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Preventing #Diabetes after having #Gestational Diabetes #Healthful

After having a taste of what it is like to have diabetes while pregnant you probably want to do what you can to avoid getting type 2 diabetes.  The management of diabetes isn't hard but the complications that can occur and having to take insulin daily can take their toll.  The good news is there are things that you can do to lessen the chances that you will not be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The same methods that were used during your pregnancy to manage your diabetes can be  utilized to help prevent you getting diabetes later in life.  Eating a balanced diet is good advice for anyone but for someone that could get diabetes it is even more important.   Small meals that include multiple food groups and combining them whenever possible  with protein are better choices than large unbalanced meals.

Physical exercise will continue to play a role in your health.  It will help your body process the food that you eat and burn off any extra glucose in your system.  Activity will give you more energy and if you followed the doctor's orders during pregnancy you  should already be in the habit of going for regular walks every day.

If you are overweight, by losing a few pounds you can help your body process the food you consume. In type 2 diabetes you become insulin resistant, your pancreas cannot keep up with your insulin needs and there is a need to supplement with injections or when you are not pregnant you can take an oral pill.  But if you lose weight, you will lessen your insulin needs and in turn take the strain off of your pancreas.  

These tips may not prevent you from ever getting type 2 diabetes but they will lessen the chances or delay the onset of getting the disease.

Activities Promoting #Healthy #Aging. #Health #wellness #longevity

Lack of activities can prevent you from living healthy. When you do not enjoy activities, you may feel fatigue or find it difficult to sleep at night. When you awake in the morning, you may feel tired until you finally fall asleep. As we, age our body change and we have to make changes to accommodate our lives.

Having a good night sleep makes the mind think more clearly. A good night sleep also boosts your energy while controlling your weight. You can also make decisions with less stress. Sleeping well at night makes our immune system stronger to keep us healthier.  Researchers have proved that a good nights sleep is necessary for our health.  Researchers have found that lack of sleep reduces the growth hormones in our bodies, since it changes muscles to fat. Sleep overall is most important, yet it stands behind activities. To improve your health, try walking each day. 

Walking will help to loosen our muscles, reduces stress and depression along with anxiety. By reliving these things, it will help us to sleep for a longer and deeper period.  So, when we wake up in the morning we feel happier and more rested.

When you exercise, you get a good night sleep, which promotes metabolism. Without the right amount of sleep, our bodies crave energy. Our body will release insulin or glucose into the bloodstream, which slows down metabolism. This action causes the body to gain weight, rather than control weight.  

When a person feels exhausted, they will feel weak and repressed from enjoying activities. This leads to additional problems. Sleeping right balances out our bodies giving us, more energy leading to more activities that will satisfy our sleep needs.

What to avoid:
To rest proper and feel active you must reduce your intake of caffeine, nicotine, harmful chemicals, such as over-the-counter meds that keep you awake, alcohol and so on. The chemicals and substances will keep you awake. Try to avoid drinking anything after 8 p.m. in the evening. Nicotine should be avoid if possible, yet if you must smoke try to avoid smoking after 8 p.m. 

Start a walking program in the morning to help wake you up, while boosting your energy. You will feel better since the joints will feel flexible enough to move freely. In addition, walking will help you burn fat and calories. You'll notice a big change in how you feel the rest of the day.  Start out walking at a slow steady pace for as far as your comfortable.  Each day pick up the pace a bit and walk further. Just remember when walking that you want to work up to a steady brisk walk to make you sweat but not out of breath. Take a short walk before and after meals to calm your nerves, and burn calories too, it will give you energy, relieve that stress from the long day and help you sleep.

If you start a walking program for yourself, it is a lot more fun if you have someone to go with you. Talk to that neighbor you don't know and maybe they'll walk with you. Just think about it; you'll be acquainted with someone new, talk about new things will relieve stress and get in you exercise as well. This might help that neighbor too who maybe hasn't seen or talked to anyone in a couple of days and than they can sleep better at night. 

After walking that brisk walk your doing be sure to cool down. When walking at a vigorous pace your heart rate will go up and it needs to be back to normal. Just walk a bit slow and relaxing until you've cooled down. 

If you can't go to sleep at night instead of getting up and turning on the TV try pacing around the house. Do some stretching and shake your arms and legs. Even walking around the house can relax you especially when everyone else is in bed and you can relax more.

The Science of Wellness—Hype or Hope?

Tuesday, 31th March 2015

The Global Wellness Institute and Scientific American Worldview recently joined forces on a roundtable called 'The Science of Wellness—Hype or Hope?' 
The amazing lineup of participants (from top doctors to major media) took part in an equally amazing conversation and together they identified 10 things that need to happen now to create a healthier world.
Not only do we need simple, provocative public marketing campaigns around obesity and sedentary lifestyles (like the successful anti-smoking campaigns of the 20th century), but we need an intense focus on behavioral psychology to BEGIN to identify a “science of lifestyle change” for a world that's just getting fatter and sicker by the day.
Global Wellness Institute and Scientific American Worldview
Hold Roundtable on the “Science of Wellness”
Leaders who gathered called for: simple, provocative public health messages that could do for obesity what anti-smoking campaigns accomplished; a more intense focus on the behavioral sciences to identify strategies that could better support lifestyle change; and more medical studies on wellness approaches.

The Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI) in partnership with Scientific American Worldview recently held an invitation-only roundtable on the topic of “The Science of Wellness: Hype or Hope?” Leaders from the medical, science, business, technology, research, media, workplace wellness and hotel/spa worlds gathered on February 11 at the Everyday Health headquarters in Manhattan for a wide-ranging conversation on the many ways that science and evidence-based medicine are impacting the wellness industry, and how wellness (and the growing medical evidence for wellness approaches) is impacting people, traditional medicine, private companies and public policy.
The discussion, co-moderated by Jeremy Abbate, VP, Global Media Alliances, Scientific American; Publishing Director, Scientific American Worldview and Susie Ellis, president and CEO of the GWI, included executives and experts from American Public Media, Cornell and Rutgers Universities, Delos, Everyday Health, The International Heart and Lung Institute Center for Restorative Medicine, Optum, Paramedical Consultants, Inc. (PCI), Patients Beyond Borders, Pegasus Capital Advisors, Six Senses, SRI International and Viacom Media Networks.
The leaders assembled identified numerous best steps forward to build a healthier world: from the need for powerful public health marketing campaigns around obesity and sedentary lifestyles - to a much more intense focus on cognitive/behavioral psychology to identify a “science of lifestyle change” for a world getting fatter and sicker – to a call for more (and more appropriately designed) clinical trials on wellness approaches.

Top Ten Recommendations - Experts gathered argued we need…
Simple, Provocative Public Wellness Campaigns: Some of the biggest “wellness successes” of the last century have involved powerful marketing messages (like the anti-smoking, “stop littering,” or “wear seatbelts” campaigns of the 20th century – or more recent ads visualizing how many packets of sugar reside in a can of soda). We need new health campaigns and public service announcements around weight loss/obesity and sedentary lifestyles that are simple, inspiring and are repeated over and over.
More Behavioral Sciences Research to Create a “Science of Lifestyle Change”: While medical research on the benefits of wellness approaches grabs headlines, the key to healthy populations is to begin to crack the code on helping people start, and sustain, lifestyle change. We know so little, and a more intense focus on, and new research in, the behavioral sciences and cognitive psychology (from brain plasticity to choice architecture) is critical if we ever want to create an evidence-based “science of lifestyle change and willpower.”
More, better-funded studies on wellness approaches: Clinical studies on wellness approaches represent the under-resourced “David” to Big Pharma’s “Goliath”. Average R&D costs for a new drug have reached $2.9 billion,* while funds for wellness clinical trials are drastically less (often under $100,000) – and the GWI estimates that (Stage 3) drug trials have around 100 times the participants: roughly 50 for a wellness study, vs. 4,000 for a drug trial. Without more, better-funded trials, highly respected medical organizations like Cochrane will continue to withhold positive recommendations in their meta-reviews on practices like meditation or yoga, even when there’s positive, preliminary evidence.
A Better Understanding of – and More Appropriately Designed - Wellness Studies: Clinical trials on wellness approaches often have unique qualities, and superimposing the double-blind model can be like fitting an “apple into an orange.” Placebo models don’t work when participants know they’re experiencing things like meditation or exercise, and wellness approaches often involve practitioners, so can’t be uniformly replicated (or regulated) like a pill. Short studies fail to capture the most meaningful outcomes for long-term, prevention-focused approaches, and all personalized medicines, like TCM and Ayurveda, defy the randomized trial model entirely. Another problem: most current studies on wellness approaches are performed on sick people (in the hospital setting), providing a limited view of their efficacy. Greater openness to analyzing (and valuing) outcomes from studies that can’t fit perfectly into double blind, or even randomized, trial designs is needed.
Doctors to Expand Their Understanding of the Wellness Concept & Consult the Evidence: Despite growth in integrative medicine, the medical experts at the roundtable agreed that the vast majority of physicians still narrowly equate “wellness” with testing (i.e., mammograms, osteoporosis checks, etc.), at which point the prevention “boat” has often already sailed. And while almost all doctors turn to evidence-based medicine databases to evaluate courses of treatment, “almost none” consult those databases for studies on wellness approaches - and the lion’s share of their required continuing medical education comes via drug companies. Medical systems, insurers and policy-makers must support more physician education around – and the “prescribing” of – wellness approaches like diet change, exercise, etc.
More Media Responsibility in Communicating Wellness Info: If people are unlikely to get much wellness information from doctors, they’re devouring it at media/digital channels, where there’s an explosion of reporting on the latest wellness studies and “miracle” breakthroughs. The rise of digital has been a double-edged sword: empowering people with unprecedented sources of health information (Google just reported that one in twenty searches is health-related), but also confusing them with contradictory, often un-contextualized new findings. More media responsibility, and more peer reviewing and curation of wellness studies by medical professionals, is needed.
To Stop Putting Wellness in the “Alternative Medicine” Bracket, If We Want to Serve Millennials: Entrenched healthcare systems and older generations have viewed medicine and wellness as separate, even antagonistic, domains, but the millennial generation (and younger) views health very holistically, where wellness, diet and exercise are not “alternative,” but key pieces in a total health puzzle. Medical systems and marketers that want to reach younger generations need to embrace that new reality.
To Recognize That Private Companies Are Often Leading in Applying Science to Wellness: Wellness is a $3.4 trillion,** consumer-driven market, and it’s private companies and public-private partnerships that are applying science to new wellness concepts the most creatively: from Delos building a lab with the Mayo Clinic to test and develop new “healthy for humans” features for the spaces people live and work in -  to companies like Lighting Science creating healthy, nature-based lighting technologies - to new, billion-dollar “healthy cities” being developed globally, incorporating hospitals, education and every aspect of healthy living.
Workplace Wellness to Move Beyond Generic ROI Reporting and Focus on Culture Change: Companies are adopting workplace wellness programs at an explosive rate, but so many things are holding them back: from an obsession with ROI reporting that doesn’t measure results/returns against specific program components, to new signs that employee wellness is devolving into a “have/have not” situation. For instance, top executives may be embracing meditation at the World Economic Forum, but companies are increasingly profiting from penalties exacted from the most program resistant/high-risk workers. Successful workplace wellness initiatives must think beyond the “program” and focus on honest, top-to-bottom culture change.
Governments to Grasp That Health Is Wealth: Policymakers often perceive “wellness” as a matter of individual decisions and wellbeing, but the physical and mental health of national populations will increasingly decide national economic and political power. Countries focusing on prevention, and who can get healthcare spending under 10% of GDP, will increasingly have a global advantage.
Roundtable Participants:

  1. Jeremy Abbate, VP, Global Media Alliances, Scientific American; Publishing Director, Scientific American Worldview
  2. Dr. Brandon Alderman, Professor, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Rutgers University
  3. David Brancaccio, Host, American Public Media's “Marketplace Morning Report” (NPR)
  4. Anna Bjurstam, VP of Spas and Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas; Owner, Raison d'Etre 
  5. Alfredo Carvajal, President, Delos International and Signature Programs, Delos
  6. Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Institute
  7. Dr. Steven Gundry, Director, The International Heart and Lung Institute Center for Restorative Medicine
  8. Anne Hubert, Senior Vice President, Viacom Media Networks
  9. Neil Jacobs CEO, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas 
  10. Katherine Johnston, Senior Economist, SRI InternationalDr. Nazlie Latefi, Chief Scientific Officer, Pegasus Capital Advisors
  11. Clare Martorana, EVP and General Manager - Consumer Health and Wellness, Everyday Health
  12. Beth McGroarty, Director of Research, Global Wellness Institute 
  13. Mim Senft, Wellness Director, Plus One Health Management, Optum
  14. Mary Tabacchi, PhD, Professor, Cornell University
  15. Susanne Warfield, CEO, Paramedical Consultants, Inc. (PCI)
  16. Josef Woodman, CEO, Patients Beyond Borders 
  17. Ophelia Yeung, Senior Consultant, SRI International
Everyday Health donated its boardroom for the discussion. Lunch was provided by EXKi, a fair-trade certified, upscale, “quick-casual" restaurant that focuses on locally sourced, organic ingredients.

#Diabetics: #Gestational #Diabetes At The Time Of Pregnancy,How?

Diabetes may be developed at the time or during pregnancy in a woman who does pursue diabetes previously. This is called gestational diabetes, which affects 2-3 percent of pregnant women. If it is not monitored properly, it can lead to complications for the mother or even her baby. Pregnancy is most special time period in any woman’s life. It is period of great joy and enthusiasm, but also the time of anxiety and different questions occurs in mind such as: How will I deal with the pregnancy? With the pain in labor and delivery? Will my baby be alright? These questions may be even more difficult for women with diabetes. Having children is a big decision for anyone among us. If you are a woman who has a history of diabetes, however, it is a decision that requires much more thought, precautions and careful planning. Many women who have diabetes whether it is Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational diabetes have delivered healthy babies.

What Exactly Is It ?

Gestational Diabetes occurs when the pregnant woman’s body is not able to produce or create enough of the hormone insulin. This refers that her body is not able to break down the sugar that she consumes and not able to convert it into energy. Therefore her blood sugar levels raises high and this will be passed on to the baby, which can cause severe problems.

Who Can Be Affected?

The pregnant women who is most likely to be affected will fit the under mentioned criteria;


Age above 35

History of diabetes in family

Previously delivered large baby

Previously given birth to a baby with an malfunction or defect

Undergone abortion in late pregnancy

Symptoms of gestational diabetes:

One of the troubles of gestational diabetes is that it does not marked itself with clear symptoms. The symptoms are common to high blood sugar, thirst, frequent urination, hunger as it sometimes occur, but all of them are common in the latter stages of pregnancy.

Going for baby is a big decision for anyone. If you are a woman who has diabetes, however, it is a decision that requires much more thoughts, precautions, and planning. Many women who have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes) have healthy pregnancies and healthy and fit babies. But this does not mean that they achieved good result very easily, it requires a lot of efforts and dedication from your side.

Whether Am I at risk of developing gestational diabetes?

If you have one or more of the under mentioned factors you are more likely to develop gestational diabetes:

Perusing a family history of diabetes in a relative such as parent, brother or sister.

If you had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy.

If the previous baby had a birth defect or some malfunction.

#Diabetics: Healthy Recipes:Dinner and Lunch #Diabetic MealPlan

Not all low-carb, low-sugar meals have to be tasteless. Check out this sample collection of recipes to find a dish perfect for every course.
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1 lb. fillets
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of garlic powder
1/4 oz. drained chopped mushrooms
1/8 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Dash of black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tbsp. nonfat dry milk
1 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
Sprinkle fish with salt and garlic powder. Mix remaining
ingredients and spread over fish. Bake at 350 degrees
for 20 minutes, until fish flakes with fork.

2 1/2 to 3 lb. chicken, cut up
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 c. boiling water
1/2 c. apple juice
2 c. sliced fresh green beans, French style
1 c. diced peeled apples
1 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 oz. bread
Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken
on a rack in a shallow open roasting pan. Bake in hot oven (450
degrees) until browned, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven
temperature to 350 degrees. Remove chicken and rack; pour off
any fat from pan. Return chicken to pan. Dissolve bouillon in boiling
water. Pour over chicken along with apple juice. Stir in green
beans. Cover and bake 25 minutes. Stir in apple. Cover and bake 10
minutes longer. Meanwhile, in small saucepan mix flour with
cinnamon. Blend with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Stir in hot pan
liquid. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens slightly. Serve
with chicken and vegetables.

1 tbsp. bouillon liquid
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 c. chopped green pepper
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. diet catsup
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
Artificial sweetener to equal 1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. vinegar
Toasted bread
Brown beef in bouillon. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetable
mixture. Combine remaining ingredients. May prepare
ahead to allow seasonings to blend. Add vegetable mixture
to beef. Turn heat on low and simmer covered for 30
minutes. Toast bread and spoon mixture over.

1 lb. ground chuck
1 c. evaporated skimmed milk
1 tbsp. dehydrated onion flakes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. sage
1/8 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 c. chopped celery
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Combine all ingredients and shape into a loaf. Bake on
rack at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

8 oz. ground hamburger (or veal)
1/3 c. chopped green pepper
1/4 head cabbage
1/2 c. onion
1 c. tomato juice
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. chili powder
Cook meat and green pepper in skillet. In blender, blend
cabbage and onion. Drain cabbage mixture. In saucepan,
put tomato juice, cabbage and veal mixtures. Add salt and
pepper to taste. Add chili powder. Cook until cabbage is

#Diabetics: Why You Can't get cheaper #Insulin. #diabetic

Or Why a #diabetes cure is not in our future.

Dr. Arnold Taylor
Fellow diabetics, there will not be a cure in the near future for us.
So we need to get off our diabetic asses and take care of ourselves.
There is no money in finding a cure for diabetes.
How is a drug that has been around for nearly 100 years still not available as a low-cost generic?

That is the question that researchers recently asked about insulin, the diabetes treatment that was created in the 1920s but still can't be purchased as a cheap generic.

Simply put, insulin is too complex for generic drug makers to manufacture cheaply and isn't as lucrative as other products. Key word is lucrative.

"Generic drugs have been a remarkable boon for affordability and access to potential medicine. That progress doesn't spread evenly across all kinds of medicine," said Dr. Jeremy Greene, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins and co-author of an article on the subject in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Insulin can cost an uninsured patient between $120 to $400 per month, the journal article said. By comparison, some generics would only cost about $4.

Under the law, a brand-name drug can become a generic after its patent expires. A generic drug maker can apply for regulatory approval to make an exact copy of the product.

Because a generic manufacturer doesn't have to put in the billions of dollars in research as the brand name company did, it can sell the product for far less, sometimes even 80 percent off.

From 2003 to 2012, generic drug use is estimated to have generated more than $1.2 trillion in savings to healthcare systems. About 85 percent of all prescriptions are filled with generics, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

While generics offer all sorts of low-cost alternatives, manufacturers often choose to copy more profitable blockbusters such as anxiety drugs, Greene said.

Another hurdle is insulin is hard to make compared with more traditional drugs.

Insulin is also considered a biologic drug, meaning it is made from living organisms such as protein or tissue instead of a regular drug made from chemicals. A biologic is considered more complex than a regular drug and therefore more difficult to manufacture.

And insulin is an injectable, which is more difficult to put together safely than just a tablet, Greene said.

But market forces weren't the only reason insulin remains unavailable as a generic. Throughout the years brand-name manufacturers have made tweaks to the formulation, making improved versions, for example, that are long-acting.

This practice, called "ever-greening," essentially preserves patent protection because of tweaks and improvements to the existing formula.

Drug companies are starting to receive more scrutiny from regulators over tweaking their product to forestall generic competition.

New York State sued Actavis last year for making a change to the dementia drug Namenda to extended release. The lawsuit claims Actavis attempted to force patients from the regular version, which loses patent protection this year, to the extended version that is still protected.

"A drug company manipulating vulnerable patients and forcing physicians to alter treatment plans unnecessarily simply to protect corporate profits is unethical and illegal," New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said when the lawsuit was announced in September.

Greene cautioned that the insulin process isn't consistent with other types of "ever-greening." He said researchers were more interested in finding new applications and innovations with the drug, rather than slight tweaks to stave off generic competition.

For instance, manufacturers started making insulin that didn't rely on animal tissue extracts that could have impurities. Now manufacturers use human DNA.

One pathway for getting cheaper insulin is through biosimilars, which are biologic drugs that are similar to their brand-name counterpart. The FDA approved the first biosimilar from Sandoz that closely resembles a cancer treatment called Neupogen manufactured by Amgen.

Greene said that biosimilars would be cheaper than the brand-name product, but not as cheap as generics. For example, some biosimilars available in Europe are only about 30 to 40 percent cheaper than their branded counterpart.

Diabetics Get off you lazy diabetic butt, for Wellness and Longevity

KEEP AT IT. Making even small changes is hard in the beginning. Try to add one new change a week. If you get off track, start again and keep at it. 

Follow the guidelines below, you will see a dramatic change very quickly in your health, your weight, and your diabetes.

The nation's escalating battle with diabetes can't be fought -- let alone won -- solely in the doctor's office.
So let's get off our diabetic butts, and explore how we can get control of our nutrition life. Remember insulin is expensive! Time to stop reverse the diabetes demon.         
  • Biotin is associated with glucose metabolism and is useful for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Take 9 to 16 mg daily.
  • An antioxidant formula supplies additional antioxidants, which usually are needed in higher amounts in people with diabetes. Take as directed on the container.
  • Vitamin C reduces the complications of diabetes. Take 1,000 mg two to three times a day.
  • Vitamin B12 is effective for the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Take 1,000 mcg sublingually or by injection from your doctor (1 cc twice weekly).
  • B-complex vitamins take part in blood sugar metabolic process and help treat diabetic symptoms such as neuropathy. Take a 50 mg B-complex daily.
  • Magnesium is associated with insulin production and utilization. Take a daily total of 500 to 750 mg. Reduce dosage if loose stools occur.
  • CoQ10 is commonly low in people with diabetes. One study found that it has a blood-sugar-lowering effect. CoQ10 prevents LDL cholesterol oxidation, that is more frequent in people with diabetes.
  • Vitamin E enhances glucose regulation and prevents cholesterol oxidation. Take 800 to 1,200 IU daily of a formula containing tocotrienols and tocopherols.
  • Thymus (Thymus vulgaris) extract balances the immunity mechanism, which is essential for type 1 diabetes. Take 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach or as directed on the container.
  • Psyllium has been proven to reduce blood-sugar levels. It’s a good source of fiber. Take up to 5 grams every day.
  • Pancreas extract facilitates pancreatic function. Take 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach or as directed on the container.
  • Adrenal extract supports adrenal gland function, which is also important for blood-sugar regulation. Take 500 mg two times a day on an empty stomach or as directed on the container.
  • DHEA is often lacking in people with diabetes. If tests indicate that you have low levels, take 5 to 25 mg daily under a doctor’s supervision.
  • Banaba leaf has been shown in animal and human studies to lower blood-sugar levels. Take 16 mg 3 times daily.
  • Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) has been shown in a study to help improve blood-sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Take 200 mg daily.
  • Bitter melon (Momordica charantia) might help balance blood-sugar levels. Take 5 ml two times a day of the tincture form or 200 mg in a capsule form, three time daily of a standardized extract.
  • Garlic (Allium sativum) is a crucial herb for the diabetic. It balances blood sugar and helps reduce your risk of heart disease as well as other circulatory disorders by improving blood flow, lowering high blood pressure, and reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol. Take 300 to 450 mg two times a day.
  • Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is yet another herb that stabilizes blood sugar. Take a product with an equivalent dosage of 15 to 50 grams daily.
  • Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) oil might help prevent and treat diabetic neuropathy. Take a product containing 480 mg daily of GLA (the active essential fatty acid in evening primrose).
  • Teas made out of peppermint, chamomile, and passionflower all have soothing properties and encourage relaxation.
  • Billberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) might help to prevent diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Take 160 mg two times a day of a product standardized to 25 percent anthocyanosides.

#Diabetics: Some useful vitamins that lower blood sugar. #T1D and #diabetic

Certain vitamins and minerals have been found beneficial in lowering blood sugar and thus useful in the treatment of diabetes.

Vitamin B complex - Vitamins of the B group are valuable in the treatment of diabetes. Despite and adequate intake of these vitamins, diabetics often have abnormally small amounts of vitamin B in their blood because of high urinary loss of exhibit symptoms of vitamin B deficiency. Marked clinical improvement has been reported in patients of diabetes with only 16000 units of daily supplements of vitamin B complex. Because these vitamins help reduce blood fat and cholesterol, they should be generously supplied at all times.

Thiamine or Vitamin B1 - Of the various vitamins of the B group, thiamine or vitamin B1 and pyridoxine or vitamin B6 is of special value in diabetes. Diabetic diet inadequate in vitamin B1, often leads to the development of neuritis, which is relieved as soon as large amounts of this vitamin are given. Vitamin B1 is said to be particularly valuable in preventing damage to the brain during diabetic acidosis. The greater the insulin requirement, the higher is the requirement for vitamin B1, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 and biotin or vitamin B8.

The primary natural vegetable sources of thiamine are wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, the outer layers of rice, wheat and other whole grain cereals, pulses, nuts, peas, lime, legumes, dark green leafy vegetables, banana and apple. Those of pantothenic acid are wheat germ, whole grain bread, green vegetables and peanuts. Biotin is found in brewer’s yeast, rice bran, rice germ, rice polishing and peanut butter.

Pyridoxine or Vitamin B6 - When diet is inadequate in vitamin B6 or pyridoxine, and essential amino acid tryptophan, is converted into a substance known as xanthurenic acid. It has been shown in laboratory experiments that xanthurenic acid tends to damage the pancreatic tissue.

Diabetics who have been given 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily have shown a rapid and marked decrease in urinary xanthurenic acid. In one case, the quantity dropped almost 97 percent the first day. Total absence of urinary xanthurenic acid amongst those who continued with a daily dosage of 10 to 20 mg of this vitamin indicated that none was being formed in the body. We  diabetics are greatly helped by a liberal intake of vitamin B6.  The main natural sources of pyridoxine are milk, brewer’s yeast, cereals, legumes, green leafy vegetables and carrot.

Wellness and Longevity

Remember insulin is expensive

KEEP AT IT. Making even small changes is hard in the beginning. Try to add one new change a week. If you get off track, start again and keep

#Diabetics: Exercise For Diabetes #T1D #diabetic

The most common types of diabetes are known as Type
1 and Type 2.  The Type 1 diabetes, which is also
known as adolescent diabetes, differs from Type 2
in the sense that the body will stop producing
insulin altogether.  Type 2 diabetes is normally
diagnosed in older adults and occurs as the body
stops producing enough insulin or the individual
becomes resistant to their own body insulin.

No matter what form of diabetes it is, you'll lose
your ability to adequately utilize sugar.  The
blood sugar levels will increase due to the body's
difficulty in transporting sugar into the cells
and out of the blood stream.  There are several ways
to lower your blood sugar levels, including diet,
exercise, and medication.

As a whole, exercise is a very important part of
diabetic management for both Type 1 and Type 2
diabetics.  Those that have Type 1 will find regular
exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity,
helps to prevent the accumulation of excess weight,
and also increases the use of glucose by muscles.
Although there is really no way to prevent Type 1
diabetes, it is possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

The things to consider when you attempt to prevent
the onset of Type 2 diabetes are regular exercise
supplementation with vitamins and herbs that will
help to prevent insulin resistance and proper
control of weight.

Not only with exercise help directly with diabetic
management by lowering blood sugar levels and
maintaining insulin sensitivity, but it will also
help minimize several of the complications that
can occur in a diabetic individual.  Research has
shown that walking 30 minutes each day can
diminish the possibility of developing Type 2

Almost all diabetics tend to develop circulatory
problems and exercise can help lower blood
pressure and improve circulation throughout the
body.  Seeing as how people with diabetes tend to
have poor blood flow to their lower areas and
feet, better circulation is a great benefit.

Even though there are risks associated with
exercise, the potential benefits will outweigh
the risks.  Exercise does indeed lower blood sugar
levels, so those with diabetes should measure
their blood sugar both before and after they
exercise.  Since your body uses more sugar while
you exercise and makes you more sensitive to
insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming
too low and causing hypoglycemia as a result.

Whenever you exercise, it is important to let
others know that you are diabetic.  They should
also be informed about what they should do in
case of hypoglycemia.  To be on the safe side, you
should always carry candy or fruit juice with you
to treat low blood sugar when it occurs.

During and after you have exercised, you should
pay very close attention about how you feel, since
rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling
shaky, or hunger can signal that your blood sugar
levels are getting too low.

With diabetic management and treatment, exercise
is very important.  Exercise will help with blood
sugar control when the muscles use more glucose and
the body becomes more sensitive to insulin. 
Exercise will also help to prevent and minimize
common diabetic complications which include heart
problems, high blood pressure, and circulatory

If you are a diabetic, exercise should be part of
your daily routine.  You should always exercise at
a slow pace and never overdo it.  Also, you
should be sure to exercise around people you know
or at a gym, so there will always be people around
you in case something goes wrong.  Being a diabetic
doesn't have to hinder your life or your
performance, as exercise can help you get your life
back on track and heading in the right direction -
the healthy direction.