have otherwise, will help me to NOT LOSE NEURONS... Nobody has ever done this before, but I am doing it now, and we shall see how I will be when I am 98 years old.

In the meantime, the proof is in the pudding... I think I might be one of the healthiest Old Men age 63 in the world today.

>Bob Burtis

I have purchased two (2) vials of insulin and a few packs of the 1cc and 1/2cc syringes. Can you coach me as to how to inject (which marks on the needle, when to poke and how often)?

O.K... here goes:

FIRST, you should have a good idea how you react to carbohydrates... if you get a FLAT RESPONSE after eating a lot of carbohydrates, then insulin might not be such a good idea for you, but it could be, if you can figure out what dose to take that does not give you hypoglycemia (ie, glucose levels are too low)...

I get a bell curve when I drink a glass of orange juice, ie, my glucose goes UP then it goes back DOWN... so taking insulin is perfectly well indicated in MY CASE, because I don't want the high marks, and I also don't want my pancreas to produce insulin if I can inject insulin which will do the job... Some people might think I am crazy, but I'm not... I want to prevent my pancreas from working now, so that it might still be in good working shape all my life, or at least until I am perhaps 10 years from my death from other causes.

So... read these two pages, then drink 400 ml of ORANGE JUICE and test your glucose levels like I did, so you will have an idea how you react to carbohydrates...

http://www.rajeun.net/gtt.html Typical Glucose Tolerance Test Results

http://www.rajeun.net/35minutes.html 35 Minutes going UP, and 35 minutes coming down!

http://www.rajeun.net/assess.html Assess Your Pancreas, a "Poor Man's Glucose Tolerance Test"

NEXT... You have to take a glucose test before you inject insulin, so you know where you are starting from... and you have to have a normal Coca Cola (with sugar) handy while you experiment to see how you react to insulin... The only "problem" you can have is that glucose will drop too far without you knowing it... but this is not going to happen because you are going EAT before it drops too far, and you are also going to test your blood glucose AFTER you inject insulin, so you will always know where your glucose levels are... CORRECT?

The Coca Cola is there like a fire extinguisher on standby duty, so you will drink a glass of Coca Cola IN CASE you start to feel dizzy or a buzz or sweaty hands, etc... but that is not going to happen... RIGHT?

Now... this is what I do, but this is correct for MY pancreas, but it might not be correct for your pancreas... but we have no idea what your dose should be, and that is precisely what we want to find out...

If my glucose is 90, I inject 3 iu AND I EAT a good meal. THEN... I test my glucose 30 minutes after eating, and if it is 100 or more, I inject 2 iu AND I EAT a bite of good food.

If my glucose is higher than 90, I inject 3 iu AND I EAT a good meal... I test my glucose 30 minutes after... if it is in the low or mid 90's I do nothing else... if it is 100 or more, I inject 1 or 2 iu AND I EAT a bite of good food. Then I test an hour later, and depending on where I was before I injected the second time, I am usually close to 90, or at least under 100.

This means I ALWAYS DO THE SAME THING, EXCEPT if my glucose is LESS THAN 90, then I don't inject insulin. This hardly ever happens.

I suggest you start with 3 iu of "R" ("regular") insulin, as the dose to start with... 3 iu of insulin means "THREE LITTLE LINES" on the same syringe that is used for growth hormone, except when you take growth hormone if you take "ONE IU" you are filling to perhaps line 20 or 25 or 33, and for insulin you are filling to line THREE (3) which is JUST A LITTLE TINY BIT... and 2 iu is even less.

You are going "to poke" whenever your glucose levels are worth bringing down, and you are going "to poke" before any meal, so that your glucose levels will end up about 90. 100 is too high for me, I inject 1 or 2 iu insulin, which seems like ridiculously little, but it isn't, it is the correct dose.. to bring glucose down to 90. What is important, in my opinion, is to bring glucose between 70 and 90 "by hook or by crook"

This may be a stupid question but, I thought insulin was for those folks that could not produce enough sugar in their systems. That's the impression I got in the movies. You know when the dudes have to devour a candy bar or they'd get faint and fall over. And then they'd shoot up and be okay...

It is ridiculous, what they show in movies. I saw a movie with a diabetic that supposedly goes into shock, then has to be rushed back home to take a shot of INSULIN! This is absolutely ridiculous and false.

INSULIN make blood glucose go DOWN, and GLUCAGON or FOOD makes blood glucose go UP... It is a balancing trick, where insulin is more powerful than glucagon, which is like the brakes of an elevator, but it is not as strong as the force of the insulin coming down.. however... USUALLY I end up at a perfect 90 or very near there, which means that the glucagon stops the fall at nearly the same place every time.

And NO... Insulin is not for those folks that cannot produce enough sugar in their body... it is for those folks who cannot produce enough INSULIN in their body, or for me or anybody else who wants to save the pancreas the trouble of producing insulin, or to get the glucose levels down as fast as possible to 90. Insulin is a direct substitute for human insulin, which is used to get blood glucose out of the blood system and into the cells.

FROM A POST TO REJUVENATION:

>Ellis wrote: [But you haven't heard of anybody dying of injectible growth hormone, or insulin, or DHEA, or melatonin, or EPO, or testosterone... If you have, let us know about it.]

Chuck: I have heard of people dying from insulin. Ellis, I'm concerned about you using insulin. Too much sugar is bad, but too much insulin is also associated with health problems. - Chuck

Ellis [Of course it is! Chuck, I am not taking TOO MUCH insulin. I am taking the EXACT amount of insulin that I need, at exactly the right time (there is a range of time that is "exactly right": about half an hour before eating, to about half an hour after eating is o.k....)

I also am MONITORING my glucose level very closely. Don't worry about me, I have it well under control, and I do not abuse of taking insulin for any reason at all.]

Chuck: Your interpretation of this is that it is really the glucose that is causing the problems and the insulin is just a result of that. I understand your point.

Ellis: [No, it is the FOOD YOU EAT that causes the glucose to go UP, and it is high glucose that causes your pancreas to release insulin. High glucose levels are the cause of higher Hb-A1c (glycosilated hemoglobin), and high glucose levels are the cause of damage to the circulatory system, and damage to the kidneys, and beta cell burnout.

The pancreas wears out in time, both because it has been forced to produce insulin, and maybe because the high glucose levels harm it. In any case, I stumbled on to this idea when I was 56 years old, and I had been eating high carbs low fat for a long time. I know I am still not diabetic, because I know my pancreas is still working well enough, but I also know it is not working as well as I have seen in young persons, so I know some damage has already been sustained.

Assess the State of Your Pancreas

What I am doing now is I am taking 3 iu of insulin BEFORE I eat, and I am checking my glucose levels AFTER I eat, and then I might decide to take 0, or 1, or 2 iu of insulin. I decide according to my glucose level taken after I eat.

1 iu will lower glucose ABOUT 10 points, and 2 iu will lower glucose ABOUT 20 points. If I have 140 (very very seldom) I still only take 2 iu, then I test glucose after a while and I might take another 1 or 2 iu, depending on the result of my glucose test. I really know that I won't go down to 50's, not even accidentally, because 1 or 2 iu can't make me get down to 50's... I know, because I have tried it many times, and it doesn't... and 50's is not fatally dangerous, either.

I am sure you have never heard of anybody who died taking 5 iu of insulin AND ate... you have heard of people who took much more insulin AND tried to balance it with a high carb meal... if they ever FORGOT to eat, it's all over. That can't happen to me, because I am not even taking 5 iu together, I am taking 3 iu, and later maybe 0 or 1 or 2... and 3 iu will only lower my glucose 30 points, so EVEN IF I WOULD FORGET to eat, which doesn't happen anymore, it might take me to 60's.

In any case, I have only had lower than 60 once, several years ago, when I started to use insulin and I had nobody to teach me how to do it. That won't happen again soon, I assure you. - Ellis]

Chuck: But have you thoroghly examined these studies to see what the glucose levels were for the subjects that had high insulin levels accompanied with health problems? If their insulin levels were high but their glucose was in the normal range, then they should not have had any problems if we follow your way of thinking.

Ellis: [I have not thouroughly studied anybody else, I have only thoroughly read Dr. Bernstein, and I have only thoroughly studied my own glucose results. I have no problem taking insulin the way I take it. I didn't learn to take insulin from Dr. Bernstein, by the way, because his book doesn't teach anybody how to take insulin, although he does discuss insulin a lot... but he doesn't give doses or how to take it, etc.

However, I got the idea of injecting insulin from him, because he insists that taking insulin is exactly what his diabetic patients need, and anything else is less good... I agree completely with him...

So I thought to myself, I am on the Road to Diabetes anyways, so why don't I try to take insulin too, and slow down the speed at which I will get to diabetes? This happened right after I had scolded somebody on Rejuvenation who had written that he was taking or thinking of taking insulin... I took the "holier than thou" position like an adult scolding a child, that insulin is a very dangerous hormone and it can kill you, etc. etc... But then I thought to myself, "What if there is a correct dose of insulin?"

So that is why I experimented with a truly tiny dose of insulin, and I am very very glad that I did. I am really convinced that taking insulin is the single best anti aging therapy of all, and the least expensive too. I am certain that I had much higher glucose levels before I began to experiment with insulin, because I switched to low carb when I began to experiment with the glucose meter, so I was already using the glucose meter. I only saw the improvement from LOW CARB to LOW CARB + INSULIN. (I do not have records of glucose levels in my High Carb Low Fat days, but I have records of what my blood glucose goes to if I eat high carb low fat.) That is why I stuck to this, because I saw it gives me much better control of glucose levels, and I think that is extremely important, in the long run...

Non-Diabetic Use of Insulin, how I do it

This is the single most important anti aging therapy of all:

KEEP YOUR GLUCOSE LEVELS UNDER CONTROL.

Correct Interpretation of Blood Glucose Levels

So... Thanks for your concern, but really, I am concerned about YOUR health because you are not doing what I am doing, and I am 100% convinced this is the best anti aging therapy, so I think your blood glucose is not as well controlled as mine... I wish for your sake that it would be.

What will finally kill us someday will be Diabetes, I don't care if it is at age 120 or 175, it will be Diabetes that gets us at the end. Or it will be a disease caused by glucose levels finally having spoiled the circulatory system, or the kidneys, or the nervous system, or the heart, or damage to a cell that causes cancer, etc. High glucose levels for many years is the really fundamental down at the bottom cause of most deaths today, and it will be the cause of most deaths tomorrow.

Thanks for writing, and thanks for worrying about me. Keep me on my toes, I don't want to do dangerous things. I do this because I want to stay healthy, and I would like you to stay healthy, too. - Ellis]


From: "rwrightcpa"
Date: Mon Dec 19, 2005
Subject: * * * Insulin sensitivity

I posted a message about a month ago or so about myself taking the poor man's glucose test. I have now recently tested myself for insulin (sensitivity.) I tested 4.0 in a range of 3.0-28.0 mU/L. Is this the proper test and does this indicate that I am not insulin resistant?

[Yes, this is the proper test, and yes, the result indicates that you are NOT insulin resistant. - Ellis]

Do you need a prescription to purchase insulin in the USA?

I have already read your article on the non-diabetic use of insulin

http://www.rajeun.net/usinginsulin.html

and found it very interesting.

I am not a diabetic by medical definition but my glucose levels do shoot up after I eat, even if it is mainly a protein based meal with limited carbs based on your articles. (under this low carb example, probably around 120-140.) My fasting level usually rests around 94-104.

What do you think?

Randy

[Hello Randy... Since your glucose shoots up after eating, you are definitely "a candidate" to use insulin "according to Ellis"... and since your test shows you are NOT insulin resistant, you have now passed the test: you can take and benefit from using insulin, "according to Ellis".

The best way to find out if you need a prescription to buy insulin, is to go to a pharmacy and ask for a vial of insulin. I have read that you do NOT need a prescription to buy insulin, but I don't know if this is true in every state or only in some states of the U.S.A. You might also be able to buy it, and also syringes, at

http://www.hocks.com

I'm very happy that you have decided to try what I am doing with great success. But before you start to use insulin, please be sure you already have a glucose meter (I like the Roche Accutrend Sensor, also known as AccuCheck Sensor...) and that you know how to use it well. You should also have an accurate scale that can measure in one gram increments. I bought an accurate mechanical scale for about $50 dollars, in Mexico. And have food close by... any food... Never take insulin, and then leave your house and get caught in the street needing to find a bite to eat.

You should also know how to classify any food into the seven groups of the Carbohydrate Thermometer, and you should be able to calculate at a glance approximately how many grams of carbohydrates are in the food you are about to eat. (How many grams of food times the percentage of carbs, according to the Carbohydrate Thermometer).

http://www.rajeun.net/carbotherm.html

I recommend you should start with "Humulin R" by Eli Lilly, where "R" stands for "regular" (not "rapid" as I first thought.) This is good for learning because your only real "risk" in taking insulin is that you should forget to eat and that it would drop your glucose levels too low (lower than 50 mg/dl) quickly... Humulin "R" is not as fast as Humalog, which is the same as Humulin "R" except it is faster acting.

After perhaps 1 or 2 vials of Humulin "R" I think you will have had enough experience and you can then "graduate" to Humalog, which I like better because it drops my glucose to where I want it to be faster than Humulin. But start with Humulin, because if you make any "mistakes" you don't want glucose to be dropping fast.

The only "mistake" you will ever make is that you forget to eat something, so DON'T FORGET TO EAT something, and you will be o.k.

The pancreas has TWO hormones to control glucose... Insulin is the DOWN force... and glucagon is the UP force. Insulin is a stronger DOWN force than glucagon is an UP force. However, think of it as being very similar to an elevator, you want to go "down" to 70 to 90 mg/dl (where 70 is "better" than 90). If you have eaten anything, you will have enough UP force plus glucagon which will probably level you about 85 to 90). Sometimes I measure my glucose and it is in the 70's but then an hour later it is up close to 90 again... that's glucagon at work.

One thing that I finally stumbled upon and that I have found to be very useful, which I think you should try to learn from the start, is to find the answer to the question "How much does 1 iu of insulin drop your glucose level?"

Another question which you should learn the answer to is "How high do 5, 10, 20, and 40 grams of SUGAR raise your glucose level?"

The rule you should follow is NEVER TAKE A LETHAL DOSE. If you ever find your glucose is up at 180, and you want to bring it down to 90, do it in two or more shots. Take a first shot of 2 or 3 iu, and measure your glucose again an hour or two later, and take another shot of 1 or 2 iu if necessary. 5 iu is not a "lethal dose" for me but I never take 5 iu together... I split it up... 3 iu before eating a meal, and 0, or 1, or 2 iu after eating, according to what the glucose meter tells me then.

So... good luck, and please be sure to write to us and tell us of your experience. This is absolutely the LEAST EXPENSIVE anti aging hormone therapy, and probably the BEST also. Just as an extra benefit for you, your body will probably also release a little extra growth hormone for you than it would have otherwise, so your IGF-1 will also be higher after a few months.

I am interested in exploring the possibility of increasing my IGF-1 through the use of insulin, (ie, increasing the natural release of growth hormone through the use of insulin) but I am always postponing doing the experiment to try it because I would have to suspend taking growth hormone for at least a month while I test to see if I can keep my IGF-1 "up" by using only insulin and no growth hormone. There is no doubt that hypoglycemia causes the release of growth hormone, because this is actually a test for growth hormone deficiency, it is called "the insulin tolerance test". But it can be dangerous. - Ellis]

The first treatment for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is usually lifestyle changes, such as improvements in diet and exercise. If these measures do not sufficiently control blood glucose levels, one or more oral medications (often metformin [Glucophage] and/or a sulfonylurea drug) are prescribed.

Over time, however, type 2 diabetes usually worsens, oral medications become less effective, and more than a third of people must add insulin injections to their treatment regimen.

New research is now challenging this treatment approach, suggesting that adding insulin earlier can greatly improve blood glucose control.

Why Some People With Type 2 Diabetes Need Insulin

Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, who are unable to produce their own insulin and require insulin injections to survive, people with type 2 diabetes do produce insulin. The problem in type 2 diabetes is that the cells are less responsive to the actions of insulin. The pancreas compensates by producing more insulin, but over time it cannot produce enough to overcome the cells’ reduced response.

In addition, as type 2 diabetes progresses, the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin may become impaired, and the body does not have enough insulin to move glucose into cells.

Evidence for Change

An article in The American Journal of Medicine points out that many people with type 2 diabetes are not prescribed insulin until 10 to 15 years after their diagnosis and often not until complications from diabetes have already occurred. The author calls this practice outdated and ineffectual and points to an emerging trend that involves the earlier use of insulin to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose levels and reduce their risk of complications.

The article points out that for many people, lifestyle changes and oral medication are not enough. For example, a substudy of the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study—which compared subjects on a diet and exercise program with those also receiving medication—found that six years after diagnosis, more than 50% of people with type 2 diabetes treated with a sulfonylurea drug alone needed insulin injections to achieve their target blood glucose levels. In addition, 50% of those who took insulin plus a sulfonylurea had a desirable median HbA1c level of 6.7% after six years.

In addition, newer insulin formulations such as insulin glargine are convenient to take and less likely than older types to cause hypoglycemia—a big concern for many people who are beginning insulin therapy.

The Bottom Line on Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

The author of the article, as well as another author in the same issue of The American Journal of Medicine, suggests that in treating people with type 2 diabetes, the ideal may be aggressive treatment to keep patients at an HbA1c level of less than 7% for life.

In practical terms, for a newly diagnosed person with type 2 diabetes, the treatment plan might still follow the same pattern: lifestyle changes, followed by oral medications, followed by the addition of insulin. However, each step might be given only a few months to work; if the target HbA1c level is not reached, treatment would progress to the next step.

Many people are reluctant to begin insulin therapy, feeling that the change means they have failed or their diabetes will worsen. These and other obstacles—such as the fear of hypoglycemia, weight gain, or pain caused by the needles—are surmountable, suggests the author of the first review article mentioned above.

He adds, “Most importantly,…the concept of insulin as expected therapy in the management of type 2 diabetes should be introduced on diagnosis, whether or not the patient’s blood glucose levels at the time can be adequately controlled by other means. Better adherence and more successful outcomes will result when the erroneous idea that insulin therapy is a sign of failure or worsening disease is permanently dispelled.”

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