My friends say I take so many pills that I shouldn’t have to eat. I do take quite a few vitamins, minerals, herbs, and supplements as well as a few prescription medicines.
Actually, until recently I have always eaten a lot. But it is Byetta rather than pills that is putting a damper on my appetite and has reduced my food intake to less than they feed prisoners.
And now I can stop one of the pills I have been taking and avoid taking another one that I had considered.
A German study published in the May 17, 2006, issue JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that policosanol, sold as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, doesn’t work.
The Germans studied 143 adults with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels of 150mg/dl or more. At random the people studied took doses of 10, 20, 40, and 80mg of policosanol or placebo. But when the study finished three months later, the researchers didn’t find any significant differences in the cholesterol levels of ...
Most scientists won’t admit it, but some of them are a lot like journalists. Some people in both groups seem to get their jollies and make their reputations by debunking the work of others.
Cinnamon is now important enough for glucose control that the debunkers have jumped on it. A group of five scientists in Maastricht, The Netherlands, carefully studied the effects of cinnamon and found that it doesn’t work.
They found that “Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients ”. The Journal of Nutrition published their research in its April 2006 issue.
Specifically, they contradicted “ Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes ” by Richard A. Anderson and his associates at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland and in Peshawar, Pakistan. Earlier I have written about Dr. Anderson’s work on this blog and my website.
The Dutch scientists used the same type of cinnamon, cinnamomum cassia (...
It matters which type of cinnamon you use to help control your diabetes. Some types are more expensive than others. And some types might taste better than others to you, although my taste buds aren’t sensitive enough to tell much difference. But all types of cinnamon can reduce blood glucose levels.
The wave of interest in cinnamon as herbal medicine started half a dozen years ago when U.S. Agriculture Research Service scientists found that its most active compound – methylhydroxy chalcone polymer – increased glucose metabolism 20-fold in a test tube assay of fat cells. The researchers, led by chemist Richard A. Anderson, tested 50 plant extracts and found that none of them came close to this compound’s effect on glucose metabolism.
When the Agriculture Research Service announced its findings, I interviewed Dr. Anderson. At that time he told me that they tried all species of cinnamon and they all worked similarly. “We also tried numerous commercial bottles of cinnamon and they also...
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