• over 1 year 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".


  • 11 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.
      • 6 months 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.
  • 11 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.
      • 9 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.
  • 10 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.
      • 9 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.
      • 8 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.
  • 10 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?"
  • 9 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! :) "
  • 9 months ago
      • 9 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.

  • 7 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...
      • 6 months 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.
      • 6 months 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".
  • 6 months 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.
  • 5 months 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.
  • 5 months ago

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

    Name a bill of sale you get where you don't even bother to look at? Give up?

    Answer: A bill from a healthcare agency.

    ...That should tell you all you need to know about just how whacked out, how ludicrous, how outrageous our healthcare system is...the doctors, the hospitals, the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies...they are charging whatever they want and we're paying it, no questions asked.

    You think I'm blowing smoke? You think it's not that bad? You think I'm being a drama queen? Please, read this:

    "Jeffrey Sachs: America can save $1 trillion and get better health care"

    *US health care costs are out of sight, more than $10,000 per person per year, or a staggering $3.25 trillion a year, compared with around $5,000 per person in Canada, Germany, Japan and France.

    *Every other rich country uses the same medical technology, gets the same or better health outcomes, and pays vastly lower sums.

    *Health care is our biggest economic sector, far ahead of the military, Wall Street and the auto and tech industries. It is pushing 18% of national income, compared with 10% to 12% of national income in the other high-income countries.

    *None of this is rocket science. Nor is the United States too dumb to figure out what Canada, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Belgium, Korea and others have solved. The problem is not our intelligence. The problem is our corrupt political system, which caters to the health care lobby, not to the needs of the people.

    Day after day, I read, post after heartbreaking post, people desperate for answers: "I'm afraid...I think I have diabetes...What should I do?...Should I be worried?..." Is this what Americans get for $10,000 worth of medical spending by the medical industry and the politicians that facilitate this charade while they hold one congressional meeting after another, explaining that it's "the other party" or "the White House" that's preventing us from receiving healthcare that actually improves our health and keeps us informed.

    $10,000 per citizen in the US. Are YOU getting your money's worth? If that were true, why are you, here? Why are you asking crucial life-and-death questions to complete strangers with unknown or, at the very least, questionable credentials?

    All I can say to anyone that will listen: Can I please have my $10,000 in cash cause the companies my government is giving it to for my "benefit" does absolutely nothing for me. I mean it! I used to get angry when I read about how some doctor or lawyer fled the country after scamming Medicare or Medicaid for several hundred million in fraudulent claims. Now, I just stop reading and go look at some porn. Think about it. Whose gonna notice a few hundred million bucks missing in a budget of 3.25 TRILLION?

    This is what Washington and every state government has quietly perpetrated, in collusion with healthcare, to make Americans just "look the other way".
    Bills that never get looked at are a license to steal. $10,000/yr and you can't even get an appointment? At what point will people scream, "enough is enough!"?
  • 5 months ago

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

    I like your thread because it matches my own philosophies with diabetes and lifestyle. However, with me at least, my "battles" with diabetes have never been a "fight; not even a "struggle". It has become such a normal part of my routine that most of the things that you discuss were adopted many, many years ago. They are almost an automatic reflex.

    That's why I don't spend much time "attending" to my diabetes nor have I ever struggled with burnout. If my blood sugars are high (based on my blood glucose test meter), I know what I need to do and just do it, almost without having to think about it. For that reason, I have never experienced burnout nor depression in "fighting" diabetes.

    Please continue to post here is this thread. That is where philosophy belongs and it may be very helpful to others. However, the healthy tips and lifestyle that you advocate only work for a small percentage because only a small percentage will ever follow through and actually try them. And, of course, there is the time factor involved. Healthy living will have benefits down the road, in the future; not necessarily in the here and now.

    If the patient is suffering damage to their bodies now/today, they cannot rely solely on lifestyle changes to stop the damage and restore them to health within a short time frame. In fact, they may even think your advice is not helpful and may become discouraged. That's the main reason why I do not feel that posting tips such as these in OTHER threads is likely to address the poster's more immediate issues; it could even turn some of them off.

    Expanding your collection of tips in this thread will be most useful to those who enjoy expanding their knowledge and should provide additional food for thought. But its unlikely to persuade the unwashed masses until they have sufficient courage to actually try some of these things for themselves not to mention having the patience to wait for the results, if any. No, they won't necessarily work for everyone. And the problem won't be due to insulin resistance. Instead, I call it patient resistance.

    But then, we're all different so nothing is going to work the same for everyone. We have to do our own due diligence and learn how to "listen to our own bodies." Therein lies the true path to controlling our individual diabetes. Did you know, for example, that our microbiome/microbiota can play a significant role in obesity and diabetes? The many research studies that I have read in this field have been extremely enlightening with much more yet to come.
      • 5 months ago
        Thanks, nutrijoy, for your comments and you are always welcomed, here.

        I'm not looking to "persuade the unwashed masses until they have sufficient courage". Though we share many common beliefs about diabetes, unfortunately, that's where we deviate. I've posted, here, for years. YEARS!
        I've shared a hundreds of links advocating lifestyle interventions, the importance of weight loss, how and why intermittent fasting improves insulin sensitivity, how caloric restriction through gastric bypass surgery is able to reverse T2D weeks before weight loss actually occurs, how exercise reduces insulin resistance regardless of weight loss...

        1. “Apart from lung cancer, there is no other disease that can be almost eliminated with simple lifestyle changes,” Willett said...About 60 conditions are made worse if you have obesity,” said George Blackburn, Abraham Associate Professor of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, whose work has also shown the benefits of weight loss to diabetics. “It’s astonishing. … We know exactly what to do to treat this disease: cut calories.”

        2. “What is interesting is that regardless of your present body weight and how you lose weight, the critical factor in reversing your Type 2 diabetes is losing that one gram of fat from the pancreas.”

        ...I concluded a long time ago. Type 2 Diabetes is a disease to
        1. Reverse (which I have), or
        2. Prevent
        T2 Diabetes is NOT a disease to "treat".

        The problem is not that people like diabetes...
        The problem is not that people like being fat...
        The problem is not that people aren't interested in making empowering changes to their diet and exercise to make dramatic improvements to quality of life...
        This is the freakin' problem:
        "Recipe to losing weight | Anna Verhulst"

        Weight loss is (c.) "COMPLEX PROBLEM". There is no "recipe" we can all follow to achieve success. Successful, predictable healthcare outcomes cannot be achieved without controls to what people actually shove in their pieholes! No healthcare program, whose ever "name" precedes it, can ever overcome a reckless, irresponsible attitude towards one's own health.

        This is why I don't believe in "controlling" high blood sugar (especially, with diabetes medications!). It's like weight loss! It's a complex problem! It's different for each and every gd T2 D patient! And, who knows better than you, for how dudes, everyday, "calibrate" their premeal bolus to feel "responsible" for making the "right adjustment" for the plate of spaghetti they just ate... http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/t/pasta-bolus-help/47841
        Unfortunately, this is precisely why T2 Diabetes "progresses" for the vast majority of people with T2 Diabetes

        It's not that I don't care about helping people; I do! I just don't believe I can help the average T2 diabetic whose been brainwashed into believing Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that can be "treated" or "controlled".

        The healthcare industry knows...The politicians know...The drug companies know...The health insurance companies know...The advertisers know...Everyone affiliated with medicine, all know...Trying to provide healthcare to a country "irrespective of diet" is neither a "simple" nor "complicated" problem. Healthcare, without establishing a minimum baseline of knowledge of what's healthy to eat and what's not, makes it "complex"!

        It's not that I don't care, nutrijoy. It's too "complex". We need to begin the process of educating our children of the importance of healthy diet and daily exercise. This way, they will understand what their parents cannot.

        You don't treat T2D. You prevent it!
      • 5 months ago
        PS: regarding your comment, "...they cannot rely solely on lifestyle changes to stop the damage and restore them to health within a short time frame..."

        How about 30 days?
        I lost 18 pounds in 35 days for my daughter's upcoming wedding. I wanted to weigh the same as when I got married 28 years ago. So, I went from 185 to 167. I'm 5'10"...I'm an old fogey with a 6 pack, now.
        "We Dieted Like Chris Pratt For 30 Days"

        (Salmon is stupid expensive. Same goes for asparagus. So, I went with homemade, crockpot chicken & vegetable soup (red bell peppers, green bell peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, red onions, celery), fresh hand-picked avocados and one scrambled egg.)

        ...Everyday for 34 days. I was already in good shape and no diabetes in years! I just wanted to prove to myself: Weight loss is all about the food!
        Can you imagine what a 10% weight loss would do for every T2D or prediabetic, here?

        30 days or 30 years; It doesn't matter. Only a miniscule would ever even consider doing this! They could have incredible control of their disease in just 30 days. What a pity.
      • 5 months ago
        Too many people, patients and healthcare professional alike, tend to blame obesity as being the primary cause of T2 diabetes and, by association, the patient’s inability to control their appetite (i.e., overeating) or lack of sufficient exercise (i.e., slovenly lifestyle). I have never embraced that theory because I personally know lots of skinny T2 diabetics who are reasonably active but still come down with diabetes. Jenny Ruhl wrote an article many years ago that you can read on her website, BloodSugar101:

        It was written quite a few years ago but has not gained much traction. Just shows that people just like to believe what they want to believe. But recent discoveries about the microorganisms which reside in our microbiome tends to toss the entire obesity theory on its head. It first began nearly a decade ago when doctors began experimenting with fecal/stool transplants to treat serious cases of IBS and infections of Clostridiuum difficile. The latter, in particular, is often resistant to conventional treatments, including antibiotics, and a fecal/stool transplant can literally be a life-saving procedure.

        But here’s where it gets interesting. Quite a few years ago, I read about a woman who underwent the procedure and the donor was a cousin who was overweight/borderline obese. Shortly after receiving stool from her healthy but overweight cousin, her infection successfully went away but she began to suddenly and unexpectedly gain weight herself. Yet her diet and lifestyle were the same as it had been before the transplant. At the time, her doctor was at a loss for an explanation. But now hundreds of people who have received stool from overweight donors have also reported unexplained weight gain despite making zero changes in their diets or lifestyle activities. Clearly, something in the microbiome was causing the weight gain. You can easily read dozens, perhaps hundreds of reports of this phenomenon by simply typing “weight gain after stool transplant” into your favorite search engine.

        This definitely suggests that something in the gut is responsible for this weird turn in events and has nothing to do with what a person eats nor how much they’re eating. Lifestyle also does NOT appear to be a factor in these cases of sudden weight gain; only that if the donor was obese, there’s a good chance that the recipient will become likewise. I could expand on this in greater detail, if you like, including the possible causes and the name of a microbe (found in the gut) that has been able to actually cause weight loss (special circumstances, of course) in the very limited experiments that have been done (so far). However, too many of my posts are too wordy than I prefer so I’ll end this post now. But … if those who read your thread want to know more, I’ll be happy to expand on this topic in a future post. Do, however, do your search for “weight gain after stool transplant” and read some of those articles first. They might answer most of the questions you might have regarding this microbiome-related phenomenon.
  • 5 months ago

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

    This was posted by member, "nutrijoy", recently in another thread"....

    “This TEDx talk by Dr. Sarah Hallberg is one that I recommend all PWDs should watch, whether they are Type 1, 2, 1.5 (LADA), MODY, or something undefined:


    Dr. Hallberg’s presentation is a shade over 18 minutes long but contains a wealth of solid information. I disagree with her video title about “reversing” diabetes but her suggestions are all pretty much spot on. Be sure to read some of the viewers’ comments posted on the YouTube page, however. The negative posts far outnumber the positives. Does that mean she is wrong or out-of-sync? Actually, as a seasoned veteran (over 15 years and counting) of insulin-dependent diabetes with an A1c under 5.4 during those many years, I can categorically state that the negative reviews come from people who either don’t have diabetes themselves or just don’t know the difference between their posterior orifice and a terrestrial aperture. But, I should add, that is only my personal opinion..."

    I have referenced Dr. Hallberg's Tedx talk, several times, in my posts, as well.
    I, too, agree with nutrijoy that most of what she says is quite valid. The key point to her discussion is concerning the hormone, "INSULIN". Because most people will never bother to watch her Ted Talk discussion, allow me to highlight what she says about "INSULIN" in her discussion.

    A. "Insulin's job is to drive blood sugar into the cells where it can be used."
    B. "Most people who are obese are insulin RESISTANT...they have trouble getting blood sugar (into the cells) where it needs to go."
    C. "The body's response to insulin RESISTANCE is to just make more of it and insulin levels will just rise and rise..."
    D. "More than 50% of the adult population now have either diabetes or prediabetes."
    E. "People have elevated insulin levels due to insulin RESISTANCE for years and years, decades even, long before the diagnosis of even "prediabetes" is made..."
    F. "It's estimated that even 16 to 25% of "normal" weighted adults have insulin "RESISTANCE".
    G. "So the problem with insulin resistance is, you are at "great" risk to developing diabetes..."
    H. "....but, also, insulin makes us HUNGRY!...Insulin is our FAT STORAGE hormone."
    I. "Everything we eat is either a fat, protein or carbohydrate and each has a different affect on insulin..."
    J. "When we eat fat, we get a flatline (it does nothing to insulin levels)."
    K. "So, if you're insulin RESISTANT and your insulin levels are already higher, you really are HUNGRIER...all the time!"
    L. "So, if you eat CARBS>>>Glucose goes up>>>Insulin goes up>>>Hunger & Fat Storage (results)."
    M. "The general recommendations for Type 2 Diabetes patients, today, is to consume 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal. We (doctors) are recommending to eat exactly what is causing our problem! Sound crazy? It really, really is!!!"
    N. "The American Diabetes Association guidelines specifically state, 'There is inconclusive evidence to recommend a specific carbohydrate limit and, since, carbohydrate intake is the single, greatest factor in blood sugar levels, we need medication (to treat diabetes)."
    O. "&, hey, look. If you're taking diabetes medications, you actually have to eat carbs! Otherwise, your blood sugar can go too low (hypoglycemic comatose)..."
    P. "So, here's the vicious cycle (of taking diabetes drugs prescribed by your physician) "they" set up for you: 1. Eat carbs>>>2. Take diabetes medicine>>>3. Eat MORE carbs to avoid going too "low" from taking the medication.............and, around and around and around we go!"
    Q. "No where in the ADA guidelines is the role of REVERSING Type 2 Diabetes!"
    R. "Our minimum daily requirement for carbohydrates? Zero...we don't need to eat carbohydrates."
    S. "(Why the ADA guidelines in conflict with the latest studies in HIGH FAT/LOW CARB diets) Don't be fooled; There's a lot of money to be made by keeping you sick."
    T. "So, the solution to the diabetes epidemic is becoming exceedingly clear: STOP USING MEDICINE TO TREAT FOOD."

    What I want to make clear to anyone reading this thread:
    1. I "reversed" my Type 2 Diabetes almost 10 years ago and have not had a single A1C test result over 5.5 (5.3 in the last 5 years).
    2. I refused to take diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure drugs despite recommendations by my physician.
    3. I am still insulin resistant; I just don't "test" as T2 diabetes or prediabetes.
    4. Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are as similar as dogs to cats. Type 1 diabetics cannot survive without insulin intervention. They need it because they don't produce enough (or any) to live!
    5. 95% of the diabetics in this country are TYPE 2. Type 1 Diabetes is rare compared to Type 2.
    6. As soon as changed my diet and improved the "Basic" of my lifestyle, my A1C dropped, IMMEDIATELY. Again, no drugs!

    So, this is my "soapbox" (and, Dr. Hallberg's, of course). You ever wonder why you don't see the millions of other Type 2 diabetes viewing these threads on webmd, all over the world, chiming in to defend their "treatment" of T2D? How come no diabetes doctor's coming forward to call me a liar; That T2 Diabetes is NOT REVERSIBLE and cannot be eliminated without the use of diabetes medications?

    Thus, push me off my soapbox. Share with us what you know. If you can call my advice "worthless", that's perfectly OK. But, at least have the stones, to share in your wisdom. That's the minimum price, at least, if you're going to criticize me.
    PS: My nephew and all his college buddies are presently consuming 3, 4 or 5 times the minimum ADA recommended carbohydrate levels per meal. They are young, strong and full of energy. They can operate on tilt, sunup to sundown, without a break. When they go for a doctor checkup, they never test for elevated fasting blood glucose. NEVER...

    So, tell me. Does that mean they're "safe"? Must be...that's what their doctor tells 'em.
  • 4 months ago

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

    Almost 9 out of 10 Type 2 Diabetics are overweight. Losing just 5 to 10% bodyweight could mean the difference between taking diabetes medications or controlling the disease (and possibly reversing it, entirely) through diet and exercise. In other words, "bodyfat" loss is closely tied to insulin resistance and, more often than not, the key to resolving T2D.

    So, if that's the case, what's the big deal? Lose weight and normal blood sugar regulation is restored. Easy, right?

    Wrong! Permanent weight loss is the Holy Grail of medicine. If I could put fat loss in a bottle, I could make Bill Gates my regular Uber driver. I could make Warren Buffet my private shopper. I could make Vladimir Putin fetch my morning paper.

    Here's my secret to weight loss. It's so stupid easy, too...
    1. Lots of water
    2. Daily exercise
    3. Eat the same healthy things, morning noon and night.

    Salmon. Eggs. Sweet potato. Avocado. Broccoli. Cherries. Walnuts. Cabbage. Beans. Spinach. Apples. Bone broth... It doesn't matter, just as long as it's a fresh whole food. I don't even put a limit on how much I eat! I can eat until I gag...as long as it's the same healthy thing...everyday...morning, noon and night.

    If every Type 2 Diabetic just bit the bullet, the disease would vanish. So would High Blood Pressure. So would coronary artery disease. No more stroke or heart attacks. No more cancer. If I was president, I'd put this in the tax code! You maintain the same healthy diet, EVERYDAY, I will drop $10,000 in your bank account...tomorrow!...for each member of your entire freakin family!!!!

    Weight loss (more accurately, "fat" loss), even if you're just a few pounds overweight, can make a huge difference. Ask any diabetes physician. They will concur. If you make minor improvements to your lifestyle, you will see the difference in your blood sugar reads, immediately.

    But, that's not what Type 2 Diabetics are told to "focus" on...They're told to control high blood sugar through drugs. And, by doing that rather than investing their entire effort into eating, fresh and non-processed, and walking, everyday and drinking way more water than they're drinking, now...They get "worse". Type 2 Diabetes is allowed to progress.

    Do you wanna know what Type 2 Diabetes can do to your body when it's allowed to progress? Do you have any idea? Unless you work in an E.R. and see the results of uncontrolled blood sugar on a routine basis, you wouldn't know the devastation this disease can manifest.

    Read each and every post, here, and you will see. 99% are essentially, clueless. They simply don't know what to do. They are barking up every wrong tree except weight loss! If people did know (how to correctly treat T2D), why in the world would they need this board? Answer: People don't know a thing about Type 2 Diabetes. That's why.

    And, the same posts are repeated year after year after year. Nothing that's asked, here, today, is any different than what was asked 20 years ago. They spin their wheels researching drugs and sham supplements and insipid health aids, instead. They go on "diets" every six months. They make New Year resolutions that never last. People don't ever consider to eat the same thing, everyday...just like every other animal on the face of this planet! That just makes too much sense to wrap their brains around.

    And, you know what? Despite however easy it is to "cure" this disease (and every other horrid lifestyle disease) for the rest of their lifetime, people will go on measuring their "blood sugar" and continue to take the pills, regardless of outcome. As long as they refuse to lose the weight, permanently, as long as they deny the connection between weight gain and insulin resistance, as long as they remain ignorant of the link between metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes, diabetes will continue to be big business. And, the good thing is for everyone in medicine?...

    "Bizness is a boomin'."
      • 4 months ago
        1 in 3 adults in the US use prescription opioids (vicodin, percocet, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, etc...). That's a 100 million people.

        Approximately, one third of all adults in the US engage in heavy alcohol abuse
        at least once a month.

        Finally, It's estimated that 1 in 3 adults have either diabetes or prediabetes.

        When you think about it, there's a lot of seriously "impaired" drivers on the road, today. Drive slow, drive defensively, and, under no circumstances, should you engage another driver while at the wheel.

        This is why it's recommended, now, by auto insurance companies that whatever coverage you select under "Body Injury & Liability" you should mimic the same coverage under "Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage". In other words, if you’ve decided to carry "BIL" for $100,000/$300,000, do the same for yourself ("U/U M"). 1 in4 drivers on the road, today, are underinsured or have no auto insurance, at all. If you don't protect yourself against underinsured drivers, the consequences could be, in a word, catastrophic.

        ...btw, what do you think prescription opioid use or heavy drinking does for Type 2 Diabetes?
      • 4 months ago
        I have been reading this thread since its first posting and agree with everything stated, bronosbud.

        We were advised almost 30 years ago to carry $500,000.00 in those two items on our auto insurance policy. The monthly premium does not go up much, and that level of coverage will assure your insurance company will assist you as much as possible if you are in an accident. They will even be more willing to fight for you with their attorneys if that becomes necessary.

        Any food or drink consumed in excess will raise blood glucose levels even in non-diabetics. The difference is that a diabetic's blood glucose will remain high and not go back down to "normal" levels as quickly or easily. Most prescription pain medications affect the body in the same way.

        Moderation is definitely the key, along with abstaining from substances that we know will raise our blood glucose readings.

  • 4 months ago

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

    "Remember the little things" -- this is a great message for everyone! Thanks!
  • 3 months ago

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

    Caution: Before attempting "any" changes (especially, dietary), you should inform your doctor, beforehand, so that they may advise you of any changes in medication dosing should the need arise.

    Just do the following...

    30 days before your next blood test,

    1. Stop all sugar
    2. Stop all processed carbs (natural foods, OK)
    3. Drink half your body weight in water, daily
    4. Do not eat at any restaurants
    5. Do not drink any alcohol
    6. Exercise moderately for 40 mins, daily
    7. Go to sleep at the same time; minimum of 6 hours sleep, every night

    ...Then, compare blood test results from previous report(s) to the one just taken after 30 day "revised" regimen...

    If you followed all the above, you will see the following:
    1. Decrease in A1C
    2. Decrease in blood pressure
    3. Decrease in weight
    4. Decrease in triglyceride
    5. Increase in HDL

    Do you think you can sack up for 30 days so you can learn something about your body? That you have the power to live your life without fear or uncertainty? That Type 2 Diabetes is entirely reversible and that it's your "choice" to deal with the nuisance, the expense, the anxiety and guilt associated with being diabetic.

    What's a lousy 30 days to try something "outside the box", for once? Do you think you risk "injury" by following the advice every doctor has instructed his/her patient for the last 100 years?

    What's a lousy 30 days so you can find out, for the first time, that real, whole, natural food is actually "medicine" and that Type 2 Diabetes is a disease, at it's core, from eating sht the human body was never designed or intended to consume?

    The point is, in the 21st century, food can be "poison" or "medicine" and
    Type 2 Diabetes is about never understanding or acknowledging a difference existed.

    Eat real food for 30 days and prove me wrong. You don't "treat" T2D! Manipulating "blood glucose" is for the "birdies"! Stop taking medications; Real food is "medicine", for cripes sakes!