Sure it's important but food is just one aspect of lifestyle. The fact that you are angry reveals your belief: Diabetes is a disease of eating "bad" (carbs) food. If that's the case then please explain to me why the overwhelming majority of T2 Diabetes tends appear at middle aged and older?
If you vacuum your carpets once a week, they will last years, hell, decades, even, no sweat. If you sweep around a refrigerator or clean your "electronics", regularly, you'll probably get rid of them before they actually fail. Hygiene, Maintenance, Air quality, matters! What you expose your skin and hair really matters! Your posture has a huge effect on your overall health. It's estimated that 50% of our teens suffer hearing loss. How much water you consume during the course of the day is critical for brain, heart, liver and kidneys. Shoes can absolutely wreck body alignment and cause unnecessary joint pain. Podiatrists are making a killing on plantar faciitis! A happy marriage is the single most critical lifestyle factor in most people's lives, imo. Heating and air conditioning, are make and break for computers; Why wouldn't you think the same for "people", too? All aspects of life that affect a persons movements, function, even, thoughts & emotions can impact diabetes. Of course, nobody wants to consider the possibilities because they can be overwhelming.
&, that's why you stop at food (or exercise) and say, "OK, I've done my part.". Or, that a 15 minute visit with a doctor can solve this disease. I'm not suggesting food or doctors don't help, diane01. I'm simply saying that all "lifestyle diseases" are difficult to control because lifestyles are complex.View Thread
Physicians often suggest that we build "immunity" drugs similar to the way we require more & more pain killers for chronic pain or how we've developed resistant strains of bacteria due to the rampant abuse of antibiotics. But, after watching several graduate from diabetes drugs to, eventually, insulin, I tend to think, otherwise.
Drugs don't address root cause; they only arrest or quiet "symptoms". In the case of diabetes, if you don't take active control of the disease (through lifestyle adjustments), the vital organs slowly and gradually become less efficient (neuropathy, kidney deterioration, vision loss, dry mouth, COPD, alzheimer's, etc...). Once "efficiencies" reach a tipping point, more diabetes drugs will simply not cut it, any longer, and insulin is prescribed, soon after.View Thread
I not a big party person but I truly regret not having one when I quit smoking and booze. These were watershed moments... unquestionably life changing events, far more psychological than physical, imo. On reflection, I wasn't so much a chem "addict". I was fearful and lacked self confidence. Kicking those two habits convinced me I could do what I wanted, when I wanted it, anytime, anyplace. The majority of questions and comments I read, here, I refer to as "treading water". People are trying to move forward and get better but they can't seem to get "motivated". I know this feeling, intimately. At the time, I rationalized it was all "motivation";Bull!, it was fear and cowardice!
liladieni, congratulations and, please, don't make the same mistake as I. Go have a party! And, let everyone know who you really are!View Thread
I'm willing to bet your cousin doesn't complain despite feeling bad because she knows what she's done and knew there would be hell to pay at some point. To answer your question, meds only suppress or "quiet" symptoms; they "cure" zippo. It's impossible to predict how long before suppression of symptom (in this case, lowering of blood glucose) will take, if it will even take, at all. It depends how far the diabetes and related complications have progressed. It could easily have progressed to, now, only insulin injections will have any effect on blood sugar. If your cousin needs further info, please suggest she consult her gp, asap.View Thread
"...persons born during or after 1957 who received killed measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type, or who cannot document having been vaccinated or having laboratory-confirmed measles disease should receive at least 1 dose of MMR. Some people at increased risk of exposure to measles (such as healthcare professionals and international travelers) should receive 2 doses of MMR separated by at least 4 weeks..."
My suggestion would be to consult your doctor to discuss your husband receiving MMR booster vaccinations.
Note: Measles can lead to serious complications, even death, and is highly infectious, easily transmitted disease. Thanks to reckless, high profile "dingoes" like Jenny McCarthy and Senator Rand Paul, some parents have opted to not vaccinate their kids. Unfortunately, that is placing millions of people at risk. Thank you Jenny and Rand! Good Job!View Thread
The DNA sequence between Shaquille O'neal and Betty White is 99.9% identical. And, you want to know if you're not "diabetic" because of some arbitrary measure of blood sugar??? OK...Sure...Whatev's...Now, what?
From my perspective, everybody has "cancer". Everybody has "heart disease". Everybody has "glaucoma". And, everybody sure in the hell has "diabetes". I'm (5.2) just not as far down the Choco-Chip Road as you, is all.
Shaq, Betty, You & Me, believe what you want. But, for my money, everybody walks the same highway.View Thread
There one thing everybody can control, right now, that has the greatest impact on the control of high blood sugar? Your lifestyle. Examine all aspects of your lifestyle and make small daily improvements..
1. Restrict alcohol, quit smoking. 2. Get more sleep. 3. Eat smaller portions and consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables 4. Lose weight, if needed. 5. Exercise at least 30 minutes, daily. 6. Reduce stress and take short walks throughout the day to relax. 7. Get checked for sleep apnea. 8. Maintain good dental hygiene. 9. Visit your doctor (and dentist), regularly, and track progress. 10. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Diabetes is a very complex condition. People new to the "game" think it's all about eating the wrong foods. Yes and No. Of course, poor diet has a direct effect on blood sugar but there are countless other factors that can affect high blood sugar just as much as beer and chips...Allergies. Physical stress. Insomnia/sleep apnea. Steriods and other medications. Job loss or family crisis. Meno & Manopause. Alcohol abuse...These conditions can induce the release of powerful hormones that can cause your liver to "dump" glucose into your blood system even when you blood sugar is already high.
Knowing all there is to know about diabetes won't amount to a hill of beans if you don't have the sense to take better care of yourself. Type 2 Diabetes is a "wake up" call telling you it's time to listen to your body and live better. Healthy fundamentals have not changed in a million years. Worry if you must, but that won't change what needs to be done.View Thread