Last month, the FDA restricted sales of the diabetes drug Avandia because of Avandia side effects. From now on, you can only get it if you‘ve tried every other drug on the market without success. Or, if you‘re already taking Avandia, you‘ll be allowed to continue to take it as well. (Hopefully, this one doesn‘t apply to you.) But you‘ll have to attest that you understand the serious risks involved...namely that taking Avandia side effects may include increase risk of  having a heart attack and stroke.

And that risk is nothing to sneeze at. According to a recent New York Times article, "One study estimated that from 1999 to 2009, more than 47,000 people taking Avandia needlessly suffered a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, or died."

Sensibly, the European Union banned Avandia all together.

The good news is, in many cases, natural methods can help control your blood sugar. Visit and  search the NorthStar Nutritionals blog and search on blood sugar support and diabetes. You‘ll find numerous articles about how to naturally lower your blood sugar.

One recent article tells you how men and women with diabetes lowered their fasting blood sugar levels by up to 29 percent in just 40 days without drugs or major changes in their diet. How‘d they do it? Just click here to find out.