Are Diabetes Drugs The Answer?

If you are diabetic and fail to control your blood glucose levels, you will most likely end up with several debilitating health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, diabetic neuropathy, digestive problems, blindness, or a variety of infections.

 

Many of these conditions could kill you.

So taking diabetic drugs to manage your  Type II diabetes might seem like the right thing to do.

Well maybe not… for several good reasons.

Survival rates using diabetes medications are not so promising.

According to a research paper Benefits of Diabetes Drugs Dubious, published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in December 2014, no doctor-prescribed diabetes drug has been shown to save the life of a diabetic. They didn’t prevent heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness or other diabetes complications such as the need for amputations.

High blood sugar levels are not the same as diabetes. They are only signs or symptoms of diabetes but they are not the disease itself. The problem is: diabetes drugs target blood sugar levels only… they do not treat diabetes. But very few people die of high blood sugar in their blood.

However they do die of the damage caused by diabetes: heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and raging infections… and diabetes drugs do nothing for them.

A peer-reviewed meta-study; Comparison of Clinical Outcomes and Adverse Events Associated with Glucose-lowering Drugs in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2016, showed that there was no increase in survival rates among type 2 diabetics who took diabetes medications.

The study examined nine classes of diabetes drugs, including insulin, comparing the drugs to a placebo. The researchers reviewed more than 300 randomized clinical trials covering nearly 120,000 patients before reaching their conclusions.

Dangers of Diabetes Drugs

Drugs for diabetes are have serious side effects.

These include cardiovascular reactions, flu-like symptoms and dizziness. They have been linked to muscle and stomach pain, diarrhea and anemia. In addition, if diabetics are not careful, these drugs can cause dangerously low blood glucose levels.

The bad thing is that many patients take two or even three of these drugs at the same time, all prescribed by their doctor .

But, instead of reducing deaths, this multi-drug regime increases your chances of dying.

A research paper Effects of Intensive Glucose Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008, concluded that intense efforts to lower blood glucose with drugs resulted in a 22% higher rate of death from all causes. The same study showed that deaths from heart disease increased by a whopping 35%.

So what should you do?

Can you Reverse Your Diabetes Without Diabetic Drugs?

The fact is that some  people believe there is no need, unless your diabetes is far advanced, to use these drugs at all. They believe can reverse your diabetes using diet alone, perhaps with a little extra exercise thrown in.

There is no cure for diabetes, IE once you have it well you have it. But when I say you can reverse your diabetes, What I mean is you can beat the awful consequences the disease brings such as the cardiovascular problems, strokes, kidney disease and so on.

The beating-diabetes diet is simple. It requires a small amount of discipline.

You can reverse type 2 diabetes by eating foods that are :

(1) low in sugar
(2) low in fat
(3) low in salt,
(4) high in fiber and that
(5) are digested slowly.

The easiest way to do this is by concentrating on natural, unprocessed foods that are mostly plants. You also need to avoid all dairy products and eggs, and to drink plenty of water.

The fundamental cause of type 2 diabetes is fat blocking the receptors in your muscle cells, leaving glucose (produced by the digestive process) and insulin (produced by the pancreas) swirling around in your bloodstream. This condition is called insulin resistance.

The diet works because it minimizes your intake of fat so that, after a month or so, the fat blocking the receptors in your muscle cells will have disappeared.  This fat is normally in your midsection.

Unblocking the receptors ensures that the insulin can do its job of opening those receptors to get the glucose out of your bloodstream and into cells, thus ‘reversing’ your diabetes.

As well you should also take up some mild exercise, such as walking, gardening, swimming, dancing , etc. This will help stimulate your muscle cells to use the energy (glucose) floating around in your blood stream.

Also, you can give the reversing-diabetes diet a boost in several ways using various supplements:

Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D3 Vitamin D3 Supplement by Just Potent :: 500 Softgels :: 5000 IU :: Strong Bones & Immune Health :: Full Benefits of the Sun in a Tiny Softgel :: 500 Days of Uninterrupted Supply :: Gluten Free New Price: $19.99 Old Price: $19.99 (as of 10/16/2017 17:49 America/New_York) have been linked to both pre-diabetes and full-blown diabetes. A lot of people have a vitamin D deficiency.

A research paper entitled Lipoprotein lipase links vitamin D, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes: a cross-sectional epidemiological study, undertaken by Chinese researchers and published in January 2013 in Cardiovascular Diabetology, showed that even a minor defecit in vitamin D3 can increase the risk of diabetes by more than 90%.

So how do you increase your intake of vitamin D3?

You can get sufficient vitamin D3 by getting outside for just 10 minutes or so a day in the midday sun… with a lot of skin showing which might be a little rough in the winter but thank god there are supplements

You could also get plenty of vitamin D by eating oily fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel and salmon), free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, liver and dairy products. But these foods contain copious amounts of fats which you need to minimize if you are to reverse your diabetes.

For diabetics, therefore, the best way to get sufficient vitamin D3 Vitamin D3 Supplement by Just Potent :: 500 Softgels :: 5000 IU :: Strong Bones & Immune Health :: Full Benefits of the Sun in a Tiny Softgel :: 500 Days of Uninterrupted Supply :: Gluten Free New Price: $19.99 Old Price: $19.99 (as of 10/16/2017 17:49 America/New_York) is to take a supplement. The recommended dosage is 8,000 IU’s (international units) a day.

Guava

The leaves, stems and flesh (but not the skins) of the tropical guava fruit block the digestion of carbohydrates which reduces spikes in blood glucose. Consuming pealed guava also makes the development of insulin resistance less likely and helps improve the blood sugar levels of diabetics.

If fresh guava is available in your locality you should eat it daily. If not, you can get guava tea Guava Leaf Tea 120 Individually Wrapped Teabags New Price: $59.99 Old Price: $59.99You Save: $40.78 (as of 10/16/2017 17:49 America/New_York) made from dried leaves at your local health food store or online. A cup a day (or more) is highly recommended.

Vanadium

Vanadium Source Naturals Vanadium with Chromium, 180 Tablets New Price: $12.90 Old Price: $12.90 (as of 10/16/2017 17:49 America/New_York) is a trace mineral that acts like insulin.

Vanadium reduces spikes in blood glucose and insulin levels by helping to move blood glucose into muscle cells and by inhibiting the absorption of glucose from the gut.

In a study described in Rare Earths: Forbidden Cures, Rare Earths: Forbidden Cures New Price: $18.08 Old Price: $21.95You Save: $3.87 (as of 10/16/2017 17:49 America/New_York) a book published in 1994, diabetics took daily supplements of vanadium… their average blood glucose levels dropped by 10% in only three weeks.

You can use vanadium by taking it as a supplement… 500 mcg three times a day… but:

Caution:Do not exceed 10 mg a day.

Berberine

Berberine Amazing Formulas Berberine Plus 500mg 120 capsules - Supports Immune Function, Glucose Metabolism and Cardiovascular & Gastrointestinal Function New Price: $19.99 Old Price: $19.99 (as of 10/16/2017 17:49 America/New_York) is a plant nutrient found in the roots, rhizomes, stems and bark of medicinal herbs such as barberry, tree turmeric, Oregon grape, goldenseal, yellowroot, Chinese goldthread, prickly poppy, and Californian poppy.

In the 1980s, Chinese doctors discovered that berberine can normalize blood glucose levels. It does this by decreasing insulin resistance, by decreasing the production of sugar in the liver, and by increasing the ability to breakdown glucose inside cells.

To lower the levels of sugar in your blood, you should take a supplement… one 500 mg capsule with meals two or three times a day.

Caution: I am not a medical doctor and my strong advice is that you consult your doctor before you stop taking your prescribed diabetes medications.

I do believe though that you are your best advocate and doing your own research and trying to stay off diabetes medications by improving your diet and by exercise is worth a shot. In my case my doctor agreed with this approach and I have thus far avoided taking diabetic medications to control my insulin levels

This article is based on an article by Paul D Kennedy

Paul D Kennedy is a type 2 diabetic. He used his skills as an international consultant and researcher to find a way to control his diabetes using diet alone and, about seven years ago, he stopped taking medications to control his blood glucose levels.   His book, Beating Diabetes, How to Defeat type II Diabetes is available  from Amazon.

 

Telemedicine Could Be The Answer for Proper Diabetic Care

If you have diabetes or believe you are prediabetic and financial resources avoid you from looking for a Dr’s care and suggestions a brand-new pattern in telemedicine may be the answer for you.

 By phone or on your computer system you now can have live contact with a doctor to discuss your medical scenario and in many cases the Dr. can even recommend required medication without an office visit at a lower expense for you.

Over the last 10 years, out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for Americans have more than doubled, with medical costs now representing 8 percent of yearly family costs, according to the Consumer Expenditure Figures.

Simply think about a few of the heart-wrenching numbers. Almost one in 4 non-elderly American adults had past-due medical financial obligation in 2015. That’s really an enhancement from 2012, when the figure was closer to 30% (insurance protection gains under the Affordable Care Act are one most likely factor for the decrease). In Mississippi, more than 37% of the population owed loan to care companies in 2015. Medical costs are the leading cause of individual bankruptcies. And in 2015 the federal government predicted that the country’s healthcare expense would top $10,000 per individual for the very first time in history.

So exactly what do we get for these huge personal and public expenses? A system where it takes weeks to see a physician in person, where more than 6,500 places are formally considered to have too few doctor to fulfill clients’ requirements, and where U.S. health results are regularly average compared to those of a lot of our developed-nation peers (as well as a few of the less industrialized ones).

This status quo is ripe for disturbance. And while real reform will need everyone– federal government, market, and healthcare customers themselves– to make significant changes, an insurgent group of digital health business is doing its finest to drag American medication into the 21st century kicking and shouting.

That implies superseding physical restrictions like having a real health center by utilizing the power of mobile innovation, making the act of taking your medication less of an inconvenience, and peering into our really biological foundation to wage war on the most intractable conditions.

At the turn of the 20th century, getting an examination in America regularly indicated your physician equipped with a modest black bag of tools and old-fashioned medical knowledge, paying a home visit

As charming as that image might appear today, it’s in some methods a vision of the future. New innovations are restoring your home call– or a digital variation of it, anyhow.

One apparent benefit of telemedicine is that the physician can be anywhere– which is not the case for our standard healthcare system. At health centers throughout the nation, in truth, there is an established physician scarcity, which has actually grown just more severe as countless Americans have actually gotten health protection in the last few years.

 The growth of telemedicine is making regular and preventive care offered online and through mobile phones, with the expense of a video-based virtual see (generally less than $50) offerings cost savings when compared with expenses for comparable small medical requirements dealt with at a medical professional’s workplace (roughly $80), immediate care center (around $160) or emergency clinic (around $650).

Current advances in audio and video innovation are allowing individuals to get a medical diagnosis and essential prescriptions for small medical requirements consisting of allergic reactions, sinus and bladder infections, bronchitis and other conditions.

Telemedicine is now being used to diagnose diabetic retinopathy remotely and with computerized insulin pumps and remote medical monitoring becoming more of a reality it might not be long when you will be able to get better quality care at a lower cost than doing the standard office visit.

 

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes effects many parts of the body. One part of the body that often is affected are the feet. Losing feeling and experiencing numbness in the feet can occur over time. This is sometimes the result of  diabetic neuropathy which can occur because of high blood sugar injuring nerve fibers in the feet.

One  type of diabetic neuropathy is called peripheral neuropathy. This is the most common type and most often affects the feet and legs. Some of the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy are often experienced and are worse in the evenings. According to information from the Mayo Clinic, symptoms include:

• Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes.

“The CDC says the occurrence of diabetes related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996.”Dr. Frank Spinosa, President, American Podiatric Medical Association

• Increased sensitivity to touch — for some people, even the weight of a bed sheet can be agonizing.

• Serious foot problems, such as ulcers, infections, deformities, and bone and joint pain.

Pro-actively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

People ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes account for about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report.

A foot mirror canbe very helpful.  See this related post.

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People with diabetes may be less aware of cuts or wounds on their feet due to the nerve damage related to their disease, Spinosa points out. “Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they develop into a health crisis.”

Inspect your feet daily, checking the entire foot and all 10 toes for cuts, bruises, sores or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration.  Treat wounds immediately and see your podiatrist if a problem persists or infection is apparent.

 

Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes appropriate for the type of exercise you’re doing.

When you buy new shoes, have them properly measured and fitted. Foot size and shape can change throughout time, and ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of foot pain and lesions. Certain types of shoes, socks and custom orthotics are available for people with diabetes, and they may be covered under Medicare. You can find a list of podiatrist-approved footwear and products for people with diabetes on the APMA website.

Keep your feet covered and never go barefoot even at home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great.

See a podiatrist to remove calluses, corns or warts – don’t tackle them yourself and don’t ask a unlicensed nonprofessional to do it. Over-the-counter products can burn your skin and injure your foot. Podiatrists are specially trained to address all aspects of foot health for people with diabetes.

Get checkups twice a year. An exam by your podiatrist is the best way to ensure your feet stay healthy.

“For people with diabetes, taking charge of your own foot health can help you avoid foot-related complications like amputation,” Spinosa said. “Work with today’s podiatrist to help you safeguard your foot health.”

To learn more about foot care for people with diabetes or to find a podiatrist, visit http://www.apma.org.

8- Week Blood Sugar Diet Review

This is a review of the popular book by Dr. Michael Mosley. New York Times Bestselling Author, Author of The Fast Diet

This is Dr. Mosely’s diet plan he used to go from being a raging type II diabetic to now having normal blood sugar numbers. He became curious upon observing an observation by Dr. Roy Taylor of individuals who had bariatric surgery and the huge drop in their bad blood sugar numbers. This worked because of the surgery creates a much smaller stomach which reduces the amount of food one can consume which resulted in weight loss. Dr. Taylor believes that insulin resistance is the result of fat surrounding and overwhelming the pancreas and liver and losing this fat allows the pancreas and liver to recover.

Prediabetes rates in the UK have went from 10% to 35% of the population in the past 10 years.
86 Million Americans are Prediabetic. Losing that excess fat particuarly in your midsection quickly can often return your blood sugar numbers back to normal. In my opinion and Dr. Mosely’s that much better than taking diabetes medication.

In the book, Dr. Mosely accomplishes this by an 800 calorie daily diet. Cutting sugar and low quality carbs with over 50 recipes included and the science behind the diet is thoroughly explained.

One thing I liked is Dr. Mosely explains who this plan is not for for instance pregnant women or woman breatfeeding, anyone with a history of eating disorders, on blood pressure medication or taking diabetes medication without close supervision by your doctor, moderate or severe retinopathy, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy, taking warfarin, a BMI below 21, under 18 years old or in generally poor health.

Another thing I like our the quizes included about your level of risk for becoming a type II diabetic and Are you addicted to carbs?

From my own personal experience rapidly losing my excess weight by watching my sugar and carb intake reduced my blood sugar numbers back down to a normal level and I have managed to keep the weight off.

Dr. Mosley’s book appears to be well researched and gives you the information you need.

You can pick up the book here

66% of folks ordering on Amazon gave it a 5 star rating.

Here is one reader’s experience after 8-weeks on the diet.

 

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