My (Sal) reason for creating this website is because I've been "directly" affected by this health issue. Diabetes has been a health issue in my family for generations, which I personally need to take some precautions to fight this health battle in my genes-of course, with the help of my Lord-Amen?
I love sugar since day 1. I love sweets, which I would seek and find around the kitchen back at home. Since I've come to a personal relationship with Christ, I've been educated from the Word to keep my "...body as a living sacrifice to God, holly and pleasing to Him!" (Romans 12:1).
It's not easy to stay from sweets and not get tempted as your body physically urges it! However, I've learned that fasting and staying in the Word; focussing on Jesus, all things are possible!
You must take charge!
(Wednesday, September 3rd of 2008)
About 4 years ago I had a routine check-up from my doctor. He then came out to warn me that I have a chance of getting diabetes as I'm close to "border-line" diabetic unless I change my eating habits. It freaked me out when I heard it as I've had some knowledge of past family history. I decided to research and find what causes diabetes? I found out my diet of eating too much rice, pop years ago (quit drinking too much of it years ago), etc.. was the "culprit"! I started cutting down or even stop eating white rice (brown rice instead; In fact, wheat-bread, noodles, etc.. is a lot better than "white"). A year later, my doctor told me I was "no-longer" close to borderline diabetic! Halleluah! Yes, we can ask others for prayer and God for healing, but we need to also ask God for "wisdom" and "knowledge" on what we can "individually" do about our health circumstances or situations!
The Food Guide Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid can help you put the Dietary Guidelines into action. The pyramid illustrates the research-based food guidance developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services. It is based on USDA's research on what foods Americans eat, what nutrients are in these foods, and how to make the best food choices to promote good health. It outlines what to eat each day, but it is not a rigid prescription. You can use it as a general guide in choosing a healthful diet that is right for you. The pyramid calls for eating a variety of foods to get the nutrients you need, and, at the same time, the right amount of calories to maintain a healthy weight. .."
"What are the implications of the study?
Chinese adults could benefit from eating more lean meats (like chicken) and grains and fewer snacks. Doctors should talk to their patients about eating different kinds of foods and staying at a healthy weight.
While there's no substitute for a balanced diabetic diet, adding certain foods may help those with diabetes keep sugar levels in check. "If you are trying to follow a healthy diabetic diet, here are six that may help to keep your blood sugar in check.
Broccoli, Spinach, and Green Beans
Salmon and Lean Meats
12 Tips for Reversing Diabetes (Type 2), Reducing Blood Sugar, Preventing Metabolic Syndrome
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You can stabilize blood sugar levels and optimize your long-term health by:
1) Reversing Damage - Years of high Glycemic food consumption and continual release of Insulin into the bloodstream have caused damage your body and some degree of Insulin Resistance to take hold. To help reverse this, AyurGold releases hundreds of phytonutrients that act at the molecular level to stimulate endocrine cells found in the pancreas, incite the Islets of Langerhans to generate key enzymes responsible for regulating blood sugar in the body, increase glucose utilization, improve glucose metabolism, inhibit glucose output from the liver, reverse abnormal lipid profiles seen in people with high blood sugar, and help increase blood circulation to restore natural balance and harmony to your body.
2) Regularly Drink Water - Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to avoid dehydration and help liberate fat stores to be burned as energy.
3) Eat 5 to 6 Small Meals Daily - Spreading food intake improves nutrient absorption, minimizes blood sugar fluctuations, and decreases fat-storing hormones and enzymes.
4) Carbohydrates - Consume low to moderate GI (Glycemic Index) carbohydrates at all times. All low GI diets are based on the same principle of balancing blood sugar. The foods which are restricted on low GI diets are those which cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to rise fast and high such as desserts and refined sugars. This results in more food being converted to fat. Some foods commonly believed to be healthy actually have a high GI index: dried dates, watermelon, banana, raisins, brown rice pasta, white rice, cornmeal, couscous, instant rice, white bread, whole meal bread, dark rye, and popular cereals (Raisin Bran, Special K, Grape Nuts, Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Puffed Wheat).
5) Protein - Consume lean, complete protein regularly with meals to raise your metabolic and anabolic hormones and prevent lean tissue loss. Good protein sources are skinless chicken, salmon, tuna, sardines, low fat cottage cheese, egg whites, and turkey breast. Avoid luncheon meats, whole milk, ground beef, cheese, bacon, pork chops, and yogurt.
6) Increase Fiber Intake - Fibrous vegetables like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peppers, and Carrots, and other raw vegetables and brown rice and whole grains increase transit time of food, improve digestion, and enhance weight loss. They also add bulk to the diet which reduces appetite.
7) Reduce Saturated Fats and Replace with Polyunsaturated Fats (PUFAs) - Limit butter, red meat, cheese, mayonnaise, macadamia nuts, peanut butter, and sunflower seeds. Avoid margarine, foods with "partially hydrogenated" on labeling, processed vegetable oils, and fried foods. Regularly consume flax oil, non-processed vegetable oils, salmon, olive oil, hazelnuts, peanut oil, hemp, avocado, almonds, and fish oil.
8) Aerobics - 40 to 60 minutes of aerobics (jogging, fast walking, swimming, cycling) on alternating days from weight training will help to burn fat and calories, increase physical endurance, strengthen heart and lungs, help control blood lipid levels and blood pressure, increase insulin sensitivity, and enhance energy and ability to cope with stress. Since aerobics on an empty stomach rely on fat for energy, morning time is ideal for aerobics. The level of intensity should be within your target heart range. This means 60% to 85% of your maximum heart rate (you feel the workout is somewhat hard where you feel tired but can continue for the entire 40 to 60 minute period).
9) Weight Training - More muscle mass means a higher resting metabolic rate and more calories burned. Weight training 3 to 4 days per week (less than 1 hour per session with 30 to 60 second rest periods in between sets) will foster high levels of muscle building (anabolic) hormones and minimize muscle wasting (catabolic) hormones. Work each body part once a week (chest and back on day 1, legs on day 3, shoulders and arms on day 5).
10) Multivitamins - A good quality multivitamin / mineral supplement is always advisable for maximizing metabolism, fat loss, and health.
11) Consuming Alcohol in Moderation - Drinking too much alcohol can raise triglyceride levels in your blood and also lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, and increase calorie intake (which can lead to obesity and diabetes).
12) Relaxation - When you are stressed, you are more likely to break away from good habits such as eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. Maintain a relaxed outlook by prioritizing tasks, setting limits, getting enough sleep, and calming your mind through meditation, hobbies, and time spent with loved ones.
"(HealthCastle.com) This is probably the most common misconception about diabetes. If you have diabetes, you do need to watch your sugar and carbohydrate intake to properly manage your blood sugar level with the help of your Registered Dietitian. However, if you do not have diabetes, sugar intake will not cause diabetes. So far, a diet high in calories, being overweight, and an inactive lifestyle are the main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
A study published in Diabetes Care (April 2003) re-confirmed that sugar does not cause diabetes. In this study, researchers analyzed data on nearly 39,000 middle-aged women, all of whom completed a 131-item food questionnaire. Six years later, there were 918 cases of Type 2 diabetes reported. Researchers found no definitive influence of sugar intake on the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
If that's the case, can I eat as much sweets as I wish?
The simple answer is No. Although sugar does not cause diabetes, excessive calories does. Excess caloric intake usually results in overweight and obesity - which is the main risk factor for diabetes."
"..Glycemic Index: What's It All About?
Good carbohydrates, bad carbohydrates. Low glycemic index, high glycemic index. A great tool to help you manage diabetes or lose weight. You might have heard all these statements associated with the glycemic index. What is this glycemic index all about? Is it worth considering as a way to help you control your blood sugar levels?
The Glycemic Index: Food’s Impact on Blood Sugar in Diabetes
Researchers have spent years debating what makes blood sugar levels too high in those with diabetes. Potential culprits have included sugar, carbohydrates in general, simple carbs, starches, and more. The glycemic index is one attempt to measure each individual food’s effect on blood sugar.
If you're trying to lose weight, calories count more than the types of food in your diet, a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Tufts University study shows.
The study shows that after a year, overweight people on a low-carb low-glycemic-index diet lost just as much weight -- 8% of their original weight -- as people on a reduced-fat, high-glycemic-index diet.
"The present results suggest that a broad range of healthy diets can successfully promote weight loss," conclude Sai Krupa Das, PhD, and Susan B. Roberts, PhD, of the USDA's Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts, and colleagues.
High Glycemic Index Foods Are Linked to Health Problems
What researchers have learned is that high glycemic index foods generally make blood sugar levels higher. In addition, people who eat a lot of high glycemic index foods tend to have greater levels of body fat, as measured by the body mass index (BMI). High BMIs are linked to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
High glycemic index foods include many carbohydrates such as these:
* White bread
* Low-fiber cereals
* Baked goods
"...ts a matter of the fiber and glycemic index. White rice causes an insulin spike which causes the body to store the injested food as fat, or increases the amount stored. Brown rice doesnt have the impact on insulin..."
"..In some parts of the world, the word "to eat" literally means "to eat rice." All varieties of rice are available throughout the year, supplying as much as half of the daily calories for half of the world's population.
The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron.
Why Brown-But Not White-Rice is One of the World's Healthiest Foods
The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just color! A whole grain of rice has several layers. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients. At this point, however, the rice is still unpolished, and it takes polishing to produce the white rice we are used to seeing. Polishing removes the aleurone layer of the grain-a layer filled with health-supportive, essential fats. Because these fats, once exposed to air by the refining process, are highly susceptible to oxidation, this layer is removed to extend the shelf life of the product. The resulting white rice is simply a refined starch that is largely bereft of its original nutrients.
"..Just replacing a third of a serving of white rice with brown each day could reduce one’s risk of Type 2 diabetes by 16 percent, a statistical analysis showed. A serving is half a cup of cooked rice...
Low Glucose: White and Whole-Wheat Bread? (June 21 2011)
"..It’s definitely true that whole wheat flour is much more nutritious than refined (“white”) flour. If you tolerate sugar well, definitely choose the 100% whole grain bread –- it has more fiber and all kinds of nutrients. But whole wheat and white bread have essentially the same impact on blood sugar, which is to say you might as well be eating a big spoonful of sugar. Another way of saying this is that most bread has a high glycemic index. On the other hand, if you can find bread which is specifically designed to be low in carbohydrates, this can be a good choice for a low-carb diet –- these specialty breads usually substitute more fiber for the starchy part of the wheat. ..
Barbora Vozarova, Christian Weyer, Robert S. Lindsay, Richard E. Pratley, Clifton Bogardus, and P. Antonio Tataranni "Chronic low-grade inflammation may be involved in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. We examined whether a high white blood cell count (WBC), a marker of inflammation, predicts a worsening of insulin action, insulin secretory function, and the development of type 2 diabetes in Pima Indians..."
"Is it possible to delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes from ever developing? Yes it is. There is a lot you can do yourself to know your risks for pre-diabetes and to take action to prevent diabetes if you have, or are at risk for, pre-diabetes.
Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have "pre-diabetes" -- blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. There are 57 million people in the United States who have pre-diabetes...
Managing, Cure, etc..
How My Aunt's Death Can Help You "Cure" Type 2 Diabetes I
"Not only is type 2 diabetes completely preventable, but it is virtually curable for anyone who is willing to put in the hard time and work and recovering their insulin and leptin sensitivity. "
Natural Cure For Diabetes
Q: What steps/tips have you made preventing, managing, curing, etc.. diabetes?
"Sponsor Me in School Walk for Diabetes!
Nearly 24 million people across the nation have diabetes, and I want to help! Please support me in my School Walk for Diabetes campaign with a donation by selecting the "Sponsor Me Here" button.
School Walk for Diabetes teaches kids like me the benefits of healthy living, community service and school spirit, while also raising money to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people with diabetes.
My school’s team will walk together while also learning about the
importance of eating good-for-you foods and exercising every day."
*support my niece (Alysa) on Friday, March 11th 2011
"Meet Adalyne. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the tender age of 24 months. Please support our 2008 Walk Team to Cure Diabetes. www.jdrf.org, Adalyne's Heal-A-Walkers. Thank you and GOD BLESS!"
"..Eating right is key to managing diabetes. Here are 10 super foods that will help minimize blood sugar and even throw your disease into reverse... "...2. Fruit. Packed with almost all the same advantages as vegetables fruit is brimming with nutrients you need, it's low in fat, it's high in fiber, and it's lower in calories than most other foods. Best of all, fruit is loaded with antioxidants that help protect your nerves, your eyes, and your heart.
Because fruit has more natural sugar and calories than most vegetables, you can't eat it with utter abandon. Aim to get three or four servings a day. (A serving is one piece of whole fruit, 1/2 cup cooked or canned fruit, or 1 cup raw fruit.) Choose whole produce over juice. Many of the nutrients and a lot of the fiber are found in the skin, flesh, and seeds of fruit, so they’re lost during juicing, and more of the calories and sugar remain.
Sugar is the main ingredient in most of the foods and beverages we consume – even fruits and milk. But it is the refined sugar found in processed foods that is contributing to the obesity epidemic in the U.S. today and the rise in Type 2 diabetes.
Eliminating refined sugar from your diet can help you improve your health and lose weight. Artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, Sweet ‘n’ Low and Equal are the most common sugar substitutes because they are so easily available in grocery stores and restaurants. Yet many experts claim that artificial sweeteners are toxic because they are made from chemicals and therefore should be avoided. If that’s the case, what other alternatives are there?
The good news is that there are a number of natural sugar substitutes, some of which even have nutritional properties and lower glycemic index than others. Below is a list of ten natural sugar substitutes you can experiment with when cooking, baking and adding to already prepared meals and drinks.
Durant\'s Walk for a Diabetes Cure
"Durant Middle School held a fund raiser and walk for diabetes the day before eighth grade promotion in order to help fund the American Diabetes Association find a cure for types one and two diabetes. Thank you to all who participated"
Dr Reginald B. Cherry Teaches on Blood Sugar (Part 1)
"16 million Americans in this country have diabetes and one-third of them are not aware of it. Everyday two thousand people are diagnosed with diabetes. Usually the first noticeable symptoms are increased fluid intake and urination. This occurs because the body is trying to dilute the excess glucose that is circulating in the blood stream. Irritability, l^^itude, and weakness are also symptoms of diabetes. The body feels weak and fatigued because it is not getting enough glucose and oxygen from the blood into the muscle cells. There is increased sugar in the blood stream but it does not get into the muscles because the vessels are constricted. A person with a fasting blood sugar reading over 110 is now considered to be glucose intolerant. At a level of 110 damage starts occurring and the potential for diabetes occurs. Diabetes is the number one cause of permanent, uncorrectable blindness. Vascular neuropathy and constricted vessels in the feet and legs are complications of diabetes that can lead to amputations. Kidney failure and heart attacks are also severe complications of diabetes because the arteries cannot supply adequate blood to these major organs. Dr. Cherry states there are 7 vitamins and minerals and 7 herbs that when combined together in capsule form can significantly lower blood sugar levels. He stated that prescription medication has potential side effects and can cause spikes in blood sugar levels. The natural products work to even out blood sugar spikes and keep the levels constant. The 7 vitamins and minerals are: Chromium, Vanadium, Biotin, Niacin, Magnesium, Zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids. The 7 herbal ingredients are: Gymnema, Bitter melon, Fenugreek, Bilberry, Silymarin, Aloe Vera, and Glucomannan. Chromium has been shown in studies to drop blood sugar levels up to 20 percent. Chromium acts to increase the effectiveness of the body���s own insulin. As blood sugar levels increase the pancreas must work harder to put out more insulin in an effort to produce enough to drive the excess sugar into the cells. In diabetes the pancreas will eventually wear out. Chromium levels the blood sugar and takes some of the pressure off the pancreas. Studies conducted on gymnema have shown that it not only lowers blood sugar levels it also regenerates the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin and increase the glucose availability into the cells."
Dr. Reginald B. Cherry Teaches on Blood Sugar (Part 2)
"Dr. Cherry continues the teaching on blood sugar. He stated that the number of children and teenagers being diagnosed with diabetes has risen dramatically in the last few years. In diabetes a person has too much glucose (sugar) circulating in their blood stream but not enough reaching their vital organs. Glucose is essential to every cell in the body. Insulin plays a very important role. The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream; it is insulin that causes glucose to go into every cell of the body. Insulin resistance can occur due to gaining too much weight and/or eating too many sweets. One of the earliest symptoms of diabetes is increased thirst because the body is trying to dilute the high levels of sugar in the bloodstream. Rapid weight loss is also an indicator of possible diabetes because the cells are not receiving the glucose they need. A blood sugar reading of 110 or over is indicative of glucose intolerance and high likelihood of developing diabetes. Dr. Cherry states that there are 7 vitamins and minerals and 7 herbs that taken in combination are effective natural treatments for lowering blood sugar and stabilizing insulin levels. The 7 vitamins and minerals are: Chromium, Vanadium, Biotin, Niacin, Magnesium, Zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are DHA and EPA. The herbal ingredients are: Gymnema, Bitter Melon, Fenugreek, Bilberry, Silymarin, Aloe Vera, and fiber in the form of glucomannan from the Konjack root. Biotin is a B complex vitamin that increases cell sensitivity to the body���s own insulin so glucose can go into the cells. This is the way most of the new diabetic prescription medications work. Biotin works best in combination with Chromium and Vanadium. Niacin increases the metabolism, or breakdown, of carbohydrates. Magnesium is necessary to increase the insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake. It backs the insulin out of the blood and into the cells and organs where it is needed. Studies have shown that 60 percent of Americans are magnesium deficient and 75% are under the recommended daily intake of Zinc. Omega-3 fatty acids improve glucose tolerance. Fenugreek is a fiber portion of a seed which has been shown in studies to decrease the intestinal absorption of carbohydrates. Bilberry has been shown in studies to decrease blood sugar levels up to 26 percent. It also is important for eye health and the eye complications seen in diabetes."
Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, Cure, Treatment, Medicine
Natural Medicine Leads to Real Cures
In contrast, the philosophy of natural medicine holds that a weakened immune system (and/or along with other weakened bodily systems) is the reason foreign invaders can thrive, producing symptoms and diseases."
"..3. Top 10 sources of chromium in food. It’s not difficult to increase chromium in your diet. The top 10 food sources are brewer’s yeast, beef (be sure it’s grass-fed!), calf’s liver, egg yolk, sweet potato, onions, oysters, fresh basil, tomatoes and romaine lettuce. Enjoy one or more servings every day to help prevent or heal diabetes....
Type 1 diabetes symptoms improve after repenting acupuncture - John Mellor Ministries
"This woman has suffered from diabetes for 16 years. Out of desperation she had tried many things to be healed, including acupuncture. At our teaching seminar she learned that acupuncture is of the New Age and not compatible with Christianity. She said a prayer to repent of her involvement in acupuncture and immediately felt a release in her body and improvement in her condition. www.johnmellor.org"
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Ministry: Healing