The New York Times reported today that avandia (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/20/health/policy/20avandia.html) which has been given to those with type 2 diabetes is responsible for 500 heart attacks and 300 cases of heart failure monthly. So much for the drug paradigm under allopathic ideals being safe. Many doctors having seen the writing on the wall for this one have switched to other meds.
Meanwhile, there is a growing amount of evidence that the sweetner corn based fructose may have alot to do with obesity and many of the cases of diabetes that occur. The mayo clinic gives these recommendations (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-2-diabetes/DS00585/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs) however, their opinions are based on not the why but the management.
It is my opinion that there are larger issues at work to find out why people develop the disease and are there better ways to treat it other than medication on the horizon? I also believe that what you eat determines your health in a big way. There are alternative regimens that offer non drug alternatives to management (http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsatod/a/Diabetes.htm) which may have as much or more validity that the pharmaceutical model now accepted but is of questionable long term safety. Maybe we need to rethink what we do, what we eat and make those changes a cultural phenomenon.
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