Blood Sugar Support

  1. HDL cholesterol boosted with almonds

    Go nuts over this cholesterol cure

    It's a natural treatment for cholesterol so simple that it's NUTS more doctors don't recommend it.

    But that could be about to change in a big way.

    New research shows how almonds can succeed where billions of dollars in research has failed -- and that's by improving your HDL cholesterol safely and effectively.

    HDL is the important "good" cholesterol that sweeps through and cleans up the bad stuff.

    Just a handful of almonds a day can raise those levels -- and that's, of course, good news.

    But let's talk more about cholesterol for a moment before I give you some even better news about nuts.

    All most doctors care about is the number: how much of it you have. And often, it's the only thing researchers even bother to look at.

    But cholesterol is more complicated, and the number alone isn't the only important measure.

    HOW it's used is every bit as important as HOW MUCH you have.

    And once again, it's almonds for the win, because the new study looks at this bigger picture and finds that these nuts not only increase HDL cholesterol, but also improve how it's used.

    Eating almonds each day can raise your levels of what's known as alpha-1 HDL cholesterol particles -- by a stunning 19 percent.

    If your "good" cholesterol is a sweeper of the "bad," then normal HDL particles are like a good broom... while the alpha-1 particles are more like a street cleaner. They're bigger, more powerful, and more effective.

    Because they're bigger, they can haul out more of the excess LDL cholesterol that you don't want building up inside your arteries. And bigger particles pulling out more cholesterol means an improvement in how well your HDL is working, which is measured with something called HDL function.

    And once again, it's almonds for the win: The study finds eating them daily will boost HDL function by 6.4 percent.

    You don't have to limit yourself to almonds. Studies show nuts overall pack big-time health benefits, not only helping to control cholesterol but also fighting off major diseases including cancer.

    Eating nuts has two other benefits as well.

    First, nuts are filling, which makes you less likely to snack on other junk. And second, when you're eating nuts, you're NOT eating chips and candy.

    It's addition by subtraction.

    I should add a note of caution here: It's easy to overdo it when it comes to nuts. Not only are they easy to overeat, but there are plenty of nut options out there that are more sugar than nut.

    If you want the benefits, avoid flavored and coated nuts and stick to the real deal instead... and in reasonable portions.

  2. Diabetes? You may not need those blood sugar tests

    Just say NO to finger prick blood tests!

    Most of us have no clue what the worst part of the day will be.

    But if you've got diabetes, you can take a pretty good guess: It'll be when you have to stab yourself in the finger and squeeze out a little blood to check your sugar levels.

    You've heard how you can't get blood from a stone? Sometimes it won't come out of your own finger either, and you have to keep jabbing yourself to get it.


    Of course, there's also the opposite problem: when the darned thing keeps bleeding.

    Throw in the risk of infection and the painful fingertips even in the best of times, and you've got the makings of misery right there.

    But now, there might be a way out.

    Turns out millions of diabetics DON'T need those painful daily tests!

    New research reveals a way to stop pricking your fingers -- possibly forever -- and it doesn't require other drugs or painful tests to take its place.

    The new study finds that in cases when you're not taking insulin, finger stick blood tests could be essentially meaningless, which would mean they're also completely unnecessary.

    The study focused on older diabetics with an average age of 61 who weren't on insulin shots and had had the disease for about eight years.

    Some were told to do the daily blood tests. Some got to do the blood tests with "enhanced" machines that give even more feedback. And some were told to skip the finger stick tests completely.

    One year later, none of it mattered.

    They all had the same blood sugar control... the same risk of eventually needing insulin... and the same odds of a hospital trip because of their diabetes.

    In other words, the day after day after day after day of stabbing the finger and squeezing a little blood out didn't make any significant difference.

    That means if you've got diabetes but aren't on insulin, you might be able to do away with this painful test, too.

    It's important not to stop this on your own but to work closely with your doc. If he signs off on the plan, don't just celebrate the fact that you no longer need to keep poking yourself.

    Get busy.

    Remember, this ONLY works if you're not on insulin. If you let your diabetes get worse and end up on the shots, it's back to drawing blood... and back to being in pain.

    So, get cracking on bringing blood sugar under control through your diet and with natural therapies -- including a surprising one I'll explain later today.

    Keep an eye on your inbox!

  3. This natural compound controls blood sugar

    The blood sugar secret hiding in your fridge It's the diabetes secret hiding in plain sight: a safe, natural and inexpensive compound that can FIGHT and even REVERSE one of the main symptoms of the disease. And odds are, it's sitting in your refrigerator right now! It's called sulforaphane, and it's a powerful disease-beating compound locked inside broccoli sprouts and...
  4. Cut blood sugar by standing and walking

    Blood sugar control is one of the toughest parts of diabetes, but you can gain better control over it by simply standing and walking.
  5. Blood sugar levels can fall too low

    Blood sugar levels can drop during a hospital stay, increasing your risk of complications and even death.
  6. Diet soda worsens blood sugar control

    Diet soda isn’t very “diet” at all. New research finds it can lead to worse blood sugar control and even slow your attempts at weight loss.
  7. Blood sugar drops as fat intake rises

    Blood sugar control doesn’t have to be a challenge. Cut your carbs and boost your intake of healthy fats, and those levels will plunge in a flash.
  8. Testosterone can help control blood sugar

    Testosterone isn’t just a sex hormone. It can also help control your blood sugar levels, especially if you have or are at risk for diabetes.
  9. Liraglutide

    Liraglutide, the popular diabetes med sold as Victoza, can wear out beta cells and make blood sugar harder to control over the long term.
  10. Blood sugar tests now recommended by USPSTF

    Blood sugar tests are now being recommended to millions of patients who are not diabetic -- and that’s good news, because even slightly elevated levels indicate risk.
  11. Slightly high blood sugar levels are still dangerous

    Beware! Nearly normal blood sugars can STILL kill Most mainstream doctors will watch your cholesterol levels like a hawk and practically forget about everything else. If you're not diabetic, they'll test your blood sugar once every year or so. But they won't really care about the number, as long as it falls within or even just above the "normal" range. And that could be a fatal mistake. Blood sugar plays a critical role in your health, even if you're not diabetic. Continue reading →
  12. Poor blood sugar control can lead to memory loss

    Your high blood sugar is ROTTING your brain Christmas is just a week away, and stores are flooded with last-minute shoppers desperately trying to cross those final items off their shopping lists. It's amazing what we put off until the last minute... until it's practically too late. And I'm not just talking about shopping -- I'm talking about serious health issues, too. Take your blood sugar levels for example. Most folks can rattle off the results of their last cholesterol test or blood pressure reading. But they don't give their blood sugar a second thought until they're staring a diabetes diagnoses square in the face. Continue reading →
  13. Pre-diabetes increases cancer risk

    Hidden illness boosts cancer risk 15% You don't have to be a diabetic to face many of the risks that come with diabetes. Even slightly elevated blood sugar levels can increase your risk of chronic disease, including deadly conditions such as cancer. For example, diabetics have a much higher risk of cancer in general than non-diabetics -- but new research confirms that this increased risk extends even to people with blood sugar levels that are elevated, but aren't quite at diabetic levels. Continue reading →
  14. Polyphenols can lower your blood sugar

    Natural control for high blood sugar If you're at risk for diabetes, then your doctor has almost certainly told you about the importance of controlling your blood sugar. I'm not going to sugarcoat it, he's right about that part. But what he does next is flat-out wrong, because if he's like most doctors he'll start you on drugs to control your high blood sugar -- drugs once given to diabetics, but now given to millions of pre-diabetics, too. And they're drugs you're expected to stay on for the rest of your life. Continue reading →

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