How can something be so simple and yet complicated at the same time?
That’s how I sometimes feel about beating Type 2 diabetes. On the surface, the solution to overcoming the disease seems so simple and straightforward: Reduce the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in your diet and ramp up your exercise.
Problem solved, right? Whoa, not so fast.
Take just one look at the diabetes epidemic that’s burying this country (and now other countries as well) and it’s instantly clear that this problem and its solution are anything but simple.
When you sprinkle in all the other health complications that piggyback onto diabetes, dump in a ton of environmental factors and nutritional deficiencies, and then stir in a confusing mixture of medications, suddenly the recipe goes from beginner to master-chef level.
Diabetes and heart disease often go hand in hand
The fact is that when you’re treating diabetes you’re often treating a heck of a lot more than just that disease alone.
Diabetics are prone to a number of other health problems… chief among them heart disease.
My mother, the RN, would call these additional health problems comorbidities. But you and I would probably just call them frustrating.
And the go-to stance for mainstream medicine has always been to prescribe intensive blood-sugar-lowering medications to reduce those frustrating… and sometimes life-threatening… secondary heart complications.
But if you listen very closely you’ll realize that the noise you hear is the sound of a needle scratching across a record. It turns out the medications that the mainstream has been forcing down our throats aren’t doing us a bit of good when it comes to actually saving our lives.
Bloodsugar-lowering drugs don’t keep diabetics from dying
A meta-analysis study published in the online edition of the British Medical Journal found that those intensive glucose-lowering treatments have no benefits when it comes to keeping us from dying.
Yes, that’s right: they don’t prevent deaths from heart disease… or from anything else, for that matter.
But you’ll never guess what they do accomplish. A DOUBLING of the risk of life-threateningly LOW blood-sugar levels.
Now, to be fair, the researchers did also found the intensive treatments lowered nonfatal heart-attack risks by a modest 15%.
However, let’s be realistic.. .saving yourself from a nonfatal heart attack only to be knocked off by plummeting blood sugar is not a good trade-off in anyone’s book.
Ditch the drugs and beat diabetes naturally
That brings me back to that not-so-simple “simple” solution I touched on earlier. Reducing the amounts of sugar and carbs you eat and getting up and moving more are indeed two of the best steps you can take to ward off diabetes.
In addition, though, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D—at least two studies have connected vitamin D deficiency and pre-diabetes—and monounsaturated fats (you can read more about the fat and diabetes connection here) in your diet.
Also, since everyone is different, you should be willing to give different supplements and alternative approaches a try such as…
- betulin (a birch-bark extract),
- benfotiamine (a fat-soluble synthetic version of thiamine),
- and trans-palmitoleic acid containing dairy products.
And if you’re a coffee drinker feel free to continue indulging—as research shows that coffee can play a key role in warding off Type 2 diabetes.
“Effect of intensive glucose lowering treatment on all cause mortality, cardiovascular death, and microvascular events in type 2 diabetes: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials,” BMJ, 2011 Jul 26;343:d4169. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4169
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