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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 ...
More than 11 years ago I first publicized how cinnamon could help people with type 2 diabetes to control their insulin resistance. Since that time more studies have come out. Some of them indicated that cinnamon might not help, and I wrote here five years ago that I had second thoughts about it. Now, I have third thoughts. A meta-analysis published yesterday shows that cinnamon -- especially cinnamon extract -- produces a modest but statistically signification reduction of fasting blood glucose. The study, “Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis,” appears in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food , and the abstract is online . The authors are Paul A. Davis of the Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, and Wallace Yokoyama of the Western Regional Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Davis kindly sent me the full-text of the study on my request. Several of the earlier studies didn’t “discretely...
Definition Chromium is an essential mineral that is not made by the body and must be obtained from the diet. Alternative Names Diet - chromium Function Chromium is important in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates . Chromium stimulates fatty acid and cholesterol synthesis, which are important for brain function and other body processes. Chromium is also important in the breakdown (metabolism) of insulin.
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