It costs $64 to fill my car's gas tank. I want to fill it half full, save $32, and fill the rest with water. But, I know the car won't run right and if I keep doing it, eventually, it won't run at all. The same thing goes for movie tickets. They don't offer "half price" tickets because they found that people prefer to see the whole movie, not just half.View Thread
Read the following explanation on interpreting Blood Glucose testing:
http://chriskresser.com/why-hemoglobin-a1c-is-not-a-reliable-marker During the last 3 years, my hemoglobin A1C has never tested higher than 5.4. I'm a well controlled, medication-free diabetic. I test my blood sugar, periodically..fasting blood glucose and 2 hr post prandials (after meal). As long as my post meal reads snap back down below 140, I know I'm regulating BG reasonably well.
There are many factors to consider when determining when a diabetes patient is a candidate to go "med-free".
1.. Does the patient have a family history 2.. Does the patient have diabetes inflammatory "risk factors" (overweight?, hi BP?, hi Cholesterol?, do they smoke?, do they show an trend of rising blood glucose?) 3. Patient age (the younger the better). 4. Patients sleep quality (sleep apnea, insomnia) 5. Co-morbidities and present drug usage, and most important... 6. Diabetes Education: Does the patient understand how lifestyle affects the control of blood sugar?
For example, here's an abbreviated profile for me... Negatives: I'm 58. I have a strong family history of diabetes, and My dad was diagnosed with T2D when he turned 60
Positives: I quit smoking and drinking over 12 years ago. Except for cholesterol, my vitals are normal and I show less than 19% bodyfat. I eat little processed food; drink only water and coffee. I exercise at least 1 hr, daily. I know why it's important to test blood sugar at regular intervals, how to do it and when to do it and, lastly... I told my doctor, "Give me a chance to bring my numbers, down without drugs.", then, did it.
My last A1C was 5.3. Is diabetes in my future? Probably (since genetics plays a significant role). But, as long as I actively control the 5 key diabetes "risk factors", I'll be giving myself the best possible chance to keep my blood glucose at safe levels. As I grow older (and lose muscle) and my body becomes less efficient, my BG numbers will likely rise. I'm perfectly OK with that. I'm not interested in living, forever.
Each person has different Positives, different Negatives, age and family history. Therefore, each person has to be evaluated for diabetes on a case-by-case basis. imo, "trend" is the biggest determining factor on whether a patient can safely come off meds. Which way are the "numbers" heading and has the patient taken proactive measures (are they losing weight if needed?, have they cut back on alcohol?, are they exercising, regularly?) to help reduce and normalize blood glucose?
Based on what I've read (about you), I'd say...I'll leave it to you to decide what's best. Good luck.View Thread
Build up your body. slowly. This is the only way to avoid injury while becoming stronger. Do you realize that if you started out with a goal of just 1 minute of walking/day for the first week and added 1 extra minute every subsequent week, at the end of one year, you'd be exercising, daily, more than most adult Americans perform without heart disease. If a physician authorized you to go home, what physician would advise against 60 secs of walking?...a day??? If your heart races at 45 secs, then, start w/ 44. Good luckView Thread
OK. How about this. Walking. I walk 6 miles a day. Cost: $0.
Drink only water
Homemade Guacamole: Avocados, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno pepper, lime. One day supply: Less than $1.50
Homemade Salsa: Tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, garlic, lemon. One day supply: $1.50
Bananas and Grapefruit: One day supply: Less than $1.00
Tuna Fish with Black Beans in Brown Rice: One day supply: $1.50
(All whole foods, highest in nutrition, mostly eaten "raw" (so, zip cook time) and cheap in cost.
If you walked a few miles, everyday, ate some of the foods, above, everyday, you would start to feel better with have more energy in less than one week, tops. The key is sleep. Your sleep quality will change, considerably. And, you'd be saving money!
You said, I did not help and I believe you to be sincere. After all my effort, it won't change your mind in the least, jen...I know this to be true because that's exactly what I use to believe. That's what advertisers and business want everyone to think.
Note: I can afford the membership. Don't want it. I need to walk in sunlight to maintain Vitamin D levels. It's estimated that 70% of the adult population in the US is low in Vitamin D. Note 2: I believe one of the most important health decisions a person can make is what kind of dog they own.View Thread
Define the difference between a good belly fat plan with no money vs. a good belly fat plan with money. If you say gym membership and healthy food is more expensive than unhealthy food than why are there so many rich people with big bellies?
The point is this, jen, for those who are committed to healthier families & happier lives, not having money is the worst excuse. (Ref: Kevin Durant's, My Mom's the Real MVP" speech)View Thread
1. Water retention (the more water you drink, the less variation in weight. If you don't drink enough, weight can swing as much as 2-5 lbs/day) 2. Salt consumption. The more processed food you eat, the more salt in system and you will retain water. 3. Glycogen stores in Liver. Swings in carbs eaten can cause the liver to store or release depending on blood sugar levels throughout the day. 4. Weight gain from eating a meal. You can gain 3-5 lbs in weight of food and water after eating one meal. 5. Activity levels. I use a pedometer to estimate the distance I cover, daily. I average 6 miles. The avg adult in the US: 2.5 miles. On busy days, I can easily cover 7-8 miles (15,000-17,500 steps!). On slow days, 4-5. That 3 mile difference from busy to slow can easily subtract a half gallon of water from my system. That's 4.5 lbs in a single day!
6. Finally. we mustn't forget the #1 explanation from members, here: "Muscle weighs more than fat." lol
Depending on your activity level, how much water you drink and the kind (& quality) of "food" you eat, even, relative humidity in the air, you can observe wild weight swings from day to day, week to week. This is why the best measure for weight loss is always a old pair of jeans.
Doctor, aside, so, you acknowledge that you've encouraged and enabled soda consumption by your son, for most of his life, even though you know it's (A.) harmful, and (B.) extremely difficult to stop. Do you comprehend the next-to-impossible task health professionals are faced, today, with patients with childhood hypertension, childhood diabetes, childhood fatty liver disease and childhood obesity? Like swimming atop Niagara Falls.View Thread