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Archive Category: Diabetes

Vitamin D

April 25th, 2016

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–get your Vitamin D levels checked. Low levels have been associated with increased risk of cancers (including breast, ovarian, colon and non-Hodgkins lymphoma), diabetes, multiple sclerosis and heart attacks as well as bone fractures. Read more in this attached article. Supplementing without testing may lead to levels too high, however. Insurance may not cover the cost of the testing–but your medical insurance does not have your health as their goal.

Cut the Sugar

November 3rd, 2015

Amazing how in just days of stopping sugar consumption health improvements are realized. I still remember flipping open an eclectic reference book from the National College of Natural Medicine library and reading an excerpt expounding on the evils of artificial sweeteners. The book was published in 1902 and detailed how artificial sweeteners would be the bane of human health. I was flummoxed–what artificial sweetener did they have in 1902?? It was CANE SUGAR! Trade in your sugary treats for fruits and veggies–you’ll be amazed at their intricate flavors once the addiction to sugar subsides. Make no mistake, sugar acts like a drug in our systems.. Check out this article on the health response to a sugar-free diet (and DO NOT replace sugar with our current artificial sweeteners–they are even worse!!).

Antibiotic Use Linked with Diabetes

September 17th, 2015

Just another reason to use antibiotics very judiciously–they are linked with an increased risk of developing diabetes. Read more here. Please note, too, that there are often wonderful botanical antimicrobials that can do the job in place of pharmaceutical antibiotics. Schedule an appointment or check with your doctor.

Great Ideas for Reducing Sugar!

April 3rd, 2015

This article is addressing those with elevated triglycerides–very often elevated due to too much sugar in the diet. These are helpful recommendations for all of us trying to reduce sugar in our diets. Elimination of sugar is even better!!

Coffee–My Favorite Botanical!!

August 8th, 2014

Research continues to find that drinking coffee has many health benefits. These benefits include reducing risk of Type II diabetes, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, and protecting the brain. Remember, though, all things in moderation. And if you have high blood pressure aggravated by caffeine, you should avoid coffee. Check with your doctor if you have any questions. Read more here.

Native Foods–The Same is True for All of Us

June 6th, 2014

This study focuses on the impact on the health of Native Americans who are changing from a natural food diet to a grocery-store diet. The diabetes rates are appalling. The same pattern of poor health with grocery-store foods is impacting most of us. Stick to fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts, etc. Avoid anything processed or packaged. And keep in mind that the nutrient value in our produce is diminishing due to farming practices–try and get organic, naturally-raised foods locally as much as possible–hit those farmers markets!! 🙂

Diabetes Explosion in Children

May 6th, 2014

The rates of both Type I and Type II diabetes are significantly increased in our children. While researchers are unclear as to the cause, general recommendations include the following:

o Exercise–we need to get moving and so do our children. This does not mean that they need to become uber-sports fiends, but that screen time is limited, outdoor time is increased, playing with friends is encouraged.

o Stop the sugar madness–offer fruits and veggies as snacks. Limit “sweets” to a once a week treat at most. As taste buds change, so will their cravings.

o Limit grains–they should be treated as a “treat” and NOT the foundation of the food pyramid. Vegetables and fruits should form the foundation, with healthy fats and proteins rounding it out. In addition, gluten sensitivity is implicated in diabetes.

o Limit dairy–dairy intolerances have also been linked to diabetes

o Ensure adequate water consumption

Read more here.

Statins and Diuretics Increase Risk of Diabetes

May 1st, 2014

Here is a report that should get your attention:

“Both statins and diuretics were linked to new-onset diabetes, a 23% increased risk. In this study, use of beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers was not linked to diabetes.”–Medscape, April 21, 2014, Dr. Sandra Adamson Fryhofer.

If you are on these medications, be sure that your physician is monitoring you for diabetes. And see a naturopathic physician for potential treatment options.

 

Dangers of High Protein Diet–Really??

May 1st, 2014

Researchers have recently reported the dangers of a high protein diet. Dr. Wahls examines their study and puts it into perspective. Please continue to eat a diet rich in healthy vegetables, fruits, and proteins (limit animal-based products to those naturally raised). To your health!!

Exercise and Weight Loss to Prevent Complications of Pre-Diabetes

April 11th, 2014

Here it is again–lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of advancing cardiovascular death in those with pre-diabetes. PLEASE, exercise daily, get some sun, and eat plenty of veggies daily (9 servings per day!). Read more here.

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