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Diabetes and Dementia

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

I am currently reading a book to review entitled The Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Diet, which has good information about diabetes and dementia that is worth mentioning now, during National Diabetes Month, while I finish reading the book.

diabetic diet has an emphasis on whole foods

Early in the book the authors, Dr. Richard Isaacson and Christopher Ochner, PhD, write about the link between these two ailments, specifically type 2 diabetes. The theory revolves around the fact that diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance, which is defined by the authors as “a condition in which the body manufactures a hormone called insulin but is unable to respond to it properly.”  Since the job of insulin is to help your cells take in glucose, defined as a simple sugar that your body’s main energy source, as well as to clear the bloodstream of excess glucose once no more energy is absorbed, the constant and persistent elevated levels of glucose can lead to many problems because of insulin resistance* And since insulin is essential for the brain to function properly, memory problems can result when there is insulin resistance.

*an impaired response of the body to insulin, resulting in elevated levels of glucose in the blood (a key component of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (definition from the Internet)

I have been reading that some “experts” are calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes,” and as more research is revealed, I think we can benefit from knowing how strong a link there is between memory loss and insulin. So if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, then whatever steps you take to correct the problem, especially with a diet that doesn’t include lots of denatured foods, like white flour and white sugar, you may be on your way to help prevent memory loss.


Concerning diet, in UnDo It! by Dr. Dean Ornish and his wife, Anne Ornish, here is a great deal to learn about diabetes and memory loss. For example, they note that in a study of more than 200,000 men and women over a period of 20 years years by the Harvard School of Public Health, the results demonstrated that a whole foods plant-based diet substantially lowered the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (I believe plant-based does not necessarily mean no meat, but rather that plants are eaten more than meat, depending on the researchers’ guidelines.)

In this same book, the authors note that lowering one’s blood sugar with lifestyle medicine is better than by just using drugs alone, which tells me that eating a whole foods diet with recipes similar to what I post on Menupause, is a giant step in the right direction to avoiding diabetes.  Since diabetes runs in my family, I take special care to be sure I don’t overload my body with “empty” calories, especially carbs,  or sugar-laden foods in place of naturally sweet foods.

I just copied some info that might be helpful and you may wish to investigate:

The best food choices for diabetics according to the American Diabetes Association. These foods help diabetics control blood sugar and lose weight, which makes blood-sugar management easier.

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The 16 Best Foods to Control Diabetes

Here are the 16 foods:

fatty fish     leafy greens      cinnamon          
 eggs         chia seeds           turmeric
Greek yogurt    nuts        broccoli
extra virgin olive 
flax seeds      apple cider
garlic     squash    shiritaki noodles*

*Shiritaki Noodles (or Rice):

A meal that helps balance blood sugar? Yes!*


Glucose is a sugar that circulates in your blood. High carbohydrate foods, like regular pasta, rice, grains, etc., have a high glycemic index – they are rapidly digested and cause substantial fluctuations in your blood sugar. When you eat them you suddenly have lots of energy…and just as suddenly, you crash.

The Konjac plant fiber in Miracle Noodle, Miracle Rice, and Ready-To-Eat Meals, slows down your absorption of glucose, helping your blood sugar even out so you won’t have spikes of energy and exhaustion.

In fact, a study published in Diabetes Care confirmed that a diet rich in high-viscosity Konjac plant fiber, “improves glycemic control and lipid profile.

Miracle Noodles and rice are approved for these special diets: Keto, Paleo, Certified Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Soy-Free, Certified Vegan, Certified Kosher, Blood Sugar-Friendly.

They’re naturally low in carbs and calories, Certified Non-GMO, contain no additives, and are made from the Konjac plant.

(I plan to look for these in my health food stores  es)…….

Finally, some time ago I reviewed Suicide by Sugar by Nancy Appleton, PhD (also from Square One Publishers). Here is the internal blog link to that review: 

On p. 10 of the book is a topic called: “Sugar by Any Other Name is Just as Troublesome,” with a list of sugar in its many forms. Use very sparingly! (Keep in mind that all not only sugars, but empty carbs can raise blood sugar levels.)

agave syrup or nectar    barley malt   beet sugar    brown sugar  cane sugar  cane syrup confections sugar crystalline sugar   date sugar   evaporated sugar cane   fructose   fruit juice concentrate   galactose   glucose granulated sugar   high fructose corn syrup   honey   invert sugar  lactose    liquid cane sugar or syrup maltose  maple syrup    molasses.   maple syrup   powdered sugar    raw sugar  rice syrup    sugarcane syrup table sugar  turbinado sugar   unrefined sugar   white sugar

When reading labels on foods you buy, check to see if any of these is near the top of the list, which means the amounts

are high. When I buy a treat, which is not too often, I check the sugar levels by seeing how many grams of sugar in a

serving and aim for 5 grams or less. (Check with your own doctor for his/her recommendations.)

Diabetes is a serious illness that can often be controlled by changes in lifestyle, especially diet. Consult with your doctor for testing and treatment. If you are pre-diabetic, find a health practitioner with lots of experience with this disease, since diabetes can result and is linked with memory loss.


P.S. Please note that my WordPress program doesn’t seem to keep all the words in lists the same size. I have tried several different ways and nothing works, so my apologies.




November Already?

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019


I find it hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the year 2019. Why does it seem that the days whiz by the older we get? And with November, I know the fall flowers and leaves will soon be all gone and the trees and ground will be barren, so I have a poem for that, below.

But before we lose the colors of fall, I also want to post some photos of trees and flowers I have been taking the last couple weeks, so you can click on the pictures and enjoy the fall colors anytime.

However, I also want to note that November is American Diabetes Month and I will be posting information on this important topic, as well reviewing a book or two on memory loss. But for now, just enjoy the trees and flowers wherever you are. (If you live in the south, your peak foliage’s just beginning. Lucky you!

Finally, I want to apologize for the fact that some the petitions and information I post override the margins and make reading difficult. Unfortunately, I cannot change the width the message and will have to just post the link when the margin is obliterated. Thanx for your patience.

Mother Nature’s Flaming Foliage

Mother Nature’s palette is exquisite this time of year

Her visit of fall colors like a bold, jewel-toned necklace:

 leaves and flowers of russet and gold, red and yellow…

So bold against the sunny skies they dazzle my eyes.

The leaves are the trees last hurrah, before winter comes

and bare limbs succumb to freezing rain and snow.

                                                                                           So please do not weep!

I know the trees are just going to sleep,

soldiering against the winter storms until Spring,

bringing the bling of new flowers and green leaves.


But for a few more days, I wallow in the beauty of fall,

Its flaming flowers & foliage always, for me, will enthrall!