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Three Women Who Reversed Diabetes With Food

Three Women Who Reversed Diabetes With Food

A teaspoon of sugar may help the medicine go down, but there's one message that cannot be sugar-coated: Type 2 diabetes (and possibly Type 3) is on the rise. According to the CDC, 25.8 million of us have the full-blown disease and another 79 million have prediabetes. Are you—or will you be—among them? To a large extent, that's within your control. Studies show that lifestyle changes can help prevent, delay, or even reverse type 2 diabetes, particularly if the disease is caught early. The proof is in the people. Here are the inspiring stories of three women who were diagnosed but, with dedication and a passion for healthy living, reversed the course of the disease. "I kept saying, 'This food will heal me. My body needs this.'" Nara Schuler (pictured above) WHITBY, ONTARIO 54; married with three kids, ages 22, 24, and 26; height: 5'8" Before: 249 lb Now: 169 lb Lost: 80 lb To look at Nara Schiller's beautifully laid table, you'd never guess that she's watching her diet. That rich-red "cabernet" in her wineglass? It's actually a homemade blend of organic vegetable juices. Her fresh menu of brightly colored salads, flavorful soups, and other vegan dishes looks so appealing that even her meat-loving husband and sons decided to try it—and switched to her diet. (Interested in going vegan, too? See 5 ways to keep a new diet from making you miserable.) Schuler's focus on healthful food developed in 2010, after she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and learned that her blood glucose was more than double the normal level. Two of her three older sisters already had the disease, and she didn't want to follow their path of increasing dependence on pills and, ultimately, insulin injections. She refused the doctor's prescription on the spot. Back home, Schuler began looking for Continue reading >>

How To Reverse Diabetes Naturally

How To Reverse Diabetes Naturally

According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, over 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes. That’s almost 10 percent of the U.S. population. And diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, causing, at least in part, over 250,000 deaths in 2015. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to reverse diabetes and the diabetes epidemic in America. Type 2 diabetes is a dangerous disease that can lead to many other health conditions when it’s not managed properly, including kidney disease, blindness, leg and food amputations, nerve damage, and even death. (1) Type 2 diabetes is a completely preventable and reversible condition, and with diet and lifestyle changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting the disease or reverse the condition if you’ve already been diagnosed. If you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with diabetes symptoms, begin the steps to reverse diabetes naturally today. With my diabetic diet plan, suggested supplements and increased physical activity, you can quickly regain your health and reverse diabetes the natural way. The Diabetes Epidemic Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions, and the latest statistics revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, including the 7.2 million people who weren’t even aware of it. Diabetes is affecting people of all ages, including 132,000 children and adolescents younger than 18 years old. (2) The prevalence of prediabetes is also on the rise, as it’s estimated that almost 34 million U.S. adults were prediabetic in 2015. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are above normal but below the defined threshold of diabetes. Without proper int Continue reading >>

Beating Diabetes: Vegan Diet Improves Blood Sugar Control

Beating Diabetes: Vegan Diet Improves Blood Sugar Control

Caroline Trapp is convinced that consuming a vegan diet reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes and its complications. A recent National Institutes of Health-funded study by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), George Washington University and University of Toronto confirms her conviction. A nurse practitioner, Trapp has been treating patients with the disease for 20 years. She found even though she was writing increasing numbers of prescriptions for oral medications and insulin, diabetics continued to develop kidney and heart problems and required even more medication. Frustrated, she began researching the disease and discovered PCRM's recommendation for a plant-based, high fiber, low-fat diet. At the same time Dr. Neal D. Barnard was just completing the PCRM study which demonstrated the vegan diet was more effective in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol in type 2 diabetic patients than a diet based on American Diabetes Association guidelines. When the opportunity arose to become part of a PCRM pilot project that spun off from the research Trapp was eager to introduce healthy eating to diabetics seen at the Millennium Medical Group in Southfield. The cooking classes ran seven-weeks and included a field trip to Panchero's Mexican Grill in Southfield. The pilot project took place in Washington, D.C. where PCRM and George Washington University are located. "We focus first on foods that don't come from animals," said Trapp, director of diabetes care for Premier Internists and Northwest Internal Medicines, Divisions of Millennium Medical Group. "The concern is that something as healthy as chicken or fish has almost as much fat as beef. Low fat diets have not been effective in curing diabetes. The old way of thinking is focusing on sugar and starch Continue reading >>

10 Tips To Control Gestational Diabetes Without Medication

10 Tips To Control Gestational Diabetes Without Medication

Update: When I wrote this post, I was thinking that I was going to be put on insulin. However, by the grace and goodness of God, I ended up making it full term without insulin and had a beautiful waterbirth! ---- I've been debating whether to write this post or not. The status of my Gestational Diabetes has changed. The last 3 weeks, I've been unable to manage it on my own with diet & exercise. The first week, I had 5 high readings. The 2nd week, another 5 high readings. This past week, I had 6 high readings. It's not because I've changed anything I've done. It's because your hormones in pregnancy change, throwing everything off, including your Gestational Diabetes numbers sometimes. Due to the recent 3 weeks numbers, my Endocrinologist will be putting me on either medication or insulin. This means I need to find an OBGYN & possibly switch hospitals. It also means my plans for a waterbirth are out. While I'm disappointed, I know there was nothing more I could've done. And as the Diabetes Educator said, "You are doing more than most people. In fact, you could probably write a book about the subject." So, that leads me here. Writing this post, in hopes of inspiring others to at least TRY to beat their Gestational Diabetes without medication. I managed mine with these tips for 33 weeks and no medication! Before we begin, I must write a disclaimer: I am not a professional. I have no health degree and am not a dietician. These are simply things that I researched and tried on my own and had some success with. Always speak with your Endocrinologist or Diabetes Educators before beginning or changing what you're doing. Tip #1: Don't be so hard on yourself. I'm starting with this tip, because it's the one I've had the hardest time with. I kept thinking that my Gestational Diabete Continue reading >>

Curing Diabetes: How Type 2 Became An Accepted Lifestyle

Curing Diabetes: How Type 2 Became An Accepted Lifestyle

Diabetes is big business, and many have been convinced that managing it forever is their only option. But it is possible to cure the disease. Chuck Lynch figured that after being diagnosed with type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, he was destined for a life of daily finger sticks and medication to keep the glucose level in his blood at a normal level. Everything he'd heard about type 2 suggested strongly that his only choice was to make the best of it. "I thought it was something you managed for the rest of your life," said the 62-year-old Lyme, Connecticut, resident. "I didn't know you could cure it." Experts hesitate to talk about "curing" diabetes, given the medical complications it can cause that will require lifelong monitoring. But the American Diabetes Association says that maintaining normal blood sugar without medication for at least a year could be considered a "complete remission." It's not a message you hear very often if your information about type 2 diabetes comes mainly from TV commercials for the devices and medications used to manage the disease. Diabetes is a big business, worth tens of billions of dollars to the health care system and the pharmaceutical companies that hold the patents on those devices and medications. Another reason you don't hear about remission is it takes a great deal of effort. Even the health care system seems content to prescribe complex lifelong treatment regimens instead of equipping people with the tools they need to effectively manage type 2 diabetes, possibly reverse the disease or, best of all, avoid it completely. Chuck Lynch created his own diabetes-reversal program, and it has become the retiree's new job. He dropped 30 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers, and now carefully measures every morsel and drop that goes into hi Continue reading >>

13 Natural And Easy Ways To Lower Your Blood Sugar

13 Natural And Easy Ways To Lower Your Blood Sugar

Being diagnosed with Type II diabetes can be a bummer, and it can be a struggle to keep blood sugars under control. Sometimes, you may find yourself with blood sugar levels that are higher than normal (let's say around 150, for example), but not excessive enough to necessitate taking more medication. You don't feel very good with the higher blood sugar, but taking medication can make your blood sugar TOO low. So what can you do to lower your blood sugar up to 40 points without taking more medication? Try the following these 13 tips and see if you can lower your blood sugar naturally. (See also: How to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes) Health Disclaimer: As always, you need to be careful to monitor your sugar levels so as not to become hypoglycemic (that's when your blood sugar is too low, which is dangerous). Talk to your physician before making any changes to your diet. And remember, these 13 tips for lowering blood sugar may work for many people, but they won't work for everyone. Carb Intake Carbs are basically sugar, and everybody should make an effort to control their intake, especially diabetics. 1. Cut Back the Carbs Effects seen: Immediate Your diet is something you want to talk to your physician about, but the simple fact is that a lower carb diet makes it easier to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It's part of why you're hearing so much about the Paleo Diet these days. Carbohydrates are found in starchy foods — root vegetables, grains, rice, and legumes — and all of their derivatives, like bread, pasta, sushi, French fries, mashed yams, and even lentil soup. As someone who has been diabetic for nearly 20 years, I can attest that eating a diet low in carbohydrates, but rich in leafy greens, nuts, dark fruits like berries, and lean meats has had an amazing eff Continue reading >>

How To Beat Depression Without Medication

How To Beat Depression Without Medication

While I was managing 40+ employees and assuring we could meet our $250,000 monthly payroll, I just about lost it. The pressure was too much. It was my decisions that assured their families would eat, their mortgages would be paid, and their kids could go on vacation. It was this weight that began my intense season of chronic anxiety and depression. While anxiety and depression are not the same, they are similar. It was this moment in my life I was forced to beat it. Without medication. Disclaimer: I am supportive of medication as a last resort. Too many doctors today are treating symptoms rather than healing the root cause. Pair this with the pharmaceutical industry force-feeding us pills to keep their quarterly profit-and-loss statements in the green, and you have a sad solution for people who truly need help. Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. The symptoms were so strong, my wife and I made the decision to change our entire life. We sold our house to move closer to work (and remove the stress of Los Angeles traffic), we started juicing a few times per week, I began riding my bike in the morning, I read my Bible and prayed for the first 20 minutes of the day, and most importantly, I simplified my life. I watched more movies. I played with my dog. I went out to dinner. I worked less. Three different doctors prescribed me anti-depressants. But I didn't want them. I remembered human beings have overcome depression for thousands of years without pills. Why do I need it now? Convenience? Laziness? Fear? We are not broken. Our bodies and minds are just as strong in the positive as they are in the negative. We are just overstimulated, not connected, and emotional scarred. But we can win. I promise. I did. I hope my short story is Continue reading >>

30 Day Diabetes Cure Plan

30 Day Diabetes Cure Plan

Could there be a natural cure to diabetes? Many natural health seekers are looking for an answer to this question. Here we list some options to limit or reduce the need of insulin while your body tries to fight against diabetes. To fight diabetes naturally, follow this 30 day diabetes cure plan. Healing your diabetes is as much about changing your lifestyle as it is about rebuilding your health. It’s about learning how your food choices impact your body’s natural process. It’s about understanding the ways in which our consumer culture, our advertising-driven media, and our profit-inspired medical system all work against you in your quest for health and well-being. If you‘re going to take The 30 Day Diabetes Cure challenge, then the first thing you need to do is make the commitment to free yourself from the chains that hold you back from a healthy and balanced life. The honest truth is, there’s no room in this plan — or in any life lived to the fullest – for risky and self-defeating behaviors that sabotage your own best efforts, whether or not you are aware of them. If you want to stay out all night partying, if you want to smoke and drink and eat whatever you feel like eating without thought to the consequences, if you want to sit on the couch like a slug, chained to your pack of cigarettes and the damage all this excess is creating in your body then this plan is not for you. If, on the other hand you are ready to do what ever it takes to get back to a natural life of harmony and emotional balance eating the foods that support your good health, enjoying nights of restful sleep and physically active days, looking forward to a spry old age of enjoying your grandchildren, then be prepared to kick the cigarette habit along with the junk-food habit, the soda ha Continue reading >>

12 Simple Ways To Fight Prediabetes

12 Simple Ways To Fight Prediabetes

At 28, Jennyvi Dizon wasn't expecting to be turned down for health insurance. "I thought I was fairly healthy," she says. The company disapproved her because she weighed 188 pounds and was 5 feet 3 inches tall. They wanted her to weigh 155 pounds or less. When she reapplied one month later, the insurer requested blood tests. This time, the news was even more startling: her blood glucose (blood sugar) level was above normal and her cholesterol was high. Jennyvi's mother has diabetes, so the elevated blood glucose reading was especially worrisome. Online, Jennyvi learned that her test level meant she had prediabetes—a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes and also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. "I had been in a little bit of denial because, really, I was overweight and unhealthy, but I didn't realize it," says Jennyvi, a bridal and evening gown designer from Phoenix. "I knew that if I get to the diabetes level, it'll cause me problems later." The hidden condition As many as 60 million people in the United States have prediabetes, yet more than 90 percent of them don’t know it. People with prediabetes usually have no symptoms, and many who learn about their prediabetes think it’s no big deal. "People do not take this as seriously as they need to," says Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "The good news is there is something you can do about it," Dr. Albright adds. The best way to fight prediabetes and get your blood sugar back in the normal range is with a coordinated plan of healthy nutrition, increased physical activity and lifestyle coping strategies that support modest weight loss if you are overweight. (Modest weight loss is defined as losing 5 t Continue reading >>

Managing My Type 2 Diabetes Without Medications

Managing My Type 2 Diabetes Without Medications

If you have type 2 diabetes, you can manage it well without any drugs — without any oral medications and without insulin. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will always have to take insulin injections, but you can likely use less than you do now. To manage diabetes well means keeping your blood sugar level down in the same range as that of people who don’t have diabetes. The way we check this level is the A1C (sometimes called glycated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1c, or HbA1c). This test tells you what your average blood sugar level was during the previous two or three months by using a drop of blood about as small as that you use on your regular fingerstick tests that tells you what your level is right then. When you manage your diabetes well, it is well controlled. It is normal. We know that the normal A1C level is 6.0 or below. See “The Normal A1C Level.” An A1C level of 6.0 or below means that your diabetes is in remission. It does not mean that you have cured it. If you relax your vigilance, your A1C level will go above 6.0 again, and you will again put yourself at risk of the terrible complications of uncontrolled diabetes. You can use drugs to bring your A1C level down to normal. That’s a good thing. But this strategy does have its costs, and those costs aren’t just money out of your pocket or your checkbook. The worst of those costs are the potential side effects of the drugs. All drugs can have side effects. The systems and the organs of our bodies are so interconnected that no drug can target just one part of it without having some effect elsewhere. Sometimes we find that the side effects are helpful, but we can also find that they are harmful. Sometimes they are subtle and affect only a few people, but sometimes they are serious. All of the drugs that w Continue reading >>

Ask An Expert: Eating To Beat Prediabetes

Ask An Expert: Eating To Beat Prediabetes

Q: “I just found out I have prediabetes. All the dietary info I find online seems so complicated. Can you give me some simple guidelines for how to eat to get back to normal?” Answered by Daniel Norfleet, M.D., internal medicine, Providence Medical Group-Gateway Internal Medicine Sure! The truth is that most of the changes that help control prediabetes are pretty simple and straightforward. What makes them seem complicated and overwhelming is trying to focus on all of them at once. To keep it simple, I usually recommend trying just one or two small changes first. Work on these until they fit comfortably into your life. Once you’ve got them down, add a couple more, and then a couple more, working your way down the list gradually. This isn’t downplaying the importance of the changes you need to make. Prediabetes is a sign that your body is already having trouble using insulin – that’s the hormone that moves blood sugar (glucose) into your cells, where it can be used for fuel, instead of letting it float around in your blood, where it can do a lot of damage. Without making changes, you risk developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes; up to 70 percent of people with prediabetes eventually do. To turn things around, you do need to make some changes – you just don’t need to make them all at once. Focusing on one or two changes at a time allows you to adjust to new habits until, one day, they no longer look like changes at all – they’re just your normal life. Changing how – and how much – you eat One of the easiest ways to start making healthy changes, before you even look at what you eat, is to look at how much you eat. Carrying extra pounds, especially in your belly, makes blood sugar harder to control. Three simple portion-control tricks can help you trim Continue reading >>

How To Control Diabetes Without Medication Apart Diet Changes?

How To Control Diabetes Without Medication Apart Diet Changes?

(Jackey) Control Diabetes without Medications CONCERN: My sister is just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and controlling diabetes without medication so far with diet, she is trying to walk everyday. However, her blood sugar is not reduced, and she doesn't know what else to do. I have tried to gather so many info to pass to her. Now I am wondering what else she can do to control diabetes without medication apart diet changes? Another thing: she is very sensitive person, and is able to worry for even a small matter although she tries hard not to. Thank you. SUGGESTIONS: It is good that your sister wants to lower her blood sugar levels without taking any medications. My mom has type 2 diabetes, and she started straight away the metformin therapy because couldn't manage only with diet. Now she is having problems with her liver. Recently, she is being more active, trying to limit sugary foods and eating more healthy. Her blood sugar is being optimized. As your sister, even my mother is a very anxious person. Since my late father passed away last year, she is being more anxious. She takes some tranquillizers, have some chamomile tea; however, she is still anxious. To my opinion, this is the severest "factor" contributing to worsening of diabetes: STRESS. To me, stress is a silent killer, that worsens your quality of life. That is why, diabetics have persistent high blood sugar levels. The war against stress urges strong willing and fighting spirit that not all the people have. Help your sister with good lifestyle changes lifestyle changes to normalize her blood glucose levels; and be close to her to give the strength she needs. Comment: Lowering Blood Sugar Level, Type 2 Diabetes by: Henry Dieting alone is insufficient if one wants to get effective results to lower one's bloo Continue reading >>

Stopping Prediabetes In Its Tracks

Stopping Prediabetes In Its Tracks

Print Font: Oct. 30 — Nearly 20 million Americans are headed down the road to diabetes, but modest weight loss and a bit more activity would be enough to turn them around. These people have prediabetes, meaning their above-normal blood sugar levels signal a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years. More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be? Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a 100 percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring. A combination of obesity, inactivity and genetics is responsible. But most people with prediabetes aren’t aware they have it, and insurers may not cover testing for or treatment of the condition. “It’s really quite a remarkable opportunity, but it’s not as if everyone is rushing to be identified,” says Dr. Daniel Einhorn of the Scripps Whittier Institute for Diabetes in La Jolla, Calif. Many people may be reluctant to get tested — and labeled — especially if they’re feeling fine, he adds. But catching the condition before it turns into full-blown diabetes can be a lifesaver. People with Type 2 diabetes either lose the ability to respond to insulin, or their bodies no longer make enough of the hormone. Insulin helps the body use glucose as fuel, so without it sugar builds up in the bloodstream. Over time, especially if blood sugar levels are not kept in check, diabetes can boost a person’s risk of heart disease and cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves and other body tissues. Prediabetes used to be called impaired fasting glucos Continue reading >>

20 Ways To Control Blood Sugar Levels Naturally Without Medicine

20 Ways To Control Blood Sugar Levels Naturally Without Medicine

Keeping the blood sugar levels well and balanced is necessary for everyone to help maintain energy levels as well as avoid complications which are associated with diabetes. All you need to do is to make some dietary changes, including certain foods and concentrating on others, also lifestyle changes, containing exercise and stress avoidance. This article will provide you with 20 tips to control blood sugar levels naturally without medicine you should do to get blood sugar under your control. Check them out right now! 20 Way To Control Blood Sugar Levels Naturally Without Medicine 1. Eat Foods Of High-Fiber Content When it comes to tips on how to control blood sugar levels at home, fiber-rich foods will be the first thing listed. Although diet that contains high fiber content does not provide too much nutrients or calories, it impacts positively our blood sugar. The soluble fiber that is soluble in the water is able to stabilize the blood sugar levels by slowing the carbohydrate absorption and boost the blood sugar regulation as well as lower the insulin requirements. Insoluble fiber, in contrast, does not soluble in water might enhance the waste eradication and help to prevent the condition of constipation. It is good for you to consume both fiber-rich foods and non-fiber carbs, like starch or sugar. Just concentrate on low-carb and food of non-starchy fibers, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans. Other rich sources of fiber are corn, potatoes, peas, beans, lentils, whole grains, and cereals. Nevertheless, they are higher in starchy carbs. 2. Eat Healthy Fats Healthy fats are essential for those who want to control blood sugar levels. If you consume continuously high-glycemic index carbs, you will cause insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes as well. Eating heal Continue reading >>

Doctors Admit That Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed!

Doctors Admit That Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed!

List of Doctors: Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed! Dr. Mehmet Oz: Diabetes Is Treatable and Reversible Dr. Neal Barnard Tells Dr. Oz on Oprah Winfrey Show: Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed With Diet Dr. Gabriel Cousens: You Can Reverse Diabetes With Raw Food Dr. Joel Fuhrman: Heart Disease and Diabetes Are Easy to Reverse Dr. Mark Hyman: Type 2 Diabetes Is Reversible Next Steps: Start Reversing Your Diabetes Today Author's Perspective: Although there is no medically-approved cure for Type 2 diabetes, there is a lot of evidence that indicates that you can definitely control the disease and prevent the development of the complications such as amputation, kidney failure, and blindness. In addition, there is evidence that you can reverse the cellular and tissue damage caused by the diabetes and its complications -- as long as your body obtains the key nutrients to facilitate the healing and repair processes. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, diabetes educators, and others receive their formal education from various universities and colleges. During their education process, they are taught how to treat most diseases with various drugs. Interestingly, many of the universities and colleges receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry, giving this industry the "right" and the power to dictate course curriculum! Of course, no one is going to admit this, but, think about it: With all of these smart and educated people, not one single doctor or healthcare professional believes that there is or could be a cure for a disease such as Type 2 diabetes? Really? The above was the perspective of most medical experts concerning Type 2 diabetes several years ago. But, slowly and gradually, their thinking has begun to change! Doctors are good people -- they Continue reading >>

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