Diabetes

Take Control: It’s Your Life

You may be in a tough situation. You are overweight, have high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol readings and based on what your doctor has told you; you have every reason to panic. How could you have waited so long to do something about these issues?You may have Type 2 diabetes. You should have visited the doctor when you first realized something was not right. You were taking more trips to the bathroom, or you felt tingling in your feet and fingers. Now, who knows what sort of damage has occurred. You fear for your well-being. These are just two scenarios of an endless number that afflict individuals all around the world. Are they fixable? Many are. That is the only fact that matters at this point. However, nobody can fix it but the individual.Only you can right your wrongs. Onl

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Having Had Gestational Diabetes Raises Risk for Certain Cancers

Scientists at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Taiwan found a higher-than-average risk of particular cancers in women with a history of Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-related diabetes. Their study was published in February of 2019 in the British Medical Journal. A total of 47,373 women with Gestational diabetes and 943,199 women with healthy pregnancies were admitted to the study and followed for three years. Women with a history of Gestational diabetes had more than twice the risk of developing cancer as women without such a history. They were... more than twice as likely to develop kidney cancer, almost 74 percent more likely to develop cancer of the nose or throat, over 37 percent more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer, almost 39 percent more l

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Low Volume High-Intensity Training for Artery Health

One complication of Type 2 diabetes is damaged arteries. According to researchers in Iran low volume, high-intensity training is helpful for improving the arterial blood flow, at least in the brachial artery located in the arm. It is the artery usually used to measure blood pressure.In June 2018, the journal Experimental Physiology reported on the Iranian study conducted at the University of Tehran and several other universities. A total of 75 participants diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and with high or borderline high blood pressure were divided into three groups... the low volume, high-intensity interval training group, exercised for 1.5 minutes at 85 to 90 percent of maximal heart rate and 2 minutes at 55 to 60 percent of their maximum heart rate. This regimen was performed 12 times ov

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My Story

I am sharing this story with diabetics in the hopes that they will be inspired to bring their type 2 diabetes under control.Signs of type 2 diabetesIn September 2009 when Dr. Robinson diagnosed me as a type 2 diabetic, my blood glucose was so high that his face turned red as he viewed my test results. "Do you know the danger you are in?" he asked me. "You are not far from going into cardiac arrest." He seemed to be panicking. Perhaps, it was because he had known me since I arrived in Canada back in 1982, and I was known for being very healthy.Before I went to see my doctor, or should I say what drove me to visit him was that, I had extreme cravings for sweets, which I indulged. I began to experience rapid weight loss and frequent urination for several weeks. At first, I was so happy that I

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The Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Spice to Help Manage Diabetes

Turmeric may be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory spices in existence. It has long been known as being a powerful spice that has been used in India for thousands of years: used as a spice and a medicinal herb. Believe it or not, it may help you better control your Type 2 diabetes. A study published in The International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism looked at turmeric and its active compound curcumin and its ability to help manage Type 2 diabetes.Here is what the research says about turmeric and Type 2 diabetes... increased glucose uptake, reduced hyperglycemia, improved pancreatic cell function, and diminished liver glucose production. Overall studies on turmeric in regards to managing Type 2 diabetes found beneficial effects when it came to lowering blood sug

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Proper Oral Hygiene Can Help Prevent Severe Disease

Taking care of your teeth could be worth more to you than a perfect smile. According to researchers at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and the Universidade de Taubate in Brazil, it could help keep you out of the intensive care unit (ICU).Their study reported on in May through August of 2018 in the Brazilian Dental Journal, examined 182 patients in an ICU. A total of 48.3 percent of the patients who were studied suffered from periodontitis, inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues, including the bone underlying the teeth.The patients diagnosed with periodontitis, those with two or more all-over body diseases, and those with heart and blood vessel disease had high levels of IL-1, a molecule that raises the body temperature and readies the body to fight microbial invaders.Hig

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The Five Most Damaging Refined Carbohydrates

The bulk of carbohydrate foods consumed today are highly refined and processed. Most of it is simple sugar, but not just table sugar; corn syrup, sweet drinks and different types of candy. Usually, the nutrients and fiber have also been stripped away. Not all carbohydrates are bad for you, but the following are classed as being the worst of the worst...1. Pastries. While pastries serve as a tasty treat; cakes, muffins, donuts, and even bagels can cause significant blood sugar issues. These refined carbohydrates can cause a sudden spike. As the blood sugar in our body rises, the pancreas starts to make insulin to help the cells absorb the blood sugar. However, when we consume an excessive amount of refined carbs, we can become insensitive to insulin and it can become less effective at lower

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Protecting the Heart and Blood Vessels

Omentin is a small protein recently discovered. This protein is found... in fat cells around the heart and other organs, in the small intestines, in the cells lining the heart and other organs, in blood vessel cells, in some airway cells, in the colon, in the ovaries, and blood. The molecule is anti-inflammatory, and varying levels of it have been found in insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes... omentin levels rise when the body attempts to correct Type 2 diabetes and its associated heart and blood vessel complications. studies have also revealed low levels of the molecule are present in obese individuals. In January of 2019, the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reported on a study completed at Osaka City University in Osaka, Japan. Researchers there compared

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Fight the Temptation to Quit

What are you doing right now for your health? If you are on a journey to treat Type 2 diabetes, it is going to take some time. Reducing your blood sugar, improving your insulin resistance, and losing weight are no small tasks. Together, they are part of a process that requires your full dedication. You may stall, and you may struggle, particularly with the components that need you to eat well consistently. The only way to treat Type 2 diabetes effectively is with a healthy diet.Again, you are going to stall, and you are going to struggle. It is wise to plan for this ahead of time if you are early in your journey. When that time comes, fight the temptation to quit. And keep on going!If weight loss is your primary goal, there are different degrees of difficulty involved, and what you will fa

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Is A Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy Connected to Gestational Diabetes?

In a study carried out recently at Hacettepe University and several other research institutions in Turkey and Cyprus, lower vitamin D levels during the second three months of pregnancy were linked with the risk of Gestational diabetes which is also referred to as pregnancy-related diabetes. The research was reported on in January of 2019 in the journal Gynecological Endocrinology. The investigators included 40 women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes and 40 healthy women during their second trimesters... the body mass index before pregnancy was higher in the Gestationally pregnant women. women with Gestational diabetes averaged a blood level of 16.8 ng/ml of vitamin D, vs. 20.9 ng/ml in healthy women. a total of 72.5 percent of the Gestationally diabetic women suffered from a vitamin

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