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Control Blood Sugar with Curcumin

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October 29, 2014 (Updated: November 13, 2018)
Lily Moran

My experience in the health space has taught me that there are three words we should all live by.

Prevention is priceless.

Time and time again, I’ve seen family, friends, and clients discover that truth the hard way—by looking back at what they could have done differently to avoid becoming ill.

For example, anyone struggling to maintain healthy blood sugar levels—in other words, those diagnosed with pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome—should take this diagnosis seriously and do everything possible to turn it around.

Otherwise, you’re a prime candidate for type 2 diabetes and all the complications that come with it, including an elevated risk of heart disease; nerve, kidney, and eye damage; Alzheimer’s disease; and amputations.

And now there’s one more very good reason to work hard at avoiding full-blown diabetes. Researchers have discovered that patients who use injectable insulin—millions of people with diabetes—have higher risks for other health problems.

People with type 2 diabetes who use injectable insulin could end up facing other issues, including kidney complications, and increased risk of a heart attack, stroke, cancer, nerve damage, or vision problems.

These results came from a decade-long study involving more than 84,000 men and women, so it can’t be criticized for having too few participants or not lasting long enough.

With roughly 24 million diabetic Americans and nearly half of those using injectable insulin, we’re talking about millions of people whose lives are at risk.

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If you’re pre-diabetic and concerned about developing full-blown diabetes, or if you’re diabetic and using insulin injections, please don’t panic. I’ve got good news about a safe, effective method of maintaining healthy blood glucose levels.

For anyone with pre-diabetes, simply taking curcumin supplements can make a huge difference in your condition, as several recent studies show.

Curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, was tested for its ability to improve insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar in a group of pre-diabetic patients.

In the group of more than 100 people taking curcumin supplements, there were no new cases of diabetes during the nine-month-long study.

And here’s another huge benefit that cropped up in a second human clinical trial: daily curcumin supplements were found to increase HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides at the same time.

If you know of a prescription drug that can achieve all that, let me know, because I’m not aware of any substance with such remarkable health benefits.

Curcumin does much more than manage blood sugar, though. It’s a proven pain-reliever, outstanding antioxidant, and fights inflammation, one of the key causes of most diseases.

I recommend 500 to 2,000 mg of curcumin daily. For best effect, look for a product with enhanced bioavailability. Ordinary curcumin supplements are difficult for your stomach to absorb. But today there are a range of products with improved absorbability, which will increase their benefit to you.

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