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  1. Wrong approach to obesity

    At least we're not getting fatter.

    The newest obesity numbers are in and, well, this is what passes for victory these days: Americans have had roughly the same rate of obesity for much of the past decade, with a little more than a third of us in need of plus-size clothing.

    That includes 17 percent of children, and represents almost no change since 2003.

    But is this really progress? We've got 78 million obese adults and 12.5 million obese kids, according to these new numbers from the CDC -- and tens of millions more are already overweight and ready to join their ranks.

    It's still a massive public health crisis -- but every crisis is an opportunity, and this is one opportunity the drug industry can't wait to sink its fangs into.

    Along with a host of bad weight-loss meds awaiting approval, Big Pharma is trying to push meds already on the market for other conditions -- including diabetes drugs.

    One new study has researchers practically giddy, claiming it shows that the new generation of diabetes meds -- GLP-1 agonists like Byetta and Bydureon -- can help obese non-diabetics lose weight.

    They claim these drugs helped some people lose 20 pounds -- and that in practice, they've seen patients drop up to 50 pounds while taking them.

    But just like scammy fad diet commercials, this one should come with a bold-face warning: RESULTS NOT TYPICAL.

    The study in BMJ didn't find that most people lost 50 pounds. It didn't even find that they lost 20 pounds -- or anything close to it.

    In fact, the average weight loss was just 6.4 pounds -- and who knows if that's even permanent. You might have to take the meds forever to keep that weight off.

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that's worth getting giddy over -- especially when you consider the side effects of these meds: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and more.

    Of course you'll lose some weight if you can't keep your food down -- and along with those stomach-turning side effects, GLP-1 agonists have been linked to pancreatitis as well as pancreatic and thyroid cancer.

    Who wants to risk all that to lose 6.4 pounds over 20 weeks?

    Forget meds. There's a much safer way to lose a lot more weight, and you don't need to swallow a single pill: Go sugar-free and low in carbs while eating fatty fish, farm-fresh chicken and grass-fed meats.

    It might take a little discipline -- but it's still a heck of a lot easier than taking diabetes meds for the rest of your life.

  2. 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

    Two new studies point to supposed cures for this disease that involve extreme and dramatic changes: in one case, an
    ultra-low calorie diet that borders on starvation... and in the other, a risky surgical procedure.

    In the first, researchers put 11 diabetics onto a diet of just 600 daily calories -- all in the form of diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables.

    After a week, morning blood-sugar levels had normalized -- but the torture didn't stop there. This went on for three
    whole months (making me wonder just who they recruited for this study).

    In any case, the researchers claim seven of the diabetics were cured, according to the study in Diabetologia.

    And if three months of near-starvation isn't extreme enough for you, another group of researchers is standing by with a study pushing stomach-shrinking surgery.

    Their analysis of nine studies finds that 83 percent of gastric bypass patients were able to quit diabetes meds after surgery, along with 62 percent of those who underwent gastric banding.

    But here's the dirty secret about weight-loss surgery: In addition to a high risk of complications ranging from severe bleeding problems to kidney failure, the procedures aren't very effective in the long run.

    Many people who undergo these surgeries ultimately regain some or even all of the weight -- even with a surgically
    shrunken stomach.

    The only reason it looks so good in the new review is that some of the studies in it followed patients for as little as a year -- which is no time at all when it comes to diabetes.

    Look at the long-term numbers, and it all falls apart: In one study included in the Archives of Surgery analysis, two-thirds of diabetics "cured" through surgery eventually lost control of their blood sugar in the decade following
    the procedure.

    Luckily, you don't need to starve yourself or suffer through a dangerous surgery to beat this disease -- just a commitment to a sugar-free, low-carb lifestyle.

    Many diabetics who make a real and permanent switch dramatically reduce their need for drugs -- and some no longer need any meds at all or even insulin.

    Don't wait for a diabetes diagnosis for this cure – make the change today, and you'll avoid the disease in the first place.

    I'm not done with diabetes yet -- keep reading for disease risk where you might not expect it.

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