Excellent points, beta. T2 Diabetes involves risk factors. Smoking is huge. Diet is huge. Family history is huge. But, physical and emotional stress and pollution may be the biggest factors of all.
Also, I paint Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Cardiovascular & Heart disease, T2 diabetes, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression with the same brush. Just different symptomatic expressions of inflammation. From that perspective, who doesn't have those histories in their family?View Thread
There are people, today, that have never looked under the hood of their car. They're trying to manage life without performing regularly scheduled maintenance or preventive practice. They are entering into both marriage, even, parenthood without rudimentary preparation...education, employment, health and fitness...and are rudely finding out: Not only won't machines and electronics run without regular care and maintenance, our bodies won't, either. You disagree? Here's a 30 yo college dropout making billions on the premise of prevention (or the lack of).
I agree with your comment about testing. Test, Test, Test
Most folks have a deep fear of diabetes. And, it should command fear because, if left untreated, diabetes can destroy your life.
But, diabetes fear dissipates when you Test, Test, Test. The more you test, the more you will understand the limits of your body. The more your understand your limits, you'll eventually come to realize those limits can be moved!...in your favor! In other words, not only does testing reduce fear, it can shine a bright light on the natural healing powers our bodies store, inside. Testing is the investigative process all well controlled diabetics must traverse in order to uncover and tap into these hidden resources.
All this great advice, here, will be of no use if you don't Test, Test Test. Without testing, you can't learn. You are left to only guessing & seeking "tips" and "tricks" in a futile attempt at (diabetes) control. Without testing and gaining knowledge of your unique and individual limits, you're dependent on the advice of others for information they can't possibly know.
Type 1, Type 2 or Type 1.5...It matters little if you don't Test, Test, Test. View Thread
A lot of people think doctors are cold, impersonal, elitist snobs...
Some are... lol
...but, most are not. I believe they come off this way because they have 10, maybe 15 minutes, tops, once a year, to tell you the most important health message they can provide. I'm quite certain, if given the time, most doctors could explain, in great detail, the physiological benefits that take place in your body with each and every opinion.
But now with obamacare, there's no more time for hand-holding.
Do most people (in declining health) have any clue what impact "eat healthy and drop a little weight" can have on quality of life?
Thanks, nutrijoy, for the excellent references! I think it's important at this time to qualify all of the comments I make, here...
When I speak of making lifestyle "adjustments" in the treatment of diabetes, it's never at the expense of following your physician's instructions, most notably, doctor prescribed medications. The thinking behind making these changes in conjunction with conventional protocols is simple. Blood sugar is affected by the efficient (or inefficient, in most cases) operation of every organ in your body. Therefore, the healthier you get, the better the results your conventional treatment (through your doctor's guidance) will yield.
I equate the odds of success of treatment of any lifestyle disease (most especially diabetes) to the odds of landing a job. It's really all about sound judgement and good "fundamentals". For example...
Continuing to smoke (while treating high blood sugar) is the same as going to a job interview dressed in a T-shirt...
Excessive alcohol consumption (while treating high blood sugar) is the same as going to a job interview wearing flip-flops and forgetting to shave.
Continuous weightgain (while treating high blood sugar) is the same as forgetting to bring your resume to the job interview (I actually did this!)
Underestimating the importance of sleep (while treating high blood sugar) is the same as going to a job interview...well, without sleeping the night before.
Treating high blood sugar without regular, daily exercise is like driving to a job interview with the wrong address ( I actually did this, too!) and, finally...
Being ignorant of the dangerously high levels of added sugar in processed foods (while treating high blood sugar) is the same as going to a job interview with your zipper open.
This is not to imply that if you make zero lifestyle improvements while treating your high blood sugar that it's impossible to reduce your glucose levels to safe levels. But, just as going to the interview with your zipper wide open doesn't necessarily mean you won't get the job, having your "junk" in plain view of the boss surely won't work in your favor...View Thread
The reason why so many of the people who smoked cigarettes in the 60's, 70's and 80's quit smoking in the 90's and 00's is simple: public pressure. Moms and Dads who smoked finally caved to the urging of family, friends and, most of all, their own children to please stop "killing themselves". It had finally become accepted that smoking causes lung disease...Smoking causes heart disease... Smoking causes cancer. Smoking kills.
But, evidence has shown that sugar causes lung disease... Sugar causes heart disease...Sugar causes cancer. Sugar kills...In other words, excessive sugar consumption is just as bad for you as cigarettes. How can such a large portion of the population be so clueless about sugar (strictly rhetorical question)?
When the weekend comes round, all you have to do is go to the local supermarket to see how we feel about sugar. For us, locally, it's called "$5 Fridays". Can anyone venture a guess what's on sale for 5 bucks? Someday, little kids will beg their mom and dad not to eat the cookie, drink the juice or eat the fruit yogurt cup. By the looks of it, though, I won't be holding my breath.View Thread
My wife is a licensed family counselor but she got a job 4 years ago to work as a patients advocate for the county of Los Angeles. After the first day of work she was exhausted. "The walking to get to the hearings in the hospitals...it's impossible!" I told her, if she could hang for the first month, it could become "the best job you ever had". She estimates she walks between 3-5 miles each work day. She's in the best shape of her life, lawyers and docs buy her lunch all the time and, best of all, she "thinks" she's hot.
Everyone on this board is fixated on blood sugar as the true evil of diabetes. Not me. There's is no doubt in my mind. The real problem with diabetes is it depresses...mentally and physically. It robs the body of muscle and turns young people old before our eyes. And, the diabetic depression is insidious. Tell your partner to protect their skin, wear a hat, drink water, only, and hang in there...
It could prove to be the best job he/she ever had.View Thread
Red: "Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really...Pressure & Time." You take your finger, place it (on what you want), then, "push"...nice and steady...everyday. Eventually, it will cave. For a purse? Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Maintain the pressure, red!