1. Drug side effects make you feel worse

    Drug side effects make you worse

    If meds are supposed to make you better, why do so many of them leave you feeling as if you're at death's door?

    One reason, of course, is that many of today's most commonly used drugs aren't all they've cracked up to be. They don't work well, and even when they do they can pack enough drug side effects to make you regret taking them.

    A good doctor might even warn you about those risks.

    But there's another reason drugs can make you feel worse that your doctor almost certainly won't warn you about -- because he's not aware of it himself.

    And this is a case where ignorance definitely isn't bliss, because the drugs he prescribes for one disease can actually cause other conditions to get worse.

    Sadly, this isn't rare. It's all too common, with more than 1 in 5 seniors fighting multiple health conditions on a drug that's making one of those conditions worse, according to a new study.

    One common example: the beta blockers given to many patients with heart disease can actually worsen chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by increasing resistance in the airways.

    But that's hardly the only case.

    You name the disease, there's a drug out there that can turn it into a nightmare -- because common meds can worsen arthritis, diabetes, dementia, heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.

    Odds are, you or someone you know is taking one of these meds, because the new study published in PLoS One finds that 22.6 percent of seniors with multiple ailments are on meds for one disease that are known to make another one worse.

    That means there are two actions you need to take today.

    First, if you're being treated for chronic health problems of your own and find that at least one of seems to be getting worse, speak to your doctor about the possibility that it's your drug side effects.

    Make him do some homework and find other treatment options (and if he won't, see another doctor).

    And second, whether you're facing chronic health problems or just hoping to avoid them, the study shows why it's always better to seek nondrug treatments first -- because many conditions can be eased or corrected with natural remedies that won't cause more problems than they solve.

    That's why I always recommend working closely with an experienced holistic medical doctor.

  2. Breakfast can help you avoid metabolic syndrome

    Good health starts at breakfast

    Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day -- and you know what? She was right.

    A good morning meal can set your body up for the rest of the day, giving you energy, controlling your blood sugar and cutting off cravings before they even start.

    Now, new research shows what happens if you spend years skipping breakfast, and it's not pretty: You could gain a whole bunch of weight and even find yourself battling metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

    In the study, researchers tracked a group of teens for an average of nearly three decades. That's from high school right up through middle age. And by the time these "kids" were pushing 50, the ones who ate breakfast regularly were in much better shape overall.

    The ones who skipped it? They were pictures of poor health, up to 68 percent more likely to be suffering from metabolic syndrome than the ones who followed mom's advice to eat breakfast every day.

    That means missing breakfast could put you on the path toward diabetes, heart disease and an early death. And while the patients in the study were kids -- at least at the start -- other studies have found similar results at nearly every age.

    It's even true over the short term. For example, dieters who think skipping breakfast will help them to lose weight actually find just the opposite is true.

    One recent study even found that dieters who make sure to eat breakfast every day lose weight faster than dieters who skip the meal -- in part because when you force yourself to go hungry, you overcompensate later on.

    And by the end of the day, you're eating everything in sight -- up to 20 percent more at lunch alone, according to another recent study.

    So go ahead and eat your breakfast. Just be sure you eat right. Toast and cereal washed down with OJ might make for the kind of breakfast you see in TV commercials, but a truly healthy breakfast starts with eggs.

    Eggs can help you feel fuller longer, so you don't overeat later in the day. You can read more about that in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. Omega-3s and metabolic syndrome

    The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can protect the heart, especially in people with metabolic syndrome, according to a new study.
  4. Flavonoids can prevent diabetes

    Certain flavonoids can help control blood sugar and may prevent diabetes, according to a new study.
  5. Beat diabetes risk factors with diet

    Switching to a Mediterranean diet with olive oil can help you to avoid diabetes even if you're already at risk for it.
  6. Pre-diabetics don’t know the risks they face

    Many people with the early warning signs of diabetes don't realize they're at risk of getting the disease -- even after a doctor tells them they're at risk.
  7. Too much insulin can damage the brain

    Too much insulin can damage the brain and lead to memory loss -- which is why diabetics are especially prone to dementia.
  8. Mild depression in diabetics can lead to mobility problems

    Depressed diabetics have a higher risk of worsening disease and even physical problems.
  9. Effects of obesity can kill you

    Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and death even if you appear to be healthy by every other measure.
  10. Metformin side effects don’t protect heart

    The diabetes drug metformin is often given to people with heart disease, but new research shows it does practically nothing for these patients.
  11. Magnesium benefits reduce disease risk

    Essential mineral magnesium could reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 50 percent and your colon cancer risk by 11 percent or more.
  12. High-fructose corn syrup is linked to diabetes and weight gain

    The cheap sweetener high-fructose corn syrup used in nearly everything is linked to faster weight gain, diabetes, and more.
  13. Side effects of antidepressants cause diabetes

    Common antidepressants used by millions can increase your risk of diabetes, according to new research.
  14. Diabetes causes brain atrophy

    Diabetes can shrink your brain, causing the damage that can lead to dementia and even Alzheimer's disease.
  15. Blueberries can chase diabetes away

    Eating fruit can slash your risk of diabetes, according to new research. Drinking fruit juice, on the other hand, can actually increase your risk.
  16. How helpful bacteria can fight disease

    Having the right blend of probiotic bacteria in your stomach can help you to lose weight, fight diabetes and stay healthy, according to new research.
  17. Diabetics more likely to suffer physical disabilities

    Diabetics are up to 80 percent more likely to suffer from disability.
  18. Diet soda increases risk of obesity and disease

    There's nothing "diet" about diet soft drinks -- because new research confirms they can lead to weight gain and disease.
  19. Stop prediabetic from turning into diabetic

    The best way to stop prediabetes from turning into real diabetes is weight loss -- and new research shows how.
  20. Lose weight to prevent diabetes

    Diabetics who lose weight need fewer meds, are less likely to be hospitalized and enjoy a better quality of life than diabetics who don't.

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