Recent Posts for the 'Health Matters: Flashes & Reports' Category

Type II Diabetes

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

 

This is a photo of a meter that registers your blood sugar levels with a very small prick to the finger. I have one because diabetes runs in my family and I like to monitor my glucose levels.

November is National Diabetes Month, so I wanted to make a few comments about this “disease,” since diet plays a large part. Not being a doctor, I am including information from Dr. Arnold Meshkov, which appears in Natural Awakenings Magazine, a free national magazine with interesting regional and national articles. (Not sure if this article appears nationally or only in my regional issue.)

In this short, but informative article, Dr. Meshkov notes that diabetes is a “disease of metabolism,
the biochemistry that allows our bodies to convert sugar, or glucose, in our food to energy that our body cells can use..”

The good doctor also notes that insulin, made in the pancreas, is the molecule/hormone that transports this glucose. The insulin goes into our bloodstream when sugar levels in the blood increase. However, according to the article, when the pancreas produces more than normal amounts of insulin, the latter does not work as well and we have what is called “insulin resistance.” This is followed by the statement: “And the cause of this resistance is obesity.”

Additionally, other articles I have read in addition to this one, make note that there is a strong link between diabetes and heart disease. I have also read that there maybe a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s; in fact, some medical-minded people call Alzheimer’s Type III diabetes.

The good news is that diet, exercise, and other life style changes, as well as medication if needed, can help reduce or eliminate diabetes and its long-term side effects as a result of daily insulin (ex.eye problems).  One site has a colorful Home Page that shows pictures of dishes under the title “Healthy & Tasty Recipes.” One example is their Broccoli/ Mushrooms / Cheddar Omelet; another is the Greek Salad; and another is their crunchy veggie wraps. Sounds like what I eat!

Meat recipes also included on their site. I picked non-meat ones. Many years ago I spoke with a dietitian at the local community college who claimed a meatless diet could be harmful for diabetic, but this has long been discarded, as witnessed by the number of meatless diets listed on the

If you go to this site below you will find the top 25 foods for diabetes, many of which are what I have been eating since giving up meat in 1976, such as fresh and lightly cooked organic, fresh produce, whole grains, nuts, seeds, etc.

Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes | Diabetic Living Online

Perhaps more important are the foods to avoid, although I don’t agree with all the choices, such as egg yolks being limited, but this quote I do agree with ” …Other foods, which are considered the worst choices for diabetics, are white flour, white rice, fruit drinks, canned fruits that contain sugary syrup, whole milk and fatty meats, notes WebMD.”(www.reference.com)

In summary, what I have deducted from all the literature on diabetes is that the same recommendations show up for many diseases. They include lots of fresh foods; reducing highly processed foods that are high in sugar, salt and additives; an exercise program that includes a variety of modalities (strength training, walking, swimming, yoga, tai chi, etc.); and a positive attitude that includes managing stress.

I believe that most of my recipes (Click on Recipe Index in the right side of the Home Page) would fall into the category of healthy and suitable for preventing or treating diabetes, but my suggestion is that if pre-diabetes or diabetes is an issue, consult your doctor or dietitian or alternative practitioner for information on foods that are best for you and foods that you need to avoid except perhaps on special occasions, like pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

P.S. www.activebeat.com lists 15 foods to help manage diabetes with lovely photos that are suitable for diabetics, most of which I have in my recipes, from apples & blueberries to tofu and to yogurt. Here’s the link: http://www.activebeat.co/health-news/15-foods-to-help-manage-diabetes/14/.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Plus reprint about Bees)

Friday, October 27th, 2017

NOTE: While October is almost over, domestic violence is not, so this late message I just received is still important enough to have you read and sign if you agree with Representative from Arizona, Gabby Gifford. I just signed.

Giffords PAC

Guns and domestic violence are a deadly mix.

When a gun is present in a domestic violence situation, a woman is 5 times more likely to be killed. And many people don’t know this, but one of the sad realities of gun violence in America is that in the vast majority of mass shootings the perpetrator targets an intimate partner or family member, and that almost two-thirds of the victims are women and children.

We don’t have to agree about everything, but I think we can agree on this: dangerous people with guns are a threat to women — criminals with guns, abusers with guns, stalkers with guns. That makes gun violence a women’s issue.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and with Congress returning to Capitol Hill, help me send a message that we need them to find the courage to take on the gun lobby and to keep women safe from gun violence:

Sign my petition: tell Congress to pass legislation that will make it harder for stalkers and domestic abusers to get their hands on guns.

We’ve won a number of important protections for women and families in states across the country, but this is a national epidemic. Thank you for adding your name and making your voice heard on this important issue.

All my best,
Gabby Giffords

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EARTH JUSTICE:
Reprint about the Bees: Earlier this month I posted “Good News About the Bees,” not realizing it was such a big document that it bled into the right hand margin so much that it became unreadable. For more information go to: 
earth justice.org/bees and you will find lots of updates on bees and an opportunity to sign petitions.  Thanx! The website also has other helpfulinfo about Mother Earth. The picture below is muchlarger on their website.

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