If you’re diabetic and you’re taking medication, you’re probably putting your brain at great risk.
Their calling the new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine a “Diabetes Game-Changer." It proves that prolonged use of diabetes drugs puts you at risk for a deficiency which can cause neurological problems, including dementia, and even brain shrinkage.
This study used data that was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes. This was a 5-year study that ran from 1996 until 2001. It followed more than 3,000 people who were “at risk” for diabetes.
Participants were divided into three groups.
Group #1 was assigned a special lifestyle change method. They were put on a very specific diet and performed light exercises.
Group #2 was given the diabetes drug metformin.
Group #3 was given a placebo.
The purpose of this study was to see which group had the lowest rates of diabetes and took the longest to develop it. Group #1 beat the others by a landslide.
The study authors were so astounded by their findings that the program morphed into a follow-up study, in which the original participants were followed for several more years.
The researchers found that Group #2 (those taking metformin) were twice as likely as to have a B12 deficiency, and more likely to become anemic.
More shocking yet, it was discovered that they were also more likely to develop neurological problems like Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Yet, for unknown reasons, the Diabetes-Institute-funded research didn’t follow up on the special diet procedure completed by Group #1.
It’s everywhere, dangerous, and under-diagnosed
While we don’t hear much about it, it’s common knowledge that B12 deficiency causes dementia. And data from a large study by Tufts University* suggests that low B12 levels are more common than anyone wants us to know.
Researchers at Tufts have been following the children and grandchildren of the original Framingham Heart Study group for decades.
They found that only about 35% have healthy levels of vitamin B12. And it’s estimated that some 40% of people over 60 have B12 deficiency. In fact some experts speculate that much of what we call “normal” aging might actually be due to lack of B12.
The symptoms of a B12 deficiency are varied, and can range from very mild to completely incapacitating. Some of the symptoms, incidentally, mimic the side effects of metformin.
Common symptoms include:
- Dizzy spells
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Pale complexion
- Red, swollen tongue
- Gums that bleed easily
- Shortness of breath, especially during exercise
- Difficulty concentrating
You can have any or all of these symptoms. If you’re deficient for too long, you can develop neurological problems. These can include:
- Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
- Depression and other mental health issues
- Loss of balance
- Impaired coordination
- Memory problems
- and dementia
All of these symptoms — including dementia — can be reversed with careful diabetic supplementation.
However, if the deficiency goes untreated, it can result in permanent neurological damage and irreversible symptoms.
In sickness and in health... metformin pills for everybody!
The Diabetes Prevention Program study found that a simple method can cut the rate of diabetes by a whopping 58% while the diabetes drug metformin only lowered it by 31%.
The Einstein researchers proved that metformin literally spiked the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia by 50%.
...and yet this drug is still readily prescribed to those who have so-called “prediabetes.”
Heard of it? “Prediabetes” is when you have higher than normal blood sugar but aren’t actually diabetic. It’s one of the new “pre” conditions that Big Pharma is rushing to “treat” even though it’s not actually a disease.
It’s all part of the plan for cradle-to-grave drug dependence. Because here’s the truth: the prescription for diabetes prevention is well known. It’s been proven study after study, and it’s very simple. Click here to see what I mean.
Yet most doctors aren’t even looking in the right direction! Instead, they reach for the prescription pad. Why? Because people may “find it difficult to implement lifestyle changes.”
What a load of hooey.
The truth is often more shocking:
The prescription pad is not the way to go — especially when the consequences might be permanent neurological damage. Dietary changes could not only prevent Type 2 diabetes, a study from the University of Newcastle shows — they can actually reverse it.
Reverse. As in cure. No more finger-sticks. No more drugs. No more worrying about blood-sugar highs and lows.
No more diabetes type 2.
...and back to normal life again.
Listen to this: In a shocking study, participants followed a special hypocaloric diet for 8 weeks. Within the first week, their blood sugar levels had normalized. And by the end of the eighth week…they were completely free of diabetes.
So, why hasn’t anybody heard about this?
Because there’s no drug to promote. No pills or shots to rake in billions of our dollars.
If you’re diabetic and taking metformin, it’s a good idea to have your vitamin B12 levels checked periodically.