type 2 diabetes

  1. 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.

    But there's one supposed cure that I definitely don't recommend, and that's the dangerous stomach-shrinking surgeries making headlines lately.

    Sure, those procedures can take the weight off fast. And in two new studies, the results were so good that surgery is now being touted as a cure for the disease.

    In one, gastric bypass surgery brought blood-sugar levels down to normal in nearly half the diabetics who had it. In the other, 95 percent of diabetics who had biliopancreatic diversion surgery were in remission within a year, along with 75 percent of those who got the Roux-en-Y procedure.

    Some patients in both studies were able to stop meds before they even left the hospital -- and when you consider that diabetes drugs include some of the worst of the worst (Avandia, anyone?), I'm all for that.

    But a dangerous surgery isn't what I'd call the best alternative to drugs. Sure, it might lead to quick results -- but this is one case where you don't want to take any short cuts.

    That's because bariatric procedures don't cure the biggest diabetes risk factor of all, and that's the poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle that caused the disease in the first place.

    Just look at singer Carnie Wilson. She's not a diabetic -- not as far as I know, anyway -- but she recently made headlines for having a second Lap-Band surgery after the weight she lost from her first one came back.

    "I reverted back to old habits (like) mindless eating," she recently confessed in an interview. As a result, she went from 150 pounds after her last surgery... to 236 pounds before her second procedure.

    Her story isn't as unusual as it might sound. In fact, it's all too common -- and that's why surgery is a lousy choice, since studies show a significant number of people who get these surgeries relapse.

    Besides, you've got other options here.

    I know you do, because I've helped cure diabetic patients myself. I say "helped" because this is one case where a doctor can only do so much. The rest is up to you, and I won't lie: It takes hard work, dedication and discipline.

    But once you've done it, there's simply no going back to "mindless eating" or any of your other old bad habits -- and certainly no going back to a life of diabetes.

    Gentlemen, there's one more reason for you to lose weight whether you have diabetes or not. Keep reading for more.

  2. 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.

    Over the summer, researchers claimed that three months of 600 calories a day -- mostly in the form of diet shakes -- "cured" the disease in seven out of 11 patients.

    And now, in a dangerous game of "how low can you go," a different group of researchers claimed they were able to cure the disease on a diet of just 500 calories a day.

    This time, it took four months as researchers put 15 patients with type 2 diabetes onto the strict lifestyle, again based on meal replacement shakes. After the very first day, none of the patients needed insulin -- and after 16 weeks, they all lost weight, gained blood sugar control, and had improvements in their overall cardiovascular health.

    By some miracle, all 15 dieters managed to stay with the study -- and even 14 months after the four months of pure hell, most of the improvements remained (although many of the dieters regained at least some of their weight, of course).

    So is there something to all this? Maybe -- but why bother with it when there's a much better way?

    After all, you can beat and even cure your diabetes, starting today, and not have to count a single calorie or even surrender all hope of ever eating anything delicious again.

    Diets extremely low in carbohydrates have been shown to prevent, slow, stop and even reverse both diabetes and pre-diabetes to the point where even people who were once completely reliant on drugs and insulin no longer need their meds.

    And instead of hearing their stomachs growl all day, they get to enjoy grilled steaks, pork chops, chicken wings, real butter and more.

    Just last month, I told you how one version of the low-carb diet -- an all-natural diet called the "paleo" or "caveman" diet because it's based on what our ancient ancestors ate -- reversed pre-diabetes.

    So forget counting calories, diet shakes and any other gimmick that comes along. If you want to "cure" your diabetes -- or simply want to slash your risk of getting it in the first place -- cut down on the carbs instead.

  3. Docs: No more TV for tots

    The American Academy of Pediatrics got it all wrong on ADHD with its outrageous new screening guidelines -- but the organization did manage to hit one nail right on the head. And that's with the new advice on television and little kids: Keep it off.
  4. 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.

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