• 6 months ago

    What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    In order to beat Type 2 Diabetes, you have to "fight" to improve your health.

    What stands in the way of most people, newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, is themselves. They refuse to look for simple ways to make improvements in their health. They think, "I'll just let my doctor tell me what to do." There's two problems with this line of thinking:
    1. They don't follow anyone's advice, let alone, their doctor's, and
    2. Their doctor only see's them for 15 minutes every 6-12 months (What about the other 262, 775 minutes?).

    It's the cumulative healing power of the "little things" one performs during the course of each day that's the real "doctor" in the fight against T2D (and every other lifestyle disease). Here's a few examples of some small lifestyle practices that can make a big impact on this disease...
    1. Upon waking in the AM, drink as much water as you possibly can. I drink 3/4 of a liter, workout for one hour, drink 1/4 of liter of water, then, drink a cup of coffee, no sugar. If properly hydrated, you should pee all of this out in about 90-120 minutes. If not, you ain't "properly hydrated" (dehydration is at the core of most health issues, today).
    2. I thoroughly rinse my mouth out with warm water after eating. This limits bacterial growth in the mouth that destroys the enamel on teeth and can contribute to inflammation in the gut.
    3. Emotional wellness is good for the body. Maintaining a positive attitude and performing "good deed(s)" throughout the day places your mind (and body) in a good place.
    4. Scrub your skin when showering to exfoliate and open up skin pores. This encourages new skin growth, fights aging wrinkled skin.

    Remember: Think "little things".


  • 5 months ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    Consider...The finest, most exclusive restaurants in the world serve the freshest, least processed and least sugar and salt added meals. In other words, if you really want to eat an outstanding meal (and load up your credit card), eat "real" food. Am I the only one who sees the absurdity in that? The most wasteful, unhealthful and least rational thing people do with their money is eat out.
      • 1 month ago
        If you're near an Aldi Foods, they offer a wide selection of organic foods that won't break the bank. Be a savvy shopper.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    I've opined, on numerous occasions, that Type 2 Diabetes is a "spectrum" disease. That is, its a disease that everybody has percolating in them but usually only begins to raise blood sugar levels in adults, middle aged and beyond. Yet, the vast majority of the posts, here, clearly indicate that the prevalent thinking of most Americans is diabetes is something you "catch"...like the flu...or, scabies...or, bad luck...

    But, consider the following: "...About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66..." http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-key-statistics

    But, does the American Medical Association ever reveal that, based on autopsies of men in their 20's, it's shown that about 10% already show tiny signs of developing prostate cancer? No. They don't!

    There's no money in getting people to "prevent" disease. There's big bucks, though, in "treating" people with "life-threatening" (aka, rock-n-hard place) diseases. This "sheep & shepherd" mentality that people have with healthcare is the worst conspiracy propagated in America, imo. Say, "Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa", everyone.

    What's the point? Why is it important to view Type 2 Diabetes as a "spectrum" disease, you ask?

    1. To get young people to start thinking different than their "ignorant" parents and think of healthcare in terms of PREVENTION, not TREATMENT!!!!

    2. To get young people to start thinking different than their "ignorant" parents and think of healthcare in terms of PREVENTION, not TREATMENT!!!!, and, most importantly,...

    3. To get young people to start thinking different than their "ignorant" parents and think of healthcare in terms of PREVENTION, not TREATMENT!!!!

    When it comes to healthcare, please, please, please...Don't make the same mistakes your parents made (and continue to make)! Lead far healthier lives, instead.
      • 3 months ago
        I am 76 years young 7 years ago I was 69 years old what is the difference? The difference for me is I am not taking any of the 7 pills I was taking 7 years ago.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    Healthy is a word you'll commonly hear on health boards & everyone thinks (&, says) they live "healthy". But, what are common signs that suggest otherwise?

    1. Bad Breath: The smell (or stink) of your breath has a direct correlation with your health because it relates to certain bacterial flora that thrive in your mouth and g.i. tract. Diabetics have a very distinct and unpleasant smell and people with diabetes will often chew gum, frequently brush or use "breath" mints to mask foul odors.
    This is a classic example, btw, of how modern medicine (drugs, quick fixes, "health aids") focuses on treating "symptoms". Instead of addressing the root cause (diabetes, poor diet, lack of exercise), we choose to "mask" stink-breath with antiseptics, toothpastes, tic-tacs and gum.

    2. Bad Teeth: Teeth problems start in the gums in the form of gingivitis. Gingivitis (gum disease) is reflective of poor health (developing cardiovascular issues, diabetes, hypertension, poor diet, lack of exercise, SODAS / JUICE). Fact: The average adult between age 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth! (Of course you know; this is a diabetes board, ain't it?) Haven't you noticed, when listening to the radio, how many dental ads played each hour? That's because dentists prefer to advertise on radio. And, as diabetes has exploded in numbers across America, proportionately so, has rotted and missing teeth. As long as people continue to eat faux food, get fat and refuse to regularly exercise, business will continue to thrive for the dental industry. btw, one of the best ways to teach your children how to be financially successful and have fewer money issues in life? All parents insist that graduating college is key. I have a better one:

    Eat more fruits and vegetables.

    btw, Do you ever wonder why the price of dental implants hasn't come down like, say, the cost of hearing aids and prescription eyeglasses? It's because, dentists and dental labs are smart. They know, precisely, where their bread is buttered (implants, crowns, dentures) and they will "guard" their livelihood (and the MBZs) with vim and vigor!

    Bottomline: Truly "healthy" people don't pay mega bucks to dentists for implants, crowns and repeat dentures (because their anchors keep failing). When someone tells you they live "healthy", just look at their teeth. Do they smile, often? Or, are their teeth yellowed, chipped & crumbling? Are their gums any color other than bright pink? Please. Don't go around telling people how "healthy" you are if your teeth are clearly indicating, opposite.

    3. Eyes and Vision Fail: Good health is reflective of bright, clear eyes.
    Conversely, if the eye whites are not bright white, that's reflective of faltering/failing health. Diabetes knows how to punish people for their procrastination and denial...it goes after the eyes. The eyes are the "windows". The eyes tell all you need to know about an individual's health. &, the eyes tell you whether you're winning of losing the war against diabetes. Same as dentists, business for ophthalmologists "is-a-boomin'!" If you don't eat right and you don't exercise, diabetes will slowly but surely ruin your eyes. All the meds, all the doctor visits, all the gimmicks and health aids, all the exercise equipment...this is why diabetes is 1/4 of a $TRILLION business! If your vision is worsening, well, guess what? You're treating "symptoms" and not attacking the root cause of Type 2 Diabetes, my friend. You want your "cake and eat it, too"? Nope. Uh-Uh. That's not how Type 2 Diabetes works. That's the beauty of diabetes: You can lie to everyone, else, but you can't lie to the bathroom mirror. If you want to save your sight (or keep what little you have remaining), meds will not save your eyeballs, sorry. You have to change your lifestyle.

    There are many indicators of health. Weight is an obvious one. Weight can either increase, decrease of stay the same. Two out of the three are BAD (and unhealthy) and a sure sign of failing health. To be in good health means the body is static and stable...it's at "peace". Everything is working, efficiently and reliably. If you are overweight or obese, you still only have one heart, one liver, two kidneys, one G.I. tract and they are meant to maintain/operate ONE body, not one and one-half or two! Pimples and skin blemishes are another reliable indicator of a taxed/overworked immune system. Older adults with poor glucose control often look like they're going through puberty. Finally, frequent colds. If you get sick more than one or two times a year, you are not "healthy". You can say you are but you're in denial. And, just because you work closely with kids does not justify being sick more. Teachers are some of the most unhealthy people I've known, precisely, because they delude themselves into thinking, "...Oh, it's normal to feel lousy multiple times a year because of my occupation..." FAIL! It's not normal and, if you improved your health, you realize, lickity-split, there's nothing "normal" about getting sick, often, at all. Joint pain is a seldom discussed problem on this board but it's one of the biggest challenges of any diabetic in starting and maintaining a regular exercise program. How do you exercise when your body screams "DON'T!" It's a huge challenge to overcome.

    I mention these key "signs" because anyone who has overcome Type 2 Diabetes and reversed their "disease", without meds, will, all, tell the same exact story. It doesn't take a "specialist" or A1C test to know where you stand with your T2 diabetes. Your body speaks to you, every freakin day. Your body is the best doctor in the world...

    All you have to do is listen.
      • 3 months ago
        brunosbud, You are absolutely right, I am 76 years young 7 years ago I was 69 years old taking 7 pills a day and was diagnose diabetic since 1964, since 2009 I started to lesson to my body and got rid of the 7 pills.
      • 3 months ago
        Thank you for truth. These are things that are hard to hear, but they are all true. I know that I can certainly use some of this information for my own good.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    "Taco Bell's menu, as selected by a nutritionist"...
    "Burger King's menu, as selected by a nutritionist"...
    "Healthy fast food switches that will surprise you"...
    "McDonald’s Is Raising Prices and Going Healthy – And If They Do This One Thing, Investors Should Love it"...
    "Wendy's Goes Healthy"...
    These were all headlines I saw this week...

    Why do you suppose all these mega-restaurant chains are going "healthy"?

    1. Competition. They are the first to respond to changing diner preferences and sentiments. Because, everyone now knows that unhealthy eating when you're young and healthy result in catastrophic health issues once you reach middle age and beyond. It's because, people, now, equate fast food as "junk". It's because panera and chipotle (though only "marginally" healthier than these guys) have captured big market share at their expense. It's because shareholders prefer to make money, not throw it away

    2. If you're food is slowly killing your loyal customers, that's a relatively stupid business model. Great businesses are self-sustaining. They aid and benefit their customer's good health and success. Bad business does the exact opposite.

    So, I have a very simple question to all of you:

    "How do you know you're eating at a good business or a bad one?"
  • 4 months ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    Check this article out:

    "Obesity and insulin resistance"

    Here's the first line of the study...
    "...The association of obesity with type 2 diabetes has been recognized for decades, and the major basis for this link is the ability of obesity to engender insulin resistance..."

    Now, examine the date of when this study was made: "2000 Aug 15"

    What is wrong with "this" picture? Anyone????

    Now, fast forward to today, 2017...Walk over to the nearest high school, take a glance and do a quick mental survey of just how many kids are either overweight or obese. If we knew, 50 years ago, that weight gain has a strong correlation to Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and, later in life, stroke and heart attack, what does this say about,

    A. Our Education System,
    B. Where our tax dollars are going, and
    C. What do parents of young, school aged children know about life threatening lifestyle disease?

    Ask any diabetic whose using insulin to control their blood sugar, what's the first thing that happened when they first started injecting insulin into their bodies:

    "I gained weight"

    When a person begins to show signs of insulin resistance (rise in blood pressure or triglycerides or fasting glucose) the body requires more insulin to normalize blood glucose levels. This is not good because Insulin acts as a hormonal signal to the body to "increase" weight (insulin clears the bloodstream of glucose, stores it as fat for a rainy day, get hungry from low blood sugar, then, eat some more...)

    Weight gain can be accomplished TWO ways:
    A. Your appetite increases, thus, you eat more, or
    B. You fight the hunger urge but your body outsmarts you by slowing your metabolism (slows down your thyroid)

    What can a parent do if they see their child gaining weight?
    A 1. Feed them healthy, fresh whole foods, fruits and veggies and lean proteins, cut back on red meat, eat more fiber via seeds, legumes, beans, and
    A 2. Encourage physical fitness through daily exercise, dance, sports, hikes, etc...

    If it was so universally understood that weight gain is a "clear and present danger" of developing insulin resistance, do you think so many parents would be so tolerant and accepting when their kid can't walk a lousy mile in P.E. without practically collapsing from exhaustion?

    This is what we have to show for 50 years of "research" in diabetes. How many parents of school aged kids can even spell, "insulin resistance"? Am I the only one who thinks, political correctness is far more important to people, today, then the health and safety of their own child?

    This is what we have to show for 50 years and trillions in research: "Don't let anyone tell you different, honey! YOU-ARE-BEAUTIFUL-JUST-THE-WAY-YOU-ARE! :) "
  • 3 months ago
      • 3 months ago
        Thank you for your comments...

        I look forward, now, to ones you can share with members & guests that can help them find solutions with this most serious health condition. That way, all of us can benefit and feel better about ourselves and our families.

        Here's an example and one that may be of help to you. Good luck.

        One of the biggest problem areas affected by diabetes are your teeth and gums. If the dentist you're seeing has the latest technology in dental equipment, it can save you a lot of time, a lot of money and, most importantly, a lot of pain...

        Here's some examples:

        1. Digital x-ray: Dentists who do not have digital x-ray equipment are practicing in the dark ages. Digital x-rays use less radiation than film. They are easier to read and the ability to manipulate contrast makes diagnosis more accurate. This equipment is expensive.

        2. Ultrasonic Cleaning: Ultrasonic instruments vibrate plaque and calculus off your teeth, even in areas below your gums. It is much more comfortable than old-fashioned hand scraping. They can remove heavy stains (like tobacco and coffee) from the tooth and even treat periodontal disease. There is no excuse for not having it.

        3. CEREC: For many dentists, this is the information they don't want you to have. The CEREC system lets your dentist provide a ceramic crown, onlay or veneer in only one visit. Use of CEREC can conserve the tooth structure and permit the dentist to seal the tooth in one appointment. No gagging impressions. CEREC means fewer injections, less drilling and no annoying temporaries.

        The big rub is cost. A CEREC system will cost around $120,000.

        4. Diagnodent: This is a laser which the dentist shines on the tooth and it tells whether there is a cavity and how deep it is. What's more, the laser can even tell your dentist that a root canal may be required. With the use of this technology, the dentist can detect cavities, and find them at an earlier stage, than traditional poking around the tooth (and no one likes that!).

        5. TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder): Did you know migraines and neck problems can be related to the position of your jaw? Your dentist should feel your joint and ask about any pain or discomfort you may be having.

        6. Advancements in oral cancer screening allow your dentist to find it sooner. A Vizilite exam is a detection tool used by dentists to see tissue changes in their earliest form. The dentist has you rinse with a solution and then shines a specially designed light in your mouth which will indicate the presence of oral cancer.

  • 2 months ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    Part A: Worrying About Type 2 Diabetes

    There's over a 1000 posts on this board with, somewhere, it reads, "...I'm worried..."

    I understand why they feel that way...I've been in their shoes. Worry is bourne from not knowing what will happen, next. They're unaware of the "odds" of their condition. They see only bad outcomes, not the good, happy and, in my case, life-changing ones.

    A lot of these posters are young. I'm old (61) & I've seen the "consequences" of poor choices and lack of (valid) information about type 2 diabetes. And, since Type 2 Diabetes, unquestionably, "runs" in families, there's high probability that these "posters" have seen it, too. In my immediate circle of family, I've had four people die of stroke/heart attack, 2 from heart & kidney disease and 2 have died from cancer (3 have survived cancer...for, now). Three of the, above, died before they saw the birth of their first grandkids. One "survivor" is attending college after Stage 4 testicular.

    (Note: I know most of you are thinking: "Well, what does this have to do with Type 2 Diabetes?" Unfortunately, you don't know smack. They all share the same "root cause": chronic inflammation.)

    That's the bane of growing old. You see lots of $h*t. But, here's a list of things I want to share with all these "posters:

    Don't worry. You have options. Just because you've been "diagnosed" with diabetes or prediabetes, it won't end badly if you take action...Now.

    Part B: To follow, shortly...
      • 1 month ago
        Part B: (continued)

        "Reversing Type 2 Diabetes"
        "....Our work has shown that type 2 diabetes is not inevitably progressive and life-long. We have demonstrated that in many people who have had type 2 diabetes for up to 10 years, major weight loss returns insulin secretion to normal. It has been possible to work out the basic mechanisms which lead to type 2 diabetes. Too much fat within liver and pancreas prevents normal insulin action and prevents normal insulin secretion. Both defects are reversible by substantial weight loss..."

        "Can a Low-Calorie Diet Reverse Diabetes?"
        "...What we have shown is that it is possible to reverse your diabetes, even if you have had the condition for a long time, up to around 10 years. If you have had the diagnosis for longer than that, then don’t give up hope – major improvement in blood sugar control is possible..."
        "...the study supported the researchers’ theory of a “Personal Fat Threshold”: “If a person gains more weight than they personally can tolerate, then diabetes is triggered, but if they then lose that amount of weight, then they go back to normal. Individuals vary in how much weight they can carry without it seeming to affect their metabolism – don’t forget that 70% of severely obese people do not have diabetes.”..."

        Did you read the two articles, above? If so, what else are you "worried" about (your diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes)?

        Here's the bottomline:
        1. When you see your diabetes specialist and they explain the importance of diet and exercise in the treatment of this disease, don't ignore them! I find it ironic that everybody who posts, here, claims, "I'm not overweight." Truth is 95% of all Type 2's are overweight or obese (that's 19 out of every 20 prediabetic/Type 2 Diabetic!). There is an overwhelming correlation between excess body fat and the development of T2 D! And, the point of these studies is clearly substantiating this premise: YOU LOSE SOME WEIGHT (5-10%), YOUR INSULIN RESISTANCE WILL DECREASE AND, EVENTUALLY, BLOOD SUGAR WILL NORMALIZE... In other words, any doctor that tells you the first line of defense in treating Type 2 Diabetes are drugs/insulin either, (1.) doesn't read, and or (2.) believes the "old school" notion that diabetes is a "progressive" disease and CANNOT BE REVERSED. And, you know what? If you take those prescribed drugs and ignore or marginalize the importance of weight loss, improved diet and daily exercise in treating this disease, your Type 2 Diabetes will, in fact, "progress" and deepen. How will you know this is has happened? Your drug(s) dosing will increase in order to reduce BS to acceptable levels.

        The people who come here and say, "I'm worried...", they simply don't know that Type 2 Diabetes can be REVERSED. It is, in fact, not the least bit "progressive"! Lose some weight, eat right and exercise, then, call me liar.
        Go ahead, I dare you!

        I've mentioned this many times in the past...I believe Type 2 Diabetes is a "beautiful" disease because it allows each one of us an opportunity to measure our self worth and see just how much we care for this blessed gift we've been given: Our life. No one (besides us) can repair broken blood glucose regulation, no amount of money can make this journey any easier and it plays a level playing field regardless of race, creed, color, young or old, man or woman. With Type 2 Diabetes, if you put in the work, you will reap the benefits. You don't make an effort to lose the weight, eat, smart, and you will pay for your carelessness. Is it possible, that I'm the only one who sees the fairness and utter simplicity of this "test"? So, what is your life worth?

        Still "worried" about Type 2 Diabetes? That's cool. That's nobody's business but yours, alone. Bon, appetit.
      • 1 month ago
        Losing weight, even as little as 5 to 10% body weight, is hard. It took me almost 6 years to lose 40 lbs. No matter how many articles you read about Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes Reversal, don't expect to see the words, "fast" or "easy". It's not easy! If done properly (long term), it's a difficult and arduous journey. Learning how to eat, correctly, & without added sugar and salt, is one of the toughest things you will ever do in life. I put it, above, beating alcoholism... graduating college...hell, raising two kids who graduated college. This is why gastric bypass may correct Type 2 Diabetes, "fast and easy". But, long term, G.B. most often fails because the patient will revert back to old eating habits. No surgery can correct what you load on your fork!

        Reversing Type 2 Diabetes is an odyssey, requiring patience, discipline and self-worth. That's the beauty! When you come out the "other end", free of the drugs, free of the sugar & free of the horrid symptoms and depression associated with this disease, you're not just free of "worry". You're reborn.

        Don't ever forget! There's no value or reward in anything that comes "fast" or "easy".
  • 20 days ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    Thank you for this wealth of information, this will help me on this journey to improve my health and reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
  • 8 days ago

    RE: What Do You Do To "Fight" Diabetes?

    A visitor asked about eating too much "brown rice". This was my response...

    I will try to explain why blood sugar rises in T2 Diabetics. Hopefully, by the end of this discussion, you'll refrain from asking "what should I eat" questions, forever.

    First, please read the following,
    "Diabetes and Inflammation"
    (I care not whether you believe what I say but once you read it, you will realize, I'm not pulling this stuff out of my *** and making it up as I go...)

    So, now that you know there is a relationship between high blood sugar and the body's inflammatory response (agro immune system>>white blood cells sent>>release of "cytokines">>> yada, yada, yada...), there you go! Chemicals released from bloody fat cells causes inflammation>>>>blood sugar soars. Who knew?!?! So, brown rice causes inflammation (indirectly)! Hot-diggety-dog! Problem solved! I'm a genius!...

    But, hold on...Not so fast.

    There are many "things" that can illicit an inflammatory response besides pancakes, french fries, spaghetti, snickerdoodles and BROWN RICE (no matter how much you EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

    Again, INFLAMMATION: occurs when chemicals from the body's white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues. It's designed to "protect your body" from "foreign substances" (ie. crap released from fat cells). These chemicals (cytokines) increase the blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness and warmth. So, in other words, it's not a good idea to have a bunch of fat cells because it can cause "inflammation" and, as a result, raise my blood sugar. BOO-HOO.

    OK, so being fat is not good. So, I'll lose some weight. That's why my doctor keeps badgering me. Now, it makes sense...

    Just one problem: To reiterate, there are many things (hundreds!!!!!!!!) that can/may cause short term or chronic inflammation. Here's a 1 minute sampling...

    bee stings
    yelling at your spouse or child
    (You spouse yelling at you,
    You yelling at the driver in front of you,
    You flipping the driver as you drive by,...)
    bruising your shin on the coffee table
    medications your doctor prescribed to you (birth control, decongestants, vitamin B, steroids, barbiturates, etc, etc, etc)
    any drug you heard from a friend of a friend that lost 30 lbs in 30 days!
    High cholesterol
    High blood pressure
    auto-immune diseases
    menstrual cramps
    tooth aches
    colds and flus
    peanut butter
    household cleaning products
    ridiculous, untested "supplements" you saw on Dr. _z or Dr. Ph_l or Dr. Who
    tooth aches
    poison oak
    flu shots
    blood pressure meds
    cholesterol meds
    and, of course, "brown rice"

    So, how in the world, would anybody (& their grandmother) know the cause of YOUR "inflammation" that resulted in your A1C going up? Sure, it could be all that brown sugar you ate. But, it could also be 10,000 other things!!!!! And, because you "shared" so much detailed medical information about yourself and family history, we have all the data needed to reach a definite, lock down, air tight conclusion...Yup. Has to be the "brown rice"!

    I don't mean to make light of your question...

    The truth is: Each individual has a unique, one-of-a-kind, metabolic make-up and what is likely the cause of their uncontrolled blood sugar regulation is not one factor (brown rice) but the combination & strength of HUNDREDS of FACTORS (age, diet, weight, race, family history, environmental conditions, stress, co-morbidities, medications, social network, etc, etc). But, because you don't understand how complex Type 2 Diabetes is (much less how inflammation affects blood sugar) the only thing you "fear" is food...

    ...like, brown rice. So, fear it, if you must.