New illness identified: "Diabetes Type 3"
Frank Russo - June 17, 2009.
Ps. - I think that the scenario described below might not apply in patients using insulin, as it's a bit hard in that case to mismatch meal-size, medication and blood sugars thus 'starving' the patients and still have normal sugars! Although the bulk of what it says is still appropriate: there are some people who have a higher glucose requirement - Frank Pio Russo (November 14, 2015)
In a 'nutshell', diabetes type1 is the inability of the pancreas to make insulin, whereas type2 is an insufficient production of insulin, which can be augmented in most cases with the usage of oral agents. Well, there is a "type 3" diabetes, which is brought on by an abnormal need for glucose by the body!
The latter is typically seen mainly in shift workers and insomniacs - which with the current pace of life and stress is nearly all of us - and although this is a new category of diabetes, its tacit existence is already passively endorsed by the recognition of gestational diabetes as a special case!
In type3 diabetes, the physiological apparatus is somewhat intact and still very functional... but since the glucose requirements have gone dramatically sky-high, it is unable to provide the needed sugar requirements. This is especially true in shift-workers and insomniacs, as the brain is a great user of direct glucose oxidation as are the heart and red-cells... perhaps even the penis, eyes and nerves (i.e. in the feet)... as well as some cells in the kidneys.
Sufferers of type3 diabetes will find that the definition of "type 2" does not fit them. This is because a glucose of below 8 mmol/l will make the feet complain of not enough glucose... and one below 7 mmol/l will make the heart complain of not enough energy! Furthermore at such glucose levels one's libido will also disappear... so if one is taking oral agents, as a "type3" he should aim not to keep his sugar below 8 for very long!
Basically one must understand that the human body is an electrical machine and that the electrons for such a machine are harvested from the hydrogen atoms stripped from mainly carbohydrates and sugars... leading to the formation of hydrogen ions. This means that anti-oxidants are especially important for type3 diabetics to supply the needed electrons without letting carbonic anhydrase do all the work. In the latter case the produced carbonic acid derived from the hydrogen ions can often make a type3 diabetic put out up to 11 or more litres of water out in his urine: this is because carbonic anhydrase generates the production of carbon dioxide and water. These poor patients often end-up as being diagnosed as having inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone produced!
I am right on the ball with this scenario, because if a type3 diabetic has a high sugar, he can often bring it right down by 4 or more mmol/l in just one hour by simply having some anti-oxidants such as a handful of goji berries... this is indeed amazing because the latter are high in carbohydrates (22%) including sugars (17%)!
Furthermore if a type3 diabetic cooks a meal with all sorts of anti-oxidants such as including copious amounts of up to 20 spices he might end up with an acceptable post-prandial sugar (2 hours after meal).
In conclusion it is very important for the medical authorities to recognize this type3 diabetes, because such an individual is very easily damaged by a 'lowish' sugar... even one which is not currently recognized as low - no-wonder so many diabetics die of heart attacks! Remember it is a low sugar or failure to utilize sugar that damages tissues rather than simply a high sugar in the blood!