Thursday, February 27, 2014

Controlling Diabetes and Preventing Complications

You might have heard the advertisements lately about controlling diabetes while getting off the drugs used to treat it.  In the scientific literature, the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania reported that it saved 300 heart attacks, 140 strokes, and 160 cases of retinopathy for 25,000 patients over 3 years by treating them with a “bundle”.  This included measuring the HBA1C every 6 months and maintaining it at less than 7%, measuring the LDL and urine protein annually and keeping the former below 100, maintaining BP <140 and="" avoiding="" date="" flu="" keeping="" pneumococcal="" span="" style="mso-spacerun: yes;" to="" tobacco="" up="" use.="" vaccines=""> 
14.5% of patients complied with all points of the “bundle”.  The results were reported as “fabulous”.  Getting off oral drugs, if possible, is a laudable goal since some might even increase the risks for diabetes.  Monitoring the biomarkers is certainly useful.  But patients will get far better results if they also lose weight with a low carb diet, get regular exercise, take the natural products, berberine, chromium, and cinnamon, and especially take IV chelation.

See Family Practice News, Feb. 2014, p. 1, 32.

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