Processed meats are red meats cured by either smoking, curing or salting. Bacon and sausage are two of America's most eaten processed meats. The American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association advise no processed meats are safe. When my sister was first diagnosed with colon cancer, a well respected cancer dietitian in Newport Beach, CA first question to her: Do you eat any sandwich meats, bacon or hot dogs? If so, stop!
Bernstein has many followers, Flute. Someone will come along and comment I'm certain. Are you sure he wasn't talking about turkey bacon and sausage? Or, the faux, veggie (morningstar) bacon and sausage Dr. D has mentioned, here?View Thread
donpark, I'm glad you're following your doctors advice about walking, daily. If you visit almost every board, here, each guest specialist is advising their patients to eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce red meat consumption, stay away from sugar added foods and beverages, don't smoke, keep alcohol to a minimum, get more rest. There are no gimmicks or tricks. Outcomes from whichever "lifestyle" disease you may have don't improve without concurrent healthy lifestyle interventions. Without a patients full intentions and self help, doctors are left only to prescribe drugs. When diabetes treatment is limited to drugs, only, that's when patients have made a decision: quantity of life over quality of life. Amputation is a quantity of life treatment. The people you spoke of saw that train coming years before they crossed the tracks. Regardless how you sweeten the words, no choice is a choice.
Doctor's can't tell a patient that. They never will. But, I can cause it's the truth that every diabetic needs to hear. Some people can handle the truth and some people want it served with cookies and warm milk. Sorry, but that's many "carbs"...View Thread
You're a "teacher". If you were to teach a class on "How to Live a Healthy Life", what would you say? What would you show them? I think if you were to teach such a class, you'd find no matter subject you were initially hired to teach, if you're not teaching them how to live a healthy life, you don't deserve the title, "teacher". Educate yourself by educating them. A healthy life is to be selfless.View Thread
The goal of every participant on this board is to "normalize" blood glucose whichever means possible. For the majority, here, that means through drugs (or "tricks" like snacking). But, from my perspective, there is only one way to lower blood sugar: make changes to the way you live and test those changes with your glucometer until you hit pay dirt.
My dad asked me a simple question years ago about the use of drugs to control diabetes:
If diabetes meds "lower" high blood sugar, where does all that (excess) sugar go? Answer: It's getting stuffed someplace it didn't want to go in the first place. ie. the liver (fat storage) or cells (that get flooded with sugar it doesn't need).
It's not that I don't like drug companies or question the effectiveness (or efficacy) of their products I just trust the human body's ability to make the best "survival" choice... even when confronted with two "evils": Insulin resistance vs. Obesity (and chronic inflammation).
Today, doctors say, "We must lower blood sugar to normal levels at all costs". But, tomorrow, they may be singing a different tune. As always, just my opinion...
Remember: Courage and never giving up win you style points and nobody is alone (for long) when they have style. Also, do you have any idea how many women your age wish they could have your "winter weight" than theirs? Good luck and hang in!View Thread
I was watching the Tiger Woods press conference earlier this week and he explained how he was able to cut his rehab time (from back surgery) in half by working closely with his team of therapist and doctors, performing hundreds of hours of tedious strengthening and flexibility exercises and, finally, focusing on diet...eating plenty of foods high in nutrition but low ininflammation.
I was listening to a back surgeon who was asked to comment on TW's rapid return to the course after his nerve impingement procedure. He said, "He was spot on! After listening very carefully to his press conference, I just wished every patient of mine would rehab like Tiger Woods...but, I suppose that's why there's only one Tiger Woods."
The proper treatment of diabetes, imo, is to "rehab" the body exactly as Tiger Wood's has rehabbed his back. Diabetes is more "injury" than it is disease. View Thread
"...I'm going to use a monitor at home to see where I'm at..." Smart! Also, request your doctor add a Hemoglobin A1C test in two months, too. If approximates average blood glucose for the last 3 mos. Fight or Flight: In the wild, animals need this mechanism to evade predators (and their wives) in split seconds. We have this ability, too (only we prefer "Fight" a helluva lot more). A key part of the Fight or Flight mechanism is rapid dumping of glucose into the blood stream by the liver.View Thread