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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1110-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
October 04, 2011

Welcome to this month's issue on better diabetes management and supplements. We know this may not make the diabetes disappear but if we work together and encourage each other, the positive concepts will work for all of us, if we work with them.

Our purpose is to pull out the more capable person inside each of you. Hopefully, you will get something about this but I know this issue will get even more out of you. And I donít mean monetary or anything like that but it is more likely we will get inspiration from all of you.

In This Issue:

  • Do Supplements Work for Diabetes?
  • Must Reads Around the Web
  • Changing Your Diabetes Management for the Better
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humour
  • Q&A: "What should my target blood sugar level be before meals and after meals?"

Do Supplements Work for Diabetes?

Wouldn't it be great if there was a magic pill that would improve all our conditions? We need a natural pill that has no side-effects and wonít attack the other organs of the body. A super diabetes pill taken once a month would be wonderful, one that will also make the blood pressure and cholesterol levels behave themselves.

The scientists are hard at work studying supplements that could treat diabetes and the different conditions that spring from them. This is exciting time especially if the doctor will help you find something. Remember though that these supplements are not regulated so make sure you consult with your doctor before changing your diabetes treatment.

But you know what? Survey says only 20% among the diabetics reported using CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) to treat diabetes. They were also asked which two of the natural remedies have the best result in controlling the blood sugar.

The authors who reported on which two are best in blood sugar control concluded that ivy gourd (Coccinia indica) a plant grown in India and used in ayurvedic and traditional medicine and the American ginseng had been very effective. Now donít get me wrong. This does not mean these are two top diabetes supplements. They were the ones found effective in the studies up until May 2002.

The blood sugar control also improved when supplementing with chromium. This is a trace element found in fish, meat, tea and coffee. Another rich source of chromium is brewerís yeast. When the researchers reviewed chromium in 2007, they concluded that chromium made the type 2 diabetics significantly successful in improving their fasting blood glucose and A1C.

Being deficient in chromium also ruins glucose metabolism. In addition, studies have shown that it keeps off weight gain when it is taken in combination with oral diabetes medication. But donít take it without talking to your doctor about the amount and the length of time to use it.

Do you know what supplement has shown such benefits so clearly that the Food and Drug Administration approved it in prescription form? Why, itís none other than our friend the Omega-3 fatty acids. For not only has it shown to reduce inflammation and lower the triglyceride levels but it has also reduced the risk of heart disease.

Doctors in the US can now prescribe Omega-3 fatty acids to patients with high triglyceride levels. The most common causes of high triglyceride levels are a diet high in carbohydrate, obesity and excessive alcohol consumption.

There is more need for studies on this though before they can claim that Omega-3 fatty acids will reduce the heart disease for the diabetics. For one thing they did not conduct these studies with the diabetics as participants although the finding was that when 4g was taken every day by patients with very high triglyceride level, it reduced triglycerides by an average of 45%.

Nature's Herbs - Bitter Melon

2.Must-Reads from Around the Web

Does Your Child Have a School Nurse?

Medicaid Vital to Protecting Health for Millions of Americans

The Ultimate Guide to Packing Lunches

As the Sun Rises, So Do My Blood Sugars!

Diabetes Type 1 - Alcohol Related Deaths Rise Significantly

3. Changing Your Diabetes Management for the Better

Donít you sometimes feel that no matter how hard you work, the diabetes always comes up on top? Well, itís time to change that around, isnít it? We will not let that itty bitty condition control us. Instead we will control him, just you wait and see!

Letís take this one at a time. We know that managing diabetes is not an easy thing, this much we accept. What we cannot accept is if this thing keeps controlling us. Full commitment to eating right and exercising every day will help manage the diabetes better. Why do we fail at this sometimes? Let us see what we can do about this.

First, know the reasons you want to change. Perhaps we donít know for sure why we have to stick to the change. So let us count the reasons why we want this. First, we want to enjoy life so we want to avoid those complications. Then we think of our loved ones and we want to be with them more. These reasons will keep us motivated.

Change the workout routine. Perhaps you hate going to the gym and so you donít go anymore. Maybe you feel the exercise is dull so why donít you change to something you like to do: swimming, dancing, walking, biking, the list is never-ending. So you see the list is endless so much so, you can switch to something you like better. Once you get going with the activity you like, you will be glad you did.

Exercise outdoors where you get fresh air. Go outside and take a walk in the sunshine for an hour. Look at things that are at a distance, and you will feel better. Try it and you will see we are not lying. We do this all the time and it works every time.

Be active anywhere you can. It is good to have a regular workout session but it is also good to be active anywhere you can for this burns calories and helps lose weight. There are many opportunities throughout the day to do this. Instead of grabbing the car keys to go to as store, ask yourself if you can walk there.

Instead of taking the elevator walk up or down the stairs. Instead of lying down to rest, clean up a closet. Do stretching exercises and ridng a stationary bike while watching TV. Instead of gossiping on the phone, take out the budget sheet and find where you can save. Okay, thatís stretching it too far although we have done it ourselves and have felt better doing so.

Find a meter that works best for you. Blood sugar meters are important in keeping the blood glucose on target. There are approximately 75 different meters available in the US. Talk to the doctor about the different options. And donít stop here. Get different opinions. Your health care team will talk to you and so will the pharmacist. Donít avoid using meters just because some are expensive for there are inexpensive ones. If you canít see the results due to poor eyesight, there are meters for people with poor eyesight.

Make your meal plan your very own by personalyzing it. Ask for help from a diabetes educator or a dietitian to help you plan a meal that includes the food you enjoy. It has to be a plan that will take into consideration your every day routine, the medication you take and the food you like to eat.

Get support by gathering a strong health care team. This will help you take a good look at your condition from different angles and so will help prevent complications. Who are these? A primary care physician, endocrinologist, an eye doctor, social worker, therapist, exercise physiologist, registered dietitian, dentist and podiatrist.

Reassess your treatment plan. From time to time evaluate your treatment plan as for you know, the diabetes medication you have been taking may no longer work. You may need new medication and so you doctor may want to put you on a new one.

Thatís how you change your treatment plan. This is an on-going process and has to be changed according to needs. It should be willing to accept your own requirements. As soon as you implement a change to reflect your needs and schedule, you will be happy you did.

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." Orison Swett Marden

5. And hereís the dessert recipe we promised you.

Grilled Pineapple

6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.

Asking for a Raise

Manny: Sir, may I talk to you about a raise? I have been with this company for eight years and and currently have three companies after me. I decided to talk to you first.

Boss: I agree with the raise but this is not the right time.

Manny: I understand sir about the bad economy but please consider my hard work, dedication and loyalty.

Boss: I have assessed those factors so I am giving you a 10% raise and an extra vacation of five days. Is that okay?

Manny: Oh, thank you sir!

Boss: Before you go, Iím curious, what companies were after you?

Manny: Oh, a debt company, the mortgage company and a credit card company!

7. Do you have a question or comment for the team?

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You may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

7. Question: "What should my target blood sugar level be before meals and after meals?"

Answer: According to National Institute of Health - Before meals, your target blood glucose level should be 70 Ė 130. One to two hours after a meal, glucose should be less than 180.

The above is generally speaking so ask your doctor for your own blood sugar levels before and after a meal.

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Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter 805

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