A study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared the mortality rate due to myocardial infarction between diabetics and non-diabetics. In the study, they examined both patients with a history of myocardial infarction and without. Their conclusion was that the risk of myocardial infarction was similar between diabetics without a prior experience and nondiabetics who had a prior experience of myocardial infarction. Therefore, according to the researchers, anyone with diabetes could be treated "as if they had prior coronary heart disease."
For those who know a bit about heart disease, this normally means prescription medication, particularly statins. A study in the Lancet went further, conducting a study on using statin drugs to prevent cardiovascular disease in Type 2 diabetes patients. Here is their conclusion: "No justification is available for having a particular threshold level of LDL-cholesterol as the sole arbiter of which patients with type 2 diabetes should receive statins. The debate about whether all people with this disorder warrant statin treatment should now focus on whether any patients are at sufficiently low risk for this treatment to be withheld." In plainer English, they concluded that LDL cholesterol levels don't have to be at certain levels for diabetics to take statin medications--they could take them anyway. The question is, at what cost?
Statins have side effects, as research published in the American Journal of Physiology found. Lead author and stem cell biologist Professor Reza Izadpanah stated, "People who use statins as a preventative medicine for health should think again as our research shows they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems and joint problems." In fact, after only a few weeks of use, the study revealed that statins "prevented stem cells from performing their main functions, to reproduce and replicate other cells in the body to carry out repairs...[statins also] prevented stem cells from generating new bone and cartilage...[and] increased aging."
If these things seem connected, it is because they are. Here is the typical spiral health decline cycle:
Diabetes > Hashimoto's thyroiditis > retinopathy > heart disease > heart attack > bypass surgery > and drugs. The following drugs are the most typical used:
- Insulin novolin
- Bisoprolol fumarate
These are the dangers of treating diseases as symptoms. One treatment compounds another. Nowhere in these studies do they discuss the diet or exercise. When they see disease, they see drugs as the first defense.
Diabetes risk may be managed through healthy lifestyle choices, such as regular exercise, and a healthy (organic, non-GMO) diet. However, unhealthy glucose levels are the first marker on the path to diabetes, and those may not always be manageable through lifestyle alone. If patients changed their diet, and took natural products like Chromium Picolinate and Vanadyl Sulfate, they would see improvement, without the compounding side effects of prescription drugs.