Diabetics are often forced to battle belly pain, back pain and, of course, the kind of leg and foot pain that can make it feel as if you’re being stabbed with hot pokers.
Now, to add insult to injury, diabetics are being forced to face yet one more form of pain — and this one might be the worst yet.
And it’s not even the disease doing the damage this time, it’s the very drugs you depend on to help you fight it.
Treating your diabetes could be the cause of your joint pain
A frightening new warning from the FDA reveals that DPP-4 inhibitors can cause severe pain in the joints.
This includes the popular diabetes drugs
- and Nesina.
It doesn’t matter if you started on them last week, last month, last year or even years ago. The FDA says the pain can kick in at any time. And when it does, you might find yourself looking for the license plate of the truck that hit you.
Yes, the pain is reportedly that bad.
FDA warning repeatedly refers to the drug-linked pain as SEVERE
The warning released by the typically passive FDA is unusually strong, containing the word “severe” 16 times, and “disabling” four times.
The drug linked most often to this form of pain is Januvia, with 28 cases – a number which is likely far below reality since most cases never get reported to the agency.
The real number is almost certainly much higher.
The feds say that if you stop the drug, the pain will go away, but it could take up to a month.
But why face that risk at all when you don’t have to?
If you’re willing to make some real changes, you can cut back or even eliminate your meds entirely. Start by canning the carbs and switching to a high-fat, high-protein diet.
Three natural remedies to help reign in blood sugar
Then, try natural remedies proven to help control blood sugar such as cinnamon, chromium and benfotiamine.
Yes, we’re talking about the same spice you have in your pantry right now. Cinnamon isn’t just delicious, it’s been shown to naturally reduce blood sugar levels.
In one study, diabetics were given with 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon a day. By day 40 all three groups had an 18 a 29 percent drop in their fasting blood sugar levels. Their triglyceride and total cholesterol levels dropped too.
Cinnamon appears to improve how your body processes sugar, which means you have to keep taking the spice to keep reaping the benefits. Not a difficult “sacrifice” to make since the spice is a delicious addition to everything from coffee to yogurt. It even tastes great in savory dishes like beef stew or baked chicken. Aim for ¼ to ½ a teaspoon daily or a supplement as directed by the manufacturer.
The trace mineral chromium naturally supports glucose metabolism. It helps to balance blood sugar levels and convert glucose (azúcar) into energy.
Over a dozen clinical trials have explored the minerals effects and concluded that chromium could be a useful for those with blood sugar issues. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled trial chromium combined with biotin supported healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels and improved HA1c levels, the hemoglobin that plays a critical role in controlling your blood sugar levels.
Your body naturally produces an enzyme called transketolase (TKT) that plays a vital role in glucose metabolism. But your body requires a sufficient amount of thiamine, or vitamin B1, to produce TKT and 75 percent of diabetics run low on this vital vitamin. Benfotiamine is a highly absorbable, fat soluble version of vitamin B1 that quickly helps restore those levels allowing your body to begin to use glucose more efficiently.
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