November is National Diabetes Month

Note: I forgot to mention on my Home Page that November is National Diabetes Month. I am waiting for a book to review on natural remedies for diabetes, but it has not yet come, so I am providing some general information and my own journey.

The information below is from http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html

1. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
2. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
3. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United states is $245 billion.

The mission of this organization is a life free of diabetes and all if its burdens. Raising awareness is one of the main efforts.

My personal path: Diabetes is rampant on my mother’s side of the family. My mother died at 66 from a massive heart attack linked to her obesity and diabetes. I was just beginning to become interested in nutrition, but at that time had no clue about what caused it and how to treat it.

Now, of course, there is a great deal of information on the Internet, on TV ads, and in articles in magazines.  When I had my routine blood test two years ago, I discovered that my A1C level was borderline normal. (A1C test is a common blood test that measures the amount of hemoglobin in your red blood cells that are coated with sugar.If your A1C level is 4.5-5.6%, you do not have diabetes. If you have an A1C level of 6.5% or higher on two separate tests, this indicates you have diabetes.) My A1C level was 5.7%.

Even though my family doctor said that I am okay at this point, knowing my family’s history with diabetes, the borderline number become a wake-up call for me. I obtained a blood test kit for diabetic control and took a free course at the pharmacy where I obtained the kit. I learned that I could test certain foods for their ability to raise my blood sugar levels. For example, I had a baked potato one evening and then next morning my fasting blood sugar level was a little over 100. While 100 is considered acceptable, at a workshop with Dr. John Douillard, I learned that 85 is the ideal number, and my goal is to have my numbers be between 85-90. During the past two years I have tested different foods to see how they affect me personally, avoiding those that raise my blood sugar levels above 100.

Even though I consider my diet to be very good, I do love fruit and probably eat more than my share of natural sugar from fruit, so I sometimes refrain from another piece of fruit and choose nuts or a taste of goat cheese. I also rarely eat dried fruit now, because the sugars are so concentrated. I think the awareness factor is important to prevent diabetes, and if you already have been diagnosed, make sure your doctor or nutritionist provides you with a dietary guide. Also learn to read labels of level of sugar and carbs in your food.

When I review the book I am waiting for, I will have more information on insulin levels, dietary changes, and  how you can avoid or reduce insulin with your doctor’s guidance. I found one website advertising medication  (www.victoza.com) that has recipes you can try. Here are their general dietary guidelines: (Direct quote)

Healthy eating and diabetes

Healthy eating is an important part of managing your type 2 diabetes. You may not always have to follow a special menu, but you should try to make smart decisions about what you eat. Follow the healthy eating recommendations of your diabetes care team.  (Most of my recipes are diabetic friendly, but check with your health provider for specific guidelines.es)

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats (like poultry and fish), and beans for protein
  • Balance the number of calories you eat with your activity level
  • Choose foods rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits
  • Limit your intake of saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar

Raising your level of awareness is the first step. Start today!


P.S. Below is a photo from www.diabetesforecast.org. You can sign up for free to view recipes.

Post-dated P.S. At the end of the month I will post or have posted a review of the book I mentioned above. You can  access it with this internal link on and after 11/27/2015: http://www.menupause.info/archives/17550.

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