The four great diabetes myths
The headline in Time magazine certainly caught my eye: “5 Ways to Avoid Diabetes——Without Medications.” Some 80 million Americans are teetering on the brink of diabetes, ready to join the 20 million who already have the disease——so if someone has a drug-free plan to help avoid this train wreck, I’m all ears.
Turns out I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up——because the headline refers to a new study filled with the same tired advice that helped CAUSE the diabetes epidemic in the first place. Of those “Five Ways,” only one is on target: avoid obesity.
But if you follow the other Four Ways, you’re practically guaranteed to find yourself fat and facing disease——not to mention a lifetime supply of medication.
So instead of the rest of the “Five Ways,” I bring you the Four Great Myths perpetuated by the new study in The Annals of Internal Medicine:
Myth #1: Eat a low-fat, high fiber diet. Millions of Americans already try to follow a low-fat, high-fiber diet. You know what we call them? Diabetics.
Myth #2: Exercise. I’m all for healthy movements throughout the day——but the research here is crystal clear. A furious exercise session at the end of the day won’t lower your risk of chronic illness or an early death——and it won’t even help you to lose weight. Period.
Myth #3: Quit smoking. A study last year found that smokers who quit have a 73 percent HIGHER risk of coming down with diabetes. Enough said.
Myth #4: Drink little to no booze. Teetotalers have a higher risk of diabetes than moderate boozers, and studies have reached that same conclusion over and over again. So drink up——to your health!
Let me cut to the chase now, because you don’t need five steps to avoid diabetes without medications——these two will do just fine:
1. Skip sugar and most of the other carbs.
2. Eat plenty of fresh animal protein and fats.
That’s it. And yes, it really is that easy. Doubt me? Try it! I dare you to prove me wrong.
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To make matters worse, gradual acetaminophen overdose is nearly impossible to diagnose. Its symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting——not exactly the type of things that have you headed to the Emergency Department. But even if you do go to the hospital...and even if you are tested for excessive acetaminophen levels...your levels likely won’t be high enough to detect the gradual overdose.
By then, it may be too late.
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