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Beating Diabetes: How Not To Suffer

Beating Diabetes: How Not To Suffer

A 2012 article in the journal Experimental Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes writes that “Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a major health problem worldwide.  Patients with DM are at an increased risk of thyroid disease.”  The National Medical Journal of India considers DM a “risk factor for cancer and non-vascular disease deaths.”  The Journal writes that “In addition to vascular disease, diabetes is associated with substantial premature death from several cancers, infectious diseases, external causes, intentional self-harm, and degenerative disorders.”

The first study indicates that “69.4% (of diabetics) demonstrated low iodine levels in urine” – twice as many as healthy control subjects. 

“Iodine plays a much broader role in health and diseases, involving multiple tissues, organs, and body systems.  …urinary iodine is markedly decreased in Type 2 DM. These findings suggest a critical role of iodine in the development of insulin resistance in Type 2 DM individuals.  Urinary iodine is a reflection of iodine status, depressed levels of which are an indicator of deficiency.”

In 2015, over 30.3 million Americans – 9.4% of the population – had diabetes. The cost of diagnosed diabetes is $328 billions – about 10% of the U.S. health budget.  Undiagnosed diabetes might well be as much, or more costly.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of U.S. deaths.

What does this all mean for you? Here are some easy-to-grasp guidelines to avoiding diabetes.

FIRST: Include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans in your diet.  The closer you can get to a “whole foods – plant based” diet means substantially greater health.  Many diabetics who take on a whole foods – plant-based diet can completely give up on any medications.

SECOND: Take an iodine supplement   It’s inexpensive, easy and may help avoid diabetes.  And of course, it may prevent a heart attack, avoid cancer, and lengthen your life generally.

THIRD: Exercise daily – just a bit.  We “believe” in dogs, and would urge you to get one if circumstances allow it.  The combination of walks with Buddy a few times a day, and experiencing the overwhelming affection that comes from a dog, is both health-giving and life-giving.

Iodine, diabetes mellitus (Type 2) and avoiding disease: important areas of thought and action.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to write us – and we’ll get back to you promptly!

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