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Diabetes drug pioglitazone could get personal: Neither panacea, nor peril

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May 05, 2016

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harold jitschak bueno de mesquita
May 09, 2016

All very informative.
Why should we keep shunning effective herbal medicines for diabetes [and in general]?
Poterium spinosum is one of the highly effective anti diabetic herbs[given as a tincture]
I learnt this some 30 years ago from Dr . R.F Weiss [ Lehrbuch der Phytotherapie, now also available in English], a very famous herbal doctor with huge experience.
Since then I have seen enough patients, some of them with a HbA1C of 9 which dropped to 6 or lower with this tincture where a diet alone would not have done this[but I do very much stress and instruct about the diet and movement]
Please look into this.
Alas the tincture is not widely available but that maybe because of the small demand for it.

Price Weston
May 07, 2016

People who take Metformin live longer than non-diabetic age-matched controls. It’s the only diabetic drug which could potentially extend lifespans in healthy people. This has been known for more than 10 years and some life-extensionists have been taking it all that time.

On the other hand, the ADA’s advice on diet (including the ACS, AMA, AHA, the NIH, the whole lot of medical acronyms) is horrible, 40 years old, and was bad 40 years ago. It is designed to maximize the carbs you consume and to consume it in a way that keeps your insulin up too high to enable stored fat to be mobilized for energy. Designed to keep people overweight and make weight loss very difficult. The only update has been advice to avoid trans fats. When I cut out trans fats more than 10 years ago after a heart attack, I was considered extreme for doing so. Back then, I switched to butter.

Jimmie J. Flaherty
May 06, 2016

In July of 2015, it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes. By the end of the July month, I was given a prescription for the Metformin. I stated with the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140. Without results to how for my hard work, I really panicked and called my doctor. His response? Deal with it yourself. I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research. Then I found Rachel’s great blog (google ” HOW I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) . I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next morning, my blood sugar was 100. Since then, I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s. My doctor was very surprised at the results that, the next week, he took me off the Metformin drug. I lost 30 pounds in my first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods

Maria Jasmine Freeman
May 07, 2016

Very true; our diet improves our health, not the least diabetes. New studies are documenting its effect even on the brain-mainly through promoting healthy gut bacteria, and I would not be surprised it is the same with diabetes!
I should assume you resorted to more grains, veggies, legumes, and sea -food, closer to the Mediterranean diet- the healthiest of all, right?! It would be appreciated if u could unveil that to us, for medical curiosity reasons, and also to benefit others.
Dr Hana Fayyad

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