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Benefits of Bergamot

Benefits of Bergamot

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Last Reviewed 08/20/2014

Learn about the many benefits of bergamot, including its ability to safely and naturally lower LDL cholesterol and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

Follow a Fructose-Free Diet

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Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Discover how a fructose-free diet, as suggested by Dr. Whitaker, could help you avoid serious health conditions, including Alzheimer’s, cataracts and diabetes.

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Filed Under: General Health

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Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Many people dealing with diabetes admit that they never saw the disease coming because they never felt sick. There are, however, a few common type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms you should be aware of.

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Why Diabetes Drugs Fail Patients

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes drugs give doctors and patients a false sense of security and get in the way of solving the real issues. The only way to “solve” diabetes is to eat right, lose weight, and exercise. Here’s my drug-free solution for doing just that.

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5 Nutrients that Can Stop the Diabetes-Heart Disease Epidemic

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Among your most powerful weapons against both high blood sugar and heart disease are regular exercise and the right nutritional supplements. And folks, we have nutrients whose benefits can run rings around prescription drugs—and that’s without the high price tag or harmful side effects.

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Prevent Diabetes By Eating Fish

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Last Reviewed 06/29/2014

Discover from Dr. Whitaker why eating fish can help prevent diabetes and why other sources of animal protein actually increase your risk of developing diabetes.

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Managing Insulin Resistance

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn more about Dr. Julian Whitaker’s natural diet and lifestyle changes that can help you in managing your insulin resistance and prevent type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes Tip: How to Remember Your Supplements

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the toughest parts of diabetes management—or maintaining good health in general—is remembering to take your nutritional supplements every day.A colleague of mine said she can’t remember how many times she’s stood in the kitchen and asked her husband if she took her vitamins yet, or not.

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Diabetes Tip: Get Wet!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Water supports your weight so your joints don’t take the pounding they receive when you exercise on land, making it ideal for people with arthritis or musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, you can swim or exercise in water regardless of your age or physical condition.

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Filed Under: General Health

Beware of Liver Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease afflicts roughly one in four Americans, and it is not caused by alcohol or a virus. It is caused by obesity and insulin resistance—and at least half of all type 2 diabetics are affected.

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Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When it comes to supporting healthy blood sugar levels, the first thing you need to become aware of is how quickly your body breaks down certain foods into glucose. Here's how to do that.

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Heal Diabetic Ulcers With Sugar

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When white sugar or honey is packed on top of and inside an open wound, it dissolves in the fluid exuding from the wound and creates a hyperosmotic, or highly concentrated medium in which bacteria cannot exist. This curbs infection.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Stress Less, Stay Healthy

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s true what they say: Laughter is the best medicine. In addition to reducing stress, it increases circulation, reduces muscular tension, and just plain feels good. It’s impossible to experience genuine humor and feel angry, depressed, or anxious at the same time. 

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Routine Testing of Blood Sugar Levels is Not Necessary

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For individuals with type 1 diabetes, regular testing of blood sugar levels is essential because it may lead to adjustments in insulin dosing. But for those with type 2 diabetes, I feel that incessant testing is not only unnecessary, it’s debilitating.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Create a Support System

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Choose a friend or family member that you can regularly check in with regarding your diet and exercise plan. You can share tips and recipes, keep each other motivated, and turn to one another for support if you find yourself slipping or wanting to give up.

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Fiber: The Amazing Diabetes Fighter

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Fiber slows absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, promoting a gradual rise in blood sugar levels, followed by a gradual release of insulin. It also improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Meditate Your Stress Away

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Stress can deplete your adrenals, leading to a sluggish metabolism, and can completely wipe out your willpower, causing you to overeat or eat emotionally. This makes weight loss a real challenge. One way to deal with stress that I use and recommend to my patients is meditation.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Let the Sun Shine In

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

When you really think about it, the principle behind weight loss is pretty simply: eat less and exercise more. But there are nutrient deficiencies that can affect your weight, and one of those involves good old vitamin D.

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Treatments to Defeat Diabetic Neuropathy

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you or someone you know is dealing with diabetic neuropathy, you are aware just how painful and debilitating this condition can be. The numbness, discomfort, and loss of sensation in the extremities isn’t just inconvenient—it can cause real problems.

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A Sweet Cure From the Kitchen

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cinnamon’s medicinal benefits, as well as its culinary uses, keep it in high esteem—and for good reason .In addition, cinnamon has been shown to drive down triglycerides 23 to 30 percent and LDL cholesterol 7 to 27 percent over a 40-day period.

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The Benefits of HCA Supplements

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Discover why Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends an HCA supplement, a powerful, natural Garcinia cambogia extract, to aid in his patients’ weight-loss goals.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Veg Out!

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

We've all been told that eating fruits and vegetables is good for us, but very few people actually consume even the minimum five recommended servings a day. This is a travesty, as these foods play an integral role in getting—and staying—healthy.

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Vitamin E for Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Genetic tests are available, but my recommendation to anyone living with diabetes is to take at least 300 IU of natural vitamin E every day. In fact, because other studies suggest that this vitamin protects against the onset of diabetes, I encourage everyone, regardless of health status, to take natural vitamin E.

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Walk It Out

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When I say “exercise” that doesn’t mean you have to be a jock…you just have to move. And my favorite way to get moving is to take a brisk walk with a little slow jogging and occasional bursts of running mixed in.

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The Fantastic Health Benefits of Fiber

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The latest research suggests that getting plenty of fiber may not only go a long way toward preventing type 2 diabetes, but can also lower blood sugar levels in those already diagnosed with the disease.

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Is Diet a Viable Natural Diabetes Treatment?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined the effects of a Mediterranean diet versus a low-fat diet in 215 overweight patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Half of the group was instructed to follow the Mediterranean diet and the other half went the low-fat route.

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A Sweet Solution for Treating Diabetes Complications

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

White table sugar, poured into diabeteic wounds and wrapped up with an occlusive dressing, has been used to dress open wounds for at least 5,000 years. In fact, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all used honeyto treat open wounds and burns.

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Special Note About Type 1 Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 1 diabetes results from the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin. If you’re dealing with type 1 diabetes you should adhere to the recipes for diabetics, you should take supplements for diabetes, and you should strive to exercise regularly.

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The Dangers of Diabetes Drugs

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The most common side effects of drugs prescribed to people managing diabetes are weight gain, gastrointestinal upset, and, sometimes serious liver problems. One diabetes drug in particularwas demonstrated to more than double the death rate from heart attack or stroke! 

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People Living With Diabetes Suffer Increased Health Risks

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Living with diabetes puts you at a dramatically increased risk of premature death and disability. People with diabetes are two to three times more likely to die from heart disease than those with normal blood sugar levels, and they are five times more likely to have a stroke.

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Type 2 Diabetes Is No Longer an Adult Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 2 diabetes, sometimes referred to as “adult-onset” diabetes, was once considered an adult-only condition has grown at epidemic rates in children. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes.

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Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There are a few common type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms: overweightness with the distribution of weight most commonly in the abdominal area and inactiveness. 

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Diabetes Is Much Too Serious to Ignore

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Few people flirting with borderline elevated blood sugar levels realize how important it is to get this situation under control right away. Most folks are unaware of the many diabetic complications, and that this disease is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations.

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Let's Talk About Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of disorders that includes obesity (particularly abdominal obesity), high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol (often referred to as “good” cholesterol, since it ushers excess cholesterol out of the body), and increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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Another Diabetes Success Story

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Within two weeks of his first infrared light treatment, William noticed less pain in his feet and ankles. A week later, he was able to get around the house and go up and down the stairs without relying on his cane. And at the end of his five-week stay in California, he was virtually pain-free.

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Three Natural Ways to Manage Diabetic Neuropathy

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetic neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that affects many people living with diabetes.  In addition to being quite painful, it can also be debilitating.  Fortunately, there are three effective, natural remedies to treat this common diabetes complication.

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Treat Diabetic Complications

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The diabetic condition causes increased urination and essentially acts as a diuretic, washing away magnesium, zinc, folic acid, and other vital nutrients from the body. Supplementing with high levels of these vitamins and minerals helps compensate for nutritional deficiencies and protect against diabetic complications.

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Antioxidants Are Key When Managing Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As you strive to control blood sugar levels, it’s important to remember the role antioxidants play in managing diabetes. In order to get a handle on this condition, you’ll need to shore up on these important nutrients.

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Diabetes Depletes Vital Vitamins and Minerals

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes is a nutritionally wasting disease. Massive amounts of nutrients are lost as the kidneys rid the body of excess glucose by increasing urination, so the first step is replacement of these lost nutrients.

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Vanadium Mimics Insulin

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Supplementation with vanadyl sulfate and other vanadium compounds markedly lowers fasting glucose and improves other measures of diabetes. In a number of animal studies, this mineral has actually eliminated diabetes.

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Chromium: A Primary Natural Treatment for Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Chromium is a trace mineral that improves the action of insulin and helps move glucose and other nutrients into the cells. It has also been shown to facilitate weight loss, making it a key nutrient if you have type 2 diabetes. 

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What Is Type 2 Diabetes?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 2 diabetes, sometimes referred to as non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, is marked by elevated blood glucose levels. 

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Let's Talk About Type 1 Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Type 1 diabetes, sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes because it usually appears before the age of 20 (though it can crop up at any age), results from the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin.

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Maintain Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

In more than 30 years of treating thousands of type 2 diabetics at the Whitaker Wellness Institute, I’ve found that drugs are rarely necessary. Instead, I rely on alternative diabetes treatments, including a comprehensive diet, exercise, and weight loss program, and natural agents that lower blood sugar.

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Manage Diabetes with Exercise

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley who followed almost 6,000 men for 14 years determined that increased physical activity was especially protective for men with the highest risk of developing diabetes.

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Diet Is Important When Managing Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Refined carbohydrates and sugars are rapidly broken down into glucose, driving up blood sugar levels and placing an increased burden on normal metabolic processes. Please avoid them whenever possible. 

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Diabetes and the Western Diet

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the primary reasons we’re seeing a worldwide glut of insulin-resistant diabetes is because more and more emerging nations are adopting the Western diet that we’ve “enjoyed” for years. 

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Diabetes is a Silent Killer

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Diabetes is a fearsome disorder, yet one we take much too lightly. Few people flirting with borderline elevated blood sugar levels realize the urgency of managing diabetes in its early stages. 

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Diabetes Treatments: HBOT and EECP

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

f you’re living with diabetes, you’ll be interested in learning about these two treatments used at the Whitaker Wellness Institute—hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP). They’re both all about oxygen.

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Diabetes Treatment: EDTA Chelation

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Because it helps improve blood flow and promotes arterial health, EDTA chelation is also effective for treating diabetes. It is just one of the many alternative treatments for diabetes that is studied and used regularly at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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Sugar Dressings for Diabetic Ulcers

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When sugar or honey is packed on top of and inside of an open wound, it dissolves in the fluid exuding from the wound, creating a highly concentrated medium. Bacteria cannot exist in this environment, and infection is dramatically curbed. 

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Does Low Testosterone Lead to Diabetes?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

With all the focus on treating diabetes with drugs, underlying causes of the condition are rarely considered. One potential contributor is low testosterone, which affects one in three diabetic men. 

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A Diabetes Success Story

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

After hitting rock bottom, R.B. came to the Whitaker Wellness Institute and started on a comprehensive nutritional regimen, which included high doses of antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and targeted nutrients and herbs to help control her blood sugar. 

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Fish Oil's Role in Managing Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, people dealing with diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes, were advised to avoid fish oil supplements, due to their presumably negative effects on the body’s ability to control blood sugar. However, this is not true.

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Natural Diabetes Treatment: Glucomannan

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’re trying to manage diabetes and need a little extra help to control your weight, glucomannan may be just for you. This water-soluble fiber works by absorbing water, which increases bulk, helping to reduce appetite and produce feelings of satiety. 

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Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

B-complex vitamins, particularly B6 and B12, are vital for the health of people who have diabetes. That’s because these vitamins support nerve health, which is critical when addressing conditions such as diabetic neuropathy.

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Can People Living With Diabetes Drink Alcohol?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Because alcoholic drinks contain a fair amount of calories derived from sugars, conventional wisdom has long held that people with diabetes should avoid alcohol. However we now know that judicious use of alcohol actually enhances insulin sensitivity. 

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Why Are Natural Treatments for Diabetes Often Ignored?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Numerous scientific studies support diet and exercise as a safe, natural remedy for diabetes. Yet the vast majority of physicians continue to jeopardize the health of patients seeking to manage diabetes by focusing strictly on lowering blood sugar with costly and dangerous drugs.

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The Downsides of Supplemental Insulin

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Although most people think injected insulin is reserved for type 1 diabetes, more than one in four people with type 2 diabetes use insulin. And, in most of those cases, it just makes things worse.

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Manage Diabetes with Cinnamon

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cinnamon contains an ingredient called methylhydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP), which is very helpful for treating diabetes. You see, in addition to being a potent antioxidant, MHCP also improves insulin sensitivity. 

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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, doctors have known the potential dangers of oral hypoglycemic drugs. When are we going to learn—rather, when are we going to accept—that oral medications used to treat type 2 diabetes actually do more harm than good?

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Lose Weight, Lose Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

To show you how making a commitment to lifestyle changes is one of the best preventive methods for reversing diabetes, I want to share one of my favorite diabetes success stories. It comes from a gentleman named J.D.

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Diabetes and Glaucoma

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing more severe forms of glaucoma because, in addition to the damage to nerves and blood vessels in the eye caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels, abnormal eye pressure related to glaucoma causes additional problems.

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Diabetes and Retinopathy

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Retinopathy is one of the more serious diabetes complications that affects the eyes—and the longer you’ve been living with diabetes, the higher your risk of developing this condition. 

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Diabetes and Cataracts

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you have type 2 diabetes, you are at a much higher risk of developing cataracts. Part of the reason for the increased risk relates to how cataracts are formed in the first place. 

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Nourish Your Nerves

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There are a number of alternative treatments for diabetes that can help prevent nerve damage, including a few key supplements I know are effective. Let's take a look at them.

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The Power of Vinegar

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers studying the effects of vinegar on people living with diabetes found that two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar reduced glucose and insulin response and helped to better control blood sugar when taken just before a high-carbohydrate meal.

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Diabetes and Kidney Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A primary reason for the upsurge in kidney disease is our epidemic of diabetes. One-quarter to one-third of people with this condition develop diabetic nephropathy, which is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease.

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The Connection Between Diabetes and Alzheimer's

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers from Brown University compared the brain tissue with that of people who did not have a history of diabetes. In every case, insulin-related abnormalities normally associated with advanced stages of diabetes were noted.

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Diabetes and Activity Level

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Regular exercise is a must if you’re looking to maintain a healthy weight and control blood sugar levels. Aerobic exercise will lower blood sugar and burn calories, while resistance training, such as weightlifting, builds muscle and improves long-term insulin sensitivity. 

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Diabetes and Weight

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the most significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes is obesity. Statistics show that 90 percent of all people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. In fact, the link between diabetes and obesity is so strong that it’s led to the coining of a new term, diabesity.

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Managing Diabetes with Vanadium

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Vanadium, a trace mineral, is an excellent natural treatment for diabetes. I believe it is one of the most effective and intriguing blood sugar supplements. In fact, studies show that vanadium (as vanadyl sulfate) mimics insulin in the body and helps maintain blood sugar levels well within the healthy range.

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Living with Diabetes? Enjoy Dark Chocolate

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

While it is true that chocolate has fat and calories, its health benefits cannot be denied, even to people living with diabetes. Italian researchers have discovered that dark chocolate significantly improves markers of insulin sensitivity.

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Diabetes Complication #2: Foot Problems

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the most common diabetes complications is problems with the feet. For people with diabetic neuropathy, diminished sensation in the feet can lead to a host of problems. Small blisters or scrapes on the feet are minor problems that go away within days, but for people living with diabetes, they can spell disaster.

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Diabetes Complication #1: Heart Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People living with diabetes are still at a much higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from cardiovascular disease. They’re also more likely to be concerned about their blood pressure health. Why is this? 

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Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

People with the type 2 form don’t experience the same diabetes signs and symptoms as those with Type 1. In fact, many of them have no symptoms at all. The disease is often discovered only during a routine blood test when a high fasting blood glucose reading, usually in the 150 to 300 mg/dL range, is noted.

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Treating Diabetes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The ability to manage blood sugar levels is largely an issue of lifestyle. Diabetes is a fearsome disorder, yet one we take much too lightly.

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Could Quitting Smoking Actually Increase Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Quitting smoking reduces your risk of nearly every serious disease, including heart disease and an assortment of lung ailments and cancers. But the connection between smoking and diabetes is clear if you've ever known someone who quit or you've tried it yourself—it's the link between type 2 diabetes and weight.

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