As you may know, diabetics have an extremely high risk of suffering a heart attack. What you may not know is that there's a very simple reason for this. Both diabetes and heart attacks have the same root cause.
Most people believe sugar or insulin is responsible for diabetes and the heart attacks they suffer. While they definitely play a role, they aren't the main cause. In recent weeks, I've shown you how the root cause of heart attacks is inflammation. The evidence is overwhelming. But is inflammation causing diabetes as well? A study from 2007 says yes!
This study may explain why some people can eat a lot of sugar and carbohydrates (which turn to glucose very quickly in your bloodstream) and never develop diabetes. It also may explain why other people have massive blood sugar swings with only small amounts of sugar.
In the study, researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine found that inflammation makes you more susceptible to insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. Here's how it works.
As you may know, inflammation is an immune response to bring about healing. When you're injured, your body produces inflammation (swelling) to heal the injury. But when inflammation doesn't go away, there's a chronic problem that your immune system is attacking (usually a bacterial problem). When this happens, it provokes immune cells called macrophages. These cells produce cytokines. Cytokines are chemical messenger molecules that immune and nerve cells use to communicate. When these cytokines get into your liver, muscle, or fat cells, it causes them to become insulin resistant. And insulin resistance can lead to type-2 diabetes.
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To prove this, the UCSD researchers gave mice a bone-marrow transplant (bone marrow produces the macrophages). This essentially disabled the macrophages causing the insulin resistance. After the transplant, even a high-fat diet didn't cause insulin resistance or type-2 diabetes.
This study makes it clear that controlling inflammation can prevent and even treat diabetes. And I've shown you in past issues that it also can stop heart attacks. So how do you control inflammation?
Another study, this one from the National Centre for Cell Science in India, found that the herb turmeric not only reduces inflammation. They also found that it can fight diabetes. What's more, it can fight diabetes at any stage.
Yet another study followed 240 Thai adults with pre-diabetes. The researchers gave them 250 mg of curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) tablets or a placebo. After nine months, they found that 19 of the 116-person placebo group developed type-2 diabetes. None of those taking the curcumin developed the disease.
So whether you have pre-diabetes, full-fledged diabetes, or you're just overweight and don't want to develop diabetes, you need to be taking turmeric. It could keep pre-diabetics from developing diabetes. It may stop the progression of diabetes. And research shows it could save your life by preventing a heart attack (whether you're diabetic or not).
You can buy turmeric just about anywhere. But your body doesn't absorb most forms of turmeric easily. The most absorbable form of turmeric available is Meriva®. It's 29 times more absorbable than standard turmeric. And it's available in the powerful anti-inflammation formula Reduloxin.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.