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Diabetic? Don’t toss out the eggs

When you’ve got diabetes, the most important meal of the day can be the hardest one to figure out.

You know that the grains and sugars in typical breakfast foods — from cereal to doughnuts and pancakes — will spike your blood sugar and set you up for a crash later on.

And you may be equally afraid to eat eggs — because for decades, the mainstream has told us that the cholesterol in eggs can make you a sitting duck (or hen?) for cardiovascular disease.

That’s especially worrisome when you’ve got diabetes, since diabetics and even prediabetics tend to have higher levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol than non-diabetics.

But according to a new study, the mainstream has egg on its face on this one, because you can safely eat eggs without compromising your cardiovascular health — EVEN if you’re diabetic or headed that direction.

This is BIG news!

In the study, Australian researchers assigned a group of diabetic and prediabetic folks to a weight-loss diet that was either high in eggs (12 eggs per week) or low in them (two eggs per week).

After three months, members of the high-egg group didn’t show ANY signs of increased cardiovascular risk when compared to the low-egg group.

Whether they ate a couple of eggs or a dozen eggs each week, the participants’ cholesterol levels were pretty much equal.

The two groups also had about the same blood sugar and blood pressure levels and lost equivalent amounts of weight.

And that held true even after six months and one year of follow-up!

That means that regularly scrambling up some eggs WON’T impact cholesterol… worsen diabetes… or expand your waistline.

Translation: Eggs definitely aren’t the killers they’ve been cracked up to be!

In fact, eggs may actually LOWER your risk of cardiovascular disease.

A recent study showed that eating an egg each day slashes your stroke risk by 12 percent — likely because the omega-3 fatty acids in egg yolks can tamp down inflammation and help protect your arteries from damage.

Plus, the benefits of eggs don’t stop there. They’re rich in lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health… selenium to protect your liver… and choline that’s been shown to shield your brain from Alzheimer’s .

And since they’re packed with protein that fills you up and holds your blood sugar steady, eggs are actually the perfect breakfast choice for diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

So, whether you like them scrambled, poached, or sunny-side up, start your day with a wholesome plate of eggs.

You can also hard-boil some eggs to carry as on-the-go snacks, or you could whip up an omelet for a quick and satisfying lunch.

And when you eat eggs as a delicious part of the Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman” diet) — which eliminates the grains and sugars that make your blood sugar soar — you can even put your diabetes in reverse.

This ‘forbidden food’ is back on the menu

When you’ve got to let out yet another notch in your belt, it can feel like you’re losing the “battle of the bulge.”

As you age, those sneaky extra pounds really like to park themselves around your middle!

And unfortunately, excess belly fat isn’t just a drag when you’re getting dressed in the morning — it also ups your odds of developing diabetes.

Of course, shedding a few pounds is your best defense against that “ticking time bomb” in your belly.

But according to a new study, you can slash your risk of diabetes by snacking on something that you may have been told is “forbidden” — pecans!

In the study, Tufts University researchers divided overweight adults who had excess fat concentrated around their middles into two groups.

Members of each group ate identical diets in terms of calories, protein, carbs, and fats.

But those in the group whose daily diet included a small handful of pecans saw their risk factors for diabetes PLUMMET when compared to the control group.

Their blood sugar, insulin resistance, and beta cell function ALL improved!

And all it took was a month.

What’s more, those in the pecan group also lowered their markers for cardiometabolic disease — which includes factors like hypertension and high cholesterol — compared to the controls.

The theory is that the “good” fats and active plant compounds in pecans reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which protects your pancreas and heart from damage.

Now, I know that’s not what you may have heard. But I’m here to BUST the myth about nuts, whose fat and calorie contents WON’T derail your diet.

Just like other tree nuts such as almonds and walnuts, pecans are full of the fiber that holds blood sugar in check.

Pecans are also rich in manganese, and previous studies have shown that this trace mineral can benefit your blood sugar by increasing the amount of insulin that your pancreas secretes.

So, whether you’re battling the belly bulge or not, why not add a handful of pecans to your day?

Raw or dry-roasted pecans are delicious as a snack by themselves, or you can toss them into salads, vegetable dishes, or Greek yogurt for a nutty crunch.

Just steer clear of sweet treats like pecan pie and pralines, which will only spike your blood sugar and thicken your waistline.

Enjoying pecans as part of the the Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman”) diet — which eliminates all grains and sugars — is your best bet for zapping belly fat and putting diabetes in reverse.

And exercising at least twice weekly can also help “flatten” your spare tire.

This fake sugar isn’t such a sweet deal

If you’re watching your waistline, swapping sugar for artificial sweeteners sounds like the deal of the century.

All of the sweetness… none of the calories!

And because it’s supposedly made from actual sugar… and it even cooks and bakes like the real thing… sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) may sound like the next best thing to actually eating sugar.

That’s not just a trap that folks who are packing on a few extra pounds might fall into. Because diabetics often RELY on these fake sweeteners when they know that they can’t have the real thing.

The problem is, though, that even sucralose is no “substitute” for sugar, especially if you’ve already got blood sugar woes — because it’s ALSO been shown to make your blood glucose levels go haywire.

And a new study shows why: Sucralose appears to initiate a pathway that allows your cells to actually take in MORE glucose, which results in the accumulation of more fat.

Fat accumulation — especially in the belly — is one of the hallmarks of metabolic syndrome and a major risk factor for diabetes.

In this in vitro study, the more sucralose the human stem cells in the lab dish were exposed to… the more fat that accumulated.

The scary part is that all it takes is the equivalent of about four cans of diet soda a day for a little less than two weeks.

The study was recently presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, so it hasn’t yet been reviewed by industry peers or published in an established medical journal.

That means that it might be a while before we can judge whether the authors’ theory about “glucose entry” (that is, how much sugar the cells are taking in) holds any water.

But these researchers did find something interesting: If you’re already overweight, your genes are far more likely to express these changes (increased sugar intake and increased fat production) than if you’re at a healthy weight.

And you know who’s more likely to use sugar substitutes like sucralose?

People who are struggling with their weight!

It’s a vicious cycle.

But if you’re at risk for diabetes… or have already been diagnosed with prediabetes… you can get off this merry-go-round.

Avoid this sham sugar at all costs.

Unfortunately, that’s getting harder to do these days, as it’s not just a matter of whether to grab a packet from the sugar caddy at your local coffee shop.

Sucralose is commonly found in some diet sodas, but it can also be lurking in everything from yogurt to salad dressings to condiments, too.

Read ingredient labels carefully.

And if you need to feed your sweet tooth, try a handful of delicious berries.

The Indian secret to dodging diabetes

If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while, you know that I’m keen on discovering new healing ingredients from all over the world.

Whether it’s ashwadangha from India… or Garcinia cambogia from Indonesia… many of the names of the exotic discoveries I’ve shared with you are downright tongue-twisters.

The one I want to tell you about today is no exception.

It’s a plant native to India called Pterocarpus marsupium, though it’s more commonly known as Indian kino.

Traditional Ayurvedic medicine has used this healing tree to treat everything from digestive disturbances to skin issues for centuries. And now, a new study shows that this ancient plant may give modern diabetes medications a run for their money.

In the study, which came out of India (where else?), researchers induced diabetes in rats and then supplemented their diets with either Pterocarpus marsupium extract or a placebo.

After six weeks, it turned out that compared to the rats who got the placebo, those who ate the plant extract had significant reductions in their blood sugar levels.

Just that alone is pretty impressive!

But this obscure plant also managed to normalize the rats’ elevated cholesterol levels (a.k.a. “lipid profiles”)… lower their oxidative stress… and reduce inflammation… WITHOUT the side effects we see with diabetes drugs.

In fact, previous studies have shown that Pterocarpus marsupium is just as effective in controlling blood sugar as diabetes meds like tolbutamide, whose side effects range from nausea to headache.

Now, we don’t yet know exactly how this Indian plant works to bring down blood sugar — more research is needed to discover the precise mechanisms behind it.

But in the meantime, I’d say file this one under: Why not give it a try?

You can find Pterocarpus marsupium in supplement form (sometimes as “vijaysar”) at some health food stores and online.

Talk to a doc well-versed in herbal (or specifically Ayurvedic) medicine about the right dosage for you.

But even though I’d take a plant over a pill any day, when it comes to diabetes, you ideally want to do more than just control it.

You want to REVERSE it!

That’s because living with diabetes over the long term can cause devastating complications that range from nerve pain to blindness.

And studies have shown that simply shedding some pounds can do away with diabetes FOR GOOD.

So, when you add Pterocarpus marsupium to your routine, consider switching up your diet, too!

You can’t go wrong by going Paleo — because the “caveman” diet eliminates all of the grains and sugars that spike your blood sugar and fills you up with protein and produce that hold it steady.

Clear cataracts by lowering blood sugar

The surgery-free secret to clearing cataracts — FOR GOOD

Q: Is there a natural way to remove cataracts without surgery?

GR: Sometimes, as we age, we get used to holding the newspaper a mile away… whipping out pocket flashlights to read restaurant bills… and wearing sunglasses so dark that we look like “senior” members of the Secret Service.

What I mean by that, of course, is that our eyes suffer — we develop visual impairments like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and maybe even cataracts, the clouding of the eye lens that blurs our sight.

Now, most docs love to tell their patients that they can just pop those cataracts right out with a simple surgical procedure — but as you know, every surgery comes with its own risks.

I always tell my patients that going under the knife should be a last resort — AFTER they’ve tried all the natural approaches to addressing the issue.

In the case of cataracts, lowering blood sugar may help clear the clouds away — because according to a recent study, cataracts is linked to the high blood sugar associated with diabetes.

In a study out of the UK, researchers analyzed the medical records of over 56,000 patients and tracked the incidence of both diabetes and cataracts among them. After the researchers crunched the numbers, it turned out that people with diabetes were TWICE as likely to develop cataracts than those without it.

And here’s why: When we have high blood sugar, the lenses in our eyes respond by “drawing out” some of the excess sugar. But since the lenses have nowhere to store it, the sugar literally “condenses” into cataracts over time — accumulating more and more until that telltale fog blocks our vision entirely.

In this latest study, the cataracts risk increased with age, too: While diabetics in the 45-to-49 age range were nearly five times more likely to develop cataracts than their non-diabetic counterparts, those who were up to just five years older were almost SIX times more likely than non-diabetics in the same age bracket.

That’s likely because the longer someone lives with diabetes, the longer their lenses have been grappling with high blood sugar levels.

Following the Paleo diet — which keeps blood sugar steady by eliminating all sugars, grains, and processed foods — is an easy way to reverse diabetes (and the resulting cataracts) for good.
The dark leafy greens, animal proteins, fish, nuts, and fruits you’ll be eating on the diet are also loaded with nutrients that are essential for eye health, like lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and selenium.

And as I’ve shared with eTips readers before, a combination of Chinese botanicals called “Hachimi-jio-gan” has been successfully used in China for centuries to treat cataracts.

I also recommend 30,000 IU of vitamin A (not beta-carotene), bilberry, and ginkgo for anyone who wants to treat or prevent cataracts.

Got a different question set in your sights? Drop me a line at askdrrothfeld@nutritionandhealing.com, and I may answer yours next.

Diabetes and prediabetes speed up cognitive decline

High blood sugar puts “brain drain” in the fast lane

The Winter Olympics are upon us — and regardless of whether you’re a sports fan, you have to respect the skill and bravery of our nation’s best athletic competitors.

I mean, just imagine hurtling down an icy mountain in a bobsled or with just two sticks strapped to your feet — and at nearly 90 miles an hour!

But you don’t have to rely on your imagination, especially if you’ve been loading up on sugary treats… packing on pounds… and sending your blood sugar soaring.

Because you’re already racing down a course — straight to diabetes.

And unfortunately, according to a new study, those blood sugar woes might not be the end of your struggles.

Beyond that finish line, you could find something even worse: cognitive decline.

Researchers measured the blood sugar and tested the memory and cognitive function of over 5,000 people — none of whom had already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease — and then followed up with them 10 years later.

Now, after a decade, you’d expect everybody to show SOME degree of cognitive decline — and that’s exactly what happened.

But here’s where it gets interesting: When researchers repeated those same blood sugar and cognitive tests, those with diabetes or prediabetes saw their memories and cognitive function deteriorate at a MUCH FASTER rate than those with normal blood sugar.

And that may be because, as previous studies have shown, excess blood sugar can do PHYSICAL harm to your gray matter.

It can damage delicate cells in the areas of your brain that control everything from memory to speech to movement… and also reduce the ability of your brain’s immune system to tamp down inflammation.

And if your blood sugar stays high over a long period of time, your brain may even form the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia that some scientists now call “type 3 diabetes”!

So, if you want to keep your brain sharp as the years pass, stay away from not only the usual sugary suspects (i.e., candy, cookies, and cakes), but also from processed foods — ranging from cereal to yogurt to ketchup –

– that are typically stuffed with added sugar that you may not even know is there.
I recommend switching to the Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman”) diet, which eliminates all processed foods in favor of FRESH meats, produce, nuts, and seeds that hold your blood sugar steady.

If you need a little extra help, both cinnamon and the natural supplement berberine (a.k.a. “Emperor’s Salt”) can rein in your blood sugar effectively and without drugs.

And finally, exercise slashes your risk of diabetes, too. Don’t worry — you don’t have to train to become an Olympian, but once the Winter Games are over, get up off that couch now and then.

Vitamins and omega-3s can reverse diabetes

A surprising new reason to take your vitamins

These days, diabetes is so common — and so often treated with drugs — that getting diagnosed with it can seem like no big deal.

You’ve got high blood sugar… you need to control it… there’s a pill for that… end of story.

But dealing with diabetes is rarely that simple.

The longer you live with it, the more likely it is that you’ll suffer excruciating complications, from nerve pain to blindness — EVEN if you’re on meds.

That’s why you don’t want to drug your diabetes into “neutral.” You want to put it in REVERSE!

And according to a new study, there’s a natural way to do that — because getting a daily dose of essential vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids can put diabetes permanently in the rearview mirror.

In the study out of Canada, about 1,000 folks who were either at high risk of diabetes or already had it took one of two daily supplement regimens: either vitamin D drops alone or vitamin D drops along with the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (found in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel) AND a multivitamin.

Now, this wasn’t just any multivitamin. In addition to all the usual suspects, it also contained plant-based nutrients like lutein (found in leafy greens), lycopene (found in tomatoes), resveratrol (found in red grapes), and even green tea.

It was like a healthy meal in a capsule!

After one year, it turned out that — among those who already had diabetes — vitamin D alone was enough to help reverse the disease in 8 percent of those taking it.

Even better, nearly HALF of those on the vitamin/omega-3 regimen put diabetes behind them!

They COMPLETELY snuffed it out without changing their diets… losing weight… or even exercising more. They simply got the nutrients their bodies needed!

Now, we know from previous studies that getting enough vitamin D is essential for blood sugar control… and these results suggest that D is even more powerful when combined with other nutrients.

Yet because the multivitamin contained so many different ones, it’s tough to tease apart how much each contributed to the outcome.

But we do know that anything that reduces inflammation and oxidative stress — including omega-3s, resveratrol, and lutein — can protect your pancreas from damage.

So, if you want to dodge diabetes… or send it packing… a good place to start is a diet loaded with essential vitamins and minerals like the Paleo diet, which emphasizes fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, omega-3-rich fish, meats, nuts, and seeds.

And since it can be harder for your body to absorb nutrients from your food as you age, a good multivitamin that contains vitamin D, along with fish oil supplements, can keep you covered.

Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure — so, the best thing to do is to lower your risk of diabetes in the first place. And as I shared with you this morning, that’s not just a matter of avoiding sugar… but also reducing your toxic load.

Arsenic boosts diabetes risk

Is this poison lurking in your water glass?

When it comes to dodging diabetes, your best bet for a healthy beverage is plain ol’ water instead of sugary juices or sweetened sodas — usually.

But according to a new study, you’ve also got to think about what may be lurking in your H20!

Because if it contains the heavy metal arsenic, even in amounts considered “safe,” it could put you on the path to diabetes, too.

Now, the feds over at the EPA allow a certain amount of arsenic — which has been widely recognized as a poison since the Victorian Era — in “clean” tap water, claiming it does no harm at low levels.

But in the new study, mice who were exposed to “sub-toxic” levels of arsenic in their drinking water — in much the same way you might be if you drank tap water with EPA-approved levels of arsenic for years — had HIGHER blood glucose levels by the end of the study than control mice who didn’t drink it.

That’s likely because the pancreases of the mice exposed to arsenic pumped out LESS insulin that those in the control mice.

The theory is that arsenic disrupts the “beta cells” in your pancreas that store and release insulin.

And if those delicate cells get disturbed or damaged, you’re sure to wind up with blood sugar troubles — and NO amount of diet and exercise in the world will reverse it.

I’ve seen evidence of the connection between heavy metals and diabetes in my own clinic — finding elevated arsenic levels in a number of my own diabetic patients.

What’s more, arsenic is a known carcinogen that can also wreak havoc on your nervous system, lungs, and heart AND up your risk of dementia.

It makes you wonder why ANY amount of arsenic is allowed in your water at all. It’s what killed Napoleon!

And because arsenic is odorless, colorless, and tasteless (making it the perfect poison to stage an assassination or some other historical coup), you won’t know it’s in your water unless you get it tested.

Now, arsenic does occur naturally in small amounts in the soil and in plants, but the arsenic that winds up in your cup is often due to toxic runoff from factories and even farms.

Private wells across the country are especially vulnerable to arsenic — so if you’re dependent on well water, contact your local health department to determine the best procedures for your well.

A reverse osmosis system can usually filter it out.

Of course, water isn’t the only source of arsenic you have to be concerned about — it’s also commonly found in rice, and it even shows up in chickens who’ve been medicated with it to kill parasites.

Your best bet is to skip the rice entirely and eat only organic chicken.

If you’re worried about your current arsenic levels, ask your doctor about running urine and blood tests to check on the amount of the metal in your system. And if your levels are higher than your doctor would like, a holistic doctor trained in environmental medicine
and certified in chelation can use that process to remove the metal from your body.

Losing weight can reverse type 2 diabetes

Do this ONE thing to ditch diabetes forever

When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it can sure feel like a life sentence.

The mainstream will tell you that you’ll be pricking your finger, popping pills, and jabbing yourself with insulin for the rest of your days.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, you might also have to deal with some pretty gruesome complications down the line, from nerve pain… to foot amputation… and even blindness.

But according to a new study, you may be able to send diabetes packing… and lock it up for good… by doing just one thing.

You’ve got to shed some pounds.

In the study out of the UK, about 300 people who’d had diabetes for up to six years were randomly divided into two groups: Half received “standard” diabetes treatment from their docs (a.k.a. the usual drug drill), while the other half were placed on a structured weight-loss program.

Now, the weight loss regimen was to walk in the park — it involved several months of a closely supervised “formula” (a.k.a. liquid) diet, followed by a couple months of slowly adding back in solid food, and capped off by psychotherapy and exercise for maintenance.

By the end of one year, those in the weight management group lost about 22 pounds on average, compared to an average weight loss of only about 2 pounds in the standard treatment group.

But those extra lost pounds were worth their weight in gold — because 46 percent of those in the weight-loss program achieved FULL remission of their diabetes without a single pill, compared to just 4 percent of those dosing up on drugs.

Plus, the more weight they lost, the greater the benefit: A whopping 86 percent of those who lost between 22 and 33 pounds left their diabetes in the dust!

Even 34 percent of those who shed less than the average — between 11 to 22 pounds — closed the door on diabetes.

The results lend some “weight” to the theory that the ROOT cause of diabetes is actually an excess of fat in your liver and pancreas — and that high blood sugar is really just a SYMPTOM of the disease.

And losing weight has shown to put the kibosh on a NUMBER of common patient complaints — from aches and pains to sleep apnea (as well as some of those OTHER problems in the bedroom, too).

Small lifestyle changes for you to try include:

  • Go Paleo: Cut out the grains and sugars that pack on pounds in favor of satisfying — and slimming — meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
  • Get moving: Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.
  • Fire up your fat cells: Cinnamon and black and green teas can rev up your metabolism and help you shed pounds effortlessly.
  • Balance your gut: Taking probiotics can help promote the growth of good gut bacteria associated with weight loss.

I know that’s easier said than done this time of year. But even if you just try not to gain AS MUCH “holiday weight” this year, that’ll make getting back “on the wagon” in January that much easier.

Losing weight can reverse type 2 diabetes

Do this ONE thing to ditch diabetes forever

When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it can sure feel like a life sentence.

The mainstream will tell you that you’ll be pricking your finger, popping pills, and jabbing yourself with insulin for the rest of your days.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, you might also have to deal with some pretty gruesome complications down the line, from nerve pain… to foot amputation… and even blindness.

But according to a new study, you may be able to send diabetes packing… and lock it up for good… by doing just one thing.

You’ve got to shed some pounds.

In the study out of the UK, about 300 people who’d had diabetes for up to six years were randomly divided into two groups: Half received “standard” diabetes treatment from their docs (a.k.a. the usual drug drill), while the other half were placed on a structured weight-loss program.

Now, the weight loss regimen was to walk in the park — it involved several months of a closely supervised “formula” (a.k.a. liquid) diet, followed by a couple months of slowly adding back in solid food, and capped off by psychotherapy and exercise for maintenance.

By the end of one year, those in the weight management group lost about 22 pounds on average, compared to an average weight loss of only about 2 pounds in the standard treatment group.

But those extra lost pounds were worth their weight in gold — because 46 percent of those in the weight-loss program achieved FULL remission of their diabetes without a single pill, compared to just 4 percent of those dosing up on drugs.

Plus, the more weight they lost, the greater the benefit: A whopping 86 percent of those who lost between 22 and 33 pounds left their diabetes in the dust!

Even 34 percent of those who shed less than the average — between 11 to 22 pounds — closed the door on diabetes.

The results lend some “weight” to the theory that the ROOT cause of diabetes is actually an excess of fat in your liver and pancreas — and that high blood sugar is really just a SYMPTOM of the disease.

And losing weight has shown to put the kibosh on a NUMBER of common patient complaints — from aches and pains to sleep apnea (as well as some of those OTHER problems in the bedroom, too).

Small lifestyle changes for you to try include:

  • Go Paleo: Cut out the grains and sugars that pack on pounds in favor of satisfying — and slimming — meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
  • Get moving: Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days a week.
  • Fire up your fat cells: Cinnamon and black and green teas can rev up your metabolism and help you shed pounds effortlessly.
  • Balance your gut: Taking probiotics can help promote the growth of good gut bacteria associated with weight loss.

I know that’s easier said than done this time of year. But even if you just try not to gain AS MUCH “holiday weight” this year, that’ll make getting back “on the wagon” in January that much easier.