Very sorry for your loss, Michelle. My mom is celebrating her 91st next week. We talk, everyday. She makes me eat apples and gives me thick wool knee high socks from Walmart for when it gets cold. Mom's are the best...View Thread
I was reading a recent article about new, emerging technology in health screening. This article dealt with the use of breathalyzers to diagnose the presence of breast, lung and colon cancer, diabetes & multiple sclerosis. That article kinda reaffirmed my thinking about all metabolic diseases and how I view both their genesis and treatment.
Part of the reason why I don't fixate on diet to the extent that others do, here, is because I think of diabetes as a disease of "pollution". Diet is instrumental in the treatment of diabetes because the best way to alleviate "pollution" is don't introduce "pollutants" from the get go. But, I don't subscribe to "low carb" diets because too many healthy & nutritious foods are packed with carbohydrates (thus, raise blood sugar).
In terms of how to rid ourselves of "pollutants", the breathalyzer studies beautifully illustrate how our lungs are critical in removing toxic waste from our body and keeping vital systems clean and maintained. Double ditto applies to our liver and kidneys. What we put onto our skin, my god, has a huge affect on what goes into and exits our body. Therefore, hygiene and cleanliness of our living environment play an important role in the treatment of lifestyle diseases.
I deliberately threw peanut butter cups into my response to make a point, Michelle. I eat them because I can. I eat them because I'm strict in other areas of my lifestyle that never get discussed on a diabetes board. In other words, I focus not just on what goes in, but what goes out (if not more so!).
Diabetes is a two way street. This is why improvements in posture, exercise, weight loss, water consumption provide dramatic benefit in controlling diabetes. Of course, as always, just ramblings of my mind...View Thread
Thanks Michelle for your enthusiasm and contributions to the board. I am not vegan. Nor, am I "vegetarian" (c'mon, no reason for insults). And, I take no meds or supplements or vitamins. I eat a primarily a plant based diet, some kettle chips, fresh, homemade cobbler and reese's peanut butter cups (pretty much the same stuff everyone eats, here). I know many of you have shared much in the area of diet. Thank you, all. The main objective, of course, is to keep blood sugar down at safe levels. I do exactly the same thing, too, so I'll spare you all the gory detail. I focus on healthy eating with emphasis on fruits and vegetables (raw whenever possible). For the last year and half, I've been eating lots of black bean burritos (no meat). The beans are heated but everything else is raw and fresh! I use a ninja to make fresh guacamole and salsa, almost daily. I started growing my own herbs and peppers and that saves tons of money.
What's the most important thing on a car? Some would say the tires. Others might say the interior or the transmission. But, most would vote "engine"; without the motor, the car doesn't leave the parking lot.
Well, I say, OK, here's an "engine". Now, drive "it" home. This is precisely how I feel about the incessant chatter about diet (especially, on this board!). Yes, diet is critical. Yes, it is the "engine" of diabetes. But, it is just one part of a 1000 that encompass a person's health and to discount the importance of the other 999, means you can eat green beans morning, noon and night. You'll still need to call a cab at the end of the day.
PS: I believe cholesterol is a very complex issue. Diet is important but, again, it's just the "engine", imho. From my own experience, O2 capacity, air quality, and sleep are really important...I walk a lot of hills with weights to re-build my lungs which I totally destroyed smoking 2 packs a day for 25 years. Also, I walk at 4am for best air quality and drink tons of water, before and after...
Then, I down two peanut butter cups with my morning cup of coffee. lol Like I said, just the "engine". View Thread
Good advice, michelle. This especially runs true for newly diagnosed. If your doc has not given you record keeping forms, make up some on your own (date, time, dose, reading, notes). When you go to see your doc, take your "records" with you, ask your doc to photocopy and insert into your medical record. This helps your doctors get the full picture of how you're reacting to his/her treatment plan. By providing this detail, you become integral to the betterment of your condition. Diabetes treatment is a partnership. If either partner's a slug, the team will not perform to expectations.
Assess your doctor's participation in your treatment and don't be afraid to dump 'em if they appear unprepared or disengaged. And, what happen's if you're the "slug"? Nothing good but at least you know why you're in the predicament you're in.View Thread
Nutrijoy, I'm curious. Why the apology (to that poster)? She posted that in direct argument to your earlier contention(s). Then, she denied any agreement to the study referenced. Let her shoot for that 7.5 and be merry and gay. C'mon, you said nothing rude or disrespectful. That's my job!
"...(diabetic) patients in hospitals are at very high risk of dying of low blood sugar..." I found that remark in one of the comments to that ridiculous Lancet study. I, wholeheartedly, agree! One of the finest hospitals in the western states basically "Kevorkianized" my aunt. I won't name the hospital because they have really expensive, cool artwork hanging in every hallway and lots of filthy rich people like to donate millions to them so they can affiliate with this shining beacon of hope and altruism. No autopsy on her when she died, of course, but there's no doubt in my mind. That's why, from now on, I'll hold hospice for my people. Hospitals scare me to death!View Thread
There's a reason why they say people in the health professions make the worst patients. As a pharmacist, Nutrijoy, would you not agree? And when it comes to diabetes, I often wonder if it's better to know nothing in terms of how to "treat it", because actual treatment is so highly individualized. For me, my journey in understanding what works best for my diabetes is a trip down the proverbial rabbit hole. When I look back 10 years ago, I realize I knew jack.
And, if I should be so lucky as to look back, again, 10 years older, I know I'll say the very same thing. I don't care if you're the freakin' Surgeon General, when it comes to diabetes, the minute you think you know it all, you're dead.View Thread
Michelle, I like sweet just as much as the next person. It's just, now, I am less "sugar sensitive" than I was years ago.
I often hear people on this board warn about eating too much fruit. I agree...if fruit is not something you eat, daily. I eat a variety of fruit with one caveat...I eat them, without fail, every freakin day! They are an essential weapon of my health strategy.
Ditto for peanut butter, peas and sweet potato (more diabetes no-no's). These are foods my body are use to "seeing" and processing, everyday. It's developed a "sugar tolerance" (and a suitable bacterial flora) that aids in the digestion of these foods. Do I eat c.c. cookies, cream puffs and gelato, everyday? No. Does my blood sugar go into orbit when I eat them? No doubt! But, because I'm fit, now, it snaps back to normal levels within a reasonable amount of time.
Because I don't eat "them" with regularity, I don't experience "orgasmic flavor explosions" like I use to years ago. Sugar-added foods are no different than cigarettes and beer. Once you quit, the taste makes you nauseous. I was once a donut-aholic. Now, they make me gag...Plus, I get the "runs!
Sweet cravings are like fingerprints so, from my perspective, any discussion about "sweeteners" is kinda irrelevant. Just like diabetes...everyone walks the same highway but each person's at a different address. Good luck, Michelle. You're doing great!View Thread
Oh, PS made my world famous Talenti Gelato and homemade azuki sweet red bean dessert for friends, lat night. It's killer with health benefits, too! But, again, whoever said "Variety is the spice of life!" was no diabetes educator. jmo, of course... View Thread