Diabetes

As diabetes approaches epidemic levels, it's more important than ever to learn safe, natural options for keeping blood sugar levels in the healthy range. The NorthStar blog on diabetes contains all the latest information to keep you fully informed and at the top of your game.

  1. FDA label change spells BAD NEWS for diabetes patients

    Scary drug warnings have you down? Well, friend, the FDA is here for you.

    The agency just took action to make millions of American diabetics feel better about a popular diabetes med

    One that’s been linked to horrific side effects… including a warning about foot amputations… right on the label.

    You’d have to be NUTS to take this drug with a warning like that slapped on the package.

    So, the FDA just “fixed” it.

    No, they didn’t REMOVE the drug… ENFORCE stronger standards… or APPROVE a safer medication.

    This is the FDA we’re talking about here.

    They REMOVED the warning!

    There… don’t you feel better now?

    The ‘hush-hush’ risk of your diabetes med

    The biggest issue isn’t just that they REMOVED the warning from the packaging of canagliflozin, a.k.a. Invokana.

    It’s that the risk is STILL THERE!

    The feds actually ADMIT the drug can cause amputations of the toes, feet and even parts of the leg

    It’s just not quite as BIG a risk as they had thought.

    Up until this point, the warning has been right in your face -- a “black box” on the front of the package.

    You’d have to be blind not to see it.

    But now, the FDA is moving it to the “other” part of the label

    The fine print part sometimes hidden on paper so thin it’s made of tissue, and folded so many times it’s practically an origami project.

    If you were able to break out the magnifying glass and check out this section, you might be STUNNED by what they’ve buried there…

    With warnings of risks such as DANGEROUSLY low blood pressurekidney function impairmenthyperkalemia (a.k.a. excessive potassium levels)… and yeast infections DOWN THERE.

    And that’s just to name a few.

    Oh, and this ENTIRE class of medication has also been linked to weaker, thinner bone and bone breaks.

    I don’t know any SANE person who would take this drug – especially since there is literally NOTHING special about it, other than it’s on the newer side.

    And people LOOOOOOVE stuff that’s new.

    But when it comes to meds, NEWER is rarely BETTER. It’s often just more EXPENSIVE and more DANGEROUS.

    And that’s what we’ve got here.

    One analysis found that newer and more dangerous diabetes drugs flooding the market are no better than metformin for blood sugar control.

    And let’s face it -- metformin ain’t all that hot, either.

    It can have immediate side effects, like embarrassing gas… and long-term risks including , which can lead to mood and memory problems as well as nerve damage.

    You’ve got a better option.

    Cut back on carbs… WAY back… and your glucose levels should snap back to normal in a flash.

    Not just sugar, mind you -- but ALL carbs (even whole grains).

    For more help, I find these all can deliver big results with little to no risk:

    • chromium
    • berberine
    • Gymnema sylvestre, and/or
    • vanadium.

    Just don’t quit any meds without talking to a doctor first!

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

    P.S. If you’re in the crosshairs for heart failure, metformin is one of the drugs your doc should NEVER prescribe for you. But like I shared with you before, too many docs still do.

    Find out what the rest of the “never drugs” are right here.

  2. The SKIN-CRAWLING side effect of a popular diabetes drug [Ew!]

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number.

    But now, it’s even WORSE than that.

    They don’t even treat YOUthey just treat the NUMBERS!

    They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else…

    That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there.

    And if you have diabetes

    New research reveals how this DANGEROUS obsession with numbers could leave you suffering from an ugly mix of BURNING pain and DEADLY risks.

    This can make your skin boil

    There’s a class of drug out there for diabetes called DPP-4 inhibitors

    And docs just LOVE ’em.

    Why?

    Because it’s GREAT at helping hit those numbers.

    It cuts blood sugar levels without the most common risk of most of the other drugs. And it doesn’t bring them down TOO low.

    Yeah, great for those NUMBERS.

    But for YOU? Not so much!

    The new warning finds these drugs could cause your skin to literally crawl with what’s known as bullous pemphigoid -- or itchy, painful blisters that can pop up in some of your most sensitive spots.

    Overall, the drugs – which include big-sellers like saxagliptin (Onglyza), sitagliptin (Januvia), linagliptin (Tradjenta) and alogliptin (Nesina) – can increase the risk of this condition by 42%.

    In seniors, that risk jumps by 62%.

    And if the drug doesn’t cause your skin to bubble up with blisters…

    It can WRECK your joints with an agonizing condition so severe that when the FDA announced that risk in 2015… the agency said it could be “disabling.”

    But that’s not even the WORST part of it…

    Because these drugs offer a CLEAR lesson in the danger of treating the numbers.

    See, the idea of treatment in diabetes ISN’T to match your glucose up to some number on a chart…

    It’s to have BETTER control over the disease… and a LONGER life.

    Yet a study a few years back found these drugs DON’T deliver there.

    Even when they “work” by your doctor’s measures… even when your glucose is smack in the middle of the happy zone on the chart… the study found NO real survival benefit compared to a placebo!

    What the heck’s the point???

    I’ve got a better option here -- one that treats YOU and not some number on a chart.

    Start with a diet low in carbs, especially sugar. If you’re strict about it… and by that I mean going full Atkins or Paleo or whatever you wanna call it… that could be all you need.

    But I get it. Not everyone can be THAT strict.

    You can also BOOST your nutrition, especially vitamins B3 and C

    And look at natural therapies for blood sugar control such as chromium… berberine… Gymnema sylvestre… and/or vanadium.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. The SKIN-CRAWLING side effect of a popular diabetes drug [Ew!]

    The old saying is that they treat you like a number. But now, it’s even WORSE than that. They don’t even treat YOU – they just treat the NUMBERS! They’ve got their noses so deep in the chart with cholesterol… blood pressure… blood sugar… and everything else… That they barely even NOTICE the human being standing there. And if you...
  4. [WARNING] FDA signs off on DANGEROUS diabetes drug

    FDA signs off on DANGEROUS diabetes drug A major drug company has got a diabetes drug that’s so dangerous… the instructions almost BEG you not to take it. Not at first, anyway. It says it SHOULDN’T be “first-line” treatment for the disease. When you consider how bad many of the “first-line” treatments are, that’s saying something. But instead of...
  5. STOP prediabetes from turning into diabetes in 2 easy steps!

    Make no mistake about it… They WANT you to get sick. They WANT you to have diabetes. And most of all… they WANT you to NEED their meds for the rest of your life! If you think that’s a wild conspiracy theory, I’ve got news for you, my friend. There’s a new study out right now that exposes the mainstream’s...
  6. Mainstream now admits THIS can beat diabetes [MAJOR turnaround!]

    It’s time to update that old saying about fooling some of the people, some of the time… At least when it comes to diabetes. No one’s being FOOLED by the mainstream anymore! They’ve figured out the truth: You can STOP, REVERSE, and even CURE this disease… And you can do it without drugs. I’ll tell you EXACTLY how in a...
  7. Beat one of the WORST RISKS of diabetes… without meds!

    Not long ago – you probably even remember the days – diabetes patients looked like Civil War veterans, hobbled by missing feet and legs. They hopped around on peglegs and false feet… and some were confined to wheelchairs. No one uses peglegs or hooks for hands anymore (except pirates). But people are losing limbs all over again, because… An ENTIRE...
  8. Get PERFECT blood sugar… without risky meds

    REALLY???? THIS is what passes for PROGRESS at the FDA? A few years back, the agency screwed up big time by allowing a dangerous drug for diabetes onto the market with little true testing. What could possibly go wrong? Well, obviously, EVERYTHING went wrong… But leave it to the screwballs in the mainstream to see this as a positive. They’re actually...
  9. [Shocker] The only thing ‘complicated’ about your diabetes is your MEDS!

    There’s a health crisis hiding in plain sight. Nearly EVERY doctor has SEEN it… yet almost NONE have been able to RECOGNIZE it. And even those who know something’s wrong can’t explain it. But I can… Millions of Americans with diabetes are quietly suffering from a debilitating nutritional deficiency. Docs CAN easily test for it, but almost none DO. It’s time to...
  10. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets? I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets! So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading →
  11. 5 Natural Ways to Prevent Diabetes

    Diabetes preventSome are looking for ways to prevent diabetes because their doctors have told them it’s time to. Others want to prevent diabetes because they’ve made some choices that have put them at risk. We all want to change things before we have that daunting conversation with our doctors. Whatever has caused you to start thinking about diabetes, one thing is constant across the board – if you’re reading this article, you’re ready to find natural, healthy ways to prevent diabetes. Continue reading →
  12. Pistachios may reduce diabetes risk

    A nutty way to drop diabetes risk If you've been following my advice, you’re already reaching for super-healthy almonds and walnuts at snack time. These superfoods in hardshell jackets have been proven in study after study to help fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and drive down blood sugar. Well I’m happy to report there’s another tasty nut you can add to your healthy snack list. A new Spanish study has found that regularly eating delicious pistachios may help reduce your diabetes risk. Continue reading →
  13. Will Afreeza have you “inhaling cancer”?

    It looks like MannKind Corporation might have a shiny new superstar on its hands. The drug company’s new darling, inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza, certainly looks like a blockbuster waiting to happen. It’s got it all, a novel new delivery system (“Look Ma, no needles!”), 25 million potential customers in the United States alone, and—best of all—a brand spanking new “APPROVED”stamp courtesy of the folks over at the Food and Drug Administration. You might even say Afrezza’s future’s so bright MannKind has got to wear shades. Continue reading →
  14. Coca-Cola Life introduced as soda sales plummet

    It’s working! We've got Big Soda -- including new Coca-Cola Life -- on the run, and without a single Nanny State law in sight. All it took was ordinary people like you and me speaking with our wallets. In the last nine years soda sales in the U.S. have plummeted. And that slide has sped up. Last year alone sales dropped 3 percent, more than double the drop from the year before—and for good reason. Continue reading →
  15. Vitamin D deficiency could be deadly

    Barely a month goes by when we don’t see yet one more unfounded attack on a vital vitamin or necessary nutrient. It’s become so predictable you can practically set your watch by it. They won’t be satisfied until supplements are removed from the picture completely—and along with them, your freedom to choose. This time it’s vitamin D that’s been placed on the chopping block, a nutrient critical to combatting bone loss, cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain, inflammation and very likely diabetes, autism, dementia, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and more. In fact, this vitamin is SO critical to our health and wellbeing that frankly this latest review trashing this valuable vitamin—published in the April issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ)—is downright irresponsible. Even worse, when you consider how many of us have a dangerously low vitamin D deficiency, taking the researcher’s conclusions seriously could be as good as signing your own death warrant. According to the researchers, “Despite a few hundred systematic reviews and meta-analyses, highly convincing evidence of a clear role of vitamin D does not exist for any outcome…” Nonsense! Besides, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that BAD science is going to lead to BAD results. And in the case of this BMJ-published “umbrella review,” they should have seen the bad coming from a mile away. Since the researchers chose to include flawed and poorly executed studies in the mix, it really isn’t surprising that the conclusions they reached are essentially rubbish, too.

    Vitamin D deficiency seriously bad for your health

    Let’s take a closer look at what research has already proven about vitamin D. But we’ll have to just hit some of the highlights, because we’d literally be here all day if I tried to cover EVERYTHING that D is good for. To begin with, despite its poor execution, the umbrella review in question still showed around an 11 percent drop in death risk for those taking a D supplement. In fact, study after study has shown us the value of this vitamin, demonstrating what a deficiency of D can lead to... starting with trouble for your ticker. In a seven-year collaboration, researchers from the University of Colorado and Massachusetts General Hospital uncovered evidence linking heart disease and vitamin D deficiency in men and women 65 or older. Seniors with the lowest levels of D were three times more likely to die from heart disease. And those volunteers who had a vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study were 2.5 times more likely to have died from ANY cause by the end of it. Now a new study confirms that if your vitamin D blood levels fall below 20 ng/mL (or 50 nmol/l), your risk of heart disease shoots up by a third. Even worse, if your levels dip into the dangerously low 10 ng/mL area, your risk for atherosclerosis (the hardening and narrowing of your arteries) doubles! But your heart isn’t the only organ that craves D: your brain is a big fan too. In fact, over the years research has linked D deficiencies to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even depression. And just last year, an animal study—published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine—showed us just how critical the vitamin is to cognitive performance and memory.

    D doesn’t just target organ health either… it’s a whole-body elixir that could help to both keep cancer at bay,and drive down your diabetes risk.

    Vitamin D targets whole body health

    Studies have shown an association between vitamin D and cancer risk, and many experts agree that the vitamin likely offers some protection against a variety of cancers including breast, colon, prostate and bladder cancers. Even mainstream medicine organizations, like The National Cancer Institute, agree that there’s epidemiological evidence linking adequate D levels to a reduced risk. Research has also revealed that vitamin D could play an important role in preventing diabetes. For example, a Tufts University study found that higher concentrations of D are associated with a lower diabetes risk. And then there’s the meta-analysis of more than 100,000 people that sheds some light on how it is that D may be driving down diabetes risk. Blood work from 28 different studies revealed that those men and women with the highest D levels tended to avoid the dreaded collection of pre-diabetes symptoms… including high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugars, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and a large belly... that are commonly known as metabolic syndrome. The truth is that a vitamin D deficiency and diabetes link is so promising that even the mainstream medicine drones couldn’t ignore it anymore. Late last year the VERY mainstream National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally decided to fund a large-scale clinical trial to explore the effects of D on the disease. And those really are just a few of the D highlights. There are literally hundreds of studies linking D to good health. The evidence is so vast that public health guidelines here in the United States, as well as those in many other countries, recognize the critical importance of maintaining healthy D levels. Unfortunately, their D recommendations are entirely too low. That’s why up to 90 percent of us may be walking… or dragging… around with a vitamin D deficiency. Besides trying to spend a little bit of time every day outside in the sunshine, I typically recommend taking 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Your doctor can run a simple blood test to figure out what your current levels are.
  16. Cracking open a can of heart disease: Diet soda health risks

    I’ve warned you before about the link between that swill known as diet soda – health risks including diabetes. In short, just one can a day could send your diabetes risk skyrocketing. (If you missed that story, click here to catch up right here on the NorthStar Blog.) Now a new finding, from a study that tracked close to 60,000 women, has found that diet soda health risks are even worse than we thought -- drinking two or more of the dastardly drinks a day could be deadly. It turns out that the ladies with a bit of diet soda habit were FAR more likely to keel over from heart disease, than the women who rarely downed the drinks.

    30 percent higher risk of stroke or heart attack!

    According to the findings presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology on diet soda health risks, the diet soda drinkers had an incredible 30 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. (It’s not the first time we’ve seen a stroke connection. Click here to learn more.) Even worse, their risk of dying from heart disease was a staggering 50 percent greater than the women who hardly touched the stuff! And while those who tow the mainstream medicine line would like you to believe that diet sodas are really just the innocent bystanders in this story—and the steep rise in risk is simply because all of these women are making up for other bad health habits with their diet soda drinking—you and I know better, don’t we? Sure, no one would deny that other bad habits do play a role in raising your heart risk. But there’s no denying the mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners, like the aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) found in diet sodas, can monkey with your blood sugar and insulin levels.

    Artificial sweeteners overstimulate sugar receptors

    In addition, many experts believe these fake sweeteners can backfire, over-stimulating your sugar receptors, as well as literally causing you to crave and eat MORE sugary sweets. And frankly, with all these strikes against them, it doesn’t take a genius to see why diet-soda drinkers would have not only an increased risk for diabetes and obesity, but heart disease as well. The bottom line is, diet soda is anything but an innocent bystander. If you’re still drinking these killer “cocktails” in a can, it’s time to kick the habit before it kicks you.
  17. Actos side effects: Dodge this deadly diabetes drug

    The potentially deadly side effects from prescription diabetes drug Actos is liable to cost you a heck of a lot more than just your copay. But the “bill” might not arrive for a couple of years. Oh, and instead of cash you could be paying for it with your life. Now this isn’t the first time you’ve seen me lose my cool over a potentially dangerous diabetes drug… far from it, in fact. But the inexcusable—not to mention immoral—actions of two drug companies… and the blood that appears to be on their hands… has me positively fuming once again. Let me back up just a bit to set the sickening stage. I started warning you about the diabetes drug Actos side effects years ago. It was around this same time of year way back in 2011 that the drug’s maker, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, sent out some pumped up, over-the-top news releases about new research showing that their star of the drug stable, Actos, wasn’t just good for diabetics, it was also good for anyone with elevated blood sugars. They claimed Actos may be able to keep you from ever becoming diabetic. In other words, we should start force feeding this stuff to pre-diabetics too.

    Actos linked to bladder cancer

    Think that’s a bad idea? With stroke, heart failure, trouble breathing, liver problems, bone fractures and cancer (!) eventually finding themselves onto the list of potential Actos side effects, you’re absolutely right it IS a bad idea. In fact, it may be one of the worst ideas EVER. That didn’t stop the New York Times and Time magazine from jumping right on the Actos bandwagon, devoting valuable editorial space to coverage of the drug. But while they were reporting on the “astounding” results showing that Actos “reduces your risk of diabetes by 72 percent!” they totally missed the HUGE elephant standing smack dab in the center of the room. (Or ignored it to tell a more sensational story…you pick.) These findings were based on what amounts to a difference of 35 people. Yes, they were actually proposing that millions of pre-diabetics start popping a potentially risky drug essentially based on 35 people. Click here to read the rest of the ridiculous story here on the NorthStar Blog. Now, skip forward in time a couple of months and the Actos story really started to crumble. As I reported to you at that time, a study analyzing adverse event reports had linked the drug (not for the first time) to bladder cancer in what researchers called a “definite risk.” But the study was soft pedaled, and the news made barely a blip in the American mainstream media. Outside of the United States, countries like France, Germany and India reacted to the shocking cancer news by banning the drug (what I would call a reasonable response). And what did the FDA do? They had the company bury a bladder cancer warning in the labeling insert. (Surprise, surprise.) But I’m willing to bet if you’re already taking this drug you’ve never even noticed that warning, because, let’s be honest, how many of us get out a magnifying glass and actually read all that tiny type? Heck, many doctors aren’t even aware of the cancer connection. Fewer still bother to mention Actos side effects to their patients when prescribing it. And that finally brings me to the news that has steam coming out of my ears today.

    Dangerous Actos side effects kept secret

    A jury has just awarded a bladder-cancer sufferer, and victim of Actos side effects, a huge sum of money for punitive damages, effectively ruling that Takeda Pharmaceuticals and their marketing partner Eli Lilly purposefully withheld vital—potentially life-saving—information about the drug’s cancer risks. And information wasn’t just withheld, files were actually destroyed in what I dare say any sane person would likely see as an attempt cover things up. In fact, the judge in the case said, “The breadth of Takeda leadership whose files have been lost, deleted or destroyed is, in and of itself, disturbing.” Not only did the companies know about the link between their superstar drug and bladder cancer, it would appear that they’ve known about it at least since 2000… eleven years before that weak warning limped its way into the drug’s literature! But that’s not the only thing those rats in suits may have been hiding. According to one brave whistleblower—a former employee of Takeda—the company was likely well aware of at least some of those other serious Actos side effects I mentioned earlier, too. And who knows how many people are now suffering with heart disease or cancer as a result. Or worse, have lost their battles. Sure, we all know that profits before people is practically a mantra in the halls of Big Pharma, but seeing just how far they’re willing to go in pursuit of the almighty dollar, somehow still has the power to shock and anger me. Click here for some advice on how to tackle diabetes without ever going near Actos, or any other potentially dangerous diabetes drug.
  18. Low fat diet is all wrong--Eat MORE fat to live longer and healthier

    Like a breath of fresh air. That’s how it felt when I ran across a recent editorial on the low fat diet craze, published in the BMJ journal Open Heart. Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a well-respected and leading cardiovascular scientist, did the unthinkable. He openly admitted that a diet low in saturated fat… the very low fat diet crammed down our throats by the entire medical establishment for more than 50 years… will NOT prevent heart disease or prolong life. Now as a Guide to Good Health reader his announcement might not seem all that revolutionary. After all, I’ve been telling you about the pitfalls of the saturated-fat-myth for many years now.  But make no mistake about it, for someone in the mainstream this was a very brave act. And that sound you’re hearing? No doubt it’s doors slamming as Dr. DiNicolantonio’s (ex) buddies in the mainstream turn their backs on him for daring to tell the truth about the low fat diet. No worries, Dr. D., we’ve got plenty of room for you over here on our (SANE) side of the fence.

    Saturated fat is not the problem!

    To understand where this ridiculous idea that a diet high in saturated fat will somehow harm your heart came from, we need to rewind all the way back to the 1950’s. It was then that another researcher lit the fuse, when he claimed to have found an association between fat calories as a percentage of overall calories and death from heart disease. For whatever reason this notion caught on like wildfire, and for over three decades now we’ve been told that if we don’t drastically limit the amount of saturated fat in our diets, we’re dooming ourselves to high cholesterol, heart disease, and an early death. The only problem? As Dr. DiNicolantonio pointed out in his editorial, the research on the low fat diet from the 1950’s study was flawed. I’ve warned you before about the dangers of cherry-picked data in studies, and that’s exactly what happened in the case of this fatally flawed fat study. Either deliberately, or through pure incompetence (take your pick), the researcher chose to use data from only six countries that happened to match his hypothesis. The data from sixteen other countries that didn’t that match were rejected, and never made it into the study. What followed was an overhauling of diet recommendations. Soon docs everywhere were preaching the evils of saturated fats—and suddenly refined carbohydrates and polyunsaturated fats were being pushed in their place.

    LOW-FAT diet leads to heart disease

    Fast forward, and over 50 years later we’re now being told to limit our saturated fats to less than 7 percent of our total daily caloric intake. Yet we’re fatter, sicker, and plagued with more heart disease than we ever have been before in history. And the evidence that cutting saturated fat will help reduce your heart risks? Oh, that doesn’t exist. But, according to Dr. D., what does exist in its place is research linking all those refined carbs and polyunsaturated fats you’ve being encouraged to gulp down to multiple health problems. You see, it’s no coincidence that heart disease, obesity, and diabetes have all reached epidemic levels in the last few decades.  We’re eating ourselves right into the grave with mainstream medicine’s so-called “heart-healthy” low-fat diet. And research, like the large-scale 2006 trial that found that low-fat diets don’t improve health outcomes or lead to fewer strokes or heart attacks –or the Spanish study that concluded we have to eat MORE fat to lower our heart attack risk—clearly shows that the mainstream approach has failed miserably. Dr. DiNicolantonio’s recommendations to turn this tide sound eerily familiar. In fact, as a Guide to Good Health reader you’ve heard them all before. Start by avoiding the deadly low-fat diet your doc is so fond of. Instead, choose unprocessed foods as much as possible, with lots of organic veggies, nuts, and grass-fed meats. I’d like to think this brave editorial signals a true sea change, but I sure won’t be holding my breath.
  19. Could type-2 diabetes & Alzheimer’s be the same disease?

    Diabetes and Alzheimer’s; one of these diseases isn’t just like the other—scientists   say it may actually BE the other. This isn’t the first time we’ve connected high insulin levels and the debilitating form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s. We knew they were linked, but we just didn’t know how, exactly. But this is the first time research has connected diabetes and Alzheimer’s so closely that they’re believed to be different stages of the very same disease. According to researchers at the University of Albany in New York, Alzheimer’s is actually an advanced stage of type-2 diabetes. And this finding would help explain why up to an estimated 75 percent of type-2 diabetics do eventually end up with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The research team believes that the excess insulin produced by diabetics is finding its way into the brain. Once there, it is wreaking havoc, disrupting brain chemistry and knocking critical chemicals out of balance. Eventually those super-high insulin levels lead to the tangled up brain proteins we know as beta amyloid plaques. And those plaques, of course, are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Elevated insulin poisons your brain cells

    This game-changing discovery was made when researchers gave a group of lab rats diabetes by feeding them a junk food diet. They then gave the clever little critters some memory tests. They found that as the rats diabetes became worse, so did their scores on the memory tests. Later, when they took a look at the rat’s brains, they quickly spotted the problem. The rodent’s noodles were riddled with those amyloid plaques I mentioned earlier. The scientists say those plaques are the direct result of a short-circuited enzyme building up in the brain, rather than breaking down the proteins as they would in a normal non-diabetic brain. And I’ll give you one guess what it is that causes those enzymes to start misfiring in the first place. If you said insulin, then you’ve been paying attention. Lead study researcher Ewan McNay told Medical Daily, “High levels of insulin swamp this enzyme so that it stops breaking down amyloid. The latter then accumulates until it forms toxic clumps that poison brain cells.” He went on to confirm that it’s the very same amyloid build up to blame in both diseases, and that type-2 diabetics actually have low level Alzheimer’s. In other words, Alzheimer’s is essentially type-3 diabetes. If you’ve been struggling with your own blood sugar problems, and this news scares you… well, good, it should. Now don’t misunderstand me. This discovery doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to a future of dementia. But what it does mean is that it’s time to step-up your efforts to get those numbers under control. And the good news is I can help you do just that with my simple-to-follow three step plan.

    Avoiding Alzheimer’s may be as easy as 1, 2, 3

    Let’s kick things off with step number one. To bring your own blood-sugar levels back under control, the best place to start is with the basics. Good nutrition is always the key to good health, and it’s no different with diabetes. If you haven’t already changed your diet, it’s time to get started. But don’t worry, the changes aren’t going to be anywhere near as painful as you imagine. As I’ve explained before, a diet that’s high in healthy (and delicious!) fats, but low in added sugars and simple carbs is vital to maintaining a healthy weight and brain, as well as healthy cholesterol and blood sugar numbers. That means more organic meats, fish, and fresh dairy. And while you’re at it, you can add in some tasty walnuts, cocoa, and berries. (Hmm, doesn’t sound much like denying yourself at all, does it?) Now I know the anti-fat police have been trying to drum something different into your head for years now. But they’re just flat out wrong. And even the mainstream medicine lemmings are finally starting to see the light on this one. (Heck, even Dr. Oz caved in and finally admitted that eating lots of healthy fats and limiting carbs is the way to go.) Step number two is to remove your rear from the seat and start moving. Now I’m not talking about a seven day a week gym habit (unless for some reason that’s your thing), I’m talking about finding something active that you love to do, and doing it more often. Naturally, with my background as a diving coach, you’re likely to find me in the pool. But perhaps you prefer hanging out on the golf course, going on bike tours or gardening. Whatever your passion is, just do it—and MORE of it! And step number three is to add some blood-sugar supporting nutrients to your routine. Chromium, biotin, cinnamon, vitamin D-3, magnesium, green coffee extract, curcumin, Gymnema sylvestre, and berberine are all great natural choices for supporting healthy blood sugar. Work with a doctor skilled in natural medicine to figure out the right combination of supplements for you, and you can deal type-2 AND “type-3” diabetes the one two punch.
  20. Magnesium benefits: A happy heart and a longer life

    Heart troubles? Make sure you know about the benefits of magnesium … it could save your life. Now you may already know that magnesium is important for your heart health. Without enough of it in your system you may suffer with an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure. But magnesium benefits other aspects of your health also and is, in fact, a key player in over 300 chemical processes that keep your body in tip top shape. (Magnesium is critical for maintaining healthy blood sugar too.) And now a new review of studies dating all the way back to 1937 has confirmed what I’ve been telling you all along, and that is that cholesterol and saturated fat are not the big bad villains they’ve been made out to be when it comes to heart disease. According to researchers low magnesium is the real culprit. And in another recent study, Spanish researchers demonstrated just how critical magnesium benefits are for those suffering with heart problems. In a study of 7,216 volunteers between the ages of 55 and 80, people with the highest dietary intakes of magnesium had a 34 percent less chance of dying from heart disease or cancer. In fact, those who got the most magnesium (442 mg a day) had a 59 percent drop in their risk of dying from a stroke, heart attack or heart disease when compared to those with the lowest intakes of magnesium. It’s easy to add more magnesium benefits to your diet simply by eating more almonds, spinach, cashews, peanuts, black beans and avocados. You also may want to consider a magnesium supplement, but be sure to talk with your own doc about what’s best for your specific situation.

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