Drug-free diabetes treatment! Safe, effective, proven … and no increased heart risk.

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

With the FDA debating on diabetes drugs and heart disease, what can you do in the meantime to make sure you’re safe? Well, there just happens to be a proven, all-natural, drug-free method–without the extra-risk worries. What is it? You may have guessed.

The answer is diet and exercise. Wait, wait. Don’t stop reading yet. It’s not as difficult as you think. I’m talking about losing 10 to 20 pounds if you’re overweight (a slow, steady weight-loss) and getting any form of exercise you wish for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Split it up in 10-minute intervals if you wish. The key is to stick with a plan you can do forever.

Way back in 1975, researchers proved that 42 out of 57 patients’ formerly high glucose was normal without medication (PDF) after they lost an average of 18 pounds over six months (average 20 pounds for men and 12 pounds for women).

Despite good efforts, some people are still going to require medication, but it will usually work at a lower dose than without diet and exercise.

But why not just keep from getting type 2 diabetes in the first place? Impossible?

Find a fit for you. Join Weight Watchers or a gym, or exercise with friends. Learn about diabetes through books or magazines such as James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor. We have tips on diet and exercise in almost every issue. Browse the Web. We have some excellent articles online, such as “Your Exercise Personality” (or just type “exercise” or “diet” into our search engine). Another great website for fitness tips and incentives is Mark Salinas’ Healthy Living Today. See his article on maintaining a healthy routine.

Does anyone have any success stories to share?

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