Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Information, Diet Advice, Research and Resources http://diabetes-information.org Articles, news, reviews and information for the diabetic or caregivers Sat, 10 May 2014 18:36:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Insulin Resistance: the Plague of Modern Society! http://diabetes-information.org/2008/04/01/insulin-resistance-the-plague-of-modern-society/ http://diabetes-information.org/2008/04/01/insulin-resistance-the-plague-of-modern-society/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.diabetes-information.org/insulin-resistance-the-plague-of-modern-society Insulin resistance affects tens of millions in the United States. While insulin resistance can run in families, it is most influenced by lack of activity and the consumption of too much unrefined sugar. Both lead to an overweight condition, which then makes the problem of insulin resistance worse.

In order to understand insulin resistance, it is first important to understand how the body’s normal insulin-glucose cycle works, then what can go wrong with this cycle.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is just what it sounds like – the pancreas produces more insulin than the body’s cells need. What’s more interesting is how insulin resistance develops in the first place.

How Should the Insulin Cycle Work Normally?

Your body has a finely-tuned mechanism for determining how much sugar is needed in the cells in order to function properly. The cycle goes like this:

The body has some glucose in each of its cells. Cells use up glucose due to activity. Brain cells use glucose if you’re thinking a lot (like doing a math problem or writing a speech). In fact, brain cells use around 20% of all the glucose your entire body needs – it’s an area that needs constant glucose in order to function!

The pancreas detects that the cells need more fuel – glucose – to carry on their functions. This organ produces insulin and sends it into the bloodstream. In a properly-functioning system, the cells absorb the insulin, which then triggers them to absorb more glucose.

The cells, triggered by the insulin, take in more glucose to keep their functions going.

As the level of circulating glucose declines, the insulin spurs your liver to produce more glucose. If it has lots of sugars nearby, it will use those (like when you’ve just eaten a candy bar). If there is less sugar, it will go to complex carbohydrates. If there’s none of that around, the liver will convert fat to glucose.

The glucose then circulates in your bloodstream and finds its way to the cells, whose appetite has been whetted by the insulin that they’ve absorbed.

And If I’m Insulin-Resistant, How does It Go Wrong?

The body’s finely-tuned insulin-glucose cycle worked well when we were all pursuing active lifestyles. The caveman hunters who had to run after prey every day got lots of exercise. And they ate foods that were unprocessed: game meats, complex carbohydrates (whole grains such as rice or wheat) and lots of fiber from tubers and other vegetables. The body never had an excess of sugars, as they just weren’t available in the diet.

This virtuous cycle persisted until a hundred years ago. People still worked hard in the factories and the fields, and food was generally wholesome.

In modern times, sedentary lifestyles and the high consumption of refined starches (like white bread) and sugars (like soft drinks or juice) have led to a disruption of this insulin-glucose cycle. The body consumes too much sugar and the cells use too little glucose. The result: circulating glucose levels and circulating insulin levels remain high as the pancreas tries to offset the overabundance of sugars in our system. Over time the cells become resistant to insulin, which means that ever increasing amounts are required for the same response.

The result is insulin resistance. It’s a plague, but one that can be combated by reducing our intake of refined sugars, losing a few pounds, and getting off the couch and putting our muscles to work!

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Is There A Connection Between Diabetes and Hair Loss? http://diabetes-information.org/2008/03/31/is-there-a-connection-between-diabetes-and-hair-loss/ http://diabetes-information.org/2008/03/31/is-there-a-connection-between-diabetes-and-hair-loss/#respond Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.diabetes-information.org/is-there-a-connection-between-diabetes-and-hair-loss If you have diabetes and you start losing your hair, you may be experiencing diabetes related hair loss. Although the connection was long thought to have already been established, the link between diabetes and hair loss needs to be further studied. Looking however at the basic facts about diabetes and hair loss may help you understand why there might be a real connection.

Hair Basics

Before we look into the diabetes and hair loss link, it is important to first understand both diabetes and hair loss basics. Head hair may seem to have no functional use other than as an appearance enhancer. Nonetheless, it is still very much a part of the human body. Your hair will therefore stand to benefit or suffer from whatever you put in your body and whatever is going on in your body in general.

Hair grows from a root and follicle located underneath the human scalp. The hair grows and is nourished by through the bloodstream which transports nutrients from the body to the hair roots and follicles. If there your body does not have sufficient nutrients or does not have proper blood circulation, hair growth and health is also affected.

Hair Loss Basics

Not all cases of hair loss in diabetic persons may be attributed to diabetes alone. It is only a possibility. It is therefore important to seek out the real cause of hair loss in your condition through the process of eliminating other possible causes before tagging diabetes as its cause.

One other factor of hair loss is through genetics and heredity. 95% of people suffering from hair loss have androgenetic alopecia. This is a hair loss condition brought about by genetic make-up and hormonal activities in the body. Because both conditions have their sources in genetics, it may be more difficult to identify which condition is causing your hair loss.

Diabetes and Hair Loss

The relationship between diabetes and hair loss can be determined best by taking a careful look at the nature of diabetes and how it affects the body. Diabetes is a condition in which the body neither produces insulin nor respond properly to it. When this occurs, glucose cannot always enter the body cells to provide energy that the body needs. Since glucose has been rejected by the body’s cells and therefore has no place else to go, it will start collecting in the bloodstream. If you have high blood sugar levels, fat deposits may also begin to attach on blood vessel walls, consequently clogging blood passageways which results to improper blood flow and poor blood circulation.

As previously explained, the hair’s source of primary nutrition is the blood. Poor circulation may mean poor hair health. Poor blood flow can also result in infections and skin irritations among diabetics. The scalp is of course still a part of the skin which may be infected too and result in hair loss.

The Diet

If your hair loss is caused by diabetes, you may have harder time dealing with it than an ordinary hair loss condition. This is because in an ordinary hair loss, the condition may be treated with nutritional supplements and proper diet. However, if your hair loss is caused by diabetes, you will have to consider following a diet that is more proper as a diabetic rather than a person suffering from a hair loss. In such case, you will have to consult your doctor for a proper dietary plan before tackling your hair loss condition.

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The Truth and Facts about Vitamin E http://diabetes-information.org/2008/03/19/the-truth-and-facts-about-vitamin-e/ http://diabetes-information.org/2008/03/19/the-truth-and-facts-about-vitamin-e/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2007 03:37:43 +0000 http://diabetes-information.org/the-truth-and-facts-about-vitamin-e The Truth and Facts about Vitamin EIt is important to understand that we are ultimately responsible for our own well-being and should do whatever is necessary to maintain our health and assist our bodies in resisting and fighting disease. Since health practitioners agree that vitamins are essential for life and health, we must ensure that we receive adequate amounts for our bodies to function properly and to protect us from illnesses.

Vitamin E is one of the vitamins to which we should pay particular attention.

A vitamin is an organic substance essential for life that regulates metabolism and assists the processes that release energy from digested food. Vitamin E, discovered in the mid-twentieth century, assists in strengthening our immune systems and helps protect us from a variety of problems as well as several serious illnesses. This vitamin can be obtained from food or supplements.

There are two kinds of vitamins and both are needed by the body. Vitamin E, like vitamins A, D, and K, is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be stored within the body in fatty tissue. Vitamin B complex and vitamin C are water-soluble vitamins that cannot be stored and the excess amounts are excreted in the urine. Fat-soluble vitamins – with the exception of vitamin A – are measured in international units (IUs), and studies by the U.S. government’s National Institute on Aging have shown that at least 200 IUs daily of vitamin E are needed to garner any significant benefits from taking this vitamin.

How Does It Help?

  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects tissue against free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that usually contain oxygen and can interaction with DNA and other molecules leading to an impaired cell function. Vitamin E, one of the chemical compounds that prevents oxygen from reacting with other compounds, neutralizes free radicals, and is, therefore, one of the body’s natural defenses against cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • Vitamin E is also important in the formation of red blood cells and helps the body use vitamin K. Vitamin E improves circulation, is necessary in the repair of tissue, promotes normal blood clotting and healing, and can reduce scarring, too.
  • Women find it useful in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and fibrocystic disease of the breast.
  • Older adults take it to help reduce blood pressure, relax leg cramps, help prevent cataracts, and, perhaps, to assist in reducing age spots.
  • Vitamin E also helps prevent anemia, maintains healthy nerves and muscles, and promotes healthy skin and hair.

Where Do We Find It?
Food sources of vitamin E are nuts (e.g., almonds), sunflower seeds, cold pressed vegetable oils, whole grains (e.g., wheat germ), olives, legumes, and dark and leafy vegetable (e.g., asparagus and spinach). There are also significant quantities of this vitamin in such foods as brown rice, cornmeal, eggs, kelp, milk, and organ meats. Some herb vitamin E sources are alfalfa, bladderwrack, dandelion, flax, nettle, and rose hips.

Vitamin E, like all other vitamins, is not only available from food sources, but also as a supplement. It can be purchased in the form of a tablet, a capsule, or a liquid, and as a powder that can be mixed with water or juice or added to gels or bars. It can also be administered by injection. Read labels carefully so that you purchase only those supplements that have been extracted from a natural food source and have no harmful additives included.

A proper balance of vitamins are needed in the body because they work in synergy, or cooperative action, and high doses of one vitamin can induce a depletion of another. You can take vitamin E safely in a one a day multivitamin, or as single vitamin supplement if you wish to take an amount higher than is included in a multivitamin. Visit a vitamin store and watch for the opportunity to purchase your vitamins at a discount.

How Much Do We Need?
The amount of vitamin E you need depends on your age, your weight, and the problems you are trying to solve or prevent.

Remember that supplements should be taken daily, and should be taken with food so that you will receive other nutrients to assist in their assimilation.

Keep your supplements in a cool, dark place to protect their potency, and take them as part of your mealtime routine:

  • To maintain good health, you should take a minimum amount of 200 IUs daily.
  • To help lower raised cholesterol levels, especially in young adults, take 300 to 600 IUs daily.
  • For reducing menopausal symptoms, take 400 IUs daily.
  • To help combat coronary artery disease and poor circulation, take 400 IUs daily.

Be Careful:
It is important to understand the different functions of vitamins if you are going to ingest them separately instead of within a multivitamin where the formulation will ensure a proper balance. In the case of vitamin E, there are a variety of concerns of which you should be aware:

  • Vitamin E should be taken under medical supervision if you are also taking blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulant medication). Vitamin E acts as a blood thinner, too.
  • Remember that vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, and since it will be stored in the body in fatty tissue, it can reach toxic levels. People who decide to take mega-doses of vitamins and don’t know what they’re doing can suffer from too much of a good thing with this vitamin. If you are taking a multivitamin supplement and a separate vitamin E supplement, make sure you are not taking a toxic dose. Anything over 1200 IUs should not be taken without consulting a health professional.
  • Be careful if you take iron as well as vitamin E. These two supplements should be taken at different times of the day because iron in the form of ferrous sulfate will destroy vitamin E. Organic forms of iron such as ferrous gluconate or ferrous fumarate, however, will not harm the vitamin. Read the label and make sure you know which form of iron you are taking.
  • Diabetics, people with overactive thyroids, and those with rheumatic heart diseases should be especially careful not to take more than recommended dosages of vitamin E.
  • If you suffer from high blood pressure, begin with 200 IUs of vitamin E per day and gradually increase the dose over a period of six weeks until you reach the desired level.
  • If you are taking vitamin E, you must also take a minimum dose of zinc as well, and some supplements will include the necessary amount of zinc in the Vitamin E tablet or capsule.

Vitamin E is an important element in our arsenal of disease-battling nutrients, and there is an increasing lack of vitamin E in our diets because of our dependence on processed food and the depletion of nutrients in the soil. Fortunately, supplements allow us to obtain whatever amount of vitamin E we need to keep us healthy.

Fortunately, supplements allow us to obtain whatever amount of vitamin E we need to keep us healthy.

About The Author: Scott Gray is currently freelance writing and enjoys providing tips to consumers about vitamins, multivitamins, and herb vitamins.

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Diabetes Symptom – You Can Do A Self-Check Of This Fatal Disease http://diabetes-information.org/2008/02/16/diabetes-symptom-you-can-do-a-self-check-of-this-fatal-disease/ http://diabetes-information.org/2008/02/16/diabetes-symptom-you-can-do-a-self-check-of-this-fatal-disease/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2008 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.diabetes-information.org/diabetes-symptom-you-can-do-a-self-check-of-this-fatal-disease Are you finding yourself battling dizziness? Do you have the need to wake up and use the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning? Is you weight yo-yoing for no apparent reason? These are symptoms that have been associated with diabetes. If you answered yes to more than one of these diabetes symptom questions, you should see your doctor. But, if you answered yes to these questions, don’t automatically assume that you are diabetic. Following are some things to keep in mind when waiting to talk to your doctor.

There are two types of diabetes; Type one or Type II that show different symptoms. Blood sugar levels in the body that are elevated is a hallmark of the disease. And insulin production, or rather how it is used, is what differentiates the two types.

Type I diabetes is where there is not enough insulin made by the body to balance sugar levels in the blood. Teenagers and young children are more common like to have this which is why this is also known as Juvenile Diabetes.

When the body struggles to produce insulin is the Type II diabetes. This is the more common form of the ailment. Between the ages of 35-45 is when this will usually show itself. Also, three to five percent of pregnant women will experience gestational diabetes. The hormonal imbalance during pregnancy is the reason for this to occur during the 24th to 28 week of pregnancy.

There are a few major considerations when checking to see if the given symptoms and some minor ones as well. However, it is important to know that even minor diabetes symptoms, if left untreated can cause major problems. Amputation and loss of eyesight are some problems that can happen when major diabetes symptoms are ignored.

Excessive thirst is one of the minor diabetes symptoms. Even after a full meal, some people will still feel hungry. Frequent urination, particularly in the middle of the night is another sign that you may have diabetes. Fatigue is another thing that may point to diabetes as well as a sudden change in weight. I large weight gain, or more commonly, weight loss, is something to talk your doctor.

Blurred vision is an example of a major diabetic symptom that can lead to blindness if not treated. Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet can also occur as well as a weaken immune system. Dry or overly itchy skin can result from a reduced sweat gland and decreased circulation.

Additional problems can happen with any major or minor diabetes symptoms are ignored. Diabetics, for example, suffer from foot problems and poor circulation; these are urgent things to be taken care of. When your feet aren’t happy, generally speaking, the rest of you aren’t happy either.

Performing a self check on the internet before you go to your family doctor will help you determine whether or not you are experiencing more than one diabetes symptom. You find checklists and quizzes on line that may help you detect the aliment. You will want to make an appointment when ever you fell it is necessary to do so, but if the list gets too long, make the appointment whether or not you feel like it is a must.

Summary:

There are several symptoms associated with diabetes. If you suspect this is what has been bothering you, go on line and look for checklists and quizzes. Major and minor diabetes symptoms to look for are dizziness, nerve damage, blurred vision and excessive thirst and hunger.

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What is the Difference Between Juvenile and Adult-Onset Diabetes, and What Can We Do about It? http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/25/what-is-the-difference-between-juvenile-and-adult-onset-diabetes-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/ http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/25/what-is-the-difference-between-juvenile-and-adult-onset-diabetes-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/#respond Sun, 25 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.diabetes-information.org/what-is-the-difference-between-juvenile-and-adult-onset-diabetes-and-what-can-we-do-about-it Image of a pancreas It used to be clear that Juvenile, or Type-I diabetes, occurred only with children, and Type-II (“Adult Onset”) diabetes occurred solely among adults. While Type-I diabetes remains a problem of the young, and has a different etiology than Type-II diabetes, both are climbing in incidence. Each has a different cause, and can be treated in different ways.

The classic definition of Type-I diabetes was a reduction in the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin. The insulin-producing parts of the pancreas, the Islets of Langerhans (a good trivia question on your college biology exam), would somehow lose their ability to produce insulin. As a result, children of otherwise normal weight and constitution would need to move relatively quickly to treat their affliction, or die in a diabetic coma.

Recently, we’ve learned that much of Type-I diabetes occurs because children develop a form of auto-immune reaction to their own pancreatic cells. This hyperreaction to the body’s own cells results in a destruction of the Islets of Langerhans, and results in a lifelong need to replace insulin production with injections.

Type-I diabetes is a serious pathology, which can lead to much-increased levels of blindness, heart disease and neuropathies. If not treated properly, Type-I diabetics can contract diabetic ulcers of their feet and legs, leading to amputation.

We’ve seen a revolution in diabetes treatment with long-term insulin, better diagnosis, and, more recently, insulin pumps. The longer-lasting insulin gives the body a chance to respond in a more normal way to spikes in glucose levels. Diagnosis has been improved through the institution of glycosylated hemoglobin tests, which are more reliable in predicting longer-term glucose levels. Finally, insulin pumps have allowed Type-I diabetics to better match their insulin production with their food intake, thus reducing the deleterious effects of too high glucose in the bloodstream.

Type-II diabetes has been called “adult onset,” as it is closely linked to obesity caused by consumption of high-sugar, high-fat diets and a lack of exercise. Once exclusively a preserve of adults, Type-II diabetes has become an increasingly-common fixture amongst teens. It’s estimated that 13% of teens today have Type-II diabetes in the US.

This syndrome of early stage obesity and resulting Type-II diabetes was almost unknown 20 years ago. The proliferation of junk foods and a sedentary lifestyle have caused the obesity epidemic, which in turn has resulted in an epidemic of Type-II diabetes throughout the population.

Type-II diabetes affects the body in much the same way as Type-I diabetes over the long term. While some people with Type-II diabetes can become insulin dependent, some drugs (such as glucophages) can diminish the deleterious effects of excess insulin and glucose circulation. People with Type-II diabetes nevertheless encounter higher incidences of heart disease, estimates are three to seven times as high as non-diabetics’ and related diseases, such as strokes, neuropathy and kidney disease.

It is clear that more exercise and weight loss can reverse the diabetic effects of insulin resistance. Since few obese patients are willing or able to increase exercise or reduce caloric intake, many are condemned to suffer the lifelong consequences of diabetes.

Type-I diabetes will be treated in the future by drugs and devices which reduce the body’s tendency in some people to attack its own cells. Anti-inflammatory drugs, immune suppressants and, in the future, more targeted drugs will improve the outlook for such people. Better and earlier diagnosis, coupled with this better therapy, will reduce the overall rate of Type-I diabetes.

Type-II diabetes, on the other hand, will continue to climb dramatically, along with the rate of obesity in this country. Without a clear strategy to reduce obesity, we must resign ourselves to the fact that more and more people will suffer from Type-II diabetes, and the resulting co-morbidities.

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Medical Alert Jewelry: A Life Saving Fashion Statement http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/25/medical-alert-jewelry-a-life-saving-fashion-statement/ http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/25/medical-alert-jewelry-a-life-saving-fashion-statement/#respond Fri, 08 Oct 2004 04:47:29 +0000 http://diabetes-information.org/medical-alert-jewelry-a-life-saving-fashion-statement Medical Alert Bracelets for DiabeticsNo one really wants to be labeled as “different”.

And certainly, no one wants to create that label and apply it to him or herself. But many medical conditions require some form of identification indicating that such a condition exists and must be considered in the case of an emergency. Thus, millions of people with hundreds of medical conditions must advertise that fact simply to protect themselves. For many, jewelry is the chosen medium.

  • Fact: Up to 15% of the population of the United States could experience a life-threatening reaction to foods, drugs, insect bites or latex.
  • Fact: Many diabetics suffering from hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) have been mistakenly identified as being drunk.
  • Fact: Over 400 Americans die annually from an allergic reaction to penicillin.

Given these and many more related statistics, the need for proper medical identification is critical. But in an image conscious society, clunky bracelets or dog tags may offend the fashion sensibilities of some while the overt labeling of medical conditions may be threatening to others. That is why manufacturers of medical jewelry are looking for a balance between the necessity of clear communications and a desire for attractive accessorizing.

It would be easy to hide identification for a medical condition in a wallet or handbag but in an emergency a visible and obvious message will assist medical personnel to make fast and accurate assessments. Jewelry, by its nature, is an adornment designed to flatter and draw attention to its wearer. A 10KT or 14KT gold or sterling silver charm, pendant or locket that also spotlights medical data can be quite attractive while helping to avert a tragedy.

Teens can be especially sensitive to their appearance and to the opinions of other teens. They can also be more apt to take risks because of these concerns. A young diabetic or epileptic may be willing to compromise their safety by avoiding the use of identification, even in the form of attractive jewelry, if they feel it makes them look “un-cool”. There are some jewelry pieces however that can gain the proper attention, if necessary, without appearing “dorky”.

Delicate ankle bracelets with a dangling charm or a small engraved plate are very acceptable jewelry accessories for teen girls. Lovely beaded bracelets are also fun, decorative and fashionable and will complement any style rather than compete. Boys can also accessorize discretely with a sports wristband band or handsome watchband. These pieces can be as simple or elegant as the wearer wants and many manufacturers produce medical jewelry with a keen eye on fashion and style trends.

No one should be embarrassed or ashamed because they have a particular condition. That doesn’t mean that they should be forced to broadcast that condition to the world by wearing identification that is unattractive and obvious. Medical personnel are trained to look for medical I.D. and jewelry, no matter how discreet, and these pieces will be one of the first places they will look for medical info.

Anyone with medical issues has a responsibility to themselves and to their family to provide the information that will protect them if they are unable to properly communicate. But they can still look sharp at the same time!

About the author: J. Terrence McDermott is administrator and webmaster for Preva Medic, a site featuring recommendations and resources for those seeking information about medical identification jewelry and devices. He can be reached at info@prevamedic.com

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Insulin Resistance and Morbid Obesity http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/18/insulin-resistance-and-morbid-obesity-2/ http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/18/insulin-resistance-and-morbid-obesity-2/#respond Sun, 18 Nov 2007 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.diabetes-information.org/insulin-resistance-and-morbid-obesity-2 Morbid obesity We are suffering an obesity epidemic in the United States. About 66 million people are classified as ‘obese,’ which means that they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30%. That means that a person’s body is over 30% fat.

Morbid Obesity: An Epidemic

Even more concerning is the number of ‘morbidly obese’ people in the US. One in six, or over 10 million people, is defined in this category. That means that they have a BMI of 40 or greater. When you assume that a healthy person has a BMI of 20 or less, a morbidly-obese person has over twice the body fat of a person at a healthy weight.

We all know that morbid obesity can cause heart problems and strokes. What many don’t know is that morbidly obese people suffer from high rates of diabetes. For the most part, their diabetes emerges because they don’t exercise enough and eat too much.

How the Body Processes Food

The body has a clever way to process the food we eat, as long as we eat in a healthy way. The food we eat is converted by the liver to glucose (for energy) and fat (for fat storage). If the body needs energy, our cells can process the glucose circulating in our bloodstream. As we ‘burn’ those sugars, the body sends signals to the pancreas to produce more insulin.

Our cells absorb the increasing insulin in the bloodstream, which tells them to absorb more glucose. Falling glucose levels stimulate the liver to send more energy to the cells. The liver ‘decides’ between converting more food to glucose, or converts the fats in our body to glucose.

That’s how it works in a well-functioning body.

Our Systems Can Break Down

If we become morbidly obese, this self-correcting mechanism can go haywire. Obese people eat too much food, especially sugars and starches (breads, sugary drinks, candy, etc.). The liver, overwhelmed, pushes too much glucose into our bloodstream. As a result, the pancreas produces more insulin, and the cells end up absorbing both glucose and insulin.

Over time, your cells-brain, muscle, other body cells-becomes oversaturated with insulin. That means that the cells need more and more insulin to evoke the same glucose-absorbing response. This need for more and more insulin stems from ‘insulin resistance,’ or the increasing need of your body’s cells to have insulin in order to function normally.

A good counter to insulin resistance is to exercise. Even if we’re obese, exercise causes the cells to absorb more glucose, and the insulin resistance drops.

Diet and Exercise for the Morbidly Obese

Another way to reduce this problem is to eat less, or eat differently. If we eat fewer starches and sugars, our liver is likely to be less overloaded, and pushes out less glucose. The pancreas is stimulated less to produce insulin, and the cells’ insulin resistance falls.

How about doing both? Even if you retain your body weight, insulin resistance can go down with better diet and exercise. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for morbidly obese people to exercise, and they’re also more likely to eat food that overloads their system, for physical and psychological reasons.

What does insulin resistance do to the body? It narrows the arteries, cutting off circulation in the heart, the lungs, and the extremities. Left long enough, it will permanently damage the pancreas and lead to insulin-dependent diabetes. Diabetes is especially bad for the morbidly obese, who generally suffer from many problems at the same time.

What do you or someone you love do if you suffer from morbid obesity and insulin resistance? Even if you’ve tried to lose weight and can’t, change your diet to reduce sugars. Exercise as much as you can. Your body will grow healthier without any other changes, and your chances of developing chronic diabetes will go down.

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Herbal Formula Replaces Conventional Medicine For Diabetics http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/15/herbal-formula-replaces-conventional-medicine-for-diabetics/ http://diabetes-information.org/2007/11/15/herbal-formula-replaces-conventional-medicine-for-diabetics/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2007 05:28:02 +0000 http://diabetes-information.org/?p=3 Herbs and CapsulesDiabetes has afflicted my life physically, emotionally and spiritually for the last sixteen years of my life. My wife of twelve years and daughter has had to live with an abnormal functioning husband and father. As the years went by as a diabetic, it became more and more difficult to control my blood sugar levels. My diet had to consist of a lot of calories because I have a fast metabolism and twenty pounds underweight.

The increasing periods of uncontrolled blood sugar interfered with my thought processes at work and especially with my family.The most detrimental effect of high blood sugar happened when I had to be hospitalized during the birth of my only daughter. My wife was hurt because it appeared that I purposely used the excuse of diabetes to not want to be with her for my daughter’s birth.

It seemed I could never get close to anyone because I was living in a world of dysfunctional blood sugar all the time. I woke up in the morning with high blood sugar and grouchy. During the day it was a guessing game to keep my blood sugar at a normal level. I was always just getting by with life and never fully enjoying anything, not even a close relationship with God.

As the years went by, I became desperate and would buy a lot of products to help me try to manage my disease with no results. I could not afford health insurance and Doctor’s visits. This would always get me into trouble with my wife because we would fight about me not trusting God for the answer and wasting money. The people that would sell me products were out to take my money and take up too much of my personal time which took me away from my family.

One late evening after work, I vented my frustrations on a forum for diabetics. A response came back from Dr. Joseph Khoo from Singapore. Dr. Khoo approached me as a brother in Christ and offered me an herbal formula called Combetic on the honor system. I began taking Combetic with Dr. Khoo calling me on the phone everyday to make sure I was safely controlling my blood sugar. Having a new friend caring about me meant more to me than the remedy of my condition.

After three days on Combetic, we had results and my hope grew by each passing week. I continued to decrease my insulin and I became an easier husband and father to live with. I could think better and I felt as though a fog had lifted off of me. My wife and I thanked God she had a husband to love.

Dr. Khoo needed distributors for Combetic so we agreed to help as a team. Dr. Khoo visited us a few months later and we formed a corporation to market Combetic called Third Day Resources. We are now a growing team to help diabetics get freedom from the imprisonment diabetes causes.

Dr. Khoo and professional staff offers free consultation in order to provide safe effective advice for every diabetic needing freedom from the “prison” of high blood sugar so they can get back to their lives and their families.

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Diabetes: Do You Know If You Have It? http://diabetes-information.org/2007/10/18/diabetes-do-you-know-if-you-have-it/ http://diabetes-information.org/2007/10/18/diabetes-do-you-know-if-you-have-it/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2007 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.diabetes-information.org/diabetes-do-you-know-if-you-have-it Diabetes meter Nearly 7% of Americans have some type of diabetes. Unfortunately, nearly one third of those people are unaware they suffer from it. When a person has diabetes, their body is unable to use the glucose that is in the food they eat.

Diabetes is a very serious illness that, if left untreated, can have adverse affects on a person’s nerves, eyes, heart and kidneys. Since the body is unable to use the glucose, it gathers in the bloodstream, which can then cause damage to the various parts of the body.

There are various symptoms that can indicate a person has diabetes. The most common symptom is excessive thirst. Another common symptom is going to the bathroom more than normal. Feeling very hungry, losing weight without dieting, feeling extremely tired, sores that seem to heal extremely slow, dry itchy skin, tingling in hands or feet or losing feeling in your feet, along with sexual dysfunction and blurred vision are also symptoms associated with diabetes.

Diabetes is broken down into three basic categories, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes affects between 5%-10% of the people who have diabetes. Although this type of diabetes is most often found in children, people of any age can be diagnosed with it. It is also considered to be hereditary. Most commonly, type 1 diabetes is found in people who are of average weight or who are on the thin side. Type 1 diabetes is classified by the body’s inability to produce insulin. The body’s own immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas.

Type 2 diabetes is when the body is able to produce insulin, but the body either cannot properly use the insulin or it does not make enough. Approximately 90% of those with diabetes have type 2. Normally, type 2 diabetes develops after 40 years of age. However, it, too, can develop in people of any age. Even young children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Often, people are able to control their type 2 diabetes through the use of proper diet, exercise and/or pills. Following a strict regimen allows people to keep their blood sugar levels under control.

The final category of diabetes is gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes only occurs in women who are pregnant. Normally, it will go away after the woman delivers the baby. Less than 15% of pregnant women are affected by gestational diabetes. Most women are tested between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy for diabetes. Gestational diabetes needs to be treated to prevent complications for both the mother and the baby.

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of diabetes if they have a family history of diabetes. They are also at a higher risk if they are overweight, have given birth to a large baby, had a stillbirth, have had a previous pregnancy with gestational diabetes or are over the age of 35. Although gestational diabetes is generally treatable through diet and exercise, on occasion, insulin therapy is sometimes needed.

Anyone can be affected by diabetes. But, thankfully, diabetes is treatable and in some cases, curable. If you think you could have diabetes, it is important to consult your doctor right away. Early detection is essential in preventing damage to your body.

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The Truth About Weight Loss; The 6 Biggest Myths About Dieting for Diabetics http://diabetes-information.org/2007/08/18/the-truth-about-weight-loss-the-6-biggest-myths-about-dieting-for-diabetics/ http://diabetes-information.org/2007/08/18/the-truth-about-weight-loss-the-6-biggest-myths-about-dieting-for-diabetics/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2007 15:25:27 +0000 http://diabetes-information.org/the-truth-about-weight-loss-the-6-biggest-myths-about-dieting Myths about Weight LossAll of our behavior results from the thoughts that preceded it, so the thing to work on is not your behavior, but the thing that caused your behavior, your thoughts. – Dr. Wayne Dyer

Let me preface this article with the notion that I truly, indeed detest the word diet, but for simplicities sake… I’ll use it!

The stark reality is that sometimes eating too little can be a literal roadblock in attaining a lean fit and healthy body.

Eating less in daily calories (food/nutrients), than your minimum metabolic needs causes your body to burn muscle and store fat.

This is what is called the ‘Starvation Metabolism’ response, where the body, when deprived of adequate calories, will adapt to need fewer calories to function. As a result, dieters often regain the weight they lose almost immediately because they have starved their body into becoming a “fat-storing machine.” Sadly the truth!

For most of its history, the human race was subject lock, stock and smoking barrel to the whims and fancies of dear old Mother Nature, especially where our nutritional needs were concerned. When the conditions were right, food was plentiful; when they were not, the populace starved. As a result, evolution shaped our progenerators bodies in such a way that during times of plenty, they were able to pack on layers of fat to provide them with the sustenance they needed to get through the lean times…not the ‘fit’ times, the ‘LEAN’ times!

And as evolution would have it, humans became adept at mastering their environment, nevertheless, famines grew rare, and the built-up fat reserves often went unused; our ability to manipulate the environment had exceeded nature’s slow practice of adaptation.

At present, obesity is pervasive in wealthy nations like the U.S. So what in the heck happened to moderation and balance? Particularly impacted are those of us of European and Eastern African origin, whose forbearers needed bodies that could efficiently manufacture fat reserves to outlast the periodic famines. As a direct result, many of us have become corpulent, mostly because it’s hard for us to fight the natural tendencies of our bodies to accumulate fat. Currently, some 64% of Americans are overweight and more than one third are obese.

With that being said, as contemporary living human beings, we don’t have to allow nature to get the leg up on us (nature nurture then nurture nature). Being overweight and more specifically, over-fat isn’t healthy, especially for those of us who suffer from conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart conditions and other insufficiencies of adequate, abundant health.

But what’s the best way to lose weight (fat)and to regain a healthy state of body composition?

As you might have guessed, there are to be nearly accurate, thousands of specialized or Doctor/Guru-ized diets, procedures, dieting devices, miracle pills, powders and the like out there, all of which promise you they’ll help you get lean and sleek. Some of them actually work, but how can you tell which ones? How do you thread your way through the plethora of dieting on your way to a healthier, slimmer you, without setting off self-destructive behaviors that can incapacitate your dieting efforts?

The answer to that question is this: Very Vigilantly.

While persuasive and a little facetious, it’s nonetheless true. Some things are palpably false, fraudulent, misleading or simply prey on our innermost desires; for example, there’s no magic pill (never will be), grapefruit or otherwise, that can in an isolated form cause you to shed the pounds. New-fangled fad diets don’t work, and neither do most of the “scientific” ones that are so fervently promoted. Despite this, Americans are willing to spend more than $50 billion a year on fad diets and gimmicks, when in fact the most effective dieting advice comes down to this: Expend more calories than you consume! What I refer to as the two (2) E’s, Exercise and Eat Right! Get it! To Ease!!! To ease all that ails us.

This, we know is true; it’s just difficult to assemble the willpower necessary to… belly-up to such an audaciously unpleasant proclamation.

If you’re adamant about your health and well-being and want to attain ‘real-results’, keep this truth in mind… “You can lose weight and keep it off”. Peranent weight loss can happen. The intention of this article is to help you along the way as you edify and develop the management skills necessary to achieve success by identifying the most common weight-loss myths that can perplex you during your expedition. We’ve left out the miracle claims and preposterous matter in favor of presenting more reasonable-sounding myths that an intelligent person might be beguiled and enticed by. Let’s start with the most omnipresent myth.

  1. THE MYTH: Avoiding meals can assist you in losing weight faster.
    THE TRUTH: Erroneous, Incorrect and Blatantly WRONG! This is Taking The Low Road!

    It seems logical, just like its consequence (“the fewer calories you eat, the more weight you’ll lose”), but it’s not true. The effect is the opposite of what you expect. Dieting is based on the fact that if you burn more calories in a day than you take in, your body will begin burning fat. While this is true, if you expect to lose weight effectively, you need to maintain eating regular meals, especially breakfast.Depriving your body of its necessary fuel and nutrients causes it to go into starvation mode; when this happens, your metabolism slows down so that you can get by on little to no food. Once your metabolism slows, it can be quite difficult to bring it back up to momentum, and until it regains its pace, normal eating will just cause you to gain more weight.

    It can be a vicious cycle that’s excruciatingly difficult to break. In addition, bypassing meals can make you feel lightheaded and weak, can have venomous effects on your cholesterol levels, and can be extremely perilous for diabetics.

    In a nutshell, fasting and crash diets are forms of self-sabotage best avoided. What’s more, eating frequently (and moderately) will leave you less hungry throughout the day and cause a satiated effect, so you’re less likely to have or give in to your food cravings.

  2. THE MYTH: Starches are Fattening.
    THE TRUTH: False and Unsafe.

    For one thing, it’s difficult to completely avoid starches, since they’re a major component of staples like bread, pasta, grains, fruits, potatoes, corn, and rice. Even if it were possible to cut out all starches, if you did so you’d be starving your body of the fuel it unconditionally needs in order to maintain proper body-system function. Food consists of only three basic substances or macro-nutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Starches are carbohydrates; and carbohydrates, along with their metabolic products and core nutrients are your body’s basic fuel.

    Most of the fuel your body uses comes from a carbohydrate identified as glucose. Some glucose you might consume in the form of candy or sodas; some carbohydrates in substances like alcohol, quickly break down into glucose. Glucose is absorbed by your cells and used to run your bodily processes; any excess is stored in your liver or converted into fat, where it can be called upon at need.

    If your body lacks glucose, it’ll eventually start using any fuel source it can find. At first these might be fat cells, but as they shrink, your body may begin attacking the protein reserves in your muscles for the fuel it needs, referred to as catabolisys. This is a “last-resort” move generally saved for famine conditions, so if it happens to you, it’s bad news. The truth is that your metabolism by virtue of your circadian rhythm is better able to digest, to process and to assimilate certain food sources at certain times of the day… Translation: Some foods are more efficiently assimilated at set points of the day because of the composition or complexity of the source and as our metabolism rises and diminishes throughout the day. More complex foods such as starchy carbohydrates become increasingly more difficult to fully take through the digestive process, without a ‘diminished returns’ effect occurring and fat storage beginning.

  3. THE MYTH: Vegetarian or Vegan diets are healthier than omnivorous diets.
    THE TRUTH: Not…

    A diet (merely a regime of frequent consumption) consisting entirely of rice and french-fries, or of bananas and cheerios, can be considered vegetarian, but neither diet is healthy in the long run. If you’re careful, you can get by just fine on a properly balanced vegan or vegetarian diet, but you’ll have to manage your in-take very carefully. Vegetarian diets do tend to be high in fiber and low in fat, but the fact is that humans evolved as opportunistic omnivores. That is, our ancestors ate anything they could get their hands on: greens, tubers, bugs, and the occasional smidgen of meat and this dictated how our bodies today, still require nutrients for efficacy and fuel for performance, that’s what we do… Perform! Preferably Efficiently! Poor Physical Performance is what we simply call… SICK!!! Emotionally, Physically, Spiritually…what-have-you!

    The human body developed and evolved to expect a diverse and varied diet, one that could provide all the nutrients it necessitates in a variety of forms. Meat was an important part of their diet, perhaps the most important part because it was so uncommon. Vegetarians must always be sure that they eat enough protein; protein is easily available in meat, so few omnivores have to worry about getting enough, but it’s scarce in most plant foods.

    Fortunately, nuts, beans, and a few other vegetable products are ready sources of protein. If you go vegetarian, you’ll also need to be sure you get daily doses of Vitamin B12 and Zinc, supplements often missing in vegetarian diets.

    Most people can continue to exist as vegetarians if they’re extremely careful, but it’s a continuous mêlée, and guess what? You can be just as healthy and out-of-shape on a vegetarian diet as you can on a regular diet, especially if you don’t exercise regularly.

  4. THE MYTH: Sweating facilitates weight loss.
    THE TRUTH: Absolutely… If the sweat is exercise induced!

    Otherwise, all you’re doing is losing water weight. Sweating is astonishingly effective at doing what it was meant to do: cooling the body by glazing the skin with evaporative fluids.

    It was never meant to act as a weight loss system. Lose enough water, and you’re toying with dehydration. Dehydration or progressive dehydration can occur if you fail to rehydrate yourself sufficiently after every workout. If you get sufficiently dehydrated, your electrolyte balance will get out of whack, your cells will be starved of the fluids they need, and you could die. Not a happy prospect, so avoid it.

    For this reason, the old sweatbox and sauna are of no use for losing real weight. Neither are their modern “high-tech” equivalents, such as body wraps and plastic sweat suits, no matter how many people swear by them. All they do is dehydrate you. Yes, you lose weight: two pounds per quart sweated away. But that’s weight, not fat. And the moment you drink enough water, you’ll gain all that weight back. Like I have said… “Weight Loss is a LIE!”

  5. THE MYTH: Fat Free is… Calorie Free!
    THE TRUTH: YEAH… RIGHT!!!

    All “fat-free” means is that a particular food has no detectable fat content. Sadly, however, is that fat and its related compounds that give most foods their flavor. Ice cream, butter, cheese, and a whole host of non-dairy products, including chocolate, are little more than specially prepared, congealed fat. When manufacturers design many fat-free products, such as bread, cookies, ice cream, and the like, they know these products will be mostly dry and flavorless without fat.

    Some fat substitutes are available, but they can cause gastrointestinal upset, and most are expensive. This leaves one common ingredient that manufacturers can use to make their products taste better: sugar. And they use it liberally; so many fat-free products are high in calories.

    Furthermore, plenty of foods like breads and pasta are low in fat, but rich in carbohydrates and we already know what that means. Carbohydrates break down easily into our friend glucose, which can result in increased fat when consumed in excess.

    You always have to consider calorie and portion size; you’re fooling yourself if you do otherwise. Moderation is the key to dieting success… Any …long-term success for that matter.

  6. The Myth: You Either Diet Or Exercise, You Can’t Do Both Simultaneously!
    The Truth: Don’t Get Me Started!!!

    Yes…you can do both together and you should, it is referred to as Synergy; the coordination of two effective components working concurrently to derive a greater benefit than if isolated.

    The dieting myths and misconceptions explored in this article represent just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are thousands of them out there: some are ridiculous and barely worthy of notice-like the suggestion that eating standing up helps you lose weight, or that you can base a diet on your blood type or color of hair-while others are less obvious, like those discussed here.

Dieting isn’t easy and, while it’s human nature to look for a simple solution to a problem, that strategy just won’t work in this case. So heed these hints, and take it easy. Don’t skip meals, keep your diet properly balanced, and exercise regularly. Avoid all fads, pills, and extravagant claims, because if it sounds too good to be true…well, you know the rest.

It doesn’t take more than losing a few pounds before you’ll notice a difference in the way you look and feel. And, if you lose only a few pounds at first, even if you’ve been at it for a while, so what? Pick up a five or ten pound bag of flour and carry it around for a day, and you’ll see how quickly you’ll get tired of lugging that excess weight around.

Application of sound methodology is always the most effective means to achieve any objective, with that said, if you want to truly shed those extra pounds or kilos of fat, then do yourself a favor and draw up a plan, combine all the necessary elements of success and execute that plan…

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