Diabetes

  1. The Paleo diet may halt diabetes development

    A delicious way to reduce your diabetes risk

    Ladies, it just doesn’t seem fair, does it?

    Once you hit menopause, it seems like the old adage “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” applies to every cookie you’ve ever eaten.

    You just can’t eat like you used to…and even when you don’t, you STILL seem to gain weight.

    At this point, it’s gone beyond how you look in the mirror or how your clothes fit. Because with every pound that you pile on, your risk of type 2 diabetes soars.

    The good news is: You don’t have to go on a hunger strike to lose weight and keep your blood sugar balanced. In fact, a new study out of Sweden shows how going Paleo – and eating MORE of the foods you love – can help make you healthier than ever before.

    You see, the Paleo diet focuses on animal protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables – the kinds of things our cavemen ancestors ate. And it works without forcing you to starve yourself.

    This newest study followed 70 obese, postmenopausal women who were at a particularly high risk for developing both diabetes and cardiovascular disease (but had not yet been diagnosed with either).

    Half of them followed what researchers called a “Paleo” diet consisting of:

    • 30 percent protein
    • 30 percent carbs
    • 40 percent polyunsaturated fats (from meat) and unsaturated (from avocados, olive oil, etc.) and
    • no salt, dairy, or refined sugars.

    Now, with that many carbs, at best I would’ve called this a “modified Paleo” diet; but the patients ended up losing both weight and belly fat, so I won’t split hairs.

    And besides, here’s where the study really gets interesting: By analyzing the volunteers’ blood samples, researchers found that the Paleo diet seemed to reduce insulin resistance – a key, early indicator of diabetes.

    If you’re already at risk for type 2, avoiding insulin resistance can help bring your blood sugar levels to normal…and KEEP them there.

    Plus, previous research has proven that Paleo will keep your weight in check, which can also reduce your risk of heart disease.

    I regularly recommend Paleo to my patients, because of all the positive effects it can have on so many different areas of their health.

    And they’re always happy to learn that getting healthier – and avoiding proven killers like diabetes and heart disease – doesn’t mean having to go hungry.

  2. Diabetes increases risk of deadly infections

    The deadly, hidden risk all diabetics need to know about

    Diabetes isn’t just a disease – it’s a wrecking ball.

    If you or someone you love is diabetic, you already know you’re a sitting duck for lots of other complications, like heart disease, memory loss, nerve damage, and even blindness.

    But now researchers are warning that there’s another life-threatening risk that all diabetics need to take seriously.

    Because diabetes can send your risk for a deadly (and hard-to-treat) infection through the roof.

    Researchers in Denmark found that If you have type 2 diabetes, your risk of getting a staph infection is THREE times higher than non-diabetics; and if you’ve got type 1, your risk is increased by a whopping SEVEN TIMES.

    The longer you’ve had diabetes – and the more severe it is – the worse your chances are.

    In the study, type 2 diabetics with kidney complications fared even worse – their risk of staph infections QUADRUPLED. And if you’ve had heart disease, circulation problems, or diabetic ulcers, your odds of an infection also skyrocket.

    The Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that causes staph infections can live harmlessly on our skin. But once it gets inside our bodies, it can be fatal.

    Once you’ve had a staph infection for 30 days, your risk of dying can jump as high as 30 percent.

    The researchers suggest that diabetes compromises your immune system and makes you more susceptible to infection in general, but that may not be the whole story.

    Diabetics are also more likely to have breaks in the protective skin layer – whether it’s at the site of insulin shots or even a finger prick for your blood sugar test.

    That’s also why staph is common among patients who have surgical openings, are on dialysis, use a catheter, or have IV tubing.

    Now, ordinary staph infections can get pretty bad – deadly, if left untreated – but many of them can be cleared up with antibiotics. Increasingly, however, we have to worry about the drug-resistant versions of staph – superbugs like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VISA (Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus), and VRSA (Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

    That means you need to focus on prevention and giving your body the tools it needs to fight off infections naturally.

    For extra protection, avoid processed foods that have been proven to weaken your immune system.

    Try loading up on vitamin C, and take a daily probiotic, which can help the bacteria in your gut deal with infections as they arise.

  3. Blood pressure meds may be lethal for diabetes patients

    Lowering diabetes-related high blood pressure with drugs is linked to higher risk of heart disease and death.
  4. Vitamin C can cut diabetes-related heart risk

    Researchers found that supplementing with vitamin C can reduce certain heart risk factors by more than 25 percent if you have diabetes.
  5. Mainstream medical launches bogus prediabetes campaign

    Drug companies and the mainstream medical community are launching a campaign to treat millions of American for prediabetes, a precursor to a disease they’re at risk for, but could prevent.
  6. Poor sleep leads to diabetes

    A new study out of Harvard University School of Public Health shows that women who have trouble sleeping are significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  7. Potatoes could trigger diabetes

    A new study shows that eating potatoes not only adds unwanted pounds, but it also significantly increases your risk for diabetes.
  8. Why is Google getting in diabetes game?

    Google, Inc., is getting in the business of treating diabetes for a reason and it’s not a humanitarian one.
  9. Coffee habit can protect you from diabetes

    A new study out of Denmark has broken down some of the ingredients in coffee to show that a daily coffee habit can protect you from diabetes.
  10. Watch for these physical warning signs of diabetes

    Everything from extra weight to skin disorders can signal that diabetes is on its way.

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