Get Even More Visitors To Your Blog, Upgrade To A Business Listing >>

Nov 20, Creating Expensive Drugs to Do What Simple Dietary Supplements Could Do

The latest trend in diabetes research springs from the finding that a certain "Old Order Amish" group has a unique gene that helps them live longer and show less insulin resistance, compared to the typical American.
Scientists aren't ready to begin directly changing our genes to make us more like these Amish folk, so they have come up with a new drug to inhibit the activity of a protein involved in blood clotting.
This will all be very expensive, but it has a good story behind it that will capture the attention of the diabetic population and could lead to making any drug they develop to become a best seller.
Unfortunately for us, there was no such interest in doing anything with the finding that adding the inexpensive mineral chromium to a nutritionally balanced diet for mice could also reverse diabetes in 1957. In humans this finding was confirmed in 1977.
It is much more appealing -- and therefore lucrative -- to tell diabetics, "Just take this drug daily and you won't need to change your diet or take other supplements that your body needs to help the chromium do its work."
We like simple fixes for our medical issues. And besides, our insurance or Medicare/Medicaid will pay for the drug, but won't pay for nutritional supplements. So, it's a slam-dunk sale for the pharmaceutical product and we go on without the many nutrients we really need.
I have found that it is better in the long run to go to the trouble and expense of giving my body the nutrients it is not getting from even the best organic diet -- and to turn down opportunities to eat less-healthy foods.
Taking short-cuts like taking a drug to improve your fasting insulin, will no doubt produce some unwanted and unexpected side-effects. I'd rather give my body what science knows it needs to produce all-around health, instead of a drug for this, and another drug for that symptom.
To see the report about the "Amish Gene Discovery", go HERE, though you may need to join Medscape to see the study.
It is amazing the lengths we will go to reduce our chances of diabetes and other diseases of aging, as long as we aren't asked to significantly improve our diet!



This post first appeared on Diabetes Symptoms, please read the originial post: here

Share the post

Nov 20, Creating Expensive Drugs to Do What Simple Dietary Supplements Could Do

×

Subscribe to Diabetes Symptoms

Get updates delivered right to your inbox!

Thank you for your subscription

×