diabetes meds

  1. New warning over diabetes med

    If you're taking diabetes meds, there's an urgent new warning out there that you just have to see.

    Public Citizen is urging the FDA to ban the drug Victoza because of links to thyroid cancer, pancreatitis, and severe allergic reactions.

    In addition, Public Citizen says patients who take this injectable med have quadruple the risk of acute pancreatitis of those who take other diabetes meds. The group estimates that up to 2,000 patients have gotten the condition from the drug since it was approved in 2010.

    Naturally, the company that makes the drug insists that it's safe. What else would they say? I have yet to see a drug maker respond to a safety warning with an apology.

    But the drug's own label tells me this stuff is bad news. It says right on it that it has caused thyroid cancer in lab animals -- and while it also says it's unclear whether that risk extends to humans, that's clear enough for me.

    If you're a patient taking this med -- and with $1 billion in sales last year, I know plenty of patients are -- talk to your doctor about your other options.

    Of course, most doctors will just shift you from one bad med to another. And if you have diabetes, odds are you're taking several bad meds at the same time.

    That's why I recommend that diabetics work with a holistic doctor instead -- because in many cases, holistic doctors can help their patients find the natural alternatives that can reduce their meds.

    Considering the risks of these meds, fewer is better. But there's something even better than fewer -- and that's none at all.

    You've heard that you can't cure diabetes, but you heard wrong. By committing to healthy lifestyle changes, you can reach the point where you'll no longer need meds or even insulin.

    I know you can, because I've seen it happen in my own clinic time and again.

  2. Dangerous meds for little girls

    It's one of the worst ideas I've ever seen from the mainstream -- and that's saying a lot.

    An outrageous new study is pushing powerful diabetes meds on girls as young as 8 years old who don't even have the disease in a bizarre effort to preserve their fertility decades later.

    Researchers claim their study shows that the drug metformin can help prevent polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS -- a
    hormonal imbalance that's one of the leading causes female infertility.

    In reality, the study doesn't even show that much -- but if it did, there are other safer ways to beat the condition.

    I'll get to those in the moment.

    First, the details: Researchers recruited 38 8-year-old girls (presumably through their parents) who had some of the key risk factors for PCOS: low birth weight and early appearance of pubic hair.

    Half were given metformin for four years between the ages of 8 and 12, while the rest got the drug for just one year at the age of 12.

    By 15, the girls who were on the drug for four years were up to 8 times less likely to have some of the later signs of PCOS, including menstruation problems, acne, abnormal hair growth, and higher levels of male hormones.

    Obviously, there's no indication of whether or not these girls experienced fertility problems, but the researchers say they plan to track them until the age of 18 to see what else happens.

    But really, why bother?

    PCOS doesn't have a single "right" answer and there's no surefire cure for it -- and metformin won't turn out to be one, either.

    If it works even a little, it's because the condition appears to be related to diabetes: Women who suffer from PCOS have a higher risk of insulin resistance and a higher risk of the disease itself.

    The most promising treatment for both PCOS and diabetes isn't a drug -- it's lifestyle changes, and many of the women who've made those changes have been able to get both under control.

    One study from 2005 found that six months of a low-carb diet improved weight as well as testosterone and insulin levels in obese women who suffered from PCOS. A study last year found similar results from a low-glycemic diet, which is similar to a low-carb diet.

    Since eating right can make anyone healthier at any age, this one's a no-brainer: Don't give a little girl drugs for a condition she doesn't even have -- just put better food on the table every night, and the entire family will benefit.

  3. Diabetes 'cures' you don't need

    The mainstream is finally ready to admit you can beat diabetes without meds -- too bad they're still on the wrong track!
  4. The real cure for diabetes

    Many diabetics treat their condition as a lifetime sentence to drugs and insulin--but it doesn't have to be that way for you.

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