|Back to Back Issues Page|
Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1105-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
May 03, 2011
Welcome to this month's issue where I will share with you the health epidemic with a diabetes connection. See if this pertains to you and with the help of your doctor make the situation turn around in your favour. In this world in everything we do, there are winners and losers. We want to be in the winners side and what experts say is the difference between the two is belief.
In This Issue:
The Health Epidemic With a Diabetes Connection
I closely follow health trends on discoveries especially the ones that could help the diabetic readers. Sometimes we know all about this like vitamin D. We know it is good for the bones but experts are finding out it is also good for the heart.
Cleveland Clinic doctors say that more than 50% of women and 40% of men with low vitamin D levels are at risk for heart failure and coronary artery disease. Studies in northern Europe found the same thing. So they say that for many countries in the northern hemispheres, vitamin D deficiency has reached almost epidemic proportion.
This vitamin D is reported to maintain the flexibility of the blood vessels and protect the cells that line the blood vessels thus suppressing inflammation. In addition, it helps prevent high blood pressure. With all of these benefits, we understand why the researchers reported in the American Journal of Cardiology that inadequate levels of vitamin D make the heart work harder.
There have been quite a few studies that point to the benefits of vitamin D when it comes to protecting the heart. One even went as far as saying that taking vitamin D supplements can protect one from having congestive heart failure. After the Austrian and German reviews of similar studies, researchers suggest that those at risk for heart disease and those with low vitamin D levels should take a daily dose of 1000 IU of vitamin D.
Now let us go to the diabetes connection of this issue. John Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers noted in their studies that those with poor control of their diabetes have low vitamin D levels. They have not found how this happens but what they saw was that the worse the A1C scores, the more deficient is the vitamin D level.
Find out from your doctor if you have low levels of vitamin D. If you have low levels you may want to take vitamin D supplement. Research has shown that those who reside in the northern hemisphere especially those who are overweight and over 50 could gain an edge by taking this supplement.
The official recommendation is 400 IU for those between 50 and 70 years old and 600 IU for those over 70. Researchers now recommend between 100 to 4000 IU daily. Sometimes the prescription is for more for the elderly patients.
There are some precautions. Steroids like prednisone can interfere with the absorption of vitamin D. So do other drugs like phenytoin and phenobarbital that control epileptic seizures as well as orlistat that is taken for weight loss. As a tip, buy the supplements that are in the form of vitamin D3 as they have been found to be three times more effective than those in D2 form.
3. A Success Quotation of the Month
It is very easy to be unhappy. Just say to yourself that things are not going well and that nothing is satisfactory and you can be certain to be unhappy. The good news is that you can make yourself happy by saying, "Things are going well and life is good."
"Relax and let your success mechanism work for you." Maxwell Maltz, M.D.
4. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.
5. 6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.
An 11 year old boy was crying.
Mother: Why are you crying, dear?
Boy: Because I have lots of pimples.
Mother: Why do you think you have pimples? (She was getting ready to talk about healthy eating.)
Boy: Because I can't sleep at night.
Mother: And why can't you sleep at night?
Boy: Because of my problem.
Mother: What problem?
Boy: My pimples.
6. Do you have a question or comment for the team?
Drop us a line at our contact form and write your questions or comment there.
Question: What are the best supplements for a diabetic? What else can a diabetic do to control his blood sugar?
Answer:Maintaining weight is important in decreasing the risk for heart disease and in controlling the blood sugar. Being physically active is important and in this connection it is good to have resistance training and aerobic exercise.
The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study that showed a combination of resistance training and aerobic exercise helps lower the haemoglobin A1C levels. These both types of exercise are also a help in reducing the circumference of the waist and fat mass which in turn can reduce the risk for heart disease.
Since muscle burns more calories than fat, it is good to add strength training exercise. This will help maintain the weight and control the blood sugar level. This will also help decrease the resistance to insulin.
Alas, there are no supplements that can significantly help with weight control but for optimal health, most doctors recommend that patients take fish oil, multivitamins and vitamin D. Studies have revealed that this helps control the blood sugar but they do not appear to help with weight control.
A lower glycemic diet may help with weight control by improving the blood sugar level, improving metabolism and controlling hunger. High glycemic foods can make the blood sugar level rise rapidly making it more difficult to control it which could make the diabetes worse.
Eating lean protein, fat-free or low-fat dairy, moderate portions of whole grains, small portions of fat and plenty of fruits and vegetables will help in ensuring one has a lower glycemic diet. Carbohydrates that have low glycemic index are less processed and contain more fibre.
7. Got something to say? Please write down your questions and comments in the contact form in our website.
Thank you for being a subscriber of Diabetes Positive Approach, ! All throughout history, those who have succeeded became what they think about most of the time. Let us give that a try, shall we? Who knows? In addition to all our work at controlling the blood sugar, this may just give us a push in the right direction. We have nothing to lose in thinking that everything will be all right!
Roger and Evelyn Guzman
Know somebody who'd like to read this? Please forward it to your
family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else that you think might need or enjoy it. Thank you for your help and support.
|Back to Back Issues Page|