Diabetes

  1. Testosterone can fight type 2 diabetes

    Is this “man hormone” the secret weapon against diabetes

    Remember that old Pete Seeger song? You know, the one about the guy whose “get up and go got up and went.”

    Well, if you’re a guy over 50, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced that firsthand.

    It’s natural for your testosterone levels to start to drop – to the tune of 1 or 2 percent each year – and that can leave you feeling constantly tired, depressed and irritable.

    Never mind what it does to your sex life.

    And if you’re thinking about testosterone therapy, some New York researchers have some exciting news. Because a regular dose of testosterone won’t just help you get your mojo back – it also can help you fight one of the most dangerous diseases around.

    A new study published inDiabetes Carefound that testosterone replacement therapy not only improves your energy and libido, but it can help protect you against type 2 diabetes.

    Researchers at the University of Buffalo gave dozens of men with type 2 diabetes and low testosterone either a weekly testosterone injection or a placebo for 24 weeks.

    Just in that short time, the testosterone shots helped improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar numbers by 32 percent.

    And, of course, the benefits didn’t just stop with type 2 diabetes. Testosterone also improves sexual function and increases skeletal muscle strength and bone density.

    But if you are considering testosterone therapy, remember: Keep away the dangerous synthetic treatments being heavily marketed by Big Pharma.

    I recommend bio-identical hormone treatments instead. They’re natural and safe, because they closely mimic your natural supply of testosterone.

    Work closely with a doctor skilled and knowledgeable about natural medicine and bio-identical hormones. To find a doctor near you, check out the American College for Advancement in Medicine website at www.acam.org.

  2. Annoying skin tags could signal diabetes

    Are you becoming diabetic? Just check your skin!

    Q: Over the past couple of years I’ve developed annoying skin tags on my arms and neck. I constantly seem to be finding a new one. They’re not painful or anything, but I’d like them gone. What can I do?

    G.R.: As we get older, lots of us develop skin tags -- especially around the arms, neck and groin. They can be unsightly and frustrating -- but, believe it or not, you should be thankful that you’re getting them.

    Because those skin tags may just be warning you about a potentially serious health condition. One you might still have time to stop.

    You see, when you’re on the path to developing type 2 diabetes, your cells become “insulin resistant.” That means insulin can’t effectively do its job of escorting blood sugar to your cells, where it’s used for energy. As a result, your blood sugar stays high.

    High blood sugar and insulin resistance have both been linked to skin lesions and skin tags. So if you’re starting to develop a significant number of skin tags and have never been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s a good idea to go get your blood sugar tested.

    If you and your doctor listen to this “canary in the coalmine,” you just may be able to stop any blood sugar issues from getting worse. And that could help new skin tags from forming.

    There are plenty of options for getting rid of skin tags, from laser treatments to freezing them off with liquid nitrogen products. Many patients have sworn by the “duct tape method.” Just keep a small piece of duct tape on the skin tag for a few days, and it should help it detach from your skin.

  3. New, deadly salt guidelines could be on the way

    Uncle Sam is mulling new salt guidelines that won't just make meals miserable -- they could have you fighting for your life.
  4. Can coffee help put a halt to the diabetes epidemic?

    A Harvard study finds that adding one extra cup of coffee a day could eliminate thousands of cases of diabetes a year.
  5. Diabetes drug makers slapped with $9 billion penalty

    A Louisiana jury found that Eli Lilly and Takeda Pharmaceuticals withheld information linking diabetes drug Actos with bladder cancer.
  6. Claims of gastric bypass beating diabetes mighty thin

    A new study shows that 75% of the time, gastric bypass fails to help patients control diabetes.
  7. Diabetes doubles pancreatic cancer risk

    A study proves that poor blood sugar control could leave you with one of the deadliest cancers known to mankind.
  8. Prescription-free cure for erectile dysfunction

    By treating the underlying causes of your impotence, there's a 29% chance you can eliminate erectile dysfunction without touching another pill.
  9. Treat diabetes by burning your kidneys?

    A wacky (and expensive) new diabetes treatment would destroy parts of your kidneys and nervous system with a flaming hot, electrified wire.
  10. Chelation drastically reduces diabetes death risk

    Chelation may be public enemy number one for mainstream medicine, but this dirt cheap cure could cut your risk of dying from diabetes in half. The breakthrough Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy is showing that this safe, effective therapy can wipe away years of diabetes and heart disease damage in mere weeks.

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