Diabetes

  1. No-cal sweetener packs disease risk

    Splenda may mess with insulin levels

    Sucralose (aka Splenda) was once marketed as "made from sugar," as if that's something worth bragging about.

    "Made from a chemistry set" would be a more accurate description -- but new research shows this chemical sweetener has at least one thing in common with "real" sugar: They both could help set the stage for diabetes.

    In a series of experiments on 17 obese people, sucralose raised peak plasma glucose concentrations.

    If that's not enough damage for you, sucralose also caused insulin levels under the curve (a measurement that looks at insulin levels over time) to shoot up by 8 percent and insulin clearance out of the blood stream to become sluggish, dropping by 4 percent, according to the study in Diabetes Care.

    In other words, if you're looking for a safe artificial sweetener, you're going to have to keep on looking -- because this isn't it.

    On the other hand, sucralose is hardly the worst of the lot. That distinction goes to aspartame, quite possibly the most dangerous additive ever approved for human consumption. (You can read the bitter truth about this chemical sweetener right here.)

    If you're looking for a safe way to satisfy your sweet tooth, don't waste your time with sucralose, aspartame, saccharine, and the rest of the gang. And certainly don't go back to ordinary sugar and all its variants.

    Try some xylitol instead -- it's not only safe, it may actually come with some benefits such as protecting teeth and bone. And for the safest option of all, get back to basics with a piece of fruit or a handful of berries.

    Mix 'em with fresh cream, make a smoothie, or just eat them plain. Can't beat that!

  2. Soda in new diabetes link

    Just one can a day will boost your disease risk

    Listen up, soda slurpers: If you're healthy today, thank your lucky stars. Then, give up that soda habit ASAP.

    If you don't, those stars will eventually dim and your luck will run out -- because soda isn't just kinda-maybe-sorta bad for you. It'll wreck your health faster than Lady Gaga music will wreck your sanity.

    You'd have to be comatose -- or maybe a soda company boss -- not to know that already. But just in case you're looking for more proof this stuff is bad news in a bottle, yet another new study shows how quickly a steady soda habit can turn into diabetes.

    A single, 21-ounce can of soda a day, could raise your risk of this devastating disease by 22 percent when compared to drinking one soda a month or (even better) none at all.

    That's just the starting point, mind you. The more you drink, the higher your risk could become.

    I don't know about you, but I've seen people drink two 16-ounce bottles of soda just with lunch -- which could cause their risk of diabetes to skyrocket even before the dinner bell rings.

    And if you're fond of Super Big Gulps, you might want to start stocking up on insulin now. You'll need it eventually.

    Of course, this isn't the first study to make the link. It's not even the second or the third.

    So many studies have linked soda to diabetes that I've lost count. More importantly, I don't think you can find a single truly independent study -- a study NOT conducted with soda industry money -- that DOESN'T find a connection.

    The reason, if it's not obvious enough, is the sugar. But switching to sugar-free sodas won't help because artificial sweeteners have also been linked to diabetes (among other things).

    For the full, uncensored story on the most common artificial sweetener of all...and to learn how you can get access to even more of the REAL truth behind the bought and paid for mainstream news... be sure to read this shocking special report.

    Try coffee or tea to quench your own thirst, and feel free to have a little booze each day. Instead of risks, you'll get benefits -- and better taste, too.

  3. Can walnuts really slash your diabetes risk?

    Walnuts are healthy. But while a new study claims they can help you avoid diabetes, don't rely on nuts alone to slash your own disease risk.
  4. Walgreens wants to be your doctor

    Walgreens is looking to expand its clinics to care for chronic diseases such as diabetes. What a joke!
  5. Mercury exposure linked to diabetes risk

    Exposure to mercury can increase your risk of diabetes by as much as 65 percent.
  6. Diabetes drugs can slam your pancreas

    Some of the most popular diabetes drugs can cause inflammation of the pancreas and precancerous changes to the organ, according to studies.
  7. Diet soda increases diabetes risk

    There's nothing 'diet' about diet soda, as new research finds that even three a week can dramatically increase your risk of diabetes.
  8. CDC: You can cure diabetes without drugs

    In a rare bit of honesty, the CDC has admitted that you can actually cure diabetes by making basic lifestyle changes.
  9. The diabetes ‘cure' that fails more than half the time

    Stomach surgeries are being touted as a cure for diabetes -- but new research proves this ‘cure' fails much of the time.
  10. HFCS in new diabetes link

    New research finds high-fructose corn syrup can increase the risk of diabetes -- but don't switch to plain old sugar. It's almost just as bad.

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