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.

Some alternative!

Now, Takeda Pharmaceuticals -- the company that makes the drug -- is bracing itself for some 10,000 lawsuits after a study this year found the med can actually increase the risk of bladder cancer by up to 40 percent.

The news caused France and Germany to pull the drug from the market -- but naturally, the FDA did no such thing. Instead, the agency took just about the weakest action possible: It ordered the company to tweak the fine print on the warning label.

And that means, as usual, the only one who can protect you is you.

If you've already made the jump from Avandia to Actos, don't even waste your time looking for your next "safe" landing spot.

You won't find it.

Actos, Avandia and the rest of them aren't cures -- they exist only to "manage" the disease, and if you keep taking them you'll manage yourself right into the grave.

There's just one way to beat diabetes, and that's with the lifestyle changes that would have prevented it in the first place: Give up sugar, give up carbs and get your life back.

It really is that simple. But if you need a boost, look up benfotiamine. It's a synthetic form of thiamine so powerful it can actually undo years of diabetes damage.