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FDA Warns of Foot, Leg Amputations With J&J Diabetes Drug

If ever you needed a reason to find something other than drugs to treat your diabetes, Reuters is handing you one today, with news of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ruling that warnings are to be placed on Johnson & Johnson’s diabetes drug, Invokana. The risk of foot and leg amputations on people treated with Invokana is about twice that of a placebo, the FDA says, including amputations above the knee.

Johnson & Johnson is still dealing with lawsuits involving their talcum powder, which more than 20 studies linked to ovarian cancer — and which court cases show the company had known about for more than 40 years.

Added to cancer-causing chemicals found in its baby shampoo a few years ago, as well as a slew of other problems — so many in fact that, named Johnson & Johnson as one of the “Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990s” — and Invokana’s news becomes more than a little unsettling.

Admittedly, all drugs come with side effects, so the only real answer is to not need them in the first place. But diabetes is serious, too, and half of Americans are pre-diabetic or diabetic.

With children also increasingly being diagnosed with this deadly disease, the question is how do you stop it without drugs? There is no easy answer, but I believe giving insulin to someone with type 2 diabetes is one of the worst things that can be done. Type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition that arises from faulty leptin signaling and insulin resistance, both of which are directly diet- and exercise-related. It is NOT a blood sugar disorder.

Once you understand that, the remedy becomes clear: To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body's insulin and leptin sensitivities through proper diet and exercise. My nutrition plan and my new book, “Fat for Fuel,” can help direct you to the right path.
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