1. Plastics chemical in diabetes link

    I've warned you plenty about the risks of phthalate exposure for kids: These hormone-like chemicals used in plastics, cosmetics, scented candles, and more cause everything from bad behavior to developmental problems.

    And if you have a boy but wish "he" was a "she," just light the candles and let him inhale -- because phthalates mimic estrogen in the body. It's one of the main reasons boys are growing up to be sissies, complete with their own set of breasts.

    But forget the kids, because today I want to talk about how these chemicals can ruin YOU, starting with a dramatic boost in your risk of diabetes.

    I'm sure most people don't need much help in that department, thanks to the one-two punch of the modern diet and sedentary lifestyle.

    But if you're teetering on the brink of disease, phthalates can push you right over the edge -- because a new study on 1,000 senior Swedish women finds that high blood levels of these chemicals will DOUBLE your risk.

    This isn't exactly a stunner since phthalates have been linked in studies to insulin resistance, high blood glucose, weight gain, increased abdominal fat, and all the other usual suspects that work in cahoots with diabetes.

    But it's one thing to know all that. It's quite another to actually do something about it, because avoiding phthalates is practically a full-time job.

    Most personal items with fragrance of any kind contain them, including candles and air fresheners. They're also in shower curtains, vinyl flooring, upholstery, sealants, inks, and more.

    Phthalate fumes are even responsible for the so-called "new car smell."

    Like I said, it's not easy -- but do the best you can here for yourself and the rest of your family. Everyone's health is on the line.

  2. Poor sleep can make you fat, sick, and diabetic

    Not getting enough sleep? Asleep at all the wrong times? Consider this your wakeup call -- because poor sleep habits can throw your metabolism so far out of whack you'll end up with diabetes or worse... MUCH worse.

    An early trip to permanent sleep isn't out of the question here.

    In three weeks of experiments, researchers began altering the sleep schedules of 21 otherwise healthy volunteers.

    Well, they WERE healthy. Wait ‘til you see what happened after they were limited to five and a half hours of shuteye in each 24-hour period -- and not always at night -- during those three weeks.

    Three of them suffered such drastic changes in blood sugar levels that they became pre-diabetic. They rest didn't fare much better.

    In fact, their metabolisms slowed so much that, over the course of a year, it would add up to roughly 12 pounds of gained weight. And similar poor sleep habits over the course of a decade or two... well... take a look around.

    We're sleeping less than ever, and we're not exactly the picture of health.

    Now, I don't know how many people are sleeping that poorly night after night and getting their sleep at scattered times to boot, so I don't know how truly practical this study is.

    But I do know this: Poor sleep habits can do a number on your metabolism AND up your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cognitive decline, sexual malfunction, and even death -- and all that's all been proven before, even in people who get their "too-little sleep" only at night.

    But whatever you do don't turn to meds for help here. As I told you last month, common sleep drugs can up your risk of death by more than 5 times.

    If you need help getting to sleep and staying asleep, I've got just the bedroom reading for you. It's my Douglass Report newsletter, and my upcoming June issue has three simple ways to help you finally get the rest you need.

    Subscribe now, and you'll be able to read all about it in my online archives.

  3. The WRONG way to 'beat' diabetes

    If you want to beat diabetes, you CAN beat diabetes -- and you can do it without drugs or surgery. It's the hard way, but anything worth doing is worth doing right.
  4. The 'everyday' food that can ruin your life

    Rice is eaten around the world because it's cheap and fills bellies -- not because it's healthy or tasty. It's neither, and the latest research shows what happens when you chow down on bowl after bowl after bowl of this tasteless white stuff: You get diabetes.
  5. It wasn't the fat that did Paula in

    Anyone surprised by the news that Paula Deen has diabetes hasn't been paying attention. Her books and TV shows are like "how to" guides for getting the disease -- and now that you've bought those books, watched her show, subscribed to her magazine, eaten her food, and gotten just as fat and sick as her, she wants you to buy one more thing: meds.
  6. Another reason not to exercise

    If you're looking to protect your heart, the last thing you want to do is punish it with super-intense workouts. The greater the strain, the greater the risk -- that's true for anyone, which is why even supposedly healthy people keel over and die after gym exercise.
  7. Diabetes 'cure' is worse than the disease

    Good news, diabetics: You can be "cured" of your disease -- and all you have to do is starve yourself for four months. Sound like fun? Of course it doesn't -- but researchers claim they'll leave you disease-free if you're willing to take leave of your senses and commit to a diet of just 500 calories a day, and not a drop more.
  8. Actos maker sued over cancer link

    Actos was supposed to be the "safer" alternative to Avandia, the diabetes drug that boosted heart risk so much that it was ultimately pulled from pharmacies. In reality, Actos might actually be just as bad for your heart. And even if you manage to survive that risk, you could find yourself in a life-or-death battle with bladder cancer.
  9. The 'secret ingredient' that'll give you diabetes

    You don't need any help getting diabetes -- but you're getting it anyway with every bite, sip and swallow, and it's not just from your food.
  10. Diabetes ups dementia risk

    If you thought diabetes was bad before, wait 'til you see what it's been connected to now...Alzheimer's disease. I'm not talking about a small risk, either. Turns out that diabetics have DOUBLE the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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