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Posted: Feb 8, 2008 7:11am
May 5, 2007
Diabetes drugs 'unjustified'
Friday, 27 Apr 2007 13:02

http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/health/pharmaceutical/diabetes-drugs-unjustified-$1080251.htm


Taking prescription drugs to prevent diabetes is "impossible" to justify, researchers have claimed.

Instead, US scientists say, people at risk of the condition should use equally effective lifestyle changes such as weight loss and physical activity.

A recent trial found that the drug rosiglitazone reduces the risk of diabetes in people likely to develop it.

But writing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers from the Mayo clinic in the US and McMaster University claim that "aggressively marketing" the drug as a preventative method "will bring harms and additional costs while the benefits for patients remain questionable".

Research outlined in the BMJ found that modest weight loss and physical activity can bring a 58 per cent reduction in risk of diabetes.

Although several trials have assessed the ability of drugs to prevent diabetes [glitazones], none have shown evidence of improving outcomes important to patients, the US team claims, and evidence has emerged of a number of serious side-effects of the drugs.

"If clinicians offer patients glitazones to prevent diabetes, they are offering certain inconvenience, cost, and risk for largely speculative benefit," the researchers write today.

"Lifestyle changes are clearly at least as effective as glitazones and can be implemented considerably more cheaply."

They conclude: "Clinical use of glitazones to prevent diabetes is, at present, impossible to justify because of unproved benefit on patient important outcomes or lasting effect on serum glucose, increased burden of disease labelling, serious adverse effects, increased economic burden, and availability of effective, less costly lifestyle measures."

Diabetes UK, the country's largest organisation working on diabetes, has said that lifestyle changes are key to reducing the number of people with diabetes.

"Eating a healthy, balanced diet and taking regular physical activity is essential in managing and, in some cases of type two diabetes, preventing the condition," said Jemma Edwards, care advisor at Diabetes UK

"The more people we can get that message to, the more cases of type two diabetes we hope can be prevented through simple lifestyle changes."
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Posted: May 5, 2007 12:36am
May 11, 2006
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The Diabetes Epidemic
by Dr. Jim Carey, PhD

For all the government hype about a potential Bird Flu epidemic, it's amazing they're not addressing the Diabetes Epidemic in America. Here in Georgia nearly 8 percent of adults have type-2 diabetes, and diabetes costs Georgians $4 Billion in medical costs and lost productivity every year. Nationally, diabetes accounts for 11% of all health care spending.

Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and it is estimated that for every person that dies from diabetes, the disease contributes to the death of two more.

Many others live with the devastating consequences of the disease, which includes kidney failure, blindness, leg amputation, heart attack and stroke.

Also alarming is that cases are up 133% over the last eight years.

Type-1 diabetes, also called juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes, begins almost exclusively in children and usually lasts a lifetime. Type-2 diabetes, the most common form, is the form that's exploding across America. While there is probably a genetic component to the disease, it's main component is "environmental," that is, excess body fat, which makes the body "resistant" to insulin.

Type-2 diabetes used to be a rarity in children; now children with type-2 diabetes account for as much as two-thirds of new cases.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

Obesity: A body mass index (BMI) greater than 27 increases the risk of diabetes. To calculate you BMI, go here: http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/.

Apple Shape: There is an increased risk of diabetes in African American, White and Latino women with a waist measurement over 35 inches and men with a waist measurement over 40 inches. The limits are lower for people of Asian background.

Ethnic Origin: There is a higher risk for African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Childbirth: Having had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs. at birth increases risk.

Age: Risks increase after age 45.

Family History of Diabetes.

Sedentary Lifestyle.

Early Symptoms of Diabetes

You may be at risk if you experience any of the following:

Excessive Thirst
Extreme Hunger
Frequent Urination
Increased Fatigue
Unusual Weight Loss
Irritability
Blurry Vision

Sources: Lawrence Phillips, MD, former program director of the General Clinical Research Center at Emory University, Atlanta, Frank Bowyer, Pediatric Endocrinologist, and the National Institute of Health.

Prevention and Treatment

One of the things that amazed me when I was Director of Creative Health Institute was how well, and quickly, diabetes responded to a living foods lifestyle. I saw people stabilize their blood sugar at normal levels often within days of arriving at the Center, and have heard testimonies from people who have been off of insulin, or any other diabetes drugs, for over 20 years.

This includes both type-1 and type-2 diabetes. Type-1 takes longer to treat, and some type-1 diabetics never do overcome their dependence on insulin. But type-2 diabetes usually responds in a matter of days as people adopt raw living foods and regular exercise as a lifestyle.

Like any disease, the best treatment is prevention. That's why, at 51 years old, I adopted the living foods lifestyle. To see my before and after photos, visit http://chidiet.com/news/LivingFoodsNews20060429.htm#whatraw.

Sergei Boutenko overcame his diabetes with the living foods lifestyle 12 years ago. Victoria Boutenko tells the story in her book, Green for Life (http://chidiet.com/books.htm#Green), and her video, Greens Can Save Your Life (http://chidiet.com/tapes.htm#v64).

Victoria Boutenko wrote a good article about the living foods lifestyle and diabetes in her April newsletter: http://chidiet.com/news/RawFamilyNewsletterApril2006.htm.

Do your kids refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced on TV? Children learn by watching their parents, so setting a good example of healthy eating is important, the Nemours Foundation says. Children who participate in family meals are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables, and less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. They are also less likely to indulge in smoking, drug and alcohol abuse: http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060418/hl_hsn/healthtipgetyourkidstoeathealthy.

On getting outside and getting more exercise: http://chidiet.com/news/LivingFoodsNews20060429.htm#nature.

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Diabetics Need Intense GREENS! How to Easily Use the PRIMAL Nutrients in Cereal Grass Juices to Build Your Blood, Banish Infections, Regenerate Cells and Heal Diabetic Wounds!: http://www.rawfamily.com/articles/DiabeticWarrior.pdf.

Aimee Perrin would love to communicate with other diabetics or former diabetics who are on a raw food diet: chiDiet.com/news/LivingFoodsNews20060304.htm.

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