Diabetes is caused by the removal of essential fats and oils
from our food,
and their replacement with toxic substitutes. Diabetes Medication merely treats
symptoms, while the underlying cause is uncorrected.
In order to avoid the agonizing complications of
diabetes, it is necessary to keep the body's blood sugar in balance. Let's look at the claims and side-effects of four of the major drug
types: Acarbose, Sulfonylurea drugs, Metformin, and Rezulin, and see if they
achieve this balance.
Acarbose, the latest type of diabetes drug, works by slowing carbohydrate
digestion in the small intestine. This reduces the amount of sugar released into
the blood after eating, by blocking enzymes that break down
carbohydrates. Acarbose is intended to lower blood sugar levels but it can cause
cramps, gas, diarrhea and damage the kidneys. It has also been linked to
cancerous kidney tumors in rats.
Sulfonvlurea drugs work by stimulating the pancreas
to make more insulin. They decrease the liver's production of glucose and
improve the use of insulin and sugar for energy. However, they can remove too
much blood sugar and cause hypoglycemia. Also, they tend to cause weight gain
and increase the risk of heart
disease. Less serious side effects include nausea, vomiting,
gas, heartburn, diarrhea, and constipation.
Metformin lowers blood sugar by suppressing
the liver's glucose production. It also increases the sensitivity of the cells to
insulin. Unlike the sulfonylurea drugs, it does not stimulate insulin
production, so there is less chance of hypoglycemia, and it tends to cause
weight loss instead of weight gain. There is increased risk of digestive
problems. It can impair kidney and liver function and cause lactic acid buildup
in the blood which can be fatal. It also decreases B-12 absorption which can
lead to many problems including elevated homocysteine levels and it
can increase your chances of dying from cardiovascular problems by 250%.
Rezulin was used by over a million diabetics before it was recalled from the market. Experts estimate that 4% of those patients can expect to have
significant liver damage (about 40,000 people.) And no one knows how many of
those people will die from damaged livers. Thirty-three people have so far died
due to liver damage after taking this drug. As with all diabetes drugs, there is
no proof that it reduces the complications of diabetes or prolongs life.
Drugs are made by removing the active ingredient from herbs and leaving behind
the wisdom; hence the unpleasant side effects. As alternatives, you may wish to
consider using herbs with few if any side effects. See
Diabetes Diet and Cure.