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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 ...
Chromium is an essential trace mineral, of which the human body requires small amounts. It is found in drinking water and a wide variety of foods, such as whole grains, brewer's yeast, prunes, nuts, peanut butter, meats, seafood, potatoes, and fortified cereals. Small amounts of chromium may also leach into foods when they are cooked in stainless steel pans. Many believe that chromium will reduce blood cholesterol , prevent or cure diabetes , reduce body fat and build muscle. Promotional literature from supplement manufacturers claim that it will do all these things and more. Chromium picolinate, which is supposedly more easily absorbed than chromium alone, is one of the fastest moving items in the health-food marketplace. Necessary for many bodily processes, chromium is important in the burning of carbohydrates and fats in the body, and in the proper functioning of insulin. That is, it helps insulin to do its work of making blood sugar available to the cells. It is difficult to say h...
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...
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