People with diabetes are starting to fall over like drunken sailors out on shore leave. And who does mainstream medicine blame when you’re the diabetic person who happens to take a tumble?
Well, they blame YOU, of course, that’s who.
They’re out with a new report that claims these falls are just another risk of diabetes. It implies it’s something you did to YOURSELF, and now you’re stuck with it.
But there’s something the mainstream ISN’T telling you. And that’s the simple fact that you’re 100 percent innocent here.
You didn’t send your risk for falls rising. Diabetes alone likely didn’t do it, either. Not directly, anyway. In fact, it’s the medical establishment’s fault.
Mainstream medicine continues to get diabetes treatment wrong. And now the latest result of that failure is folks with this disease falling over and suffering from serious injuries.
So today, let me reveal what they won’t. And that’s exactly what you need to stay strong and stand up steady.
Diabetic fall risk could send you tumbling
New research, presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting, show’s what on the line. If you have diabetes, you’re more prone to falling than everyone else. Type 2 diabetes, in particular, increases the risk of a tumble by 19 percent.
[GA_rectangle]It’s not just the falls you’ve got to worry about. It’s getting seriously hurt from them too. As the study finds that’s more likely for diabetics too, with folks suffering from painful and sometimes downright gruesome injuries.
Having type 2 diabetes will increase your risk of hospitalization from a fall by 12 percent. And you have a greater chance of having painful fractures of the hip, femur, humerus (the long bone in your arm), radius (forearm), skull, and face.
And when you take a deeper dive into the numbers, things get even more disturbing. Because being a part of certain groups can make you even MORE vulnerable.
Your chance of falling is…
- 60 percent higher if you’re a woman
- 32 percent higher if you’re a senior
- 32 percent higher if you’re taking SSRI antidepressants
- 9 percent higher if you’re on opioids
- 60 percent higher if you’re on a combo of SSRIs and opioids
And if you have multiple factors – if you’re an older woman with diabetes, for example – you can bet the risk is higher still.
Protect yourself from this NEW diabetes risk
But here’s the thing about ALL of these risks that they HAVEN’T mentioned. They may not be directly linked to diabetes at all. For many falls, the culprit is likely your treatment.
Some of the most common diabetes drugs out there can set the stage for a dangerous fall. For example, SGLT2 inhibitors and sulfonylureas are known to cause dizziness.
But even worse, any drug or combination of meds can cause blood sugar levels to plunge too quickly. That can lead to dizziness and falls—ditto for blood pressure meds. And if you’re on drugs for both diabetes and hypertension, you could get hit with a double-whammy of dizziness.
So here’s what you do: Try to get OFF of those meds.
Now I know you’ve likely heard that’s not possible. But that’s simply not true. For many folks, it’s achievable. And if ditching them entirely isn’t doable, cutting back may be.
Don’t quit on your own, of course. Instead, get to work on bringing your blood sugar under control the RIGHT way.
- Swear off of processed foods (especially the junk carbs and added sugars).
- Talk to your doc about trying some natural blood sugar supplements, such as chromium and berberine.
- Commit to some exercise every day, such as a 20-minute brisk walk.
Feeling too unsteady on your feet to hoof it around the hood? No problem. Try these 8 fun and easy chair exercises that can help you stay fit and flexible without risking a fall.
These steps could bring your glucose under control so effectively that you can work with your doctor on cutting back on meds over time. In some cases, maybe even eliminating them.
For best results, work closely with a naturopathic physician with experience in diabetes care.
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