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Diabetes is considered the ultimate lifestyle disease. Around 2 million Britons and 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with it – and it’s reckoned that nearly half those numbers again are walking around with it, but don’t realize they have it. The standard view is that diabetes is the result of diet, genetics – you’re more likely to develop it if a family member already has it – or race. But a ground-breaking new report published this week by What Doctors Don’t Tell You, the leading health journal, reveals another likely cause that could be putting many more of us at risk, and especially our young. Leading chemist Dr Lisa Landymore-Lim believes that many popular prescription and over-the-counter drugs are a significant cause of diabetes in the West. A series of clues lead her to her startling conclusions, which have enormous implications for the healthcare industry in the West. If true, it means that even popular drugs such as some antibiotics could be making us chronically sick, and, in the process, creating a whole new ‘market’ of diabetics. Dr Landymore-Lim’s report, which is based on 20 years work with diabetics and more than 12 years of pure research, is published for the first time in the December issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You, http://www.wddty.co.uk/shop/detail.asp?id=4622
The pancreas isn’t just where insulin is stored. It’s also where the body’s highest concentration of zinc is found – and it is this simple fact that marks it out as a major target for chemical attack from pharmaceutical drugs. Indeed, many popular drugs – including a well-known antibiotic, a diuretic and an antihypertensive – may be attacking the pancreas as an unexpected by-product of their primary function. Although the chemical structure of each of these drug groups is different, they all share one common feature – they will all bind to zinc in a process known as ‘chelation’, or chemical attachment. The theory is supported by the extraordinary fact that many diabetics when first diagnosed also display a clear loss of zinc in their pancreatic cells. If true, this theory suggests that we are all unwittingly creating a time-bomb that may affect our – and our children’s – long-term health. This must-read report reveals the exact drugs to avoid, so reducing your risk of developing diabetes.
The idea that the depletion of our levels of zinc may be an unsuspected cause of diabetes is also supported by animal studies. Animals that are injected with zinc immediately before they are exposed to a diabetes-causing chemical never develop the condition, whereas those not given the injection do. Dr Landymore-Lim’s theory that many well-known drugs are a major cause of zinc depletion received a boost when she started researching penicillin, one of the first antibiotic agents and still one of the most popular for patients of all ages. When she analysed how penicillin worked, she also began to understand why it is that the patient also increases his or her risk of developing diabetes. Penicillin is attracted to the beta cells in the pancreas, which contain zinc. When this happens, the acid structure within the cell changes, and the delicate insulin-zinc balance is destroyed. The body then starts producing antibodies to bind and destroy the changed beta cells, which are identified as foreign, and unwelcome, agents. Again, her theory is vindicated by the discovery that many diabetic patients have these antibodies in their blood. Doctors agree that diabetes is an auto-immune disorder – but now Dr Landymore-Lim may well have discovered why.