1. Diabetes risk factors

    Another reason to avoid diabetes

    Navigating life with diabetes is like trying to tiptoe through a minefield: Everywhere you turn, there's another problem waiting to be added to the list of diabetes risk factors.

    Heart disease, stroke, neuropathy and sores that can lead to amputations lurk around every corner.

    And always hiding in the shadows is cancer.

    New research of diabetes risk factors confirms what we've seen before: Diabetics have a higher risk of cancer and a higher risk of dying from the disease.

    Diabetics getting regular insulin shots are four times more likely to die within a year of a cancer diagnosis and five times more likely to die within five years than non-diabetics.

    For diabetics not getting insulin, the risk is 10 percent higher within a year and 50 percent higher within five years, according to the study in Diabetologia.

    Many cancers feed off sugar -- and when you have excess sugar in the blood, as happens with diabetics who need insulin (that's why they need it in the first place), you could be giving the cancer just what it needs to grow.

    Along with out-of-control blood sugar, many of the other conditions that accompany diabetes -- as well as the poor diet that often causes the disease in the first place -- can also increase the risk of cancer.

    As a result, other studies have shown that diabetics are especially prone to cancers of the liver, pancreas, breast, colon and more.

    That's the bad news.

    The good news today is that it's not too late to take action to lower your diabetes risk factors.

    If you don't have diabetes, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and old-fashioned good nutrition can ensure you never get it -- and that's true even if you have pre-diabetes.

    And if you already have diabetes, it's still not too late.

    Dietary changes and a few key supplements can do more for your body than drugs ever will. And in some cases, these changes can slow and even reverse the disease.

    Some people can even be cured.

    I recommend working closely with a holistic medical doctor.

    And if you're in Southern California, I can help.

    Contact my office to make an appointment to see me at my clinic outside San Diego. And if you can't make it to sunny Southern California, I'm also available for phone consultations. Call 855-DOC-MARK to learn more or schedule yours.

  2. A very low calorie diet can reverse diabetes

    Cut the calories to fight diabetes

    When you get down to it, beating diabetes doesn't have to be all that complicated.

    All you need is a back-to-basics approach -- and you can start by getting back to basics with your diet.

    That's why the first step I take with most of my own diabetic patients is to put them onto a very low-calorie diet for several weeks -- and now, new research backs my approach, confirming that very low-calorie diet is every bit as effective as weight-loss surgery when it comes to reversing the damage of this disease.

    In the three-week study comparing 14 diabetics on a very low-calorie diet to 11 gastric bypass patients, everyone lost roughly the same amount of weight.

    So far, so good -- but you know as well as I do that turning diabetes around means more than just losing weight. And in this case, the patients on the low-calorie diet did more than just lose weight.

    They cut insulin secretion in half -- or, again, the same improvement seen in the surgery patients.

    They even had similar improvements in the function of the beta cells, which are the cells in the pancreas responsible for releasing insulin when necessary.

    In essence, the study shows that diet alone can bring about the same benefits as surgery by some of the most important measures for diabetics -- but without any of the risks of surgery.

    The only potential pitfall is the actual number of calories: just 500 per day.

    While I've certainly seen research to back that number for short-term dieting in diabetics, I've also found that not everyone needs to cut back to that level for effective diabetes control.

    The most important thing to realize here is that a very low calorie diet such as this one should only be done under the supervision of an experienced doctor, ideally a holistic physician who can monitor your progress and ensure that you get proper nutrition as you cut back on food intake.

    In my own clinic, I combine the low-calorie approach with specific nutrients as well as supplementation with the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).

    If you're diabetic and ready to take charge of your disease, speak to a holistic physician today.

  3. Magnesium helps control insulin and cut cancer risk

    The mineral magnesium can slash the risk of colon cancer, especially in overweight patients.
  4. Obesity is the number two cause of cancer

    Obesity is a major cause of cancer, second only to smoking.
  5. The wrong way to 'cure' diabetes

    Despite what you've heard, type-2 diabetes doesn't have to be a lifelong sentence. You don't have to live with the disease or even "manage" it. It can be cured -- and I mean really, truly cured: No more drugs, and no more insulin.
  6. Don't go low-cal to fight diabetes

    I can't think of any good reason to ever starve yourself on purpose -- but researchers keep pushing ultra-low calorie diets for everything from longevity to disease prevention. The latest: A new push to brand these extreme and dangerous diets as a "cure" for diabetes.
  7. The part-time diet that really works

    Researchers put women on a low-carb diet up against women on a low-calorie diet -- but with a huge catch: The low-carb eaters would stick to the plan for just two days a week… and eat whatever they wanted the rest of the time.
  8. Slash your diabetes risk with this simple vitamin

    It's so easy it seems unreal: A key weapon in the fight against diabetes might be hovering right outside your window, right now. It's the sun -- the primary source of vitamin D, and a new study shows how this pancreas-boosting super nutrient can help stop the disease before it starts.
  9. 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!

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