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!
Thank you, flute. That post had to go; I knew it when I wrote it. It's just I feel better, sometimes, when I put my thoughts to keyboard. I tried to not get angry. I tried not to be insulting. I tried and failed. I'll do better, next time...View Thread
The person who challenged you to walk 30 minutes knew something most people don't know. Movement is key. Every board at Webmd...obesity, diabetes, depression, arthritis, cancer, copd, dementia, parkinson's, IBS, etc...every one is littered with posts of desperation. "I've tried everything! I know I have to eat healthy and I know I have to move more but..."
Every one of the conditions I mentioned above improve dramatically with improved health and fitness. Thus, every treatment begins and ends with lifestyle change. Everyone.
I'm glad to see you'll one of the few who "get it". There isn't a doctor in the world that can make you eat green and walk 30 minutes a day (or more). That's the beauty and symmetry of each and every one of these awful conditions. Nobody gets a free ride. Nature plays no favorites. There is no "but"...View Thread
A1C of 6.4 equals an "average" blood sugar reading of 137. So, keep this in mind. If you normally test at 79-103, for your "average" to be 137, you're are experiencing very high numbers during the day (when you don't test).
This chart taught me very important lessons: 1. Eat for fuel and 2. "Carbs" are not the enemy.
For me, there is no such thing as breakfast, lunch or dinner. A "superfood" is good anytime of the day and that includes healthy carbs. When you "follow the trail to lower A1Cs" and stop thinking of diabetes as a disease of "carbs", then, you will eventually learn there aint too much anyone can tell you that you don't know about what's good (or not good) for your body. Our body yearns for consistency (in diet and movement) and high nutrition. Western culture advertises and promotes the complete opposite. &, thus, the beauty of American medicine because this goose lays only golden eggs.View Thread