Many people post overly simplified advice to serious medical problems

In fact I do too often hear stupid people boast, younger or healthy people,  they do not take any medication at all as they do not want to load their bodies with all that chemicals.

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To which I reply someday in your own life you will have a sickness and you will in desperation look for any cure next, medication included..In fact one of these false boaster had next a heart attack and has gone downhill fast.. He is now running to all the doctors for help..

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Those who are depressed are more likely to exhibit risky behavior with drugs and alcohol, as well as being more likely to attempt suicide. In fact, are more associated with a shorter lifespan than the smokers. .The standard course of treatment for depression is questionable medication. Often it takes a combination of two or more different medications to mask, control the symptoms, and it is a trial and error approach to find the right combination for each patient. When medicine has been tried and doesn’t work then generally nothing can help cause doctors are not really dealing with the basic causes of the depression. Depressed people will thus face a hard life. To Help with many person’s medical symptoms of their diseases, depressions too we still do often we may still have to deal with the root causes of the sicknesses too.. including the hypertension, stresses, anxieties, and our past wrong values, ignorance, wrong doings too. https://stayinhealth.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/anti-suicide-watch/

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Home remedy for anemia? a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in pallor and weariness.

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A supposed help to treat diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes. As a result, glucose (sugar) builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy. Type 1 is incurable,  requires insulin medication.

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Both excess Sugar and Salt consumption can be bad for you

Millions of persons have diabetes, and many of them people do not even know it.. diabetes is not to be taken lightly for it has serious personal side effects. Diabetes is influenced by genes, and the food we eat, exercise as well.

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NOW  EVEN MOST MEDICAL PERSONAL  MAY KNOW SOMETHING  ABOUT DIABETES, (SOME HOW I REALLY DOUBT IT AS THEY TEND TO TOO OFTEN FALSELY SKIP MEALS, THAT ITSELF IS A CAUSE OF DIABETES EVEN,)  BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY UNDERSTAND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT..

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Reminds me a University college graduate had boasted to me he had learned all about Computers in University.. so I put him down in front of my computer and said to him show me what you can do.. I was shocked next  when he really could not use a computer still, he said he had learned everything from text.. He lacked real practical experiences.. that is true about diabetes when it comes to many medical personnel,  Doctors and Nurses included.

https://stayinhealth.wordpress.com/2009/12/04/diabetes/

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One of the sad thing in life is how few people pay attention to the salt, sugar content in their food consumption and how they do even fail to identify some of it’s negative health effects.. Both excess Sugar and Salt consumption can tend to raise One’s blood  pressure. Eating significantly less salt and sugar would modestly lower blood pressure;  would help to  or  prevent heart disease and  lengthen life. Eating too much of these  items can put you at high risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood glucose, could further increase risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even some cancers. Many processed foods, ready meals and savoury snacks can be deliberately relatively high in fat and salt, so try to get in the habit of reading pack labels and comparing brands before you buy. Check the sugar and salt content as well

“The human body is approximately 60 percent water, which is essential to almost every life process. But sometimes a condition called fluid overload can occur, in which more fluid (primarily water) is going into your body than is coming out. The chief cause of fluid overload is heart failure, a condition in which the heart muscle loses its ability to pump adequately. As the heart’s contractions (beats) become weaker and less able to pump out the blood that enters the heart, blood backs up in the veins, causing fluid buildup in the body’s tissues. The kidneys’ ability to eliminate excess sodium and water is also affected by heart failure, further increasing the body’s fluid congestion.  Fluid overload can also occur as a result of some other health conditions, including kidney disease and liver disease. It can also be a side effect of some food and some medications.

Excess fluid can build up in various locations in your body, leading to a condition called edema. Edema is swelling that usually occurs in the feet, ankles and legs (where it’s called peripheral edema), but it also can occur in the lungs (where it’s called pulmonary edema) and in the abdomen (where it’s called ascites).Fluid buildup can also cause increasing fatigue. You may begin to feel tired after performing normal daily activities or walking even a short distance. When fluid overload is not too severe, it can be treated with a program of diet and lifestyle changes.

Some Heart failure can be characterized by the side of the heart that’s weakened — based on that, patients can develop edema in different places in their bodies. When the right side of the heart is weakened, oxygen-poor blood tends to back up in the veins. As a result, fluid buildup tends to occur in the lower body (legs and feet), and sometimes in the abdomen. When the left side of the heart is weakened, oxygen-rich blood tends to back up in the lungs, resulting in fluid buildup there.

The malfunctioning body can also increase the secretion of a hormone in the pituitary gland called anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). This causes the kidney to retain more fluid, which increases blood volume and helps cardiac output, but also increases blood pressure, which makes the weakened heart work even harder.

These days when someone’s lower legs, ankles and feet were swollen we call it edema. It’s important to note that edema isn’t a disease but the symptom of an underlying condition, like fluid overload or heart failure (in which the heart is not pumping well enough to meet the body’s demand for oxygen). Edema usually begins with leakage of fluid from the tiniest blood vessels into nearby tissues. When the body senses that fluid is being lost from these vessels, it signals the kidneys to hold on to more fluid, increasing the volume of fluid in the vessels and leading to additional leakage. Edema can occur if you sit or stand in one place for too long, as gravity pulls water down into your legs and feet. The veins in your legs have small valves that help keep blood from running down toward your feet between heartbeats. If these valves are not functioning properly, edema can develop in the legs. Pregnant women sometimes get edema, and people who eat a diet too high in sodium (salt) can also develop it. Certain conditions, such as kidney or liver disease, can also cause edema or make it worse;

Signs that you might have edema include:
•Stretched and shiny-looking skin over a swollen area
•Increased abdomen size (ascites)
•Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (pulmonary edema)
•Tightness of jewelry, clothing or accessories
•Low output of urine, even when you’re drinking as much fluid as normal
•A dimple in the skin covering the swollen area that remains for a few seconds after a pressing finger has been released

Symptoms of more serious edema (such as pulmonary edema) include:
•Difficulty breathing
•Shortness of breath when lying down
•Coughing
•Cold hands or feet

Your doctor  can  obtain a detailed medical history and conduct a full exam. He or she will listen to your lungs through a stethoscope to detect the presence of fluid (an indication of pulmonary edema) and look at the veins in your neck. Your doctor might order tests to help make a diagnosis. Results of blood and urine tests are useful for the diagnosis of certain types of fluid overload related to kidney or liver disease. Your doctor may order other tests to detect abnormalities in your heart’s electrical activity, size, shape and function during rest and exercise.

If you have fluid overload, your doctor will probably suggest that you reduce the amount of sodium (salt) and sugar in your diet. Doing so can be a very effective way of combating the buildup of excess fluid. Most North Americans eat a diet containing lots of processed foods, which are very high in sodium and sugar

Your doctor may prescribe oral medicines (diuretics or “water pills”) to reduce the symptoms of the condition. Diuretics cause the kidneys to pass more water and sodium, reducing fluid volume throughout the body.   This reduces the blood volume and the amount of blood that the heart has to pump, thereby reducing its workload. The goal is to maintain ideal weight by eliminating edema. A major side effect is a low potassium (K+) level, which can cause muscle cramping and abnormal heart rhythms. Reducing your Water pill consumption my help? Potassium supplements or potassium-sparing diuretics can be used either alone or in combination with other diuretics. Unfortunately, these medications often become less effective the longer one takes them, and eventually many people with fluid overload require hospitalization.

Typically, an in-hospital treatment for a serious case of edema includes intravenous (given with a needle into the bloodstream) administration of medications such as diuretic drugs, vasodilator drugs and inotropic drugs.;

An important way to regulate your blood pressure, and improve your overall health, is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Consume a limited amount of high-sugar and high-fat foods and be sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Increase your intake of B vitamins, which have been proven to improve circulation and regulate blood pressure.

Many other factors, called precipitating factors, place an extra  burden on a failed heart. Identifying the precipitating factor, as well  as the initial cause of CHF, is important for directing proper  treatment. Precipitating factors include:

  • Stopping prescribed medications
  • Excessive intake of fluids or salt, sugar
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Infection
  • Heart attack
  • Ischemia (lack of blood to heart muscle)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm)
  • Anemia
  • Pulmonary embolus (blood clot in lung)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Hypoxia (low level of oxygen in blood usually due to lung disease)

While Heart failure occurs predominately in the elderly, but it can affect people of any age”

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Medicine is still no substitute for not eating healthy food, not execrcising,  not getting plenty of sleep- rest, not educing negative personal stress!

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Natural Way to Remove Excessive Body Fluid
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Excess fluid, water in the blood,  can substantially increase your body weight, about 8-12 pounds even,  and can thus also cause you to feel burning in the chest when moving, walking, biking..
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Removal of excess extracellular fluid with diuretics is one of the mainstays of treating patients with congestive heart failure (CHF).; Once begun, diuretic therapy is generally continued indefinitely unless cardiac function improves.
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Now some people do suggest
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1 The first step in getting rid of excess bodily fluid is to reduce salt intake as sodium, found in salt, will make your body hold water. Sitting in a sauna or hot tub will also help as it will increase sweating and the elimination of excess water. A range of plant foods as well as concentrated supplements, such as asparagus, watermelon, parsley and hawthorn will likewise eliminate excess fluids.  Try to add less salt to your dishes and read nutritional labels for the sodium content of packaged foods. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for sodium is 2,500 milligrams, but most of us consume far more. Reducing your salt intake to the RDA is also good for general health and longevity.
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2 Sweat gently. Sweating will naturally eliminate water and any activity that will help you sweat without placing excess stress on your body will help to get rid of excess fluids. Athletes trying to lose water weight before competition (usually to qualify for a specific weight class) have devised interesting and often extreme methods to accelerate sweating. However, for the layperson a brief visit to the sauna or a short session in the hot tub is all that is required. If you are unaccustomed to these, start slowly and do not push yourself. Avoid extreme heat if you have an underlying health condition, including but not limited to: heart disease, hypertension and kidney disease.
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3 Drink more water. Although it may sound counterintuitive, the more water you drink, the less fluid you will retain. Restricting water intake will only place your body into preservation mode, as it will think that a drought is approaching, and make it hold onto water. Consuming water, on the other hand will increase the rate of sweating and urination, both of which will help eliminate excessive sodium and reduce water retention.
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4 Consider herbal diuretics. A diuretic is any substance that accelerates fluid excretion. In addition to prescription medications used for the treatment of hypertension, a range of plants and concentrated plant extracts in pill form help eliminate excess water. Natural diuretics include sugar free tea, caffeine, asparagus, onion, watermelon, celery, parsley and hawthorn. 
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The usage of Natural diuretics can aid in removal of excess fluids from the body and aid in treating of sciatica, kidney stone, lymphatic swelling, PMS, gonorrhea, liver disorders and high blood pressure.
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Watch out for the dangers involved in using medically prescribed diuretics and natural ones too.. see your Heart doctor on this too..
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Green tea is a natural diuretic food that has been in use for centuries in China.
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Consumption of cranberry juice can aid in removal of excess fluid retention.
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Apple cider vinegar exhibits natural diuretic properties and in addition maintains the potassium levels. It can be added to the salad dressing. It contains high levels of potassium that has quality to reduce fat deposits. It is prepared from apples and the malic acid used for fat burning process.
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Dandelion is often used as a natural diuretic.
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Nettle has natural diuretic properties that facilitate good cleansing.
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Dandelion leaf tea aids in detoxification and has a beneficial effect on those suffering from cystitis and urinary tract infections.
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Natural foods with high water content such as watermelons and cucumbers help increase urination and better flushing out of toxins.
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Artichokes are also natural diuretic, a digestive aid, and provides nutrition to health-promoting bacteria in the intestinal tract.
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Asparagus contains asparigine – a chemical alkaloid that boosts kidney performance, thereby improving waste removal from the body. It includes asparagines chemical. This chemical removes waste from the body by breaking up the oxalic acid. It also affects the cells and break down fat.
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Black currants are a diuretic with a high potassium level; Diuretic often help those who suffer from high blood pressure and rheumatism, but deplete their potassium levels. Blackcurrants combine a diuretic effect with a high level of potassium.
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Brussels Spouts  It stimulates the glands, the pancreas. It quickly releases waste and to clean out the cells. This vegetable also holds some minerals that stimulate the kidneys.  This helps in better cleansing of cells.
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Beets are natural diuretic foods that attack floating body fats and fatty deposits. These are burly diuretic that focuses on the liver and kidneys. They have special iron cleanses corpuscles.
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Cabbage is known to aid breakage of fatty deposits, especially around the abdominal region.
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Carrots are a rich source of carotene that speeds the metabolic rate of the body and hastens removal of fat deposits and waste.;
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Celery has a high concentration of Calcium in a ready to use form. Therefore when you eat it calcium directly work and this pure form of calcium will break up the accumulated fat build up. This is food with high water content.
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Chives are a pleasing addition to a salad. They belong to the onion family and contain more than 80% water. They are fairly high in protein and carbohydrate content, rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sulfur. They are stimulating to the digestive system. They are valuable as a blood cleanser but exercise a strong diuretic action, consequently they should be used in moderation, particularly by those having trouble with their kidneys. People drinking beer, we find, should avoid using chives to any extent because, according to our researches, beer has a very strong disintegrating effect on the kidneys and a diuretic with the tendency to irritate the kidneys may cause undue discomfort.
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Cucumbers are rich in sulfur and silicon that stimulate the kidneys into better removal of uric acid.
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FENNEL is a valuable vegetable used in large quantities by the Latin cultures. As its nourishing value is becoming better known it is gradually becoming a more popular addition to other raw vegetables, either in salads or as a side dish. Fennel contains nearly 90% water in the bulbous part of the plant, which is the edible part. This vegetable can be quartered, sliced, chopped or ground. It is a very alkalinizing food, aiding in loosening up mucous or phlegm conditions, besides helping to stimulate the digestive processes. It is a good diuretic. It has a high sodium content and is rich in potassium and iron.
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Fig is oxidant, laxative, diuretic, digestible and a blood cleanser
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Garlic possesses, it is a natural diuretic food that aids breakage of fat and other excellent properties. Garlic has a beneficial effect on the lymph, aiding in the elimination of noxious waste matter in the body, having the tendency to increase body-odor until such waste has been sufficiently eliminated. It is a valuable cleanser of the mucous membrane, particularly the lungs, the sinuses, the nose and the throat. For this reason it is a valuable food in pulmonary conditions, asthma, etc. Although occasionally somewhat irritating to the kidneys, garlic is nevertheless valuable for its diuretic action. It is also a useful cleanser of the blood therefore helpful in conditions of high blood pressure. It tends to stimulate peristaltic action and the secretion of digestive juices. While the odor of garlic is not usually appreciated as a second hand perfume, this condition can be compensated by the use of raw parsley, mint or other fresh green herbs of a like nature, combined with it, or used immediately afterwards. Garlic contains approximately 65% water and satisfactory results are obtained by using it raw, chopped finely, in small quantities as an ingredient in any vegetable salad.
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Horseradish speed up your metabolism.  It has a wonderful effect of dissolving fat in cells with no side effects.
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Lettuce aids better metabolism and flushing of toxins.
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Mangoes are depurative and diuretic.
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Melons are refreshing, alkalising, mineralising, oxidant and diuretic. Watermelon and muskmelon contains high levels of water, potassium and sodium that aid remove toxins and stimulates urine production.
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Papayas are diuretic, laxative and refreshing.
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Parsley is one of the most potent foods of the common vegetable kingdom. As a juice, if properly and completely extracted, it is wise not to drink more than (4 ounces) daily without the addition of other vegetable juices because otherwise it is likely to create a serious disturbance of the nervous system. With the addition of the raw juice of carrots and celery it is very valuable as nourishment for the optic system, also for the kidneys and bladder and as an aid in allaying inflammation of the urethra and genital organs. It stimulates the secretion of digestive juices and helps considerably in disturbances of the liver and of the spleen. The water content of parsley is in excess of 85% but the fibers are so tough that it requires a very thorough trituration and a sufficient amount of hydraulic pressure to extract all the vitamins and mineral elements with the juice. Parsley is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium and chlorine. In salads it should be ground up very fine and can be used to the extent of one to two teaspoons per serving, not merely to decorate it. When eating meat, raw parsley should be eaten at the same time, because of its diuretic action, in order to stimulate the elimination of the excessive uric acid resulting from the digestion of meat.
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Peaches are diuretic, depurative and detoxifying so they are wonderful to eat on a weight – loss program.
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Pumpkins contain about 90% water with a comparatively low percentage of carbohydrates. While rich in sodium, potassium, magnesium and iron, they are rich also in chlorine and phosphorus. They have laxative qualities and their diuretic properties do not irritate the kidneys. Raw pumpkin is delicious when very finely grated and served in combination with finely grated carrots, beets, etc., as a base for salads. To cook pumpkins destroys their valuable water content, reducing it to about 15% and increases the carbohydrate content to more than 50%, converting it from a sugar to a starchy carbohydrate.
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Radishes These may be considered under the general classification of large and small radishes. The former contain a little more than 85% water, but 50% less mineral elements than the small, while the latter contain more than 93% water and are rich in potassium, sodium and calcium with a large percentage of chlorine. They are rich in phosphorus and sulphur while the large variety is particularly rich in silicon. Radishes contain a volatile ether which has a particular affinity for mucus or phlegm as a solvent thereof. They have also enzymes valuable in aiding the secretion of digestive juices. Because of their diuretic action they are valuable in cleansing the kidneys and the bladder. The juice of radishes blended with carrot juice is a wonderful aid in cleansing and in healing the mucous membrane of the digestive system as well as of the respiratory organs. The small radishes are used either whole or sliced to garnish salads, while the large radishes can be grated or shredded as an ingredients.
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Oats contain silica – a natural diuretic.
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Strawberries are a traditional diuretic and have an excellent effect on the kidneys.
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Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C that aid the metabolism and release of water from the kidney to flush out waste.
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Watercress is a powerful blood cleanser and blood builder. It is a diuretic plant, is soothing to the lungs, and stimulates bile formation. Watercress is rich in chlorophyll, sulfur and calcium, and strengthens qi (vital life force) energy.
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Benefits of Diuretics Foods:
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Retention of water may occur because of the lack of B-vitamins, amino-acids and proteins in the diet or due to the unnecessary utilization of sugar and salt content. The condition caused due to water retention in the body tissues is known as Edema. To avoid this condition there is need to take Natural Diuretic Foods that assist flush out the needless water from the body through urination.
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Diuretic foods are cost-effective in comparison to other costly diuretic medications with their unlikable side effects.
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Some diuretic foods increased metabolism. Besides it helps you shed redundant pounds as well.
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Diuretic foods can purge body of toxins and free radicals e.g. apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the best natural diuretic obtained by crushed apples and excites digestion and kidney function.
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To regulate digestion due to the high yarn and enzyme content, Natural diuretic foods are used.
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Diuretic foods supply the elements that are crucial for the health of our heart, kidneys and liver in our bodies. For the well-being of a person Electrolytic balance is vital elements. Synthetic diuretics can deplete our bodies of essential elements such as potassium and sodium.
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Diuretic foods if used properly are very useful to treat   high blood pressure condition, swelling, kidney stones and indigestion exclusive of the side effects.
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When you start to take more diuretic foods naturally you devour less of the high-sodium and high-sugar processed foods. Because high fiber foods got from the diuretic foods list give bulk in your stomach helping control unhealthy cravings.;
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Danger – High Sodium Diets Hazardous to Health

 

According to a recent study, excess consumption of salt is linked to diseases like, hypertension, osteoporosis, kidney damage and stomach cancer etc. Hence high sodium diets are highly dangerous to the health, especially to heart.  The dietary guidelines recommend less than 2,300 mg intake of sodium per day. Americans do not pay heed to the same and eat an average of 3,436 mg every day.  Maximum sodium intake comes from the processed foods like cheeses, sliced meats, sauces and French fries, etc. Sauces and spreads can contain salt to the extent of 1,283 mg of salt per 100 grams. Foods that were once frozen and canned are full of sodium.  Dr. Marc Schweiger, director of Cardiac Catheterization/Research in the Division of Cardiology at Baystate Medical Center, says, “Although salt is found in many foods, maintaining a low-sodium diet will benefit your long-term health in a variety of ways”.
http://topnews.net.nz/content/22163-high-sodium-diets-hazardous-health

 

Sugary soft drinks increase pancreas cancer risk

“We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are cause-and-effect for obesity and diabetes,” “We just have to stop drinking sugary beverages,” Those beverages include soda pop, energy and sports drinks as well as fruit beverages, sweetened iced teas and homemade sugary drinks like frescas. “It’s liquid candy,” “Canadians are often unaware of how much sugar they’re consuming in beverage form. And the more you drink, the higher your risk is of these adverse health effects,” Sugary drinks are the main source of added sugars in the Canadian diet, said Lesley James, a health policy analyst at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “There’s no intrinsic health value to it. There’s plenty of replacements. This is an easy problem to fix. “There’s no intrinsic health value to it. There’s plenty of replacements. This is an easy problem to fix. .Now a new study, holds sugary drinks responsible for the death of 1,600 Canadians annually..

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A study found that diabetes induced by excessive consumption of sugary beverages was responsible for more than 70 per cent of those deaths, with cardiovascular disease and cancer trailing behind at 25 per cent and four per cent respectively.

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Drinking two or more soft drinks per week nearly doubles a person’s risk of developing pancreatic cancer, says a new study released Monday that followed over 60,000 people for a period of 14 years.  http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100208/softdrink_pancreatic_100208/20100208/?hub=TorontoNewHome
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Researchers examined the risks associated with those who drink sugar-sweetened carbonated drinks, versus those who don’t consume these beverages.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, and only 5 per cent of people who are diagnosed are known to survive five years later, according to the American Cancer Society. About 3,900 Canadians were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Globally, that number is about 230,000.

“The high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth,” lead researcher Mark Pereira of the University of Minnesota said in a statement. Insulin helps the body metabolize sugar, and is produced in the pancreas.

Pereira and his colleagues followed 60,524 men and women in Singapore for 14 years. Over that period, researchers found:

  • 140 of the volunteers developed pancreatic cancer.
  • An 87 per cent higher risk of developing cancer for those who drank two or more soft drinks per week.
  • No link found between drinking fruit juice and developing pancreatic cancer.

Pereira says the findings would apply to western countries as well.

“Singapore is a wealthy country with excellent healthcare. Favourite pastimes are eating and shopping, so the findings should apply to other western countries,” he said.

He points out that while sugar may be to blame, those who drink sugar-sweetened soda often have other poor health habits.

Jennifer Sygo, a nutritionist with the Cleveland Clinic, says there isn’t the same level of research available for sugar as there is for salt. But she points out guidelines by the American Heart Association, which recommends:

  • Women should not consume more than 25 grams of added sugar a day (6.5 teaspoons);
  • Men should not consume more than 38 grams of added sugar a day (9.5 teaspoons).

Just by cutting sugar intake by half, or even one-third, it would make a big difference. For those who just need their sugar fix, many  recommend  a cup of juice a day, then water or a Perrier if you need some carbonation.

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Occasional sweets are OK. But it’s foods like fruits, vegetables, cereals, breads, rice, and other grains that give your body the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that it needs. It doesn’t matter what disease we are talking about, whether we are talking about a common cold or about cardiovascular disease, or cancer or osteoporosis, the root is always going to be at the cellular and molecular level, and more often than not insulin is going to have its hand in it, if not totally controlling it. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0846/is_8_22/ai_98594272/

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The health dangers which ingesting sugar on an habitual basis creates are certain. Simple sugars have been observed to aggravate asthma, move mood swings, provoke personality changes, muster mental illness, nourish nervous disorders, deliver diabetes, hurry heart disease, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension, and add arthritis.

The list of health problems associated with sugar is quite lengthy and growing by the year. Some generalities include the following:

  • depression
  • mood swings
  • irritability
  • hyperactivity
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • mineral deficiencies
  • adrenal gland depletion
  • hypoglycemia
  • candida overgrowth
  • increased cholesterol levels
  • chronic fatigue

Then we get into the more serious diseases and disorders, as cancers, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Sugar, even in small amounts, suppresses the immune system making it easier to succumb to the various ailments. It should be noted though that there is a very significant difference between white refined sugar and naturally occurring complex sugars found in whole foods.

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Here again is a list of ways sugar can affect your health:

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  • Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
  • Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
  • Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  • Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  • Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
  • Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
  • Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  • Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
  • Sugar can cause kidney damage.
  • Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
  • Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
  • Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
  • Sugar can promote tooth decay.
  • Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  • Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
  • Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
  • Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
  • Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
  • High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  • Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
  • Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  • Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
  • Sugar causes food allergies.
  • Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
  • Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  • Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
  • Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  • Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  • Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
  • Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
  • Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  • Sugar can cause depression.
  • Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
  • Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
  • Sugar can cause hypertension.
  • Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  • Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
  • Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
  • Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
  • Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.

Source: www.nancyappleton.com

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To be sure, sugar is needed by the body for energy. However, far too many people are getting too much of a good thing – way too much.

Excessive sugar consumption is the major cause of an imbalance of all minerals especially:

  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • chromium
  • zinc
  • copper
  • cobalt (necessary for vitamin B12)
  • chromium (together with insulin, stimulates cells to absorb and metabolize sugar)

This imbalance leads to degenerative diseases including heart disease, osteoporosis, some anemias, and diabetes Studies have shown that individuals who continued on a high fiber diet for several months showed increased normalization of blood sugar levels. High fiber diets also lessen the sugar in the urine, and lowers fasting blood sugar levels and medication requirements.

Diets which include 20-35 grams of fiber per day is the ideal amount. Good sources of fiber are the following:

  • dry or cooked oat bran
  • cooked oatmeal
  • black-eyed peas
  • kidney or pinto beans
  • split peas
  • butter beans
  • lentils
  • fresh peas
  • baked potatoes with skins
  • brussels sprouts
  • corn
  • zucchini
  • prunes
  • apricots
  • broccoli

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Just when we got the hang of baking with applesauce instead of oil and forgoing Chips Ahoy for SnackWell’s, the diet gurus throw us another curveball: Forget counting fat grams, they say. The real villain is sugar!

According to a slew of recent diet books, it’s sugar, not fat, that causes chronic overeating and adds extra pounds that wont budge. Their solution: Slash sugar from the diet completely.

Give wonderful, delicious sugar the boot (gulp) forever? We couldn’t bear it. So we asked leading nutrition experts to give it to us straight, Before you consider dumping your Twizzlers or denying yourself dessert, find out what the experts say about the truth–and the hype–when it comes to the sweet stuff.

Sugar Myth #1: You should eliminate all sugar from your diet.

First, a quick and painless science lesson: Sugars, aka carbohydrates, are made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Individually, these strings of molecules are called monosaccharides, which include sugars such as fructose (found in fruit). Link two sets of molecules together and you have disaccharides, such as sucrose (table sugar) and lactose (the sugar found in milk). Combine a whole bunch of units, producing an even more complex molecule, and you’ve got starches and fiber.

And no matter what form you eat–from Gummi Bears to Wheaties–carbs contain 4 calories per gram, break down to simple sugars during digestion (except for fiber, which is indigestible) and are either used for immediate energy or stored for later. In other words, you need sugars in your diet to keep your body running. Most should come in the form of nutrient-rich starches like whole grains and cereals. You should also eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and lowfat dairy products–which contain sugars, but also valuable vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting chemicals.

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Diabetes

Millions of persons have diabetes, and many of them people do not even know it.. diabetes is not to be taken lightly for it has serious personal side effects. Diabetes is influenced by genes, and the food we eat, exercise as well.
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NOW  EVEN MOST MEDICAL PERSONAL  MAY KNOW SOMETHING  ABOUT DIABETES, (SOME HOW I REALLY DOUBT IT AS THEY TEND TO TOO OFTEN FALSELY SKIP MEALS, THAT ITSELF IS A CAUSE OF DIABETES EVEN,)  BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY UNDERSTAND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT..
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Reminds me a University college graduate had boasted to me he had learned all about Computers in University.. so I put him down in front of my computer and said to him show me what you can do.. I was shocked next  when he really could not use a computer still, he said he had learned everything from text.. He lacked real practical experiences.. that is true about diabetes when it comes to many medical personnel,  Doctors and Nurses included.
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MANY PEOPLE MAKE A VERY  SERIOUS ERROR AND ASSUME THAT DIABETES IS IRREVERSIBLE.. THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.. AS TYPE 2  DIABETES CAN BE OFTEN  REVERSED IF YOU NEXT DO TAKE PROPER STEPS TO MANAGE IT
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BUT MOST PEOPLE ALSO MAKE A SERIOUS ASSUMPTION THAT DOCTORS CAN FULLY TREAT PATIENTS WITH HEART PROBLEMS, AND THE PROBLEM CAN BE REVERSED.. DREAM ON.. ONCE YOU HAVE HEART PROBLEMS YOU TEND TO STILL HAVE THE MANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS THAT CAN BE PARTIALLY MANAGED BUT NOT ELIMINATED.. YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN LIVE A HEALTHY NORMAL LIFE AS YOU DID BEFORE YOUR HEART PROBLEMS.. YOU HAVE NOW A STILL BROKEN TRANSMISSION SYSTEM.
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Since the discovery of insulin in 1921, managing diabetes has become more effective than ever. Today, with care, most diabetics can lead productive lives.
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Normally, your body changes sugars and starch into glucose (a simple sugar), which serves as fuel. When diabetes develops, the amount of glucose in the blood may become dangerously high because insulin (the substance that controls glucose levels) is in short supply. Diabetics either don’t produce enough insulin or their bodies don’t respond to the insulin as they should; that’s why they have to take insulin by injection or another medication by mouth to help the body secrete more of its own insulin.
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To help you recognize the warning signs of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association uses the acronyms DIABETES and CAUTION.
D rowsiness
I tching
A family history of diabetes
B lurred vision
E xcessive weight
T ingling, numbness, or pain in extremities
E asy fatigue
S kin infection, slow healing of cuts and scratches, especially on the feet

Other signs are:
C onstant urination
A bnormal thirst
U nusual hunger
T he rapid loss of weight
I rritability
O bvious weakness and fatigue
N ausea and vomiting
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The important explanation of one being diabetic is the reality that either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or else it can’t employ the actual insulin in an appropriate way. The transformation of glucose into strength in the body is performed through insulin. The key conditions that can result in diabetes are short of activity, fatness, aging, improper diet and, most importantly, heredity. Weariness is the trait of diabetes for the reason that the body doesn’t attain required energy. Eyes is impaired, urination is repeated and need for water gets Unquenchable resulting from it. You are receptive to persistent contagion for example urinary tract diseases, colds and influenza if you are diabetic. Diabetes has further hint moreover like prickling or burning sensitiveness in the hands together with foot. Majority of the time diabetes goes overlooked for these traits look simple. At the time you observe any of the above declared indications get your glucose amount measured. The everlastingness of this health problem demands you perform this way. To correct diabetes  you as well have to make use of perfect diet table and lifestyle changes to make your glucose levels under regulation. http://www.diabitieslife.com/diabetes/blogs/symptoms-of-diabetes.htm
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A hard-boiled egg is a handy high-protein snack if you have diabetes. The protein will help keep you full without affecting your blood sugar. Protein not only slows digestion, it also slows glucose absorption. This is very helpful if you have diabetes. If you have diabetes, you should limit egg consumption to three a week. If you only eat egg whites, you can feel comfortable eating more.  Protein is satiating,  meaning  eggs may help curb unhealthy cravings and promote a healthy weight in people with diabetes — further aiding diabetes management. Plus, eating protein and carbohydrates together may delay the impact of carbohydrates on blood sugar
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 Here are 10 ways to treat low blood sugar with real food: 

1. all-natural peanut butter with no added sugar  Peanut butter (or any nut butter) without added sugar is filled with protein and fat and can help alleviate these symptoms without raising your blood sugar more.

2. peanut butter and crackers.. watch the salt intake.. Any form of starch — in this case crackers — will help gradually raise your blood sugar just slightly, and the fat and protein in the peanut butter will sustain those levels.

3. raisins

4. medjool dates

5. applesauce

6. bananas

7. grapes

8. pineapple

All the foods listed above are fresh or dried fruit that have higher amounts of naturally occurring sugars than other fruits. While there’s some fiber present in these, the amount is minimal and will raise blood sugar quickly and effectively.

9. 100% grape juice

10. honey or maple syrup

https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/low-blood-sugar-healthy-food-type-1-diabetes#3
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You don’t necessarily have to experience all of these warning signs to be diabetic; only one or two may be present. Some people show no warning signs whatsoever and find out they’re diabetic after a routine blood test. So if you have a family history of diabetes, you should be especially watchful of the signs and symptoms mentioned before. If you notice any of those signs report them to your doctor. Being overweight increases your risk significantly. A diet high in sugar and low in fiber may increase your risk as well. Pregnancy can trigger diabetes in some women.

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There are two forms of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is more severe and usually shows up before the age of 40. Insulin injections as well as dietary control and excercise are essential.
Type 2 diabetes is less severe and affects people who are older and overweight. This type is most often treated with diet and exercise and sometimes oral medicine. Occasional insulin injections may be required as well.
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Like a hurricane with its heavy rains, hail, lightening and high winds is preceded by”calm before the storm,” type 2 diabetes is preceded by a condition known as pre-diabetes. With no usual symptoms and very little hint of what a type 2 diagnosis may mean, many fail to take heed and ignore important warning signs of diabetes. “By the time a patient actually is diagnosed as having diabetes, so much damage can be already done,” The people with pre-diabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent through modest lifestyle changes. Those changes, according to the experts, include recommendations to reduce weight by five to 10 percent and perform modest physical activity 30 minutes daily. In a very real sense,

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“The individuals with pre-diabetes have a one and one-half fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease as compared to people with normal blood glucose and that individuals with diabetes have a two to four-fold increased cardiovascular risk. Some 60 to 65 percent of those with type 2 diabetes succumb to cardiovascular disease. “

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Pre-diabetes is a serious metabolic condition that can reek havoc and do major damage long before the blood sugar (glucose) is elevated enough to diagnose overt type 2 diabetes.  Thus many persons already have complications  involving their heart, brain and extremity arteries—-even before they know officially that they have diabetes.

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Pre-diabetes is a term used to distinguish those at increased risk for developing diabetes. Those with pre-diabetes have impaired fasting glucose (IFG) levels between 100 and 125 mg/dL and/or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) between 140 and 199 milligrams per deciliter or mg/dL. Progression to diabetes is not inevitable, as studies show minor lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and may return blood glucose levels to normal.

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Not all Canadians with diabetes are receiving recommended tests: study (CP) –  TORONTO – A variety of routine clinical tests should be the norm for Canadians who are living with diabetes, but a new study indicates not everyone is getting these tests and checkups by their health-care providers. All four specific recommended clinical tests are being done for fewer than one-third of patients, says the research released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. “It’s a wake-up call,” says Dr. Alan Katz, research director in the department of family medicine at the University of Manitoba. “It’s pointing out that we’re not doing a good enough job for our diabetic patients. And it challenges us as physicians and health system planners and decision-makers to say ‘how can we improve this?”‘ he said in an interview from Winnipeg. Greg Webster, director of primary health-care information at CIHI, said better control of diabetes can help prevent serious health complications and prolong life for people with the disease. “These tests can provide signals to the patients and their health-care providers in terms of the need for intervention to better manage their condition,” he said. “And that’s important because if they don’t do that, they’re at much greater risk of developing complications such as blindness, lower limb amputations, kidney failure and heart disease.”

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The study is mostly based on 2007 data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey, but CIHI provided funding to ensure that all provinces would be included in the analysis. The figures show that 81 per cent of Canadians with diabetes received a hemoglobin A1c test in the previous year. The test is used to measure blood glucose levels over a period of time. Seventy-four per cent had received a urine protein test to measure kidney function in the year prior to the survey, and 51 per cent had their feet checked for sores or irritations. And 66 per cent had received a dilated eye exam in the two-year period prior to the data being collected. But overall, only 32 per cent of diabetics surveyed had all four clinical tests in the recommended period of time. Those who used insulin were more likely to have had all four tests..”
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The prevalence of diabetes was highest among adults with a household income of less than $20,000, at eight per cent, and lower among adults with incomes of $60,000 and over, at four per cent, the report said.
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People with higher household incomes were more likely to receive the four clinical tests. Katz said people living in poverty often struggle to attend appointments and keep to their diets.
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Webster said British Columbia and Saskatchewan had the highest rates for people getting all four tests, at about 40 per cent. Newfoundland and Labrador was below the average, at just over 20 per cent, he said.
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The report says 5.1 per cent of Canadians 12 and over reported a diagnosis of diabetes in 2007. More than two million Canadians have the disease, and the number is expected to grow as the population ages, Webster said. http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5ibLMUi1O0MSoxag6mYa1HONQZGuQ
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In Canada, over two million Canadians have confirmed diabetes and that number is expected to reach three million by 2010. Based on a U.S. study, a North American child born in 2000 stands a one in three chance of being diagnosed with diabetes in his or her lifetime. In Canada,
http://www.diabetes.ca/about-diabetes/what/prevalence/
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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and just aren’t sure of what you should and should not be eating, it’s time you found out!
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Get your doctor’s recommendation of a diabetes educator or dietician specializing in diabetes who you can go to see. Many hospitals hold classes to help diabetics make the right food choices since that is so critical to the management of diabetes. While these classes may be intended for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, they will provide useful information for all diabetics.
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Heart problems and Diabetes, Cancer seem to be partially related as well.. by our personally bad eating habits, meaning eating food that is hard to digest as well.. Most people do need to have a better discipline for what they are eating.. and when too. Too many people still are consumers of too much sugar, and using rather artificial sweeteners, and eating regularly is a good advice here too.   Most people also do not even know how to eat proper foods, even professionals included.. thus next a lot of people do have related health problems..
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Let’s first be fair to ourselves and others and note that no one thing specifically causes all the cancers, diabetic sick persons, heart problems in the world, rather it is a combination of several different factors starting with our personal ignorance, and the false neglect of the our Bodies.
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While clearly the medical advances against even the more serious sickness have taken gigantic leaps now these days, I sadly too often these  days have to tell the truth to the sick persons that next the patients themselves are now more often to blame for their sudden deaths,  their illness degenerating mostly too even by reaping what they sowed, by their own neglect of basic laws reaping relating to the to human anatomy too, a) by their own failure to insure  healthy eating, b) their own  failure to get  proper sleep, c) and their own failure to handle, resolve unbeneficial stress adequately.
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Majority of patients still lie to themselves when they do now falsely think they will not reap what they have personally sowed and thus they are committing personal suicide as a result. Lack of sleep is still a killer.. so is not eating properly.. so is unresolved stress..
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Approximately 80% of people with diabetes will die as a result of heart disease or stroke. People with heart problems tend to have diabetes problem eventually and vice versa too..
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To date there is no proven way to prevent type 1 diabetes. The onset of type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed, through increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss. Taking these steps now can lead to a healthier future. In a large study, people at risk of type 2 diabetes were able to reduce their risk by 58% by exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day and by losing 5 to 7% of their body weight. In people age 60 and older, the risk was cut by almost 71%. Other large studies have shown similar results in reducing risk.
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Many weight loss products like pills, herbs and some private clinics fail to deliver on their promises and governments should be regulating scientifically unproven therapies, obesity doctors say. I said the same thing in writing to the federal government, health ministers the last 2 decades too.
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I know for a fact that both the internet and non doctors were unable to help me with my medical conditions many times.. it took real doctors and real diagnostic equipment rather. In reality even Ten Nurses cannot replace a decent doctor, never mind the health food quacks, liars now as well. nor can the internet if you are serious ill.. I had 4 separate major illness that no one was able to diagnose without a real, proper medical test. A friend of mine who ran a health food store totally misdiagnosed my ailments as well to prescribe tonnes of expensive unneeded products.. nurses at  the emergency clinics were unable  to diagnose my problems as well.. My problems included gland problems, diabetes, blocked arteries, kidney stones.
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In addition to a doctor the second best thing I discovered was a dietician.. Many Hospital delays are unessential, they are mere bureaucratic ploys, blackmail to get more money, raises, funding.. they are still very poorly managed. The Health Council now claims that contrary to popular belief, aging and population growth are not the major causes of increased health care spending. Instead, Canadians are using the system more than ever. PART OF THE REASONS IS THAT THE TOO OFTEN CHARGE CARD HAPPY DOCTORS ARE NOT DOING IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.. when many patients have to have repeat visits even visits to other doctors to get a second opinion this clearly show we can we improve the system without cutbacks or service reductions.
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Just cause a Doctor has a medicinal degree it still even does not mean all doctors are similarly competent now as well. “We can account for how money is spent, but not, in any precise way, for what it achieves,” We must figure out a way to make our money go further without compromising the quality of care Canadians have come to expect and need. To do that we for sure do need to have better Hospital, medical supervisors for a start.
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About the political Health Council of Canada. It was created by the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal, The Health Council of Canada is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care renewal in Canada. The Councillors were appointed by the participating provinces, territories and the Government of Canada which does not honestly disclose it’s full agenda..
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Let’s first be fair to ourselves and others and note that no one thing specifically causes all the cancers, diabetic sick persons, heart problems in the world, rather it is a combination of several different factors starting with our personal ignorance, and the false neglect of the our Bodies.
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While clearly the medical advances against even the more serious sickness have taken gigantic leaps now these days, I sadly too often these  days have to tell the truth to the sick persons that next the patients themselves are now more often to blame for their sudden deaths,  their illness degenerating mostly too even by reaping what they sowed, by their own neglect of basic laws reaping relating to the to human anatomy too, a) by their own failure to insure  healthy eating, b) their own  failure to get  proper sleep, c) and their own failure to handle, resolve unbeneficial stress adequately.
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Majority of patients still lie to themselves when they do now falsely think they will not reap what they have personally sowed and thus they are committing personal suicide as a result. Lack of sleep is still a killer.. so is not eating properly.. so is unresolved stress..
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Sadly most peopled do not realize the main causes of Heart attacks, diabetes, cancers. You can start by looking at the type of food you eat. I made a study for years of the reasons many people get heart attacks .. it is often a family disease, meaning related family bad habits.. such as the lack of physical exercise, how one handles the stressful situations, how well you sleep included.. and the type of food eaten and how it is prepared… steamed food and plenty of vegetables are advisable and often thus too.. and also don’t forget about the teeth and gum diseases.. The quality of sleep is more important than the Quantity too. Heart stress and food digestion are also related, related even to cancer, having heart attacks now as well and so is gum diseases.. Jesus will do his part, heal us after we do our part first. Call upon Him for help firstly.
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The important explanation of one being diabetic is the reality that either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or else it can’t employ the actual insulin in an appropriate way. The transformation of glucose into strength in the body is performed through insulin. The key conditions that can result in diabetes are short of activity, fatness, aging, improper diet and, most importantly, heredity. Weariness is the trait of diabetes for the reason that the body doesn’t attain required energy. Eyes is impaired, urination is repeated and need for water gets Unquenchable resulting from it. You are receptive to persistent contagion for example urinary tract diseases, colds and influenza if you are diabetic. Diabetes has further hint moreover like prickling or burning sensitiveness in the hands together with foot. Majority of the time diabetes goes overlooked for these traits look simple. At the time you observe any of the above declared indications get your glucose amount measured. The everlastingness of this health problem demands you perform this way. To correct diabetes  you as well have to make use of perfect diet table and lifestyle changes to make your glucose levels under regulation.
http://www.diabitieslife.com/diabetes/blogs/symptoms-of-diabetes.htm
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You don’t necessarily have to experience all of these warning signs to be diabetic; only one or two may be present. Some people show no warning signs whatsoever and find out they’re diabetic after a routine blood test. So if you have a family history of diabetes, you should be especially watchful of the signs and symptoms mentioned before. If you notice any of those signs report them to your doctor. Being overweight increases your risk significantly. A diet high in sugar and low in fiber may increase your risk as well. Pregnancy can trigger diabetes in some women.
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There are two forms of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is more severe and usually shows up before the age of 40. Insulin injections as well as dietary control and excercise are essential.
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Type 2 diabetes is less severe and affects people who are older and overweight. This type is most often treated with diet and exercise and sometimes oral medicine. Occasional insulin injections may be required as well.
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>Like a hurricane with its heavy rains, hail, lightening and high winds is preceded by”calm before the storm,” type 2 diabetes is preceded by a condition known as pre-diabetes. With no usual symptoms and very little hint of what a type 2 diagnosis may mean, many fail to take heed and ignore important warning signs of diabetes. “By the time a patient actually is diagnosed as having diabetes, so much damage can be already done,” The people with pre-diabetes can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent through modest lifestyle changes. Those changes, according to the experts, include recommendations to reduce weight by five to 10 percent and perform modest physical activity 30 minutes daily. In a very real sense,

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“The individuals with pre-diabetes have a one and one-half fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease as compared to people with normal blood glucose and that individuals with diabetes have a two to four-fold increased cardiovascular risk. Some 60 to 65 percent of those with type 2 diabetes succumb to cardiovascular disease. ”
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Pre-diabetes is a serious metabolic condition that can reek havoc and do major damage long before the blood sugar (glucose) is elevated enough to diagnose overt type 2 diabetes.  Thus many persons already have complications  involving their heart, brain and extremity arteries—-even before they know officially that they have diabetes.
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Pre-diabetes is a term used to distinguish those at increased risk for developing diabetes. Those with pre-diabetes have impaired fasting glucose (IFG) levels between 100 and 125 mg/dL and/or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) between 140 and 199 milligrams per deciliter or mg/dL. Progression to diabetes is not inevitable, as studies show minor lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and may return blood glucose levels to normal.
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Diabetes and Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-statistics/heart-disease.jsp
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Who Should Be Screened For Pre-Diabetes?
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Screening recommendations encourage physicians to screen all adults over age 45 and adults younger than 45 if they are significantly overweight and have at least one or more of the following risk factors:
Family history of diabetes;
Low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides;
High blood pressure;
History of gestational diabetes or having given birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds; and
Belonging to a minority group‹African American, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander.
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ADA officials say pre-diabetes screening is not yet recommended for children since they don’t have enough evidence that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed in children at high risk for the disease.
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For additional information on pre-diabetes, contact the American Diabetes Association toll-free at 1-800-342-2383.
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Diabetes is a “silent killer” and in the early stages of the disease, patients often have no symptoms. Four of five people with diabetes will die of heart attack or stroke. “Let’s bring diabetes out of the shadow! Let’s all fight diabetes.” With  millions of  people suffering from diabetes without enough care nationwide, medical experts have sounded a call of awareness to the public on how to prevent the disease they dubbed as “the silent killer.”  “We should be alarmed about the worsening problem of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. It is a silent epidemic that unjustly affects the poor,” Do ask your doctor to give you a simple blood test for pre-diabetes Pre-diabetes means you have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal and you could one day reach a high enough level that you would be diagnosed with having diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin and must be managed on a daily basis once diagnosed. If not, diabetes can lead to several health complications including death.  If you have pre-diabetes, there’s a 75% probability that you will develop diabetes. Now there are two kinds of blood tests you can request, “The first is a fasting plasma glucose test, in which your glucose levels measured when you have not been eating. The other is an oral glucose tolerance test which introduces glucose into your system, challenging your beta cells to make insulin by testing your body’s acute insulin response to glucose.” If your blood glucose level, two hours after receiving oral glucose, is over 200 milligrams per deciliter, you are considered to be diabetic. Anything between 141-199 is considered to be pre-diabetic. If you have pre-diabetes, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to develop diabetes – if you take the proper steps now to avoid getting the fifth deadliest disease in America.
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About 80 per cent of diabetics die of a heart attack.
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If you have diabetes, you can be almost 15 years closer to a heart attack or stroke than a person who does not have the disease.
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Medical professionals are seeing these very serious health problems crop up earlier and earlier in people’s lives.
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Diabetes (medically known as diabetes mellitus) is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycemia or high blood glucose concentration. While there is no cure for diabetes, proper actions can be taken to control glucose or sugar levels and prevent complications including diabetic retinopathy, which leads to total blindness; diabetic neuropathy, a decreased in sensation; diabetic nephropathy, damage to kidney leading to renal failure; heart diseases and stroke.
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“And  diabetes claims as many lives each year as the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, popularly known as AIDS, which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. “It is just sad that people give more importance to AIDS since it is a new disease even while other diseases are just as fatal,” he said. Willing said that more than 200 million people worldwide were diagnosed to have diabetes.   “The message is very simple. To prevent it, one must have a healthy weight and a healthy diet. Don’t smoke and exercise regularly.” The good news is, once diabetes is identified, it can be managed. “Even pre-diabetic people, over 60, can prevent full-blown diabetes if they become proactive and change their eating habits and exercise regularly,”  It costs about 150 dollars per month to treat diabetes. “It is important to remember that managing diabetes goes beyond controlling blood sugar levels. Monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol is critical to reducing mortality.”
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The People with diabetes must closely manage their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, or face a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, say three leading health organizations. Research has shown that two out of three people with diabetes die from a heart attack or stroke, making cardiovascular disease the number one killer of people with diabetes. In particular, tight control of blood glucose can significantly reduce the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke in people with diabetes, and fewer than 50 percent of Americans with diabetes are reaching the level of glucose control recommended.  “Controlling blood glucose, along with blood pressure and cholesterol, can help save not only a person’s heart, eyesight and limbs, but a person’s life. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 73 percent of adults with diabetes have high blood pressure and most have cholesterol levels that put them at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. To help manage blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol: make wise food choices, engage in daily physical activity and take prescribed medications. People with diabetes should also avoid smoking and consult their health providers about taking aspirin. Fifty-four million Americans – that’s one in six  — have pre-diabetes and most don’t even realize it.
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More than two million people in Canada have diabetes and their ranks are expected to swell as the population ages.
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“Many Canadian,  seniors with diabetes are not getting the medications they need to control high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, according to a study spearheaded by Dr. Baiju Shah.  and many seniors don’t even know they are pre-diabetic — they think they are tired or just not well. (Pre-diabetic is when blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough for the person to be considered diabetic.) A high cholesterol and high blood pressure are risk factors for both diabetes and heart disease.There is a great deal of evidence that hypertension (high blood pressure) control has the greatest benefit for diabetes patients, according to the study. “Everyone fusses about blood sugar, but the emphasis is changing now that we recognize the number-one killer of people with diabetes is heart disease,”   The finding is important because heart disease and strokes account for most deaths among diabetics. While examining blood tests from people over 65, researchers noted a high incidence of diabetes — much of it undiagnosed and untreated, according to Shah, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences, an independent Toronto research facility.”There are a couple of important messages here in relation to diabetes,” Shah says. “This disease is a common condition in people over 65 and, by age 75, one in four have it.”The study also revealed that the specialists prescribed the needed  medications more often than family doctors.”
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The Diabetes in Canada Evaluation (DICE) study, which included 243 family doctors who completed records for 2,473 patients with Type 2 diabetes, found that most patients have serious health problems associated with their diabetes: conditions such as heart disease, stroke, kidney and eye disease. In the DICE study, patients had cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure (more than 60 per cent) and high cholesterol (almost 60 per cent). Nearly 30 per cent had already had one or more microvascular complications such as kidney disease, nerve damage or eye disease. One of the findings of the DICE study was that family physicians need to be more aggressive in implementing appropriate treatment for certain patients.
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Do also Write to news editors, provincial and federal legislative members and rightfully demand better medical care and services here for all Canadians now.
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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and just aren’t sure of what you should and should not be eating, it’s time you found out!
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Get your doctor’s recommendation of a diabetes educator or dietician specializing in diabetes who you can go to see. Many hospitals hold classes to help diabetics make the right food choices since that is so critical to the management of diabetes. While these classes may be intended for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, they will provide useful information for all diabetics.
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Taking good care of your health will play a vital role in reducing the complications of diabetes.
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Eating the proper foods, maintaining your weight, maintaining an exercise program and monitoring your blood glucose can control diabetes. You must also remember to check your feet daily and make sure to have a dilated eye exam annually.
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About Your Eyes

Diabetes can lead to eye problems including blindness but the chances can be reduced by having an annual eye exam in which the pupils are dilated. This dilated eye exam can find any problems early, so that you can get needed treatment immediately. Even if your vision is fine or you see well, you should still have an dilated eye exam annually. Diabetes can lead to a disease called diabetic retinopathy, which damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina. Diabetes can also heighten your risks of developing cataracts (the lens of the eye becomes cloudy) or glaucoma (pressure builds up inside the eye). Don’t take your eyesight for granted, get your dilated eye exam now!
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About Your Feet

Diabetes can cause damage to you feet. In order to protect yourself, make sure that when you visit your physician or health care provider, you take your shoes and socks off so that your feet can be checked. Remember, you must keep your feet in good shape. Here are some helpful tips:
– Check you feet everyday for sores, bruises or color changes
– Wash feet every day in warm water and pat dry
– Do not put oil or lotion between your toes
– Trim your toenails carefully
– Wear socks and comfortable shoes that protect and do not squeeze your feet (avoid shoes that go between your toes)
– Never go barefoot, even at home
– **Keep your blood sugar under control
– **Do not smoke

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About Exercise

Exercise or physical activity is a very important part of reducing diabetes complications. A little activity each day can help you live longer, healthier and happier. You can do simple activities that cost nothing and count towards a healthier life. Try to be consistent with the activity you chose. Some simple activities include:
– Walking at a brisk pace
– Raking or working in the garden
– Dance to a fast beat
– Riding a bicycle
– Cleaning your home
– Swimming
Possible Diabetes?

Blood Glucose Testing

Testing can be done using the tips of the fingers, as well as Alternate Site Testing (AST) on such places as the sides of the hands, the forearm and the leg.  When in doubt or if a low is suspected always use the finger tip for most reliable results.  While most people do not find a time lag when using AST, current research recommends that lows be monitored through finger testing.
Why is it important to test?
In order to properly control your diabetes, it is important to know what you blood glucose levels are.  Too high or too low can lead to disastrous complications.
When to test?
This depends on if you have Type 1 Diabetes or not and how active you are. Current Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice guidelines suggest 6 times per day.  Many doctors suggest testing before each meal, before, after and during strenuous  physical activity, and before bed.  It may also be preferable to test at least once throughout the night to ensure that nighttime basal insulins are working properly. Please consult with your diabetes team to see how often you should test your blood glucose levels.
But what does “blood glucose testing” mean?
Glucose is a type of sugar.  The body forms glucose when it  breaks down the food we eat into a usable form of energy. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy. Measuring the amount of glucose found in your blood helps to show how the body is breaking down food into energy, as well as how the liver is working.
Blood glucose testing may be Fasting–which is done after you have not eaten for 12-14 hours and is often used in a clinical setting to diagnose diabetes.  It may be a 2-hour Postprandial test which is testing done 2 hours after a meal. Finally, Random testing can be done.  This testing that occurs at various times throughout the day.
Please remember that the above information is simply a guideline and in no way replaces medical advise.  Please speak with your doctor or diabetes care professional to determine what blood glucose levels are optimal for your care.
  The above guidelines are based on the Canadian Diabetes Association’s 2003 Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Important information about AST
* Under certain conditions, blood glucose test results obtained using samples taken from your arm may differ significantly from fingertip samples.
* The conditions in which these differences are most likely to occur are when your blood glucose is changing rapidly such as following a meal, an insulin dose or associated with physical exercise.
* When blood glucose is changing rapidly, fingertip samples show these changes more quickly than arm samples.
* When your blood glucose is falling, testing with a fingertip sample may identify a hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) level sooner than a test with an arm sample.
* Use arm samples only for testing prior to, or more than 2 hours after, meals, insulin dosing or physical exercise.
* Testing performed within two hours after a meal, an insulin dose or physical exercise, or whenever you feel that your glucose levels may be changing rapidly, should be done from the fingertip.
* You should also use fingertip testing whenever you have a concern about hypoglycemia (insulin reactions) such as when driving a car, particularly if you suffer from hypoglycemic unawareness (lack of symptoms to indicate an insulin reaction), as arm testing may fail to detect hypoglycemia.
Please remember all changes in insulin regimens must be discussed with your Doctor first!!!  Below is information to assist you in being more informed when speaking with them.
If You Have Diabetes. . .
A Flu Shot Can Be a Life Saver
The Facts Are. . .
People with diabetes are 3 times more likely to die from flu and pneumonia.
People with diabetes are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized with flu complications.
Death rate among people with diabetes can increase 5 to 15% during flu epidemics
Each year nationwide, 10,000 – 30,000 deaths among people with diabetes are associated with flu and pneumonia.
Fewer than 1/2 of the people diagnosed with diabetes receive the flu shot each year & only 1/3 report ever receiving the pneumococcal shot.
Take Control . . .
A pneumococcal shot can protect you from pneumonia and other infections caused by the same bacteria and should be taken approximately every ten years.
A yearly flu shot is safe and easy to administer, and it can be taken along with a pneumococcal shot.
Family members and those who care for people with diabetes should also receive the flu shot each year.
You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine because it does not contain a live virus.
For More Information About Diabetes and Flu Vaccine, contact:
Your Health Care Provider,
Recipes
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Diabetic Dessert Recipes
According to the Diabetic Food Pyramid, diabetics should be sparing when eating fats and sweets. This makes eating desserts and maintaining blood sugar levels difficult.

Diabetic Dessert Recipe: Broiled Fruits with Vanilla Ice Cream
This diabetic dessert is a light, delicious dessert that mixes fruit and ice cream, two sweets that work great together. In order to make this diabetic dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:
2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup simple syrup — See Recipe
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 peaches — peeled and sliced
2 plums — sliced
2 nectarines — sliced
2 tablespoons butter — melted
6 scoop vanilla ice cream
STEP ONE: For Fruit Puree–

Place raspberries, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain out all seeds and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

STEP TWO: Assembly–

Spoon some of the puree onto plates and arrange the peach, plum, and nectarine slices in a decorative manner on the puree and lightly brush the fruits with the melted butter.

Broil until the fruits are warmed through. Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center of the plate and serve immediately.

Diabetic Dessert Recipe: Raspberry Mousse
This diabetic dessert will melt in your mouth, taking the smooth texture of mousse and putting a hint of raspberry that will tantalize your taste buds with fruity sweetness. In order to make this diabetic dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:
2/3 c. Strawberry Fanciful
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
2 egg whites
1/2 c. whipping cream
Add cream of tartar to egg whites, beat until stiff, but not dry. Fold into Strawberry Fanciful. Fold the whipped cream into the fruit mixture. Chill before serving or freeze for frozen mousse. Use any of the Fanciful flavors for variation: Strawberry, blueberry, orange pineapple, pineapple berry or peach.

Diabetic Dessert Recipe: Brownies
Diabetic brownies anyone? This diabetic dessert will give the decedent taste of chocolate brownie sweetness without sending your blood sugar levels through the roof. In order to make this diabetic dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:

2 c. graham cracker crumbs (approximately 24 crackers)
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 tsp. Sweet-N-Low (6 packs)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. skim milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients in bowl; blend well. Bake in greased 8x8x2 pan for 30 minutes. Cut in 2-inch squares while warm.

Diabetic Cake Recipe: Lo-Cal Cheese Cake
Get the great taste of cheese cake without all the fattening calories. This diabetic dessert will satisfy your cheese cake cravings without violating your diet. In order to make this diabetic dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:
12 oz. low fat Ricotta cheese
4 eggs, separated
3/4 c. Fruit Sweet
Grated peel of 1 lemon
3 graham crackers, finely crushed
12 oz. low fat cottage cheese
2/3 c. non-instant milk powder
5 tbsp. lemon juice or to taste
2 tsp. pure vanilla
Butter or oleo for pan

Put cheese in food processor with egg yolks and Fruit Sweet and blend. Add milk, powder and process until smooth. Add vanilla, lemon juice and peel to cheese mixture. Blend until smooth. Beat egg whites until frothy, then add to the food processor and blend for about 2 seconds, until mixed. Butter the bottom and 1/2 way up the sides of a 9″ spring form pan. Pour the graham cracker crumbs into the pan and shake until buttered area is coated. Leave any extra on the bottom. Pour cheese cake mixture into pan and bake at 350 degrees with a pan of water in the oven to prevent drying. Bake for 45 minutes or until inserted knife emerges clean. Cool. May serve with Wax Orchards All-Fruit Fanciful preserve of your choice. Variations: All cottage or all ricotta may be used. For standard cream cheese cake, substitute 24 ounces cream cheese, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup powdered milk and 2/3 cup Fruit Sweet. Adjust lemon.

Diabetic Dessert Recipe: Fudge
Diabetic fudge, a dessert designed to curb the fudge cravings with cocoa, graham cracker goodness. In order to make this diabetic dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:
1 14 1/2 oz. evaporated milk
3 tbsp. cocoa
1/4 c. oleo
Liquid Sweetner to equal 1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c. nuts
Combine milk and cocoa in saucepan. Beat well. Add oleo, sweetner, salt. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup graham crackers. Cool about 15 minutes. Divide mixture into 32 balls. Roll in remaining cracker crumbs and chill.

Diabetic Dessert Recipe: Orange Sunbeams
Not interested in chocolate? Try this diabetic dessert that brings a fresh, citrus flavor that will tickle your tart taste buds. In order to make this diabetic dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. raisins
1 egg
2 tbsp. orange juice
2 tsp. grated orange rind
1 1/2 tsp. Sucaryl
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add all at once: raisins, eggs, orange juice, orange rind and Sucaryl. Mix well. Make into small balls; flatten on cookie sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Diabetic Cookie Recipe: Oatmeal Cookies
Do you miss the taste and smells of your mother’s oatmeal cookies? Well have that childhood treat again, just this time diabetic friendly. In order to make these diabetic cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:
1/2 c. margarine
1 egg
1 tsp. sucaryl solution
1/4 c. milk
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. raisins
1 c. rolled oats
Cream margarine until smooth. Add beaten egg, sucaryl solution, and milk. Sift and mix dry ingredients and then add to first mixture. Beat in vanilla, raisins, and rolled oats. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet and bake. You can use 1/4 cup margarine and 1/4 cup applesauce or 1 banana instead of using the full amount of margarine.
http://www.americandiabetes.com/dessert.htm

Diabetic Pasta Recipes
According to the Diabetic Food Pyramid, diabetics should eat six to eleven servings of grains, beans and starchy vegetables per day.

Diabetic Pasta Recipes: Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is an easy, quick dish that compliments most meals. Traditionally, people use corkscrew pasta, but feel free to use any tubular pasta, such as elbows and ziti. In order to make this pasta recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
Corkscrew pasta
4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
Kraft reduced calorie zesty Italian
dressing
1 onion, sliced
1 tomato, diced
1 green pepper, chopped
Cook and rinse pasta in cold water. Mix with remaining ingredients and marinate in dressing. Chill and serve.

Diabetic Italian Recipes: Spaghetti
Spaghetti is a traditional Italian dish that works well with any diabetic diet. But many diabetics avoid spaghetti because most store brands have sugar added to the sauce. Here’s an easy diabetic Italian recipe for making diabetic spaghetti sauce:
12 oz. tomato juice
1 lg. can mushrooms, stems and pieces
Salt to taste
Garlic to taste
Oregano to taste
Dehydrated onion flakes
1 lg. green pepper, diced
2 cans bean sprouts
Cook all ingredients in covered saucepan. Cook until sauce thickens. Add bean sprouts; simmer 10 minutes. Helpful Hint: Spaghetti tastes better warmed over the second day.

Diabetic Pasta Recipes: Lasagna
Lasagna is a nice Italian dish that will more than fill most pasta cravings. Hearty and good comfort food, lasagna is one pasta dish that will warm your heart. In order to make this pasta recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
1 c. chopped onions
1 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 c. diced green peppers
1 tbsp. parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. each basil, oregano, chili
powder
5 oz. Mozzarella cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1 c. chopped carrots
3 c. tomatoes
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
3 oz. grated Romano cheese
1 1/3 c. cottage cheese
Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, and peppers until soft. Add tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, chili powder, rosemary, and pepper. Simmer 15 minutes. Mix together the 3 cheeses. Starting with sauce, layer with 8 cooked lasagna noodles and cheese in an 8 x 12 inch casserole. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serves 4.

You too reap what you sow so look after your good health..

Although it is important that you get individual help with your diabetes diet plan from an expert, there are some general guidelines to follow. In fact, the tips listed here would be helpful for anyone to follow, whether or not you have diabetes.

Since no single food will supply all the nutrients your body needs, it is important to eat a variety of foods every day, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and meats. Included in the meat “group” are fish, poultry, eggs, dried beans and nuts, since they are all good protein sources.

Some unhealthy foods to avoid or limit include foods that are high in fat, sodium or sugar. Too much salt or sodium can make high blood pressure worse. Check nutrition labels for salt amounts in packaged foods.

Although you do need some fat in your diet, too much isn’t good for anyone since it is linked to increased risk of developing heart disease. And, people with diabetes already have a greater risk to get heart disease. Stay away from “whole” fat dairy foods and salad dressings, too much red meat and desserts high in fat.

Following a varied diet from all the food groups is important to everyone for good health; it’s especially important for those with diabetes!

It is also really important that you eat 3 meals a day regularly, do not skip meals, you can snack fruit in between if you are hungry, do avoid all sugar products such as candy, cholcate bars.

About Nutrition
Good nutrition is an important part of staying healthy. Your meals should be well balanced and low in cholesterol. Here is one example of a full day of meals based on an 1800-calorie diet.
Breakfast
½ Cup Apple Juice
1 ½ Cup Unsweetened Cereal
2 Tablespoons Raisins
3 Graham Cracker Squares
1 Cup Low Fat Milk

Lunch
1 Cup Vegetable Soup
Turkey Sandwich
3 Ounces Turkey
1 Ounce Low-Fat Swiss Cheese
2 Slices Bread
1 Cup Lettuce And Tomato
1 Medium Apple
½ Cup Low Fat Milk

Dinner
3 Ounces Baked Fish
1 Cup Boiled Pasta With:
½ Cup Broccoli
½ Cup Green Onions
1/3 Cup Cranberry Juice
1 Cup Cantelope Cubes
½ Cup Low Fat Milk

HINT: Choose meats that are 90% lean to reduce fat in your diet. Avoid fried foods. Instead, prepare foods by baking, roasting and boiling.

Menu courtesy of Desiree James, RN, CDE

Non Diabolic- Diabetic desserts..
http://12diabetes.tripod.com/dessert.htm
https://www.hillphysicians.com/Your_Health/Recipes/Recipes_Main.aspx

Note: Get a recipe of the week recommended by Diabetes Australia-NSW dietitians as a good option not only for people with diabetes, but for all Australians interested in a delicious and healthy meal  and see also the yummy Dessert of the Month. http://www.diabetesnsw.com.au/living_well_with_diabetes_pages/recipe_of_the_week.asp

Have diabetes, will travel

Heading out of town? Leaving your troubles behind? Off on an important business trip? Whenever you travel, your diabetes makes the trip with you. While diabetes shouldn’t stop you from traveling in style, you will need to do some careful planning. Here are some helpful diabetes travel tips from the National Diabetes Education Program:

PLAN AHEAD

• Get all your immunizations. Find out what’s required for where you’re going and make sure you get the right shots on time.

• Control your ABCs. See your healthcare provider for a checkup four to six weeks before your trip to make sure your alcohol, blood pressure and cholesterol are under control and in a healthy range before you leave.

• Ask your healthcare provider for a prescription and a letter explaining your diabetes medication, supplies and any allergies. Carry this with you at all times on your trip. The prescription should be for insulin or diabetes medications and could help in case of an emergency.

• Wear identification that explains you have diabetes. The identification should be written in the languages of the places you are visiting.

• Plan for time zone changes. Make sure you’ll always know when to take your diabetes medicine, no matter where you are. Remember: eastward travel means a shorter day. If you inject insulin, less might be needed. Westward travel means a longer day, so more insulin might be needed.

• Find out how long the flight will be and whether meals will be served. However, you should always carry enough food to cover the entire flight time in case of delays or unexpected schedule changes.

PACK PROPERLY

• Take twice the amount of diabetes medication and supplies that you’d normally need. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

• Keep your insulin cool by packing it in an insulated bag with refrigerated gel packs.

• If you use insulin, make sure you also pack a glucagon emergency kit.

• Make sure you keep your medical insurance card and emergency phone numbers handy.

• Don’t forget to pack a first-aid kit with all the essentials.

WHEN FLYING

• Plan to carry all your diabetes supplies in your carry-on luggage. Don’t risk a lost suitcase.

• Have all syringes and insulin delivery systems (including vials of insulin) clearly marked with the pharmaceutical preprinted label that identifies the medications. The FAA recommends that patients travel with their original pharmacy labeled packaging.
• Keep your diabetes medications and emergency snacks with you at your seat. Don’t store them in an overhead bin.

• If the airline offers a meal for your flight, call ahead for a diabetic, low-fat or low-cholesterol meal.

• Wait until your food is about to be served before you take your insulin. Otherwise, a delay in the meal could lead to low blood glucose.

• If no food is offered on your flight, bring a meal on board yourself.

• If you plan on using the restroom for insulin injections, ask for an aisle seat for
easier access.

• Don’t be shy about telling the flight attendant that you have diabetes, especially if you are traveling alone.

• When drawing up your dose of insulin, don’t inject air into the bottle. The air on your plane will probably be pressurized.

• Because prescription laws can be very different in other countries, write for a list of International Diabetes Federation groups: IDF, 1 Reu de Faeqz, B-1000, Belgium, or visit http://www.idf.org. Get a list of English-speaking foreign doctors in case of an emergency. Contact the American Consulate, American Express or local medical schools for a list of doctors.

• Insulin in foreign countries comes in different strengths. If you purchase insulin in a foreign country, be sure to use the right syringe for the strength. An incorrect syringe might cause you to take too much or too little insulin.

ON THE ROAD

•  Don’t leave your medications in the trunk, glove compartment or near a window, where they might overheat. If possible, carry a cooler in the car to keep medications cool.

• Bring extra food with you in the car in case you can’t find a restaurant.
GENERAL TRAVELING TIPS

• Stay comfortable and reduce your risk for blood clots by moving around every hour or two.

• Always tell at least one person traveling with you about your diabetes.

• Protect your feet. Never go barefoot in the shower or pool.

• Check your blood glucose often. Changes in diet, activity and time zones can affect your blood glucose in unexpected ways.

You might not be able to leave your diabetes behind, but you can control it and have a relaxing, safe trip. To learn more about controlling your diabetes, visit the National Diabetes Education Program at www.ndep.nih.gov.

 Note: type 2 diabetes is preceded by a condition known as pre-diabetes. With no usual symptoms and very little hint of what a type 2 diagnosis may mean, many persons fail to take heed, action  and ignore important warning signs of diabetes.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
 National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)
 National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
 National Eye Institute (NEI)
 Healthy Vision 2010
 American Diabetes Association (ADA)
 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF)
 National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) 
 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

 Do also see  http://healtiernow.blogspot.com/   


PS Unhappily married women are more likely than unhappily married men to suffer high blood pressure, obesity and high blood sugar, putting them at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, say U.S. researchers.
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While both genders are just as likely to feel depressed in strained marriages, the similarity appears to end there. And yet next many women foolishly still do think a quick divorce will bring them next riches and happiness next, and significantly more women file for a divorce over men, but it almost all of the cases does not go the way they had expected it to go and in many ways.. they next rather cannot overcome Karma, the fact that they are reaping what they themselves had sowed, for they had initially made a bad choice of a mate firstly, or were too lazy, and/or had an unrealistic expectation of what marriage was, is. Marriage it is not just living together, sex.. but a lot of hard work for both now too. Blaming others mainly over personal accountability is the typical crook’s way.
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Diabetes is a very serious, life changing disease can be very simply treat in most cases but most doctors do not do the necessary test of all of their patients, not even a simple blood sugar level test.

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These sites, info  are provided for informational purposes only. The information here is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition, and should not replace the care and attention of qualified medical personnel. Use the information on these pages at your own risk, and, as with any information pertaining to health, nutrition, mental health, or fitness, consult your physician before making any changes that might affect your overall health.
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A few extra pounds

 

A few extra pounds helps you live longer, study finds  Telegraph.co.uk – 

 Carrying a few extra pounds may actually be good for you, according to a new study which found overweight people live longer than their more slender peers. While the obese or underweight are at greater risk of death, people marginally overweight have longer life spans than those considered to be of “healthy” weight, researchers claim. The findings defy the commonly held belief that staying slim is the secret to healthy and long life.  Scientists examined the relationship between body mass index and death among 11,326 adults in Canada over a 12-year period. They discovered that underweight people were 70 per cent more likely than people of normal weight to die, and extremely obese people were 36 per cent more likely to die. However, modestly overweight individuals were 17 per cent less likely to die, the study showed.  The relative risk for obese people was nearly the same as for people of normal weight, the report concluded. The research was conducted by experts at Statistics Canada, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and McGill University. Commenting on the findings, David Feeny from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, said: “It’s not surprising that extreme underweight and extreme obesity increase the risk of dying. “But it is surprising that carrying a little extra weight may give people a longevity advantage.” However, the researchers also warned people of normal weight not to try to put on extra pounds in the hope of improving their health.” I would not interpret our results as suggesting that if you are normal you should gain weight and get into the overweight category,” Mr Feeny said. Fellow researcher Mark Kaplan, professor of Community Health at Portland State University, added: “Our study only looked at mortality, not at quality of life. “There are many negative health consequences associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.” The researches said carrying slightly more weight than normal may be beneficial in later life because it prevents people from becoming dangerously underweight when faced with health problems.

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A few extra pounds after 45 years of age now tends to help  you live longer, maintain your health, and I happened to know that this is really true even due to a recent experience of one of my relatives, who was in the 80’s  and they had a sudden large loss of weight due to unexplained blood loss, anemic and they next were unable to regain quickly their strength, weight and faced more health difficulties as a result.
 
Irrespective all persons should still watch what they eat,  cut back on their salt and sugar intake, and use salt,  sugar substitutes now as well