Doctor’s Tip: It’s Important To Diagnose And Reverse Pre-diabetes

Doctor’s Tip: It’s important to diagnose and reverse pre-diabetes

Doctor’s Tip: It’s important to diagnose and reverse pre-diabetes

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease that usually strikes at a young age and is not associated with obesity. Type 2 is more common and is usually related to "central obesity" (extra weight around the mid-section). Today's discussion is about type 2 diabetes.
None of us wants to get diabetes, because it leads to the following complications:
• cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes), the most common cause of death in the U.S.
• kidney damage, which can result in kidney failure.
• eye damage, which can result in blindness.
• nerve damage, which can result in chronic numbness and pain in the legs and feet.
Sadly, due to American obesity epidemic, type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent in adults and is even occurring in overweight children. And as we export the S.A.D. (standard American diet), type 2 diabetes is becoming a worldwide epidemic.
Type 2 diabetes is preceded by pre-diabetes, which unfortunately often goes undiagnosed for years. Measure your waist at the point of largest circumference, which is usually at your belly button (note that this is not your belt size). If you are a man and your waist circumference is 40 inches or greater, or if you are a woman and the measurement is 35 inches or greater (the cutoff is lower if you are Asian or East Indian), you almost certainly have insulin resistance/pre-diabetes. Even if your waist circumference is less than the cutoff numbers, you probably have pre-diabetes if you look at your naked profile in the mirror and see even a small "belly."
If you have even mild central obesity, Continue reading

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Is new Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler ‘the most misinterpreted guy in the NFL?’

Is new Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler ‘the most misinterpreted guy in the NFL?’

Ask former teammates about Jay Cutler, and without any prompting, it comes up: The face.
No NFL quarterback in history has had his facial expressions dissected more than Cutler’s. Why doesn’t he smile more? Why doesn’t he look more intense? Is he apathetic? Aloof? The perception of nonchalance led an NFL fan in 2012 to Photoshop a cigarette in Cutler’s mouth, and create the “SmokinJayCutler” Tumblr account, which went viral.
Awesome @SmokinJayCutler pic.twitter.com/lAxLXfiWzv
— Kokua Multisports (@KokuaMultisport) August 6, 2017
The smoking Cutler meme resurfaced Monday, during his introductory news conference after signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dolphins to replace injured Ryan Tannehill.
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That face, say those who know him, is, in fact, the face of a tough-as-nails competitor, son of a no-nonsense Indiana state trooper who ran a concrete business on the side, a three-sport phenom who grew up on Holly Lane in Santa Claus, Indiana, led Heritage Hills High to a state semifinal victory on a severely sprained ankle, and survived four years at Vanderbilt, where he faced relentless pressure from the Southeastern Conference’s punishing defenses.
That face, they say, is a resilient guy who during the past eight years, while playing quarterback for the Chicago Bears and being a media piñata, was battling Type 1 diabetes, pricking his finger several times a day, injecting himself in the stomach with insulin. He realized something was wrong Continue reading

Carbohydrate Adjustments for Exercisers with Diabetes

Carbohydrate Adjustments for Exercisers with Diabetes

What to Look for Before You Exercise
Many people with diabetes have special needs that should be considered when planning an exercise program.
Exercise can cause your blood glucose levels to drop too much, especially if you take insulin or other glucose-lowering medications. Symptoms of hypoglycemia, or "low blood sugar," include feeling shaky, lightheaded, weak, confused, anxious, fatigued, irritable, or hungry, headache, breaking out into a clammy sweat, or even fainting.
Hypoglycemia can happen during exercise, right after exercise, or even up to 24 hours after you finish exercising. Symptoms of hypoglycemia can be mild and gradual; but it is more common that symptoms come on very quickly. By paying close attention to how you’re feeling, you can prevent problems before they put you at risk of injury.
Because of the risk of hypoglycemia, you should always check your blood glucose level before you exercise. Having a carbohydrate containing snack prior to exercising is one way to prevent exercise related hypoglycemia. Use the chart below to make the recommended adjustments, based on your glucose reading, before you exercise. Click here for a detailed, printable chart that shows single (15-gram) servings of carbohydrate-containing foods.
Exercise Duration & Intensity
<100 mg/dL
100-180 mg/dL
180-250 mg/dL
< 30 min. at low intensity
Eat 15 g carbohydrate
30-60 min. at moderate intensity
Eat 15 g carbohydrate
100-120: Eat 15 g carbohydrate. 121-180: N/A
30-60 min. at high intensity
Eat 30 g carbohydrate
Eat 15 g carbohydrate
> 60 minutes at moderate intensity Continue reading

INHEAVEN bassist Chloe Little on being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

INHEAVEN bassist Chloe Little on being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

For those of you unaware what ‘Facebook Live’ is, it’s a live broadcast where your followers can ask you questions and see you answer them in real time.
This is what I did last week with INHEAVEN - we did our first Facebook Live for our fans to ask us questions about our debut album, which comes out in just a few weeks. But during the 15 minute session, where most people were asking about our favourite songs on the record and what hair products we use, I think I was ‘trolled’.
Someone asked me ‘do you like diabetes?’, which seems a really weird question to ask a band - however when you’ve just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and only your family and doctor know about your condition it is quite a scary position to be in, live on air to 1000 people you don’t know.
How does this person know this about me? Why are other people ‘liking’ their question? Are they laughing at me because I have a disease? How the hell do they know? Can they see my internet search history? Or is it just a freak coincidence? I’ll never know.
It just felt like an absolute violation of my privacy, something I couldn’t get back. I had wanted to live with my new life changing condition for a while before I even told close friends, however now I feel like I’ve got to be open and tell the story. But who knows, it may have just been a coincidence and a ‘sign’ to push me into facing my new reality in a public forum.
Three weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I had noticed a few weeks earlier that I had lost about 14lbs over a few months, which for someone who is Continue reading

Can a Gluten-Free Diet Increase Your Risk for Diabetes?

Can a Gluten-Free Diet Increase Your Risk for Diabetes?

A recent study indicates that adopting a gluten-free diet may not help you be healthier. The research, which included more than 30 years of data, found that those with less gluten in their diets actually had a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades.
Greg Zong, a nutrition research fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, recognized the belief that gluten-free diets are healthier and wanted to see if this belief might have merit. Zong’s team of researchers conducted studies every two to four years in which nearly 200,000 people reported what they ate. Over the 30-year study period, nearly 16,000 of the participants had developed type 2 diabetes.
The people who ate the most gluten — 12 grams per day — had a 13 percent lower risk of developing diabetes.
What is gluten?
It’s a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and foods that contain these grains. People with Celiac Disease will have serious health problems if they continue to eat foods containing gluten.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune illness that affects the small intestine; when people who have it eat gluten, their immune system responds by attacking the gut’s lining. If they continue to eat gluten they’ll end up with multiple nutritional deficiencies that will impact their health. Their intestines simply can’t absorb the nutrients they eat.
People who suffer from gluten intolerance have severe symptoms that include cramping, gas, and bloating. No damage to the intestines is seen but the symptoms may be intolerable. They most often can eat s Continue reading

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