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Diabetes and Iodine

Published on January 28, 2010

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Doctors who prescribe high dose iodine therapy for other diseases such as breast cancer, are finding that iodine can lower insulin and oral anti-diabetic drug requirements in their diabetic patients, sometimes to the point of their not needing any anti-diabetic medication at all. Iodine is needed for proper glucose metabolism and for preventing the cardiovascular complications of diabetes.

Dr. Michael Donaldson says, “Iodine stabilizes the heart rhythm, lowers serum cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and is known to make the blood thinner as well, judging by longer clotting times seen by clinicians. Iodine is not only good for the cardiovascular system, it is vital. Sufficient iodine is needed for a stable rhythmic heart beat. Iodine, directly or indirectly, can normalize serum cholesterol levels and normalize blood pressure. Iodine attaches to insulin receptors and improves glucose metabolism, which is good news for people with diabetes. Iodine and iodine-rich foods have long been used as a treatment for hypertension and cardiovascular disease; yet, modern randomized studies examining the effects of iodine on cardiovascular disease have not been carried out.”[1]

[1] ibid

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