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Avoiding Diabetes

By Jim Cipriani | May 16, 2011

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Diabetes is one of the worst diseases you can develop -- as it poses a real threat to your health and practically every vital organ in your body.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as seventy-nine million American’s are at the early stages of diabetes.   As you probably already know, diabetes is a gateway to a whole world of trouble -- including heart disease, blindness, poor circulation, and kidney failure.   Basically, diabetes develops when your body can no longer control high levels of sugar in your bloodstream.

Of course, the best thing you can do for your own health is to prevent diabetes in the first place.   Diet and exercise are crucial. It’s the first level of defense in keeping your sugar and insulin levels in check.   But you may also want to use at least one (or all three) of these safe, all-natural, sugar-busting “superstars.”

Gymnema Sylvestre

The Gymnema Sylvestre Plant

This plant comes from India and has been used by Ayurvedic healers for over 2,000 years.

Studies have shown it can greatly lower your blood sugar over the long term. It also has been shown to have an immediate effect of reducing your cravings for sugar.

It is currently being studied in combinations with cinnamon, chromium, zinc, biotin, banaba plant, huckleberry and bitter melon. You can find it at your local health food store.


This seed is native to the Mediterranean region, along with India and China. It has been shown to have many health benefits: from having antiviral properties to helping those that suffer from arthritis.

Today, let’s talk about it helping stimulate the release of insulin in your body, which helps lower your overall blood sugar levels. This is one you’ll have to find at a health food store as well.



We mentioned this little gem above. It’s likely that many of you would never guess that cinnamon lowers your blood sugar. But it’s powerful sugar-busting properties were discovered by accident.

Researchers were studying the effects of common foods on blood sugar levels. When subjects ate apple pie, their blood sugar actually lowered.

The scientists were baffled and looked into it more. They finally narrowed apple pie’s sugar-lowering effects to the cinnamon.

Try sprinkling cinnamon on oatmeal or on apples for a tasty treat. Limit the apple pie intake!

No question, diabetes can mess up your health big time. But eat right, workout, and take one or more of the all-natural “superstars” I’ve told you about here, and you’ll be golden!

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