We all know Type II diabetes is a massive problem in the U.S. As I’ve been saying for years, mainstream medicine’s one-size-fits-all approach is only making things worse for millions of Americans.
Natural remedies are not only safer, but can work even better than prescription drugs. That’s why I was thrilled to see new research highlighting four key botanical extracts and their ability to effectively lower blood sugar…and keep it low.
I’ll reveal what they are in just a moment. But first, let’s back up and talk about why high blood sugar isn’t something I take lightly…
High blood sugar and its complications
As I explained in April 2018, too much sugar in the blood is downright deadly. In fact, when an excess amount enters the bloodstream, it hijacks and binds to your hemoglobin (the protein in your red blood cells that transports oxygen through the body).
This takeover prevents the hemoglobin from carrying needed oxygen to the blood vessels, brain, and nerves. And it makes blood vessels and nerves fragile, hindering their ability to do their jobs, which can lead to numerous complications in your organs and brain. These problems affect 29 million Americans, leading to vision loss, nerve problems, heart attacks and strokes, and kidney failure.
To get an idea of your body’s long-term blood sugar control, doctors perform a blood test called Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), which measures the percentage of hemoglobin bound to sugar. The test also measures your average blood sugar levels over about three to four months, rather than your daily blood sugar fluctuations. The longer test also makes it a much more accurate indication of your risk for diabetes — or if you have diabetes, how well it’s controlled.
Insurance companies see HbA1C as a “performance standard.” In other words, insurance companies won’t reimburse doctors until their patients achieve strict blood sugar targets. But this practice forces doctors to blindly follow the numbers, regardless of whether or not they make sense for an individual patient.
One problem in the American health system is that doctors encounter difficulties making money back when they try to control chronic diseases like diabetes. They make money by treating the various complications from these diseases, which insurance is more likely to cover.
Back to the strict blood standards I just mentioned… The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends most adults aim for a target of below 7 percent HbA1C.
This strict target may not be appropriate for some patients. In fact, as I explained last month, setting HbA1C targets too low for older adults can have disastrous effects. And newer diabetes drugs push blood sugar levels dangerously low, causing fainting, falls, fractures, and other deadly complications.
Furthermore, it’s unrealistic to force an 80-year-old to strive for the same HbA1C levels as a relatively healthy 50-year-old.
Aiming for a more personalized, commonsense approach
The American College of Physicians (ACP) — whose philosophy is to treat the whole patient, not just one ailment — has started to take a more moderate, personalized approach. And they recently issued new guidelines on managing Type II diabetes, including relaxing too-low HbA1C targets. They now recommend for HbA1C levels to land somewhere between 7 and 8 percent for a majority adults with Type II diabetes. On the other end, they say adults who fall below 6.5 percent should relax their diabetes treatments to prevent that level from dipping even lower.
In a recent interview, Dr. Jack Ende, President of ACP, said we should individualize treatment targets based on the benefits and risks of medications, lifestyle, general health, and personal preferences.
Finally — some sense!
I recall meeting Jack about 20 years ago when he had just joined the Philadelphia College of Physicians. At the time, he was an internal medicine leader at Presbyterian Hospital, affiliated with University of Pennsylvania, my alma mater.
I always found him to have an open mind, particularly as we were beginning to educate physicians and students at Penn-affiliated hospitals about the promise of natural approaches and complementary/alternative medicine.
It appears Jack still has an open mind while he has risen to more influential positions.
Of course, back when I met Jack, doctors weren’t serious about managing blood sugar through natural approaches like nutrients and botanical supplements.
Plus, we didn’t have the kind of hard scientific data needed to establish a clinical treatment protocol. And no wonder…a huge damper was put into prioritizing this research after the government office charged with evaluating and funding research on natural approaches concluded there was no evidence that any nutrient could influence blood sugar in the management of Type II diabetes.
It baffles the mind…
They made this argument about a disease widely known to be a metabolic and nutritional disorder!
Thankfully, no one in the real world is waiting for the government to abandon their politically designed stance in order to acknowledge the obvious.
Indeed, new research shows many botanical remedies — including curcumin, chromium, ginger, and vanadium — can safely and effectively lower blood sugar… and keep it low.
I’ve been researching these remedies, their doses, and their combinations to help you manage your blood sugar without resorting to dangerous new drugs. In fact, I’m currently in the process of formulating a new blood sugar supplement and hope to release it later this summer. And trust that you’ll be the first to know when it’s available. Just stay tuned right here to the Daily Dispatch.
In the meantime, you can learn all the uncommonly effective, commonsense strategies to prevent — and even reverse — Type II diabetes in my online learning protocol, the Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes. To learn more, or enroll today, simply click here.
“Doctors relax Type II diabetes guidelines,” Newsmax (www.newsmax.com) 3/6/2018