What Is Insulin Microburst Therapy and Why Should Diabetics Care?

Insulin Microburst Therapy is a relatively new, yet little known treatment for the condition of diabetes. It’s proponents claim it can stop and often reverse the complications of diabetes. Currently, there are only a handful of clinics in the world that provide this type of therapy.

Being a Family Practice Physician for over 38 years, I have treated thousands of diabetics. Generally, the protocol doesn’t change much, the medications get more expensive and have different names, but otherwise treatment options involve some combination of diet programs, exercise programs and the latest medications. At the same time, the results remain the same; ever increasing amounts of medications are needed and the complications get worse.

Lately more people have been asking about a new therapy called Insulin Microburst Therapy, a fairly new treatment option. To understand what this treatment is, why it works and how it works, it’s important to take a step back and think about diabetes from a different perspective.

The body is made up of individual cells. These cells form the basic building blocks of the body. When a person is conceived, one cell splits into 2, which splits into 4, then 8 then so on until eventually a cell decides to become a brain cell, a liver cell etc.

These cells feed on glucose, or sugar. Most cells can use fat, or muscle if absolutely necessary, but the cells feed on sugar. When someone is diabetic, their cells aren’t getting sugar, so a signal is sent to the brain to send sugar. The brain sends sugar by releasing it into the blood. Since the cells can’t use the sugar, they continue to signal the brain to send sugar. This results in an endless loop of the cells crying for sugar, the brain sending sugar and the cells not being able to use the sugar sent. Therefore, diabetes is not so much a disease of blood sugar levels, but a disease of cellular sugar levels.

Diabetes in and of itself is simple; It’s a disease of insufficient insulin production. Whether the pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin and someone is a type 1 diabetic, or it doesn’t produce enough insulin and someone is a type 2 diabetic, the bottom line problem is insufficient insulin production. So, we replace the insulin. Seemingly, problem solved. But, it’s not solved, as evidenced by the myriad of complications even among the most compliant of diabetics.

The reason insulin is so important is because insulin is the hormone that actually transports a sugar molecule across the cellular membrane (the skin) and into the cell. Since a sugar molecule is too big to simply float into the cell, the cell must have some mechanism to transport it through the membrane and into the Mitochondria, the power plant of the cell. This transport mechanism is insulin’s generally recognized function.

Once into the mitochondria, the cell must then transform sugar into energy somehow. The process is extremely complicated, but to simplify, it is like baking a cake; Sugar is mixed with flour, milk, butter, eggs, baking powder, etc to form a goopy mess which is put into the oven and heat is applied. Once heat is applied, a chemical reaction takes place (we call this reaction baking), after a few minutes the reaction is complete and the goopy mess has been transformed into another substance, a cake, that bears no resemblance to the goopy mess we started with.

Your cells undergo a similar process to metabolize sugar. The Mitochondria start with sugar, it adds ingredients supplied by the liver called enzymes, it applies heat (which is why we have a body temperature of 98.6 degrees, this is the oven of your metabolism baking sugar into energy) a chemical reaction takes place (this chemical reaction is called the Krebs cycle) and a few minutes later, a molecule of energy is generated.

Here is the breakdown with diabetic’s! Just as with baking a cake, if there are ingredients missing, if there is not enough flour, or not any baking powder, a cake will not be produced, It will be something less than a cake. Same thing goes with diabetics; if some, or all the enzymes are missing, energy will not be produced in necessary quantities. Most of the complications from diabetes are not caused so much by having some excess sugar in the blood, but because the cells are not able to produce enough energy to thrive! This is why diabetic’s continue to have complications, regardless of glycemic control.

Here is where Insulin Microburst Therapy comes into play. When the pancreas is healthy, it doesn’t just sit and ooze insulin. The pancreas actually injects insulin into the liver in pulses. If the pancreas were to simply ooze insulin, the body would simply become adjusted to ever increasing levels of insulin. The pancreas releases insulin in periodoc “bursts” of insulin, so insulin hits the liver like a sledge hammer, then backs off. It hits again, then backs off, never allowing the body to become adjusted to higher serum insulin levels. Insulin Microburst Therapy mimics these natural bursts of insulin.

The liver, in addition to being the filter of the body, is also the chemical factory of body. The bursts of insulin generated by a healthy pancreas have a stimulating effect on the liver. The mechanism of normal pancreatic bursts stimulates the liver to produce the enzymes cells need to complete the Krebs cycle. This allows the cells to generate the energy needed to thrive and allows the body to heal itself.

The way Insulin Microburst Therapy works, is by stimulating the digestive process, while at the same time infusing insulin intravenously over a period usually of 2-3 hours, simulating the bursts of a healthy pancreas. In short, the body’s dinner bell is being rung, while at the same time, the liver is stimulated by bursts of insulin just like it would be by a healthy pancreas. The liver starts producing metabolic enzymes, the Krebs cycle is completed and the body’s cells can once again metabolize sugar.

The difference between using bursts of insulin intravenously and the insulin taken traditionally, either orally, or through injections, is not so much the type of insulin, but in how the insulin is used. Traditional methods of introducing insulin into the body are actually unnatural, they slowly raise the serum insulin levels, but they are insufficient to have a stimulating effect on the liver. Insulin Microburst Therapy, is a much more natural way to introduce insulin, it mimics the way your body produces insulin naturally. This therapy requires intravenous infusion because insulin has to effect the liver almost instantly to get the minimum therapeutic concentration of insulin into the liver.

Over the course of my almost 40 years of practicing medicine, I have seen therapies come and go, but I have never seen anything as exciting and effective as Insulin Microburst Therapy. When more physicians begin to realize the drastic, life changing effectiveness of this therapy, it will become the gold standard of care for the future of diabetic treatment.