Researchers at Indiana University and the German Research Center for Environmental Health recently announced they developed a new treatment for obesity and adult-onset diabetes. They claim their treatment improved glucose sensitivity, reduced appetite and enhanced calorie burning in lab mice, thereby curing them of obesity and diabetes.
I know what you’re wondering. What was this treatment? Were the mice fed only egg white omelets and half a grapefruit, then outfitted in very tiny yoga pants and tank tops and made to hit the miniature elliptical machine before tackling a rather intense Pilates workout?
Nope. The ‘treatment’ is a new pharmaceutical drug, a new peptide if you will, that combines three gastrointestinal hormones which lower blood sugar levels and reduce body fat better than any other existing drug on the market. These new single-cell molecules with triple-hormone action (that will sound good in the commercial) are called triple agonists and have the ability to bind to and activate receptors to produce desired biological responses.
Human clinical trials are being overseen by… wait for it… Roche (there’s a shocker).
Okay, let’s review what we’ve just learned. Big pharma has created the latest and greatest weight loss pill that essentially activates the body and makes it ‘eat less’ and “exercise more.’ Sales of this new miracle pill, once it hits the market, will no doubt speedily climb into the billions of dollars.
How You Can Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes Naturally
Do we really need another pill to help us be healthy? Right now you might be saying, “But people don’t really have control whether they develop diabetes or not, it’s genetic.” I, and some fine data shared by Harvard School of Public Health, would reply that, yes, your genes may influence your development of adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes to some extent, but genetics take a back seat to lifestyle factors.
A Nurses’ Health Study revealed that 90% of type 2 diabetes in women was linked to being overweight, a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, smoking, and alcohol use. 90% of women in this study developed diabetes because they made poor choices.
Humans don’t need a pill; we simply need to commit to our own health. We need to keep our weight at a healthy level (obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes by 20% – 40%) by making better food choices (more fruits, veggies and whole grains – less processed garbage) and exercising more (no need to run marathons – walking does the trick).
If You Already Have Diabetes
Until the day your doctor announces you are no longer diabetic and no longer require insulin, there are things you should do to manage your diabetes:
Be Aware of How an Illness Affects You
When you get sick with the cold or flu, your body produces stress-related hormones that help you fight off the virus. Be aware that these hormones can also raise your blood sugar levels. You will want to speak with your doctor and have a plan for sick days that outlines how to adjust your medication dosage. And, though you may want to eat comfort foods while sick, it’s obviously best to stick with your normal meal plans.
Monitor Your Glucose Levels Closely
Check to see what your blood sugar levels are throughout the day at different times and intervals. Doing so will help you determine whether the lifestyle changes you are making are effective.
Menstruation and Menopause
Your hormones play a huge role in diabetes management. Women need to understand this even more than men because they experience significant fluctuations in hormone levels every month before menstruation as well as in the years leading up to menopause.
Monitoring blood sugar levels more frequently is a good idea, as is speaking with your doctor about oral contraception. Although most are safe to use by diabetic women, some have the potential to raise glucose levels.
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