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Reversing Diabetes the Natural Way
Reversing diabetes the natural way is now talked about by more and more health care team professionals. They say that radical lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can reverse diabetes without drugs. Dr. Joel Fuhrman author of The End of Diabetes is one of the doctors advocating to reverse diabetes by natural means.
We have heard of people who dramatically improved their health by changing their diet, eating healthy and getting rid of bad foods. Is this true for diabetes? Dr. Joel Fuhrman responded a resounding yes but the diet should be one he calls nutritarian which is heavy in beans.
This is now recommended and encouraged by doctors like Dr. Amber Taylor who is the Director of the Diabetes Center at the Mercy Medical Center's "The Center for Endocrinology" in Baltimore. The success rate is strongest among the pre-diabetes and early diabetes and they have a lot of data to prove it.
The intensive change in lifestyle is even better than any drugs in preventing diabetes. The lifestyle change of eating healthy should be dramatic that includes eating more fiber, whole grains and vegetables and less saturated fat. And the exercise should at least be thirty minutes every day.
The trouble is that those who are newly diagnosed do not think it is serious so they may not take the time to try to fight it by consistent action. In fact when Dr. Fuhrman was asked if type 2 diabetes can really be cured, he said yes. He further said that those who followed the nutritional recommendations became non diabetic.
What conventional treatment does is to control the blood glucose by way of medication instead of getting rid of the unhealthy eating habits. People think they are protected by the medication not knowing that the unhealthy eating habits continue to damage the eyes, kidneys, etc that can lead to complications.
Meanwhile the drugs may continue to have them gain weight, making them more diabetic. It is clear there is another option to reverse diabetes. He answered a lot more questions that clarify the issues more. They all make sense so read them at reversingdiabetes.
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What Are The Best Blood Gucose Meters?
I just read the review on the best glucose meters from the Consumer Reports. This is a magazine I always use before buying a major item be it a car or a blender. It is good to consult this magazine when it comes to blood glucose meters because it could easily save us more than half, (if we test the blood sugar four times a day) which is the difference between buying it from the big four meter companies instead of the big stores like Walmart or Target.
Walmart has the ReliOn meters while Target has the Up & Up Brand but know that the difference in prices could be confusing because the big four can offer test strips for less,
Consumer Reports left some important information too like the standards they used in testing, how many people were tested and the number of tests each received. That said, here are the top nine the Consumer Reports say are excellent for accuracy.
FreeStyle Freedom Lite
Accu-Chek Compact Plus
Bayer Breeze 2
Up & Up
TrueResult Blood Glucose Monitoring System
But as to consistency, only five were reported to be excellent, and they are:
FreeStyle Freedom Lite
Accu-Chek Compact Plus
Hope the above will provide some guidance in the choice of the best glucose meters to use. Here’s what a satisfied customer said of Bayer Contour Blood Glucose, 100 Test Strips
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping and less then half the price of anybody.
By Thomas C. Aprigliano
Amazon Verified Purchase
I have looked around and found 100 strips at walmart come out to $1 a strip. Cvs even more. Walgreens are about the same price as cvs. I went to SAMs and costco and 100 strips are around $98. Amazon had them for less than half price .think about it. Every time you use a strip it’s like burning a $1 bill If you have to test yourself more than 3 times a day like I do how much you will be saving getting them at Amazon. Also shipping was faster than I was told and it was free. save your money. I will be getting my strips from amazon from now on and you should too. 5 stars all the way.
Lower Diabetes Risk With These Lifestyle Changes
So many people develop diabetes now yet it is something that can be avoided. It takes just a few changes to lower the risk and I hope you will tell your friends about this. And even if diabetes has already come and stayed, doing the following will also help in managing the condition so complications can be avoided. Here they are:
1. Exercise will help not only in losing weight but also in boosting sensitivity to insulin and lowering the blood sugar level. It does not have to be a rigorous type of exercise although resistance training and aerobic exercise have been known to lower the risk.
2. Eat healthy meals with lots of whole grains and fiber like nuts, beans,, seeds and fruits and vegetables. Choose lean meats but more fish each week using only liquid oils. Consumption of dairy products should be of the non-fat variety and lower intake of sweets and snacks.
3. Lose weight because more fatty tissue makes it hard for the body to make insulin and respond to it properly. They say having healthy weight reduces the risk to develop diabetes by 70%.
4. Drink only one serving of alcohol for women and two for men because too much can inflame the pancreas which can make it difficult to secrete insulin.
5. Quit smoking for having more than 20 cigarettes a day can double the diabetes risk.
Keeping all these lifestyle changes in mind and acting on them will surely help in lowering the risk to develop diabetes and manage it when this unwelcome guest comes along.
Pancreas Removal Helps In Managing Diabetes
Mayo Clinic has come up with a discovery that those whose pancreas were removed were able to control their diabetes better. Before, they were concerned about the effects of removing the whole pancreas in cases of cancer so they left as much of it as possible. This new study, however showed that removing the whole pancreas was safe and effective for the patients.
The 14 patients who participated in the study were compared to 100 type 1 diabetic and both groups were able to manage their diabetes well and there were no complications involved. The researchers give credit to the improvement in insulin therapy so much so that even with the removal of the entire pancreas, they can safely manage their blood glucose requirement.
Now the doctors and the patients need not worry about leaving portions of the pancreas for fear that it will jeopardize the way people will manage diabetes. Now that it is out of the way, there is no more worry about leaving some portion of the pancreas at the risk of the cancer recurring.
Chia Seed Power
Chia seeds, if you have not heard of them yet, are an amazing super food. The health properties found in the chia seeds are the remarkable like the quantity of antioxidants, the high fiber content and the high ratio of omega-3 to the omega-6 fatty acids. It is also found to be a complete protein.
Some people who know of the amazing qualities of the chia seeds put them into their breakfast juice and to their salad at lunch. Others add some chia seeds to the yogurt along with blueberries. You don’t need to grind them like you do with flax seeds.
Chia seeds are organic because the insects avoid them so pesticides are not needed to grow them. There are no chemicals around the seeds like most of the agricultural products we have. I usually have to soak my strawberries in vinegar for a minute before washing them thoroughly just to get rid of the chemicals. But not the chia seeds.
One big question is what color of chia seeds do we buy. It does not really matter whether you get the dark gray, black or white for they are equally nourishing. Some packages though have brown seeds which are bitter because they have not matured yet.
Diabetes Patient Receives Highest-Ever Compensation in Suit Against Drug Company
Diabetes patient is awarded NIS 12 million after suing GlaxcoSmithKline for hiding from the public that Avandia increased the risk of dying from heart attack. Avandia was approved for treating type 2 diabetes in 1999 and became the most widely used in the west with $3.2 billion in 2006.
But in 2007 an article was published by the New England Journal of Medicine that two researchers were able to show that Avandia increased the risk of heart attack by 43% and the risk of dying from a heart attack by 64% when they compared to those who were treated with other drugs and in 2010 the FDA determined Avandia to harm the heart and that it is connected to 304 deaths in the 2009’s third quarter in the US.
Despite this I am still dancing the jig from the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Health Care Reform Bill-26, that will help the diabetics. For one thing no insurance company can deny coverage to anyone and parents can keep their kids up to age 26 on family policies. It’s your turn now. What do you think of the health care reform bill? And if you’re looking for affordable health insurance, check this our and get a free quote.
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Diabetes Doctors Say the NYC Big-Soda Ban is Just a Start
Obesity health costs, (not only hurting the government and PWD’s pockets financially but also the price to one’s personal health cannot be measured) are making those concerned to take action either by food restriction as in the NYC Big Soda ban or tax unhealthy foods just like governments abroad that are starting to accept taxes on junk food.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to limit drinks to 16 ounces is commendable, don’t you think? The doctors agree and say this should just be a start to ban unhealthy food but the poll says Americans are against this as they think it is an intervention for the government to do so.
But the trouble is we need some protection from the food industry that has been tempting us to eat bigger portions to the point more than two-thirds of the adults in the US are either obese or overweight. This endangers our life and other people’s pockets if someone else is paying for our hospital bills. That is why others believe this ban is beyond one‘s personal freedom.
Just look at Singapore, such a tiny country yet it is the second richest in the Far East. That‘s because they have tough laws which its citizens agree are fair. As a result, it is safe there to walk even in the middle of the night. And all around there is clean. What is the point of all of these? Let us embrace the government’s effort to keep us safe from harm.
New FastClix: Now Easier on Your Brain, While Still Sparing Your Fingers
Roche Diabetes has a new product in their arsenal and it is a gun-style lancing device called FastClix which is the new version and note the Big C. The old one has a small c. They say it is really good and features one-click lancing. They say it is easy to use. Just press your thumb down on the top like in a ballpoint pen and voila! The finger is lanced. It is so much easier than the older Multiclix.
Unique Comfort Dial depth adjustment allows 11settings to match skin type for virtually pain-free sampling. No side-to-side motion, which reduces painful skin tearing. Includes lancing device, 10 lancets, and instructions. Customer must be preapproved to order DME/HME product." This may not be the actual product so don’t buy yet if you want to get the FastClix which I think is better. I looked for it but couldn’t find it. It may not be in the market yet.
Meta-Analysis Examines Intensive Glycemic Control, Renal Disease in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
This kind of makes me feel bad because I was hoping that if the diabetics followed the intensive glycemic control, they would avoid any problems with the kidney. And this is quite a large study involving seven studies and 163,828 patient years. Oh well, in the meantime we will watch out for things that will positively work out for those who suffer from diabetes.
Organ Transplants Change Local’s Life
Matt Westerlind, you’re my hero. What a positive attitude you have on the health challenges you have had! No wonder you are doing well. You will be quite a role model for the readers of my ezine. Getting 20 years for your new pancreas is certainly a boon, quite a step up from the daily injections you had to do.
Type 2 Diabetes Is Tougher to Treat in Kids and Teens
It is really sad that our youth has to suffer the consequences of unhealthy life style. It is up for us the grown-ups to pave the way to a healthier environment. The children didn’t ask for this. They just eat what they see and do what they observe their elders are doing. As Dr. Allen said, unless we do this any other study will fail.
Diabetic 86-Year Old Woman Fascinates Scientists
Looking at how this 86-year old woman has coped with her diabetes since she was diagnosed when she was 11 years old, Harvard researchers are fascinated and wants to study her body parts after she dies. The mission of the Harvard study is to improve the lives of the diabetic and since she received two medals for her courage as a diabetic, she has become a subject for this Harvard study.
She is a role model for all of us and worthy of our following her example. It goes to show that taking good care of the diabetes can make us live a long and healthy life. Named Dorothy Jane, she wants to be called DJ. She is still very energetic and sits and stands 120 times in a row. She is only one of the 49 diabetics to receive the 75 year medal.
Four "Preventable Risk Factors" That Reduce American Life Expectancy
What would you be willing to give up in exchange for five more years of living? Would you be willing to give up smoking? Would you try to eat healthy and exercise so you will not gain weight and your blood pressure and blood sugar levels can be stabilized? If you do, then you gain five more years of living with your loved ones. Then you got it made for those are the four risks that reduce one’s life expectancy. And I thank the author for these for we all need reminders now and then.
Type 2 Diabetes Advances Seen in 2011
Type 2 diabetes is a big problem that needs to be tackled. Thank goodness that in 20011 some health advances were made. Hopefully all these will lead to total cure. The trouble was Avandia had been linked to increased risk of heart attack, heart failure and dying.
It was a good thing we read the good news that visiting the dentist can give clues if one has diabetes. Also a research from University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital found that eating just two ounces of unsalted nuts can help one manage the blood sugar better.
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A Test Can Tell if Diabetes is in Your Future
Dr. Randy Martin talked to the endocrinologist about diabetes especially on the topic regarding a test that can predict diabetes. It looks like the researchers found five amino acids that are more in quantity among those with diabetes so a test to determine this could be done in the doctor’s office. This would be very much welcome for then a strategy could be planned to prevent the coming of a full-blown diabetes. I like Dr. Martin’s advice though that while this test is being developed, patients could reduce their risk by keeping a normal weight, exercising 20 minutes a day and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
To Control Diabetes, Turn to Top 10 Superfoods
We cannot emphasize enough how important a healthy diet is not only for the diabetics but for the whole family as well These top ten superfoods contain the nutrients we all need. They are also high in fiber and so we could feel full longer. These super foods are: dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, berries, yogurt and fat free milk, fish with omega fatty acids, nuts and whole grains. We already are friends with these foods but it is good to be reminded once in a while.
Diabetes Service Dogs Save Lives
I know diabetes dogs are a life saver and I realize it costs a lot of money to train one. When she ended up with a free diabetes assist dog does it mean she got it for free? It is good to know that when Lundquist searched the engine for a free diabetes service dogs in Minnesota, she found out that its service area includes Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas and parts of Illinois.
Exercises You Don’t Really Need
You don’t need crutches for they could hurt your back. Neither do you need straight-leg dead lifts because bending forward with straight legs puts pressure on the invertebral discs. You also don’t need leg extensions; they’re best for those recovering from knee injuries. Neither do you need to do tricep extensions and squatting lateral raise. No, they’re not for me either. I will stick to a nice walk in the park, thank you.
Evangelical Offers Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Classes
It sure is true knowledge is power when it comes to do with diabetes. What a nice gesture it is to offer free classes to empower the diabetics in taking care of themselves by taking an active part in managing their condition. This type of classes should be available all over the US as it will help the diabetics feel more confident that someone is out there who will help them face this challenge. And if you’re late for these classes or they too far away from where you live. Google where they are available.
We All Must do More to Combat Diabetes
I hear Frank’s plea and we should all do something to fight this battle. I can’t believe over a quarter of Maine population is suffering from diabetes. This should be stopped and it needs all our help. If we hear that funding will be cut for diabetes research or anything else pertaining to this condition, let us all stand united and let the powers that be hear our side.
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