San Francisco, April 1, 2008 -- Two new studies out of Croatia show strong evidence that residents of areas high in stork and baby populations also show high incidence of diabetes, and patients living in the affected areas also experience high blood sugar more often -- despite drug treatments -- than their counterparts elsewhere in the world.Pwd_warning_sign

The studies also showed that the following lifestyle elements either cause or exacerbate diabetes: watching TV, eating dairy products, consuming caffeine and all carbonated beverages, proximity to "dirty electrical power," and having large breasts.

On the other hand, strong {correlational} evidence also exists to show that the following help prevent diabetes: dairy foods, caffeine and decaf coffee, and eating peanut butter.

Furthermore, a high-protein diet is good for the heart, but bad for the kidneys -- unless you're a rat.

And high sugar drinks have nothing to do with obesity, according to the Corn Refiners Association (!)

But don't opt for diet cola, because that's tied to Metabolic Syndrome. Then again, co-called "Syndrome X" may be nothing but a myth anyway.

Note that grains and starches are actually good for diabetes. But just in case more research shows they're not after all, you can always ask your doctor for a starch blocker.

Just like earlier studies on diabetes and chocolate, the new Croatian studies were conducted on 15 (yes, fifteen!) hand-selected patients, who do not actually have diabetes. Correlations were used to extrapolate cause and effect.

Aaaah, it feels good to be informed ;)

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