Does Exercise Lower Your Blood Sugar

Do you want lo lower your blood pressure? Unfortunately, there is no cure for hypertension. The cause of hypertension is in most cases unknown. But it is often possible to lower your blood pressure by changing your life style.

For most people, more physical activity is necessary. Lack of exercise is one of the main suspected causes of hypertension. Note that exercise will cause your blood pressure to rise for a short time. However, once you stop the activity, it soon returns back to normal levels. The quicker it does this, the fitter you are.

Most people suffering from hypertension should be able to increase their physical activity level safely. However, if your blood pressure is really high, it may have to be lowered with medication before you start exercising. Always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

You should focus on aerobic exercises, which are good for your heart and blood vessels. Walking, jogging and swimming are suitable activities. At least in the beginning, you should avoid isometric exercises, such as heavy weight lifting. These activities will put an extra strain on heart and blood vessels.

Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes three to five times a week. It is much better to exercise often than trying to make one or two big sessions every week. The key to success is persistence, you need to incorporate the exercises into your daily life. In order to increase your chances of success, you should focus on activities you enjoy. If it feels like a punishment, you will most likely give up quickly.

The best but also the toughest way is to exercise first thing in the morning. Make sure that you get up early so that you can go for a walk before breakfast. Even better is jogging, as long as you are fit enough to handle it. A more comfortable solution is to use an exercise bike at home. Treadmills and cross trainer machines are better but also more expensive.

If you have the opportunity, go for a walk during lunch time. Even better would be to go to a gym for some light to medium exercises. Make sure that you also get your mind off work at the same time.

In the evening, you should try to squeeze in activities you enjoy. It can be tennis twice a week together with swimming twice a week plus a long walk during the weekend.

Physical activity will help to lower your blood pressure but it's unlikely to be enough on its own. If hypertension is a problem for you, combine exercises with other changes to get better results. Healthier diet and stress reduction are two of most important changes you should consider.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    does exercise raise or lower your blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. Under normal cirucmstances exercise will lower blood sugar immediately. And being in good physical shape helps your body regulate your blood sugar overall

      But if you are spilling ketones than exercise will actually raise your blood sugar level, and is very dangerous. Ketones are usually checked after your blood sugar level has reached 240, and is usually checked by a litmus strip in your urine. Or less often a blood ketone meter is used.

  2. QUESTION:
    If you exercise, and your blood sugar goes down, would nerve damage go away?
    I am at high risk of diabetes. But, in my feet It feels numb and it feels like a million needles stingy me at once. This Happens everyday about 7-10 times a day! Does this mean i have to get it ampitated. And if I exercise and lower my sugar level can this pain go away. Do the have medication for this? HELP!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to know for sure is to get a simple, easy to take blood test. You can ask questions like this all day and you still won't know. Just go get your blood tested.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does biting your nails cause gum disease and diabetes?
    I tend to bite my nails without noticing and I read nails carry germs that can cause gum disease and gum disease causes diabetes ....I've been having low blood sugar symptoms ever since I started biting my nails . I wanna know if there's a link between nail biting and low blood sugar symptoms after exercise

    • ANSWER:
      Youre having a low blood sugar because you're not eating enough carbs pre-workout

  4. QUESTION:
    Does your blood sugar go up or down when you're sick?
    I was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes that my doctor said most likely will become either type 1 or 2 later on, but for now all they see is that my blood sugar is weird. Anyways, I've been managing my blood sugar by eating carefully and exercising. It's been kind of hard figuring out when to eat and how much, and what works, and all that, but I've been getting the hang of it. The thing is that just a couple days ago I got this super bad cold and now I'm like always feeling weird. I use to be able to tell when my blood sugar was too low when I got dizzy or shaky or anything, and then after I had some juice I felt better. I felt like that the last couple days and drinking juice just made it worse though. But I don't really have the symptoms I had when it was too high... so is it just the cold making me feel like this? How am I suppose to know when it's my blood sugar and when I'm just actually sick?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. When I get a cold my blood sugar shoots through the roof. It's the worst feeling ever, and I'm pretty sure it makes having a cold 100x worse. Haha.

      Anyway, if you know you're sick, check your blood sugar more often to keep track of where it's at. If you know you're not sick and you start feeling ill, check your blood sugar. Here's how I differentiate:

      When I'm not sick but my blood sugar is high, I start to get a headache. I get really tired and my stomach starts to hurt. My muscles start to ache and I get extremely thirsty. (Check your blood sugar when you feel this way)

      If you start to feel a sore throat, cough, chills or fever, you know you're becoming sick. Just make sure to monitor your blood sugar. :)

  5. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar balance from exercise?
    Hello Friends,
    I really needed your help. I been exercising for 3 days now I have a very weird experience. If you are a professional fitness or exercise trainer or have a certificate please help me out. You see I just started excercising. 1st day I did weight lift for 45 minute and I drink low sugar high carbohydrate drink then later protein shake. I feel great. Then 1 hour went by ate rice and good protein meat. Then the next hour I feel irititaed, sad, depressed.

    Then the second day I did weight lift for 20 minute of cardio and I drink low sugar high carbohydrate drink 30 minute protein shake. I feel great. Then 1 hour went by ate rice and good protein meat. Then the next hour I feel irititaed, sad, depressed, again.

    o.k. now the third day is different and weird. weight lift for 45 minute and I drink low sugar high carbohydrate drink. I feel great like always. Then 1 hour went by ate rice and good protein meat. Then hour passed by I feel great and I don't feel iritated depressed sad any more like the last 2 days? I feel like a true fitness fanatic!? I don't have the best diet but I feel great! But my question is why the first 2 days I feel like trash after workout? then the next 3rd day i feel so great? could it be something got to do with blood sugar, or anything else i don't know? other people feel great already the first day exercise but i don't. it takes me until 3 days to feel the effect of exercise? can somebody solve the mystery? Special thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't know for sure as we are all different, so I'd ask myself what was in my diet the days leading up to your 3 day experience. The nutritiontime frame and foods sound great for your new workout regiment. I suspect it was simply related to the way of fueling the body and you had to get your old diet out of your system. In short, yes it does take a few days to lose side affects of a better diet without so much processed food, saturated fats, etc. I've not heard folks feeling irititaed, sad, depressed from workouts.

      Do consider talking to a Nutrition expect at your gym. Most gyms have them. Do consider checking your blood pressure soon after weight training. Weight training can result in higher blood pressure. You will want to know what's normal for you. The gym or drugstore will have free access to a blood pressure machine. Keep up the good work!

  6. QUESTION:
    How high does your blood sugar need to be to get symptoms?
    I was recently diagnosed with pre diabetes because I went to the doctor having all the main symptoms of diabetes. I had lost a lot of weight in just a short amount of time without trying. I was hungry all the time, but my stomach hurt. I was SO thirsty and I had to pee pretty much every 20 minutes. My doctor did the fasting glucose test and the A1C and said that my levels were close, but not quite diabetic yet. She also said that since my dad is diabetic and he has a meter that I should test periodically and if I start seeing numbers consistantly over 120 that I need to be retested. The reason I'm asking about symptoms is because someone I was talking to told me that unless your blood sugar is like 400 or higher you won't have any of the symptoms I had. I haven't tested very much, but I have a few times when I started to get the familiar symptoms and my blood sugar was pretty much always over 120. 2 of the times it was 150 5 hours after eating, but the next morning I checked and it had gone back down. So I was wondering if this friend was right or not? Does you blood sugar have to be REALLY high to have symptoms or does even just a little over 120 give some people them? Also, because it's been high so often I find that I feel sicker when it drops back down again, even though I know it needs to be lower. Is there any way to fix that? I already eat really healthy, and I've cut out basically all sweets except on rare special occasions (like Christmas! Haha) Even when I do have them though it's just in small portions. I'm an average weight, and I've started exercising more so that my body would need the carbs and sugar instead of having too much. Is there something else I need to be doing along with that? Does the fact that I'm doing everything my doctor said and still getting the high numbers mean that I'm going to get diabetes anyways? Please help! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Mainly, high glucose levels cause Inflammation in the vessels of the body, which damages the lining of those vessels. High levels of 120 + and over in a consistent manner will damage your body. This makes it easier for plaques to form which can block off the vessel. This affects the following:

      Blocked off vessels in the eyes, causing blindness
      Blocked off vessels in the kidneys, causing renal failure
      Blocked off vessels in the heart, leading to heart attack
      Blocked off vessels in the brain, leading to stroke
      Blocked off vessels in the feet, leading to nerve damage and possible amputation
      Kidney Damage

      Kidney damage can also be caused by large molecules of glucose being forced through the tiny "filter" holes in the kidney. This can create bigger holes that causes protein and other important substances to be lost which should be reabsorbed.

      Poor Circulation

      When blood sugars are high, the blood can become thicker and slower, which causes poor circulation to areas furthest from the heart, especially the feet, which can cause poor wound healing. If wounds become so infected that they cannot be treated, amputation may be necessary.

      As you can see, keeping blood sugars in the best control possible will help prevent the vast majority of complications related to diabetes. Be sure to:

      See your doctor regularly
      Take your medications and test your blood sugars as directed
      Watch the carbohydrate servings in your diet
      Exercise as often as possible
      These things will help keep your blood sugars in control and keep you healthy.

      Hope this helps.

  7. QUESTION:
    Overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, shakes and fuzzy head, TTC soon - any ideas?
    Hello there all,

    Well a couple of days ago I got some blood results back from a series of tests I had done after feeling run down a lot lately (and cause I had a spider bite too).

    I got a series of results back, a few funny ones like low vitamin D (not enough sun lol), but the two results I got back that worries me is that I have an overactive thyroid and low blood sugar.

    My low blood sugar was 2.4 when it was meant to be 4-7, and not sure what my thyroid hormones read as but she said both needed to be rechecked and if still the same then I must go onto medication and "get this sorted before you get pregnant again." (regarding the overactive thyroid)

    Why the medication? How could this affect another pregnancy? (Want to TTC number 2 in 3 months)

    And if I eat and exercise well (I have enough sugar - doctor even thinks so) do you have any idea why these results may be like this?

    She said that I can get shakey with this and a few other symptoms I lost track of (so much we talked about with the spider bite too) and that if I think my symptoms are getting worse, to come in earlier and get the blood tests earlier (she wanted the tests done in another couple of weeks or so).

    So I'm feeling kinda fuzzy in the head, like I can't concentrate properly, with the shakes and carsick feeling and this has been going on for a couple of days, and it has been worse after doing housework for example, or hopping on my exercise bike. Is this something to worry about? Are these symptoms to worry about and go earlier? Or normal considering my results?

    Thanks for your opinions and sorry this was such a long thingy to read, I'll also post this in a few areas to see what answers I can get!

    Also my period is all over the place, I have had itchy ankles for a few months too. X

    • ANSWER:
      Hi hun,

      Aww I never knew any of this I feel so bad :-(

      I've been reading up on Hyperthyroidism, and there are treatments available for it during pregnancy, however they will put you on a low dose as this could make your baby's thyroid under active. Your baby would have a thyroid test at birth, and they are usually just fine - the biggest concern is premature labour and a smaller baby, however - You will be under a consultant (In fact you will be anyway as you had a C-section with Keeley. So it just means a few extra appointments really.

      I am Hypoglycemic - my blood sugar drops fairly low, I can't go for very long with out food, as I get dizzy, shakey, and feel very faint. I've had it many a times at work, and have to stop everything, sit down and ask for an apple or some orange juice.

      I don't know anything about spider bites, and if this could have had an effect, but I do know the shakes are from low blood sugar, it's an awful feeling isn't it.
      The fuzzy feeling in your head COULD be due to worrying, any normal person is going to worry when their blood test results aren't quite what they are supposed to be - I know because, I'm currently having blood tests as I am jaundiced, and I am petrified!!

      Please don't be too alarmed though hun, remember, if it were at a dangerous level, you would be sent to hospital, or would have much more urgent treatment. This is very common, and the Doctors will sort this out for you ok. If you feel your symptoms are getting worse, then do go back sooner. Just try not to worry you will be fine, and good luck with the TTC :D Ooh we may be pregnant together again :) xxx

  8. QUESTION:
    when your blood sugar is low, do you have to work a bit harder intially to bring it back to normal?
    let's say you haven't eaten anything for a while and your blood sugar drops so you can physcially feel it bringing about mental fatigue..to bring it back would you have to eat an extra amount initially over a short period to overcompensate? So, you could get your engine running again? if you know what I mean.

    for example, when you do any aerobic exercise and you are aiming to take your pulse rate to a higher level you have to work harder initially (for say, at least 5 minutes) for your body to get used to it, then it settles into the new level, then it becomes much easier to maintain. Is it the same with blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Eating anything will send your blood sugar back up as soon as begins to be processed in the stomach. It's a pretty quick process.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you stay commited to eating healthy/exercising?
    Also, does exercising help lower your blood sugar level when it's too high, (saying you horked down lots of candy bars, cookies, chips, pop, hohos).

    It is HARD to do!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Staying committed is by not giving up when you crash and have that candy bar, chips, etc. Don't eliminate too much because then your body craves it. Everything is good in moderation. Exercising won't lower your blood sugar, it will just make you burn calories faster.

  10. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had elevated Blood Sugar level for the first Glucose test but then ended up not having .....?
    Gestational Diabetes??? Please only answer this if you have had experience with this. I don't want to hear that I need to see a Dr. BECAUSE I already have, I am just a little anxious about what I am going to find out on Monday. SO I would love to hear your stories...as long as they aren't going to freak me out too much!! LOL

    I have already taken an early OSS(glucose tolerance test) last WED> and my Glucose was elevated. So I have to take the full 3 hour test on Monday. I do have a family history of Diabetes Type 1 and Type2.. and I have had Low blood sugar in the past but now it is High.
    I realize that Most women can control their GD with diet and exercise...but My Aunt had it and we almost lost her and the baby... So I am just a little scared.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences...
    THANKS LADIES!!! I already feel much better.
    Yeah For the first test I didn't eat anything after Midnight the night before..and I didn't eat or drink anything before I drank the Glucola, even though they said I could . And it was still elevated. They didn't tell me what it actually was, just that it was elelvated.
    But you all have made me feel tons better... just knowing there are so many of you that ended up NOT having Gestational D. Anyway, again THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you're pretty nervous about this! I can only speak from personal experience, but I hope this helps. My one hour test was elevated, so I went back for the three hour test. I was very close to meeting the criteria for gestational diabetes, but luckily, my levels were considered in the normal range by a point or two. Still, my doctor recommended I keep an eye on my diet, which I tried to do. The worst part of the whole experience was the waiting around for three hours and being hungry when it was done. I'm not sure how it will be for you, but I did not get my results the same day. I don't remember how long it took.

      I was lucky. And in the end, I was rewarded with a beautiful baby boy! I hope your three hour test goes well. And if you do have GD, I have hope that you'll be able to manage it well. Good luck to you! Take a deep breath and try not to worry.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does exercise (arobic? correct me if there is a better way) IMMEDIATELY lower cholesterol/tryglyceride levels?
    If one measures their amounts circulating in the blood of these 2 things, are they after exercise liable to be somehow "used up" for energy and thus will levels in circulating blood be immediately lowered until more food is eaten later? (If you know why, then how, as well, please... I mean, is cholesterol even used as an energy source or used in exercise for some purpose? And will tryglycerides be used or just blood sugar and protiens [mostly] to the point that the drop in tryglyceride levels are so marginal that it wouldn't show up on a test. Basically, when arobics are done until exhaustion, is your body 'flushed out' as it were of these 2 things?) Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      anytype of exercise and the right diet can help lower this.

  12. QUESTION:
    Diabetics, what have you learned that helps you keep you blood sugar level?
    I know what I did is crazy but now I am starting over again & would like to know what others have done. I went off my meds in Dec. I have had all kinds of problems & it is complicated. I was on glimerperide ( something like that) & metformin. When I would go to the Dr. thinks looked good I was averaging about 117 last time I went. Which was great for me. I was still not on a perfect diet. I have had a hard time every year in Dec. which was the month my son passed away & other dates that just get me depressed. I am going for therapy about this. Ok, now I am getting back on metformin & just had dinner & felt I was low but tested in at about 408. I did not like that the aveage I had when I was taking better care of myself was based on numbers that went up & down. I hated having low blood sugar. So is it possible to get more balanced. What is your day like if you don't mind giving an example of an average day. I would appreciate any details you can share. Your schedule, supplements. drinking water, exercise, anything. Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      All I have done to bring mine down from 1400 in March 09 to 107 today, was, stopped sugar, switched to whole grain bread, brown or wild rice, and did major portion control. I measured and weighed everything. I went by the diet my doc and nutritionist gave me. Soda's also went. I added fresh fruits for fiber. Also any processed foods went as well. As far as what I do during the day. I play on the computer mostly. I have COPD and I am in the end stage, so exercising is not really a choice I have. I do try to do some exercises, but it isn't many. I was having a problem with stress (my son has been deployed to Iraq) and I went and talked my the doc about it, and since stress can raise BG he gave me zanax to keep me calm. I also check my BG 4 times a day as instructed, and I am no longer taking any meds, no insulin, no glyburide, and no metformin. I maintain my BG by checking as instructed and adjusting my food for the day if necessary, but that has only been on two occassions, and both times, it was my fault, for eating a extra serving. I also went to a site called, fitday.com, and use that site to track all my food intake. That site allows me to know how many carbs I am at for the day, the number of calories, the fat, and all nutrition information. I couldn't of have done or stuck to my diet without using them. I also use a site called; dlife.com for recipes as all their recipes have the nutritional values given as well. Hope some of this helps you. Good luck.

      PS. I have also lost 17 pounds since March 23rd as of today, and that is just by diet alone. I still have to lose some more, but I will get to my goal.

  13. QUESTION:
    how do you exercise efficiently while on low carb?
    From monday i am starting phase 1 of the south beach diet, which limits carbs pretty strictly. i tried this diet before and it was working amazingly well for the 5 days that i stuck to it, but i went to the gym and worked out for 45 minutes, got home and felt totally dizzy and sick due to low blood sugar. to counter this, i ate any chocolate i could get my hands on which ruined the diet. how do you exercise efficiently and stop your blood sugar dropping while low carbing? are salads enough? I am female, 5'9 and 135 pounds, 19 years old, if this is relevant.

    • ANSWER:
      carbs are usally engery and we you excersize, you use those carbs. but if your body doesnt have enough carbs, it uses body fat[low carb diet]. but if you get off the low carb diet and go to regular/high, theres a high chance you'll gain that weigh back fast. plus eatting chocolate has a lot of empty calories.eat a fruit or vegetable instead.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for me to talk to her doctor, I'm concerned?
    I know that the first thing you're going to tell me is "It's none of your business, and it's none of his," but I feel that I'm the only one that's going to do something about it, because's dad wont even do anything about it, and everyone else is scared of hurting my mother's feelings, but things have to be done. I am her daughter, I just want her to get taken care of before this eating disorder takes care of her. I already think it might be kind of late, and I'm just a nurse aide with very little psychological experience.

    Yes, I am very sure that she has an eating disorder, she is presenting to me all of the psychological and physical symptoms (such as losing too much weight too fast, very restrictive diet, excessive exercise, low blood pressure, low sugar, cold, tired, etc), and I've researched eating disorders for months. I've tried to talk to her about it, and she would tell me not to worry, she's just trying to lose extra weight, and would act like she doesn't want to talk about it. She has went through some problems with dad lately, and has complained about being lonely, and has been isolating herself. I talk to her, and I go home a few times a week to visit. She also acts like she wants to be in her twenties again, and lives by this now: live life to the fullest (what she says). She has presented symptoms of dysthymia and borderline personality disorder. She has been taking risks that she would have never taken before, and could cause her some trouble. She has also slipped back into drinking alcohol a few times (she is an alcoholic in recovery). She's 50 years old.

    The problem is, I think her doctor should know what's going on, I didn't write the entire story here, because there's too many symptoms and feelings she is exhibiting. Dad doesn't even go to the doctor with her, and the doctor only sees her for a few minutes, and does know about her weight loss, but hasn't done anything yet, because she's still 20 pounds over the borderline low weight.

    Should I have a talk with her doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Amber:

      I'm sorry to hear about what is going on with your mom but am glad that you are concerned enough to attempt to do something about it. It amazes me that I am also 50, have borderline anorexia, am a recovering alcoholic and have severe depression (not borderline personality disorder). I'd be almost the perfect person to get on the phone with her!

      Talking with your mom's doctor isn't really available to you because of hipa and privacy laws. You could mention it and hope for the best but I doubt that would get you very far. Anemia isn't just about losing weight, it is also or can be a "control" issue. When someone's life is out of control, the only thing they can do is control their intake if food (what was my case but I've resolved my issues with help).

      Have you discussed this with other family members? What about sitting down with her and showing "concern" but not anger. Not, "Mom, you HAVE to do something about this!!!!" Simply ask her if she would consider calling a few people. There are places in the phone book, hospitals or if she is willing, I'd even get on the phone. Not sure what I can do but I'm willing to give it a shot!

      All the best!

      Momma Kat (MommaKatCanDo@yuahoo.com or katleo1961@yahoo.com

  15. QUESTION:
    I'm new to this diabetes stuff ,I'm a 40yr male not yet a confirmed diabetic ,My blood sugar is 190?
    Im 40 years old and overweight I'm 6'5in and around 330 and yes I know I need to lose weight , I have developed some bad habits over years drinking a lot of sodas ex 6 to 7 A day , and fast foods etc.
    My mom is a type 2 diabetic and my dads non diabetic , but who's aunts and uncle have developed diabetes later in life . About 3 months ago I noticed I would get light headed after eating a meal , kinda felt like I wanted to pass-out . Then about 2 weeks ago I went to my PCP and told him my blood BP was a little high , so he went over my blood work from a yr ago and showed me my blood sugar was at 99 and 246 LD cholesterol and then I took another blood work up 1 week ago and my blood was at 93 after fasting and cholesterol was still the same 236 . I've been and then I checked my blood yesterday after fasting it was 107 at work and then today it was 129 and five minutes later it was 139.
    I went to Mc Donald's 2 days ago and got "2 Sweet Teas and 2 apple pies" and felt really bad like passing out . got home 2 hrs later and checked my sugar is was 81. then my wife and I went to a bar and had three beers a piece and I really felt bad again ,I just had my 2 hr glucose test and my H1C test Im sure that's not the correct name , but its the test where you see if your a diabetic , earlier
    today and will be without results for 3 days in the meantime I have cut back on the soda's and sweets and my blood sugar tonight after eating a 4 tsp of peanut butter earlier today after checking my blood sugar after fasting for the two blood test this morning was 70 and then I ate around 5 pm today a super of 1 pan fried chicken breast and green beans and a small serving of broccoli and cheese and rice and water , I started feeling dizzy after wards this evening so I took a 2 small suckers to try to make my sugars raise a little at 8:30 PM and checked my blood at 10:15 PM and it was 190. Question is Its High , how can I get it lower and , my doctor PCP thinks my blood sugar is "Crashing" and then coming back up possibly , but he wanted to run these two test , that I took today to confirm if indeed , I am diabetic or Hypo Gyclsemic ? or pre diabetic , it seems like my blood sugar is all over the place? Any suggestions ? What can I do right now to lower my blood sugar down? Maybe eat some thing ? I don't know? and my cardiologist wants to do a stress test in 2 weeks to make how my heart is and doesn't want me exercising until then so I wont have a stroke or a heart attack in the mean time !!! Any tips or advise would be much appreciated
    I forgot to mention the doctor told me my Vitamin D was very low on the blood test result from last weak so he told me to get some Vitamin D 5000 IU and take 1 a day and , because I have been have heart palputations prescribed "Bystolic 5 mg to take one a day and also because my energy is real low he prescibed a steriod pack Its "Prednisone 20 MG" to take for a 12 day period, Just thought I would add that to the "Evil Orange Persons " suggestion . Trying to get a handle on this stuff , old habits are so hard to try to break , I wook up this morning and my blood sugar was 111 . And for breakfast I has 2 pieces of wheat toast with some "Cinammin" sprinkled on it , I was surfing the web and the "mayo" clinic had an article that said if you sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp a day is shown to control the blood sugar from going high or low , but its was a study done over 30 days , so I'm gonna try that !
    I went for lunch and started with the portioning suggesetion and my took my family to a BBQ place
    I forgot to mention the doctor told me my Vitamin D was very low on the blood test result from last weak so he told me to get some Vitamin D 5000 IU and take 1 a day and , because I have been have heart palputations prescribed "Bystolic 5 mg to take one a day and also because my energy is real low he prescibed a steriod pack Its "Prednisone 20 MG" to take for a 12 day period, Just thought I would add that to the "Evil Orange Persons " suggestion . Trying to get a handle on this stuff , old habits are so hard to try to break , I wook up this morning and my blood sugar was 111 . And for breakfast I has 2 pieces of wheat toast with some "Cinammin" sprinkled on it , I was surfing the web and the "mayo" clinic had an article that said if you sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 Tsp a day is shown to control the blood sugar from going high or low , but its was a study done over 30 days , so I'm gonna try that !
    I went for lunch and started with the portioning suggesetion and my took my family to a BBQ place

    • ANSWER:
      It's never normal for a non-diabetic to be 190 mg/dL, unless that non-diabetic is very ill or on a medication, like corticosteroids, known for raising blood sugar. And even then it'd be high. Crashing shouldn't be causing you to have high blood sugar that high. Rather, I think the high blood sugar is causing you to crash. Your pancreas is kicking into gear to bring down your high blood sugar, but the effect is very delayed and quite pronounced, and results in a rapid drop that leaves you feeling weak ad sick.

      81 mg/dL and 70 mg/dL are normal blood sugar, so if either one makes you want to pass out, then that makes me worried. I'm thinking that you normally run much higher, and so 81 mg/dL makes you feel hypoglycemic despite not being so, or that you're so high after meals that the crash to normal blood sugar levels causes you to feel hypoglycemic. Neither one is good.

      In a non-diabetic, the pancreas works to tightly control blood sugar. After eating, the pancreas senses rising glucose and releases insulin to keep blood sugar in a very tight range - never over 140 mg/dL and usually much lower. In a Type 2 diabetic, this response is impaired, sometimes severely. Because you can still drop below 100 mg/dL after eating despite your high spikes, that tells me that you still have a functioning phase 1 insulin response, but it's abnormal, which is why your blood sugar is going so high and then falling 50-100+ points within a couple hours.

  16. QUESTION:
    Weird fainting / dizziness / shortness of breathe incident today... Please help with your input!
    This is gonna be a long one, but I could really use any help you may be able to give me! Let me start by giving a little background info before I get into what happened. I'm a female, 21 years old. I'm currently on the Medifast diet, I weigh 240 and have lost 36 pounds while on this diet. Exercise really isn't part of the initial stage of this diet, because I only consume about 800 calories a day while on this program. So they say that only mild exercise should be done (walking for about 15 minutes a day)... well yesterday I played hardcore tennis for an hour..and was extremely tired and exhausted. And today I decided to get on the treadmill. I had some cramps and felt extremely exhausted before I started but figured it was from my period and I should stop being a lazy bum, and I got on. I did some jogging for 20 minutes, I did some sprinting and incline, and then did the bike for 5 and then did 200 crunches, all on an empty stomach..with no food or water. I was extremely tired afterwards and could barely move... I went to the kitchen to get water because I felt HORRIBLE and immediately knew something was wrong. I knew i was about to faint so I sat down and then i started having extreme pains in my abdomen..something like menstrual cramps but 1000x worse. I became dizzy, and was going to faint numerous times but kept my self alert enough to not pass out... i was having extreme shortness of breathe. I couldn't talk or move. I fell in the hallway... The pain I was feeling was by far THE WORST pain I have ever felt in my life. My face and lips were EXTREMELY WHITE. I started having cold sweat and chills and sweating all at the same time. After calling 911, my mom poured ice water on me and gave me sugar-water and orange juice because she thought my blood sugar level was low (since i cant have any sugar on the medifast diet). The pains would stop for about 20 seconds and then start again... in 20 second intervals. when they would start it would trigger the dizziness, shortness of breathe, sweating, chills, and fainting symptons all over again. I basically got naked and slept in the den with the fan on high for 40 minutes. After about 3 cups of water..2 cups of sugar-water and some dates, bread and a cookie... the color came back in my face and my cramps became less severe. I have NEVER experienced anything like that before... I thought I was having a heart attack.. or an asthma attack... which I wouldn't really know how either feels cause I've never had either.. It was by far the scariest experience I've had. Does anyone have ANY idea what that was all about?? Anything would help as I've been searching online and have found nothing with all those symptoms. Maybe it was too much exercise on my low-calorie diet.. maybe it was low blood pressure and glucose levels and with my menstrual cycle on top of that, it made my body go crazy... I really don't know. Please give me any ideas you may have.

    Sincerely,
    Worried from Cali
    Stacie..ya i threw up..but because I had not eaten anything prior to working out it was only water. And ya I had weird diarrhea the nite before and during the incident! All day today i was worried it would happen again... so i held off on working out. I totally feel what you're going through..especially if this is a reoccuring thing for you! It was THE worst feeling. Has your doctor told you what could trigger it? or what makes it worse or better? I thought it was an asthma attack because I just couldnt breathe or move and i was turning white/blue..but i don't know where the stomach cramps and diarrhea and vomiting come into play...

    • ANSWER:
      yes I had a problem about 10 years ago a was only eating about 300 calories a day and sometimes I would skip a day altogether I started at 330lbs lost 150 lbs in
      6 months and passed out many times even brock my thumb will never do it again now I weighed 195 6feet tall and no dieting just watch what I eat I was down to 150 when I was doing it wrong I looked sickly!!!!! never had the pain though?

  17. QUESTION:
    I'm doing all the right things (eating right, exercising) and my A1C was 10 after going on lower meds.?
    I've lost about 30 pounds with 100 more to go. But I feel depressed. I've changed my eating habits. My question is this: is this a reflection on me and the control I have over diabetes if my A1C went up after the doctor changed and lowered my meds? I was having lots of low-blood sugar incidents, so my doctor took me off sulfoneureas (sp?). With just the glucose control, my A1C shot back up. Is this a sign of poor control or just that my body needs certain drugs to work right?

    I am continuing to lose weight and I am continuing to exercise. I'm also continuing to eat right. Everything else -- cholesterol, kidneys, eyesight, nerves -- are all okay. Is it possible for me, a 38 year old woman weighing 330, to lose the weight and get off medication? That's my goal. How realistic is this?

    How many people out there are afraid to check your sugars because you fear the reading on the meter? That bothers me too. When I check it and the numbers are high, I feel like a failure.

    • ANSWER:
      You are doing great with the weight loss! Congratulations for losing 30 pounds! I'm not sure about the diabetes stuff, but I know it gets better when you lose weight and get in control of what you eat, but I'm not sure if it ever can be completely diminished. Are you taking a multi vitamin? it will aid in losing weight by getting you all the nutrients you need. Good luck and again, congrats, you will get the rest off :)

  18. QUESTION:
    How could I look good for graduation?
    My graduation is on May 28th and I want to look good. I am 5'5" and 211. My weight is an issue. I need some advice with losing weight. I have 5 months to do it so I have plenty of time. I do exercise, don't get me wrong, but it is just not helping. Anything with losing the belly, tightening the butt and thighs would be great. Also, if your going to tell me the diet route, I have hypoglycemia, meaning I have low blood sugar (The opposite of diabetes). Got any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      *Well first of all of course you probably pick out your graduation clothes and hat already... That's great if you did. Anyway, as always very important start watching food that is high in fat from that time on. Start eating 5 to 6 small meals a day.

      *Remember to drink lots of water. Get outside or inside if you want on the exercise bike. Or you can do outdoor running. Whatever form of aerobic that your doing make it intense 15 minute non-stop...

      *All you need is 3 days of intense aerobic session a week. Believe me it really works! You can add the other 3 days toning and shaping up with weight for 30 minute no more than that. If you follow the simple step exactly I see their is no reason that you don't lose weight and start looking good for the upcoming graduation. xD

  19. QUESTION:
    Why does it feel as if I am dying?
    After I exercise for about an hour my body goes through some dreadful moments of fatigue and low blood sugar. It has gotten so bad that I am actually terrified to exercise.

    I eat a little something before I exercise then I eat a little something afterwards; however, within a half an hour my blood sugar drops very quickly to the point where I feel sick to my stomach. Then once that feeling starts my entire body goes into a vicious cycle like it is fighting to stay alive.

    I know this may sound strange but there must be something I am doing wrong – please share your thoughts.
    Just a quick note to add that I am NOT on a diet.

    • ANSWER:
      You should probably see a doctor. Sounds like it could be diabetes or hypo-glycemia.

  20. QUESTION:
    Diabetic mother who does not take care of herself?
    So here is the story. She just turned 57. She was diagnosed when she was 30. For as long as I can remember she has never taken good care of herself. No diet, exercise and very poor hygiene. She is insulin dependent and takes thyroid meds. She has sores all over her shins. Is extremely overweight. She lost her job over 2 years ago and had to move in with us in Feb of this year. Since she has moved in I have noticed she has been having a lot of low blood sugar episodes at night. She laughs it off like its no big deal. There have been several times in the past that we have had to call 911 because she is having a high or low. She says she has been living this way with diabetes for this long and is fine. She doesn't go to the regularly. Im just wondering if anyone knows of an average life span of an overweight, unhealthy diabetic? And clearly has no interest in becoming healthy. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      she is overweight, insulin dependent and DEPRESSED. she doesn't care about her health and it could be related to her loss of job. see if you can get her to go to the doctor or if the next time you have to call 911 make sure the hospital knows, which is apparently obvious, that she is not caring for herself BUT that she may be depressed. she will not live long if she is uncontrolled, has ulcers on her shins that will not heal well because of the diabetes, and has no interest in getting better. i feel for you, it is difficult to care for someone you love who does not love themselves. good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar levels?
    I went to the doctor and had some blood work done and my Blood sugar level was 110. And i didn't have anything to eat. I was very stressed out i don't know if that makes a difference. What are things i can do to lower it?? I know i should start to exercise cause i don't at all. And cut out soda. I can drink a 2ltr a day. some days more. Im nervous cause diabetes runs in my family big time. Is there anything else i should do? Is there any type of vitamins that are good for your sugar level?

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder just how serious you are . You seem to know that exercise will help ! But then talk about 2 liters of soda, well knowing diabetes runs in the family. Hey, I not being mean to you. It's just I worry that you are on a road of pain and suffering. This is very serious. And a reading of 110 is "diabetes knockin' on your door."
      At the least you are pre-diabetic. SO , start acting as if you are diabetic. Here is a head start to your lifetime of dealing with high glucose levels.

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels.
      Here are the 4 keys:
      1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
      3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

      Don't forget the exercise. It's one of the most important keys to success.
      I am a full blown diabetic. For years I could not control my sugar levels. Hey, I am old , but finally got a computer and gained much Knowledge.
      Now my Fasting level is 96 and my HBA1C is 5.2. And starting to ween off some of the meds.

      Mandie , start today. So you can slow the progression of this terrible disease.

      Good luck to you

      Tin

  22. QUESTION:
    I SWEAT ALOT!!! (help me, this is serious)?
    hey everyone i asked the question why do i sweat alot under my arms and starting to on my back before.. and i got this reply from a lady.

    ''You have excessive sweating.

    Causes include
    Alcohol
    Caffeine
    Cancer
    Certain medicines, including thyroid hormone, morphine, drugs to reduce fevers, and medicines to treat mental disorders
    Emotional or stressful situations (anxiety)
    Exercise
    Fever
    Infection
    Low blood sugar
    Menopause
    Overactive thyroid gland
    Spicy foods (known as "gustatory sweating")
    Warm temperatures
    Withdrawal from alcohol or narcotic pain killers

    You should see your doctor about this as it can become a serious matter.''

    But the thing is i only drink alchohol once a month not even that, i dont drink cofee so theere is no caffene in my diet, i'm pretty sure i dont have cancer lol, i do have a mental disorder called anxiety and i take a tablet each morning for that but i had sweating even before i started taking tablets but i had anxiety before the sweating came, it not excersis because when im just sitting down the patches would come but when i excersise it becomes even bigger, i'm not sick at all like no fever of infection, i donno what these three mean
    ''Low blood sugar
    Menopause
    Overactive thyroid gland''
    but i dont think i have them because then i would knowwhat they are, i dont eat spicy food only once in a blue moon, i am always warm temperatured though like i can never wear a jumper for to long and such but i have always had that and i only started to sweat like 6 months ago, and i havent withdrawed from alcohol or pain killers, and im skinny and pretty fit.

    SO PLEASE I STILL HAVE NO ANSWERS TO WHATS WRONG WITH ME SO I CAN GET RID OF IT, PLEASE HELP ME THIS IS RUINING MY LIFE.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, anxiety can exacerbate it.
      The term is hyperhidrosis and it is a recognised medical condition.
      Primary hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. It is usually found to start during adolescence (or before)and there appears to be a genetic tendency towards the condition.
      Primary hyperhidrosis must be distinguished from secondary hyperhidrosis, which can start at any point in life.

      I think the other post gave you the sometime causes of secondary hyperhidrosis which usually has an underlying medical condition.
      There is too much to copy and paste so look at the link and consider whether it is serious enough to speak to your doctor.

  23. QUESTION:
    My mom has a blood sugar level of 184, is it possible it can be reversed with my methods?
    I know supplements like cinnamon, Chromium, magnesium, and zinc can ultilize glucose levels, and assist insulin.

    I keep insisting that my mom takes Chromium, but no matter how many times I tell her to do this she just keeps saying, "She can just watch her diet"

    Now I know that when your blood sugar is above 125 it's pretty safe to say that you probably have diabeties but, i've heard many stories, and personally met someone who's diabeties was reversed.

    Just by taking Chromium.

    My mother is hard headed, and refuses to listen to my advice. I remember when my glucose levels were 104.

    With exercise, fiber, supplements, I had reversed it and lowers it to 90. (It was 90 because I ate before the blood test)

    So imagine it if I didn't eat? Would have been lower!

    Well any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no scientific information that any of your methods works for anything.
      You can NEVER reverse diabetes.
      Once you have it, you always have it.

      If you keep pushing your sugar level down you will soon be dead.

  24. QUESTION:
    My hands are shaking due to an exercise regime, please help?
    I have now consulted with a Doctor about my hands shaking and i'm rather dissatisfied with his response. "It could be due to stress" and he didn't bother asking any other questions about recent activities i have begun or anything of the sort so i proceeded to tell him that i have begun a workout regime (http://www.simplyshredded.com/exclusive-zyzz-interview.html) and he said being a Gym junky is just bad.

    So i have come to you, Yahoo people!

    I am not exactly following the regime as to his diet but i am following the workout!
    My diet basically consists of these meals:
    Boiled rice.
    Chicken Schnitzel.
    Chicken.
    Party pies.
    Toasted sandwhiches consisting of a variety of ingredients such as ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions.
    Stir fry beef with some vegetables.
    I do eat most vegetables!
    Wholemeal Pasta.
    Plenty of water with the occassional Golden Pash juice box.
    Mii goreng.

    And i usually only have around 3-4 meals a day.

    I also take no supplements.

    Would you guys recommend to start following the diet that is found on the website i provided or what do you recommend? also should i take these supplements and if not those supplements what should i take?

    I'm basically asking all these questions in reference to my shakey hands, will it help stop the shaking?

    I typed in google "Shaking hands due to weight lifting" and i found a yahoo answer saying it was possibly due to low blood sugar so hopefully you guys will be able to tell me if my diet is wrong e.t.c

    Thanks for your taking time out of your day to read this, hopefully you guys can help me out!
    I also forgot to add that every morning i have Weetbix and the occassional bacon and eggs and rice.

    An example of my diet of a day would be:
    Weetbix with milk, microwaved and sugar spread across it.
    for lunch i would have toasted sandwhiches with ham and cheese and butter.
    Then for dinner i might have something like tuna chunks in spring water with potato, peas, carrots and pumpkin.

    I also forgot to add that every morning i have Weetbix and the occassional bacon and eggs and rice.

    An example of my diet of a day would be:
    Weetbix with milk, microwaved and sugar spread across it.
    for lunch i would have toasted sandwhiches with ham and cheese and butter.
    Then for dinner i might have something like tuna chunks in spring water with potato, peas, carrots and pumpkin.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What other women out there can't lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?
    I have done everything doctors, nutritionists, magazines, and websites have recommended to get in shape and it is just futile. I need to lose about 30 more pounds. I have lost 14 lbs since January 1. Thats 14 lbs in 9 months. I have done low calorie diets with the healthiest foods available, drank water by the gallon, worked out 5x/week- aerobics with weights in addition to "parking far away and taking the stairs" and "taking 10,000 steps a day", eating small meals, and drinking tea. I have tried increasing calories following the advice of the "your body is in stavation mode" logic. I have had my thyroid testing including TSH, T3, and T4. I have been tested for blood sugar problems. Please is there anyone else who has followed the accepted philosphies on getting in shape and it hasn't worked (if so, did you find something that did)? Does anyone else think there is more to weight loss than what doctors spew about calories in vs calories out?

    • ANSWER:
      i too am struggling to lose weight. i go to the gym religiously and have a trainers to consult anytime i need them. i eat healthy, low sodium, low calorie, low fat, high protein foods. do i lose weight? nope. i'm not one of those women who think that they are overweight, but are really fit and don't realize it. i am truly overweight. although i remain overweight, my doc says that i am healthier by continuing this lifestyle. she continually reminds me that it took years to put on the weight and it may take years to lose it.

      i don't have any advice for you other than to keep at it. think of it this way...you've lost 14 pounds in 9 months. that's 56 pounds in 3 years! i put on my weight 5 to 10 pounds a year and it may only come off that quick...but gaining or losing, every pound counts!

  26. QUESTION:
    What do insulin pumps do during exercise?
    So I have type 1 diabetes and imnot on the pump but i would like to get one. Now, when I exercise I take carbs to get my bloodsugar up so that the exercise will lower it. this works some of the time depending on how hard my workout is. But I will be getting a pump soon and im just wondering how this works with exercise because it says you dont have to eat a bunch of carbs before your exercise because the pump will keep your blood sugar at a normal level. How can this be if now I have to eat a bunch but with the pump i wont?

    Hope this makes sense haha thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      i'm 14 and have the pink animas. AND I LOVE IT!!!!! and im sure you will love yours its alot more freedom then you had with shots. i play volleyball and i just take it off and test every 30-45 minutes and if im low i have a snack. btw i love airheads for when im low they're 14 carbs and easy to pack alot of hem because their sooooo thin!!! have fun with your pump you'll love it. Promise!

  27. QUESTION:
    HOW TO LOW YOUR SUGAR LEVELS IF YOU ARE IN HIGH RISK...?
    I WILL LIKE SHARE WITH EVERYBODY WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH SUGAR LEVELS SPECIALLY IF THEY ARE MORE HIGH THAN NORMAL.
    I FOUND OUT THAT I HAD A POSSIBLE SUGAR PROBLEM AND I WAS VERY WORRY, DIABETIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN PLAY WITH IT.
    THE DOCTOR DID A FEW TEST AND CAME OUT WIT THE CONCLUSION THAT I HAD PREDIABETIS, I HAD TO CHANCE COMPLETELY MY WAY OF LIFE, IN MY EATING HABITS, NO MORE SODA, NO MORE BREAD, NO MORE COOKIES AND CAKES, CANDIES AND CHOCOLATES. AND ALSO NO MORE WHITE RICE AND BREAD.
    I HAD TO STAR EATING ALL WHOLE WHEAT PRODUCTS AND LEARN HOW TO READ ALL THE FACT LABELS IN THE CONTAINERS AND BOXES.
    AFTER I HAD ALL THE NECESSARY TEST I HAD TO STAR ATKING MEDICINE METHADONE
    200 MLG AND GET IN A VERY SPECIAL DIET AND DO AT LEAST HALF AN HOUR EXERCISE EVERY DAY, WASN'T EASY , I STILL TRYING TO GET THE EXERCISE ROUTINE, BUT THE MEDICINE AND THE EATING WHERE MORE EASY TO HANDLE IN DAILY BASICS
    I WAS DRINKING WATER WITH THE LIGHT SUGAR LEMONADE AND EVEN THE LABEL SAID SUGAR FREE AND LOW SUGAR, MY READING WHERE STILL TOO HIGH.
    I WAS EATING PROPERLY AND TRYING TO AVOID SODA, BREAD, CANDIES AND POTATO , RICE BUT THE NUMBER WERE NOT COMING DOWN , UNTIL ONE DAY I DECIDE TO DROP THE LIQUIDS AND STAR DRINKING PLAIN WATER WITH LEMONS AND SWEET AND LOW
    I CUT THE LEMONS AND BLEND THEM COMPLETELY ADDING THE BOTTLE OF WATER AND THE SWEET AND LOW SUGAR, MIX THEM TOGETHER AND THE RESULTS WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING MY SUGAR LEVELS DROP FROM 140 AND 138 TO 118 AND 110.
    I REALLY WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERYBODY
    I DRINK AT LEAST 3 BOTTLES OF LEMONADE A DAY AND MY BLOOD NUMBERS ARE DRPING DOWN EVERYDAY BETTER AND BETTER.
    IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LEMONADE WRITE ME BACK
    RAFAEL E BERNAL
    MY E MAIL IS rafaelbernaljr@hotmail.com
    I AM IN MIAMI FLORIDA I M IN MY LATE'S 40 INACTIVE PHYSICALLY AND LATIN DESCENDING HIGH RISK
    YES THE MEDICATION I A taking is 250 mlg of Metformin NO Methadone I made a mistake...

    • ANSWER:
      How come you're taking Methadone? Have you had a drug 'problem', or do you really mean Metformin?

  28. QUESTION:
    Could I have Ketosis ? Seeking advice please?
    I went from a binge eater to eating very little.

    I had a high sugar, high carb diet extending the normal daily intake by a long shot. In the process as it usually occurs with people who eat a lot, I did manage to get all the nutrients I needed.

    Thanks to some experience I have had, for whatever reason I started one day going to the gym twice a day and eating less than 500 calories a day. The diet consists of ALL and ANY vegetables and fruit + tuna. nothing else (black coffee in the morning but I use Splenda).

    I have already had a hypoglycemic attack that was brought on with low blood sugar levels due to high exercise and lack of sugar in my diet. I have refrained from such extreme measures, but every meal my goal is to bring any new amino acids, vitamins and minerals in my diet.

    However. Having gone from very high carb --> only natural carbs found in plants, I am worried that my body is going through ketosis.

    I have already been feeling sea-sick, I cant eat too much, in the first few days for whatever reason I couldn't hold down food, and I feel some *activity* in my brain if u know what I mean. A pressure, something going on (much like we feel in the stomach after eating).

    I am wondering if i can just sustain this. Because I really do need to loose weight for career and personal reasons.

    Thanks for all of your advice !

    • ANSWER:
      Well first of all, ketosis is nothing to worry about as long as blood sugar is normal. Ketosis happens when the body burns fat.

      More importantly, a 500 calorie diet is extremely unhealthy. You are doing yourself harm - harm that will outweigh any benefit you think you might gain from weight loss.

      That might not convince you. How about the fact that crash diets do not work, and that people who go on crash diets usually end up putting all the weight back on again?

      Of course you can't sustain it. Because it is unsustainable and unhealthy, and it is already making you feel ill.

      Would you feel happy being a thin corpse?

  29. QUESTION:
    Dizzy, stomach pain, throat spasms and contriction, swelling of subglotis?
    Dizzy, stomach pain, throat spasms and contriction, swelling of subglotis?
    Hi everyone. This is a mystery to me and my doctors. So anyone who wants to be a doctor, is in med school or is a doctor, post your guesses and I'll answer when I have a response.

    Here are my symptoms FOR THE PAST 6 WEEKS:
    1.Dizzy spells (about 2 a week) and occastional vertigo (less than 1 a week)
    2. Stomach pains- wrenching, twisting; most of the day; does not change in correspondence to diet changes (I haven't had caffine, chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, any sauces in 6 weeks and am on a low-fat, low fiber, low sugar, low wheat diet because they do not know what I have)
    3. Headaches- occasional migranes- I take no pain medication for it.
    4. Pulsations of the knee (as in the front- like knee cap), neck (both sides) and inner elbow (not contstantly only when not moving
    5. Throat Constriction and esphasgous spasms (I've had to go to the ER due to hyperventalition because of the spasms where they administer albutercol [a tranquilizer- 1/2 mg] to calm the spasms- happened twice in past 6 weeks)
    6. Nausea- continuous, aggravated by certain smells (like citrus fruit, coffee and BBQ), sometimes causes lack of appitite
    7. Bruising more easily and more severly

    MEDICATIONS:
    I've done two courses of amoxycillian (12 days each- 3 times a day)
    I've tried Zantac for 17 days and it made everything more severe. Taken of zantac and told to take tums 6 times a day (2 tablets) IF IT HELPS, it doesn't so I haven't used it more than 5 days after prescribed.
    Blood tests are negative for allergies (including gluten allergy), Epstien Barr (EBV), mono, strep--4 times each.
    Endoscopy showed irrated stomach lining, esophagous and subglotis.
    Throat is red, not sore, however feels constricted.
    ENT said it is not from Ear Nose or Throat.
    Pulmonologist said lung function is above normal and no allergies and no pulmonary hypertention.
    GI- preformed endoscopy and ultrasound (inflammed but nothing else)
    Internist- sent for metabolic tests (pancreatic enzymes are all elevated--especially amylase)
    Cardiologist- heart is working perfectly, no water around heart.

    I have LOW blood pressure, normal pulse, LOW cholesterol, LOW-not too low- blood sugar.

    The stomach pains, which are wrenching and twisting in nature, are in the center of my torso (below my rib cage) and also to the left of the place in the center. From what the GI doctor tells me, that is either the pancreas or the stomach.

    Also, I have been fatigued and over tired. I have fallen asleep while exercising and have been forced to give up exercising (its been 4 out of the 6 weeks that I haven't exercised--I usually ran 3 miles a day and worked out at the gym (weight lifiting) twice a week before). I haven't gained or lost much weight.

    Also, I am a female weighing 147 (or so) at 5 feet 6 inches. I am aged between 18-25 (I rather not give my exact age, thank you for understanding).

    The most powerful and annoying symptoms (also the most continuous) are the ABDOMEN PAINS, THROAT CONSTRICTION and the NAUSEA.

    Thank you in advance for all your suggestions. And please don't write go to a symptom checker website. I would like to have human input. I do have the ability to check those websites; however, i chose not to because they are not the product of an expirence of an illness/symptoms or education in medicine.

    Also, there is no possibility of me being pregnant. I am not married and have not participacipated in any form of sexual acts, of course kissing is excluded.

    I have also had x rays of the abdomen with normal results.

    I do not have cancer of the throat, tounge, esophogus, stomach, uterus, ovaries, or blood. The biopsy results turned up negative, so far. THANK GOODNESS!

    I have a normal white blood cell count- so my body is not fighting an infection- at least that is what the doctor's think.

    No one has displayed symptoms like mine who have spent time with me (therefore, the doctors have inferred it is not contagious).

    I have not had a fever, yet, in the past 6 weeks.

    I have been hospitalized for rehydration (through ringer's lactate) for 2 days and 1 night because I was dehydrated at the beggining of this (6 weeks ago) where it began with migrane, bloodshot eyes, dehydration and dizzy spells. I was admitted and watched overnight.
    3 days ago - 5 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    The reason anxiety is not what the doctors are looking for is because I have physical symptoms that show inflammation of different organs and tenderness when physically examed. Also, they tried antianxiety medications that didn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same symptoms/problems and tests...the doc's say I'm fine but I don't feel fine. They did find that I have a bacterial overgrowth in my small intestine (SIBO) but treatment for that is not helping.
      I think it is a fungal infection and HPV.
      Do you do have a common rash called tinea cruris (athletes foot/jock itch). If so, try a regimen of topical treatment, as well as a short course of antigungal agent by mouth (fluconazole). It is possible to get fungal infections from kissing and they can spread to your stomach lining as well. This helped me a bit. Another thing is allergy meds... I take benadryl and claritin which seems to help.

  30. QUESTION:
    Doctors to Be---Doctors---Guessers---Researchers! HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE?
    Hi everyone. This is a mystery to me and my doctors. So anyone who wants to be a doctor, is in med school or is a doctor, post your guesses and I'll answer when I have a response.

    Here are my symptoms FOR THE PAST 6 WEEKS:
    1.Dizzy spells (about 2 a week) and occastional vertigo (less than 1 a week)
    2. Stomach pains- wrenching, twisting; most of the day; does not change in correspondence to diet changes (I haven't had caffine, chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, any sauces in 6 weeks and am on a low-fat, low fiber, low sugar, low wheat diet because they do not know what I have)
    3. Headaches- occasional migranes- I take no pain medication for it.
    4. Pulsations of the knee (as in the front- like knee cap), neck (both sides) and inner elbow (not contstantly only when not moving
    5. Throat Constriction and esphasgous spasms (I've had to go to the ER due to hyperventalition because of the spasms where they administer albutercol [a tranquilizer- 1/2 mg] to calm the spasms- happened twice in past 6 weeks)
    6. Nausea- continuous, aggravated by certain smells (like citrus fruit, coffee and BBQ), sometimes causes lack of appitite
    7. Bruising more easily and more severly

    MEDICATIONS:
    I've done two courses of amoxycillian (12 days each- 3 times a day)
    I've tried Zantac for 17 days and it made everything more severe. Taken of zantac and told to take tums 6 times a day (2 tablets) IF IT HELPS, it doesn't so I haven't used it more than 5 days after prescribed.
    Blood tests are negative for allergies (including gluten allergy), Epstien Barr (EBV), mono, strep--4 times each.
    Endoscopy showed irrated stomach lining, esophagous and subglotis.
    Throat is red, not sore, however feels constricted.
    ENT said it is not from Ear Nose or Throat.
    Pulmonologist said lung function is above normal and no allergies and no pulmonary hypertention.
    GI- preformed endoscopy and ultrasound (inflammed but nothing else)
    Internist- sent for metabolic tests (pancreatic enzymes are all elevated--especially amylase)
    Cardiologist- heart is working perfectly, no water around heart.

    I have LOW blood pressure, normal pulse, LOW cholesterol, LOW-not too low- blood sugar.

    The stomach pains, which are wrenching and twisting in nature, are in the center of my torso (below my rib cage) and also to the left of the place in the center. From what the GI doctor tells me, that is either the pancreas or the stomach.

    Also, I have been fatigued and over tired. I have fallen asleep while exercising and have been forced to give up exercising (its been 4 out of the 6 weeks that I haven't exercised--I usually ran 3 miles a day and worked out at the gym (weight lifiting) twice a week before). I haven't gained or lost much weight.

    Also, I am a female weighing 147 (or so) at 5 feet 6 inches. I am aged between 18-25 (I rather not give my exact age, thank you for understanding).

    The most powerful and annoying symptoms (also the most continuous) are the ABDOMEN PAINS, THROAT CONSTRICTION and the NAUSEA.

    Thank you in advance for all your suggestions. And please don't write go to a symptom checker website. I would like to have human input. I do have the ability to check those websites; however, i chose not to because they are not the product of an expirence of an illness/symptoms or education in medicine.

    Also, there is no possibility of me being pregnant. I am not married and have not participacipated in any form of sexual acts, of course kissing is excluded.

    I have also had x rays of the abdomen with normal results.

    I do not have cancer of the throat, tounge, esophogus, stomach, uterus, ovaries, or blood. The biopsy results turned up negative, so far. THANK GOODNESS!

    I have a normal white blood cell count- so my body is not fighting an infection- at least that is what the doctor's think.

    No one has displayed symptoms like mine who have spent time with me (therefore, the doctors have inferred it is not contagious).

    I have not had a fever, yet, in the past 6 weeks.

    I have been hospitalized for rehydration (through ringer's lactate) for 2 days and 1 night because I was dehydrated at the beggining of this (6 weeks ago) where it began with migrane, bloodshot eyes, dehydration and dizzy spells. I was admitted and watched overnight.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! FOR YOUR HELP!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Solve Nutrition quiz?
    Other than when sleeping, the basal metabolic rate is the lowest rate of energy expenditure. (0.50 points)

    True
    False

    # As you exceed 50 percent of your VO2 max, you begin to rely more and more on fat as an energy source. (0.50 points)

    True
    False

    # The fact that alcohol and fat have about twice the amount of energy per gram as either carbohydrate or protein means that they are better energy sources for the active individual. (0.50 points)

    True
    False

    # On a mixed diet of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, what percent of the energy expenditure at rest is derived from fat? (0.50 points)

    a. 60
    b. 50
    c. 40
    d. 30

    # A type I muscle fiber (0.50 points)

    a. is called a slow-twitch red fiber.
    b. can produce energy primarily by anaerobic processes.
    c. is also referred to as FOG.
    d. All of the above statements apply to type I muscle fibers.

    # Type IIb muscle fibers (0.50 points)

    a. are also known as fast-twitch red fibers.
    b. produce energy primarily by anaerobic processes.
    c. use the ATP-PC system at a slower rate than Type I.
    d. are also referred to as FOG.

    # In very high-intensity exercise, lasting only one or two minutes, the probable cause of fatigue is (0.50 points)

    a. a depletion of phosphocreatine.
    b. depletion of carbohydrate stores.
    c. loss of lipid reserves.
    d. disruption of cellular metabolism caused by the accumulation of hydrogen ions.

    # When participating in very mild aerobic activities, which ofthe following will lead to fatigue in very prolonged bouts? (0.50 points)

    a. diminishing carbohydrate levels
    b. low blood-sugar levels
    c. low stores of fat
    d. All of the above answers will lead to fatigue

    # Which of the following sport events would rely on the lactic acid system for most of the energy production. (0.50 points)

    a. competitive weight lifting
    b. the 100 meter dash
    c. the 800 meter run
    d. a 5 kilometer run

    # The main energy source for the oxygen system during exercise of 2 hours in length would be (0.50 points)

    a. glycogen found in the muscle, liver, and blood.
    b. triglycerides.
    c. carbohydrates.
    d. protein.

    # The immediate source of energy for all body processes, including muscle contraction, is (0.50 points)

    a. muscle glycogen.
    b. adenosine triphosphate.
    c. phosphocreatine.
    d. both ATP and PC.

    # Which of the following statements about energy expenditure is incorrect? (0.50 points)

    a. The cost of running a given distance does not depend on the speed of movement.
    b. Hand weights seem to increase energy expenditure only when used at slower speeds.
    c. Swimming a given distance takes about four times as much energy as running that distance.
    d. The use of hand weights may exaggerate the blood pressure response.

    # Which one of the following statements about fatigue is true? (0.50 points)

    a. Fatigue may only be physiological in nature.
    b. The site of fatigue is classified solely in the central nervous system.
    c. Fatigue is always due to an insufficient supply of the optimal energy source.
    d. The most important factor in the prevention of fatigue during exercise is training.

    # The elevation of the metabolic rate that occurs after ingestion of a meal is (0.50 points)

    a. increased significantly by the ingestion of fat.
    b. accountable for less than 3 percent of the total daily energy expenditure.
    c. referred to as dietary-induced thermogenesis or thermic effect of food.
    d. significantly higher in obese subjects when compared to lean subjects.

    # The oxygen system (0.50 points)

    a. produces ATP in rather large quantities from other energy sources in the body.
    b. involves aerobic processing of carbohydrates to some extent, with major utilization of protein.
    c. is used primarily in sports that demand strenuous exercise.
    d. depends upon reactions that occur in the nucleus of the cell.

    # Your total daily energy expenditure is the sum of your (0.50 points)

    a. BMR, REE, and TEF.
    b. BMR, EMR, and TEF.
    c. REE, RMR, and TEE.
    d. REE, TEF, and TEE.

    # Calculate your Estimated Energy Requirement using the formula and Table on page 107 in the Williams text. Type your numbers for the formula as well as the answer for total credit. (4 points)

    (* 4000 character limit)

    # Calculate and state your REE using Table 3.4 on page 97 of the Williams textbook. Be sure to use kilograms for bodyweight as shown. (3 points)

    (* 4000 character limit)

    • ANSWER:
      Your guess should be better than mine. However, I will have a go if you really want to risk it!

  32. QUESTION:
    Questions on Gestational Diabetes?
    I am 32 weeks and found out I had GD at 29 weeks. I’ve been controlling it through diet and exercise so far. I am scheduled for an Ultrasound on Friday to check the baby’s size, although I see I shouldn’t get to concerned with what that says since it looks like the accuracy isn’t very good this far along.

    I check my levels 4 times a day.

    My fasting (which is supposed to be between 70-90) is pretty consistently 100-117 (average so far is 105 even though I’ve had a few in the low 90’s, but never below 90).

    My after breakfast (which is supposed to be between 70-120) is almost always between 100-120 (average so far is 107).

    My after lunch (should be between 70-120) is usually OK and has been better lately. It’s average so far is 122.

    My after dinner (should be between 70-120) is usually OK too and has also been better lately. I’m averaging 119 for it.

    I’ve never had a fasting above 117 or a 2 hour after meals over 147.

    How does this compare to your levels? I’m sticking to the diet exactly and am exercising as much as possible.

    Also, my doctor has talked about maybe starting me on oral meds (before going to insulin) if my fasting numbers don’t get more control. If you were put on medication, at what point and did it help?

    I’m also interested in when you delivered and how much your baby weighed? Were you induced or when went into labor on your own? How many weeks were you then? Did you have the baby vaginally or by c-section? How much did your baby weigh and did that vary from the ultrasound estimate if one was done? Did the baby have low blood sugar or have to go into NICU after birth?

    Thanks for sharing your experience. You see so many questions here from pregnant mothers w/ GD, but not so many that check in after the birth to tell how everything went.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I myself do not have gestational diabetes ( I'm 36 weeks with baby no2) but my partners aunt is controlling her gestational diabetes with insulin ( she's just found out she has diabetes and the doctors need to control things quicker now rather than later)

      She is having fortnightly growth scans to see how the baby is getting on. Although I don't agree with this as it can scare mothers into thinking they're having a large baby. Growth scans can have a margin of error by as much as 1lb! and in baby weight, it makes all the difference. Your obstetrician will know by the time you reach 36 weeks if you'll need a c-section or induce you, as they don't like to run the risk of the baby being too big.
      My mother had G/B with my sister and me and my sister was delivered 10 days early at 9lbs 3oz I was delivered by c-section 3 years later 1 week early at 10lbs 8oz... please bear in mind though, it was my mothers 3rd and 4th pregnancy.

      But, if you're controlling your diabetes by diet, then you could end up having a normal sized baby for a woman with G/B. I've heard of women who control their G/B with diet alone and have had a 8lb baby. I think you are getting yourself worked up too much. Your doctor/midwife and obstetrician will not let you get so big that you can't have your baby naturally ( unless you don't want to)

      Also, usually a big baby will still not be delivered ( even by c-section) until at least 37 weeks unless your health is at risk.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can you get pregnant without having sex?
    I know that question sounds ridiculous but for some odd reason I am worried that I am pregnant! I've NEVER had sex, not even close. The closest thing to sex that i've done is masturbate..by myself.
    I had my period 2 weeks ago, but before that I missed it for 2 months (i'm 14, still irregular). And sometimes you have your period when you're pregnant. But I was looking at signs of pregnancy on this site...http://www.positive.org/JustSayYes/pregnancy.html and I was looking at the signs

    (Missing your period or having a very light short period.
    Tender and swollen breasts.
    Having to go to the bathroom a lot.
    Changes in mood and appetite.
    "Morning Sickness"
    Wet spots (discharge) in your underwear.)

    and some of them do pertain, like the moodiness, and the morning sickness. I'm sick alot of the mornings, and it's been like that for 3 months now. Not only in the morning, but if i skip a meal or haven't eaten for 4-5 hours. Though I have a feeling I have low blood sugar, so that might be the reason.
    Anyway, I have gained 4 pounds, and my stomach does look bigger. But it was just summer so I ate more, and didn't exercise as much.
    So can you reassure me i'm not pregnant :(
    I'm very paranoid.

    • ANSWER:
      most of the pregnancy symptoms are also the symptoms of your hormones fluctuating a lot which will happen at your age..and the discharge will continue for pretty much the rest of your life
      heck even the anxiety of you think is going on could cause your body to mimic it

  34. QUESTION:
    What the heck? Is this normal?
    Well I'm 15 years old. When I was 12 I was a lil chubby, but when I turned 13 went on a diet and lost weight- but then my metabolism was extremely fast and I was very skinny. I got taller at the same time I went on the short term diet and I got taller and very skinny and everyone thought I had an eating disorder except I ate everything in sight! Then when I turned 14 I got pretty fat.. I went from like 110 at 5'3" to 165 at 5'4"... and that whole year I was just fat. I hated it. I ate normal. But I was just so gross. Then this summer I turned 15. During the summer I told myself I hated myself and I wanted to do anything to be skinny, because every single diet just was not working. So I just thought I'd starve myself. Everyone told me "If you starve yourself, you get fatter." So I thought, okay, I'll just starve and eat very little forever then if eating again will make me fat. So for like 4 months I would fast for a few days, exercise alot, eat a little, and even binge and eat normal some days. Sometimes I didn't eat everyday, sometimes I ate everyday. Sometimes I binged and purged. It varied. I even got dizzy spells when I stood up, fainting spells from low blood sugar, and confusion now and then. But after I lost 40 pounds in 3 months, everyone started telling me, "your skinny, eat again." But I would think back to everyone telling me if I did this to myself and then ate normally, I would be fat again. It horrified me. But then I just started eating more and more I guess. Now I eat everyday. Sometimes I'll fast for a few days but thats it. Sometimes I'll lunch and dinner, and other times I just eat dinner. Some days I binge! I weigh myself to make sure that I don't gain weight. Why is my metabolism fast again? I mean I don't just sit around and eat all day, but after putting myself through all that, wouldn't it be slow? Was getting fat just part of puberty, and does my body just want me to maintain this weight?

    • ANSWER:
      It's because you're 15. Body needs food for growing.

      Getting fat is not an excuse though. Getting fat means you're taking in more calories than you're outputting.

      Starving yourself won't keep you thin either and if it is it's not a healthy or attractive thin. You got to split your meals to 6 times a day. 6 small meals every 3 hours or so. That's how you keep from getting hungry and keep ur metabolism cranked up.

  35. QUESTION:
    ARE THERE ANY TYPE II DIABETICS HERE?
    Have any of you managed to lower your blood sugar to within normal limits by losing weight and exercising ALONE? If so, how much weight did you have to lose?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      i am a diabetic II. i have lost about 70 pounds by watching what i eat and thereby losing weight. the exercise i get ( i had a stroke several years back so i am limited in my exercise) is walking the malls without stopping several times a week. i use a cane so that limits the speed i can go at. but still i am losing weight. i go to my doctor every 3 months for an AC1 test. i wwent just the other day and i had lost another ten pounds. so ,actually make that 80 pounds that i have lost instead of 70.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is being a vegetARIAN TEEN PUTING a bad influence on my health?
    Hi i'm a fifteen year old girl who started to be a vegetarian in november after i saw a disturbing video on animals. i ate nothing including, meat, eggs, fish, diary. I exercise everyday AND i LOST 3 POUNDS at 3 months. I went to the doctore in feburary and told me that my protien lvl is a little low and i'm exercising to extremely. She told me that i shouldn't exclude dairy as i'm a growing teen. I told her i didn't get my period for 3 months and she told that i should slow down a bit and eat fish and diary. She told me if i didn't get my period by april i should report back. Since than i've still been exercising but i felt very tired and i'm addicted to bread. Like I eat bread all the time. I crave it so much it's unbelievable and i never really cared for bread when i wasn't a vegetarian. I eat cheese sometime now but i refused to drink milk and eat eggs. I don't drink juice at all. I've just got back into running. I still didn't get my period yet and it's april. I went back to the doctor on monday and did blood test and talk about my diet. three days later my mom told me that my blood sugar lvl is 30 and should be 80. She said that my diet put me into an unhealthy state of low blood sugar. My mom said is i don't get enough sugar i'm going to pass out or get into a coma. She said that i can't run untill i see my doctor. she told me that I need to eat regularly and stop the vegetarian diet. I dont' want to stop becoming a vegetarian. what should I do? I need help bad? plz give me your opinion by the way i'm 113lbs 5'4 1/2 . I gained one pound since i ate a little bit of fisf and cheese sometimes when the doctor told me too. I was 112.8lbs. I'm in low body fat but i always been thin. When i wasn't a vegetarian i was 116lbs and athletic

    • ANSWER:
      no. you are just not well informed enough about a vege diet.
      you need to take supplements. like iron melts (need iron as girls lose it every month) and a omega 3 oil (if you wont take fish oil, take flax oil, see your phramacy)

      being a healthy veges is hard when living with no vege parents.

      so you may have to go shopping with the household shopper and also start helping cook meals more (so your not annoying your family)

      you can get protein from nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds etc and brasil nuts or walnuts are good)
      eat them every day as snacks. contain vital nutirients.
      veges like spinach, broccolli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and cauliflower contain lots of nutirents that meat contain calcium (from milk and cheese)

      molasses is also good (tastes disgusting, but a teaspoon a day gives zinc, calcium etc) buy a jar from the supermarket.

      if your not eating juice you need vitamin c from carrots, oranges, lemons etc fruits also raise your blood sugar.

      SO, you need to eat alot to be a vege. but regular intake of the right foods works wonders. so that means 5 plus vege/fruit a day (more if your vege). handfull of seeds, suplement pills, molasses

      try eat whole grain breads too. they often have seeds etc and use avocado spread (also very good for you)

  37. QUESTION:
    When is the best time to burn fat?
    I'd say it's in the morning right after you get up. That's when your blood sugar level is at the lowest. So if you exercise (I'd recommend low-impact aerobic for the purpose) then, you are most likely to use up fat in your body. What do you all say?

    • ANSWER:
      morning

  38. QUESTION:
    Lower left abdoment hurts a lot whenever i exercise, diabetes related?
    it isn't a normal side pain. i know how that feels, and i know that all you have to do is lift your liver to ease the pain. this is different, i think it has something to do with my blood. i haven't exercised in a long while.

    it only happens whenever i exercise. today i finally lifted my shirt to see what was happening. i could see some kind of organ beating on my stomach lower right side. it hurt a lot, i thought a it would stop after a sustained exercise but it didn't. it hurt so bad i had to stop.

    could it be diabetes related, my docter said i had a high risk. since my grandmother and grandfather have it, and my mother is borderline. i have been eating a lot of sugars, and haven't exercised in over 6 months.

    what should i do healthwise besides see the doctor? what types of exercises should i be doing that won't hurt so much? i think that there should be an exercise i can build upon so later i won't have that pain.

    thank you any help is greatly appreciated ;)

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of exercises were you doing? Your stomach is on the left side of your abdomen so it wasn't that. It's most likely a muscle. Since you said you seen it "beating" it's most likely a muscle spasm. Blood tests can tell if you have diabetes.

      Hope this helps you some what. If the pain persists every time you exercise I would see a doctor and get it looked at.

      I would first look at the type of exercise your doing. Running? Weights? Crunches? You may have even pulled a muscle.

  39. QUESTION:
    I am so fed up with workouts because all they do is maintain your weight. Every day my weight is the same?
    Exercise merely maintains your weight and doesn't make you lose weight. You still feel fat after eating a big meal no matter how many decades or centuries that you've worked out every day for 1 1/2 hours. It doesn't matter what your exercise routine is either. You don't magically lose 30 pounds more just by doing exercises that are designed for six pack abs. They don't work any better than if you make up your own routine. The bottom line is you've got to stay on a diet for life that is totally unreasonable and will make you feel so weak that you'll pass out. Any diet is going to make your blood sugar drop too low because you have to eat too many bland foods and in rabbit food portions to boot. Has anybody found a solution to this that doesn't require you to be on a diet for life but for no more than a month which is excruciating enough and feels like a lifetime but at least deserves to be given a shot?

    • ANSWER:
      Apparently you're doing it wrong dear. Exercise DOES induce weight loss when paired with healthy eating of reasonable calories. Starvation isn't required nor is it beneficial for weight loss. People can eat plenty of food, even foods they enjoy, and still lose weight.

      A healthy lifestyle consists of good eating habits, reasonable calorie intake, and regular exercise. That's not a diet, it's a way of life to be healthy and fit. Bland foods aren't required, blood sugar being too low isn't an issue if you eat right.

      Consume plenty of lean protein, fruits and veggies, complex (brown) carbs, healthy fats, and lots of water. All the food I eat tastes good, and is filling. Nothing bland and I've never had low blood sugar issues ever.

      See the calculator a the source link so you'll know what your calorie consumption per day should be. If you're griping that you can't eat junk food or fast food and lose weight...that's too bad. Most people can't eat that way and lose weight and be healthy. Those aren't healthy foods. You can eat plenty of things that aren't "rabbit food" though and get the results you want.

      Good luck!

      former obese person

  40. QUESTION:
    My weight and health?
    I have Hypoglycemia and its making it hard for me to loose weight.I feel hungry quite abit and I have a healthy meal but afterwards I get hungry again and I go eat chocolate,ice cream and other foods that make u put alot of weight on.Im trying to loose weight not put it on.Whats best to have thats a non fattening snack to cure my appetite after a main meal? Or whats best for a main meal and a snack afterwards? And what else can I do to loose weight? Swimming,riding a bike and other exercise?

    These are the facts about Hypoglycemia-,also called low blood sugar, occurs when your blood glucose (blood sugar) level drops too low to provide enough energy for your body's activities.
    Symptoms of hypoglycemia include

    * hunger,nervousness and shakiness
    * perspiration,dizziness or light-headedness,sleepiness,confusion,dissyness,feeling anxious or weak,finding hard to speak.

    Hypoglycemia can also happen while u are sleeping.You might
    * cry out or have nightmares

    • ANSWER:
      Try healthy snacking every 2 hours ... I have hypoglycemia, too, I have found it best to have about 200-300 calories every 2 hours; healthy food ... complex carbs, healthy fats, and protein ... never just carbs ... occasionally i splurge and have 400-500 calories at one of these meals .... keep a food diary to monitor you weight verses your total daily caloric intake ...

      good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    what do you think about these diet food compays like nutrasystem ,jenny,etc?
    i am older and i exercise for 30 yrs straight, as i got to be middle age the exercising does not work ive put on this pregnant stomach out of nowhere, it sneaks up on you this is what happens at 50, i told my doctor that exercising was not working anymore so he checked my blood sugar-and there it was....in the middle ,so he said that's why your not losing weight anymore your blood sugar is in the middle,so he put me on metformin ive been on it 5 mos now ,and it take 5 mos for it to work to lower your blood sugar so you can lose weight!,,ok i got that ,but my question is......i need my food to be low carb and perfectly per portioned,i need to eat the right foods, at this time of my life, get on jenny, or nutria system and they would bring the food to mt door for 300.00 a month, or hire a low carb cook and i cant afford that eather, what do you think about these food company's i feel they are over priced!!! i don't even spend 300.00 a month for food! for just me! i just cantaffordr this kind of stuff so what do i do??..be like other women and let yourself go because i cant afford to be healthy?that'ss not an option for me im not giving up 30 yrs offitnesss and goodhealthh just because im 52, see when you get this age you GOT TO EAT THE RIGHT FOODS ORDO NTT EAT AT ALL!TH ATSS IT Ill just stop eating and still go to the gym 4 times a weekthat'ss it no food right lol,you cant really eat when you get older you turn into a fat middle age looking pig,ITSD NOT GOING TO HAPPEN JUST BECAUSE I CANT AFFORDNUT RAA SYSTEM, I WONT EAT !! WOMEN WATCH OUT IN YOU 50S!! i think these food company'ss are ripoffs anyway! dintnt know what to do ,this is why so many people get fat and out of shape in their 50s i refuse to!

    • ANSWER:
      What you want is a diet based on the glycemic index. There are carbs out there that will effect your blood sugar less and are low on the glycemic index. At the same time, raise your protein intake.

      The best thing you can do to start is start a food journal and honestly look at how many calories you are taking in, and of what. Most people forget about fluid calories and don't realize that they can be taking in as much as 2-300 % of the USRDA.

      Read the material. You can still eat certain carbs in moderation.

      Best of luck

  42. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with me (symptoms in details)?
    I went to the doctor recently. Everyone is saying there is a chance that I have diabetes, but my doctor is completely clueless and she thinks it's seizures (this doesn't make any sense at all, as there is nothing to support that). So I'm gonna ask Y!A.

    This all started when I was frequently fainting. Apparently from low blood sugar. I would get really pale and shaky, and my stomach would hurt. Orange juice would always cure it! I fainted at my mother's wedding, and the caterers gave me orange juice when I woke up, and they said my blood sugar went down. I looked up how you know if your blood sugar went down, and every single thing happened to me. This is the main thing.

    Others:
    - My weight is fluctuating a lot (10 - 15 pounds). I'll suddenly lose a ton of weight. But then I'll suddenly gain it all back and more. I'm not doing anything unusual. I eat normal food and do normal things. I don't really exercise like I'm supposed to, but it's not like I sit on the couch all day. Either way, there is nothing I'm doing to cause these sudden weight losses/gains.

    - My appetite. I feel like eating everything in sight some days. It's ridiculous. But most days, I have a very small appetite, and never eat anything at all. After I eat, there's always an extreme stomach pain after it and I get full easily. I hate eating because of it.

    - Throwing up. This is recent as it happened just now. I've been throwing up bile, and the bile has some kind of black something in it.

    - I also have low blood pressure, according to the nurse that took it. She also said my heart was a little slow.

    What the f*ck is wrong with me? Please answer. What is it possible that it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Ulcers also called Peptic Ulcer or Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD). Ulcer is a mucosal erosion is an open injury in your stomach with little or null tendency to the spontaneous healing. Ulcers can be located in stomach (called gastric ulcer), Esophagus (called Esophageal ulcer), Duodenum (called duodenal ulcer), Meckel’s Diverticulum (called Meckel’s Diverticulum ulcer.

      The majority of the ulcers is caused by a called bacterium Helicobacter pylori, although also by the excessive ingestion of irritating, spicy, greasy food, or by aggressive medecines via oral. Ulcers can cause that your stomach hurts after eating because the production of gastric juice is increased which contains water, clorhidric acid and three enzymes, the acid irritates the Ulcer and cause pain.

      Several factors can worsen an ulcer, such as stress, poor diet, taking little water, eat salty foods and irritating fatty foods, coffee, alcohol, etc..
      Symptoms of an ulcer :D uodenal ulcer: It feels better when you eat or drink and then worse after an hour or two
      Gastric ulcer: Feel worse when you eat or drink
      Stomach pain that wakes you at night.
      Feeling of fullness after eating little
      Heaviness
      swelling
      burning
      pain in the stomach.
      vomit
      Unexplained weight loss

      Tips for Ulcer
      Do not drink alcohol, coffee and other beverages irritants.
      Do not eat spicy, greasy or too much salt.
      Avoid processed foods or foods high in sugar.
      Reduce stress.
      Avoid discussions.
      Eating foods high in fiber and vegetables.
      Stop smoking.
      Rest after each meal.

  43. QUESTION:
    Type 1 diabetics only?
    Does it bug you that most of the general population have no clue about your condition and assume that your poor choices of diet and exercise have caused it?

    Are you tired of people telling you about some some great herb that will lower your blood sugar or the latest diet that will "cure" your diabetes?
    What is a viable solution to educate everyone on the difference between type 1 and type 2?

    • ANSWER:
      my husband has type 1. we just tell people he has the original diabetes, not the fatass diabetes.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is this a diabetic problem? Should I be seen by a doctor?
    So odd......

    My urine smells sweet like sugar.... A few days ago, smelt like sugar water (?), but not it smells so sweet, like sugar cubes. This sweet smell is only in the morning. I have noticed later in the day (by 11), it smells, odd and sour. Like paint thinner? Especially after I drink coffee? I know this sounds so strange, but any ideas? ( Since I have noticed it, I have cut back on sweets, but still the odor is the same... (Extremely sweet smelling -{early morning sugary, afternoon, sour and paint thinner smell). Gets worse until around 6? Then I appear to have no abnormal smell at all?? I usually eat my last meal around 4 which is usually a sandwich and chips? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    PS I am and have been very healthy, exercise everyday. The only things wrong that I know I do is smoke cigarettes (daily) and eat all day long (sugars included). But this is not abnormal for me for several years now. These new urine smells are. I have also noticed that I don't feel right. I don't feel too bad, but not normal the past two days.

    I do have a past history of low blood sugar, but never this!

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Smells to urine is not the problem. Its totally depends on what you eat last night or day. As long you drink enough water, your urine smell will reduce. If you exercising regularly, you might not have any diabetes problem. But It might be possible that your liver is producing high amount of sugar during the night. In that case your urine may have sugar contains.

      I can just suggest to visit hospital and just test your sugar level. And if possible, have test A1c. It will give you exact solution.

  45. QUESTION:
    Craving sugar please help!?
    I am a healthy weight, active (exercise b/w 1-3 1/2 hrs daily not including the 4 plus miles I walk daily), and I eat lots of fruit and vegetables and over all my diet is quite good not perfect but really quite varied, I also drink plenty of water and I love protein so no worries I don't get enough of that, admittedly I am not much for carbs but I do make an effort to get plenty of fiber, I eat mostly healthy fats and enough fat. Anyways my problem is I have been desperately craving candy for the last few weeks. Not candy bars or chocolate like the empty sugary things. I never really ate much candy even as a child but now that I am getting older I am really craving it strongly. I am not pregnant btw I have my cycles regularly and use protection and have really no symptoms. Is there anything that might cause intense sweet cravings. I particularly crave after a work out because my work outs are so long I think my blood sugar may drop too low but I have heard things like Poweraid or bad for your health and it's too expensive for me to buy constantly though I do feel much better if I drink a vitamin water I just can't afford them. So any cheap drink I can mix myself and bring to the gym? Vitamins I might need to take?
    I am in Sweden btw =)

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    My Health Questions... Please help me haha?
    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?

    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?

    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one's own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?

    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?

    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?

    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?

    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?

    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down's Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?

    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?

    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn't produce insulin, what is the effect?

    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don't produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?

    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?

    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?

    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?

    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?

    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?

    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathing into an inhaler to open up the airways
    using a b

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, nice try, but you have to do your own homework. :)

  47. QUESTION:
    What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider? help me plz?
    I need help on these stupid speedback... im tryin to get 100% so i would lovvvvvee some opinions

    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?
    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?
    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one's own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?
    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?
    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?
    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?
    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?
    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down's Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?
    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?
    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?
    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn't produce insulin, what is the effect?
    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don't produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?
    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?
    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?
    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?
    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?
    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?
    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?
    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?
    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathin

    • ANSWER:
      Um if you don't know any of that, then you need to take the class again.That is all so basic.

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I lose weight fast?
    Im going to florida for spring break, and i want to lose about 20-30lbs before that. i have 6 weeks and i exercise about every day. for about an hour and sometimes more. doing different back and abs, buns and theighs, and some pilates(since pilates helps your bottem half)
    I used the calorie calculator and it said i should intake 1400 calories a day. at the least.
    Since i am a student, i can't eat 5-6 meals a day.
    and i want to lose more then 1-2 pounds per week.
    i also use the acai berry pill.
    what diet plan should i use?
    and i have ADD so my pill speeds up my matabolism and breaks down food fast, but i have to have a good breakfast (cereal, breads, eggs etc) its a must, or i crash. [low blood sugar]

    help me, and youll be a savior! :D

    • ANSWER:
      exercising to much makes you retain water.. It's suggested to do 30-45 minutes of cardio work out.

  49. QUESTION:
    am i a cat? a theory?
    o.k. u must be thinking, is this girl on drugs?, drunk?,pshycho?
    but i`m not, i totally swear! ;)
    i`m a 14 year old who was bored and started daydreaming and noticed she had some very feline characteristics.
    the next day my friends and i were talking about if we were an animal what would we be. everyone said i would either be a squirrel or a cat! yep, i`m not really even sure what my question is, i just felt like writing this.... yeahhhh i kno this will probably just get deleted, and idc
    anyway these are the characteristics:
    1.) i have small grooves on the edges of my ears(my mom allways told me that b4 i was born, when i was in heaven, a puppy angel nibbled on my ear) idk
    2.)i would choose milk any time over water, coke, or any drink (i love milk!)
    3.)i am super quiet even without trying- i scare my mom frequently. i`ll walk into the kitchen ( my mom`s back to me) get a snack, eat it, then throw away my plate and then my mom wll turn around, and say,(surprised face) "oh i didnt know you were downststairs!"
    4.) i luv it when people scratch my back (my mom, grandma, ecetera)
    5.) i love to stretch. i can`t wake up without stretching first(not like exercise warm-up, more like contorting your body at weird angles and reaching up )
    6.) all animals love me there has never been one that didnt ( strays walk right up to me and let me pet them) call me sleeping beauty :)
    7.) when im hungry i whine, i literally sit on the floor and cry basicly like a cat: eee eo e e eau eaa even if no one is around seriously i can`t controll it( i do know how to cook, this is when we have ABSOLUTELY NO food) ive done this forever and my mom says i have low blood sugar(whatever that means)
    wow i do sound crzy but seriously, just bored
    hav a nice day! ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you are most certainly a cat. I am a biologist and have confirmed these seven points you presented as indicating a cat morphology over a human morphology. Do not let anyone, on Y!A or in the real world, tell you otherwise.

      Meow meow mewww maowwew!? Hissss!!!

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you PLEASE help me solve these!? 10 extra points*?
    I'm taking my health class online and I have no clue what these questions mean!
    PLEASEPLEASEPLEASEPLEASE
    HELPP MEE!!!

    What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?

    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one's own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?

    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?

    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?

    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down's Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?

    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    When the body doesn't produce insulin, what is the effect?

    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don't produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?

    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?

    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?

    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    What is metastasis?

    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathing into an inhaler to open up the airways
    using a balloon on a long tube to flatten plaque in an artery

    Which of the following best increases the chance of surviving nearly any type of cancer?

    chemotherapy
    radiation
    early detection
    surgery

    What infection is transmitted by mosquitoes and is relatively new to the United States and can cause flu-like symptoms that can result in encephalitis?

    West Nile Virus
    lung cancer
    heart disease
    Alzheimer's disease

    There have been documented cases of HIV being passed through all these ways except which of the following?

    excessive sweating
    breast-feeding
    blood transfusions
    sexual intercourse

    Which of the following is a myth about HIV and AIDS?

    There is no cure for HIV infection.
    Only homosexual men get AIDS.
    The virus that causes AIDS attacks the immune system.
    Many HIV-infected people look and feel fine.

    What is the most common way hepatitis A is transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    sexual contact
    contaminated needles
    breast-feeding

    How does HIV affect the body?

    It infects red blood cells, decreasing the amount of oxygen the blood can carry.
    It infects certain white blood cells, destroying the immune system and making the body susceptible to infection.
    It infects the alveoli of the lungs, reducing lung capacity and the effectiveness of the respiratory system.
    It infects blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, producing anemia and destroying the immune system.

    • ANSWER:
      1. to receive an immunization
      2. vaccinations
      3. radiologic technician
      4. Cleft Palate
      5. estrogen
      6. using sunscreen
      7. cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
      8. eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight
      9. wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
      10. washing hands frequently throughout the day
      11. smoking
      12. a heart attack
      13. cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
      14. early detection
      15. West Nile Virus
      16. excessive sweating
      17. Only homosexual men get AIDS.
      18. fecal-oral route
      19. It infects blood-forming cells in the bone marrow, producing anemia and destroying the immune system.


Does Cinnamon Lower Blood Sugar

Does green tea lower blood sugar or have other benefits for those that suffer from borderline or type II diabetes? Researchers are still looking at these questions. There may be several benefits, depending on the strength of the tea or, in the case of a supplement, the potency of the extract.

In the most recent study, researchers looked at 35 male volunteers between the ages of 23 and 63. The average fasting blood glucose levels were lower among men that drank a stronger brew. That is a 3% concentration as opposed to a 1% concentration.

Since a stronger brew time also increases the teas caffeine content, it is not clear what the active compound in the leaves may be. That has been a question for quite some time.

The leaves contain catechins, several types of natural caffeine and other polyphenols. The catechins are known to have antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are beneficial to people that suffer from type II diabetes for several reasons.

But, if you ask, does green tea lower blood sugar, by itself, the answer appears to be no. There have been several animal studies showing that the plant improves glucose tolerance and metabolism.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does fake Cinnamon lower your blood sugar as much as the real thing?
    My understanding is manufacturers use a fake Cinnamon that's cheaper and sell it as Cinnamon. I'm wondering if the fake stuff...or whatever it is on the shelves...is the actual stuff that's supposed to lower blood sugar levels.
    I think the real cinnamon is hard to find. Right? I'm just wondering if it's the cheap fake stuff on the market that we have all been told is cinnamon...is that what was said to be the one that lowers blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      If it says cinnamom then it's cinnamon. Period. Unless you are in China!

  2. QUESTION:
    does anyone know how long it takes for cinnamon to lower blood sugar after?
    lets say you eat something sweet and then take some cinnamon capsules about a half hour after. how long would it take for the cinnamon to start working?

    • ANSWER:
      Cinnamon doesn't directly lower blood sugar. It aids our own insulin in getting the glucose into the cells. Therefore, it would depend on how insulin resistant you are, how much sugar you take in, how much fat is clogging up your cells, lots of things.

      Cinnamon is not a cure all. It is merely part of a comprehensive diet plan that must include low carb/sugar intake, low fat intake, lots of exercise, and good weight management. In addition to helping your body lower blood sugar, cinnamon is also reported to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does cinnamon lower blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      This is a great website for diabetics. You can post your Question there too
      http://www.diabetesforums.com/

  4. QUESTION:
    Does cinnamon 'really'? lower blood sugar?
    I read that taking 1/2 teaspoon a day of cinnamon will lower one's blood sugar. I told my husband to do this..and lo and behold..within one week..it went down from 140 to 107. Yes, he does exercise and he is watching his food intake..but he did this before the cinnamon.

    My question is: I once was told to take deep breaths before a blood pressure reading so my reading would go lower ..which it did of course..but someone else said..don't do that..you are getting a false reading. ..

    so my question here is 'taking the 1/2 tsp cinnamon' seems to have lowered his blood sugar readings..is this giving a false reading???or is anything good to do...if the reading is lower/in normal range??

    • ANSWER:
      Normal blood sugar ranges are 90-131 mg/dl fasting and anything lower than 180 2 hours after meals.

      Cinnamon does lower blood sugar and you should still take what medications that your doctor has prescribed for you.

      ***Make sure that the blood sugar level does not dip under 70. If the bs level drops below 70, you should try and get some type of sugar into the system so that the sugar level will go back up/

      Visit the American Diabetes Association Website so that you can get more informative information regarding this.

      ***Take the advice of your physician.****

  5. QUESTION:
    Will putting cinnamon in my iced tea help lower my blood sugar?
    I have been told cinnamon does help lower blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Add it to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothie, or wherever you find it palatable.

      If you already suffer from diabetes, be sure to stay on a regular schedule with your cinnamon usage so that your blood sugar levels don't yo-yo.Use the same amount at the same time every day so that you can get a sense of how cinnamon affects your own personal blood sugar readings.
      Use the powdered spice or a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon pills are also available, and can be found easily via an online search. MHCP is water soluble and is not found in cinnamon oil.

      Lime and lemon juice delay the digestion of starches as does vinegar. I've found that 2-3 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice reduces my post prandial BG response by 10-20 points. Rick Mendosa's site has a lot of material on acids in the diet. Take a look at http://www.mendosa.com/acidic_foods.htm .

      Fight Diabetes with Sweet Laughter
      A Japanese study finds a chuckle after a meal may help lower your blood sugar.

  6. QUESTION:
    does it really matter what type of cinnamon you take to help lower blood sugar in type II diabetes?
    I buy organic cinnamon powder and capsule it, taking two capsules in the morning and two in the evening, the large capsules.

    • ANSWER:
      According to research I have read, just a ¼ teaspoon twice per day will benefit and that is what the dosage should be. The active components in the cinnamon aren't lost if heated, so you can add cinnamon to teas and cooked oatmeal. Just be careful not to use too much (more than ½ teaspoon) since it can affect the insulin levels and may alter how medications work.

  7. QUESTION:
    does cinnamon help lower blood sugar?
    the past couple months i have been on here asking questions about diabeties and ive been getting really good advice. i was dignosed in feb and no one i know has it and its not in my family. needless to say this is kinda my support group:)

    in previous questions about my blood sugar, a few people have suggested adding cinnamon to my diet to reduce blood sugar readings. has anyone on here tried that and it has worked? how much a day do i take? will it be a noticable difference? anyone on here know anything and can give me more info? thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, cinnamon really helps in reducing blood sugar levels. It also helps with LDL lipoprotein, triglycerides and total cholesterol. However, cinnamon can not help in Type 1 Diabetes and insulin dependent. It can only help in Type 2 diabetes by taking 1/4 teaspoonful 2-3 times a day. You can add it to your coffee, tea or anything else that you drink or eat. If you decide to try this, be very patient, because it usually takes 40 days to notice the first results. It would be the best if your physician monitors your blood sugar levels. Because there are many different types of cinnamon, be sure that you found the right one, which is called Cinnamomun cassia.
      More can be found at http://www.helpdiabetes.com Diet Section

  8. QUESTION:
    Cinnamon to lower blood sugar?
    Has anyone tried cinnamon to lower their blood sugar? If so did it work and how much did you take each day? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      ok just so everyone knows this. Cinnamon has been proven to help the absorbtion of insulin in TYPE 2 diabetics. it does nothing for a type 1. This is because type 1 diabetics dont produce insulin and take it by shot/pump so the cinnamon doesnt get to the insulin since its not through the digestive tract. But studies have been done and do show that cinnamon will help the absorbtion of insulin in a type 2 diabetic, which then helps the blood sugar to come down. its not a cure for diabetes, and as i stated does nothing for a type 1 diabetic.

  9. QUESTION:
    How does cinnamon work to stabilize blood sugar?
    When advertisements imply that cinnamon helps to "stabilize" blood sugar, would that be for someone with HYPERglycemia (high), or HYPOglycemia (low)? If it helps to lower blood sugar, then it seems it wouldn't be good for someone with hypoglycemia who would need to prevent their blood sugar from getting too low.

    • ANSWER:
      Your responder who has type 1 diabetes hasn't heard of it because it's not for type 1.

      It would be for someone with type 2 diabetes, it's supposed to help lower blood sugar naturally, which means it would treat hyperglycemia.

      But it's not one of those things you take for a quick fix. The benefits it supposedly has are gradual, after you've been taking it for a while.

      I have a friend who says it works. I have read articles that say it's helpful, and I have read articles saying it doesn't do a thing. I figure if you have diabetes and you need help reducing your blood sugar levels, you might as well try it. It won't hurt and it might help.

  10. QUESTION:
    I am a type 2 diabetic. Does anyone have any advice on how to lower blood sugar with anything natural?
    I know cinnamon, vinegar, or alcohol can reduce blood sugars. I took a friends advice and tried a spoonful of coconut oil. You can spread it on a piece of bread and eat it that way. But it does work ! Just look up coconut oil and there is a lot of good health qualities by using it !! Good Luck. It will help to lower blood sugars. Just make sure to test before and after to see how much you should take.

    • ANSWER:
      Just eat low carb. Yes, I add coconut oil to my morning protein shake. I am on a low carb, high fat diet. Completely reversed my insulin resistance or "pre diabetes"

  11. QUESTION:
    Do cinnamon caspules actually lower your blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      Try it for a few months. It may help. If it doe all the better . What have you got to lose ?? Plain ol cinnamon in a jar is really cheap compared to drugs .
      Here is one thing that truly works , 2 tablespoons of vinagar , lemon juice or lime juice , before a meal will lower glucose levels . Vinagar on salads , lemon or lime ade . What could be easier . Use fresh lemons if you can.

      Exercise is a great way to lower levels. Walking is fine . Do it everyday . get into a habit. And a low carb diet . Carbs are the bain of us diabetics. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      Hope this helps

      Tin

  12. QUESTION:
    does anyone know if cinnamon is effective for treatment with diabetes?
    My mom has diabetes and i want to help her control her type 2 diabetes. i have read in some articles that cinnamon can lower blood sugars? Is there anyone who currently uses cinnamon for treatment of their diabetes? As much as possible i would like a personal experience on the effectiveness of cinnamon and what form of cinnamon (powder, capsules, etc) and how much should be taken. I hope you can help me. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have taken cinnamon bark in capsule form and it does help. But, it causes really nasty heartburn. I've taken 1000-2000mg at a time and it would assist in lowering my blood sugar. I did notice a real difference. But, I do prefer a lesser dose mixed with other herbs, because of the heartburn.

      One herb formula I absolutely love is Nature's Way Blood Sugar. It contains gymnema sylvestre, bitter melon, fenugreek, bilberry and nopal opuntia. It used to contain cinnamon, but I think the formula changed. It is still the best herb formula I've tried. It helps so much to lower my blood sugar.

      I also take a multimineral with chromium. My favorite is Solaray's Biocitrate Multimineral. It recommens taking four a day, but I only take two. I don't feel the need for that many.

      Hope this helps! Best wishes. :)

  13. QUESTION:
    Cinnamon capsules to help manage blood sugar in those with type 2?
    Anyone take cinnamon caps, and does it help lower the blood sugar? And how about preventing type 2 diabetes in the first place (my father has type I -- insulin dependent). Thank you!
    Thank you for your input about cinnamon not showing much benefit, if any, for those with type 1 diabetes. (My father actually mentioned that to me awhile ago :) I was mainly wondering about trying to prevent type 2 diabetes and the cinnamon. I'm actually not sure if the cinn caps were causing my breathing problems to worsen (I also have anxiety), but I have stopped taking it anyway. The cinn caps that I started taking had cinnamon bark in it as well as cinnamon 'water-extract' ('bark'). I'm wondering about alpha lipoic acid caps as well.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no reliable evidence that cinnamon has any effect in people who already have diabetes. There is some unreliable evidence that it lowers blood sugar in some people, but whether this helps prevent diabetes (or makes you more healthy at all) is doubtful.

      If your father has type 1 diabetes (young age, normal weight, always been insulin dependent) you will not get it from him. Type 1 is not hereditary and is not a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. If your father has insulin dependent type 2 diabetes (older age, overweight, originally on oral medication), then this IS a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

      As always, discuss these and any questions with your doctor.

  14. QUESTION:
    Do you have Type 2 diabetes - and have you used cinnamon capsules to help lower your blood...?
    ...glucose? Did it help?
    There is some evidence that cinnamon may lower blood glucose, but few scientific studies have been done to show the efficacy of this humble spice. The USDA did a study; see the link below for their results, which indicate "Our recent human studies indicate that consuming roughly one half of a teaspoon of cinnamon per day or less leads to dramatic improvements in blood sugar, cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides. Intake of cinnamon, at these levels, is very safe and there should not be any side effects."
    http://diabetes.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=diabetes&cdn=health&tm=146&gps=345_979_1003_652&f=00&tt=13&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm%3Fdocid%3D8877Cinnamon, Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes

    This research was performed by the Nutrient Requirements and Functions Laboratory (NRFL)
    of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC). The Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center is a division of the USDA.

    • ANSWER:
      yes,There has been a lot of talk these days about cinnamon. According to some studies, cinnamon may improve blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. The results of a study from 2003 in Pakistan showed lower levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days with levels continuing to drop for 20 days after that.

      The study was made up of 60 people with Type 2 diabetes who were divided into 6 groups of 10. Three groups received cinnamon in the form of capsules totaling 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon a day. The other three groups received placebo capsules. The capsules were taken three times a day, after meals. All three levels of cinnamon showed results, leading researchers to believe that as little as 1 gram a day of cinnamon may benefit people who have Type 2.

      There has been some debate in this country on whether "true" cinnamon was used for the study. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are two types of cinnamon sold in the United States; cinnamomum zeylanicum nees or cinnamomum cassia (L.) blume. Most of the cinnamon sold in our grocery stores is cinnamomum cassia. The Pakistani study does list cinnamomum cassia as the cinnamon that was used.

      Richard A. Anderson, Ph.D., CNS, of the the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC), is one of the original researchers in the Pakistan study. The BHNRC is under the United States Department of Agricuture (USDA). From results of his continued study of the components of cinnamon and their effect on blood glucose and cholesterol, he states,

      "We have also shown that the active components of cinnamon are found in the water-soluble portion of cinnamon and are not present in cinnamon oil, which is largely fat-soluble. In addition to ground cinnamon consumed directly, one can also make a cinnamon tea and let the solids settle to the bottom or use cinnamon sticks, which make for a nice clear tea. Cinnamon can also be added to orange juice, oatmeal, coffee before brewing, salads, meats etc. The active components are not destroyed by heat."

      Based on these studies, it seems that cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes. The fact that studies so far have involved a small amount of people and have not yet explored the long term benefits of cinnamon, would lead to the conclusion that there may not be enough evidence gathered yet, to support cinnamon as a major player against Type 2. But adding more cinnamon to already healthy lifestyle changes probably wouldn't hurt either.

  15. QUESTION:
    Diabetic and cinnamon capsules?
    I keep hearing about diabetics who use cinnamon capsules to lower blood sugar. I thought sugar was bad for us. So how does the cinnamon work.

    • ANSWER:
      Cinnamon is not a sugar, it is a spice, as such it carries no caloric value whatever. How it works, and why it works for some people, and not others is not understood, it has not been studied because obviously cinnamon cannot be patented so there is no money in it. Some diabetics swear it lowers their blood sugars, others say it does nothing, whether or not it works has not been studied in depth.

  16. QUESTION:
    I'm not diabetic but I still have high blood sugar readings, why is this?
    Diabetes runs in the family. My mother, sister, gran, etc all have it. Randomly I did a blood check (the pinprick machine) one morning and I had 7.0 (very high before breakfast considering it should be between 4 and 6). So I had a slice of wholegrain toast and went from 9 to 3 without eating. Did another pinprick test and I got 11.2, I'm like "woah". So I go to the doctor's and they say "right, fasting blood glucose check". I waited a few days, did the fasting blood test and controlled my sugar levels throughout the week by eating very healthily, counting carbs and taking cinnamon tablets to help lower blood sugar. Although still very slightly high they weren't as bad - I was waking up with 4.5 and 2 hours after wholegrain I had 6.2. On Tuesday I received my results and I was absolutely fine - my average is 5.5 and the range was from 3.5 - 6. Thinking that I was back to normal I went to university and had lasagne and lots of coffee. I got back just now (3 hours after eating), washed my hands, did a pinprick test and I got 16.2... in a few words, what on earth is going on? Are my results wrong? :(

    • ANSWER:
      Every doctor seems to have different ideas of what is the "ideal" sugar levels.
      Some say 4 to 6 mmol others say 5 to 7 mmol, so do not stress too much on the reading of 7.

      The pinprick machine is not totally reliable, it could also give false readings.This is my first reaction to the reading of 16.2 - you could also be stressed, tired or some other reason, I would not worry too much about that. After all one swallow does not make a summer.

      Your "formal" tests at the doctors turned out to be OK, so do not worry about it anymore.
      If you are concerned have the test re-done every 6 months or so.

      In the mean time, continue as if you have diabetes i.e eat healthy and exercise regularly.
      Why? because
      1)everybody on this planet should eat healthy and exercise.
      2)if you are comfortable with this healthy lifestyle when/if you do become diabetic, then no big deal - been there done that. No real change needed.
      3) A healthy lifestyle would most probably prevent the onset of diabetes in the first place.

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to lower fasting blood sugar for none diabitic?
    ok, so here is my story, I am 33 y.o , 23.5 BMI and exercise for 3 days a week at least. I check my blood sugar regularly (using home kit) just to make sure it is within the limits, however, I always get high normal readings (Fasting of 94 -107) and (two hours after meal 100-120 but after few hours below 100). I have tried almost everything to bring these numbers down to fasting 80's or so but it they never go dow no matter what I do. I am very careful about my sugar and carbs intake , no sat fats at all and had Cinnamon tabs for three weeks but I quit since no difference was notices. Is this prediabitic ? and why it is happening if am not consuming carbs and sugar. Anyone was pre-diabitic and was apply to fly away from diabetes and finally any other ideas regarding HOW CAN I LOWER THESE NUMBERS. PLease let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe exercise more. You have good numbers. Quit taking blood sugar test so often. One time a month is okay. You are obsessing. Stay off the internet. Eat low glycemic foods. Here is my diagnoses:

      Cyberchondria is a colloquial term for hypochondria in individuals who have researched medical conditions on the Internet. The media and the Internet often contribute to hypochondria, as articles, TV shows and advertisements regarding serious illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis (some of the common diseases hypochondriacs think they have) often portray these diseases as being random, obscure and somewhat inevitable. Inaccurate portrayal of risk and the identification of non-specific symptoms as signs of serious illness contribute to exacerbating the hypochondriac’s fear that they actually have that illness.

      Tin

  18. QUESTION:
    What herbs can I take to quickly lower my blood sugar and cholesterol?
    I have to have bloodwork done on tuesday and I'm always right at the maximum for cholesterol and sugar (not enough to need medication, but enough to get yelled at and lectured by the Primary Care Doctor.)
    Right now I'm taking an herbal cholesterol OTC pill. cinnamon pills and bitter melon pills. Is there anything else that will help? I flat out refuse to take any statins...tried that, and I get horrendous leg cramps and muscle aches. I don't believe in drugs anyway...most of the time they do more harm than good.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you're already on the right track for helping both your cholesterol and blood sugar. There are actually quite a few options for both of those issues that you can try any number of (together or as separate products). Oh, and you're exactly right for wanting to avoid the side effects of the potentially harmful Statins (I can tell you more about that if you'd like). ;-)

      You're already taking a couple of the more popular products for blood sugar (the Cinnamon and Bitter Melon), but there are a few others that may help if those aren't enough or if you don't respond as well to those as others may. Some of the other popular options are Gymnema Sylvestre, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Mulberry, Vanadium, and/or Chromium. Blood sugar is one of those sensitive things that too much support can be just as bad if not worse than not enough support so you probably don't want to jump into all of them right away, but I would just try the ones you're on now and you can always add some others if those aren't enough.

      Some of the most beneficial natural products for Cholesterol health are Red Yeast Rice, Policosanol, Beta Sitosterol, Omega 3 and 9 Fatty Acids (typically in Fish Oil, Flax Oil, and Olive Oil), Guggul, Niacin, Lecithin, Garlic, PhosphatidylCholine, and any good soluble fiber. Each of those help with different aspects of Cholesterol health, so you may need a variety of them... try one or two of them out.
      Aside from that, there's always the standard plan of diet and exercise, but that's normally just increasing soluble fiber (veggies, fruits, grains, etc) and decreasing bad foods (some sugars, certain fatty foods, etc). Good luck and I hope I helped!

  19. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Pressure and High Blood Sugar?
    Last night I pulled an all nighter for a final and fell asleep about 11 am. I woke up at 7 pm and was feeling weak. My blood sugar (my mom is diabetic and has a machine) showed 141 and my blood pressure showed 99/63 (69 for my pulse). I have had blood sugar tests done and all are normal except one test showed it being 63 while fasting.

    I hadn't eaten anything except a bowl of Cinnamon Life (8 grams of sugar) for breakfast. Do you think this could be related to hormones or aspartame? I started drinking soda again a couple of months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I'm a registered dietitian. I am not a medical doctor. The definitive answer to your question will only be known once you see a doctor. If you are concerned, you should do this. However, I'll share some thoughts.

      You had been up all night... this will induce cortisol, a stress hormone that tells your liver to make more glucose. It's possible that this was still working. Furthermore, you hadn't eaten for a long time, which also forces your liver to make some sugar to keep you alive. Given that your mom has diabetes, you're probably at risk of developing it, so have your doctor check your sugar next time you're there.

      With respect to the BP, difficult to say, because BP is affected by so many things. I'd be more concerned about my blood sugar than about the BP. See your doctor to make sure nothing's up.

      Take care.

  20. QUESTION:
    Low blood pressure has me down :-( ?
    I should consider myself lucky, that my blood pressure is always low even though I'm in my early 30's..never above 100/80....but most of the time it's lower than that. I've had readings around 89/69, sometimes lower...I'm tired all the time, my "episodes" consist of feeling suddenly hot, racing pulse and extreme lightheadedness, usually after suddenly rising or periods of hard work and seems to be worse when I'm ill or on my monthly.
    I'm at a normal weight even though folks tell me I look sickly thin, but I'm tall (5'8 140lbs) but have a small frame so I look thinner than I really am. Someone said once that I don't have enough blood for my body LOL..and it sure does feel that way. I take cinnamon for blood sugar balance as I'm a diabetic, magnesium (helps my chronic constipation when nothing else will) and I eat primarily vegetarian. Is there something I'm taking that could be causing this...and what can I take to fix this naturally? I've been to the cardiologist, and they say my heart is basically healthy. I've had my thyroid tested recently but since there is a history of low thyroid I take some kelp daily. I've always gotten lightheaded as a teenager even, but I attributed that to my smoking, which I no longer do. I' ve had every test available and they're seems to be nothing wrong with me...am I just a weak person?

    • ANSWER:
      You are not just a weak person! :0) It sounds like you have dysautonomia. People with dysaut. have chronically low blood pressure and other things like gastroparesis (which would explain your constipation). Its super hard to diagnose because most doctors have never even heard of it! (Its estimated that about 1 in 100 people have some form of it though. They just are rarely diagnosed.)

      I have dysaut. and my bp is always super low (sometimes I can't even sit up!) If you are interested in taking meds for the low bp, you will probably need a diagnosis of dysautonomia for the best help. A doctor who understands dysaut. (they are few and far between) will be able to give you the meds that are right for your form of dysaut. I am taking fludrocortisone which allows me to hold more water and raises my blood pressure, and I take zoloft to help raise my bp as well.

      There are ways that you can raise you bp naturally, and most doctors will have you try these first:
      -licorice root (acts the same a fludrocortisone) Its over the counter, but if you take it, get your electrolytes checked often because it can make you too low on potassium.
      -lot and LOTS of salt. eat salty foods...and then add salt to them lol
      -drink a lot. My docs say 2-4 liters a day! Gatorade and tomato juice work really well because they have lots of sodium in them.
      -exercise to the best of your ability. some people with dysat. have a hard time exercising, but it is really important to do exercises that are within your ability range. Leg and trunk strengthening is also important in helping raise blood pressure
      -Wear compression stockings.
      -Stay our of heat (no hot showers, hot weather, saunas, etc.)

      All of these things are for low blood pressure in general, so even if you don't have dysaut. they will help. :0)

      If you want more info there is ton's of great information, tips, and a list of good doctors on dinet.org.

      Good Luck! :0)

  21. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar Question?
    So, okay. Today I'd woken up pretty late (cough...4 pm) after suffering through a sleepless night. Anyhow, before eating a sandwich I'd decided to just check my blood sugar (I'm not diabetic, or hypo or hyperglycemic, no), and it was 121. That's actually the highest in all my life it's ever been.
    I'm not overweight, either. I'm 24, 5'10" and weigh 170 lb. And I've no symptoms of diabetes or pre-diabetes, either, but I do sadly sort of lead a slightly sedentary lifestyle for a bit now, so I'm thinking that's probably why. And that I also ate a bit late (around 2) the previous night which involved wheat English muffins (yes, carbs). And was stressed...
    I haven't checked it again yet because I just had some ginger tea with cinnamon that my mother suggested I take because it's supposed to help lower my blood sugar.
    My question is just this: Since my blood sugar is usually within the normal range, was it high (well for me, since I'm just one point over the norm) because I'd eaten late?
    Just took it again before eating dinner (at 8 pm), and it was thankfully back to my normal blood sugar levels: 85.

    But I still thank everyone for the insight, because I'll keep them in mind (although Monica's was a bit brash and disturbing. But thanks just the same).

    • ANSWER:
      Okay. A fasting blood sugar level of 121 is pre-diabetes. Period. And you shouldn't consider it just one point over ... any fasting number between 100 & 125 is pre-diabetes, which means you are headed for diabetes. You don't even have to be overweight to get type 2 diabetes, though heavier people are usually the ones that get it. You need to see a doctor asap. Diabetes is nothing to play with.

      -edit-

      I originally said diabetes was anything over 120. I was wrong, it's 126, so I changed it.

  22. QUESTION:
    POLL: What science project do you think is the most interesting for sixth grade?
    1. Proving steam can burn paper when super heated through a copper tube.
    2. Making a home-made flashlight using graphite (from a pencil) and hooked up to a car battery using stereo wire.
    3. Cinnamon VS aloe vera to lower blood sugar levels (mainly in type 2 diabetes)
    4. film canister battery using vinegar and water as an electolyte to power an LED bulb.

    • ANSWER:
      Cinnamon Vs aloe vera to lower blood sugar levels, sounds great! For one, it will be a lot easier to do, and second you will finish quicker. If you would rather go all out, i would say choice 4, but 3 sounds perfect to me.

      Hope that helps you out! Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    What's differenceBetween Omega 3's & Omega 6's & are both Fish Oil?read on.?
    Is tuna &salmon both: omega 3's; & what are Omega 6's; i read bout it; forgot!;i have to research THAT again. & will any of above omega's 3 & / or 6's help reduce cholesterol AND will it lower blood sugar; do you think that cheap cinnamon powder i purchase at Dollar General store WILL help lower: cholesterol AND my blood sugar BOTH ? or WOULD I NEED TO PURCHASE cinnamon or cinnamon bark at Another sources, - health food store; or POSSIBLE sources on Internet. thanks for any help! Best Wishes To All! & will cinnamon help lower blood pressure (not mine but 4 relative).Thus far my b.p. ok! knock On wood!

    • ANSWER:
      The omega 3's in fish oil and oily fish such as tuna and salmon will help to reduce both your high cholesterol and your high blood pressure. Besides that, fish oil is also good for your brain.

  24. QUESTION:
    Ways to consume ground cinnamon?
    Hi guys, I was wondering if any of you have recipes for cinnamon that is immensely low calorie that will take only less than five minutes to make. The only thing I can think of so far is eating apples with cinnamon on them. But I don't have any apples.

    Do you guys have a recipe for cinnamon tea or something really easy to eat cinamon?

    I have a hormone problem and I'm planning to use cinnamon to help control blood sugar.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I love making cinnamon and honey tea:) i boil water and depending how many cups i wanna make i vary in how much ingrediants i use for one cup i will put a table spoon of cinnamon cause its a strong spice and a few teaspoons of pure honey:) maybe two or 3 teaspoons:) i love how it taste and healthy:)

  25. QUESTION:
    i just read a question..?
    concerning the use of cinnamon to lower your blood sugar. I have never heard of this, has any one done this and had any luck? I will try this, if ya'll think it's a good idea.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, I just typed in "does cinnamon lower blood sugar" in the google. Try it. It gives a lot of info on it.

  26. QUESTION:
    My mom has a blood sugar level of 184, is it possible it can be reversed with my methods?
    I know supplements like cinnamon, Chromium, magnesium, and zinc can ultilize glucose levels, and assist insulin.

    I keep insisting that my mom takes Chromium, but no matter how many times I tell her to do this she just keeps saying, "She can just watch her diet"

    Now I know that when your blood sugar is above 125 it's pretty safe to say that you probably have diabeties but, i've heard many stories, and personally met someone who's diabeties was reversed.

    Just by taking Chromium.

    My mother is hard headed, and refuses to listen to my advice. I remember when my glucose levels were 104.

    With exercise, fiber, supplements, I had reversed it and lowers it to 90. (It was 90 because I ate before the blood test)

    So imagine it if I didn't eat? Would have been lower!

    Well any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no scientific information that any of your methods works for anything.
      You can NEVER reverse diabetes.
      Once you have it, you always have it.

      If you keep pushing your sugar level down you will soon be dead.

  27. QUESTION:
    any suggestions on how to lower glucose fasting level?
    my husband is a diabetic and is controlling his blood sugar quite well with his meds and cinnamon.
    However he is having problems with his levels when he first wakes us- I know about "the morning phenomenon". Does anyone have any suggestions how how to help this. It isn't as high as it used to be without meds but still it is high- it was 170 this morning. After dinner last night it was 120.

    • ANSWER:
      Fasting blood sugar should be taken 12 hours after taking dinner.
      Divide your meals equally and eat 7 times in a day (ie., in small quantity).
      Avoid fat and oils in the diet. Eat a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet. This kind of diet includes cottage cheese, fat-free milk, fish (not canned in oil), vegetables, poultry, egg whites, and polyunsaturated oils and margarines (corn, safflower, canola, and soybean oils). Avoid foods with excess fat in them such as meat (especially liver and fatty meat), egg yolks, whole milk, cream, butter, shortening, lard, pastries, cakes, cookies, gravy, peanut butter, chocolate, olives, potato chips, coconut, cheese (other than cottage cheese), coconut oil, palm oil, and fried foods.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is that proven cinnamon depletes belly fat?
    CINNAMON fights belly fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and blood sugar problems! It's true. Test subjects who took small doses of cinnamon regularly reaped absolutely astounding health benefits including: Better blood sugar control, 25% LOWER triglycerides for patients with type 2 diabetes, and it also helped lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels a whopping 27% -- helped fight belly fat at the same time! Exactly how much cinnamon do you need? See the researchers' advice on page 82.
    http://www.bottomlinesecrets.com/search/search_results.cfm

    • ANSWER:
      How could cinnamin attack only belly fat? Is it intelligent? There is no difference between belly fat and arm fat or leg fat so how could it target only the fat on your belly?

  29. QUESTION:
    Does this sound high/low/normal?
    I had to have some lab work done that I wasn't told to fast for. Got a call back that my blood sugar came back high and was asked if I'd eaten that morning. At the time I couldn't remember but since remembered that I ate one of my daughter's chicken nugget microwave meals about an hr and a half before the test, drank a vitamin water (one that had sugar in it) in the car on the way there and I was still feeling shaky so I was eating a cinnamon while they drew blood. My test came back showing my sugar at 149.
    I was wondering if anyone knows considering what I'd eaten and when if that number would be high/low/normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Since you ate an hour and a half before the test, your blood sugar should have been down to normal, or pretty close to it. The reading is too high to be considered normal, but because you ate so close to the test, it really can't be used to diagnosed or draw any real conclusions. Let your doctor know.

      It would be a good idea to get retested and to fast before the test. No eating or drinking for 8 hours to make it a true fasting level. Nothing, not even water. Go to the lab first thing in the morning. Take a bagged lunch with you to have AFTER the test has been done. That way you won't be shaky when you have to drive home.

      A fasting level should be under 100 for a non diabetic. If its over 100, it means prediabetes, and if its over 125, it means diabetes. They usually do two tests on two different days just to make sure.

      If you want to skip the fasting, ask for an HbA1c test, which doesn't require it. A normal HbA1c test results is between 3.5 and 5.5%. If its over, you are prediabetic or diabetic.

      Good luck!

      By the way, being shaky like that means you could be hypoglycemic or prediabetic. The two often go hand in hand. My Mom and I both had hypoglycemia for years and both of us went on to develop type 2 diabetes.

      Good luck!

      More info here - good links, good book list, and more
      http://profiles.yahoo.com/blog/FTZGWIV7WJPM3F7P2OZSN2G5JA

  30. QUESTION:
    Why did I faint when I got out of the bath?
    I was taking a nice hot bath, but once I got out, I felt dizzy and shaky. My legs went numb and I kept seeing black blotches in my vision. I felt real weak and queasy. I sat on the toilet with my head between my legs and took deep breaths. When that did not work, I rested my head against the wall. I still felt horrible. And afterwards, I think I got up to get out of the bathroom... I'm not sure. I didn't have the energy to get dressed so I just wrapped towel around me. Like I said, I think I was heading towards the door then I just blacked out and went down. I don't really remember falling. I just remember waking up on the bathroom floor and my big brother knocking on the door asking if I tripped and fell. I just cried for him to help me. I kept hearing this terrible, high-pitch ringing in my ears. I worked up the strength to head to my bed and I was crying from fright. My brother says I fainted. It is all kind of blurry. The falling part is totally unsure to me. I thought I would feel a bruise or some type of pain on my head from falling on the hard floor, but nope. My mom thinks I have low blood sugar like her and she says I didn't eat enough before I took that bath. I had a big bowl of cinnamon cereal and a frappacino about an hour before the bath so I think I ate enough.
    And this isn't the first time this has happened. Well the faint was the first, but the ringing, weakness, and blurred vision have all happened before. Not just when I got out of the bath, but at random moments.

    So any help here? Should I go to a doctor or something? Or is this some kind of casual thing that just happens?

    • ANSWER:
      this is all very simple really.
      yes you did faint.
      NO it was not cuz you had low blood sugar.
      you fainted cuz you took too hot of a bath and then you got up and out of the bath and your blood PRESSURE (not sugar) didn't adjust to you getting up out of the hot bath.
      the lack of pain from hitting your head is actually pretty common cuz most times when you faint you don't actually go down too hard you probably realized that you were going to faint and started to go to the floor by yourself before you actually fainted and you just don't remember doing it.

      you're fine just don't take quite as hot of baths.

  31. QUESTION:
    any healthy diet tips?
    okay, so all i really want is to be toned, fit and healthy! i want to be confident in my own skin. im 16, 5'8 and about 125-130 pounds. i have excess fat around my sides...other than that its pretty small i suppose. i have anorexic tendencies...i see myself as obese at times so i just stop eating. and then i get super sick cause my blood sugar drops too low:/ im getting past that though! im trying to stay healthy and fit. not skinny and un healthy:)

    whats a good high protein diet? im gonna try to do the PX90 plan...(i haven't started it yet cause i dont have the DVDS yet)

    today i ate....

    - small mug of lipton sweet tea with 2 tbps of sugar (thats a BIG step for me because i am seriously addicted to sweet tea. and i usually put sooo much more sugar in itt)

    - apples and cinnamon oatmeal (1 pack)

    - 6" ham and turkey sandwhich from subway on wheat bread with mayo

    thats all im eating for today. yall have to understand that it doesnt take much to fill me up! plus i drink allot of waterrr. as far as working out....i run about 1-2 miles and walk about 5 miles everyday (or sometimes every other day) i do workout DVDs with weights and cardio combined.

    any suggestions for working out and the meal plan? thanks so much for answering! <3

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a super health freak and i also exercise a bunch so here's what i usually eat:
      -brown sugar oatmeal (1 pack) and a nutrigrain bar with milk

      -peanut butter sandwich (whole grain bread) a fruit ( i like strawberries) granola bar, nonfat yogurt and water

      -dinner differs... usually a pasta with bread or turkey sandwich with lettuce tomato and mustard with water (and the occaisonal diet pop)

  32. QUESTION:
    i have diabetes, but something weird has been happening, can u help me understand why?
    alright i've been a diabetic for almost 3 years. i take insulin. and i'm on the pump. lately my blood sugar has been low every time i test it. For example, i'll wake up in the morning test it and it'll be 57. so i'll eat a piece of toast with Cinnamon and butter and i won't take any insulin. then at lunch time i'll test and it'll be 74. so i ate a sand which which was 24 carbs and i ate soup that was 45 carbs. so a total of 69 carbs and i took no insulin what so ever. and at dinner time my blood sugar stayed down below 100. my blood sugar has never done this before. i'm on the pump so i take 1.2 units every hour, but i take no insulin for meals. do you think its possible that i won't need to take insulin anymore??

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, if are type 1, then yes you will need insulin for the rest of your life (or at least until 'they' find a cure).

      So lets look at the causes of hypoglycaemia which are too much insulin, too much exercise or too little food. You didn't mention snacks which are important to avoid hypo's before meals. And because you are on the pump which gives a continuous dose of insulin you MUST eat snacks to avoid hypo's (ie morning tea and afternoon tea and also supper if you need it).
      However, if you feel that you don't want to be eating snacks during the day then I would speak to your endocrinologist about decreasing your basal insulin rate.

      Another cause is physical activity - are you quite active during the day? Being active results in lowered BGLs, which decreases the need for insulin at times.

      Also, have you tested 2 hours after a meal? That may give you an idea of how your BGL is doing after eating a particular food.
      Starting on an insulin pump is a big learning curve and takes a long time to get used to it. The best way that you can manage is regular BGL testing before and after each meal and snack so that you can learn what you need to do.
      Talk to your diabetes team about it as they can help you.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is that proven cinnamon depletes belly fat?
    CINNAMON fights belly fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and blood sugar problems! It's true. Test subjects who took small doses of cinnamon regularly reaped absolutely astounding health benefits including: Better blood sugar control, 25% LOWER triglycerides for patients with type 2 diabetes, and it also helped lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels a whopping 27% -- helped fight belly fat at the same time! Exactly how much cinnamon do you need? See the researchers' advice on page 82.
    http://www.bottomlinesecrets.com/search/search_results.cfm
    is based on study,research.

    • ANSWER:
      No controled studies appear to have been done on this subject. Studies that co consider cinnamon use the oil derived from the bark. What has been studied thus far is...

      Edible coatings of oregano, cinnamon oil, and lemongrass may help protect food from E.coli and other bacterial contamination

      It has been considered in the treatment of type 2 diabetes for both clinical and research purposes and more research is needed, it shows some benefit

      I has some antioxidant activity

      The only study that may be related to your question is

      Polyphenols Found in Cinnamon Mimic Job of Hormone. By: Bliss, Rosalie Marion. Agricultural Research, Apr2004, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p19-19, 1p, 1c;


Does Alcohol Lower Your Blood Sugar

Do you need to lower your blood pressure fast? There are all kinds of reasons why people want to get to a normal blood pressure reading quickly. Often times it really doesn't have anything to do about their concern with health but rather about how a high blood pressure reading will affect some other part of their life. Like work.

Any number of jobs has a requirement for an annual physical that is a condition of employment. This runs the gamut of over the road truck drivers to airline pilots to police and firemen and almost anyone who is involved in physical exertion. If you know you have high blood pressure and you're scheduled for a physical by your employer, then you are obviously concerned.

What happens if you fail that exam? How long will they keep you on and what kind of work will they provide while you get your blood pressure under control? What does this mean financially?

Well if your exam is at least three weeks off and your pressure isn't greater than 20 points above normal then there is good news. You can get down to normal if you want. And you can do it without drugs.

It will be a challenge but once you have the knowledge and you act on it, you'll be able to achieve the results you want.

Let's start with what the principal objective is. Nobody really knows what causes high blood pressure but we know plenty about its effect on the body and the blood vessels in particular. The vessels are designed to expand when the heart pumps blood and then contract after the pulse passes. A person with high blood pressure has lost some or all of this elasticity so the vessels are stiff or contracted at all times. When the vessels are contracted they have a smaller diameter handling the same force from the heart. This is what high blood pressure is.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    drinking alcohol does it raise or lower your blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Risk of Low Blood Sugar
      If you have diabetes and take insulin shots or oral diabetes pills, you risk low blood sugar when you drink alcohol. To protect yourself, never drink on an empty stomach. Plan to have your drink with a meal or after eating a snack.
      How does alcohol add to your chances of having low blood sugar? It has to do with your liver.
      Normally, when your blood sugar level starts to drop, your liver steps in. It goes to work changing stored carbohydrate into glucose. Then it sends the glucose out into the blood, which helps you avoid or slow down a low blood sugar reaction.
      However, when alcohol enters your system, this changes. Alcohol is a toxin. Your body reacts to alcohol like a poison. The liver wants to clear it from the blood quickly. In fact, the liver won't put out glucose again until it has taken care of the alcohol. If your blood glucose level is falling, you can quickly wind up with very low blood sugar.
      This is why drinking as little as 2 ounces of alcohol (about 2 drinks) on an empty stomach can lead to very low blood sugar.
      When you mix alcohol and exercise, you increase the risk of going low. This can happen because exercise helps lower your blood sugar levels. Let's say you just played a couple of hard sets of tennis. You have a beer after the match. But in the hours after the game, your body is still working. It is replacing the energy your muscles used up. To do this, it clears glucose from the blood and adds it to the muscles' store. This is why exercise can cause your blood sugar level to go down.
      If you take insulin or diabetes pills, they too are working to clear glucose from your blood. Unless you eat or your liver adds glucose to your blood, you could be heading for a low blood sugar level. If you drink a beer, the alcohol will stop your liver from sending out any glucose. Your chances of going low are even greater.
      Check with your health care provider to see if it's OK to combine alcohol with your diabetes medications.
      Low blood sugar when drinking is less of a risk for those with type 2 diabetes who control their diabetes with meal planning and exercise alone.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does wine really lower your blood sugar?
    I asked a while ago but never really understood so I'm back at it.

    Is the reason you are told to limit alcohol with Glucophage (metaphormin) really that your sugar might drop too low because wine lowers the blood sugar?
    Wow! You guys are all so smart. :-)

    The reason I ask is that I do enjoy wine but avoid it. Don't avoid much else unfortunately :-( I'm asking now tho cuz I plan, God willing, to take a trip to Paris and I refuse to go there and not drink wine. I think it's illegal or something. I might get arrested.

    • ANSWER:
      No, that's not quite it..

      Metformin works to enhance the body's use of insulin.. allowing it to take sugar out of the blood, and returning it to a normal level. Alcohol actually increases the effectiveness of metformin, so it's like taking extra pills. Not good, because metformin starts working overtime, REALLY enhancing the insulin uptake, and dropping the blood sugar too much.

      And for other answers.. wine has virtually no sugar in it, it's all turned to alcohol (atkins anyone? - I dont recomment that by the way). Also, the drop in blood sugar after alcohol consumption only happens for people with tendencies for hypoglycemia, not a worry for anyone on metformin.

  3. QUESTION:
    Marijuana vs. Alcohol what's your opinion?
    Here is a question that i am curious to see how many people will give an honest answer. Which do you prefer to be legalized Marijuana or Alcohol? Below are just a few facts about both.... (I did look up the facts that are posted on both marijuana and Alcohol I did not just make up these facts myself) I will try and post 10 facts each

    Marijuana: #1 If Pot were legalized the prison industry would be hurt. They would no longer jail Pot smokers. It could free up space for violent criminals. #2 Pot is a sexual stimulant. #3 Pot is 100% natural nothing about it has man made chemicals in it. #4 There has never been a car accident death due to a stoned driver, just some slow drivers and may be some lost drivers . #5 Pot is used for medical use in MANY situations. #6 it is a myth that marijuana is a gate way drug. #7 Pot will cause some short term memory loss. #8 Pot will give you the Munchies, It could cause you to gain weight. #9 Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer; however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers. Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated at this time, but marijuana smokers have some of the same problems as cigarette smokers coughing, mucus, sore lungs, etc. #10 Marijuana make most people more relaxed. It relieves the clutter and tension after a hard days work or stress. It mellows you out and makes you more relaxed. It heightens the imagination and improves creativity. If you have a problem with anger, Pot is usually a good drug to reduce it, no one has ever died from smoking marijuana.

    Alcohol: #1 In VERY SMALL amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. #2 Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. #3 Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. #4 Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character. #5 When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. #6 One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide. #7 Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their non drinking peers. People who continue drinking heavily well into adulthood risk damaging their organs, such as the liver, heart, and brain. #8 The strongest medical evidence exists for the link between moderate drinking and a reduced risk of heart disease. #9 Alcohol has been linked to liver disease, cancers, heart damage and strokes when consumed in larger amounts, and even small doses can lead to accidents, Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. #10 Hangovers are another possible effect after large amounts of alcohol are consumed; a hangover consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue.

    In my opinion i think it's safer to smoke a joint than it is to drink a beer, the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it. you can google all this info your self before you answer i do not smoke or drink and i do not condone any of the above this is just my opinion on the subject, & I am just curious as to what every ones opinion is on the subject. I am just a homemaker and not any form of government at all or anything like that. Also I looked every were for something good about drinking alcohol and found VERY limited info on it, so please don't think this info posted is one sided for marijuana being good for you, I just found that using google as info finder it's easier to find good things about using pot than using beer.

    • ANSWER:
      TRUTHFULLY I WOULD SMOKE THE "KUSH".....LOL

      I KNOW PPL THAT SMOKE THAT SHYT

      BUT I WOULDN'T FUCK WITH IT.

      BUT THE WEED SEEMS BETTER!

      DONT DO DRUGS "KIDDS"

  4. QUESTION:
    How much do you drink as a diabetic?
    The doctors say 2 glasses of beer and your done.

    I've had half a bottle of vodka, 4 beers and some mixed drinks (With tons of carbs) I have also done some other things equivalent to that. And I've woken up with numbers around 150-170. One thing my doctors didn't tell me is that the alcohol keeps me in the low blood sugar range for the week following heavy drinking.

    My questions are 1. What "is" the actual limit for someone my weight that has diabetes. 2. Does the week long low blood sugar effect happen to all/most diabetics?

    I weight a little under 200 pounds and I am 6'1"
    I am a type 1 diabetic*

    • ANSWER:
      As long as your sugar levels are okay, then just like anyone else.

      A few drinks on a night out isn't going to hurt every now and again, but regular, day in and out drinking will mess you up like anyone else.

      New years eve I drank vodka, tequila, malibu, a few cocktails, god knows what, absinthe, jager bombs ( sooo good). Then other things. I really don;t know what.

      We need to have fun just like everyone else.

      We can have a night out, just like everyone else.

      The week long only tends to last me a couple of days, but i compensate for that now.

      Usually i like whiskey and vodka.

      Nothing better than a good single malt.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is the object to keep your eye on the ball?
    Or do you keep your eye on the money? Regardless of poor people's health.
    How many more of nature's medicine are they going to ban?

    The folks in the UK and Europe may have thought they were the only ones struggling under new stringent laws and regulations clamping down on alternative medicine...

    Now, suddenly the good little bureaucrats at the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are powering up their hive-mind in order to "protect" us from safe, non-drug treatments too!

    Recently I told you about new FDA actions that will severely limit access to intravenous ascorbic acid (IAA), a proven cancer-fighter that has been shown to neutralize virtually any pathogenic organism.

    Apparently, the FDA has decided that IAA is an unapproved drug. And because it's obviously NOT a drug and can't be patented, they've basically found a way to make therapeutic doses of vitamin C illegal.

    When it comes to being small-minded and petty, these FDA drones are extremely effective.

    But IAA isn't the only item on their hit list. Now they're zeroing in on niacin. Which just HAPPENS to be a direct competitor of Big Pharma's cash cow: statin drugs.

    You can't say that

    Last month, FDA officials told Upsher Smith, a small Minnesota pharmaceutical company, that they couldn't reference niacin studies in their marketing of SLO-NIACIN — a supplement with sustained-release to reduce the warm, tingling effect that niacin sometimes causes.

    So it's basically just niacin.

    Upsher Smith has temporarily taken the SLO-NIACIN info off their website. But the FDA warning letter lists several studies that pose a problem. One study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 1992 is titled, "Marked benefit with sustained-release niacin therapy in patients with 'isolated' very low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and coronary artery disease."

    Now, just think about that. There's a study in a major medical journal that shows a "marked benefit" in artery disease patients who take sustained-release niacin.

    But the FDA doesn't want you to read about that on the Upsher Smith site. (Or maybe they don't want you to read about it at all...)

    But either way, does the suppression of this information serve artery disease patients?

    Other studies (which may or may not have been on the site) show that niacin also helps reduce triglycerides, and may help prevent dementia, arthritis, and anxiety.

    When Dr. Spreen sent me an article about this new FDA action, he noted that niacin is also listed in the Physicians' Desk Reference as a therapeutic agent to lower cholesterol. It's right there in the medical mainstream's public record — the source ALL doctors turn to when treating patients.

    But if you make and sell niacin, you can't mention this PROVEN benefit to your prospective customers?

    Something is really WRONG with this picture!

    Years ago, suffragette Crystal Eastman said, "Tyranny goes by the name of protection."

    I can't imagine how much stronger a statement she would make today if she saw the workings of the FDA...especially if she were faced with heart disease.

    This cannot be said too often: If your magnesium intake is low, you're in trouble. There's just no way you're going to prevent or successfully manage type 2 diabetes with a low magnesium level.

    Dr. Spreen has told me that dozens of times. And with good reason. Magnesium helps maintain normal insulin levels.

    In a new study from Brazil, researchers evaluated magnesium status in type 2 diabetics. They found that poor kidney function (common in diabetes) increases magnesium elimination in the urine. When too much elimination is combined with low magnesium intake, blood sugar runs high.

    Menstruation and high stress also reduce magnesium levels. And a heavy intake of starches, alcohol, diuretics and some prescription drugs (such as antibiotics) can increase urinary elimination of magnesium.

    Dr. Spreen recommends 500 mg of magnesium per day, with the added note that magnesium gluconate and chelated magnesium are the preferred supplement forms. And if you want to try to get the magnesium you need from your diet, some of the best sources are leafy green vegetables, avocados, nuts, and whole grains.

    To Your Good Health,

    Jenny Thompson
    HSI Director

    ________________________________________
    Sources:

    "FDA warns niacin marketers about drug claims" Shane Starling, NutraIngredients-USA, 1/26/11, nutraingredients- usa.com Warning Letter to Upsher Smith Laboratories, Inc., FDA, 1/19/11, fda.gov
    Give us back our wonder plant(s)
    http://youtu.be/tcA4ALg0v2I
    Question is; Does anybody care? What do they care about? $$$$$$$$?

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly I wish the government would quit trying to be my mother and stick to the task the Constitution gave them. Big Government was the focus of 1984 and don't look now but it is here.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does Medical Marijuana sound right for me?
    Hello,

    I'm a 19 year old male living in Ontario, Canada. I have diabetes, anxiety and depression, I was prescribed Effexor XR (not a overly high dose) but due to the serious lack of pros, and a mountain of cons and bad experiences I decided to not take said pharm. I do not like swallowing pills and I do not like pharms, they seem to create a lot of problems.
    Due to diabetes, I have very strong back pain from seizures, and discomfort due to highblood along with all the other problems that could develop from that.
    Stress managment is a key factor in diabetes, having a very stressful life tends to keep your blood at a high sugar level. Most people tend to indulge in a cigarette or alcohol to take a bit of the constant edge off of life, this should be heavily avoided for a diabetic. Marijuana provides a non blood sugar level, stress reliving alternative to stress and anxiety, which greatly helps in the reduction of low blood.

    If you know nothing about marijuana, please do not answer this question, there are many medical benefits, and very few cons, compared to, say, the often prescribed Oxycontin.

    I'm not looking to hear "Son, this will ruin you're life. Try to find Jesus please" but thank you for you're concern.

    Does Medical Marijuana sound like it could apply for me? Or should I not even bother asking my doctor about it tomorrow morning? As I've said I suffer from anxiety, and its turning my stomach at the thought of bringing it up, but I've wanted to for quite a long time.

    • ANSWER:
      Try it,it's at least a natural remedy and pharms can be harmful over a long period of time.Keep in mind that medical marijuana doesn't work for every one just as pharms don't work for every one.

  7. QUESTION:
    Solve Nutrition quiz?
    Other than when sleeping, the basal metabolic rate is the lowest rate of energy expenditure. (0.50 points)

    True
    False

    # As you exceed 50 percent of your VO2 max, you begin to rely more and more on fat as an energy source. (0.50 points)

    True
    False

    # The fact that alcohol and fat have about twice the amount of energy per gram as either carbohydrate or protein means that they are better energy sources for the active individual. (0.50 points)

    True
    False

    # On a mixed diet of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, what percent of the energy expenditure at rest is derived from fat? (0.50 points)

    a. 60
    b. 50
    c. 40
    d. 30

    # A type I muscle fiber (0.50 points)

    a. is called a slow-twitch red fiber.
    b. can produce energy primarily by anaerobic processes.
    c. is also referred to as FOG.
    d. All of the above statements apply to type I muscle fibers.

    # Type IIb muscle fibers (0.50 points)

    a. are also known as fast-twitch red fibers.
    b. produce energy primarily by anaerobic processes.
    c. use the ATP-PC system at a slower rate than Type I.
    d. are also referred to as FOG.

    # In very high-intensity exercise, lasting only one or two minutes, the probable cause of fatigue is (0.50 points)

    a. a depletion of phosphocreatine.
    b. depletion of carbohydrate stores.
    c. loss of lipid reserves.
    d. disruption of cellular metabolism caused by the accumulation of hydrogen ions.

    # When participating in very mild aerobic activities, which ofthe following will lead to fatigue in very prolonged bouts? (0.50 points)

    a. diminishing carbohydrate levels
    b. low blood-sugar levels
    c. low stores of fat
    d. All of the above answers will lead to fatigue

    # Which of the following sport events would rely on the lactic acid system for most of the energy production. (0.50 points)

    a. competitive weight lifting
    b. the 100 meter dash
    c. the 800 meter run
    d. a 5 kilometer run

    # The main energy source for the oxygen system during exercise of 2 hours in length would be (0.50 points)

    a. glycogen found in the muscle, liver, and blood.
    b. triglycerides.
    c. carbohydrates.
    d. protein.

    # The immediate source of energy for all body processes, including muscle contraction, is (0.50 points)

    a. muscle glycogen.
    b. adenosine triphosphate.
    c. phosphocreatine.
    d. both ATP and PC.

    # Which of the following statements about energy expenditure is incorrect? (0.50 points)

    a. The cost of running a given distance does not depend on the speed of movement.
    b. Hand weights seem to increase energy expenditure only when used at slower speeds.
    c. Swimming a given distance takes about four times as much energy as running that distance.
    d. The use of hand weights may exaggerate the blood pressure response.

    # Which one of the following statements about fatigue is true? (0.50 points)

    a. Fatigue may only be physiological in nature.
    b. The site of fatigue is classified solely in the central nervous system.
    c. Fatigue is always due to an insufficient supply of the optimal energy source.
    d. The most important factor in the prevention of fatigue during exercise is training.

    # The elevation of the metabolic rate that occurs after ingestion of a meal is (0.50 points)

    a. increased significantly by the ingestion of fat.
    b. accountable for less than 3 percent of the total daily energy expenditure.
    c. referred to as dietary-induced thermogenesis or thermic effect of food.
    d. significantly higher in obese subjects when compared to lean subjects.

    # The oxygen system (0.50 points)

    a. produces ATP in rather large quantities from other energy sources in the body.
    b. involves aerobic processing of carbohydrates to some extent, with major utilization of protein.
    c. is used primarily in sports that demand strenuous exercise.
    d. depends upon reactions that occur in the nucleus of the cell.

    # Your total daily energy expenditure is the sum of your (0.50 points)

    a. BMR, REE, and TEF.
    b. BMR, EMR, and TEF.
    c. REE, RMR, and TEE.
    d. REE, TEF, and TEE.

    # Calculate your Estimated Energy Requirement using the formula and Table on page 107 in the Williams text. Type your numbers for the formula as well as the answer for total credit. (4 points)

    (* 4000 character limit)

    # Calculate and state your REE using Table 3.4 on page 97 of the Williams textbook. Be sure to use kilograms for bodyweight as shown. (3 points)

    (* 4000 character limit)

    • ANSWER:
      Your guess should be better than mine. However, I will have a go if you really want to risk it!

  8. QUESTION:
    Have any introverts dramatically improved the ability to think on your feet?
    I believe this skill depends on how we use our short term memory as opposed to our long term memory in conversation.

    I've read a few things on this and introverts normally use long term memory to associate things and that can explain why sometimes its hard to come up with a response or contribute to a conversation. I know fear and low self confidence can contribute too.

    Sometimes, if Im in a really really good mood and not feeling tired, which is less often than I like, I can engage in verbal jousting and usually have things to say sitting on the tip of my tounge. Other times I've noticed I can do this is after consuming alcohol, caffeine, sugar or after a solid work out (cardio or weights).

    Are there any mental exercises I can do to help me become better at this or to consistently get more blood flow to the part of my brain that is responsible for this. I will continue to try and get better sleep and keep on exercising/eating healthy since this helps as well.

    Any ideas anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      wow. this makes a lot of things clearer to me! like you explained...i just can't think on my feet, especially if i'm tired or tense or nervous, instead i spend what seems like forever (long enough for the conversation to have moved on anyway) to make detailed links with somewhat obscure subject matter. the extent of my ability to participate in 'verbal jousting' is limited to replaying the whole conversation in my head and adding in my bits this way. social retard and introvert the same thing? hope not.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for me to talk to her doctor, I'm concerned?
    I know that the first thing you're going to tell me is "It's none of your business, and it's none of his," but I feel that I'm the only one that's going to do something about it, because's dad wont even do anything about it, and everyone else is scared of hurting my mother's feelings, but things have to be done. I am her daughter, I just want her to get taken care of before this eating disorder takes care of her. I already think it might be kind of late, and I'm just a nurse aide with very little psychological experience.

    Yes, I am very sure that she has an eating disorder, she is presenting to me all of the psychological and physical symptoms (such as losing too much weight too fast, very restrictive diet, excessive exercise, low blood pressure, low sugar, cold, tired, etc), and I've researched eating disorders for months. I've tried to talk to her about it, and she would tell me not to worry, she's just trying to lose extra weight, and would act like she doesn't want to talk about it. She has went through some problems with dad lately, and has complained about being lonely, and has been isolating herself. I talk to her, and I go home a few times a week to visit. She also acts like she wants to be in her twenties again, and lives by this now: live life to the fullest (what she says). She has presented symptoms of dysthymia and borderline personality disorder. She has been taking risks that she would have never taken before, and could cause her some trouble. She has also slipped back into drinking alcohol a few times (she is an alcoholic in recovery). She's 50 years old.

    The problem is, I think her doctor should know what's going on, I didn't write the entire story here, because there's too many symptoms and feelings she is exhibiting. Dad doesn't even go to the doctor with her, and the doctor only sees her for a few minutes, and does know about her weight loss, but hasn't done anything yet, because she's still 20 pounds over the borderline low weight.

    Should I have a talk with her doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Amber:

      I'm sorry to hear about what is going on with your mom but am glad that you are concerned enough to attempt to do something about it. It amazes me that I am also 50, have borderline anorexia, am a recovering alcoholic and have severe depression (not borderline personality disorder). I'd be almost the perfect person to get on the phone with her!

      Talking with your mom's doctor isn't really available to you because of hipa and privacy laws. You could mention it and hope for the best but I doubt that would get you very far. Anemia isn't just about losing weight, it is also or can be a "control" issue. When someone's life is out of control, the only thing they can do is control their intake if food (what was my case but I've resolved my issues with help).

      Have you discussed this with other family members? What about sitting down with her and showing "concern" but not anger. Not, "Mom, you HAVE to do something about this!!!!" Simply ask her if she would consider calling a few people. There are places in the phone book, hospitals or if she is willing, I'd even get on the phone. Not sure what I can do but I'm willing to give it a shot!

      All the best!

      Momma Kat (MommaKatCanDo@yuahoo.com or katleo1961@yahoo.com

  10. QUESTION:
    I SWEAT ALOT!!! (help me, this is serious)?
    hey everyone i asked the question why do i sweat alot under my arms and starting to on my back before.. and i got this reply from a lady.

    ''You have excessive sweating.

    Causes include
    Alcohol
    Caffeine
    Cancer
    Certain medicines, including thyroid hormone, morphine, drugs to reduce fevers, and medicines to treat mental disorders
    Emotional or stressful situations (anxiety)
    Exercise
    Fever
    Infection
    Low blood sugar
    Menopause
    Overactive thyroid gland
    Spicy foods (known as "gustatory sweating")
    Warm temperatures
    Withdrawal from alcohol or narcotic pain killers

    You should see your doctor about this as it can become a serious matter.''

    But the thing is i only drink alchohol once a month not even that, i dont drink cofee so theere is no caffene in my diet, i'm pretty sure i dont have cancer lol, i do have a mental disorder called anxiety and i take a tablet each morning for that but i had sweating even before i started taking tablets but i had anxiety before the sweating came, it not excersis because when im just sitting down the patches would come but when i excersise it becomes even bigger, i'm not sick at all like no fever of infection, i donno what these three mean
    ''Low blood sugar
    Menopause
    Overactive thyroid gland''
    but i dont think i have them because then i would knowwhat they are, i dont eat spicy food only once in a blue moon, i am always warm temperatured though like i can never wear a jumper for to long and such but i have always had that and i only started to sweat like 6 months ago, and i havent withdrawed from alcohol or pain killers, and im skinny and pretty fit.

    SO PLEASE I STILL HAVE NO ANSWERS TO WHATS WRONG WITH ME SO I CAN GET RID OF IT, PLEASE HELP ME THIS IS RUINING MY LIFE.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, anxiety can exacerbate it.
      The term is hyperhidrosis and it is a recognised medical condition.
      Primary hyperhidrosis is the condition characterized by abnormally increased perspiration, in excess of that required for regulation of body temperature. It is usually found to start during adolescence (or before)and there appears to be a genetic tendency towards the condition.
      Primary hyperhidrosis must be distinguished from secondary hyperhidrosis, which can start at any point in life.

      I think the other post gave you the sometime causes of secondary hyperhidrosis which usually has an underlying medical condition.
      There is too much to copy and paste so look at the link and consider whether it is serious enough to speak to your doctor.

  11. QUESTION:
    Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach MUST be better when you are dieting right? What am I missing here?
    I see a lot of stuff about not drinking on an empty stomach. But here are the facts that I know or have learned lately:

    1) Alcohol is not converted to fat by the body at all.

    This is a wolf in sheep's clothing, because of the next point...

    2) Alcohol is digested FIRST by the body because it is a toxin, meaning that excess calories are very easily "ignored" and consequently turned to fat.

    So, it would stand to reason that you should probably not have excess calories in your system while drinking.

    3) Alcohol specifically inhibits "fat-burning" because fat, as an energy source, is the lowest on the totem pole of nutrients from which the body will draw energy.

    Perhaps if you were to eat while drinking, avoiding fat at all costs would be prudent. Maybe non calorie-dense foods like fibrous veggies and lean meats.

    4) When you drink on an empty stomach, you become intoxicated more quickly.

    Bad if you are hoping to drive after that beer, which is why this point is used most frequently AGAINST drinking on an empty stomach. However, what if you aren't driving? What if you want specifically to be drunk and have a good time? Seeing as alcoholic beverages are calorie-dense and can REALLY put on a load of calories (think over 2000 for heavy drinking even without food!), it would seem that a calorie-conscious drinker would categorically DESIRE to get drunk faster and with less calories.

    5) Drinking alcohol raises your heart rate (which burns more calories)

    Relatively minimal I would imagine (again, I'm just re-stating facts that I've read, I don't claim any knowledge whatsoever of the medical goings-on), however your body will burn more calories when your heart rate is sustained at a raised level.

    6) Alcohol increases appetite. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause blood-sugar levels to get pretty low.

    This is really the ONLY reason I can see that drinking on an empty stomach is bad for dieters. If your blood sugar plummets and you all of the sudden have to have some food, it might defeat the purpose. That said, what if you have specific foods around that are low-fat, high protein or fiber foods (maybe like beef jerky, green veggies, chicken breast, etc.). You could drunk-snack the crap out of some asparagus and you really wouldn't consume very many calories at all, not to mention that asparagus has a very high thermic effect and will take significant digestive effort to process.

    I guess my point is...given the information that I know about alcohol and disgestion, I find it very surprising that I can't find any references at all that discuss why drinking on an empty stomach would be good for a dieter. Despite all the various professional accounts that you shouldn't do it and citing increased appetite as the main issue, for all I can reason they are actually points for the opposite: that you SHOULD drink on an empty stomach when you are watching your weight.

    I'll take two scenarios here:

    1) You ate a full lunch at 1pm. At 8pm you eat a full dinner, and then go out to a bar, where you have 6 beers. (For me and probably many others, this is a relatively normal weekend scenario). First of all, your body was in a mild "starvation mode" from the 7 hours in between meals already, so that doesn't help. Then you have 6 beers at the bar (we'll say 700 calories if it isn't light beer) and get the munchies. You order some fries or chips and salsa. Between dinner, drinks, and munchies, we're looking at something like 2200 calories, to estimate roughly. On top of that, 6 beers take 6 hours to digest, and the whole time you are not really burning through that food, because the alcohol takes priority. Sounds like a nightmare for fat absorption.

    2) You are eating 5-6 meals a day. You eat your last 400 calorie meal at 6pm (to anticipate the drinking), and go to the bar at 9pm. You have only 3 drinks because your stomach is empty. The alcohol takes 3 hours to digest, and meanwhile there is no excess calories to be turned into fat. Sounds to me like you just "cheated the system." Even if you had some beef jerky or something as a snack, it would be low in fat and likely digested easily when the alcohol is out of your system.

    Do the experts just ignore these facts because they don't have the faith in people to control themselves, or drink responsibly? Well, I suppose that is the case with most people so maybe I can't blame them...but still, what am I missing here?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are dieting to lose weight WHY would you consume the calories of alchol? Makes no sense. Alcohol has no nutritional value.

  12. QUESTION:
    How come my head is spinning?
    I woke up today with my head just spinning. It's like how your head feels all dizzy after you spin in circles. It's making me feel like I'm going to puke. I used to get these headaches from low blood sugar where I felt I didn't have control of my eyes and part of my vision would go out. Eating fixed those, so I'm eating right now just in case it's one of those. But I don't know why else it would be doing this. Is this what being nauseous feels like?
    I haven't drank any alcohol in months so it's not a hangover for sure.

    • ANSWER:
      You might have an inner ear problem, have a doctor check it out.

  13. QUESTION:
    Asalam w.do u know how fasting can actually improve your health?
    I read this article and it helped me learn what are the ways that fasting can improve someones health.Also on tv the sheik advises anyone with any health problem like high blood pressure ,diabetes,cholestrol to fast even during the fitr days .

    1. Attitude About Juice Fasting: One key to juice fasting over water fasting is the ability to prevent ketosis (disrupted carbohydrate metabolism in response to chronic starvation) by continuously providing simple carbohydrates that are used by your body for energy and nutrition to the cells. Some individuals, however, believe that carb overload is the reason why Americans are fat.
    2. Attitude about Skipping Meals: One study suggests that skipping a meal occasionally is not all that bad, especially if weight loss is a goal. However, be aware of changes in metabolic rate (see below).
    3. Autonomic Nervous System: According to this article, fasting appears to have a normalizing effect on the overall tone of the autonomic nervous system. This normalization decreases possibilities for a number of issues ranging from digestive disturbances to anxiety disorders.
    4. Awareness: Fasting can heighten awareness, depending upon the health of the individual, the goal for fasting and the ability to eliminate toxins from the system.
    5. Back Pain: Back pains caused by muscular tightness and stress rather than from bone disease or osteoporosis may be alleviated with a lighter diet or juice fasting.
    6. Bad Health Habits: In some people, fasting has helped break cravings for alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and some drug addictions.
    7. Blood Pressure: Water fasting may correct your high blood pressure to a safe range within two weeks without drugs. This level of pressure can be maintained if the diet is changed rather than going back to old eating habits. This study was conducted in a controlled setting.
    8. Cell Proliferation: This study, done on mice, showed that intermittent fasting slowed cell production, which also showed cancer development. Slowing down the rate of cell proliferation essentially buys time for the cells to repair genetic damage that may cause cancer.
    9. Cholesterol: One study about a 30-day Muslim fast showed significant decrease in LDL (”bad” cholesterol), total serum cholesterol and serum triglycerides at the end of the fasting period. There also was a significant increase in “good” cholesterol (HDL) that showed at the end of the fast and continued to show for one month after the fast.
    10. Chronic cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure: Fasting can reduce triglycerides, atheromas, total cholesterol and may increase HDL levels.
    11. Energy Flow: Through this logic, fasting enables the body to slow down to the point where the individual can listen to the body through the mind. This ‘vital force’ is clouded when the body is filled with toxins. However, one study with flies showed that the value of diminished appetite to an animal’s survival may vary with the infecting microbe.
    12. Fat Mobilization [PDF]: Fasting may move the body to mobilize fat stores from adipose tissue (the fat under your skin) to consume that fat as energy. Short fasts also may protect proteins in your body with the release of a growth hormone.
    13. Heart Health: The day-long, once-a-month fast many Mormons undertake as a part of their faith may help explain the lower rates of coronary artery disease in this population, according to a study presented at the American Heart Assn.’s scientific sessions in Orlando, Florida, in 2007.
    14. Homeostasis: Basically, your metabolic equilibrium, or ability to heal, could undergo a change during fasting. When fasting is employed as a therapeutic measure, it changes the playing field for disease and infection. This article quotes Louis Pasteur, “The pathogen is nothing, the terrain is everything” for an argument on why fasting can be used as a cure for injury or disease.
    15. Insulin and Blood Sugars: A study from the National Institute on Aging found that skipping meals frequently can help mice maintain healthier glucose and insulin levels. The study provides insight into the possible effect of fasting on glucose metabolism.
    16. Life Span: The point behind this list of articles and studies is that caloric reduction, overall, is one way to increase a life span. Lower metabolic rates, slower cell proliferation and less body fat that holds toxic matter all lead to a healthier life. This translates, for many people, into a longer life.
    17. Lifestyle: If you want to change your life to feel healthier and more productive, this author believes that fasting provides the pivot for that change.
    18. Mental Alertness: When toxins are removed from the lymphatic and blood systems, this change improves mental clarity. Eating less also results in energy conservation, which can be used by the brain for thinking tasks.
    19. Metabolism: While many people believe that a fast metabolism is key to weight loss,
    ramadan kareem
    http://current.com/1ubgm4c

    • ANSWER:
      Ramadan Mubarak........
      thanks for the info..........

      @ batman, it doesn't need proving, medicine proves it ask doctors & they will say that too... it relaxes the stomach.
      actually fasting is in all religions, not only islam.... the other prophets did it, just the months or day was different....

  14. QUESTION:
    Diet Foods bad? T OR F?
    FACT - Did you know that most foods labeled as "sugar free" or "low-carb" actually contain artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, and other additives that create a hormonal mess inside your body, actually stimulating your body to STORE more belly fat and stimulate cravings! And foods labeled "whole grain" only have to contain a small fraction of whole grains where the majority can still be refined starches and sugars that spike your blood sugar faster than a sugar-laden soda

    I found this from a article online
    does that mean eating organic food that dont put
    anything artifical in them would be better

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    drivers test; drugs and alcohol?
    okay i took this test like a million times and i can not pass it at all. can anyone help me???

    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.
    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above
    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above
    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x
    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above
    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above
    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above
    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%
    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.
    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.
    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%
    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .
    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months
    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket
    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.
    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar
    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police
    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present
    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer
    california!

    • ANSWER:
      What state you are from will determine some of the answers. Some are the same in all states. I only answered the ones I am quite sure about.

      1. a
      2. d
      3. Depends on your state, but D looks pretty good
      4. That one has got to be in your study guide
      5. d
      6. Depends on your state, A or D
      7. d
      8. Depends, probably D
      9. Depends, probably B
      10. c
      11. c
      12. c
      13. Depends on your state
      14. Depends on state, probably B
      15. a
      16. a
      17. c
      18. b
      19. c

  16. QUESTION:
    High Cholesterol and on the verge of diabetes..how can I get my husband healthier?
    My husband went to the doctor today. He said his cholesterol is high (I remember 300 something) and that he needs to take lipitor to lower it. (he has been throwing the samples in the garbage for years..I told the doctor)

    The doctor also checked his blood sugar levels and that was low. The doctor said that because he drinks (an alcoholic that drinks beer daily, all day) he needs to slow down the drinking so that he doesn't get diabetes..and that alcohol is related to pancreatic problems, that result in diabetes. My husband also smokes cigarettes and chews tobacco, and also takes Loritab daily (maybe 3-5) and I know that will hurt your liver.

    I am healthy. I excercise, eat low fat, high grain, do not drink, smoke, etc. I am 32. My husband is 40. He eats a lot of fast food and is tall and thin (160lbs) and is active..golfing, snowboarding, outdoor activities.

    How can I help him change his lifestyle and get healthier. (I think my husband just had a 'wake up' call..and now knows that this is the time to change...

    • ANSWER:
      He'll have to want to change. And it's important HE wants to change. Encourage him along the way, and help him break it down to manageable pieces. If he tries to make all of the changes at once he can get very frustrated when he fails. Sit down with him and work out a plan to make the changes needed.

      You can't make your husband healthier, you can just help him get himself healthier.

  17. QUESTION:
    what a drunk lol?
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk."

    • ANSWER:
      Don't you just hate it when people say "it's not that funny".. Well i thought it was made me laugh anyways :)

  18. QUESTION:
    yes you,ve guessed it, joke time?
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk.

    • ANSWER:
      GOOD ONE

  19. QUESTION:
    Sobriety Test:-(got this from a website)?
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk."

    • ANSWER:
      Thanks for the laugh. That's a good one.:)

  20. QUESTION:
    Sobriety Test?
    Sobriety Test

    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes.
    The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood."
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."

    "Oh, no, I can't do that."

    "Why not?"

    "Because I'm drunk."

    • ANSWER:
      Good one!
      9.2/10

  21. QUESTION:
    Joke: Why not. Star if funny?
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk.

    • ANSWER:
      LOL! That's funny, thanks.
      Star for you.

  22. QUESTION:
    joke??????????
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk."

    • ANSWER:
      hi bobert, loved your joke, blue

  23. QUESTION:
    Light headed, dizzy, scared, sweat, fear and all along with being epileptic?
    I'm currently being treated for epilepsy (Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy) for about a year now. I take depakene (depakote in other countries) - total of 1200mgs daily. I've been seizure free ever since thanks to the meds along with living an extremely lazy lifestyle :|
    I've been experiencing the symptoms mentioned above more severly as I learnt to ignore the small tingling sensations or the minor jerks I would get during my day. Along with the fact that I'm a generally wimpie guy towards my illness and fear every single aspect, I suddenly become light headed, a bit dizzy at times, I zone out, fear overcomes me (am I gna be ok? What if I faint in front of my friends? Will something bad happen to me, etc... Stupid questions but they seem extremely important...) I also have a feeling of fainting any second, I also start sweating according to how extreme it feels. Initially I thought this had to do with the medication I'm on as a side effect and the doctor had lowered my dosage from a 1500mgs to what it is now but then again I thought to myself, hey.. This could just be a blood pressure issue, if I eat on time and keep myself nourished on a daily basis, everything'll be fine but the question I have is how am I to go about this? Salt and sugar obviously bring up a low blood pressure but what do I keep on the side as an emergency case? What foods to stay away from? What do I avoid? What should be encouraged? Is my diagnosis even correct? Could this be a blood pressure related issue?
    As for background to make things easier, I do smoke cigarettes, I however do not drink alcohol, energy drinks, coffee (to stay seizure free:p) I will have a talk with my doctor soon but our appointment isn't for another month so I'd like a quick fix for now... Your feedback is much appreciated. Cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in touch with ur doctor so he would know wat to do

  24. QUESTION:
    anyone else hate the waiting game?
    my period is due today/tomorrow, not been feeling to good like when your hungover and feel sick no appitite except i havent touched a drop of alcohol bout 10 days ago had a few hours of what felt like period cramps, today i have what feels like period cramps but just on my right side. boobs are more or less normal, have been a bit dizzy. blood sugar seems to be dropping low ( im not diabetic)
    my nose sense is really good but sensitive to strong smells like tobacco and alcohol.

    im not asking "do you think im pregnant?"
    if my period hasnt arrived by monday i will do a pregnancy test just hate this time where i keep going the loo checking my underwear and thinking are these cramps period pains is it coming.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes totally! lol

      I'm only 8dpo, but I already ran and tested yesterday (7DPO) and got a negative. :( It's so depressing. But who knows, maybe I tested way too early - but I can't help myself! It's so hard to wait!

      Good luck to all of us! :)

  25. QUESTION:
    can someone please tell me if this essay is correct, I need to turn it in as a final by Saturday?
    When it comes to a healthy life style I’d say there are three major things to consider, eating healthy; like watching your carbs, eating your 5 times a day meal routine. Exercising in order to prevent your body from becoming weak, for exercise you may join team sport, do outdoor activities. The third thing to consider would be reclaiming relaxation, learn what causes it, the effects it has towards your health when leaving with stress, and how to deal with it.
    Consider the following when it comes to what you eat “All you have to run on is what you put in your mouth. The quality of your fuel and, therefore the quality of your performance depends totally on what you eat and drink. It is essential, then, to learn the best possible fueling strategy for the best and longest- lasting performance.” If your daily activity is eating fatty foods your most likely to have very low energy for performing your daily activities, you may feel tired all the time, difficulty concentrating, and many other symptoms for not eating properly. Concentrate in the following and avoid them “foods high in fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, and alcohol. They will cause obesity, clog your arteries, and raise your blood pressure.” Try to eat foods low in fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, and alcohol. They will improve your looks, benefit your health, and improve your mind. When you eat healthy foods, such as; vegetables, grains, plenty of water, dairy products and anything else on the food pyramid. Making sure that you eat the right portions and not over eat, you may find yourself with plenty of energy that you will not know what to do with, your focus on activities will be top nudge, you will retain much more information. Overall you will feel great when you eat healthy things.
    When it comes to sugar products “avoid them” they may be delicious and all but as the saying goes “what tastes good is bad for you” Having sugary foods and drinks too often can cause tooth decay. Doctor Terry Grossman from Grossman Wellness Center states that “When you reduce sugary foods you will reduce (blood fats) better known as triglycerides and increase HDL, the beneficial, heart-protective form of cholesterol, which can be even more important in reducing heart attack and stroke risk.” So say goodbye to sodas, replace them with regular water on a glass of milk. If you are craving sweets grab yourself a fruit whether it be a banana, apple, orange, or any fruit available to you instead of going for any chocolate, donut or anything that has unhealthy sugar. Sugary products don’t provide the necessary fuel that your body needs for the healthy life style you’re looking for.
    As you may have heard many experts recommend that you eat 5-6 small meals a day, why? You may ask. “When you eat 2-3 big meals a day you overwhelm your metabolic system. Not eating for more than 4-5 hours at a time slows the metabolism and your body begins to think it is starving. Food gets digested slowly and more fat is stored as an energy source “just in case” no new food comes through for a while.” “When you eat smaller portions and more frequent meals through out the day is beneficial for a healthy digestive system, weight loss and having more energy.” When talking about a small portioned meal would be a portion of cottage cheese mixed with a portion of fruit or yogurt. If you have not time you can always replace your meal with a meal replacement shake, which come in both powder and ready to drink form. If your follow these steps mentioned when it comes to your eating habits you will surely notice an increase, in energy, mind focus, weight, body shape and much more. Yes, I won’t lie it may be difficult at first but once you got it the results are breath taking.
    Second when trying to lead a healthy life styles the next thing to consider and follow through is exercise. “We all unconsciously know that exercise is good for us it is fair to say that everyone wants o be healthy. At the same time, it is probably equally fair to say that most of us are not exercising enough.” It’s also said that people who are physically active live longer, since exercise helps the body maintain fit, strong and healthy to fight of illnesses. Cardiovascular disease is prevented by exercise, as well as heart disease since it lowers blood pressure. Also “The University of Illinois researches have found that Physical activity may enhance the academic achievements of children by improving their attention and working memory skills.” Many positive effects come from exercise in can produce new brain cells that can help with memory function and learning, keeps your weight in control, it prevents and controls type 2 diabetes, and much more.
    When exercising I’ve myself realized that my surroundings affect my will power to start an exercise routine. My parents actually have a treadmill, exercise bike, and many more exercise equipment. But I find it difficult just climbing on the equipment and finding myself going nowhere, jus

    • ANSWER:
      Your essay has great facts and support, but your grammar needs a little help and your sentence structure lacks the fluidity a generally well written essay should have. Your examples are sometimes too overbearing, and I find it difficult to take in all the words. If you want to better your essay, I think that perhaps your paragraphs should be simplified in a way that makes reading easier but effectively shows your knowledge on the subject.

      Also, the last paragraph is a rather off topic end to the essay that is rather unsatisfactory the way it suddenly introduces your way of a healthy life style. If the essay's topic to begin with was about your style, then the best way to go was to first mention your life style and support it with your facts above.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do i really have to..? It doesn't seem fair!?
    Just to make this clear, I'm 13, not an adult.
    I've discovered that my body type is 'endomorph'. It says to stay healthy I must do things like:
    Keep fat intake low.
    Eat a variety of lean protein in moderation
    Consume dairy products that are nonfat.
    Avoid late night snacking; if you must, have healthy, low fat foods on hand.
    Eating smaller, frequent meals keeps the blood sugar level and metabolism up, and controls the appetite
    Count your daily calories.
    Skip the second helpings; eat slowly.
    Walk away from each meal feeling slightly hungry.
    Eliminate drinking soft drinks and alcohol.

    'walk away from each meal feeling slightly hungry' ????
    I dont want to spend my life hungry and counting my calories just to stay healthy!! especially when the little ectomorphs are able to eat anything they want and theyre still 'healthy'.
    it doesnt seem fair!
    I please dont give me the 'life isnt fair sweetheart' bullcrap..
    I do a moderate amount of excercise and eat about 1800 calories a day (but i do like my food and allow myself second helpings once in a while) and i thought it seemed ok!
    ok people im sorry.. it sounded really negative. but i was really pissed at that article... i appreciate all your comments.

    • ANSWER:
      Balance calorie intake (eating/drinking) with calorie output (exercise) .

      With enough exercise you can eat anything you want. But it is a LOT of exercise

  27. QUESTION:
    help me plzzz peoples?
    these questions are in CA state kindly help me i already answer as my best but it is 57% right i need 75 % to pass here is my answers n below the answers there is question i will highly thankful to u if u help me
    1.D
    2.D
    3.D
    4.A
    5.D
    6.A
    7.D
    8.B
    9.A
    10.C
    11.C
    12.C
    13.A
    14.B
    15.A
    16.A
    17.A or B
    18.B
    19.A
    --------------------------------------...
    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.

    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above

    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above

    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x

    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above

    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above

    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above

    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%

    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.

    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.

    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%

    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .

    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months

    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket

    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.

    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar

    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police

    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present

    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer

    • ANSWER:
      Frankly, you need to figure these things out on your own. I wouldn't want you to be driving in the car next to me.

  28. QUESTION:
    Guyzzz Plzzz HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! I read the section like 10 times but still can't seem to pass the test... PL?
    1. Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A. .01%
    B. .02%
    C. .05%
    D. No BAC is allowed for teens.
    2. DUI means:
    A. Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B. Driving under the influence of drugs
    C. Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D. All of the above
    3. If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A. Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B. Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C. You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D. All of the above
    4. Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A. 3x
    B. 6x
    C. 7x
    D. 10x
    5. Alcohol:
    A. Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B. Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C. Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D. All of the above
    6. Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A. Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B. Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C. Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D. None of the above
    7. A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A. It distorts your perception of time.
    B. It distorts your perception of colors.
    C. It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D. All of the above
    8. A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A. .05%
    B. .08%
    C. .04%
    9. If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A. The container is in the glove compartment.
    B. The container is in the trunk.
    C. The container is under the seat and out of reach.
    10. Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A. The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B. The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C. The legal age for drinking is 21.
    11. An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A. .04%
    B. .05%
    C. .08%
    12. One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A. Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B. Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C. Your judgment is impaired .
    13. A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A. May lose his/her car for six months
    B. May lose his/her car for four months
    C. May lose his/her car for three months
    14. The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A. Drivers 21 and older
    B. Drivers under 21
    C. A provisional driver getting more than one ticket
    15. The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A. Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B. Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C. Drink tea with sugar.
    16. Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A. Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B. Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C. Excessive use of tea with sugar
    17. When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A. Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B. Is not permitted and is illegal
    C. Is permitted if approved by local police
    18. A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A. Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B. Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C. Has to have his/her parents present
    19. An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A. Will have their license taken by the court
    B. Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C. Will have their license taken by the arresting officer

    • ANSWER:
      1D,2D,3D,4?,5D,6A,7D,8B,9B,10C,11C,12C,13?,14 A,15A,16A,17B,18A,19C

      QUESTIONS 4 & 13 HAVE DIFFERENT ANSWERS BY EACH STATE.
      QUESTION 4 IN MY STATE SAYS ITS 1X CAUSE THEY ARE NOT DRUNK AND USUALLY SURVIVE THE ACCIDENT BUT THE OTHERS CAR HAS HIGHER CHANCE OF DEATH.
      QUESTION 13 IN MY STATE SAYS THE POLICE CAN SEIZE THE CAR TO AUCTION IT OFF AT POLICE AUCTION. GET CONVICTED OF DUI AND POLICE CAN AUCTION OFF CAR JUST LIKE THEY DO FOR DRUG BUSTS.

  29. QUESTION:
    HELP ME GUYS plzzzzz?
    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.

    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above

    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above

    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x

    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above

    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above

    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above

    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%

    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.

    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.

    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%

    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .

    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months

    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket

    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.

    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar

    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police

    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present

    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer

    • ANSWER:
      lol @ your inability to answer the first one.

  30. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP ME w/ DRIVERS ED?!?
    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.

    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above

    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above

    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x

    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above

    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above

    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above

    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%

    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.

    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.

    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%

    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .

    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months

    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket

    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.

    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar

    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police

    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present

    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer
    its the california drivers ed

    • ANSWER:
      It's all in the drivers manual for your state, which you neglected to mention so I can't point you to the on line version of it.

      But in most states, for underage drivers, it's zero tolerance and you lose your license on scene.

  31. QUESTION:
    HELP, DRIVERS ED Section 20?
    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.

    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above

    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above

    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x

    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above

    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above

    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above

    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%

    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.

    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.

    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%

    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .

    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months

    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket

    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.

    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar

    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police

    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present

    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer

    • ANSWER:
      read the manual and study otherwise none of us want to be on the road with you

  32. QUESTION:
    BEST ANSWER GETS 10 points! LAST TEST, no one has got it right yet!!?
    I am starting to think there is something wrong with this test, i took it like 5 times already and posted it on here about 5 times and EVERYONE has gotten it wrong

    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.

    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above

    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above

    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x

    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above

    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above

    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above

    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%

    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.

    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.

    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%

    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .

    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months

    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket

    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.

    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar

    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police

    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present

    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer

    • ANSWER:
      1.D
      2.D
      3.D
      4.A
      5.D
      6.A
      7.D
      8.B
      9.A
      10.C
      11.C
      12.C
      13.A
      14.B
      15.A
      16.A
      17.A or B
      18.B
      19.A
      I hope I got all these right.. I thought about each one!!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Most correct answers get BEST ANSWER & POINTS!!?
    1.
    Before being arrested for DUI, teenagers can have a BAC of how much?
    A.
    .01%
    B.
    .02%
    C.
    .05%
    D.
    No BAC is allowed for teens.

    2.
    DUI means:
    A.
    Driving under the influence of alcohol
    B.
    Driving under the influence of drugs
    C.
    Driving under the influence of over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs
    D.
    All of the above

    3.
    If you are under the age of 21 and are found to have a BAC above .01%:
    A.
    Your license will be suspended for one year, if it is your first offense.
    B.
    Your license will be suspended for two to three years on subsequent offenses.
    C.
    You may be required to attend a state-authorized DUI program.
    D.
    All of the above

    4.
    Drivers with a BAC of .02 to .05% are how likely to be killed in an accident?
    A.
    3x
    B.
    6x
    C.
    7x
    D.
    10x

    5.
    Alcohol:
    A.
    Diminishes your ability to identify and react to hazards
    B.
    Slows your reaction time to hazards
    C.
    Causes you to make errors in your reaction to hazards
    D.
    All of the above

    6.
    Refusing a blood or urine test for drugs, when requested by a police officer:
    A.
    Will result in an automatic suspension of your license for one year
    B.
    Is permissible, since it is an invasion of your privacy
    C.
    Is permissible only if you have your own doctor do the test within seven hours
    D.
    None of the above

    7.
    A major problem associated with driving under the influence of marijuana is that:
    A.
    It distorts your perception of time.
    B.
    It distorts your perception of colors.
    C.
    It agitates your ability to concentrate.
    D.
    All of the above

    8.
    A minimum illegal BAC for operating a commercial vehicle is a BAC of:
    A.
    .05%
    B.
    .08%
    C.
    .04%

    9.
    If you are over 21 years old, an open bottle of liquor may only be carried in the car if:
    A.
    The container is in the glove compartment.
    B.
    The container is in the trunk.
    C.
    The container is under the seat and out of reach.

    10.
    Eighteen years old is considered an adult for driving and:
    A.
    The legal age for drinking is 18.
    B.
    The legal age for drinking is 19.
    C.
    The legal age for drinking is 21.

    11.
    An adult (21 or over) is legally drunk for driving with a BAC of:
    A.
    .04%
    B.
    .05%
    C.
    .08%

    12.
    One major effect of drinking and driving is:
    A.
    Your heart has an irregular beat.
    B.
    Your blood pressure rises and falls.
    C.
    Your judgment is impaired .

    13.
    A driver under 21, convicted of drunk driving:
    A.
    May lose his/her car for six months
    B.
    May lose his/her car for four months
    C.
    May lose his/her car for three months

    14.
    The Zero Tolerance law affects:
    A.
    Drivers 21 and older
    B.
    Drivers under 21
    C.
    A provisional driver getting more than one ticket

    15.
    The main way to lower BAC is to:
    A.
    Stop drinking and give your body time to adjust.
    B.
    Drink black coffee with no sugar.
    C.
    Drink tea with sugar.

    16.
    Much of what has been said about alcohol applies to:
    A.
    Prescribed medicines and street drugs
    B.
    Excessive use of coffee, with or without sugar
    C.
    Excessive use of tea with sugar

    17.
    When driving, any drug that impairs you behind the wheel:
    A.
    Is permitted if prescribed by a doctor
    B.
    Is not permitted and is illegal
    C.
    Is permitted if approved by local police

    18.
    A driver who has to take the test to determine his/her BAC:
    A.
    Has the right to have a lawyer present
    B.
    Does not have the right to have a lawyer present
    C.
    Has to have his/her parents present

    19.
    An adult (age 21 or older) who refuses to take tests for BAC:
    A.
    Will have their license taken by the court
    B.
    Will have their license taken by the DMV
    C.
    Will have their license taken by the arresting officer

    • ANSWER:
      1- B
      2- D
      3- C
      4- B
      5- B
      6- C
      7- D
      8- B
      9- C
      10- A
      11- B
      12- C
      13- A
      14- C
      15- B
      16- A
      17- B
      18- B
      19- B

      i think i got them right.:)

  34. QUESTION:
    Fainted while driving?
    I fainted 2 years ago at home and went to the hospital. They ran a load of test i was there over night and they confirmed it was just severe fainting.
    Two years on i recently split up with my girlfriend and have been drinking excessively as of late. A couple of days ago i fainted while driving and fortunately was at a roundabout so there wasn't any real accident. The paramedics said my sugar levels were fairly low 3.5-3.9 and my blood pressure was high. The paramedic said to me they suspected it was a hypo. Now the night before i had drank a bottle and a half of wine and in the morning i felt sick and dizzy and most of the day i didn't feel great. I know i shouldn't have drove. There has been no epilepsy in the family do you think it's because of the my bad diet and alcohol~? The thing is i have a appointment to see a neurological specialist in 3 weeks and im worried i may lose my license. What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should do an experiment. Do not drink for the 3 weeks until your appointment. If you are feeling better and not falling asleep at the wheel, then i think you have solved your problem :-)

  35. QUESTION:
    Someone please help me with my health homework? 10 POINTS?
    Question 1- The virus that causes __________ also causes itchy, red bumps.
    the flu
    chicken pox
    athlete's foot
    an urinary tract infection

    Question 2- Pathogens are microorganisms that cure disease.
    True
    False

    Question 3- What is the common cold's pathogen.
    Bacteria
    Virus
    Fungus
    Protozoan

    Question 4- Which childhood disease causes infantile paralysis?
    Mononucleosis
    Chicken Pox
    Mumps
    Polio

    Question 5- What is one disease most children are vaccinated against?
    Strep throat
    Measles
    Intestinal disorders
    Yeast infections

    Question 6- __________ are single celled organisms.
    Protozoans
    Inchworms
    Viruses
    Bacteria

    Question 7- Viruses are treated with antibiotics.
    True
    False

    Question 8- Diseases are spread only through direct contact with one another.
    True
    False

    Question 9- Which pathogen cannot be cured with antibiotics?
    Virus
    Bacteria
    Fungi
    Protozoa

    Question 10- Infectious diseases can be spread by any of the following ways except:
    candy.
    insects
    sunlight.
    water.

    Question 11- __________ is caused by a virus.
    The flu
    Toxic shock
    Botulism
    Tetanus

    Question 12- Polio is a disease that can be transmitted by the bite of mammals.
    True
    False

    Question 13- What deadly virus causes raised bumps all over the face and body?
    Chicken pox
    Tetanus
    Smallpox
    Bird flu

    Question 14- What disease is caused when fungus grows in the warm, moist area of the groin?
    Tapeworm
    Ringworm
    Jock Itch
    Athlete's Foot

    Question 15- The pathogen for ringworm is __________.
    fungi
    virus
    bacteria
    protozoan

    Question 16- __________ is caused by fungus.
    The flu
    Pneumonia
    Athlete's foot
    Diphtheria

    Question 17- What are two diseases transmitted by mosquitoes?
    West Nile virus and malaria
    Cold and flu
    Smallpox and chickenpox
    Rabies and Lyme disease

    Question 18- Viruses can be transmitted to humans through the bites of insects.
    True
    False

    Question 19- A disease that is characteristic of a particular local region is called:
    endemic.
    pandemic.
    disastrous.
    uniform.

    Question 20- Lockjaw is one possible effect of:
    anthrax.
    tetanus.
    E. coli.
    TB.

    Question 21- Insulin is:
    a component of blood that helps with immunity.
    not necessary for good health.
    made in the stomach to help break down fatty foods.
    a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

    Question 22- Which drug is used to control diabetes?
    Orvillin
    Insulin
    Penicillin
    Sulfa

    Question 23- What increases your risk for Type II Diabetes?
    Being overweight
    Regular exercise
    Healthy diet
    Lack of sleep

    Question 24- What are two factors that increase a woman's risk for breast cancer?
    Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly
    Eating a low fat diet and getting enough sleep
    Obesity and genetic factors
    No family history and no drugs or alcohol use

    Question 25- Two symptoms of someone having an asthma attack are:
    vomiting and diarrhea.
    the airway become swollen and produces thick mucus.
    insulin levels drop and headaches.
    insulin levels rise and breathing becomes easier.

    Question 26- When a tumor is benign it means:
    it causes cancer.
    the cancer is fatal.
    the tumor does not contain or cause cancer.
    the cancer will spread to other parts of the body.

    Question 27- A heart attack is a/an:
    aneurism in the aorta.
    blood clot that occurs in the brain.
    blood clot that occurs in the heart.
    aneurism in the lungs.

    Question 28- Two symptoms of diabetes are:
    chest pain and shortness of breath.
    constipation and no appetite.
    excessive thirst and frequent urination.
    stroke and body rash.

    • ANSWER:
      1. chicken pox
      2. false
      3. virus
      4. polio
      5. measles
      6. protozoans
      7. false
      8.false
      9. bacteria
      10. candy
      11. flu
      12. false
      13. smallpox
      14. ringworm
      15, fungi
      16. athlete's foot
      17.west nile and malaria
      18.true
      19.endemic
      20.tetanus
      21. made in the stomach to break down fatty foods
      22. insulin
      23.being overweight
      24, obesity or generic factors
      25, airway becomes swollen and produces thick mucous
      26.the tumor does not contain or cause cancer
      27.aneurism in the aorta
      28.excessive thirst and and frequent urination.
      16.

  36. QUESTION:
    Marijuana vs. Alcohol what's your opinion?
    Here is a question that i am curious to see how many people will give an honest answer. Which do you prefer to be legalized Marijuana or Alcohol? Below are just a few facts about both.... (I did look up the facts that are posted on both marijuana and Alcohol I did not just make up these facts myself) I will try and post 10 facts each

    Marijuana: #1 If Pot were legalized the prison industry would be hurt. They would no longer jail Pot smokers. It could free up space for violent criminals. #2 Pot is a sexual stimulant. #3 Pot is 100% natural nothing about it has man made chemicals in it. #4 There has never been a car accident death due to a stoned driver, just some slow drivers and may be some lost drivers . #5 Pot is used for medical use in MANY situations. #6 it is a myth that marijuana is a gate way drug. #7 Pot will cause some short term memory loss. #8 Pot will give you the Munchies, It could cause you to gain weight. #9 Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer; however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers. Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated at this time, but marijuana smokers have some of the same problems as cigarette smokers coughing, mucus, sore lungs, etc. #10 Marijuana make most people more relaxed. It relieves the clutter and tension after a hard days work or stress. It mellows you out and makes you more relaxed. It heightens the imagination and improves creativity. If you have a problem with anger, Pot is usually a good drug to reduce it, no one has ever died from smoking marijuana.

    Alcohol: #1 In VERY SMALL amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. #2 Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. #3 Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. #4 Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character. #5 When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. #6 One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide. #7 Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their non drinking peers. People who continue drinking heavily well into adulthood risk damaging their organs, such as the liver, heart, and brain. #8 The strongest medical evidence exists for the link between moderate drinking and a reduced risk of heart disease. #9 Alcohol has been linked to liver disease, cancers, heart damage and strokes when consumed in larger amounts, and even small doses can lead to accidents, Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really think that it is a fair comparison. Firstly, at least in North America, marijuana is illegal. As a result there is no regulation of marijuana. You still have to deal with pesticides, etc. and more importantly it is often mixed with other things and is often found to have traces of feces, glass, grass, the list goes on and on. Smoking of course has a number of problems, some of which you have mentioned. That being said you don't have to smoke marijuana, it can also be ingested. Teens, which many of your facts refer to, shouldn't be consuming alcohol at all, especially in such high quantities, so those health effects shouldn't really be considered, as that is irresponsible drinking. There haven't been as many studies of marijuana, so hard facts are difficult. That being said, many driving experts acknowledge that driving slower than the traffic around you is dangerous, and so driving slower as a result of being high is dangerous. People should no more drive under the influence of marijuana than of alcohol. There are a number of other points to be made for both and of both positive and negative. However in my opinion alcohol is better because it can be legally obtained; as well marijuana is most accessible smoked which is bad and smelly, and may be laced with any number of other things, and growing your own is very illegal. The taxes on alcohol also pay for important things and its procurement is regulated and the health effects well known. I also question where you got your facts, I am sure that there have been accidents where people have been high, and people have died from marijuana, either because they are allergic or most likely because it was laced with something else more dangerous, the statistics for alcohol are more abundant. Alcohol is legalized though, so I would say that marijuana should next be legalized; there is a large trade in it and it would be good for it to be regulated and to generate tax income, and would give law enforcement something else to focus on, which was more important than recreational drug use. As well it would be more acceptable to study it and to provide help, much like AA, for those who are over dependent (and to counteract another fact, I know for a fact that lots of people find themselves anxious and not the least bit relaxed when smoking pot).

  37. QUESTION:
    Sobriety Test??
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk."

    • ANSWER:
      ha ha! Atleast he tells the truth....I think XD

  38. QUESTION:
    Sobriety Test ??????????
    A man got pulled over by a cop because he was weaving in and out of the lanes. The cop got out of his car and asked the driver to blow in a breath-analyzer tube to check his alcohol level.
    "Oh, no," the driver said. "I can't do that. If I do that, I'll have an asthma attack and die."
    "OK," said the officer, "let's go down to the station and you can pee in a cup to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a diabetic and if I pee my blood sugar level will go down so low that I might die."
    "Fine then. Let's go to the station and take a blood test to check your alcohol level."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that. I'm a hemophiliac and I'll never stop bleeding if you draw my blood.
    "All right then, just step outside your car and walk this white line for me."
    "Oh, no, I can't do that."
    "Why not?"
    "Because I'm drunk."

    • ANSWER:
      Funny one!


Diets For Type 2 Diabetics

It should be admitted that the foods reserved under a type 2 diabetes diet are fixed by harmonizing with a diabetic diet meal plan to control blood sugar levels. The impact of diabetic diet foods is amazingly great, which one cannot deny. We eat food to stay alive, but often enjoy it in plenty by which many of us become diabetic by gradual steps. So, you should have diet control so that you do not allow chances to subsequently develop type 2 diabetes symptoms.

A dietitian emphatically advises the diabetics to pay close watch on what and how much they eat. When a person is diagnosed with diabetes he expects the physician to prescribe a magic list of diabetic foods. Of course, there are no such rocket- bullet-foods to supplement type 2 diabetes treatment by overnight. The diabetic has to follow a lifestyle by consuming restricted but healthy diet foods in plenty to achieve blood sugar control. As such, there are certain foods type 2 diabetics can eat, simultaneously avoiding certain other foods.

The exact list of foods identified as type 2 diabetes diet can be obtained from a registered dietitian. The list thus obtained serves as diabetic food pyramid guide, originally formulated by American Diabetes Association. As you know, the diabetic diet food pyramid classifies the foods into six layers. The bottom two levels of the pyramid include high fiber diet foods with whole grains like wheat and unpolished rice. Green vegetables and fruits with nuts that are low in sugar are highly recommended as diabetic foods to eat without fear.

The top of the pyramid includes all those that are to be excluded, and they are the harmful fats, greasy oils, and refined sugars. The top layer is listed with food items causing elevated blood glucose levels. So, you should avoid eating sugary cakes, cookies, dairy products and other snacks that are rich in fat. Keeping the right diet food plan on track can make all the difference in you while struggling to keep your blood sugar under control. The best way is to choose right foods for type 2 diabetes prevention.

With all these cautions kept in your mind, you should not feel yourself satisfied that everything is on the right track. What is left then? Be sure, monitoring sugar levels of blood at regular intervals is also needed to assess your condition and take preventive steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What's the best diet for type-2 diabetics?
    I've tried Atkins, but unfortunately the grease aggravates my IBS so it's not an option for me. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      This is the definitive table for both the glycemic index and the glycemic load.This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

      The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

      The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn't tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food's effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn't a lot of it, so watermelon's glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

      Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The "Serve size (g)" column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney's Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

      No carb counting. A great way for the whole family to eat. A healthy eating lifestyle.

      Take care

      Tin

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good diet for type 2 diabetics i cant figure out if i want high carb or low carb diet?
    it seems difficult to get straight answers from our health practice

    • ANSWER:
      low carb diet. by the way i am going to be a bitch right now, but why? when other people have type 1 diabetes which is of no fault of their own and you have type 2 because you don't eat healthy were is the justice?

  3. QUESTION:
    Diet for type 2 diabetics?
    What kind of snacks and breakfast are recommended?
    Can any cakes/cookies be eaten or are they just carbs and should be left completely?

    • ANSWER:
      Lean bacon or turkey bacon and eggs make for good breakfast foods. Pancakes with sugar-free syrup are a good occasional treat.

      They make a lot of sugar-free and low carb ice cream products now, some of which are very good. Sugar-free chocolate is readily available at most large grocery stores like Kroger or Publix. All of it is quite good, and should be eaten in moderation.

  4. QUESTION:
    is slim fast diet safe for diabetics type 2?

    • ANSWER:
      Slim Fast tend to have too many carbs (sugars) for a diabetic to handle.

      the BEST diet for a diabetic is to cut out ALL sources of sugar (colas, sports drinks, energy drinks, candies, cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts, etc) and REDUCE the amount of starches you eat (breads, crackers, pastas, rice, corn, potatoes).

      Then, reduce the AMOUNT of everything else you eat.

      Almost all "commercial" diets are not healthy for a diabetic.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is complete water-only fasting supposed to be bad for Type 2 diabetics?
    Why is complete water-only fasting supposed to be bad for type 2 diabetics? I am 63 years old, and I have been diagnosed with diabetes for about 10 years. I am 5'9 and 245 pounds. Thirty years ago I fasted for 10 days and lost 25 pounds with absolutely no problems. (That is, no problems until I broke the fast with a cheeseburger -- instant nausea!) However, that was long before I became diabetic. Now I am supposed to take pills for my diabetes, but I have quit taking them because they drive my blood sugar way too low ... as low as 32! I would like to rapidly get rid of a lot of weight, and I am considering a long water-only fast. The conventional wisdom is that diabetics should not fast, but I can't find anything in the medical literature that supports that idea. On the contrary, there seem to be studies that show that diabetics have benefitted from fasting or from very low calorie diets. Does anybody have any knowledge or experience with fasting by non-insulin-dependent diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      I am almost sure that 50% + of that weight you lost was water weight.

      During a fast, a person purposely abstains from food for a specific period of time. Fasting has been practiced throughout the ages for both religious and therapeutic purposes. A one-day fast is unlikely to cause any harm to a healthy body. Slightly longer fasts (two to three days) are also well-tolerated by most healthy people.

      No matter how short the duration, fasting is unwise and potentially dangerous for some people, including pregnant and lactating women, people with cancer, diabetes, gout, hypoglycemia, stomach ulcers, liver, kidney, or lung disease, or anyone with a compromised immune system. Some health experts caution against fasts lasting more than two to three days, even for healthy individuals—if longer fasts are practiced, they should be medically supervised.

      During the first 24 hours of a fast, the body is able to utilize its stored carbohydrates—in the form of glycogen—to fuel essential body processes. When glycogen reserves are depleted, fat becomes the preferred energy source, so that protein (e.g., as found in muscle tissue) is partially spared.

      However, some muscle tissue is often lost, even during short fasts. Weakness, nausea, headaches, and depression can also develop during a fast, because ammonia and nitrogen are released into the blood during the breakdown of muscle tissue. Ketones, byproducts of fat metabolism, are produced once the body switches from burning carbohydrates to burning fat. Elimination of ketones is accomplished by the kidneys. In extreme cases, extended fasts can lead to disturbances of heart rhythm and death.

      “Modified” fasts, in which fruit or vegetable juices and herbal teas are consumed, are probably easier on the body than all-water fasts. Even so, a modified fast should be limited in duration; modified fasts lasting more than a week should be supervised by a healthcare professional.

      Why do people follow this diet?

      Proponents claim that environmental toxins build up in our bodies over time and need to be removed periodically through fasting to maintain optimum health. Cleansing fasts are an important part of a detoxification program and may be part of a weight-loss program.

      What do the advocates say?

      Advocates believe that fasting periodically gives the body a break from digestion and allows it to eliminate the toxins that cause disease, while promoting healing and reversing the aging process. Studies indicate that fasting helps health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headache, and skin diseases. Acute illnesses such as colds and flu, colon disorders, allergies, obesity, and respiratory diseases may also respond to fasting. Proponents claim a one-day fast creates a clearer mental state and increased energy. They believe a three-day fast rids the body of toxins and purifies the blood, and that a long-term fast promotes healing, alleviates food allergies, sheds pounds, and rebuilds the immune system.

      What do the critics say?

      Critics believe that fasting depletes the body of important nutrients, essential minerals and energy, may be unsafe, and is an ineffective weight loss aid. The few pounds that are lost in the beginning of a fast are from water, and this weight will return as soon as the fast is over. Few scientific studies have been done to back up health claims and demonstrate that fasting works by releasing toxins stored in fat.

      Are there any groups or books associated with this diet?

      International Association of Professional Hygienists
      4620 Euclid Boulevard
      Youngstown, OH 44512
      (A professional organization of doctors who specialize in therapeutic fasting. Write to them for a list of certified members.)

      Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease, by Joel Fuhrman, MD, New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1998.

  6. QUESTION:
    what are good alcoholic drink choices for type 2 diabetics?
    Ive already done a search and have only found people saying "no" alcoholic drinks are good for diabetics, and i get that, but if im going to have a drink anyways, WHICH alcholic drinks, concoctions are the best choice? i hear Bacardi rum and a diet drink is a good choice, but what other choices make for the Best choice for a person living with type 2 diabetes? thanks for suggesting actuall drinks and not just saying "no alcoholic drinks are good for you"

    • ANSWER:
      Studies have shown that red wine can be good for the heart. 'Lite' beers or anything else that is low carb is a better choice than something that has that higher level of sugars.

  7. QUESTION:
    How much weight is healthy to lose in 2-3 weeks?
    I wanted to lose around 20-25 pounds during the summer, but I wanted to know how much weight is healthy to lose in 2-3 weeks. I saw one website that said how to lose 10-15 in 2 weeks, but it was a very intense carb diet type deal that was unhealthy for diabetics, like me..I'm also a little younger, so it might be a little easier to lose. Also, if you know any tips on how to safely reach my goal, please tell me! Thanks! God bless!

    • ANSWER:
      It's healthy to lose 1 or two pounds per week. Slowly but persistently. The diet plans that work for "healthy" people can be very bad for diabetics. The doctors even forbid weight loss to diabetics unless they're fat or obese. For those that are either fat or obese, they prescribe medically approved diets. Go to your doctor and ask for a diet plan.

  8. QUESTION:
    For type 2 diabetics. How many of you would rather control your diet with proper food than with insuline.?
    I find that insuline doesn't work well for me. It just causes my glucose to fluctuate. Controlling my glucose with diet, while not always easy, is the better way for me to go. Any other type 2s' out there with the same experience?

    • ANSWER:
      My dad died from complication of type II diabetes. He lost both legs and was on dialysis.
      I was in a serious accident and went from 195lbs to 250 lbs because of lack of exercises and eating from boredom. I had high blood sugar levels and was placed on medication. I refused, to stay on medication so I went on a diet and started exercising. I went from 250 to 230 and my blood sugars came down a lot. I am presently at 210 and my blood sugars are normal and i am off of medication. My goal is to get back to 195 and remain off of medication.
      I know its possible, because I am proof. Diets can control blood sugar levels.

  9. QUESTION:
    weight training for type 2 diabetics?
    I am type 2 diabetic and I am trying to lose fat and build lean muscles. I am 235 lbs and 6 foot tall, I am on low carb Medifast diet for diabetics. I have just started 3 hour exercise routine every day. I do one hour of cardio at high pace and two hour of weight training (moderate weights). I went to my doctor and he measured my body fat % on his expensive machine. Before I started exercising my body fat % was 26% and now after 3 weeks of 3 hour workouts it is 29% and I can feel lot of fat in my body as well as if I only lost muscles and not much of fat. I am only eating 20grams of carbs in a day and the rest is in protein in fats. I east no more than 1200 calories in a day. I used to be 300 lbs 3 months ago and now at 235 after the low calorie and low carb diet. But now I need to lose fat not muscle and build muscle without having to take extra insulin to keep glucose levels in good control. I do take insulin even though I am type 2 diabetic and worked well for me. My A1C is 5.3 without any side effects like hypoglycemic events and I take little insulin amounts as I don't eat much of carbs. My question is how to increase my fat loss and minimize muscle loss and increase muscle mass. I do take protein shake after workout.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Any Type 2 Diabetics in the Greenville, SC area?
    I am trying to control my sugar level with diet and exercise but I am finding it so hard to stay consistent. I am trying to follow the prescribed nutrition plan set out at my diabetics education class at Life Center. Do you have any suggestions for keeping on task? I used to skip breakfast and now have to force myself to eat. Most of the time I find it hard to eat three meals and 3 snacks each day never mind on a set schedule. My AC1 was above 10 and I am supposed to get it below 6 in three months. I need suggestions. I don't want to have to go on meds. I mainly think that I need some encouraging words from fellow diabetics on this issue. Help.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm on the west coast, but I can help you. Just check out my diabetes info page.
      http://www.geocities.com/seabulls69/Type_II_Diabetes.html

      If you do as I'm doing, you should have no trouble getting your A1C down to under 6. It's all a matter of counting calories, exercising, and keeping your weight down.

  11. QUESTION:
    is ephedrine ok for type 2 diabetics to use?
    I am doing a research paper and need to know if using herbal supplements accompanied by a balanced diet is a good road to go. or if the atkins diet is better. Or if a high fiber low sugar low saturated fat diet is best.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with a low carb way of eating. Low carb doesn't cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do low carb at the same time because the levels will become dangerously low. Carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).

      U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.

      A low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate. Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs & greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians.

      Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn't make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers* to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.

      Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation - the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.

      http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2009/1…

      study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)

      Postprandial lipoproteins, you'd think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it's carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.

      Gary Taubes who wrote "Good Calories, Bad Calories" spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.

      His main points are:

      1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.

      2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.

      3. Sugars - sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically - are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.

      4. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer's & other diseases.

      5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating.

      6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter.

      7. Fattening & obesity are caused by an imbalance in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue & fat metabolism. Fat synthesis & storage exceed the mobilization of fat from adipose tissue & its subsequent oxidation.

      8. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from fat tissue.

      9. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbs make us fat.

      10. By driving fat accumulation, carbs also increase hunger & decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism & physical activity.

  12. QUESTION:
    Fellow Type 2 Diabetics, hows life treating you?
    Just wondering what is happening in your lives, how you are managing and what you are doing with diet, blood sugars etc?

    I am on a weight loss programme at the moment and eating a diet full of salads, no carbs and small amounts of protein and drinking atleast 2 litres of water a day. My blood sugars are better than they have been for a long time. Im interested to hear what others are doing to try and improve their situation and health?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure how the other user views that you have it a ton better than type 1 diabetics as all forms of diabetes are dangerous, require a rigid diet, and carry the same life sentence. The only difference being Type 1 produces little to no insulin due to failure on the part of the pancreas and Type 2 you either produce too little insulin or your insulin does not work well. Type 1 and 2 can require insulin. Type 2 can sometimes be controlled with diet and exercise, but a good percentage cannot and require some sort of oral agent. They still have to test like all diabetics, and a good half require insulin. But anyhow, I also am Type 2 on Advandamet 2 x a day and doing well on my sugars. I have to say the diet your on would kill me. At least I can have some carbs, and I am very thankful for that. I try to exercise and eat right, mostly cooking from diabetic cookbooks and testing 4 or more times a day. Eat to your meter as they say. I attend my doctor regularly and take my medicine rigidly. I also keep up on all my other testing as I have a colonoscopy coming up. So chins up everyone!

  13. QUESTION:
    QUESTION FOR TYPE 2 DIABETICS?
    By how much can you reduce your Hba1c level in a month?

    If you go on a strict diet and exercise regime and lose a lot of weight, what is the most you can reduce your glycosylated hemoglobin level by?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't like the term strict diet.....I was diagnosed 18 months ago. The key is exercise every day (at least 30 minutes of cardo (preferably more)), switch to a healthy diet (low carb, fresh fruits, vegetables) and test, test, test (when you eat test just before you eat so you have the starting point and then again exactly 1 hour after you started eating, and then 2 hours after you started eating....In a perfect world you never go above 140 but you shoot to be below 140 after 2 hours)).

      As to the most you can reduce it by, every person is different. There is an acronym used: YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). Personally I dropped my A1C by 1.0 through diet, exercise, and metformin (a very old and widely used diabetic drug that has a tendency to help you drop weight though I didn't see that).

      Good Luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Need help from other type 2 diabetics figuring out what is okay to eat?
    I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes & have been trying to figure out what is an appropriate diet. I get advice & do research & find conflicting opinions and nothing very specific. What confuses me most is grains (bread, crackers, etc.), vegetables & fruits. I know fresh fruit & veggies are best, but hard on the budget. How about canned or frozen, and which ones are best for type 2? And what would be good things for snacks other than a piece of fruit? I would really like to hear from other type 2's who have figured this all out & know from experience. I would also really love specific brand names, especially for the breads & other grains. I live in the U. S., Midwest, if that helps. Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Other than trying to cut back on the pastas, rice, potatoes and breads your meals should be healthy and well balanced with a target towards lower carb intake and portion control.

      Your correct when you say that there's a lot of conflicting information out there, that's because diabetes is a very individualized disease and we all have to find our own niche through trial and error to see what works best for each of us.

      It sounds as if your trying your best to learn about diabetes and I'm sure you'll succeed but a lot of the disease is about trial and error especially about when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat.

      Keep checking your blood sugars after meals to determine which foods are causing your glucose levels to rise and stay elevated, those are the foods that need to be avoided.

      As for the breads stay with the whole wheat or whole grain, that should be the first ingredient on the label.
      As for vegetables, I find the frozen ones work better then the fresh especially those that come in the bags with mixed vegetables as opposed to the boxed ones, avoid the canned veggies as they contain way to much sodium.

      I wish you the best on your new journey.

  15. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetics, what was your experience with Insulin Treatment?
    My mom is a type 2 diabetic... and she hasn't had any luck with any medicine at all... Now they have her on Humalog (the short term insulin) and it isn't really doing what she had thought, Short of taking it every couple hours her sugars stay up into the 400's. She has lost 30lbs since finding out she was a diabetic, she excersizes regularly and walks after each meal for 15-20 minutes. She also cut all carbs from her diet and watches her fat intake... but still is having trouble.
    Anyone else experience this, or have advice I can give to her?
    Also...
    She is to the point where her body thinks "fake" sugar is real, and her sugar goes up.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm type 2 and now insulin dependent. Insulin is working just fine. Tell your mom to get a nutritionist or dietitian. They can help with her diet. She does not have to cut out all carbs, your body has to have some. My nutritionist recommended the South Beach Diet for me. Not that I had to lose weight, (I only weigh 103) but I quit smoking and did not want to gain weight from it. She should skip Phase 1 and start with Phase 2. (because she is diabetic). It has list of food that you can and can not eat, teaches you about good and bad carbs, and is easy to follow. It's a very healthy diet.

  16. QUESTION:
    Will Metformin decrease blood sugar levels in pre-juvenile type 2 diabetics?
    My 11 year old 4'9" 140 lb nephew was just diagnosed with pre-juvenile type 2 diabetes. They did the oral glucose tolerance test and his result was right around 300. They put him on a 1800 calorie ADA diet and started him on Metformin 500mg twice daily. This morning his blood sugar was 59 3 hours after eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast. (he was at school) His mother called the nurse at the endocrinologists office & she told her the sugar drop was not because of the Metformin. How can this be? He was just diagnosed on Tuesday. This happened today (Thursday). I understand he may not have ate enough for breakfast, but if he was not on the Metformin his sugar wouldn't have dropped. Why wouldn't they just try diet and exercise first instead of diet, exercise and pill? At lease until they see how his blood sugar would respond to the diet.

    • ANSWER:
      According to the standard of the Dutch GP association treating type II diabetes starts with exercise and diet, but I think the endocrinologist doesn't believe your nephew will follow the diet, since that is quite tough on teens, especially when they are already quite overweight: BMI 30,3! Of course the lowering of the blood sugar after meals is due to metformin, since that prevents the liberation of glucose from the liver after meals. Maybe your nephew is really serious in following his dietary advice, and could discus not using metformin and see what happens on just exercise and a strict diet.

  17. QUESTION:
    I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and I have some questions for other diabetics?
    I haven't yet had an appointment to talk to my doctor about it, so I'm not sure what action will be taken as far as insulin and stuff goes (for those wondering I have cystic fibrosis related diabetes, so it isn't really type 1 or type 2) but I was wondering if some people who are diabetic (whether it be type 1 or 2 ) could tell me their diets and type/amount of insulin they take?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not on insulin, so I will defer to those who are because they have much more knowledge on the subject.

      As for diet, I eat a low-carbohydrate diet. I do not eat low fat or low calorie, although by cutting out many forms of carbohydrates, my diet has become low calorie by accident. Technically, though, I have no limits. I don't eat bread, tortillas, wraps, rice, corn, potatoes, or sweets. I have fruit maybe a couple times a year. Yes, this is extreme, and many diabetics enjoy fruit without experiencing high blood sugar. I avoid fruit to keep my triglycerides low and because, well, I don't really enjoy it. I've never been one for sweet food and I get my nutrition from non-sugary and non-starchy sources. I eat all the meat, cheese, eggs, and non-starchy vegetables I want. I have vegetables every day and with most meals - broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, and so on. I eat, but limit, nuts, like macadamia, almond, and pecans, and occasionally I have a little peanut butter (no sugar added, preferably natural with no hydrogenated oils). I have a large cup of coffee every day that I sweeten with Splenda and a little heavy cream (<2 grams of carb per cup).

      In total, I eat <30 grams per day, but sometimes it's much less and sometimes it's a little more. I don't set firm limits - I just know what raises my blood sugar and what doesn't because I test so much.

      Carbohydrates are primarily what affect blood sugar. Because I am only on oral medication, diet is a really important part of my blood sugar management.

  18. QUESTION:
    Type II diabetics NOT taking medications or insulin, can you please?
    Can you please decribe what you eat during 1 day? I was recently diagnosed and I am not taking anything, I have to control my glucose with diet and exercise. However, I have been doing it on a trial and error. I am always hungry since my diet is now completely different from before I knew I had diabetes. I know that I have to keep my glucose under 120 after 2 hours of eating, and I can only achieve this by eating very little. I am following the low carb, low G. I. diet and all that, but I am hungry!! I exercise and I am even more hungry, yet my glucose is jut barely under 120, sometimes a little above 120. My fasting readings are always between 94-112. Any advice is welcome, I won't see a doctor until April, when I am scheduled for some blood work. I am just wondering if all diabetics (Type II) who control their glucose with diet and exercise are always hungry too. It's hard for me because I don't like meats, chicken, fish, or eggs, so my food selection is very small now, since I cannot eat potatoes, rice, corn, etc..what I like most because I have tried eating very little of these food but they give me really bad glucose readings!! Please help, ay advice is welcome. Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      I eat 1 egg and 1/2 grapefruit in the mornings, for about 11g of carbs.
      If I have to shovel snow or do something strenuous or if I plan on walking afterward, I will add 3/4 cup of glucerna cereal.

      For lunch, I will eat 1 cup of mixed nuts. Usually 1/2 almonds and 1/2 pecans. But I will sometimes change it to 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup peanuts.

      1 cup of nuts will give you a lot of the good fats, and a lot of long lasting calories. About 1/3 to 1/2 of your daily caloric needs in just that little bit of food.

      In the evenings, I eat sirloin cheeseburgers cooked on a George Foreman grill to remove as much fat as I can, top them with chopped onions, and lots of mustard (a free food).

      Other nights, I will eat grilled chicken breasts, or even a whole can of tuna, adding a dill pickle spear.

      When I can afford it, I will eat salmon.

      For a snack, I will eat sugar free jello with cut up strawberries or blueberries in it, and top it off with about 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream.

      About your glucose readings. Yeah, under 120 is nice to have, but realistically, as long as you are under 140 post meal, you will be fine. The ADA says as long as you are under 180 for your 2 hour postprandial, you are OK. I say BUNK to that. It's far too high. Under 140 is much safer.
      Note: your glucose meter can be as much as 25% WRONG! So be careful believing it.

      About once a week, I will splurge and eat something bad like some soup and a peanut butter sandwich.

      Then about every 2-4 weeks, I will even eat some pizza! about 2-4 slices of it.

      BUT, I plan that meal out. I make sure I can drink 30 ounces of water with that meal and be able to walk for 30-60 minutes starting 1 hour after I eat.

      I can drop my blood sugars up to 60 points with water alone, and up to 100 points if I can walk enough.

      You can eat rice, potatoes, corn, etc. But in small quantities. Very small quantities.
      Tonight I ate 6 french fries with my meal. I spiked to 123. Not bad for blood sugars, but I sorely wanted to eat the whole bag of fries. Not good for the emotions. If you don't have enough willpower just to eat 6 french fries, then don't eat any. It take s LOT of willpower to overcome the eating habits you used to have. And it's not easy at first. You will toss out a lot of food that you thought you could eat, but find out that you can't.

      You have to treat yourself on a regular basis or you will get depressed, possibly backslide into eating bad again, or get bored with your diet and go back to eating bad things again.

      You might want to make a sugarstats.com account (free), input your blood sugars and what you ate, especially the grams of carbs. Pretty soon, you will see what spikes you the most and either cut back or eliminate that food. They even graph it for you.

      Any time you are higher than you want to be, drink 16-30 ounces of water quickly. Wait 1 hour and retest. If still high, drink another 16-32 ounces of water.

      Walk if you can to get some exercise. That can help lower blood sugars quickly.

      Just so you know, even though I WANT to eat like a pig, I refrain for obvious reasons. And eating the way I do, I am never hungry.

      You can snack on many things that won't raise your blood sugars.

      Google 'Free foods for diabetics'. Eat all those you want.

      Rule of thumb: if it's white (food wise) it's not right (i.e. don't eat much of it at all).
      Avoid root vegetables. Eat a limited amount of citrus fruits. Orchard fruits are better, like apples.

      Nearly all berries like strawberries are good, especially blueberries.

      Your aim it to eat 5-6 small meals evenly spread throughout the day,

      No matter what you do, you will experience spikes for no apparent reason. I had a whole week like that. Same foods, but much higher spikes. Today, back down to normal.
      Had no idea why either.

      You can try taking cinnamon capsules at night. Onion helps keep blood sugars lower and is pretty much a free food.

      You might want to take chromium supplements and drink Black Tea. Black Tea (Lipton here) has a lot of manganese (not magnesium) in it and that can help too.

      Get your testosterone levels checked. If those are low, nothing you can do will help you gain the control you want. Black Tea can help with that a little too. NOT white tea or Green tea. Must be black tea.

      You might want to avoid coffee too. It can cause higher blood sugar spikes.

      Sun Crystals are a great sugar substitute. All natural too, and won't spike you, in moderation.

      You can eat veggies at any time, even for breakfast if desired. Olive oil and Vinegar can help you out a LOT.

      I started out like you did - not knowing what to eat. I am still learning how food affects me. But it gets easier as you gain experience. The nuts are a great way to feel full, honestly. I wasn't eating a whole lot for those first couple of months and lost 44 pounds of weight!

      I was diagnosed back on 11/24/2009.

      AVOID CARBS IN THE MORNINGS!

      When you se

  19. QUESTION:
    What can a person who is a type 2 diabetic eat, what can't they eat?
    I am recently engaged to a wonderulf man, who has type 2 diabetes. Even though I have many family memebers who have diabetes, I am really clueless on what a diabetic can, and can not eat (well I know they can't eat suger). I was hoping someone could sugest some good websites for me to look at to explain more about a diabetics diet.

    • ANSWER:
      The American diabetes Association is good, and there are many other web sites that have diabetic menus and recipes.

      I just attended a diabetes education seminar at the local hospital, and they reccommend a full, healthy diet, with lots of vegetables and fruits, lean meats, and dairy, and grains. They recommend that the grains be stone ground, whole grains, and the bread and pasta be whole grain.

      Whether you count diet exchanges, or grams, the seminar recommends one to two carbohydrate exchanges for breakfast, three to four for lunch, and two to three for supper. [A Carbohydrate exchange is 15 grams of carbohydrate.] Some people need less carbohydrate than others, but all diabetics must have some carbohydrate.

      so for your guy, ask him what his exchanges are, and build your meals around those limits.

  20. QUESTION:
    Questions to those who know about controlling diabetes?
    A family member of mine is diabetic. I am not an expert on the type of a diet diabetics should keep to maintain their health, but I do know that sugar and carbs are to be limited. I was wondering, for a type 2 diabetic, how much sugar and carbs is considered "ok" to consume daily without getting complications from doing so? I am concerned about this family member because I often see her chew "sugarless" gum which has sugar additives, and eat things like regular cookies, jam, and add sugar to tea, etc. I'm not sure how much sugar and carbs she should be limiting herself to, but her current diet seems to be way off and I'm worried for her health. When I confronted her about eating the cookies, she told me that she ate a couple and that there can't possibly be a relevant amount of sugar in a few cookies. When it comes to "sugarless" gum, she says that because it says sugarless, then she can eat it - but don't sugar additives also affect diabetes? I would appreciate some advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Sugarless gum is the least of all her and your worries. Usually 30g is about the limit of what's recommended for carbs at each of 3 meals/day and 2-3 smaller snacks. Two slices of bread is over 30g of carbs for example. I wouldn't worry about the jam so much. Sugar in tea needs to stop immediately. Either use a sugar substitute, or go w/out. I will say this about cookies: I allow myself 1 cookie a day so that I don't eat the entire package. A life of entire deprivation will not work for anyone. Unfortunately, denial is a HUGE component of this disease. So is discipline. Do you know what her sugars are running? If they're much above 130-150, she's completely out of control, and kidding herself. She can and will lose her feet, her health, her teeth and her eyesight from out of control diabetes. I've been diagnosed diabetic for the last 11 1/2 years, and it is believed I was diabetic for at least 6 years before that. I was thirty-two when diagnosed and pregnant w/ my second child. I was NOT overweight at all, and I am trained as a natural foods chef and as a massage therapist. I am told I more closely resemble a late-onset Type I diabetic. It has taken me all that time to get out of denial about my disease. I tried for many years to heal it naturopathically (that is, with diet, exercise and supplements, both vitamins, herbs and homeopathy). Didn't work. I am very, very good about taking my medicine, and usually about taking my blood sugars, when my meter isn't broken. Exercise is the missing component for me, but in my defense, as a working single mother w/ a disabled child w/ no L foot, when exactly am I supposed to be able to fit exercise in??? Back to your relative: What helps/helped me most is to keep reading the diabetic info, visiting the websites, to have family that cares (nags.), and to realize how very, very much I want to keep my feet and eyesight. I can also remember how incredibly sick I was while I was not on my medicine and trying to heal this intractible condition naturopathically. My blood sugars were in the 600-900 range, all day, every day for months. It is amazing my children and I are all still alive and well. By the way, there IS a relevant amount of sugar in a "couple of cookies", so don't let her get away with that rationalization. It's BS. Take her to a website, or buy her a calorie/carb counter and either you keep a log of what she eats or have her do so. It's amazing when we actually take a look at what we're really eating, and tell ourselves the truth about it. On a good note, she can have ALL the veggies and salsa and dill pickles she wants in the world, as well as lean forms of protein. Another good note is that if she follows a diabetic diet very carefully, she should lose weight.

      Good luck to the both of you, and many blessings of health and well-being in the years to come! It is good she has someone like you in her life, she'll will need your love and care and support.

  21. QUESTION:
    Type1 Diabetics annoyed about getting asked about not being able to eat sweets??
    Is it just me, or are there many type 1 diabetics that are getting REALLY annoyed by people commenting that you can't have sweets or foods high in sugar, as I'm basically to the point of slapping the next person who gets Type1 diabetes who don't have to keep as strict of a diet or even any diet at all really, with Type 2 diabetics whose blood glucose is controled in large part by their diet.
    It seems every day in school or at work that I get the comment:
    "Hey I thought you were a diabetic, isn't that piece of candy or regular pop bad for you??"
    When in fact, and this is where the two types of diabetes differ, Type 1 Diabetics, whose blood glucose levels are controled almost entirely by the amount of insulin they give themselves, can eat whatever they want, as long as they give themselves enough insulin to cover it, unlike the type 2 diabetics, who almost always must keep a strict diet plan to lower their weight and cut down on carbohydrate intake, and that confusion is REALLY annoying me!!!!!!!
    Why can't people just get their types of diabetes straight, or atleast if they don't know the difference between the two types, keep their mouths shut?????

    • ANSWER:
      It used to, but it happens often enough that it has the potential of consuming a good chunk of harmony in our lives. So most of the time I just ignore it or, if given the opportunity, correct them. Everyone talks about raising awareness but it seems that people are still so misguided.

      What bothers me more is the assumption that I must be some piece of dirt parent and fed my daughter chocolate cake and yoo hoos for breakfast, and destined her for diabetes. That one's tougher to overcome, but I'm getting there.

  22. QUESTION:
    A good diet for a type 2 diabetic?
    I have type 2 diabetes. I saw a nutritionist who wasn't much help and my doctor couldn't give much help either. Resources on the internet have been quite baffling as well - some sources say a low carb diet is best, others say that carbs are okay once they're the 'right carbs. The ADA is more concerned with commercial interests than providing good information. Resources for diabetics here in Trinidad & Tobago aren't very helpful either.

    • ANSWER:
      It's a good idea to meet with a nutritionist knowledgeable about diabetes who can guide you in your food choices. It very much comes down to portion control. Know what you’re putting in your body and how much of it. Joslin Diabetes Center has an extensive section on what to eat on their website. Follow the link below. If you're looking for meals chosen specifically with diabetics in mind, Joslin has joined with Dlife to provide some excellent recipes videos to get started with.

  23. QUESTION:
    Where could I find treatment suggestions for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic?
    Any helpful experiences from people out there especially regarding diet?
    Are diabetics allowed to anything that has sugar in it?
    What about diet Coke?
    Could you recommend any websites where to find more information?

    • ANSWER:
      You have hit the jackpot!!!! Whoo Weee!!!

      Here is what to do. In fact this is the only way to really control type 2 diabetes. No JOKE!

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.Do it daily.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.Also never ever take Onglyza or Januvia . They can can inhibit the bodys immune system and let cancer spread.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      If you follow the above you will be set for life. My fasting is 96 and my HBA1C is 5.2. Been diabetic for 11 years or morre.

      Take care
      Tin

  24. QUESTION:
    diabetics 2 yrs,type 2,inherited,age 45yrs,when the libido reduces ? how can control? should the sex stimulato
    be used? for how long? my sugar is controlled with diet and exercise still, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      my riend that is diabetic says that sex helps when she is having bloodsugar problems

  25. QUESTION:
    Is yoplait fiber one yogurt okay to eat if you're a Type 2 diabetic Controlled on diet and exercise?
    I've been eating dannon light and fit yogurt and need a change! I see that Fiber one has a yogurt that contains 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of sugar. I've heard that food with high fiber is good for diabetics because it breaks down in your system slower reducing a sugar rush... Does that apply for yogurt as well? Or is 10 grams of sugar too high??

    • ANSWER:
      The fiber isn't going to counteract the ten grams of sugar, unfortunately. I don't know if 10 grams of sugar is too much for your body, as all diabetics are different in this regard. You'll just have to experiment with your meter.

      If you can't stand the Dannon Light & Fit Carb and Sugar Control (I assume that's the yogurt you're eating), then try buying plain yogurt and adding sugar-free syrups, like Torani or DaVinci. Torani makes sugar-free chocolate, pineapple, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, and the list goes on.

  26. QUESTION:
    How many type 1 diabetics...?
    ...get irritated with type 2 diabetics who think they know everything?

    LOL...I'm going to start a culture battle with this question, but I just got in an argument with a friend of mine that is type 2 and telling me that I can be cured of my need for insulin with proper diet and exercise...

    Now, I might not have all the knowledge, but in my 28 years as a type 1 diabetic, I've never been told that I won't need insulin if I exercise and eat properly - EXCEPT by type 2 diabetics.
    dingding - I totally agree, trust me, I had explained those things to my friend. LOL...it was more of a comical situation then a mean one... LOL... I was just curious how many other type 1s have experienced this situation...

    • ANSWER:
      Clearly, my doctor is an idiot, but she diagnosed me with type 1 and then rediagnosed me with type 2 when I told her I that I just doing diet and exercise to control my blood sugar...

      Anyway, Dr. Gabriel Cousens treats both type one and type two and has been able to help type ones drastically lower their insulin intake and, in some cases, stop their insulin intake completely.

      The idea is that type one diabetes may not necessarily be cause by DEAD beta cells, but that possibly the duct where the beta cells are dumping their insulin is blocked by either scarring or mucus. If you care to do some research you will find people like naturopathic Dr. Wong who has used enzymes to treat this scarring issue with astonishing results! In order to treat the mucus avoidance of Dairy and nuts is necessary in addition to some enzymes that might help dissolve it...

      So yes, I think type 2's are idiots for telling you that. Nevertheless, whether they know it or not, there might be some truth to it...

  27. QUESTION:
    are you struggling with type 2 diabetes?
    i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 years ago. for the first years i struggles to control it with diet before the doctor gave me metformin. the metformin gave me acute upset tummy and i have struggled for 2 years with it.
    then i came across a book saying i could reverse my diabetes. so i thought... i have nothing to loose. My sugar was peaking at between 30 and 32.

    The book explained that type 2 diabetics hold fat molecules in their muscle cells. it is these fat molecules that stop the body from using the insulin it produces.

    the solution it seems is easy. If your body holds on to fat molecules then don't put fat into your body.

    so 2 weeks ago i started a vegan diet. 1 week into my new diet and i had a check up with my nurse.
    my normally high blood pressure was totally normal for the first time in 3 years. my sugar level has almost halved and was peaking at 17.
    i weighed in over 12 lb lighter than i had previously.

    on week later (2 weeks into my new lifestyle) my sugar is peaking at 7.9, i am (according to my nintendo wii) 6 lb lighter than i was this time last week and i have so much more energy than i have had in years.

    the book said give it a month. i have reversed my diabetes in 2 weeks.

    i don't feel like i am on a diet, actually im not on a diet i have just stopped eating meat and dairy products. i love cooking with spices and i have discovered tofu and lentils.

    really people... i don't get that if it is so simple to do then why are doctors not recommending this to everyone

    • ANSWER:
      Your numbers are a little exaggerated . 32 is very close to US numbers of 600. I doubt that you would have survived for 2 years with these numbers.
      Besides it not possible to really control if you are eating tons of carbs.

      Nice story though !

      Tin

  28. QUESTION:
    Will eating mostly bread of various kinds eventually lead to becoming Type 2 diabetic if you are skinny?
    I think of Type 2 Diabetics as being obese to morbidly obese for many years before they become diabetic. I am skinny (actually, I am even losing weight gradually without trying...) and most of the time I eat a loaf of bread-machine bread of various kinds (mostly raisin bread lately) per day or day and a half. I asked a guy what his medic alert bracelet was for and he said he was diabetic, had a heart attack, and had high blood pressure. He is obese but not morbidly obese (my opinion that is). He doesn't use any diet for it. He said bread is bad for it. SO. Will my weird bread-eating habits lead to diabetes if I am skinny?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Fruits/Veggies to stay away from or limit since i'm a newly diagnosed diabetic (type 2)?
    I know fruit is essential in a diabetics diet, but I know I should be limiting certain kinds of fruit/vegetables, like bananas. Can you help me out? (I have to wait to sign up for the classes until my next Dr.'s appointment). Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to learn to count carbs.
      You can eat any food in the world.

  30. QUESTION:
    Any diabetics using target ketosis diets for weight loss?
    Since learning I am type 2 diabetic and insulin resistant, I have attempted to learn all i can about diabetes and how to deal with it......thatnks to alot of you as well!

    I also weight train and actively power lift, so muscle mass and fitness is important.

    The last thing I want to do is look like a "skinny fat person" or Dr Adkins...RIP.

    Which brings me to the question of target ketosos diets. This consists of 5 days with zero carbs followed by a 2 hour "depletion" workout, after which you "carb up" for the next 48 hours to replenish glocogen and use the available insulin to shuttle protiens into the muscle, hence the term supercompensation.

    Has anyone had any experience or thoughts on this? And/or the safety for diabetics.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yEA, i'M A TYPE2 ALSO. Go to: shapefit.com and ask the dietitian there online also they have a trainer online and yes they get right back to you. They are power lifters also alot of them on this site. Personally I'd not do the load up on carbs being a diabetic and you should see warning flags there. I do 140 only once a month going out to eat Italian. I'd never load up on carbs---thats dreaming how could you even look at your meter number???? The doc would double your prescription!!!

  31. QUESTION:
    I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and was told by my doctor to lose some weight?
    What is a better diet for diabetics , weghtwatchers or Atkins , or is there a better one out there

    and what makes one plan better than the others as far as diabetes goes

    • ANSWER:
      A balanced diet that follows the ADA guidelines is good. You should probley think in the neighborhood of 1600-1800 calories. Don't forget to add a bit of exercise too.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is Sushi Ok For Someone With Type 2 Diabetes?
    I see a lot of diabetic recipes for sushi but I hear sushi is bad for diabetics. I only control my diabetes with diet, I dont take insulin, do you think it would be ok??

    • ANSWER:
      Sushi consists mostly of rice (complex sugars) and fish or other aquatic species all of which are high in protein and amino acids. The filling ingredient is mostly the rice and as a diabetic rice cna be bad if you eat too much of it but I can't see why it would be more dangerous then eating a moderate portion of rice on its own. Sushi is dangerous for anyone if it is not prepared properly though and if you plan to learn to make it, make sure you take the proper preparation into account along with precaution with raw uncooked meats.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have type 1 & type 2 diabetes?
    If A = If you're fit and have diabetes, and your family has a history of diabetes, there's a good chance you're Type 1.
    B = If you're fat, there's a REALLY good chance you're Type 2.
    So if I'm fat but I've been overweight my whole life but always tested no hi glucose levels or hi cholesterol & I'm healthy otherwise for years until recently I found out I have a enlarged heart and high blood pressure I'm on beta blockers & I'm on both a long lasting insulin shot 1x a day & take2 glipizide pills to control my levels.They say glipizide is type 2 that I take but I also take a insulin shot 1x a day which is type 1 so I'm confused I take both so am I type 1&2?I think I may of inherited or my genes because my father he wasn't fat or unhealthy until around 50 he became a diabetic & had high blood sugar & kidney failure& quad bi pass & skin cancer & colon cancer.So I think I may of got diabetes by heredity from my fathers bad genes not because being fat.He was skinny.Allot people just automatically think I'm diabetic because of my weight. I believe it's heredity.I have a 21yr old daughter that's overweight but tested neg for diabetes& is very healthy,my son is 24 & he eats more then me & daughter & he is super lazy&does less exercise but is skinny as a board all his life he can eat a ton an not gain 1lb. I have learned allot people have their own opinions but really don't know diabetes info allot doctors still learning.So how do I figure out what type I am or is it possible to be both types 1&2?I'm confused & my doctor is a idiot he seems to not know what type I am 1or2.I'm currently trying to find a diff doctor. I've learned a regular MD can not help me I've been to 2 neither has helped me get my sugar under control & are not smart.I have fought with being overweight my whole life my weight has not caused the diabetes. I have been obese since birth & no amount of exercise has helped at all &I've tried all.The kicker is I gain a little each year no matter what that I can't loose ever I've spent a ton on diets & weight watcher programs nothing will make me loose & I don't over eat I'm lucky if I eat two reg meals not large meals or unhealthy fattening meals no sugar intake at all with no snacks daily,but I stay fat. What kind of specialist can get my diabetes,high blood pressure &heart issues & unknown reason for a hi white count diagnosed and treated & get all under control & maintain control that will help me with all these issues to stay well?What type diabetic am I or is it possible to be both & what type doctor do I seek?Another question where do diabetics dispose of their used needles at I asked my pharmacist he said throw away hide in middle of my trash which I'm sure is not right!can anyone help with info?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow! Can you write or what? 8^)

      First of all, yes it is possible to have both type 1 and 2, but I think it's rare. I have diabetes in my family, various deceased ancestors who lost legs and kidneys and died relatively young. But nobody in the family knows whether they had 1 or 2, and I wonder if they even had the distinction at the time. Type 1 and type 2 are completely different diseases, but with the same symptoms and the same results.

      Type 1 used to be called 'juvenile diabetes' but lots of people get it later in life. You can get it at any age really. Type 2 does NOT just happen to people who are fat. I'm Type 2 and was never that fat, though I've lost weight since.

      Type 1s need insulin to live, because their pancreases don't produce enough. But these days lots of type 2s are using insulin also, to help overcome their insulin resistance. The nice thing about insulin is that it isn't even considered a drug. Our bodies make it. So it has no bad side effects, unless you take too much of course. On my e-mail list there are lots of type 2s who have just started using insulin after being diabetic for years and years, and they all say they wished they'd tried it sooner, that it makes blood control just that much easier. Insulin is also used for patients who react negatively to the other blood-control drugs, like glipizide

      If you really want the details, ask your doctor if he can refer you to a diabetologist. That's a doctor who specializes in diabetes. I'm surprised there aren't more of them these days, since diabetes is almost an epidemic nowadays.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is aspartame dangerous and unhealthy for diabetics?
    I have Type 2 Diabetes. Aspartame is usually contained in diet sodas as well as nutritional waters like vitaminwater. Is aspartame safe or dangerous for diabetics?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't trust any of the artificial sweeteners to be safe. I'm of the generation that was told margarine and other hydrogenated fats were better for us than butter, lard and 25 years later the trans fat issue finally comes to light. The food manufacturers and the FDA lied to us once because of huge profits; they will do it again. Money rules, not public health.

  35. QUESTION:
    beans,barley,and brown rice for diabetics ?
    My husband is trying to manage his type 2 with diet alone. Are these foods good choices for him ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they are,but he should seek a dietician's help him manage his diabetes.. Good luck to your husband on his determination. Take care

  36. QUESTION:
    Type II Diabetes when bloodwork says otherwise?
    Family history: mom and all four grandparents are type II diabetics. My fasting sugar is always in the high 90s, but normal. Spot checking with a meter I bought, however, 2-3 hours after a normal meal, my blood sugar is often 150-160. My A1C is also normal at 5.5. I don't eat a lot of sugar or carbs (or calories, for that matter). I am overweight despite strict diet, and constantly fatigued. I am always thirsty and struggle with chronic oral thrush. I am nauseous in the mornings. My teeth are falling apart despite excellent dental care. I have low cholesterol and the rest of my bloodwork is normal. I take supplements, drink 80-100oz of water per day, and do not smoke or drink. I fall asleep all the time, and esp. after eating anything sweet. My facial sweat smells almost nauseatingly sweet. My urine has a rather acidic ph (5.5), and for years I've struggled with cuts and bruises that come easily and then don't heal. All the signs (in my opinion) point to diabetes, but my endocrinologist and PCP say the numbers don't match up. Should I bother with the old fashioned oral glucose tolerance test?
    @Nana Lamb...I have been eating low carb (and organic) with the help of a nutritionist who found all my food allergies for about 5 years now. My thyroid function is normal. It's not about worrying...it's about the fact that I feel lousy and find it very difficult to work and function. I also have a rare and life threatening pituitary disease from a brain tumor.

    @Mario...thank you for a really informative and helpful answer. I just called my doctor and he has agreed to schedule an OGTT. I'm in my early 30s and it would be nice to nip this in the bud before it progresses any further.
    Oh, and I can only do bare minimum exercise because of a spinal cord injury. I'm having surgery in a few months and my physical therapist has me on specific exercises. Before that, I danced, went to the gym 4 days a week, and swam almost daily. And never lost a pound. I recently had a resting metabolic test done at the Mayo Clinic and people my age, height and weight should have a resting rate of 1800-1900 calories. I have a resting rate of 1200.
    Because we also have a big family history of hypothyroidism, I've had the full thyroid panel many times. The T4 is always low, but most doctors only go by the TSH, which is around 2-2.5 and considered "normal".

    • ANSWER:
      You should probably take the OGTT. You are a perfect example of why the A1c should not be considered 'the gold standard' when diagnosing diabetes.

      Your fasting blood sugar is high normal and so many doctors would overlook that, but the reality is that most non-diabetics fast in the 80s or lower. Fasting in the 90s on a regular basis can indicate insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or even diabetes, depending on how high blood sugar spikes after meals. At the very least, your high-normal fasting levels should be viewed as a warning sign.

      Your A1c is also considered normal to high normal. There's a great deal of debate regarding what a truly non-diabetic A1c is. You have physicians like Dr. Bernstein who say that most non-diabetics will have A1cs in the 4% to low 5% range and you have others who say anything up to 6% is normal. Some physicians will diagnose pre-diabetes at 5.7%. I'm not a doctor, but I tend to side with people who say that 5.5% is probably a little elevated.

      Most non-diabetics don't cross 140 mg/dL at any point after a meal. So, the fact that you're in the 150-160s two to three hours out, when most non-diabetics will have returned to normal blood sugar (<100 mg/dL) is perhaps the most damning of all your evidence that you may be diabetic. I also wonder if you're spiking much higher than that (over 200 mg/dL) at about one hour when blood sugar is highest. Clearly, you have enough of an insulin response to bring down blood sugar eventually, but high spikes several times a day could be why you're dealing with so many symptoms, like thrush.

      The OGTT really is old-fashioned, but unfortunately it's the only way to see how blood sugar reacts when a variable is introduced. Sometimes fasting and the A1c fail people like you who are borderline. An OGTT would hopefully reveal what you're seeing on your meter - somewhat elevated blood sugar after eating.

      I disagree with your PCP and endo. The numbers all match up. The fasting is high normal, as is the A1c, and your after-meal numbers are completely consistent. In all honesty, diabetic diagnostic standards should probably be lowered because of people like you who sort of fall in the cracks.

      Push for the OGTT and get some answers so that you can start feeling better. By the way, I really admire how seriously you're taking this. If you are diabetic, you're catching it early and that makes ALL the difference in treatment.

  37. QUESTION:
    Ive had type 1 Diabetes for 15 years. My sugars and weight have been stable all this time.?
    My HBA1c around 7 and weight around 12 stone, despite a slightly pathetic diet, snacking a lot between meals and skipping breakfast. Recently however, iIve put on around 1 stone and my belly is getting too big for my liking. What is the best weight loss plan for type 1 diabetics? as soon as i cut out sugary sweets and cakes etc my sugars plummet and i give up after 2 days because i feel ill, despite cutting my insulin too........what can I do to loose the belly and weight?

    • ANSWER:
      honestly I would recommend speaking with a nutritionist. There are so many factors to a diet depending on what the goal is and its tricky incorporating diabetes. A nutritionist could give you the most helpful advice while working continuously with you on it.

      If you cut back your insulin enough you should not continue to have constant hypo's. The sweets and cake has to go. Try experimenting with your dosage (both long and short acting) and find what works for you. The insulin pump is awesome and made to custom adjust your daily regime. If you want to loose weight you will have to add exercise to your routine, which also lowers sugar levels so finding the right balance with diet, exercise and your insulin is important.

      Try more beans, potatoes, pasta or rice in your diet, they last longer in your system. But of course be moderate cause you are watching your calories.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why are so many people so extremely negative about the Atkins diet when they know nothing about it?
    I've been reading old resolved questions and am appauled by some of the comments like...

    -you only eat meat and fat
    -it'll kill you
    -it will cause heart trouble
    -Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack
    -you don't eat any vegetables or fruit.

    Are you people aware that cardiologists are putting heart patients on it? Are you aware that doctors are putting type 2 diabetics on it? Are you aware that you can't do low fat and low carb because you need the fat to burn for energy? Low carbing does NOT cause problems with the kidneys. People who feel bad on it or get sick are generally not following it correctly. You start out with 3-4 cups of vegetables per day. Most low carbers eat MORE vegetables than those who don't low carb.

    I just wanted to state the facts, the real facts.

    I've been on it for three years and have lost 70 lbs. (in nine months) and now have amazing cholesterol numbers. According to my doc I fall into a category that only 5% of adults are in.
    BTW... As another posted mentioned... Atkins has now been approved and found to be beneficial by the Harvard Medical School as well as several other renowned facilities. It CANNOT cause kidney failure when followed properly. That's a myth. The BIG problem is that people DON'T follow it properly. I wasn't LUCKY. 98%-99% of people who follow it properly have dramatic drops in cholesterol. The doctors who hate it haven't researched it. My own doc was the same way until he saw my first test results. Now he's researched it on his own and is a firm believer. Like I said... why do people get so negative about something they don't understand?
    Ooops... I meant New England Journal of medicine! Sorry.
    Why do some people even think or talk about renal failure? We don't eat any more protein than anyone else, except maybe in the first week or two. In general we eat more healthy than most people. What's wrong with eliminating highly glycemic produce, sugar and white flour?
    When you choose Atkins as your eating plan you are choosing it for life or at least for a very long period of time. It's dangerous to go on and off it. Once you are in fat burning mode you cannot start eating high levels of carbohydrates without inviting heart disease. You can eat low carb/high fat or high carb/low fat. If you eat both high fat and high carb you're destined to have heart disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Sister

      Many people seem to like to criticize things that they know very little about. Some times it makes people feel superior to others, knowing that they have the 'right' answer to something.

      Sometimes people have heard friends or others that they like or trust and are merely repeating those peoples 'opinions' as fact!

      Other people are just plain contrary. You say up, they say........

      Also, with the Atkins plan, it does seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom regarding a balanced diet.

      No mater what, you continue to do what is best for you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does pre-diabetes always turn into type 2, or can it also turn into type 1?
    I was diagnosed today with pre-diabetes. I am incredibly grateful to have this chance to fix my life before I'm sentenced to diabetes for life, but I am also stressing out about it. I am 17 years old, 6'2, weigh 360lb (not because I over eat, but because I take medication that severely inhibits my metabolism, causing rapid weight gain). As of tomorrow, I am stopping my medication (it's for aspergers, and honestly I don't believe that it helps me) cold turkey, and I've already done a 30 min exercise routine yesterday and today.

    My main fear with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. My life is 100% reliant on vision, and were I to lose it, I do not think I could continue on.
    I know that type 1 has a much higher chance of causing diabetic retinopathy, so I am still stressed, but I am wondering if prediabetes ever leads to type 1?

    My doctor told me that it's a precursor for type 2, and to stop worrying, so I come here to people who live and love with diabeetus to tell me the facts.

    I'd also appreciate some tips on managing my diet to avoid turning into a diabetic.
    Sorry if I offend any diabetics here, I have severe social problems and am completely unaware of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Simple answer, NO, prediabetes NEVER progresses to Type 1, ONLY to Type 2. Type 1 diabetes usually strikes pretty suddenly, and the diagnosis is almost always made in an ER or hospital because these children are severely ill when first diagnosed.
      The healthiest diet plan I have ever seen for Diabetics (either Type 1 or Type 2) is the South Beach Diet. I am not a shill for Dr. Agatston, who wrote the book, but it is full of common-sense and scientifically based lifestyle changes for people who are concerned about blood sugar fluctuations (which all Diabetics should be). It is by far the healthiest eating plan I have seen, and it is a plan that you can and should follow for life. DON'T BUY THE BOOK! Borrow it from you local library, and copy what you need to from it, but READ IT.

  40. QUESTION:
    Diabetics: What is you're special diet?
    Heya all :)

    At school for Food Technology we had to choose a special diet to research. I choose diabetics. I have looked on the internet but can’t really find anything so i was wondering if anyone that is a diabetic (or that knows about diabetic diets) could tell me about their diet?

    Like foods that are good for diabetics and foods that are not so good. It doesn’t matter if your type 1 or type 2 im doing it on both. But place state which you are talking about.

    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I am so much more than a diabetic. I am a person with diabetes.I hate the word diabetic.

      We all have different diets. There is no one size fits all diet for people with diabetes.
      We need to learn to count our carbohydrates in our food and does [ insulin ] for what we eat.

      Obviously a 2 yr old with diabetes does not eat the same as a 24 yr old olympic athlete with diabetes.
      For people not on insulin, it's more of a need to eat the same amount of carbs through out the day at the same time daily.
      We work with dietitians who help us decide how many carbs we should take in at every meal.
      Let's say at breakfast , you have 45 carbs.You can have eggs and 2 slices of toast.Or you can have one toast and an orange.As long as the carbs remain the same- it is changeable.
      If we want cake for dessert, we can change out our dinner roll and starchy vegetable to accommodate the cake.
      There will always be a better nutritional choices but as adults, we can eat every food on this earth.Nothing is forbidden. There are better choices than others.

  41. QUESTION:
    Having type two diabetes and have the stomach flu - can't eat?
    I have recently been diagnose with type 2 diabetes. I want to know what is recommended when you have the stomach flu.
    Normally it is a diet of BRAT - Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. All these are not a good thing for diabetics. Also things like Gatorade?

    Any ideas on what to have besides just water?

    • ANSWER:
      I sip on a regular soda . One can a day.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best legitimate forum for diabetics?
    I am diabetic type 2 . I know what you are supposed to do! But in reality it is impossible to follow the diet all the time. So would like to know a good forum. Maybe figure out how to get the will power to stay on tract.

    • ANSWER:
      It's new and no charge, no ads unless legit. just have to have a gmail address

      http://icantaffordmyinsulin.blogspot.com/

      also diabetes daily and I can give a few other

  43. QUESTION:
    Type 2 Diabetes Low Carb Meal Plan?
    Can anyone direct me to good low carb meal plans/good foods etc directed towards Diabetics?

    I am only finding the pros and cons for the diet rather than the diet itself.

    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      This is the best you can get. It's low carb , without counting carbs.I one week you will know what to eat and what not to eat and how much. Remember this is for life . So not a lot of time invested , but now your whole family will be eating healthy. Without being deprived.
      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

      The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

      The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn't tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food's effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn't a lot of it, so watermelon's glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

      Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The "Serve size (g)" column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney's Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

      Now that you will be eating right , don't forget the EXERCISE> Walking is fine but Nordic walking is great.
      Description
      Nordic walking combines simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body walking workout that can burn significantly more calories without a change in perceived exertion or having to walk faster, due to the incorporation of many large core and other upper-body muscles which comprise more than 90% of the body's total muscle mass and do work against resistance with each stride. "Normal walking" utilizes only 70% of muscle mass with full impact on the joints of the legs and feet. [

      Nordic walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.[2] It can also increase upper body muscle endurance by 38% in just twelve weeks.

      Benefits
      Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) and receive fitness building stimulation not as present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles. This extra muscle involvement leads to enhancements over ordinary walking at equal paces such as:

      •increased overall strength and endurance in the core muscles and the entire upper body
      •significant increases in heart rate at a given pace [4]
      •greater ease in climbing hills
      •burning more calories than in plain walking
      •improved balance and stability with use of the poles
      •significant unweighting of hip, knee and ankle joints (depending on the style used)
      •density-preserving stress to bones of the upper and mid body
      •increased stride length and walking speed
      I use plain ol' wooden sticks.
      Good luck

      Tin

  44. QUESTION:
    Which carbohydrates are best for diabetics?
    My aunt has type 2 diabetes. I noticed that even though she has cut out all kinds of sweets, white breads, and potatos from her diet (which is good) she is always eating wheat bread, crackers, and sweet potatos. Are these really better choices? I thought all carbs turned to sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, these are good choices. As long as she doesn't eat too much of them, they are fine. Complex carbs like whole grain breads, whole grain crackers, veggies, and even sweet potatoes are fine.

      If she needs to lose weight, the second phase of the South Beach Diet could be helpful. The South Beach Quick and Easy Cookbook, might be helpful for her, if she is interested in trying some new recipes, but it sounds like she knows what she's doing.

      And by the way, there is nothing wrong with eating potatoes in small quantities. You just have to cut back your other carbs for that meal. I find that sweet potatoes make my blood sugar soar, while normal white potatoes are fine. I found a low carb potato that is even better, because it has less carbs then regular white spuds, but is still filling.

      Each individual has to find the diet that works for them. If her blood sugar is staying within healthy ranges before and after meals, then don't worry about her.

      If you want to know what healthy ranges are, check out this link:
      http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/16422495.php

      and this page, http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14045621.php

  45. QUESTION:
    Don't you ever worry about medical advice from Yahoo Answers?
    I know this is a forum for people who like to help others and that most advice is given with the best of intentions but on medical issues why do people ask advice without knowing if the advisors are qualified and why do people give advice as if they were teachers or doctors even when they don't know what they are talking about.

    Doesn't anyone worry, for example, about giving dietry advice totally inappropriate for someones medical condition and by doing so perhaps making them ill?

    Obviously some answers are totally wrong because they vary so much on each question and from 2 opposite answers they cannot both be right, but they never vary in the confidence of those who answer.

    For example you will see lots of people answer diabetes questions by recommending a diet including fresh fruit. They would be correct for a healthy person but for a type 2 diabetic the fructose is just as damaging as sucrose and fresh fruit or juice is not good for type 2 diabetics.
    Doc mentioned that fruity is good for diabetics. I looked it up and he is right although fruit juice is not good. Thanks doc. It goes to prove what I said, that people can be sure of something, as I was about fruit, but not sure enough to be qualified to advise you about your health, because I was wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      You have made an excellent point. Most medical advice is given by people who don't know a turnip from a turtle.And most (including 'nurses') have inadequate diagnostic training. Each patient needs an evaluation and specific details for diagnoses, as well as a physical examination and appropriate laboratory work. I work under difficult conditions as we lack most of the high tech facilities of the US but it is by training, observations, histories of the patients that we make diagnosis in the field. Are we always right....NO! But medical advice given by someone with no knowledge is more dangerous than our educated attempt. I would much enjoy seeing these people in action in an ER or better in a small rural hospital in Tibet. They would be helpless. But the Hippocratic Oath states that a doctor should do no harm to the patient...do these people who offer advice follow the same edict?

  46. QUESTION:
    Do all Diabetics get up to pee 3-4 times a night?
    Asking here cause I didn't get enough answers in the Diabetes section...

    My husband is a type 2 diabetic for the past 5 years. He gets up every night 3-4 times a night to pee. During the night, he drinks gallons and gallons of drinks. He's always thirsty. He drinks gallons and gallons of water, diet drinks and diet soda everyday. I don't know if this is good for him but he can't seem to stop himself.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's called polyuria. Polydipsia is where a person is thirsty all the time. I have diabetes, and I drink all day long and I urinate at least 3-4 times a night as well. It's annoying, but part of the disease unfortunately.

  47. QUESTION:
    Medical Personnel Only Please Answer? Medical Error Causes Severe Problem Insulin 2-3 Injections a Day. Type 2
    In Nov 2006, I went to a doctor at the VA. He ordered labs, and I did not know which ones. He told me that I would recieve a call if anything came back abnormal. I was not diabetic then nor was I aware that I might be diabetic in the future. I did not know he ordered blood glucose. Well, in Jan 2007 I was admitted to ICU on Insulin IV drip for 4 days,. Upon admission to ICU, my A1c was a 12 and my blood sugar was 914 and I also had a UTI. Rememeber that this happened 2 months after visit to VA. Well, this past Wednesday, I got to see my primary care physician at VA, and she told me that my blood sugar was well above 200 in November when I visited the VA. Am I not right in assuming that no matter how you explain it, it was gross neglect by not notifiying me of results and making an immediate appointment versus being admitted to ICU 2 months later. I am following a diet & exercise program now, my A1c is 9, and blood sugar is always 90 - 125 and getting better. No diabetics in family.

    • ANSWER:
      What's your body type and condition? Meaning, are you overweight, a meat eater, sedentary, or anything like that? If so, these are common causes of diabetes, but even so, the physician's office should have notified you of your blood results. Or, you should have taken the initiative and followed up.

      This isn't really a medical personnel question - it's a legal advice question. If you feel the person is liable, then contact a medical attorney.

  48. QUESTION:
    Could I possibly have gotten type 2 diabetes over the past 2 weeks ?!?!?!?
    Okay so I have been on a new diet for muscle mass gaining . I am currently 168 lb 6'0 lean active teenager age 16 . I played soccer almost all my life , I have no record of my family being diabetics , and I go to the gym 6 times a week for 1-2 hours of exercise . Recently the past week I have been consuming around 2800-3000 calories to bulk up , but I noticed that my sugar intake is really high, some days 80 some days a little over 100 . I started getting really worried when I had to go to the bathroom every 2 -3 hours to urinate . I drink plenty of liquids throughout the day . I consume a lot of water during my exercise and throughout the day , 3 liquid protein shakes a day , and a preworkout supplement that is liquid . Could this be the problem ? I also have been taking in alot of sodium and not enough potassium . My sodium intake is around the 5000 . I dont have any burning when I urinate , so I dont think its a UTI . Im thinking its either I drink alot of fluids throughout the day , or my sodium intake is too high . Somebody help !

    • ANSWER:
      Could be that your protein intake is the problem. Many people on high protein diets tend to urinate a lot. If you were diabetic, you'd have other symptoms besides frequent bathroom trips.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is the disqualification for the branches of the military concerning Diabetes only related to Type 1?
    First, thank you for taking the time for reading my question - now, moving on to details:

    I've searched a couple of answers regarding this issue and realized a pattern of the question referencing only to Juvenile Diabetes/Insulin Dependent diabetics, so I thought I would ask.

    My situation: I am what is called a type 1.5 diabetic - I am neither dependent on insulin (lack the antigens produced when the body does not create insulin) nor am able to produce enough insulin to eat a large amount (much like a type 2 diabetic, whom can function like a normal person with the right diet and activity) so, I take both insulin and tablets. However, my healing rate is not affected, I do not get sick often (and when I do, it is for a period no longer than 2-3days) I go to the gym and otherwise lead a normal life.

    Case in point: I've went a period without any medicine for 6 years and my organs/sight/joints/etc function perfectly; my a1c was 7.7 after that extended period of time.

    So, I guess my question(s) is:

    1) Can Type 1.5/2 Diabetics enlist or is it all diabetics? (Seeing as they can function as normally as a person without)

    Follow-up questions:

    1) If no, what would be the best way to present my case for a medical waiver?

    2) What information should I include to the recruiter/MEPS to prove I am healthy enough to enlist?

    I am going to go to a recruitment office in about an hour, even if disqualification is 100% likely; it's better to try and fail.

    Thank you again for your assistance.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes comes up in your blood, MEPS draws blood, its hard to say since your type is a lower grade, if you require medicine, it might be tough. Go there and try it. Better to try, then to not try at all.

  50. QUESTION:
    Do all diabetics get their legs cut?
    My boyfriend and I have been together for 8 years and he proposed recently. I really wanna spend my life with him but the problem is he got diabetes at the age of 23! He's type 2. I'm readying on medical websites that half of diabetics get their legs cut. I'm so scares that anything bad will happen to him. He's on a diet especially for diabetics, blood sugar is always not higher than 125 or around that. He also works out and taking good care of him self. My question is,will he still get his leg cut if he keeps doing what he's doing now?
    And do u think I should marry him or not?

    • ANSWER:
      If "half" get legs amputated, then clearly "all" don't.

      Also, if you look at the statistics: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/fact_sheets/diabetes_leamp.html

      It doesn't say that half of all diabetics get lower extremity amputations. It says that half of all lower extremity amputations are related to diabetes. I hope you can see the difference?

      Suppose there were only two leg amputations in the world, and one was caused by diabetes, and the other wasn't. "Half" of all leg amputations would be caused by diabetes, but it would still be very rare.

      The actual rate of lower extremity amputation among diabetics is 5.5 per 1,000. That is, 0.55%. Less than one percent. Not half.

      And of those amputations, the majority were toes, not entire legs.


Diet To Lower High Blood Sugar Levels

It is undeniable that many people are seen finding no ways on how to lower high blood sugar levels. Mostly they get occupied with blood sugar when they have no right diet plan to suit their body condition. Eating fast foods or those to keep off from the plate create many problems associated with digestion. If you eat more of fast foods there is ample chance for body-weight increase which can be a serious concern to tell upon your total health. When your body gains overweight it can trigger heart attack and other health problems.

It may be puzzling you to know exactly how to lower blood sugar levels. But if you sit a while you can have a flash of answer for your problem and can fix the way to pull down the elevated sugar levels. Most probably your food habits and lifestyle should be the underlying causes for your elevated sugar levels. So you are advised to get a flash back of your diet foods you are accustomed to. The very cause and solution for your blood sugar shooting up should be your daily food choice.


Diet To Lower Your Blood Sugar

Do you suffer from hypertension? If so, you should know that along with other natural methods, there are foods that help lower blood pressure. Maybe you take prescription medication for your disorder, but there are some good reasons to stop taking it! Here is some information you need to improve your health and add years to your life.

Anyone who suffers with hypertension knows that cutting out salt is extremely important. Did you know there are many foods that lower blood pressure when combined with other programs? Meditation, deep breathing, exercise and certain foods all help reduce your readings.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good diet to lower your blood sugar?
    I have just found out that my blood sugar is really high.... (348)
    I have a history of diabetes in my family (grandmother and grandma's sisters)
    I was given a month to go on a strict diet and then test my blood one more time to see where I stand.

    I'm honestly freaking out.... I'm 24 years old, I don't need to be dealing with this...

    What are the best things to eat?

    Please go into detail, any tips will help. Even easy recipes!

    (I'm sad enough I have to say goodbye to my Tabasco, cheese and rice....)

    I need to lower this sugar or else....

    Best answer will get the 10 points.

    Thanks!!
    Thank You Gary B...
    What I meant by I'm 24 and shouldn't be dealing with this basically was saying, I'm not going to let myself go. That's why I'm asking because I should be a healthy young woman and I'm going to get myself back to that.
    Thank You so much for all the info.

    Anybody else?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat NOTHING with natural sugar in it -- no cookies, no ice cream, no bread, no cake, no colas. STAY AWAY from desserts, period. NO SUGAR ADDED does NOT mean NO SUGAR!!!

      Use ONLY artificial sweetener. Drink ONLY diet colas STAY AWAY from "Diabetic Candy"!! The artificial sweetener in those acts like a laxative!

      eat low-carbs: Cut WAY back on breads. eat LESS rice, corn, and potatoes (1/2 cup per meal per day). Stay completely aways from pastas.

      Eat LESS fruit. Fruit has MUCH natural sugar. eat ONE small piece of fruit with every meal. NEVER by canned fruit juices or canned fruit -- they have sugar added, make your own juice, and peel your own fruit.

      EAT MORE FIBER, like whole-grain breads or Cheerios. Fiber will bind with SOME of the sugar in your meal, and carry them through the body undigested (be prepared for more gas!!!!)

  2. QUESTION:
    What should you eat to lower your blood sugar?
    My dad has diabetes 2 and high blood sugar. Drs are about to put him on insulin shots. Is there any kind of food that lowers high blood sugar? is there a special diet he should be on or foods that he should eat more of to help?
    thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of a food that can acutally lower blood sugar readings. There is proper diets/eating habits to follow to help keep the sugar from going high though. Fresh vegetables are about the best. Potatoes, breads, other starchy foods are awful for blood sugar control. So are sodas, diet sodas are ok but may contain cancer causing agents. Teas are great. Brothy soups are great fillers and dont raise blood sugar levels much. Sweets of course is not a good idea. It is not that a diabetic cannot have sweets, it is the fact that everything should be eaten in moderation and excercise should be an essential part of his daily routine. When you excercise you are burning calories, the process of burning calories does not lower blood sugars, however, it is an end result. Swimming is a fantastic way to burn calories, lower blood sugar, get healthy. A carb and/or calorie restricitve diet should be done under medical supervision only. 15 carbs makes up 1 carb and there are 60 calories in a carb. If possible, try to limit the amount of carbs he intakes. I know it is confusing but research will be your best bet when taking on a task of this multitude. Carb counting allows for a better variety of foods than calorie counting does. One of the best resources I have found is to make an appointment with a hospital diabetes nurse and dietician. Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    What foods can u eat to lower your blood sugar if u are a diabetic?
    I am a diabetic, and I use food and exercise to lower my blood sugar. I would like to lower it more through food with a moderate amount of exercise. Right now I have to exercise excessively. But, I have heard a certain diet could really help.

    • ANSWER:
      They say eating a cinnamon stick will lower your Blood Sugar.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a reasonable diet plan for someone with Hypo-Glusemia (spellcheck) Low blood sugar?
    I want to diet and loose 15 lbs. I'am 5-7 and 170 lbs I want to be 155lbs. So I been working out and trying to eat as healty as I can. 1- I'm still hungry alot and 2- I have low blood sugar. So what is a healthy diet and one where i can get all my nutrients. Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      I HAD hypoglycemia. Glucose is not your best friend so avoid foods that contribute to this. Cells are naturally resistant to a certain amount of glucose. Eventually insulinthere has to be an abnormal usage of insulin to compensate for this amount of stress. Insulin shoves the glucose in cells by spiking. This in turn, causes gucose to plummet which makes you want to consume a carbohydrate be it sugar or a bowl of rice to raise the sugar levels. Sadly, all this does is create the rollercoaster ride. Eventually that ride will lead leave your cells so resistant that you will become Type 2 diabetic, which you do not want. To keep insulin/glucose levels stable,you must avoid junk like breads, pasta, soda, candy potatoes that causes the instability. Even some fruits that are high in sugar can lead to insulinemia. Just freakin avoid them. There is so much healthy low carb foods out there that you should be able to lead a healthy normal life by choosing the right foods. The most nutritious fruit is the avocado very very nutritious.

      read this link:

      http://lowcarbdiets.about.com

  5. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my thoughts on metabolism, blood sugar, and diet?
    Hear me out on this. Yeah if you know the stuff I post you know this is going to get long. Settle in.

    I'd like this question answered seriously by serious people. It's my intention to one day write a fitness self-help book. I'd like to know what I'm talking about, not just for the sake of being informed, but because I'd be giving advice to be people from which they'd be making decisions on their lives. Naturally I feel a responsibility. I suppose one could argue that this is not the place one should form their ideas for that sort of thing; and yet one can't argue that this is a place that forms ideas, and, more specifically, ideas of mine will be formed here, regardless.

    Ugh. The luck I've been having I asked this question in Diseses & Conditions>Diabetes (I'm like, hey, these guys no about blood sugar and such). I guess I should have posted it at an earlier time of day because my lone response was a guy spamming weight-loss berries from Oprah (no really). I posted it on Diet & Fitness, and it didn't even show up on the Diet & Fitness page! (Apparently that's been happening with Y!A lately. That and I think my long question broke it.), and then it happened again. So anyways, fourth time the charm?

    The thinking on the glycemic index these days is that a high post-ingestion blood sugar spike is a bad thing, because the parts of one's metabolism that convert metabolisables into body fat work hardest when there's an abundance to work with. The reason being that in evolutionary terms the best way these nutrients can be kept is deposited as fat, not swirling around in the blood stream, which can't maintain anywhere near as high an energy density (duh) especially since excessive blood sugars have toxicity issues and must be excreted from the body. Basically the body is rushing to convert this stuff to fat while there's still a bunch of it before it all gets flushed out.

    I have the notion there's more to this story though. Nutritionists talk about how low glycemic foods, give you much more energy down the line than high glycemic foods of equal calories, because, for whatever reason, the blood sugar profile of these foods is less a graph with a high spike and a rapid descent into low blood sugar, and more a low spike followed by a very shallow drop over time of moderate blood sugar, which keeps you feeling energetic and full of spunk.

    Most metabolisable nutrients have been given the O.K. in this regards. Proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates may not be equals, but are at least far better for you than simple sugars.

    Now there are some things that really bother me about that. What's going on is we are given two values, the Glycemic Index, and the number of calories in food, and that's supposed to tell us everything.

    Just to give an example if you have a high glycemic index food with a certain amount of calories, then you know two things. You know your blood sugar is probably going to be real high after you eat that food and you know the potential metabolisable energy that your body can extract from that food.

    Well suppose you want to make a graph of what that would do to your blood sugar over time. What you have is the peak value of that graph and the area that should be under the graph's line.

    You know what? That leaves alot undefined. You could have high blood sugar plateaued for a short time that then crashes like nobody's business. You could have an immediate steep decline in blood sugar. Or, you could have a quick drop in blood sugar, with moderately elevated blood sugar for some time after. You really don't know.

    This problem is helped even less since there's alot we don't know about these values that we're supposed to know. The Glycemic Index is not a measure of the immediate effect on blood sugar by each metabolisable nutrient in each category. It is not produced by calculations based on the chemical characteristics of fructose, or Omega-3 fatty acids. It is an empirical measurement of the effect of specific FOODS, that contain a variety of metabolisables, on blood sugar. In a way it is a composite measurement of the combined effects of every nutrient, and even the physical makeup and texture of a given food. And as I've suggested, nutritionists would help us out alot to try and track the effects of foods on the blood sugar over time.

    Of course, there's reasons why that's easier said than done, and perhaps even less scientific than what we're talking about in the first place. The lasting effect of foods is sometimes lost in the background (or more than background) noise of people's fat's contributions to their blood sugar. And such data over time would require fasting, before and for the duration of the tests.

    And we don't know calories the way we think either. Maybe you already know that there is not a one to one to one relationship between the number of calories that we chew and swallow, the number of calories that end up as blood sugar, and the number of calories that end up as body fat. Not everything that goes into your mouth is destined to go on your hips. But, did you know it's not just because your body isn't set to turn everything it gets into body fat, and it's not just because of the Glycemic Index?

    What we're dealing with is a theoretical number. In theory, if your body put some real effort into it, it could pry every calorie loose from that granola bar. But, I don't think it will come even close to doing that.

    So what, you ask? After all that just means even less calories to worry about than you thought. O.K. Let's go back to the whole nutritionists say low glycemic index foods are good because they make you have more personal energy to take you through your day thing. You say, so I'm down on energy, that'll just encourage my body to burn some fat instead. I may feel down, but I'll feel better when I'm fit.

    Besides that I'm fairly certain that I've seen studies that say that starving your body whatever way you do it is not a sound strategy for lasting fitness, I still have to think that's flawed. You have to take this in the context of what that means for the parts of your body that regulate your body fat. From that perspective if blood sugars are always low that's all the more reason to convert metabolisables into fat when there's a spike in them. Whenever that spike may be.

    To my thinking, for obesity the problem here is not high, medium, or low blood sugar levels. It's the jumping up and down, and the steep rises and falls of the blood sugar levels.

    Even complex carbohydrates could be bad to this line of thinking. Sure they might not spike your blood sugar very much, but what then? How long does that last? And, how steep is the crash?

    That's really what largely got me thinking on these ideas in the first place. Complex carbohydrates have been lauded for how they have low glycemic index, because it's hard for the body to convert them from food to blood sugar. My reaction to that was, that doesn't mean complex carb's are good for you because they have a low glycemic index due to their low impact on blood sugar. That means complex carb's have next to no effect on blood sugar ever so their low glycemic index is worthless. They'ra just another kind of a starvation diet.

    And, my hunch is that since complex carbohydrates are cut from the same cloth as simple sugars they are suspect. I mean there are lots of dieticians, especially sports dieticians, who will tell you that carbohydrates are still an important part of your diet.

    My point is they're not an essential part of your diet. You can't live without proteins, or fats. You can live without carb's. The closest thing they're is to a nutrient carbohydate is dietary fiber (certain kinds of complex carb's), and even they're not essential, even though yes you should include them in some way, especially if you're trying to get your cholesterol levels under control.

    But, I suppose given the information we really have we can't any more certainly point the finger at complex carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. (But simple sugars? Oh yeah.)
    Actually officially, and I believe this is the position the british governemnt still stands by, the purpose of Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition was exploration. Which although I'm sure that was a priority, I think the main interest of his journey was flagrant piracy. I mean the guy sacked a convent. As for the potato, I'm fairly certain when it was brought back it was considered a botanical oddity, and wasn't actually eaten until later. Oh and as for the obesity epidemic don't forget air conditioning. People don't sweat the way they used to. And thank god for that. And on exercise yeah I'm definitely going to tell be people that exercise before diet is the key to fitness, though diet enables exercise. You gave me alot to think about. I'll do some more research.

    Also did this question ever show up on the front page? Do you know?

    • ANSWER:
      I think your question(s?) is typical american diet propaganda. Its that looking for a magic formula principle or applying science in someway to allow us have our cake and eat it.
      I'll tell you why I think American diets don't work really- your society is based around the car ; drive everywhere;people are in wall mart driving around the aisles in motorised trolleys..I even remember seeing healthy but fat kids being pushed in wheelchairs by their skinny parents in between rides in Disneyland. You don't actually use an awful lot of glucose or glycogen stores because each year you find a way of moving less and less as a nation so that if you decrease your glucose intake it probably isn't noticed. When we try your GI diets etc we often faint cos the level of glucose is too small for our more active lifestyles.The truth is any fad diet willwork because you fatigue of eating the same crap day after day and you lose your interest in food and eat less without realising it

      My guess is the obeisity epidemic is a result of food science and is solvable by laws limiting saturated fat content and sugar content in food that was developed for pre WWII people who were on the verge of starvation and to whom a fat enriched diet was a lifesaver back then. Throughout history all countires have faced famine : thats why the english sent Sir Walter Rayleigh off to find potatoes , a source of carbohydrate. Nowadays we simply enrich our food...I seem to remember nearly everything you'd eat in the USA was sugar coated like the way you'd feed frosties to a kid who wouldn't eat..except this was adult food ! The obvious way to reduce fat is to produce foods lower in calories, fat and carbohydrates by law. Its soooo obvious but no one does it.

      To answer your stuff about intermediary metabolism your talk about the graph of glucose levels versus time is interesting. The area under the curve is called the bioavailability ( absorption) of glucose as released from the foodsource. However glucose is a complex creature because its blood levels are influenced by insulin, adrenaline, glucagon, glycogen formation, the Km of enzymes such as hexokinase and glucokinase. Right enough a peak of glucose stimulates insulin release causing the conversion to fats and glycogen (immediate stores) and glycolysis...conversion to pyruvate in order to enter the Krebbs cycle in the mitochondria. Some people probably have more/better mitochondria than others and this might contribute to weight diffences.The basic evolutionary force you speak of is really survival of the fittest at maintaining blood glucose above 5 mmol in order to keep the brain from dying ( can only burn glucose) . Hexokinase, the entry enzyme of the liver where metabolism largely occurs, has a Km of 5mmol...this means as blood glucose falls below 5 mmol its intake of glucose falls to virtually zero.This conserves glucose for the brain. Similarly starvation, through release of growth hormone causes initially the consumption of protein ( heart muscle mainly) initially and finally the mobilisation of fat stores ( glycerol ->glucose, fatty acids to ketones which are usable by Krebbs cycle if L-Carnithine is present to transport in the fats) after about 3 days. We know an awful lot about this process of starvation mainly from hospitalised patients. The shock to the body of an operation often causes large amounts of adrenaline(epinephrine) and cortisol release that promotes internal catabolism of protein and to a lesser extent fat stores. Initially it may be possible to directly supply glucose via an intravenous drip but usually after a few days in order to prevent loss of heart muscle you need to supply a certain percentage of the calories as protein and fat ..I think roughly 30/30/40 ( fat/protein/glucose) in order to stop the loss of heart muscle from the metabolic shock. Its the same with diets...you do need a balanced diet in order to prevent the body thinking it needs to produce one food group to suppliment its lack of another foodgroup( fat/protein) and to maintain glucose levels. Yes, I concede the glycemic index is probably a good idea in the sense it promotes foods with a slow release profile for glucose and sustains blood levels of glucose more evenly ( your curve is more elongated and the peak is broader) but overall you need to reduce calories modestly across all 3 foodgroups and increase exercise to preserve muscle protein.

      There is more. I lost 3 stone once in Weight watchers. My success , I perceived was down to the ability to estimate food more accurately in terms of their points system ( calories vs saturated fats) and the fact I weighed my food. It was extremely hard the first few weeks until I lost my stomach fat and after that it was easy. I formed the impression my fat cells in someway signalled my satiety centre but after you lost this fat store the signal strenght weakened ( less output from fat). I understand leptins actually do this , it was subsequently discovered and antileptin drugs may ultimately be the cure. Keeping off the weight was harder because, in my opinion, most foods you buy are artificially enriched with calories, sugars and fats and your basic western meal is enough calories for a whole day. I think governments limiting fats in foods is the only sane diet solution :)

  6. QUESTION:
    What is dangerously low blood sugar?
    What is dangerously low blood sugar and how does someone without a disease such as diabetes get to that point? Can simply not eating any sugar in your diet cause this or is it impossible to 'give' low blood sugar to yourself?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Anita, I'll try my best to answer without getting too technical :) Keep in mind what I'm writing is for normal people, blood sugar levels and such will be different for people with a disease like diabetes. Well normal blood sugar levels after not eating for 10 hours should be around 90. This is what is typically referred to as "fasting level." When the levels get to around 60 you start to get symptoms and when they reach the 50 you start to get problems in brain function. (This is probably what you mean when you say dangerously low). Eventually when you start getting below the 50's it'll lead to seizures, coma, and death.

      For the second part of the question concerning sugar. Well, this is where medicine is different then normal language. When we say "blood sugar" in medicine it means the level of glucose in your blood. Glucose is different from regular sugar which is called Sucrose. Glucose can come from any food, like vegetables, rice, fruits, really anything you eat can be turned into glucose. So it's impossible to give yourself low blood sugar just by not eating regular table sugar sucrose. Not eating any sugar in your diet doesn't matter, As long as your eating something, your body will turn it into glucose and your blood sugar level will be fine.

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone done the Diet for your blood type Diet?
    I just started the AB blood type diet only been a few days. Im also doing a low to no sugar diet at the same time...does anyone have success on Blood Type diets?

    • ANSWER:
      Must professionals believe the blood type diets are a bunch of nonsense. There is zero scientific evidence that supports the claims of the author.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of lowering your sugar intake in your daily diet?
    I've been cutting out on sugar here recently. Not that anything is wrong, just trying to keep my sugar blood level low. I've had diabetics in the family, so for health reasons I am sugar conscious of what I eat. Anyway, can lowering your sugar level improve your overall health, and sports performance too?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can. Too much sugar can cause you to have a burst of energy, but then within the hour you crash and feel tired and sluggish. Also Diabetes can develop when you eat too much of it. To get the most out sports and overall health, stick to complex carbs, like things made out of whole grains. They will give you lots of energy over a longer period of time, and keep your blood sugar level.

  9. QUESTION:
    how does a person with low blood sugar stay on the raw food diet successfully?
    I have heard and this has also been my experience as well that fruit that is sweet like watermelon, mangos, pineapples
    and bananas are a few examples that cause a person with
    low blood to rise. I have asked people this question and have
    not gotten an answer yet. I do not want my blood to rise so how
    can I make this diet work for me? Please help! I also have a
    Vita mixer 3 horse power blender, and I just bought a food
    processor so I do want this to work but I am concerned about all the sweet fruits that the raw food people talk about so much.
    I do not want to be hungary.
    apprecite your help and concern

    • ANSWER:
      Stay away from the sweet fruits and stick with the not so sweet. Eat lots of vegetables aswell. You can always treat yourself, but minimize the times you choose to eat those foods. Since most fruits are sweet you will definetly have to eat more vegetables.

      Watch out for carrot and beet juices as they are naturally high in sugar as well.

  10. QUESTION:
    diabetes--if blood sugar is kept under control are you still destined to die younger than usual?
    If blood sugar is kept in great control with diet and exercise and insulin will your eyes and vascular system still deteriorate at an accelerated rate? are there any natural supplements that can help lower blood sugar enough to rival insulin?

    • ANSWER:
      Simply put, no. With appropriate management a diabetic should live their full life expectancy just as a non-diabetic patient would. While there is some dissent amongst experts, the minimum standard for control is an HbA1C of 7.0 or less but this alone is not enough to go by since the HbA1C only represents the average glucose level over a three month period. You can have an HbA1C of less than 7.0 and still be at increased risk of diabetic complications if your post prandial (after meals) glucose levels are routinely too high. There is nothing that will do what insulin does- though far from perfect, insulin is often of vital importance in managing diabetes (and absolutely required in Type 1 diabetics). Type 2 diabetics may require insulin but there are excellent medications in pill form that can decrease or in some cases eliminate the need for insulin (at least for a while). As always, make sure you see your physician regularly and take an active role in discussing your medications- after all, no one cares about you as much as you do.

  11. QUESTION:
    Will your blood-sugar get to low if you try to fast for like three days?
    I recently tried the Atkins diet and started seeing double then I got an intense headache. I slammed some cranberry juice and I felt better. My guess was that my blood sugar was to low so I was wondering if the same thing happens on a fast. It is not fun.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes your blood sugar will get low. This should not have happened on an atkins diet as diabetics needs high protein low carb diets although they need GOOD carbs. I would consider seeing your doc to get checked for both hypoglycemia and diabetes just to be safe. Tell the doc what happened.

  12. QUESTION:
    Diabetes... Vanadium, is it safe? Does it lower blood sugar?...?
    This question has a few different parts/questions to it. Please only respond if you have diabetes and deal with lowering your own blood sugar.

    My mom is almost 60 years old. She has diabetes, and her blood sugar is HIGH, it's 248.. She's wanting to stop the prescription that her Doctor gave her for lowering her blood sugar, and start taking something called vanadium. I googeled this, and read that it has caused a 50% death rate in lab rats that were tested with the drug.

    Has any one used this and had positive results with it? Do you know anything about it?

    How do you go about lowering your blood sugar levels?

    I think my mom may be being stubborn. She lives in illinois, and I live in new mexico, so I'm not there to keep an eye on her or to witness her daily live and how she does things, but I'am VERY concerned for my mothers well being and health. Don't get me wrong, I have STRESSED how important it is for her to eat healthy, I have went as far as getting her diet books for diabetes so she can eat healthy. I just don't know if she really is or not. So please if you have any suggestions on how she can lower her sugar, please let me know. And please don't come at me with telling me to talk to my mom and educate her on trying to eat right I have done this and I'm not sure it has even gotten thru to her.

    but that doesn't stop me from being concerned and caring about my mom. I don't want her to die from this, I need her in my life still, plus I just had a baby that she hasn't even met yet. we need her in our lives still. I'm sure you can understand.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm type 1, and whenever my sugar is high, i take some insulin (Novolog).

  13. QUESTION:
    lowering your blood sugar?
    so i go to the doctors for diet pills and she give me a prescription so i go to the pharmacy and the pharmacist says these pill are to lower your blood sugar the doctor didn't even take my blood sugar she didn't even take any blood at all can lowering your blood sugar help u loose weight?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are concerned about the medication that was prescribed you should call your doctor and ask him about it. He may have written the wrong medication. Doctors do make mistakes. I wouldn't trust much advice from people on here as far as medication goes.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is a blood sugar of 67 too low in the morning?
    I'm not on any meds but eat a careful diet and exercise. My blood sugar is usually good, 80's-110, but sometimes it will spike to 123 two hours after eating, and today it was 67 in the morning. Is this something to be concerned about? I know your blood sugar should always be between 70 and 110.

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors often recommend that diabetic patients stay in that tight range because they're incredibly afraid of hypoglycemia. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) usually causes more long-term damage than short-term damage, whereas hypoglycemia can quickly turn into an urgent crisis situation.

      We have to remember, though, that this is much more of a concern for people on insulin or oral medications, especially oral medications that can cause hypoglycemia, like sulfonylureas that stimulate the pancreas.

      You're not on medication. You're doing this with diet and exercise alone. That means hypoglycemia is really not an issue unless you experience frequent bouts, in which case you may need to adjust your diet. Also, non-diabetics do hang out in the 60s throughout the day. It's well within the normal range of blood sugar. On Metformin I have fasted in the high 60s, although it's rare, and I'm not worried about it. Metformin, like diet and exercise, doesn't often cause very low blood sugar.

      When you're 67 mg/dL, a meal will do the job of bringing your blood sugar up. You don't even need to treat it with candy. You should actually be really happy about this. It's hard for a person with diabetes to maintain such good blood sugar with diet and exercise alone. You really weren't hypoglycemic this morning and you certainly weren't in any danger, so enjoy the great control you're experiencing.

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you NEED sugar to be healthy?
    I've asked several questions about sugar on Y!A and I've always had some people answer that you really don't need sugar to be healthy and that it only had bad effects on your health. But I thought the food pyramid was a template for healthy eating? Take out sugar and you take fruit out of your diet? And doesn't low blood sugar lead to diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Our bodies make sugar naturally, however that is not to say that we can stop eating sugar. I would agree that there are certain types of sugar that should not be eaten, ie corn syrup or manufactured sugars (which is almost in everything that we purchase from the grocery store). It is not wise to take fruits or vegetables out of your diet as those are needed to help regulate the vitamins and nutrients in your system.

      Actually diabetes happens when your body does not produce enough or doesn't respond properly to the insulin that your body already makes. So in a sense yes not eating enough sugar can lead to diabetes as you are depriving your body of something that it needs.

      So to answer those that say that sugar has negative effects on the human body, I would have to call them out on that as it isn't true, however at the same time as I said above certain sugars should not be ingested on a regular basis.

  16. QUESTION:
    Could this be low blood sugar?
    I am trying to lose weight and I have started exercising regularly and now am changing my diet. I normally crave lots of sugar and fatty foods so I have cut back and it seems that if I am not giving my body sugar and fat like normal that I get really tired, crabby, headaches and nauseaous(sp?). In your opinion is this sugar withdrawl or something else? Thanks~

    • ANSWER:
      It's sugar withdrawal. Be careful about how much bread, rice, and pasta you eat as well; your body converts these into a type of sugar in your system as well. Withdrawal is hard to go through, I know, I had gastric bypass surgery and had to cut out sugars and carbs out of my diet; it was a killer (for a while), but things will get better. When you start to feel that way try eating a piece of fruit or some carrots; they have good sugars in them. Or at least they are better for you. Good luck in your quest. I'm pulling for you.

  17. QUESTION:
    vegetarians: what do you do to get iron in your diet?
    I used to take iron pills for anaemia (or however u spell that.)
    but it only lasts for a month otherwise your blood becomes toxic. it worked for a bit but id rather have healthy food. I also have low blood sugar. so healthy food is key! I dont eat meat

    what do you do to get iron?? any recommendations? :) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Apart from eating foods with high iron levels, such as broccoli, spinach, yeast, molasses and oats, etc., you should also increase your intake of vitamin C-rich foods, as that helps with iron absorption.

      Also avoid caffeine (cut back heavily on the coffee and cola, or even better cut it out completely), as this will hinder your iron absorption. Another thing which hinders iron absorption is eating high calcium foods in the same meal.

      Using iron cooking pots helps a little too.

      I've been a vegetarian for 33+ years, and a regular blood donor for about 20 years, and never been rejected for having low iron levels. Second-last time, it was close to borderline, so I just made sure to have plenty of iron-rich foods in the days leading up to my last donation, and it was fine again. My non-vegetarian ex-wife had anaemia and had to take iron tablets for a while, so it obviously has nothing to do with being vegetarian.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why would my blood sugar be lower before bed and higher in the morning?
    I took my blood sugar for the first time last night. It read 85. I had been to two cookouts and had more than enough to eat including my fair share of desserts (not quite my usual diet, although I currently am not eating the healthiest). This morning I woke up after an 8 hour sleeping fast & took my blood sugar. It read 122. Why would it be higher in the morning? Is this reading bad considering the diet I had the day before? I plan on testing my blood sugar a few more times on my own before consulting my doctor. Thanks for your input!

    • ANSWER:
      Dawn Phenomenon. Your liver releases glucose to give you energy in the morning. If you have insulin resistance, insulin deficiency or both, then your pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to cover the surge of glucose. More glucose + less insulin = high blood sugar. Dawn Phenomenon happens to diabetics and non-diabetics alike, but non-diabetics can cover the glucose load.

      122 mg/dL falls into pre-diabetic range at a doctor's office or laboratory. It's definitely abnormal fasting blood sugar. If you had a normal insulin response, you wouldn't be that high in the morning, no matter *what* you ate the night before

      In short, yes, continue testing yourself and go to the doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis makes all the difference with diabetes.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your blood sugar is too low?
    The reason I ask is because I believe I have hypoglycemia, but it seems to be an uncommon occurrence in people without diabetes. I have had all symptoms of hypoglycemia, and when I do not eat for long periods of time I feel like I'm drunk, my hands shake, and its hard for me to focus. I crave sugar alot (although that could just be a bad diet habit :p) and I recently bought a device to test me blood glucose levels. In the morning my glucose levels have been normal (from 75-95), but it does seem like they are low when compared with others in my family who have also tested themselves. After eating a large meal my blood sugars still rarely rise more than 100, and are generally between 75-95 still. For ex: 1 or 2 hours ago for lunch i ate a bunch of grapes, tomato soup, 2 vegetarian sausages, and then some chocolate xp I just tested my glucose levels and it read 87. This morning before breakfast it was 79. I guess my question is are these levels low? There are articles online which say after eating it should be no more than 140, but it doesn't say how high they should be.
    Btw for more background info im 19, 120 pounds, and there is some history of diabetes on my dads side, though he himself isnt diabetic

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can vary from person to person. As the glucose levels in your blood go very low, the symptoms become more severe. The normal range of sugar levels in your blood usually should fall between 70-110 mg/dl. The articles online are correct after eating a large meal it should be no more than 140 but you can go up to 180 and stilll consider this normal after eating a large meal for a non-diabetic. You are within normal range but can get your number from an Ac1 blood test that your physican can administer in order to track your blood glucose for the last three months which can be helpful in order to determine if your levels are low.

      If your sugar levels are marginally lower(60-65 mg/dl) then the low blood sugar symptoms normally experienced are nausea, hunger, anxiety, trembling, nervousness, excessive sweating, palpitations and numbness in your limbs and craving sugar this is also a symptom of low blood sugar as your body is lacking the glucose. If you are experiencing these symptoms then you need to get that A1c test and other more specific testing for low blood sugar as explained below.

      There are two main types of non-diabetic hypoglycemia. The first one is called Fasting Hypoglycemia, which occurs after going without food for long periods of time. Most cases of non-diabetic hypoglycemia come from fasting and are usually ignored because people just assume that the symptoms are just normal effects of hunger instead of an illness.

      Fasting hypoglycemia will also occur as a result of hyperinsulinism, a disorder wherein the body produces too much insulin, resulting in a rapid depletion of the body’s glucose leading to sudden lowering of blood sugar. Hyperinsulinism usually results from abnormal development of certain hormones.

      The second type of non-diabetic hypoglycemia is called Reactive Hypoglycemia, which is still undefined these days as the causes are not always clear, or hard to pin-point. Currently, the most common cases came from people who underwent stomach surgery and developed problematic blood sugar levels afterwards. There are also disorders that affect the way the stomach processes glucose which result in reactive hypoglycemia. There are also a large number of hypoglycemia cases with causes that are still unknown, which get considered as reactive types.

      Admittedly, non-diabetic hypoglycemia is rarely diagnosed properly, since hypoglycemia is usually attributed to people who suffer from diabetes, placing it well under the radar of non-diabetic patients. However, some physicians will do tests on your blood when sugar levels drop and they will look for symptoms if suspicions arise. If you exhibit hypoglycemia symptoms, they may give you some medication or quick fixes to increase your blood sugar levels and if the symptoms go away, they will assume that you have hypoglycemia and further tests will go underway. A caregiver may put you on a 72 hour fasting diet to check how low your blood sugar levels will drop, followed by a mixed meal test to see which specific meal caused your glucose levels to go down. Finally, additional blood testing will be done to find out the exact cause of the hypoglycemia.

      Treatment of hypoglycemia is an ongoing process, remember to have a good diet with evenly spaced out meals every 2-3 hours apart. Also exercising can really help in keeping this condition under check.

      A lot of symptoms of low blood sugar have common signs as other diseases. You are experiencing symptoms that need to be checked, do consult your doctor for treatment.

      Hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had elevated Blood Sugar level for the first Glucose test but then ended up not having .....?
    Gestational Diabetes??? Please only answer this if you have had experience with this. I don't want to hear that I need to see a Dr. BECAUSE I already have, I am just a little anxious about what I am going to find out on Monday. SO I would love to hear your stories...as long as they aren't going to freak me out too much!! LOL

    I have already taken an early OSS(glucose tolerance test) last WED> and my Glucose was elevated. So I have to take the full 3 hour test on Monday. I do have a family history of Diabetes Type 1 and Type2.. and I have had Low blood sugar in the past but now it is High.
    I realize that Most women can control their GD with diet and exercise...but My Aunt had it and we almost lost her and the baby... So I am just a little scared.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences...
    THANKS LADIES!!! I already feel much better.
    Yeah For the first test I didn't eat anything after Midnight the night before..and I didn't eat or drink anything before I drank the Glucola, even though they said I could . And it was still elevated. They didn't tell me what it actually was, just that it was elelvated.
    But you all have made me feel tons better... just knowing there are so many of you that ended up NOT having Gestational D. Anyway, again THANKS SO MUCH!!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you're pretty nervous about this! I can only speak from personal experience, but I hope this helps. My one hour test was elevated, so I went back for the three hour test. I was very close to meeting the criteria for gestational diabetes, but luckily, my levels were considered in the normal range by a point or two. Still, my doctor recommended I keep an eye on my diet, which I tried to do. The worst part of the whole experience was the waiting around for three hours and being hungry when it was done. I'm not sure how it will be for you, but I did not get my results the same day. I don't remember how long it took.

      I was lucky. And in the end, I was rewarded with a beautiful baby boy! I hope your three hour test goes well. And if you do have GD, I have hope that you'll be able to manage it well. Good luck to you! Take a deep breath and try not to worry.

  21. QUESTION:
    Diabetics, what have you learned that helps you keep you blood sugar level?
    I know what I did is crazy but now I am starting over again & would like to know what others have done. I went off my meds in Dec. I have had all kinds of problems & it is complicated. I was on glimerperide ( something like that) & metformin. When I would go to the Dr. thinks looked good I was averaging about 117 last time I went. Which was great for me. I was still not on a perfect diet. I have had a hard time every year in Dec. which was the month my son passed away & other dates that just get me depressed. I am going for therapy about this. Ok, now I am getting back on metformin & just had dinner & felt I was low but tested in at about 408. I did not like that the aveage I had when I was taking better care of myself was based on numbers that went up & down. I hated having low blood sugar. So is it possible to get more balanced. What is your day like if you don't mind giving an example of an average day. I would appreciate any details you can share. Your schedule, supplements. drinking water, exercise, anything. Thank you so much!

    • ANSWER:
      All I have done to bring mine down from 1400 in March 09 to 107 today, was, stopped sugar, switched to whole grain bread, brown or wild rice, and did major portion control. I measured and weighed everything. I went by the diet my doc and nutritionist gave me. Soda's also went. I added fresh fruits for fiber. Also any processed foods went as well. As far as what I do during the day. I play on the computer mostly. I have COPD and I am in the end stage, so exercising is not really a choice I have. I do try to do some exercises, but it isn't many. I was having a problem with stress (my son has been deployed to Iraq) and I went and talked my the doc about it, and since stress can raise BG he gave me zanax to keep me calm. I also check my BG 4 times a day as instructed, and I am no longer taking any meds, no insulin, no glyburide, and no metformin. I maintain my BG by checking as instructed and adjusting my food for the day if necessary, but that has only been on two occassions, and both times, it was my fault, for eating a extra serving. I also went to a site called, fitday.com, and use that site to track all my food intake. That site allows me to know how many carbs I am at for the day, the number of calories, the fat, and all nutrition information. I couldn't of have done or stuck to my diet without using them. I also use a site called; dlife.com for recipes as all their recipes have the nutritional values given as well. Hope some of this helps you. Good luck.

      PS. I have also lost 17 pounds since March 23rd as of today, and that is just by diet alone. I still have to lose some more, but I will get to my goal.

  22. QUESTION:
    Have you considered a pure vegetarian diet for treatment of diabetes?
    Dr. Neal Barnard & Dr. Dean Ornish & Dr. McDougal & Dr. T. Colin Campbell all present convincing studies that suggest that a pure vegetarian diet is effective in reducing or eliminating the need for the drug treatment of diabetes.

    Would you be willing to try a pure vegetarian diet as suggested by Dr. Dean Ornish to help reduce the need for medication?

    WARNING: Use of insulin on this diet can cause low blood sugar. Talk to your doctor about a diet change first.
    "No. Have you?"

    Yes. I had relatively high blood sugar (nearly diabetic). After changing to a pure vegetarian (vegan) diet, I lost 50 pounds and kept it off. My blood sugar level is very healthy now as are all the other blood test results.

    The vegans who have been scientifically studied live an additional 7-10 years, and they have a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancers, stroke, and other diseases of affluence including osteoporosis.
    (McDougall, Ornish, T. Colin Campbell)
    Civic:

    The research I've found suggests that Native Americans who now eat the standard American diet were overweight and more prone to diabetes. If you make such a claim, please add your reference source. I'm honestly interested in the truth about diet, and I find your claim hard to swallow.

    • ANSWER:
      i think americans are just too lazy and addicted (to crappy food) to try something completely different. i eat healthy and dont often eat meat. if i had diabetes i would totally do the diet.

  23. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar?
    Ok, I'm having an array of health issues going on for some reason...but I'm trying to research some basic things.

    I've been sick at home with this gastrointestinal IBS thing. I haven't really eaten a lot in the past 2 days...just bland BRAT diet- for me plain wheat toast, scrambled eggs, applesauce, rice cakes, a little gatorade, jello, a little 7up, water. About 5:00pm I am on the computer, just got off the phone with my mom, when suddenly i feel the slightest shakiness coming on. It's that feeling where your muscles all tense up and you can barely bend your fingers. I felt like I was losing all control of my body, &nothing would make me relax. I hurried, drank some orange juice with bit of sugar, a huge spoon of peanut butter, rice cake, piece of whole wheat bread...still nothing, so I opened a can of coke! My mom came over & sat with me & about 5 min. later I started to feel normal. It took sooo long! I hate that feeling!

    What causes this? Should I have done something different?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be low blood sugar...it could be high blood sugar. i suggest going to your doctor and explaining your symptoms. He will probably want to take blood and urine and check a few things such as your blood sugar, liver, lipid, and kidney function to name a few. These are very routine tests and the doctor can find out quite a bit about what is going on from taking some of your blood and urine. Good luck!!

  24. QUESTION:
    What to do during high blood sugar episode?
    Hello - I had gestational diabetes. My son is almost 9 months old now, but I think I need to be checked for diabetes again. Sometimes it shoots as high as 300 even though I follow a strict diabetic diet (I had problems with low sugar before my pregnancy).

    Anyway, I'll be seeing a doctor very soon. But, here's my question. I know what to do when your sugar is low because I've lived with it most my life. But, what do you do during a high blood sugar episode? I've heard drink lots of water, maybe go for a walk... (and I know to go to the ER if it's over 300).

    But any advice to bring it back down during an episode?

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely still have diabetes. Gestational morphs into Type 1 or 2 after pregnancy ends in about 50% of cases. If your BG is over 300, you will need insulin or oral meds to bring it down. If it's high but <300, a brisk walk or dancing for 20-30 minutes will often lower it into acceptable ranges. You do want to drink water if over 240, because it will help keep you from progressing into ketoacidosis.

      However, 300 doesn't require a trip to the ER. I would say >400 or if you can't come down from 300 that would be warranted. I'm a Type 1 and I hit 300 from time to time without incident...I just correct it with insulin and it comes back down in about 2 hours. If a strict diet and exercise aren't working, then you need oral meds. If the oral meds aren't working, you need insulin. Your body needs what it needs...there's no judgement about it.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are low carb diets safe if your already thin?
    I've been on a low carb diet for a while, and have a normal bmi. After losing weight, I had no desire to go back to a regular diet. So I've been eating on average around 10-15 carbs/daily. Is this safe? I think my blood sugar may be low, because sometimes when I stand up quickly, I get dizzy. Should I be eating more carbs?

    • ANSWER:
      Low carb is for normalizing a body, it won't allow you to become underweight if you are eating sufficient calories.

      Are you eating enough calories? Females need 2000 calories a day & males 2500. The body needs fuel calories if not from carbs then from dietary fats. Protein shouldn't change significantly no matter what diet plan you are on, only carbs & fats. I assume you are getting 20-25% of your calories from protein & you are getting 3% of your calories from carbs, so you need 72% of your calories from dietary fats

      This is an example of 1340 calories 80% of total calories from fat in 9oz of food - this is also 19g of net carbs

      3oz sunflower seeds
      3oz chia seeds
      1oz flax seeds
      1oz almonds
      1oz Brazil nuts

      Low carb is considered controlling carbs to <9g net carbs per hour. If you ate carbs every waking hour, that would be 144g per day & you would still be in ketosis.

  26. QUESTION:
    How does fasting affect a blood sugar test?
    Hi, and thanks in advance

    I have been suffering from stocking and glove neuropathy for several weeks, and will be conferring with a neurologist. However, I am concerned in the meantime as I am sure you can understand. I am 27, and don't drink ever. They gave me a simple blood sugar test, and I came in at 107 after eating just hours before hand. Does this rule out diabetes as a cause.

    I am literally praying for diabetes to be the cause. I know diabetes is serious, but I can work with that. It will make me take control of my diet, as I run 4 miles a day and still don't lose weight due to my poor eating. I have two aunts with MS, and this is what I lose sleep over.

    It would seem to me that the fasting would only serve to lower a blood sugar level, but I am completely ignorant as to the physiology behind this disease. From everything I have read, diabetes is probably the least pernicious disease that could be causing these effects to someone of my age.

    Thank you so very much for your help.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Weird fainting / dizziness / shortness of breathe incident today... Please help with your input!
    This is gonna be a long one, but I could really use any help you may be able to give me! Let me start by giving a little background info before I get into what happened. I'm a female, 21 years old. I'm currently on the Medifast diet, I weigh 240 and have lost 36 pounds while on this diet. Exercise really isn't part of the initial stage of this diet, because I only consume about 800 calories a day while on this program. So they say that only mild exercise should be done (walking for about 15 minutes a day)... well yesterday I played hardcore tennis for an hour..and was extremely tired and exhausted. And today I decided to get on the treadmill. I had some cramps and felt extremely exhausted before I started but figured it was from my period and I should stop being a lazy bum, and I got on. I did some jogging for 20 minutes, I did some sprinting and incline, and then did the bike for 5 and then did 200 crunches, all on an empty stomach..with no food or water. I was extremely tired afterwards and could barely move... I went to the kitchen to get water because I felt HORRIBLE and immediately knew something was wrong. I knew i was about to faint so I sat down and then i started having extreme pains in my abdomen..something like menstrual cramps but 1000x worse. I became dizzy, and was going to faint numerous times but kept my self alert enough to not pass out... i was having extreme shortness of breathe. I couldn't talk or move. I fell in the hallway... The pain I was feeling was by far THE WORST pain I have ever felt in my life. My face and lips were EXTREMELY WHITE. I started having cold sweat and chills and sweating all at the same time. After calling 911, my mom poured ice water on me and gave me sugar-water and orange juice because she thought my blood sugar level was low (since i cant have any sugar on the medifast diet). The pains would stop for about 20 seconds and then start again... in 20 second intervals. when they would start it would trigger the dizziness, shortness of breathe, sweating, chills, and fainting symptons all over again. I basically got naked and slept in the den with the fan on high for 40 minutes. After about 3 cups of water..2 cups of sugar-water and some dates, bread and a cookie... the color came back in my face and my cramps became less severe. I have NEVER experienced anything like that before... I thought I was having a heart attack.. or an asthma attack... which I wouldn't really know how either feels cause I've never had either.. It was by far the scariest experience I've had. Does anyone have ANY idea what that was all about?? Anything would help as I've been searching online and have found nothing with all those symptoms. Maybe it was too much exercise on my low-calorie diet.. maybe it was low blood pressure and glucose levels and with my menstrual cycle on top of that, it made my body go crazy... I really don't know. Please give me any ideas you may have.

    Sincerely,
    Worried from Cali
    Stacie..ya i threw up..but because I had not eaten anything prior to working out it was only water. And ya I had weird diarrhea the nite before and during the incident! All day today i was worried it would happen again... so i held off on working out. I totally feel what you're going through..especially if this is a reoccuring thing for you! It was THE worst feeling. Has your doctor told you what could trigger it? or what makes it worse or better? I thought it was an asthma attack because I just couldnt breathe or move and i was turning white/blue..but i don't know where the stomach cramps and diarrhea and vomiting come into play...

    • ANSWER:
      yes I had a problem about 10 years ago a was only eating about 300 calories a day and sometimes I would skip a day altogether I started at 330lbs lost 150 lbs in
      6 months and passed out many times even brock my thumb will never do it again now I weighed 195 6feet tall and no dieting just watch what I eat I was down to 150 when I was doing it wrong I looked sickly!!!!! never had the pain though?

  28. QUESTION:
    Teenager trying to lose weight and lower blood pressure.. Is this a good diet for today?
    Im 13, 5'4", 175 lbs and a girl. I just got diagnosed with high blood pressure so i realized i really need to lose some weight and get healthy :) Is this an okay diet day??

    Breakfast:
    Scrambled Eggs
    1 egg & 3 whites
    1 Cheese Slice (not processed)
    1 Piece Bacon (I know that wasn't the best)
    1 Banana

    Morning Snack
    14 Mike N Ikes
    1 C. Cheerios
    2/3 C. Light Soy Milk

    Lunch
    Veggie Sandwich
    2 Slices Light Wheat Bread (70 calories)
    3 Black Olives
    2 Pickle Slices
    1 tsp. Mayo
    1 Cheese Slice (again not processed)

    Afternoon Snack
    1 C Mandarin Oranges

    Dinner
    Banana Chocolate Oatmeal
    1 Packet 100% Whole Grain Oats (not processed)
    1 TBSP. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
    1 TBSP. Half and Half (Milk)
    1/2 Banana
    2 Pkgs. Sugar Twin (Artifical sweetner)

    Evening Snack
    1 C. Chamomile Tea
    2 TBSP. Half and Half
    2 Oreo Cookies (Again i know it's not the best but my brother was having them)

    Sooo totals:
    Calories: 1300
    Fat: 45g
    Carbs: 180g
    Sugar:78g (Mostly from fruit and bread, Partly from Oreos)
    Fiber:22g
    Protein: 46g
    Sodium: 1727mg
    Cholest.: 271mg

    So was that healthy?? I know I need to cut out the oreos and stuff but I was craving them bad!

    Thanks for your help!!
    xoxo Rachael Marie

    • ANSWER:
      It's generally a good plan, but I have a few tweaks:

      First, 1300 calories is not nearly enough. Bump it up to about 1600; your body cannot function on 1300 and that kind of starvation will slow down your metabolism.

      Next, egg whites? Seriously? Eat the damn yolk; it has all of the nutrients.

      A slice of bacon is fine. The protein and fat will fill you up and stave off cravings.

      Skip the candy and the cereal. Neither one is worth the calories and sugar! If you must eat cereal, then have something high in fiber and low in sugar - but you really should have a real whole grain like oatmeal instead.

      Your veggie sandwich - ew. Diet bread is revolting; for the few calories and grams of fat they shave off, you get an extra dose of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings and chemicals that you would never keep in your pantry. Eat real bread, homemade if you can.

      Good call with the oats for dinner, but don't use packets of stuff. You say unprocessed but nothing that comes in a package actually is unprocessed. Head to the bulk section of the grocery store and buy a bag of steel-cut oats. They're cheaper than the packaged stuff and they're better for you.

      As for your overall intake: Way too much sugar, not enough protein.

  29. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar balance from exercise?
    Hello Friends,
    I really needed your help. I been exercising for 3 days now I have a very weird experience. If you are a professional fitness or exercise trainer or have a certificate please help me out. You see I just started excercising. 1st day I did weight lift for 45 minute and I drink low sugar high carbohydrate drink then later protein shake. I feel great. Then 1 hour went by ate rice and good protein meat. Then the next hour I feel irititaed, sad, depressed.

    Then the second day I did weight lift for 20 minute of cardio and I drink low sugar high carbohydrate drink 30 minute protein shake. I feel great. Then 1 hour went by ate rice and good protein meat. Then the next hour I feel irititaed, sad, depressed, again.

    o.k. now the third day is different and weird. weight lift for 45 minute and I drink low sugar high carbohydrate drink. I feel great like always. Then 1 hour went by ate rice and good protein meat. Then hour passed by I feel great and I don't feel iritated depressed sad any more like the last 2 days? I feel like a true fitness fanatic!? I don't have the best diet but I feel great! But my question is why the first 2 days I feel like trash after workout? then the next 3rd day i feel so great? could it be something got to do with blood sugar, or anything else i don't know? other people feel great already the first day exercise but i don't. it takes me until 3 days to feel the effect of exercise? can somebody solve the mystery? Special thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't know for sure as we are all different, so I'd ask myself what was in my diet the days leading up to your 3 day experience. The nutritiontime frame and foods sound great for your new workout regiment. I suspect it was simply related to the way of fueling the body and you had to get your old diet out of your system. In short, yes it does take a few days to lose side affects of a better diet without so much processed food, saturated fats, etc. I've not heard folks feeling irititaed, sad, depressed from workouts.

      Do consider talking to a Nutrition expect at your gym. Most gyms have them. Do consider checking your blood pressure soon after weight training. Weight training can result in higher blood pressure. You will want to know what's normal for you. The gym or drugstore will have free access to a blood pressure machine. Keep up the good work!

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 19, female, why is my blood sugar 113!!!?
    As a kid and teenager I used to eat a lot crap. For a month, I've adopted a much better diet tha I plan to practice for the rest of my life. I still eat sweets (but I buy reduced fat/try to look at less sugar) in the morning because I have a lot of cravings when I first wake up, but for the rest of the day I have low sugar Lean cuisines, whole wheats, fruits, and vegetables. When I used to eat a bunch of crap I remember checking my blood sugar at night when I already ate all my meals and it was only 102. Today, with 1 month of a better diet, I check it and it is 113!! Here are the facts. My last food I consumed was 1 1/2 hours ago and it was 2 whole wheat breads with peanut butter and orange juice. And in the morning I had hot chocolate with no extra sugar added, blueberry flavor oatmeal (yes, the sugared one), 100 calorie pack, and a donut with only 12 grams of sugar. I know that seems like a lot of sweets for the beginning of the day..but like I said, the beginning of the day is when I eat all my sweets. Later on I am planning to have either brocolli, a salad, a low sugar cuisine, and definitely an apple some time at night. So my question is why is my blood sugar higher than when I ate unhealthy?!?! I'm really scared of getting diabetes because it leads to osteoporosis which shrinks your height and I do NOT want to shrink height. So please wrong tell me what is wrong with me; I'm scared.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Eating too many sweets doesn't cause diabetes. Thats a myth. Being on a diet now isn't going to 100% prevent diabetes (type 2) either....and having a family history of diabetes increases your chances of developing diabetes.

      2. Grams of carbohydrates are the main thing that make the blood sugar rise, not grams of sugar. You should wait at least 2 hours after a meal before you check your blood sugar if you want the most accurate result for post meal levels...whole wheat bread and peanut butter is fine..the orange juice though is something that spikes your blood sugar really fast. If you went without the OJ, your blood sugar probably would have been lower, even if it was only 1.5 hours. (you also didn't say how much OJ you had).

      3. Just an FYI-sugar free does not always mean carb free..and check out the glycemic index. Foods higher on the glycemic index will make the blood sugar rise faster, foods lower on the glycemic index will make the blood sugar rise slower. OJ can't get much higher on the index.

  31. QUESTION:
    How could I look good for graduation?
    My graduation is on May 28th and I want to look good. I am 5'5" and 211. My weight is an issue. I need some advice with losing weight. I have 5 months to do it so I have plenty of time. I do exercise, don't get me wrong, but it is just not helping. Anything with losing the belly, tightening the butt and thighs would be great. Also, if your going to tell me the diet route, I have hypoglycemia, meaning I have low blood sugar (The opposite of diabetes). Got any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      *Well first of all of course you probably pick out your graduation clothes and hat already... That's great if you did. Anyway, as always very important start watching food that is high in fat from that time on. Start eating 5 to 6 small meals a day.

      *Remember to drink lots of water. Get outside or inside if you want on the exercise bike. Or you can do outdoor running. Whatever form of aerobic that your doing make it intense 15 minute non-stop...

      *All you need is 3 days of intense aerobic session a week. Believe me it really works! You can add the other 3 days toning and shaping up with weight for 30 minute no more than that. If you follow the simple step exactly I see their is no reason that you don't lose weight and start looking good for the upcoming graduation. xD

  32. QUESTION:
    please help with my low carb diet dilemma?
    i have pcos so have been told to reduce my carb intake,especially by a girl who is a insulin diabetic,as insulin resistance is common/cause of or by pcos,she says cut them all down,even the good ones as in excess or if you have any insulin probs there just stored as fat,and you won't lose weight.
    My dietician told me to eat low fat /sugar,and reduce the meal carbs,eat the good ones like brown wholemeal etc,but not cut out as they are necessary to the diet and help keep blood sugars steady.
    Also on packets where it tells you your daily allowance of everything under a normal diet it says 230grams carbs of which 90grams for sugar well i assume its out of the total figure not seperate.
    So if i was to go by this and reduce it,with the higher amount out of the total needing to be for starch,what is a good figure to reduce it to,also so i can eat things and just deduct it off,rather than having to say right what have i had off the starch allowance or from the sugar allowance,but i suppose if i had a round figure i would need to make sure i was balancing out how much from it was from sugar and starch.
    Please help.
    Also feel that when i've been following dieticians advice although not tried for very long and probably going a bit off from what she's saying,i feel i'm stuffing too much low fat/sugar carbs,and feel bloated etc
    Thanks
    thanks badboy for your help,but doing the atkins is something i wanted to avoid as i doubt it will loseme stones,which is what i need to lose,and although we all know in the longterma diet of some sort is only going to be followed whilst the need is there,its more that i need a permanant change.
    The atkins is good in its own way,for a bit of a carb detox and if you've a few pounds to lose,but not longterm.
    I don't deny that i have seen people do ok on it,and kept to it a bit to maintain weight.
    But you couldn't follow it for long,
    I've been advised against it,also it doesn't include fruit!
    One of the main things i would need if i'm to cut down on other sugary things!
    couple of weeks is not enough for me,and what am i supposed to do after that

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Any way to kill off the insulin producing area of your pancreas without killing the rest?
    If you have reactive hypoglycemia that doesn't respond to diet, it makes your life a living hell. Wouldn't it be better to just become a diabetic and control your insulin via injections instead of constantly getting low blood sugar and adrenaline spikes? At least then you can keep your sugar up when you sleep instead of waking with an adrenal spike every 2-3 hours EVERY night from having low sugar?

    We have worked with the top specialists at the University hospital and they can't stop the high insulin levels. They don't respond to meds and they have checked for insulin tumors and found nothing. When fasting, the levels remain normal but ANY food is a trigger for a massive dump of insulin. We have tried no carbs, minimal carbs, and no change.

    So wouldn't it be preferred to be able to eat normal food again and sleep through the night as a trade off for diabetes?

    My son is going thru hell with this and the Doctors won't do anything to help. They told him he will be a diabetic in less than 2 years at this rate because his pancreas will "burn out" but won't operate and just make it happen now so he can go back to a semi normal life.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes isn't exactly fun either. Sometimes it's not as easy as simply taking an injection. Theres more to diabetes than just taking an insulin injection.

      I'll use myself as an example (and I know I'm not the only one that this happens to). I'm a type 1 diabetic, I take injections with every meal, and check my blood sugar. Sounds easy, right? Well, the shot and blood sugar check is the easy part. I've got no problem with that. Its everything else that makes it hard. I figure my insulin dose based on carb content. If I dont count carbs exactly right, then I end up taking a little too much, or too little of insulin, which causes a low/high blood sugar a few hours later. Sometimes theres days where my diabetes seems to do whatever it wants. My routine doesnt change, diet doesnt change, amount of exercise doesnt change, but the diabetes does.

      any kind of stress affect blood sugar levels.
      illness affects sugar levels.
      exercise does to. You got to think about how anything you do during the day will affect your sugar levels.

      Also, different foods affect blood sugar differently even though they have carbs.

      I'd much rather be hypoglycemic than diabetic.

  34. QUESTION:
    hypoglycemia without the spikes?
    hi, ok i am not a diabetic. i do struggle with low blood sugar readings, my blood sugar usaully drops into the 70s & 80s 2 hours or less after i eat but i do not have the high blood sugar spikes that i have read causes the lows., so the low carb no sugar diet isnt working for me because all your tring to do with it is avoid the spikes. so what does it mean if you still go low without the spikes? hope someone can help.

    • ANSWER:
      well if you are not a diabetic or running high glucose levels, you probably don't need to worry about a low carb diet too much. Of course its a good idea to watch what you eat, but obviously you are a bit on the low side. 70 or 80 is a little low for a post meal reading, so you can try adding a few more carbs to your meals or snacking in between. A simple 15g granola bar, or handful of grapes would help bring your sugars up with out spiking.

  35. QUESTION:
    Anyone tried Budwig diet to lower or cure Type II Diabetes ?
    I have read on some information on Budwig diet and it indicated that it can sure Type 2 Diabates if strictly followed. Anyone with diabetes has tried this ?
    I am just diagonised with diabetes and my first blood test showed fasting sugar of 132 but when I checked with glucometer in a week after the above test it showed 125. I year ago my blood sugar was 98. I am now looking aggressively if I can get my blood sugar below 110.

    Also, while I read about Budwig diet I thought it is worth giving it a try. So also want to check if anyone has experience with it. Remember, as some people pointed out that for Budwig diet to be successful, you not only have to take this special diet for few weeks or months depending on how high your sugar levels are, but also have to avoid all non-organic food and other oils, eggs, etc that have lots of saturated fats.

    Anyone who has tried it, please chime in with your experience.
    I would appreciate answers from anyone who has tried this protocol. Not from people who claim to have "common sense" and so on.
    I would appreciate answers from anyone who has tried this protocol.

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard of the Budwig protocol being used for cancer & I'm sure it's fine for diabetes but it's not something you can do for a few weeks & be "cured" of diabetes. It does work because it replaces carbs with good healthy fats but if you end it & go back to carbs, you will regain your health problems.

      Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) from his book, "Diabetes Solutions" pertinent chapters available to read online -

      What if I, a physician, told you, a diabetic, to eat a diet that consisted of 60 percent sugar, 20 percent protein, and 20 percent fat? More than likely, you’d think I was insane. I’d think I was insane, and I would never make this suggestion to a diabetic (nor would I even make it to a nondiabetic). But this is just the diet the ADA recommended to diabetics for decades.

      Whether you eat a piece of the nuttiest whole-grain bread, drink a Coke, or have mashed potatoes, the effect on blood glucose levels is essentially the same— blood sugar rises, fast. ... our saliva can break starches into the shorter chains on contact and then convert those into pure glucose.

      With a number of important exceptions, carbohydrates, or foods derived primarily from plant sources that are starches, grains, and fruits, have the same ultimate effect on blood glucose levels that table sugar does.

      http://www.diabetes-book.com/book/chapter9_3.shtml

      All carbs (even vegetables) are converted to sugar (glucose) in the body. Posted below is a fascinating interview with Dr.Richard Bernstein (the diabetes specialist & a type 1 diabetic) on youtube where he demonstrated how whole grain bread turned to glucose within one second in his mouth! He says the exact thing would happen with corn or an apple as well.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PZno7Nkuuw&feature=PlayList&p=72BB956FBFF0CD62&index=0&playnext=1

      Dr. Joe Prendergast, an endocrinologist /diabetologist has managed over 1500 diabetic patients and, in the last decade, not one of his patients has had a stroke or heart attack. Only one has even been hospitalized! His secret—50,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. Dr. Joe further reports:

      http://enews.endocrinemetabolic.com/2008/05/vitamin-dthe-cure-for-many-diseases.html

      SEVEN REASONS TO EAT MORE SATURATED FATS -

      1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

      Saturated fat in the diet reduces the levels of lipoprotein (a) abbreviated Lp(a)—that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease. The only dietary means of lowering Lp(a) is eating saturated fat. Eating fats raises the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.

      2) Stronger bones

      Saturated fat is required for calcium to be incorporated into bone - According to expert in human health, Mary Enig, Ph.D., as much as 50 percent of the fats in the diet should be saturated fats.

      3) Improved liver health
      Studies show that saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump fat content. Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol & medications and even to reverse the damage.

      4) Healthy lungs

      For proper function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of lung surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant & potentially causes breathing difficulties, collapse of the airspaces & respiratory distress.

      5) Healthy brain

      Your brain is mainly made of fat & cholesterol. Though highly unsaturated essential fatty acids found in cold-water fish (EPA & DHA) are important for brain & nerve function, most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. The brain needs saturated fats to function optimally.

      6) Proper nerve signaling

      Certain saturated fats, found in butter, lard, coconut oil, & palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism. Without the correct signals to tell the organs & glands what to do, the job gets done improperly.

      7) Strong immune system

      Saturated fats found in butter & coconut oil (myristic acid & lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize & destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, & fungi. Myristic & lauric acid have potent germ-killing ability. We need dietary replenishment of them to keep the immune system vigilant against the development of cancerous cells & infectious invaders.

  36. QUESTION:
    Dizzy, stomach pain, throat spasms and contriction, swelling of subglotis?
    Dizzy, stomach pain, throat spasms and contriction, swelling of subglotis?
    Hi everyone. This is a mystery to me and my doctors. So anyone who wants to be a doctor, is in med school or is a doctor, post your guesses and I'll answer when I have a response.

    Here are my symptoms FOR THE PAST 6 WEEKS:
    1.Dizzy spells (about 2 a week) and occastional vertigo (less than 1 a week)
    2. Stomach pains- wrenching, twisting; most of the day; does not change in correspondence to diet changes (I haven't had caffine, chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, any sauces in 6 weeks and am on a low-fat, low fiber, low sugar, low wheat diet because they do not know what I have)
    3. Headaches- occasional migranes- I take no pain medication for it.
    4. Pulsations of the knee (as in the front- like knee cap), neck (both sides) and inner elbow (not contstantly only when not moving
    5. Throat Constriction and esphasgous spasms (I've had to go to the ER due to hyperventalition because of the spasms where they administer albutercol [a tranquilizer- 1/2 mg] to calm the spasms- happened twice in past 6 weeks)
    6. Nausea- continuous, aggravated by certain smells (like citrus fruit, coffee and BBQ), sometimes causes lack of appitite
    7. Bruising more easily and more severly

    MEDICATIONS:
    I've done two courses of amoxycillian (12 days each- 3 times a day)
    I've tried Zantac for 17 days and it made everything more severe. Taken of zantac and told to take tums 6 times a day (2 tablets) IF IT HELPS, it doesn't so I haven't used it more than 5 days after prescribed.
    Blood tests are negative for allergies (including gluten allergy), Epstien Barr (EBV), mono, strep--4 times each.
    Endoscopy showed irrated stomach lining, esophagous and subglotis.
    Throat is red, not sore, however feels constricted.
    ENT said it is not from Ear Nose or Throat.
    Pulmonologist said lung function is above normal and no allergies and no pulmonary hypertention.
    GI- preformed endoscopy and ultrasound (inflammed but nothing else)
    Internist- sent for metabolic tests (pancreatic enzymes are all elevated--especially amylase)
    Cardiologist- heart is working perfectly, no water around heart.

    I have LOW blood pressure, normal pulse, LOW cholesterol, LOW-not too low- blood sugar.

    The stomach pains, which are wrenching and twisting in nature, are in the center of my torso (below my rib cage) and also to the left of the place in the center. From what the GI doctor tells me, that is either the pancreas or the stomach.

    Also, I have been fatigued and over tired. I have fallen asleep while exercising and have been forced to give up exercising (its been 4 out of the 6 weeks that I haven't exercised--I usually ran 3 miles a day and worked out at the gym (weight lifiting) twice a week before). I haven't gained or lost much weight.

    Also, I am a female weighing 147 (or so) at 5 feet 6 inches. I am aged between 18-25 (I rather not give my exact age, thank you for understanding).

    The most powerful and annoying symptoms (also the most continuous) are the ABDOMEN PAINS, THROAT CONSTRICTION and the NAUSEA.

    Thank you in advance for all your suggestions. And please don't write go to a symptom checker website. I would like to have human input. I do have the ability to check those websites; however, i chose not to because they are not the product of an expirence of an illness/symptoms or education in medicine.

    Also, there is no possibility of me being pregnant. I am not married and have not participacipated in any form of sexual acts, of course kissing is excluded.

    I have also had x rays of the abdomen with normal results.

    I do not have cancer of the throat, tounge, esophogus, stomach, uterus, ovaries, or blood. The biopsy results turned up negative, so far. THANK GOODNESS!

    I have a normal white blood cell count- so my body is not fighting an infection- at least that is what the doctor's think.

    No one has displayed symptoms like mine who have spent time with me (therefore, the doctors have inferred it is not contagious).

    I have not had a fever, yet, in the past 6 weeks.

    I have been hospitalized for rehydration (through ringer's lactate) for 2 days and 1 night because I was dehydrated at the beggining of this (6 weeks ago) where it began with migrane, bloodshot eyes, dehydration and dizzy spells. I was admitted and watched overnight.
    3 days ago - 5 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    The reason anxiety is not what the doctors are looking for is because I have physical symptoms that show inflammation of different organs and tenderness when physically examed. Also, they tried antianxiety medications that didn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same symptoms/problems and tests...the doc's say I'm fine but I don't feel fine. They did find that I have a bacterial overgrowth in my small intestine (SIBO) but treatment for that is not helping.
      I think it is a fungal infection and HPV.
      Do you do have a common rash called tinea cruris (athletes foot/jock itch). If so, try a regimen of topical treatment, as well as a short course of antigungal agent by mouth (fluconazole). It is possible to get fungal infections from kissing and they can spread to your stomach lining as well. This helped me a bit. Another thing is allergy meds... I take benadryl and claritin which seems to help.

  37. QUESTION:
    Doctors to Be---Doctors---Guessers---Researchers! HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE?
    Hi everyone. This is a mystery to me and my doctors. So anyone who wants to be a doctor, is in med school or is a doctor, post your guesses and I'll answer when I have a response.

    Here are my symptoms FOR THE PAST 6 WEEKS:
    1.Dizzy spells (about 2 a week) and occastional vertigo (less than 1 a week)
    2. Stomach pains- wrenching, twisting; most of the day; does not change in correspondence to diet changes (I haven't had caffine, chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, any sauces in 6 weeks and am on a low-fat, low fiber, low sugar, low wheat diet because they do not know what I have)
    3. Headaches- occasional migranes- I take no pain medication for it.
    4. Pulsations of the knee (as in the front- like knee cap), neck (both sides) and inner elbow (not contstantly only when not moving
    5. Throat Constriction and esphasgous spasms (I've had to go to the ER due to hyperventalition because of the spasms where they administer albutercol [a tranquilizer- 1/2 mg] to calm the spasms- happened twice in past 6 weeks)
    6. Nausea- continuous, aggravated by certain smells (like citrus fruit, coffee and BBQ), sometimes causes lack of appitite
    7. Bruising more easily and more severly

    MEDICATIONS:
    I've done two courses of amoxycillian (12 days each- 3 times a day)
    I've tried Zantac for 17 days and it made everything more severe. Taken of zantac and told to take tums 6 times a day (2 tablets) IF IT HELPS, it doesn't so I haven't used it more than 5 days after prescribed.
    Blood tests are negative for allergies (including gluten allergy), Epstien Barr (EBV), mono, strep--4 times each.
    Endoscopy showed irrated stomach lining, esophagous and subglotis.
    Throat is red, not sore, however feels constricted.
    ENT said it is not from Ear Nose or Throat.
    Pulmonologist said lung function is above normal and no allergies and no pulmonary hypertention.
    GI- preformed endoscopy and ultrasound (inflammed but nothing else)
    Internist- sent for metabolic tests (pancreatic enzymes are all elevated--especially amylase)
    Cardiologist- heart is working perfectly, no water around heart.

    I have LOW blood pressure, normal pulse, LOW cholesterol, LOW-not too low- blood sugar.

    The stomach pains, which are wrenching and twisting in nature, are in the center of my torso (below my rib cage) and also to the left of the place in the center. From what the GI doctor tells me, that is either the pancreas or the stomach.

    Also, I have been fatigued and over tired. I have fallen asleep while exercising and have been forced to give up exercising (its been 4 out of the 6 weeks that I haven't exercised--I usually ran 3 miles a day and worked out at the gym (weight lifiting) twice a week before). I haven't gained or lost much weight.

    Also, I am a female weighing 147 (or so) at 5 feet 6 inches. I am aged between 18-25 (I rather not give my exact age, thank you for understanding).

    The most powerful and annoying symptoms (also the most continuous) are the ABDOMEN PAINS, THROAT CONSTRICTION and the NAUSEA.

    Thank you in advance for all your suggestions. And please don't write go to a symptom checker website. I would like to have human input. I do have the ability to check those websites; however, i chose not to because they are not the product of an expirence of an illness/symptoms or education in medicine.

    Also, there is no possibility of me being pregnant. I am not married and have not participacipated in any form of sexual acts, of course kissing is excluded.

    I have also had x rays of the abdomen with normal results.

    I do not have cancer of the throat, tounge, esophogus, stomach, uterus, ovaries, or blood. The biopsy results turned up negative, so far. THANK GOODNESS!

    I have a normal white blood cell count- so my body is not fighting an infection- at least that is what the doctor's think.

    No one has displayed symptoms like mine who have spent time with me (therefore, the doctors have inferred it is not contagious).

    I have not had a fever, yet, in the past 6 weeks.

    I have been hospitalized for rehydration (through ringer's lactate) for 2 days and 1 night because I was dehydrated at the beggining of this (6 weeks ago) where it began with migrane, bloodshot eyes, dehydration and dizzy spells. I was admitted and watched overnight.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! FOR YOUR HELP!

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What other women out there can't lose weight despite healthy diet and exercise?
    I have done everything doctors, nutritionists, magazines, and websites have recommended to get in shape and it is just futile. I need to lose about 30 more pounds. I have lost 14 lbs since January 1. Thats 14 lbs in 9 months. I have done low calorie diets with the healthiest foods available, drank water by the gallon, worked out 5x/week- aerobics with weights in addition to "parking far away and taking the stairs" and "taking 10,000 steps a day", eating small meals, and drinking tea. I have tried increasing calories following the advice of the "your body is in stavation mode" logic. I have had my thyroid testing including TSH, T3, and T4. I have been tested for blood sugar problems. Please is there anyone else who has followed the accepted philosphies on getting in shape and it hasn't worked (if so, did you find something that did)? Does anyone else think there is more to weight loss than what doctors spew about calories in vs calories out?

    • ANSWER:
      i too am struggling to lose weight. i go to the gym religiously and have a trainers to consult anytime i need them. i eat healthy, low sodium, low calorie, low fat, high protein foods. do i lose weight? nope. i'm not one of those women who think that they are overweight, but are really fit and don't realize it. i am truly overweight. although i remain overweight, my doc says that i am healthier by continuing this lifestyle. she continually reminds me that it took years to put on the weight and it may take years to lose it.

      i don't have any advice for you other than to keep at it. think of it this way...you've lost 14 pounds in 9 months. that's 56 pounds in 3 years! i put on my weight 5 to 10 pounds a year and it may only come off that quick...but gaining or losing, every pound counts!

  39. QUESTION:
    If your partner swears a lot with certain nasty words and in your prescience after you have repeatedly asked?
    him to stop do you think it is disrespectful. He NEVER swears in front of his motjer, just the kids, myself and anyone who peeves him off, He constantly blames it on low blood sugar but has never had a test or changed his diet. Other them the swearing he is a great guy.

    • ANSWER:
      That would be the practical definition of disrespect or lack of respect for you. If he truly cared how you felt about it he would make a conscious effort not to curse at all, or at least not in your presence. My last was this way and i still have myself trained not to curse in front of anyone. I still occasionally slip muttering to myself but I never curse in front of women anymore.
      -NmD!

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to check your sugar periodically?
    I had a slightly elevated blood glucose reading last year around dec for a routine blood test and it was 111. so after that i changed my diet in that i only had foods low in carbs and sugar. i usually only have about 10g of sugar per serving and 30 or lower carbs per serving. i had an a1c test 3 months after that initial test and it was 5.3 and my blood fasting glucose was 95. so it was all in range for normal then. but i still test myself periodically using a tru-track meter and my dr. said that a fasting test was usually the best one to do. i don't want to prick myself constantly for nothing so should i just do a fasting one once in awhile? mine lately (fasting has been 81). i notice though that in the early morning my blood sugar is higher like in the 90s and then around 11a or noon it's around early 80s. does the body have a normal blood sugar schedule? it seems that mine does and it's confusing!
    well i think that my dr. said that i should use the fasting test as the main test (at home) - she wasn't comparing it to the a1c test which i know if the most accurate test. thanks for a real answer though--that other person gave me a nothing answer.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to check it yourself, the ONLY way is a blood glucose test meter like the one you already have.

      For PERIODIC testing (once every three months) the A1C Test is the best, most current, state-of-the-art test available.

      [Your doctor needs to seek some continuing education on use of the A1C test for diabetes diagnosis and control. A fasting test is NOT the best test to use. The A1C test has surpassed this method.]

      All of the readings you have given are absolutely normal, maybe even a little bit LOW! Based on these reading, you have nothing to fear -- you are NOT diabetic, and apparently never have been.

      A NORMAL blood sugar reading is ANY reading in the range of 80 - 120. You reading of 111 is not "high" by any means. It is VERY normal.

      However, it is CRITICAL that you take these reading at the correct time of day. A diabetic person needs to take readings 4 times a day -- just before meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and just before bed. They adjust their medication and insulin dosages based on these readings. DO NOT take a reading at any other time, unless so ordered by a doctor

      YOU, though are not diabetic. You do NOT need to test 4 times day. In fact you do not need to test at all! You should have the A1C test performed once every three months. The individual test meter is not necessary in your case.

      The A1C test is the critical value. Normal values for the A1C test are between 5 and 6. This make your reading of 5.3 absolutely normal -- again, maybe a bit low. This reading shows that what you are doing (reduced carbs and sugar) is working.

      It is GOOD that you reduce your carba and sugar, but you do not need to do so out of any great fear. What you are doing is working, and you should be pleased with the result that you are getting.

      Your readings are absolutely normal, fully consistent with a healthy person who is eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

      Good Work!

  41. QUESTION:
    my friend told me that her mom said she use to be diabetic and isnt anymore?
    i thought once you were diabetic that you always were.. just depends whether your type 1 or 2.. and i thought there isnt a cure.. just people with diabetes can control it..

    im type 2 but i no longer take meds. diet controlled..

    my friend said that her mom "use to be diabetic" and isnt anymore.. she wasnt talking about gestational diabetes or low blood sugar problems. so what is she talking about then?

    • ANSWER:
      diabetes never technically never goes away.
      unless its gestational, in which it can go away.
      but not even type 2 with excercise and dieting totally goes away.
      it may have become a lot better
      but it doesnt just "go away"

  42. QUESTION:
    Why ismy morning blood sugar so high suddenly?
    Hello. I am a type 2 diabetic. Have been for about 12 years. Until recently my blood was very low in the morning. I confess to having had personal family stress and neglecting my diet and testing for the past several months. I am not insulin dependent. I am on medication. I just started testing again and my morning blood sugars are ridiculously high. This morning it was 185. I don't get it. So... my question is two-fold:

    1) What is going on?
    2) Can I fix this or is this the next step to having to use insulin? (Please say no, for now)

    Thanks, in advance, for your responses.
    Micks...

    What a lovely and informative response. Thank you. And all the best to you.

    • ANSWER:
      There could be a number of reasons. The first is that Type 2 is a progressive disease, and it may be that your own body's insulin production is no longer adequate for your needs.

      Another possible explanation is that stress can increase blood sugar levels, and the high numbers you are seeing might be the result of stress.

      Possible too is the diet factor. You didn't give details about your diet, but it could be that you are eating too much carbohydrate for your body to handle?

      It is a pity you haven't been testing regularly, as regular testing helps you to establish patterns so you can try to troubleshoot. But no worries about what's past. More important is that if you now keep to a regular testing schedule, you will be able to see some general patterns in your blood sugar.

      As to how to fix it, well the first strategy is to eat low-carb and see if that helps your numbers. Some Type 2s are able to control their blood sugar just by eating low carb.

      However if low carb still doesn't help, then you will have to consider other therapy methods. And yes, that might mean insulin. Using insulin doesn't mean that you have failed or that you are doomed. Every human being on this planet needs insulin. Every human being on this planet is insulin-dependent. It's just that some of us produce none/insufficient insulin, so we have to take exogenous insulin. That's all there is to it. It is nothing more complicated or scary or shameful than having to wear spectacles or contact lenses if you are short-sighted.

      The advantage of insulin is that it always works. It will always lower blood sugar. Used responsibly, it is also very safe.

      The worst thing you can do for yourself is continue walking around with elevated blood sugars, because *that* will kill and maim you in the medium/long term.

  43. QUESTION:
    has your sensitivity become stronger with a puritan diet?
    say you are eating a very low fat vegetable diet, you've done it for 30 days. assumingly they claim that 30 days is more than enough to enable any habit, bad or good. how many have felt more sensitive to things, touch, flavor, smell, mental capabilities in general, thinking clearer, reaction time emotionally is faster and more alert and let's not forget sexual sensation. unfortunately how about surroundings like audible senses and other reactions have become more reactionary like for instance in the spring you are more effected by pollen, humidity and 'feel a storm' coming? just wondering, because of course with a high mineral diet that's very low fat with natural occuring sugars blood flow would increase dramatically thus enabling much increased sensation.
    my non vegetarian friends are vegans honey, don't be partonizing.

    • ANSWER:
      Alen D: I'm vegan and I'm hardly frail. I work in a warehouse and lift heavy boxes all day long. People I work with are shocked at how strong I am since I am skinny and a girl. Some have even told me they admire me for my stamina and wish they had my energy. Most of these people have no idea I'm vegan. I'm sure they'd shit themselves if they found out.

  44. QUESTION:
    My mom has a blood sugar level of 184, is it possible it can be reversed with my methods?
    I know supplements like cinnamon, Chromium, magnesium, and zinc can ultilize glucose levels, and assist insulin.

    I keep insisting that my mom takes Chromium, but no matter how many times I tell her to do this she just keeps saying, "She can just watch her diet"

    Now I know that when your blood sugar is above 125 it's pretty safe to say that you probably have diabeties but, i've heard many stories, and personally met someone who's diabeties was reversed.

    Just by taking Chromium.

    My mother is hard headed, and refuses to listen to my advice. I remember when my glucose levels were 104.

    With exercise, fiber, supplements, I had reversed it and lowers it to 90. (It was 90 because I ate before the blood test)

    So imagine it if I didn't eat? Would have been lower!

    Well any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no scientific information that any of your methods works for anything.
      You can NEVER reverse diabetes.
      Once you have it, you always have it.

      If you keep pushing your sugar level down you will soon be dead.

  45. QUESTION:
    No, I didn't eat junk organic food. Yes, I ate a varied organic diet. Vitamin deficiences/symptoms ...
    No, flossing would not help as I had a root die and infection as below the gum line. (had root canal and crown done A chronic infection coursing through your veins is disastrous especially after 6 years.. I am deficient in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and more. Does anyone have any actual experience in this without guessing? After a few months, my levels came up to barely normal in A, B, D. Then I stopped taking A and the symptoms returned: heart palpitations, bi gemeni, sick at my stomach, blurred vision (even after cataract surgery.replacements..)and low blood sugar (down to 40), extreme itching if ate more than 10 carbs in one day. (not thyroid - TSH etc normal, no fungus) No, low blood sugar did not cause vitamin deficies, however, low blood sugar was a symtpom of vitamin deficiences. After taking A again, my symptoms disappeared. I am taking lots of organic vitamins. ... Has anyone had any actual experience or read anything factual about the above? No guesses, please.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm vitamin deficient as well but due to an auto immune disease. i just started seeing a Dr who combines alternative and conventional medicine and she is treating me with iv vitamins. i suggest a visit to such a Dr would help. a Dr could pin point the actual causes of you vitamin deficiency.

  46. QUESTION:
    Problem: Brittle diabetes High A1c extreme weight loss broken leg due to bad auto accident?
    I have lost 20 lbs in my stay at the hospital I look horrible body size wise I understand a lot about how diet can keep your blood sugars low and if with enough discipline and continuity ( taking my insulin regularly) watching what I eat will help regulate my sugar level it's just I can't stand they way I look physically I went on 3 dates 2 of those dates the women where not very cute at all and all of them after the first date decided they won't date me anymore. I look like a crackhead and trust me I don't do drugs well at least the illegal ones anyway. Now mind you outside of this extreme weight lost I find myself a pretty attractive guy smart fun witty...but this weight is infuriating me those shakes that everyone is talking about I believe will hurt me more than help me cause I'm so brittle high/low blood sugar counts HELP ME PLEASE !!!
    oh I forgot to mention the broken leg so exercise is a problem for me as well... I would appreciate all fact based answers both practical and theoretical THANKS !
    oh I forgot to mention the broken leg so exercise is a problem for me as well... I would appreciate all fact based answers both practical and theoretical THANKS !
    oh I forgot to mention the broken leg 16 screws 2 titanium plates so exercise is a problem for me as well... I would appreciate all fact based answers both practical and theoretical THANKS !
    oh I forgot to mention the broken leg 16 screws 2 titanium plates so exercise is a problem for me as well... I would appreciate all fact based answers both practical and theoretical THANKS !

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    what is the effect of a gi diet for diabetics?
    Eating low GI diet should help manage weight as it releases sugar to blood slowly so your body can deal with it (or something like that)

    For a type 1 diabetic, taking sugar out the blood stream is determined by the amount of insulin you take and it will be taken at a predetermined rate whatever you eat.

    Would I be correct in saying that in this sense type 1 diabetics aready have the benefits of a low gi diet since sugar is taken out of the blood stream quite slowly (even in fast acting insulin it last for 3-4 hrs)

    Obviously the benefit for diabetics would be better sugar levels, as there is not a surplus of sugar in the blood stream that the insuilin cant deal with

    • ANSWER:
      If you were to look back at diabetic monitoring over the past 40 years you would find that the basis of that exactly matches the basis of the GI diet.
      Only nowadays the dieticians for diabetics deny knowing anything about carbohydrates and (as usual) leave all we diabetics to work it out for ourselves.

  48. QUESTION:
    Do you trust your baby-bump doctor?
    I don't think I trust mine. He always tells me worst case scenarios without actually giving me the straight talk. For instance, my blood pressure is always under 120/70, but he rarely tells me if that's good or not (I finally looked up the numbers myself. For pregnancy, that's danged good.) Then there's the gestational diabetes.

    I failed the hour test by 2 points. So I took the 3 hour test, but he didn't give me any information about eating normally, or carb-loading, the 3 days prior to the test. We were actually watching our diets and were lower-carbing it. Which means that my body wasn't prepared for the test. Of the numbers, I failed 3 barely, and 1 badly. The last number I actually tested hypoglycemic. He said he expected me to need insulin shots. So off to the diabetic counselor to get advice. She took a look at my numbers and gave me a basic diet. When I came back, she looked at the numbers and said I should be retested, she didn't think I was diabetic, but I said "better safe than sorry right?" And besides, my doctor doesn't want to retest me. She got grumpy at being told he didn't carb-load me though.

    Now, today, I had a substitute doctor since mine is on vacation. This one looked at my numbers and said "wow... are you on insulin?" I said no... why? Apparently I'm keeping my blood sugars VERY low, and my doctor was wanting to make sure they were under higher numbers. Like... fasting should be under 100 (I always get it under 95.) 2 hour testing numbers should be under 140... I ALWAYS have it under 120, if not closer to 100. But did he tell ME that? No. He gave me the lower numbers, but wrote on my chart those higher numbers.

    What the heck? Even before the diet my numbers never went above 140 after a meal... and he STILL tells me I'll need shots of insulin.

    Then there was the bleeding issue. I had some anal bleeding a few months ago, hemorrhoids I was sure, did some adjustments to my lifestyle and it hasn't happened since. However, he has insisted that 1) I don't know my rump from my front so to speak and the blood could have been from the baby (uh... I know the difference... thanks...) and 2) no sex until they could make sure it was from the rump. And when I asked him about that a few weeks later he acted like something was wrong with me for wanting sex. After the last time I tried to talk to him I just threw that bit of advice out the window. It was from the rump, it's been resolved, and while he may be willing to go half the year without sex for no reason I'm not.

    It's a bit late in the game to change doctors. I mean, I have less than 2 months left before small fry is here. But still, I'm wondering if this sort of 'not complete communication' is normal with doctors, or whether mine is a jerk.
    Yeah, this doc 'delivered' my 2 year old. I tore... I don't know how badly, he didn't tell me or how many stitches I needed. I suppose that should have been a warning sign right there. He also didn't show up for the delivery until the last 10 minutes if that.
    I'm not sure why I went back to him to be honest. Probably because of the convenience of how close his office IS. It's literally 5 minutes away. And the nurses and staff (which do 90% of everything) are wonderful to deal with (I usually get more info from them than from him.) But it was amazing to have a 'substitute' doctor and realize that if SHE is what I've been missing out on... I mean, she was amazing, and even my daughter felt far more comfortable with her.

    I've been having weekly visits for something like the last 5-6 weeks actually, because he's convinced I'm high-risk. With low-blood pressure, baby measuring a week large (same as last time, turned out false), controlled diabetic numbers, etc. At this point I'm just wanting to get through it.
    Heh. After this week I have to go in for an ultrasound every week and a fetal monitoring where they make sure the baby moves 2 times and the heart-rate goes up in connection to the movements until birth. My husband thinks my doctor overreacts. And yeah, only a week larger than he expects.

    • ANSWER:
      I love my doctor. She's always very informative and willing to explain anything I don't understand or have further questions about. Granted our appointments don't last more than 20 minutes when I do see her but that's not because I feel rushed, simply because she explains everything so well from the get go that I usually don't have many questions to ask.

      Your doctor sounds like a jerk, to be frank, and even with only two months to go I'd consider switching over to someone that will be completely open and honest with you. Especially since you'll get to a point where it's weekly visits.

      ETA: Wow, really?? I measured 2-3 weeks bigger with my son most of my pregnancy and my doctor didn't class that as "high risk". I did have an extra ultrasound around 37 weeks because of it but that was all it came to... I wouldn't think one week would be that big of a deal!

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for me to talk to her doctor, I'm concerned?
    I know that the first thing you're going to tell me is "It's none of your business, and it's none of his," but I feel that I'm the only one that's going to do something about it, because's dad wont even do anything about it, and everyone else is scared of hurting my mother's feelings, but things have to be done. I am her daughter, I just want her to get taken care of before this eating disorder takes care of her. I already think it might be kind of late, and I'm just a nurse aide with very little psychological experience.

    Yes, I am very sure that she has an eating disorder, she is presenting to me all of the psychological and physical symptoms (such as losing too much weight too fast, very restrictive diet, excessive exercise, low blood pressure, low sugar, cold, tired, etc), and I've researched eating disorders for months. I've tried to talk to her about it, and she would tell me not to worry, she's just trying to lose extra weight, and would act like she doesn't want to talk about it. She has went through some problems with dad lately, and has complained about being lonely, and has been isolating herself. I talk to her, and I go home a few times a week to visit. She also acts like she wants to be in her twenties again, and lives by this now: live life to the fullest (what she says). She has presented symptoms of dysthymia and borderline personality disorder. She has been taking risks that she would have never taken before, and could cause her some trouble. She has also slipped back into drinking alcohol a few times (she is an alcoholic in recovery). She's 50 years old.

    The problem is, I think her doctor should know what's going on, I didn't write the entire story here, because there's too many symptoms and feelings she is exhibiting. Dad doesn't even go to the doctor with her, and the doctor only sees her for a few minutes, and does know about her weight loss, but hasn't done anything yet, because she's still 20 pounds over the borderline low weight.

    Should I have a talk with her doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Amber:

      I'm sorry to hear about what is going on with your mom but am glad that you are concerned enough to attempt to do something about it. It amazes me that I am also 50, have borderline anorexia, am a recovering alcoholic and have severe depression (not borderline personality disorder). I'd be almost the perfect person to get on the phone with her!

      Talking with your mom's doctor isn't really available to you because of hipa and privacy laws. You could mention it and hope for the best but I doubt that would get you very far. Anemia isn't just about losing weight, it is also or can be a "control" issue. When someone's life is out of control, the only thing they can do is control their intake if food (what was my case but I've resolved my issues with help).

      Have you discussed this with other family members? What about sitting down with her and showing "concern" but not anger. Not, "Mom, you HAVE to do something about this!!!!" Simply ask her if she would consider calling a few people. There are places in the phone book, hospitals or if she is willing, I'd even get on the phone. Not sure what I can do but I'm willing to give it a shot!

      All the best!

      Momma Kat (MommaKatCanDo@yuahoo.com or katleo1961@yahoo.com

  50. QUESTION:
    gi diet? white pasta and spaghetti, lower gi than wholemeal bread? what?!?
    im confused i though refined things like white bread/pasta were worst than wholemeal yet according to their gi;

    Noodles

    40
    White spaghetti

    41

    whilst wholemeal bread is 69?

    what? so white pasta effects your blood sugar less..than wholemeal bread?

    • ANSWER:
      It's because the way whole wheat is digested. Whole wheat takes longer to digest and it doesn't turn right into sugar like white refined carbs.


Diet To Reverse Diabetes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds, what do you think?
    People who want to lose weight don't realize that a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy. Lowered their blood sugar move and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet.
    If you knew you could be healthy and slim if you became a vegetarian would you do it?
    Vicious little monsters!
    You was not in that study. Your such a liar.
    Don't justiftly your eating of dead animals.

    • ANSWER:
      It most likely will help, and will certainly slow down any effect.

      However diabetes is caused by a flukeworm that must be killed.

      Diabetes

      All diabetics have a common fluke parasite, Eurytrema pancreaticum, the pancreatic fluke of cattle, in their own pancreas. It seems likely that we get it from cattle, repeatedly, by eating their meat or dairy products in a raw state. It is not hard to kill with a zapper but because of its infective stages in our food supply we can immediately be reinfected.

      Eurytrema will not settle and multiply in our pancreas without the presence of wood alcohol (methanol). Methanol pollution pervades our food supply -- it is found in processed food including bottled water, artificial sweetener, soda pop, baby formula and powdered drinks of all kinds including health food varieties. I presume wood alcohol is used to wash equipment used in manufacturing. If your child has diabetes, use nothing out of a can, package or bottle except regular milk, and no processed foods.

      http://www.drclark.net/en/drclark_protocol/illnesses/diabetes.php

  2. QUESTION:
    Can diet and exercise be enough to manage and reverse pre-diabetes without medication?
    I'm asking because I find that with taking my Metformin I'm weaker because I'm always using the bathroom and I have less of an appetite. I can barely exercise or anything. I want to stop taking it and stick to exercising and dieting with an occasional fast food.

    • ANSWER:
      the doctor prescribed medication should be used in conjunction with diet and exercise. You need to make an appointment and talk to your family doctor who prescribed the Metformin to you in the first place.

      The reason for the medication is that your doctor thinks you are in a dangerous enough condition that your will power/diet/exercise and lifestyle may not be enough to counter the progression of the disease.

      your doctor can do several different things for you to try.
      He (or she, but i'll just use he for convenience) may decrease the dosage so you still get the benefit of the drug but also have more energy to exerciese, he may replace it with another drug that can work better for you, or he can stop the meds altogether. he can also tell you any other risks that needs to me managed.
      often, doctors don't just treat to get rid of one thing but they treat one thing to prevent other more serious things from happening to you.

      so please call and make an appointment with your doctor. even ask for a consult over the phone if that is possible.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do you know anyone who has been able to "reverse" type 2 diabetes with diet, exercise or other means?

    • ANSWER:
      I did, and it wasn't all that hard. I lost fifty pounds, started eating right and exercising daily, and I have had normal blood sugars and normal A1C tests for the last four years.

  4. QUESTION:
    Some overweight diabetics have been able to reverse their diabetes by losing weight. Are there...?
    any statistics about how much weight loss is likely to reverse diabetes. (I realize that not everyone that has diabetes can reverse weight loss with dieting, and that some diabetics are already at ideal body weight.)
    Oops. In the second part I meant to say reverse diabetes with weight loss, not dieting with weight loss.

    • ANSWER:
      I lost 50 pounds or 1/4 of my former body weight. I have yet to see any improvement in my diabetes.

      I am within my normal weight range now.

      I believe it's possible to reverse prediabetes, but not diabetes by losing weight.

      Weight loss in diabetics can help control blood sugars in many people.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can diabetes reverse itself in just 4 months?
    Granted I have lost 10lbs, changed my diet, and become only slightly more active. But how did I go from a fasting 385 to a 90 and now a daily of 120 to 157 without meds? I do have a history of diabetes in family I am 54 years old and 5'6" 188 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have to diet to maintain normal blood sugar, then you have diabetes. People who don't have diabetes can eat whatever they want and never experience blood sugar in diabetic range. You're also exercising, which improves your body's insulin sensitivity. Again, non-diabetics do not have to exercise at all because they're already sensitive to insulin. Even though haven't lost a tremendous amount of weight, even a little weight loss can have a profound effect on insulin resistance and blood sugar control.

      I'd also add that being at 157 mg/dL any point in the day is most certainly abnormal. Non-diabetics rarely, if ever, go above 140 mg/dL. Most spike well below that threshold and return to 100 mg/dL or below within two hours after eating. In fact, many non-diabetics don't even cross 100 mg/dL any point after a meal. Although most of your numbers are extremely good for a person with diabetes not on medication, and I salute you for that, spiking up into the 150s would suggest that you very much still have diabetes.

      Keep working hard and doing what you're doing. You've made amazing progress. Just don't get complacent. You do have diabetes and the high blood sugar will come back if you let the diet and exercise routine lapse.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone here have a good Vegan Panini Recipe or two?
    I am trying my best to become a Vegan. I read where eating a Vegan Diet can reverse Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, as well as the risk of a heart attack and stroke to name a few of the benefits. I have been eating a Vegan diet for over 3 days now and I feel 20 years younger already! I feel like a new woman and have so much energy! I am just trying to learn how to cook Vegan and save money by purchasing less convenience products. I am also trying to keep the menu exciting because my whole family is overweight and I would like to keep them interested in the Vegan Diet. So I was wondering if anyone has any good Vegan Panini recipes?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, Awesome. You'll just keep feeling better as time goes by if you stick with it. I literally put this everytime but, Vegweb is great. I've been making recipes from there for forever now.
      http://vegweb.com/index.php?action=recipecategories
      or try..
      http://theppk.com/recipes/

      I don't make paninis so, I can't really help you out with that.. Good luck with everything =)

  7. QUESTION:
    if a lifestyle change could reverse diabetes would you do it? This is reversing diabetes week and?
    I wanted to let you know that it has been reversed in others.

    See the inspiring film raw for 30 days to see how some reversed it and this week I found out the film is 50% off for next 6 days. see http://www.rawfor30days.com/RawFor30/Diabetes_Action.html for the offer and the trailer do watch the trailer. My raw food group leader who was training there at the time the video was made send us word of this offer and I wanted to pass it on.

    Also another way it has been reversed is via Dr Richard Schulze's incurables program. (email me for the interesting video links..it also works for other incurable illnesses)

    Some also reversed it with the hallelujah diet found at hacres.com See the testamonie section his book is the hallelujah diet.

    All books are available on ebay and often found at libraries.

    That video, raw for 30 days is inspiring. Some good books are

    There Is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Program - by Dr Gabriel Cousens

    Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr Neal Bernard

    The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle: Lifestyle Center of America's Complete Program for Overcoming Diabetes, Restoring Health, and Rebuilding Natural by Franklin House

    I went from readings in the 300 400 and 500s and even one over 600 to a normal fasting blood sugar and a1c by exercising 5-7 days a week, becoming a vegan and eating average of 50% raw, I have since messed up on some of that and see my blood sugar numbers rising higher again (but still least than they were as I still maintain some of the changes for the most part.

    It is hard to change but would you in order to reverse diabetes. If so, you owe it to yourself to get that video raw for 30 days while it is still on sale as it is worth it even at the higher price but this makes it more accessible to people.

    My question is how can people maintain the needed changes and would you if you knew your diabetes could be reversed.
    this has worked or both type one and type two diabetics to address that.

    Both in the documentary and in a video by Victoria boutenko ho reversed her son's type one diabetes (which did not return in the ensuing 15 years) with a 100% raw food vegan whole food diet.
    you are completely wrong katie. This is not false hope to share with people what helped others. It will not harm people to try a vegan 100% diet for a 1-4 month period to see if it works. i refer them to the video but feel they must read his companion book..there is a cure for diabetes o have all the facts. (dr gabeiel cousens...just because ypou are told it is incurable does not mean it is..only that you --or the doctor is not familiar with the cure or does not believe it. It is you who are harming someone who might be cured by saying something is untrue without more study etc Every organ can be regenerated and even genetics can be overcome if one maintains the changes and stops doing the bad things and starts doing the things that heal and regenerate.
    also I am not trying to sell people anything. I am informing them of something that I found in trying to reverse my own diabetes and that I know has worked for others at a t5ime it is on sale. I get absolutely nothing from this other than trying to help people who stand in the shoes I have walked in..you completely misunderstand my intentions and what I have learned in my 30 years of study of alternative health, herbs and nutrition that I study for the purpoe of helping people who are hurting and sick. I had relatives go into comas and blind from this illness and I will be darned if I am going to be silent when people who don't know might learn. It is not expensive to do a 100% raw food diet as people have to eat anyway. diet and exercise are not products in the sense I am suggesting them. know someone who was there when this documentary was filmed who saw it work and saw they blood sugar readings and I trust her as she is not a liar. Plus I trust the good work of Dr cousens & others
    I do concur if one does not continue the lifestyle changes the diabetes will reoccur.

    the people in the video were under the care of a doctor who monitored their blood sugar and insulin. They were able to get off insulin and drugs within the 30 day period actually much less. Dr Gabriel Cousens is the one who states in his documentary that one of the diabetics was a type one. One would be smart to contact thew tree of life center. Also the lady where I live who is a student of Dr Cousens and there when he filmed it recently showed the video and the trailer and did say he also gave them some supplements and these should be listed in the book I recommended the cure for diabetes. I can if people email me give them the phone number of Dr Cousens clinic and the address and also if requested and you send an email send the pages in the book where he talks of three case histories of type 1 diabetics who did in fact get off all insulin and have normal a1c readings; however, in researching fur
    I do concur if one does not continue the lifestyle changes the diabetes will reoccur.

    the people in the video were under the care of a doctor who monitored their blood sugar and insulin. They were able to get off insulin and drugs within the 30 day period actually much less. Dr Gabriel Cousens is the one who states in his documentary that one of the diabetics was a type one. One would be smart to contact thew tree of life center. Also the lady where I live who is a student of Dr Cousens and there when he filmed it recently showed the video and the trailer and did say he also gave them some supplements and these should be listed in the book I recommended the cure for diabetes. I can if people email me give them the phone number of Dr Cousens clinic and the address and also if requested and you send an email send the pages in the book where he talks of three case histories of type 1 diabetics who did in fact get off all insulin and have normal a1c readings; however, in researching fur
    further by looking at his book, I see that he said he uses "proteolytic enzymes, lipases, and general combinations of proteolyric lipase and amylase." he says Dr Wong was able to achieve what is considered medically impossible. Two with only the supplements listed above and third with the full tree of life program which included the use of proteolytic enzymes as well as a low glycemic and low insulin index live food diet. This seems to be what he used with the type 1 on the video but he likely has treated other type ones not on the documentary and may be able to tell you more if he is contacted as I am not a doctor and on the video he only mentions the raw foods. I know he can be contacted as Dave the raw food trucker who went on Dr Cousens phase one diet with lots of juicing and juice fasting and reversed his type 2 diabetes in three days, his colon cancer and his kidney disease as well as losing over 225 pounds said he contacted the life of life for further help. (see youtube for
    dave the raw food truckers videos or on curezone. I would also see what info is at curezone.com Dr CoUSENS explains on page 143 - 145 why these things I mentioned works for type one and late type 2 diabetics. I strongly recommend one who is a type 1 or on insulin contact the tree of life to get more info and do not self treat but others can but have doctor check your meds to see if they must be gradually weaned down as one gets better. I am not certain if the diabetics were had their diabetes revesed with the hallelujah diet, dr richard schulze's incurables and the other books I mention were type one or only type two. I do know schulze said he has gotten every dead organ working again when he as in the clinic. One would need to search the diabetes testimonials at hacres.com to see if they were type one or type 2 but most daibetics are type 2 so this info will definitely be of help to them. Victoria Boutenko in her film on diabetes said her son was diagnosed with type one diabetes
    she said her son, sergei, was told he would have to be on insulin the rest of his life. His mother, Victoria, refused to put her son on it and searched frantically for the answer. The doctor threatened several times to turn her into children's services. she states the whole family went on a whole food, vegan 100% raw diet and reverses several illnesses including the type one diabetes. she speaks of him eventually throwing or giving away his home testing supplies as his readings were always normal. This was about 15 years ago and it has not returned. He has stayed on the diet making further improvement like eating mainly natural foods and not gourmet raw now and lots of green smoothies and now grow he teaches wild food classes. Go to her website and look and see if maybe you contact her, they can tell you if he did anything else or if they have some documentation or something if you like http://www.rawfamily.com/

    Again there are no incurable illnesses and when doctors say there is no
    she said her son, sergei, was told he would have to be on insulin the rest of his life. His mother, Victoria, refused to put her son on it and searched frantically for the answer. The doctor threatened several times to turn her into children's services. she states the whole family went on a whole food, vegan 100% raw diet and reverses several illnesses including the type one diabetes. she speaks of him eventually throwing or giving away his home testing supplies as his readings were always normal. This was about 15 years ago and it has not returned. He has stayed on the diet making further improvement like eating mainly natural foods and not gourmet raw now and lots of green smoothies and now grow he teaches wild food classes. Go to her website and look and see if maybe you contact her, they can tell you if he did anything else or if they have some documentation or something if you like http://www.rawfamily.com/

    Again there are no incurable illnesses and when doctors say there is no
    cure what they mean is there is no cure that I am aware of or was taught or believe but you can be quite sure people worldwide have cured themselves of everything. Listen to the incurables program videos (the save your life videos) read the biography of Dr john r Christopher.Diabetes is a very profitable illnesses as one must take drugs that control but do not reverse it the rest of one's life..while it is true one should stay on the lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence, it is a lot better than shooting insulin everyday if one can gradually weans off this as many have with the save your life program.

    I was wrong to make it seems easy to reverse a serious disease..a simple herb is not going to do it generally one needs a very comprehensive health building program.. I personally have noticed no programs with anecdotal reversals that use any animal products,,it is almost vegan. I also noticed that when I eat whole grains and low glycemic fruits it does not affect my blood sugar
    readings but the minute I mess up and eat meat or cheese my blood sugar soar to 325 to 375 which I find interesting..one of the first things to do is get off all animal products. as every program I ever hears of diabetes reversals was vegan. Mine started dropping right away when I switched to a vegan diet with at least 50% raw foods and exercised regularly. Studies show better results on a vegan diet than the American diabetic association diet, google it and you will see. even if on does not reverse it they can expect to lower the dose of their drugs and/or insulin IMO. But if it was me, I would not do a type one or one on diabetes without checking the levels to see if these drugs can be lowered and calling a physician who works with these things as the authors of these books or dr cousens. In addition one should see their other blood results improve. I know mine did. and I did not go raw 100% or use these supplements. i had readings in the 300, 400 and 500 range and one too high
    for the meter to read and never have them that high now unless I eat meat or cheese or tons of things high on the glycemic index at once.

    One should work to prevent it by making these lifestyles changes if it runs in families but type one does not generally run in families Up to 79% of type 2 diabetes is genetic but in type one diabetes, 85% have no genetic link. there is a strong correlation between type one diabetics and an infant drinking cow's milk before age 4 months, My aunt who has type one was not cursed and given cow's milk I know. There is also a link with certain viruses. an infant in the womb exposed to german measles has a 40% chance of developing type one diabetes. I strongly recommend people view the video I linked to and read all of doctor cousens book there is a cure for diabetes which is filled with info. also read the testimonies at hacres.com, view the richard schulze save your life diet and go vegan and hopefully a lot of raw, juice fasting etc and also take a
    look at the other books I mentioned and do your own research into alternative health. It is your body,,alternative health has prevented amputation and reversed diabetic retinopathy. If not for people with the courage to try alternative health when given no hope by doctors, these people who recovered of every disease might not be well today or have lived so long or be there to help others in need by their stories. Unless these skeptics who called me names and a liar and who denigrated my intelligence has personally investigated all the claims of people why say they reversed their illnesses and gotten detailed directions on how they did it, they are the ones claiming absolute knowledge that they just do not have. Yes there are quacks out there but there are also dedicated people trying to help the dying and very ill and succeeding. While I cannot promise you will be healed, I believe there is a definite hope in the things I recommend to people who may want this info but do not know it
    exists and I am trying to let them have a place to start their research and gain some hope. You can call me all the names you like and call those healing diabetes names to but that is not going to stop people like me or schulze or cousens or house etc from educating people and showing them the hope that really really exist. contrary to your slams, I am not stupid nor a filthy liar and neither are these doctors working to prove diabetes can be cured. Since most diabetics are type 2 and trapped in a world of drugs and down the road insulin, this info should be especially encouraging to them as most of these programs have reversed diabetes in 4 days to 6 months max usually. while it is true that generally although one may cut themselves a little slack perhaps when they get their diabetes in reversal, I bet plenty of people would have no problems staying on a health building diet or making changes to vegan or raw rather than go blind, have their leg cut off or wind up on dialysis etc so
    motivation to stay on the program that reverses their course should be high. don't underestimate people. It was the fear of the alternative which made me want to do things I never thought I could do before.
    sorry that some stuff posted right..I added this info above to respond to the three people saying I was crazy, uninformed and evil essentially so sorry it is long but I hope people will read it.,
    error this should read frm above But if it was me, I would not do a type one or one on insulin (not the word diabetes as I postred but the word insulin is the correct word) without checking the levels to see if these drugs can be lowered and calling a physician who works with these things as the authors of these books or dr cousens. In addition one should see their other blood results improve
    error above

    My aunt who has type one was not cursed (this should be nursed not cursed) and given cow's milk I know.
    -Allison --as I said I am not a doctor and my purpose of posting this was to let people know this excellent documentary is on sale this week and point them in a direction of h-ealing. I personally feel type 2 is much easier to reverse, however, I did not post this to be treated in a confrontational manner for trying to help people. coming from a knowledge where I have seen things reverse and natural healing work and knowing the worst of things have been cured by Richard Schulze such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, late stage AIDS, blindness, all kinds of nerve disorders like ms etc, I have come to believe there are no incurable illnesses. Being a lay person who studies this area as I find it fascinating, I cannot answer any question but I have tried to help many to the best of my ability and some have considered me to be somewhat of an expert; however, I am not Dr Schulze, Christopher., Cousens or others I have tried to learn from. They had a clinic and people and I do not.
    Even so, I feel the info I gave here could have taken years for people in need to find it and is some of the best you are going to get on trying to heal disease naturally. I have been on here and curezone for years helping many hgundreds of people but I generally stay in the alternative health section as I am not one to push alternative health on people who do not want it or want to denigrate it. I only ventured out to let people know about the videos, schutze, the books, and hallelujah diet if they wanted this info. I am not God. I cannot guarantee people a cure but I feel a lot of confidence in the validity and miracles alternative health brings. I just got a1c results today and they wer ein the noraml range as was my average glucose level. 10 months ago I was having multiple blood sugar tests in the 300-600+ range. I did nothing my doctor said to do. I designed my own program and made lifestyle changes. I have stopped 2 heart attacks in my mother when nitro (which had worked
    before) did nothing. I have gotten my mothers legs which became severely infected due to doctor error and misinformation and no antibiotic they prescribed working, better in one day and gone. When I finally convinced my mom to try my advice after 10 years of her not listening and getting progressively worst and on dialysis 2 years shocked when she took just 2 herb tinctures. she called all shocked and shouting almost saying I can't believe it..I took those tinctures you left and for the first time in 2 years, I was not deathly ill after dialysis. (she was always sick at least 36 hours either needing to be hospitalized for the treatment causing extremely low blood blood pressure and other things or so washed out she could not get to the bathroom in the next room. I had cured very bad gerd in my brother that he had to be hospitalized for and it never came back 10 years later. I have had someone I helped a lot tell me his dad collapsed and passed out and how bad he was and how he
    remembered something I told him and tried it and brought his father out of it right away. I haven't had the flu in decades and if I get a cold I can knock it out in a day and a half with slight symptoms. I have seen alternative health work in my own life. Healers who I trust have far amazing testimonies as do their patients. I can only share what I know with a trust in God and his natural modaliites and with a clear conscious and a good heart as I have devoted 50 plus hours a week to helping people asking nothing in return and for free. I was trerated awfully on this forum and liikely will not post here again but go back to alternaitve health section due to this. as I say, I cannot guarantee you a cure for a devasting disease but I am offering something but it seems all you can do is look to the negative..people who don't believe rather are healed according to schulze and do not do the programs necessary. Obviously a raw food diet is not a low carb diet but something in it is
    helping many people with a wide variance of diseases including so called incurable diseases. Have you watched the save your life videos and read the manual to see the amazing "miracles" Have you read Dr Christopher's biopsies. Even if one feels better and uses less insulin that is something but the videos do show it helped 2 type one diabetics..,.the black man misdiagnosed who became a naturopath and another type 1 whose got off insulin and had normal ranges but dropped out of the program as he felt he could not eat that way etc. Also as I said Dr Cousens tells of three people in his book that were type 1s I looked it up just now and offered to send it to anyone who sends me an email address as an attachment. In brief he says one was an 86 year old with 50 years of type one diabetes ho had had amputation if one leg and was facing loss of the other foot.she had he says paresthesia in her fingers, and forearm, scar tissue in her eyes a gray pallor and dry skin and was on 4 injections
    of insulin a day. She was given proteolytic enzymes over 3 months. "as scar tissue in her eyes cleared, her vision became 20/10 and her left foot had a full correction. an ultrasound done after 3 months showed no blockage whatsoever. Her skin in general and in her extremities became pink. her glycosylated hemoglobin went from 9 to 6, and she stopped taking insulin." Another in his mid 30s had acquirted type 1 in his mid 20s and was getting 3 to 4 injections of insulin a day.toes in both feet had been amputated.eurological degeneration to his legs, paresthesia in arms and hands and had received one kidney transplant and the other was beginning to fail He took proteolytic enzymes for 6 months..circulation improved and he was saved from amputation of toes and foot, His need for insulin dropped to none, his neuropathy disappeared...his kidneys began to function again...his creatinine...went to normal. The last had been hospitalized and found to have a fbs of 1200
    and diagnosed type 1 In 2 weeks at the tree of life he was off all insulin and blood sugar below 85 all symptoms disappeared. In perfect health and diabetes free 2 years later a1c under 6 when it was 11.8 (source of these quotes and excerpts from book there is a cure or diabetes page 143-145) As I said the book is at many libraries on amazon and I can send interested people the attachment of these pages so they can read the whole thing plus the book is loaded with info and help.

    May I add had these 3 people not had the guts and determination and belief to look outside the box, had they believed their doctors and continued on their course, they would likely be dead now or missing more limbs or blind on dialysis etc. It is the people who go searching for their answers they cannot find in medical science and do the recommendations that pave the way for others. It is those who tried and yet died who showed healers like schulze what worked and what did not so eventually more and more
    Their courage in searching out answers when they were told there were none, their trust in believing their were answers, their willingness to do hard lifestyle changes and listen despite the fears and chastisements of their families, they are heroes...they showed others who would come behind them, it could be done. they listened to the small still voice inside that lead them.
    they trusted their instincts even if they stood alone. I have no doubt God lead them to the answers they prayed for. They looked for the opportunity and the doors and took them and walked in. they stood at a fork in the road and they could believe what doctors said that there was no cure, no hope that they would be dead in x number of days or months and could have given up but they when faced with the fork in the road did not turn away in unbelief and fear. they trusted they believed they tired..some failed but far more succeeded. those that failed, Dr Schulze said, always died in far less pain and suffering
    went peacefully when they went but most did not die...some went on to outlive their doctors..they recovered of incurable diseases that noone said they could ever recover from ..impossible cases and yet...tens of thousands beat the odds...now that schulze's work is reaching so many more hundreds of thousands or more have recovered of nearly everything.

    Noone can guarantee but they can point the way and let people know in no uncertain terms that the odds can definitely be beat...if not this way then another.

    If it was me in your shoes. first I would thank god for the direction the universe placed you at to see this info and ask his continued help, I would work to let go of unbelief and turn to trust and hope and positive emotions. I would go to the tree of life & find out more or call them. I would get on what they recommend, I would only eat whole food vegan 100% raw with lots of juicing and green smoothies. I would diabetes herbs in the form of organic or wildcrafted tinctures (NO
    (NO herbs in capsules tinctures only)., I would eat low on the glycemic index with a low glycemic load adding lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar to each meal (this lowers the overall glycemic index/load of the meal). I would watch the full incurables save your life videos and the manual probably more than once. I would leave nothing out. also reading the books above and others like them and the hallelujah book for what foods are considered raw foods and other info. I would join a raw food group or a vegan group to be with like minded people and maybe learn from them. I would feel that trying and maybe winning would be a lot better than the effects of diabetes I might have down the road. I would also learn how to treat things associated with diabetes how to fix gangrene (see herballegacy), kidneys (curezone see kidney forum look for knowledge seeker's advice..me) learn what to take for heart attack and heart attack/stroke prevention and get on some nervines, I would do the eye
    program in his chapter on eyes (use only organic herbs if making his eyewash formula and do the other things he recommends for retinopathy and other eye diseases). I would read books on the law of attraction and try to use that to keep my thoughts positive and my feelings good, I would start shopping health food stores and coops and farmer';s markets and I would keep learning all I could. Most people are not going to do any of this..they prefer to stay in their old ways or do a few herbs and think that is going to work and when it doesnn't think the fault if the herbs and not them for not doing enough. A person cannot usually cure a killer or serious disease without a dedicated and complete comprehensive health building program.. do that and there is an excellent chance people can find their miracle cure. You can pass the info by or you can start thinking an praying and doing. Your future might include terrible things or an ultra healthy life. Victoria Boutenko ignored her son's
    doctors though she cried so much thinking of her son's future and insulin the rest of his life, I am sure she must have been so scared the doctor would turn her over to children's services as she had threatened to do and worried she might lose her son, but she bit down her fear, she researched as if her life depended on it and when she found the answers she did it. she talked of how hard it was to throw out the microwave and as a compulsive eater very overweight to throw out all the food, to eat mostly produce and greens and nuts etc and how her family struggled in the early days, but she did and they did it and the results were she lost over 100 pounds and got rid of the heart arrithymias that had killed her dad, her daughter got rid of severe asthma, her husband did not do the drastic surgery his doctor said without it he would be dead in 2 months and completely recovered and is alive today 15 or so years later and in tip top health and her son threw away his blood testing
    supplies and beat type one diabetes and is diabetes free today.

    Had she not tried I can only imagine where they would all be today.

    You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink..

    I person can stay where they are or try something different.

    there are no guarantees in life..but god said to trust him and he said I give you plants for your meat (food) and herbs for our medicine. He created no stoves and we are the only species that cooks our food and probably the least prone to diseases. We were meant to pick our food fresh and eat it unprocessed, to walk the fields...

    We can trust god's way or man's way...the one thing we know if that medical science has been wrong time and time again as they learn new things. You can trust some guy educated as he might be in disease and drugs or you can trust in God's natural foods/herbs/nutrients/etc the sun the air the water and natures path. You can look for where he is leading you and find hope or you can demand guarantees
    and look for the negatives or you can cease the day..carpe diem as they say. It i you who lives with your decision. I can only give you what I know and have and have prayed for often...knowledge of how to help a suffering humanity.

    I cannot convince you or make you do anything you do not want to believe or do.
    but maybe others who sees this might see this and realize there are no coincidences in life. But the choices of if we see his aid in the voice or work of others or think we know it all etc is all ours and we live with whatever results from our choices. I hope someone sees this and tries it all and is helped..if not, I cannot control that. Even my spending all this time on this answer to address what you said is done out of caring though it may not seem that way. I am not perfect, but I know my heart is in the right place, that I have been blessed by god with a very good mind and hope that one day I see how I spent my time was not in vain for someone out there.
    sorry I made a lot of typing errors and got some words wrong making a few sentences not make sense but there is no way to edit it. Hope it is still fairly understandable like I said man is probably least prone to disease when I meant most prone and some errors like that. I was typing too fast

    • ANSWER:
      No problem ! I live THAT Life- already. So I KNOW it works for Me !! :)

  8. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions on 600 calorie diet?
    I would like to go on a diet. I recently read an article which suggests reversing diabetes with 600 calorie diet. Can anybody suggest me diet plan? I know it is a bit extreme but I think I should give it a go

    • ANSWER:
      A new study at New Castle University found that Type 2 Diabetes was reversible with 600 cal diet. It consisted of meal replacement diet drinks and non starchy vegetables. After 1 week morning blood sugar levels were normal and after the 8 weeks patients were producing their own insulin in their pancreas. See http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/diet-reverses-type-2-diabetes for more

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of a raw food diet? Does it work? If you have experienced this, what are the pros/cons?
    Raw foods are supposed to cure type II diabetes naturally in 30 days according to the documentary, "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 days." and RDNmovement.com, Who has direct experience with this program. I am considering a raw diet.

    • ANSWER:
      The raw food diet is how we were meant to eat, the best raw food diet is one with mostly fruit and some veggies, most veggies aren't fit for human consumption, have you ever been attracted to eating a raw veggie without seasoning, etc? There are only a handful of veggies that we can consider human food, and some can be considered fruit(romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, celery, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and bell peppers(all colors except green which are unripe)).

      Beyond that I highly recommend lots of fresh air and sunshine and abandonment of pharmaceuticals, creams, soaps, cigarettes, etc(assuming you don't absolutely need them, I don't know you and the raw food diet may lead to you saying good-bye to these products). I wash in just water and brush my teeth with just my brush and water.

      If you live like this you can say good-bye to 99% of all disease including cancer, diabetes, etc, and never have to worry about them again.

      Edit: Read the book 80/10/10 and check out this website - http://www.rawschool.com/basics.htm

      Edit #2: If you go raw, watch out for someone named David Wolfe, he's a con artist and his main goal is to sell his "superfoods."

  10. QUESTION:
    Could I still overcome diabetes? (undiagnosed)?
    This Guy says if you lose weight that could be a easy way to cure type 2 diabetes But what Im Slim i dont have much weight to lose. Will Exercise and a low carb no bread diet still be enough for me to reverse diabetes?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06vNyl2CXSI

    • ANSWER:
      You can't reverse diabetes. You can in some cases manage diabetes with diet and exercise alone. To truly be considered 'cured,' I would expect your blood sugar to be 100% normal after eating something very high in carbohydrates, like several doughnuts and a tall glass of milk. If you need to restrict your carbohydrates to maintain non-diabetic blood sugar levels, then that means you have diabetes. Non-diabetics can eat whatever they want and never spike into diabetic range.

      Many Type 2 diabetics are not overweight at the time of diagnosis and so weight loss can do nothing for them.

      Because you haven't been diagnosed, do you even know if you are diabetic? If you are, you may need more help than diet and exercise can provide. Some diabetics just have to take oral medication and/or insulin, and you may be one of them. Even if you can control blood sugar without meds, I would caution you not to get complacent believing that you've healed yourself. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and so what works this month may not work next month. You need to keep testing your blood sugar in case your control disappears.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to reverse Diabetic Nueropathy if you take action fast enough? please help?
    I've had tingling in my legs for about two months now and I'm starting to feel slight pain sometimes.
    I'm starting to take control of diet and exercise, plus I'm taking Metformin.

    I'm a 19 year old female, developing type II Diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a question that has no answer.If you start today with a low glycemic index diet ,get to a normal weight, plus a daily exercise program then it may recede. I have read many claims but no real proof..

      Also a daily intake of Mecobalamin.I take 500mcg. But I have had severe neuropathy for a long time . The only way I can sleep is to take 100 mg. of tramadol a couple of hours before bed time.but no real proof.

      Take care and good luck.At least you may not get worse.

      Buff.

  12. QUESTION:
    can hair-loss from pre-diabetes be reversed?
    my diet has been quite terrible. i eat too many simple carbs like white rice and have not been exercising. yes, i know it's bad and i've put on weight. i'm showing many signs of pre-diabetes and type II diabetes. i heard that pre-diabetes can be reversed if done early enough from eating healthy and doing lots of cardio exercise to balance out blood sugar.

    the worst part of my problems is that my hair has thinned dramatically and is falling out in some spots. my question is, can hair-loss from a poor diet and lack of exercise be reversed?

    • ANSWER:
      Try checking with your Physician or a diabetic expert.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can Diabetes reversed?
    I am 5.6 high and weighing 81 kgs and I am diagonosed for the diabetes (Fasting 128 / PP 194). I am in the first week of treatment. Doctors has not prescribed any medicine yet and asked me to change diet and start exercising which I hav started. theay asked me to recheck my sugar level after 10 days. My question is that.. Is it possible to reverse Diabetes by loosing weight???? and what's the difference between REVERSE and CURE. Please help..
    I am 32 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't a type of diabetes that can be reversed, they can only be controlled. The only time it may go away is when it's caused by medications (steroids among others) or if it's gestational (which is caused by pregnancy)

  14. QUESTION:
    When people are diagnosed with Type II diabetes...?
    Why is the first reaction of the doctor to put the patient on medication, rather than put them on a weight loss program? Type II diabetes can be reversed with weight loss and proper diet.
    Um.. do your research. It is associated with being overweight. Kthx
    Mizz lambz I realize type II diabetes can happen with pregnancy, but that's not what I'm referring to in this case.

    And I never said it is always reversible. I said it CAN be.

    • ANSWER:
      I am one of the over weight Type 2's. I found out in March I was diabetic. Now I was put on meds, and I am still on 2 meds (off insulin), and I was not given a weight loss program BEFORE I was allowed to leave the hospital, but I did have to see a dietitian. The dietitian was very informative and gave me lots of info about diet and carbs. But weight loss was not stressed, EATING proper and eating the right foods to control the blood sugar is what was stressed. And if you are over-weight just changing your eating habits will help you lose weight. So some places do make sure the patient is very aware of diet/food requirements even if they are not over weight. I think every diabetic knows how to count carbs, and good vs. bad foods, and how to eat properly to control their blood sugars.
      Now if I understand everything I have been learning recently, you can NOT reverse diabetes, only control it.
      As far as docs putting people on meds as soon as a first reaction. Most of the time there isn't a different choice. Most people don't know that they are diabetic before being tested, and their blood sugars are dangerously high. My blood sugar when I found out I was diabetic was 1400 and my A1C was 13. To save my life they had to put me on meds and insulin immediately. Since I took the being diabetic serious and have been doing everything I am suppose to be doing, I have come off the insulin and am only still taking one medication now. So docs don't leave you on meds if you can control it by eating right.
      Most people probably associate diabetes with being over-weight due to MOST of our (over-weight people) very poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Now understand that this is NOT the case for ALL over-weight people, just most of us. Some people are really and truly over-weight without it being their fault and there is nothing a person like that can do about it. It's people like myself, that can do something about our weight and elected NOT to, that are at fault for our health problems, whatever they may be, but you can NOT put everyone into that category.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can the damage in blood vessels caused by high blood sugar over years be reversed through strict dieting etc?
    I am a 28 year old diabetic - have been living with diabetes for the past 18 years and i've noticed that my circulation has become very poor. I am not proud of my past glucose levels but have benn working to correct that. I was wondering about how effective diets and exercise can be in a fairly young body if a very strict regime is carried out. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      From what I've read, no it can't be reversed, just slowed down. The better your control, the more you can delay further damage. Exercise and tight control are your best friends, and its better late than never!

      That's the prevaling opinion in North America...
      however, I have read that retinopathy is being treated in France, with Pycnogenol. (Pine-Bark Extract). Its also reported to help with improving circulation. Its expensive, but worth it if it can help.

      So, why not do both?

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  17. QUESTION:
    are you struggling with type 2 diabetes?
    i was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 years ago. for the first years i struggles to control it with diet before the doctor gave me metformin. the metformin gave me acute upset tummy and i have struggled for 2 years with it.
    then i came across a book saying i could reverse my diabetes. so i thought... i have nothing to loose. My sugar was peaking at between 30 and 32.

    The book explained that type 2 diabetics hold fat molecules in their muscle cells. it is these fat molecules that stop the body from using the insulin it produces.

    the solution it seems is easy. If your body holds on to fat molecules then don't put fat into your body.

    so 2 weeks ago i started a vegan diet. 1 week into my new diet and i had a check up with my nurse.
    my normally high blood pressure was totally normal for the first time in 3 years. my sugar level has almost halved and was peaking at 17.
    i weighed in over 12 lb lighter than i had previously.

    on week later (2 weeks into my new lifestyle) my sugar is peaking at 7.9, i am (according to my nintendo wii) 6 lb lighter than i was this time last week and i have so much more energy than i have had in years.

    the book said give it a month. i have reversed my diabetes in 2 weeks.

    i don't feel like i am on a diet, actually im not on a diet i have just stopped eating meat and dairy products. i love cooking with spices and i have discovered tofu and lentils.

    really people... i don't get that if it is so simple to do then why are doctors not recommending this to everyone

    • ANSWER:
      Your numbers are a little exaggerated . 32 is very close to US numbers of 600. I doubt that you would have survived for 2 years with these numbers.
      Besides it not possible to really control if you are eating tons of carbs.

      Nice story though !

      Tin

  18. QUESTION:
    In january i found out that i had high blood sugar level can i reverse it?
    I had my blood taken and my blood sugar came back a little high but it wasn't enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. My dr had given me a diet sheet and said I can reverse it if I lose my weight. I never really followed it. This might be a silly question but can it still be reversible? I made an appointment for next week to check up on it but I'm impatient and nervous. Sometimes I get a little dizzy and blurred vision but that could be due to lack of sleep (my sleep schedule is during the day due to work, and I don't sleep well as it is.) The past few days I finally have been watching my food intake and exercising. Please give me advice! Thank you!

    By the way I am 21 years old and have been struggling with my weight my whole life.

    • ANSWER:
      Did your doctor tell you you have pre-diabetes? If so, that is kind of misleading. Having pre-diabetes is like being partially pregnant.

      It means that you have a glucose metabolism problem.

      Diabetes cannot be cured. It also cannot be reversed.

      But it can be strictly managed so that blood sugar is at or close to non-diabetic levels.

      Cure/reversal means that you can eat a high carb meal and 2 hours later, have normal blood sugar. This is never going to happen.

      Well-controlled diabetes means that with a strict diet, you can still maintain normal blood sugars.

      So for example:
      Scenario 1 : You eat a high carb breakfast of muesli, wholegrain toast, bananas and orange juice. Two hours later, your blood sugar is 100. You do not have diabetes.

      Scenario 2 : You eat a high carb breakfast of muesli, wholegrain toast, bananas and orange juice. Two hours later, your blood sugar is 250. You have diabetes, and that meal was too high in carb for you. If you continue eating like this, your diabetes is uncontrolled and you will suffer diabetic complications.

      Scenario 3 : You eat a low carb breakfast of scrambled eggs with grilled bacon and coffee with cream but no sugar. Two hours later, your blood sugar is 120. Your low-carb meal has not raised your blood sugar. Your diabetes is under control.

      Losing weight MIGHT help some people to better control their diabetes but it will NOT reverse diabetes. 20% of all Type 2 diabetics are of normal weight.

      You have nothing to lose by losing weight. It is good to be at a normal weight.

      But many people are at normal weights when they are diagnosed with diabetes. My BMI was 23 when I was diagnosed.

  19. QUESTION:
    need some input on new lifestyle eating wise?
    I have decided to become a vegan due to health reason (I recently got diabetes).

    For the last 30 years, I ate mostly health foods but sometimes did junk or fast foods.

    Most days I was about 85% vegan and 90% vegetarian.

    Since I am trying to cut down on fruit and grains due to my diabetes and doctors advice, and meats and dairy due to my research, it doesn't leave tons to eat other than veggies, nuts, and beans.

    I am also wanting to go 85% raw as I read several books about this reversing diabetes. Should I first do some vegan before going more raw..so far my blood sugar has not improved much but not getting the ultra high readings. I think a vegan diet might not be enough to reverse diabetes,,it might need to be a raw vegan diet..does anyone know more on this point?

    I had a few readings too high for the meter to read and that scared me into making changes.

    Still I am a food addict and love to eat and did love meat, cheese and eggs but I am not doing too bad giving those up.

    It is harder to make soup taste good without using meat though

    My problem is I find myself eating more fats due to eating at least all this plant food and produce in the form of veganaisse, salad dressings and sometimes oils to make the veggies taste better.also eating more nuts.

    What are good things not so high in fats to make salads and raw veggies taste better. I have lots of salad dressing in the pantry but maybe when I run out, there are better things to make the salads taste good that aren't so high in fats. suggestions?

    I find not eating the cooked foods much harder than giving up animal foods as this includes a lot fo the stuff found in health food stores in addition to my own cooking is very hard (processed health food store vegan items are often cooked) .

    how did raw food faddists get away from cooked foods after a lifetime of eating them..I have eaten lots of cooked foods in my nearly 6 decades of life and it is hard to quit.

    I am eating cup after cup of produce (75% of my food is produce now on average) and still cannot get to the magic 85% raw number.

    Also finding it hard to give up cheese...what are some good substitutes for similar taste (I don't really like the soy and rice cheeese except for soy parmesan)

    any tips would be most appreciated.

    It is just a lot of changes recently started walking daily (which I hate to be honest) after never exercising, gave up pretty much all fast foods (but salad), junk food and buffets, and meat, fish, dairy, a lot of grains, eggs, and limiting juice and juice which is hard.

    I do not want to lose my leg, eyesight, wind up on dialysis etc so I do want to change...any help or advise or answer for my questionjs would be appreicated.

    It is also hard catching all the produce before it goes bad as I have so much here.

    how did others make these changes.

    I am happy I am doing more to not supporting the inhumane food industry which does bother me, m helping the environment and not subjecting mysefl to the things shown in movies like food inc and have long admired vegarians and vegans but it was for my health, and (secondary) need to lose weight to reduce insulin problems that I am doing this ( I lost a little so far, which I feel is from the exercising)..that fear of going blind etc forced me to realize I must make changes. I saw two relatives go blind and had a mom go through the nightmare of dialysis.

    I want to be successful as I am not a person willing to take drugs for the most part and if I don't reverse this, I could die young like someone I knew.

    I go to the regular store and can hardly buy anything...health food stores are better but it is a little startling how few things I can buy since in addition to going vegan,. I need to cut whole grains and fruits some..give up high glycemic grains and fruits and .since I am cutting back from the amount of whole grains/fruits I used to eat,

    I am eating so much produce..there is a lot of variety and I eat 15-30 different kinds of produce a day...but eating more fat with it and if I cut back on cooking, it is like really different..

    any help/support would be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      The fats you are eating are really good for you. But if you still insist you are eating too much, things like rice vinegar are good to put on salads. Keep eating the nuts though, if you eat all that produce its important to eat some calorie dense foods as well like nuts. Have you tried avacados?

      Now is the chance to experiment, see this as a culinary challenge not a burden.
      Attempt making some homemade hummus to dip some of your veggies in.

      Here are some healthy raw treats you can enjoy:
      http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/brownies.html
      http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/fridgecookies.html
      Heres the actual site with raw recipes:
      http://www.living-foods.com/recipes/

      About the exercise. If you absolutely hate to walk, dont. Exercise is meant to be stress relief, fun and refreshing. If you dont like it for whatever reason, whether its painful, boring, hard, whatever, by all means find something else. Go biking. Go to a pool and swim laps. Go rollerblading. Switch it up from time to time.

      If youre eating a healthy raw diet then you will probably feel good and have more energy to exercise anyway.

      You should be so proud of yourself for taking a stand to stop any potential harm to your body. When you feel down and tempted to quit, think of your relatives, think of how far youve come from your former lifestyle, think of your health.

  20. QUESTION:
    I am trying to become a Vegan but it is so expensive. Can anyone give me pointers on how to eat Vegan cheaply?
    I have many medical problems including Diabetes and high Cholesterol. I read that Diabetes and High Cholesterol can be reversed by eating a Vegan Diet. I desperately need to lose weight. However, the cost of eating Vegan is stressing me out and causing me financial problems. It would be extremely helpful if I could receive some pointers on how to Vegan cheaply without being limited to eating beans and rice or tofu stir-frys for dinner night after night.

    • ANSWER:
      I find eating vegan very cheap and easy. The best thing I ever bought was a slow-cooker! Vegan meals in the slow cooker are super cheap and sooo delicious.

      The most likely reason why you are finding veganism expensive would be if you are trying to cook with meat substitutes, but you don't need them, stick with healthy and fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and you will be fine.

      For some meal ideas you can visit:

      http://vegetarianchickie.wordpress.com/
      http://theauspicioussquirrel.wordpress.com/
      http://vegandad.blogspot.com

  21. QUESTION:
    I want to go on a detox/cleanse using all natural raw fruits and veggies...
    want to go on a detox/cleanse using all natural raw fruits and veggies...
    What do you all recommend in my diet, as far as the best benefits of an all encompassing cleanse? PLEASE don't spam me with "Erikas cleansing potion" or "Puristat" links. I want to do this au naturale... Also is there a free place to find info on the web about raw food diets and cleanses, weight loss, reversing diabetes, etc. And I mean 100% free with maybe free resources like chats and forums? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      For the website, I highly recommend www.sparkpeople.com
      It is American (guessing you're not since we are on UK Y/A) but it doesn't make much of a difference, there are forums + community chats so you can really get involved and meet people who have the same goals as you.

      As for the cleansing, your body does do most of this. Drink plenty of water - 8 glasses a day, aim for your 5 fruits/vegetables a day.

      As you do the cleanse, make sure you are still eating enough calories as there aren't a lot in most fruits + vegetables.

  22. QUESTION:
    What do you think...diabetes or not?
    I got tested 3 weeks ago for diabetes along with other things and they sent me a letter a couple of days ago saying they want to see me sooner than expected and I'm kind of nervous. I'm 5'7 weighing almost 250 pounds and my father has along with his mother and some siblings has type 2 diabetes. I'm a terrible eater and I never exercise which is bad. The worst part is that I'm 19. SMH.

    Also why do people say their diabetes was reverse? I've learn a lot about this and it can't be reverse. It's weird when I see a weight loss ad or something and they say that. I know it can be controlled, even though I have little knowledge of how, I do know diet and exercise can help.
    As for symptoms I"m not sure. I know that sometimes people with type 2 diabetes never have any symptoms. My vision has gotten a little blurry but I wear glasses so it's hard to tell if it's a symptom or I need new lens. I do feel tingling through my legs and hands and fatigue. Over all I'm not exactly sure. : (

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes cannot be reversed, but sometimes after significant weight loss, Type 2s can be very well controlled without medication.

      If you are diabetic, the fact that you're young bodes well for you. Also, the fact that you're overweight bodes well for you, too. Some Type 2s are diagnosed at a normal weight, so weight loss really won't help them control diabetes. Because you're overweight, weight loss could actually really help you. Since you're 19, you have probably caught this early. Early detection is really vital. You have that going for you.

      There's no reason to panic. If you're diabetic, then you'll handle it. It'll be terrifying and emotional at times--it was for me--but eventually you'll just fall into a rhythm.

      I wish you all the best.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does she still have diabetes?
    Four months ago my 64-year old aunt had a FSB of 125, BP of 156/79, and weighed 187 lbs.

    Today, after four months of diet and exercise, her FSB is within normal range (69 to 96), her weight is down 164 lbs, and her BP is down to 110/66.

    What are the changes that her pre-diabetes has been reversed?

    • ANSWER:
      It is being controlled by her watching her diet, and exercising. Diabetes never goes away, even prediabetes, which most doctors do not even use that term anymore. Once you have diabetes, you always have it. It can not be cured, only controlled.
      Diabetes CANNOT be prevented, however , you can DELAY the development of it many times by diet and exercise.

  24. QUESTION:
    Pre-Diabetes/Glucose Intolerance?
    Okay so I have cystic fibrosis its a very uncommon ilness and it involves me to gain weight and stuff to keep my lungs healthy since I always get lung infections.

    Now while I was at my 4monthly clinic appointment they did something called Glucose level or something where they took my blood, got me to drink orange stuff and waited 2 hours to do my blood again.

    Now they say I have something like Glucose Intolerance where im higher then normal but not high enough to be diabetic. they want to give me a blood sugar monitor so I can see how my blood sugar is doing. Now I read you can reverse this most times if you change your diet and lose weight.

    Now I am 15 years old and 105lbs and with my Cystic fibrosis I CAN'T! LOSE WEIGHT I need to drink sodas and junk food to keep my weight up.

    Now I am in a bad situation. I cant change my diet and lose weight or my Cystic Fibrosis will be effected and I can't eat sugar and junk food or I will get full diabetes.

    Can someone please help me? I am 15 years old with a disease that will make me die younger and now diabetes? I just hate my life right now. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Whoa down, hon!!! Yes, I had a couple of friends who had CF!! Life is rough without having diabetic threat added.

      Know that GTT is not the best way to diagnose Glucose Intolerance or Insulin Resistance either one. That is by blood draw for HbA1c.

      They would have had me standing in the middle of the room gagging up my tonails with that orangy junk.

      I understand that you cannot afford to lose any weight, but sodas and some other junk foods like Twinkies are not the best foods for helping to maintain weight. You might just be an ideal candidate for taking a tad of insulin to cover that sugar you are inhaling!!

      Insulin is the fat packer hormone of the body. It causes us to gain weight when it is being properly used by the bod. Too much causes weight gain, and that doesn't have to be much at all.

      If you can drink stuff like milkshakes that would be much better for weight maintainance than sodas!

      Do understand that Glucose Intolerance causes some of us to lose weight no matter what we inhale to stop it!!!

      Read this site and see if you can get some useful stuff to discuss witht he doctor:
      http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes

  25. QUESTION:
    What Vitamins and Minerals Do You Recomend For Me?
    I am getting back into the diet and exercise game again except this time I am going to stick with it. I have been yo yo dieting for a while but it just gets me in worse shape. I reversed my type 2 diabetes, but I do have a mild heart murmor. I have heard the benefits of fish oil but do you think I should take it too?. Im just so confused when it comes to what I should take

    • ANSWER:
      well always go with a multivitamin with everything in it
      but i suggest eating the food that they oils come from, (more oil and better for your heart) but it would be a good start
      try get more foods with mono and poly saturated fats (the good kind that help your heart)
      like avocados, nuts, soy and fish

  26. QUESTION:
    Is type 2 diabetes inevitable for me?
    I'm 16, Male, and Caucasian. My weight fluctuates from 231-238. I used to have at least three or four soda's a day (by "used to", I mean about a month ago). And lots of other sugary food. I get almost no exercise. Basically, I'm the quintessential person on the road to diabetes. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I was also told that because of the amount of damage I've already done to myself it's basically inevitable that I get type 2 diabetes at some point. Is this true? I believe what the doctor said, but I'm a bit skeptical about that information seeing as many people have reversed their type 2 diabetes once they already got it. I'm trying to change my diet and eat better, although I'm not planning to eliminate sugar entirely. So, as long as I eat like a normal person is it possible I won't ever get it? It doesn't run in our family by the way.

    • ANSWER:
      By that "inevitable" the doctor means high probability. Yes, you also know that you have to reduce. The question is "how"? If you try dieting only it is not going to work. A combination of exercise and diet is what will work. Be slow and steady. To begin with only walking will do. 500 meters per day. Gradually work your way. Same with diet. Reduce sugar gradually. Now the sugar monitoring centers of your brain has got used to a high level, so when you reduce you will feel tried and weak and sometimes giddy and very hungry. So do NOT try to cut meals or do fasting. Take short eats at small intervals of say every 3-4 hours. Try reducing 1 pound a month, which means you will reduce only 12, in one year. That is ok, if you can maintain it. To increase energy level you can do breathing techniques. You may need the help of a yoga teacher to learn that. This will give you energy without food and sugar. You may also take the advice of your doctor and take an appetite suppressant, so that you don't feel very hungry. All the best. Keep trying. Don't give up.

  27. QUESTION:
    They say that Diabetes type II is a condition rather than a disease. Is this true.?
    They blame inactivity and overweight as the reasons. I can get readings of 4.5 or so after a heavy workout but wake up in the morning to 6.5 or so despite eating nothing. My diet is almost all protein - whey protein powder shakes, and some meat, some low carb veggies, and 1500 mg of Metaformin with a single pill of Januvia. I've lost so much fat I've got some loose skin. My life has become 90 min heavy weight / cardio work outs, full time job, so it pretty much sucks. I look much better really quick, but I'm a slave to everything. I'm not sure I can continue this for ever. I asked the doctor for the diet amphetemine "Phentermine (Ionamin)" but got refused. And I was told to follow the food guide, which I do, but in reverse LOL.(picture the food triangle reversed).

    I may have to ditch my job in order to concentrate on healthy living, but my extended family has the old country work ethic that you are better off dead than unemployed (???????). And getting a job in my area is next to impossible - maybe I'll try for a medical sabbatical. When they discovered that my glucose was 30+ at times they were stunned, and the rumors of be being a substance abuser (I was always tired and groggy) immediately stopped and now I warn people about the hidden dangers of Diabetes, and regained my colleagues respect.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      crazyowl has provided a reasonable answer. Diabetes is most definitely a disease and not a condition. You seem to have type 2 diabetes. Your glucose readings are 4.5 to 6.5 mmol/L or 81 to 117 mg/dL. A non-diabetic's fasting glucose is typically 3.9 to 5.6 mmol/L or 70 to 100 mg/dL. A non-diabetic's post-prandial (after meal) glucose typically does not exceed 7.8 mmol/L or 140 mg/dL. Please note that I say 'typically' as there will be some variation from day to day. If your fasting glucose is 6.5 mmol/L or 117 mg/dL then your diabetes is not well controlled. Why is diabetes a disease? There is an approximately 10 year lead-in time of pathophysiologic damage prior to the glucose being consistently elevated in type 2 diabetes. The pathophysiologic flaws are many. Approximately 50% of the beta (insulin producing) cells of the pancreas have been destroyed by the time of diagnosis and there is an increased rate of beta cell apoptosis (cell death). The alpha cells of the pancreas also do not 'read' glucose levels correctly and this leads to inappropriate secretion of glucagon. Glucagon tells the liver to release glucose from its tremendous stores of glucose. Glucagon is not degraded as quickly in a type 2 diabetic due to a flaw in incretin mimetics. The stomach empties more quickly (at least early on) exposing the small intestine to carbohydrates prematurely. This leads to an increase in glucose excursion (the rise in glucose). The brain also loses its sense of satiety - the feeling that we are full and should stop eating. There is also insulin resistance most especially at the level of myocytes which are the primary utilizer of glucose although the brain is an obligate glucose consumer. There are other flaws as well. Obviously this is a disease and not a condition. Diabetes is also a progressive disease even when well controlled. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

  28. QUESTION:
    Question about blood sugar levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 315. My doctor wanted to put me on some medication, but the pills she prescribed would cost me over 0 per month, which I can not afford. She said the only other option for me would be insulin, which at 32 years old, I absolutely do not want to be dependent on for the rest of my life. I spoke with some members of my family and my husband's family that have diabetes, and they all agree that insulin is not a good option for me.

    I have heard that exercising, changing my diet to a low sugar / low carb diet, and losing weight can actually make my diabetes reverse itself. I would like to try losing weight and changing my diet to bring down my blood sugar levels. Eating very little carbs & drinking lots of water has brought down my average blood sugar to 215 when fasting - around 300 after a complete meal. Sometimes after meals, if I can not exercise because of long hours at my desk job, my blood sugar will raise to as high as 380 or so, but most times it is 300 or less. My concern is whether this can be harmful to my body to have blood sugars levels of 215-350 on an every day basis while I try to get my diabetes under control? And what kind of harm can this do to my body? I really want to try to beat this on my own if possible, but I am scared to have high blood sugar on a daily basis while I try to undo the damage I have already done to my body by being overweight & not taking care of myself properly. Thanks for any advice & info.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar that high on a regular basis can be very damaging to your body. Levels over 140 mg/dL contribute to diabetic complications and you're essentially double that all day, every day. I credit you for wanting to lose weight and adhere to a strict diet, but unfortunately you can't get your blood sugar down to a healthy range on your own. Don't feel ashamed or defeated. Insulin and oral medications are not a failure. They're going to help us live a very long time hopefully.

      I don't know where you live, but in the United States, Metformin--the most commonly prescribed diabetic drug--costs per month at Target and Wal-Mart pharmacies. I suspect your doctor prescribed you something other than Metformin because she believes that Metformin won't be enough to get your blood sugar under control. Metformin, unlike a lot of other diabetic drugs, does not stimulate your pancreas to produce more insulin. Metformin reduces the amount of glucose your liver releases and makes you more sensitive to the insulin you make. Thus, if you are very insulin deficient, Metformin probably won't be enough. And with an FBG of 315 mg/dL, that might be what she thinks. I always think Metformin is worth a try, though, because of the low incidence of serious side effects and hypoglycemia.

      Also, I know diabetics who had fasting levels as high or higher than yours who controlled blood sugar only on Metformin. My random blood sugar (non-fasting) when I was diagnosed was in the mid-300s, but I'm only on Metformin. My fasting blood sugar now ranges from 70-95 every day. It's possible on a low-carbohydrate diet. I strongly suggest you make another appointment ASAP and demand Metformin. You have nothing to lose even if Metformin doesn't work. Plus, Metformin sometimes helps with weight loss.

      Finally, I encourage you to lose weight and try to go off medication or insulin one day. I do want to caution you about the word "reversal." I have lost nearly 100 pounds since my diagnosis and I am still very much diabetic. My doctor promised me cures if only I could get the fat off because I was so young (late 20s) and otherwise in good health. Now, don't get me wrong - blood sugar control has gotten easier and I have been able to reduce my medication. There's no cure in sight, though. By the time blood sugar gets up as high as yours and mine, the pancreas has already lost a lot of function. We could get down to a perfect weight and possibly still not have enough function to control blood sugar without meds. And even if we could, we'd probably need to stay on a low-carbohydrate diet for life, which I'd be more than happy to do if it meant going off medication. I want you to strive for a goal, but I don't want you to get your hopes up about a cure that's just not going to happen. I've never known a diabetic to become cured through weight loss. I have known MANY diabetics who have lost weight, gone off meds, and controlled blood sugar through diet and exercise. That's management, not reversal, but it's something that I would love to have one day. And probably you would, too. So, all the best, and I hope your doctor signs off on the Metformin.

  29. QUESTION:
    If I were to take a diet pill....
    such as Nuphedrine and drink green tea, would that be dangerous? I have type 2 diabetes, as well as an underactive thyroid and I think my metabolism is in reverse!!

    • ANSWER:
      ask your dietician

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 22 yrs old and 104 lbs but my doctor says that I'm pre-diabetic :( ?
    type II diabetes :(
    i had a blood test done for fasting insulin . the normal range is supposed to be between 5 and 11 and mine was 31 !! this means im insulin resistant (pre-diabetes)
    i do have a major sweet tooth. i ,love carbs too. i can eat a whole chocolate cake or a whole pizza or half a tub of ice cream at one time. i usually eat froot loops or cocoa pops for breakfast and lots of candy bars during the day. my mom makes dinner (the only healthy meal). i also get no exercise whatsoever... im the laziest person i know.. i always thought i was pretty healthy because i was skinny. but i do have some diabetic symptoms.. i feel tired most of the time, i get dizzy if i skip a meal, i have to pee half an hour after i drink a glass of water.. but apprently i dont have diabetes yet because my blood sugars are normal. i have a family history of it . three out of four of my grandparents have it... so is there anything i can do to reverse insulin resistance? will diet and exercise be enough? will i get diabetes no matter what i do? because im already pre-diabteic. how can i stop it? if i dont do anything about it, when will i get diabetes? will i need medication? also, if im so unhealthy, how come im not overweight?? i thought that was a warning sign for diabetes.. help !!!!
    thank you so much in advance, appreciate it :)

    • ANSWER:
      It is all that sugar. Our food supply has drastically changed in the past forty years or so. Between 1970 and 1990, fructose consumption increased over 1200%. The average per capita consumption is 100 grams per day and 25% of Americans average over 150 grams per day.

      The American Diabetes Association says that genetics are a part of it, but that genetics only seem to matter if you adopt the western lifestyle. What is so special about the western lifestyle? Diet.

      The number one source of calories in America is fructose. We used to be told that all sugars are the same. Recent research has shown that this is not true. Most sugars are metabolized in the intestines, but fructose has a special pathway. It is sent directly to the liver to be metabolized (Detoxed?) like a poison. Some of the products of that metabolism are:

      Uric Acid. Damages kidneys, raises blood pressure.
      Fat Globules. Causes fatty liver disease and abdominal fat.
      Triglycerides. Raises blood fat, stored as fat.
      SDLDL Cholesterol. The Cholesterol that causes arterial plaque.
      Insulin Resistance. Causes high blood sugar levels.
      Leptin Resistance. Fails to notify brain that you have had enough to eat.
      And more.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it too late to reverse my husbands eating habits.?
    My husband is 22 years old is 6'2 and weighs about 256, diabetes runs in his family both his father and grandfather have type 2 I believe it is. My question is can I get my husband on the right eating track along with exercise, if so any suggestions. He is willing to try he called me today and almost made me cry because he said he wants to be there when our daughter graduates and has children of her own but if he keeps up where he is he might not make it. Any suggestions would be very helpful we are very good with vegtables and fruits in our diets but I am wanting to get him on a diet of no more than 2000 calories a day, also what exercises would be good (mind you we live in arizona and right now it is about 114 out on average) inside exercise activities would be great. Thanks to all in advance.
    I am pretty sure I heard on the news that these acai pills or whatever they are causes damage to the internal parts of ones body and I would much more perfer natural methods please until all else fails I would like to have him work for it. Also anybody know what weight range he should be in?
    I will sacrifice as much as I can myself however I am almost 6 months pregnant and a bit underweight so its not going to be so easy, and I in general am a health feak and am in for the most part good health.
    Thank you everybody for your advise I am really ready to help him with all of my being, now if I could only get him to take his vitamins lol.

    • ANSWER:
      i'd suggest checking out www.gymamerica.com they have a fitness/nutritional package that works well you even get like a free week or 10 days or somethin....it works for me so far i been usin the place for like 2 months almost

  32. QUESTION:
    I've Just been diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Can it be cured/reversed?
    I am only 33 years old and have just been diagnosed with Type II (March '10). I am SO angry! I've lost over 20 lbs since the diagnosis with diet and exercise and I'm know at the right weight for my height. However, I've stopped working out 4 weeks ago but I've still kept my calorie intake within 1200 to 1500. I am now having symptoms again, but I am NOT over weight! What's going on here? I'm going to get back in the gym today, meanwhile I am SO tired and sleepy after a meal that I swear the food was drugged. I'm tired of this disease ALREADY!!! I want it cured. Have you, or anyone you know, ever had this disease so under control that it didn't show up on a blood test anymore? If so, HOW?
    I am not on medication.

    • ANSWER:
      diabetes cant be cured or reversed but it can be well controlled. you need to review with yr Dr to see if you need drugs which i strongly think you do becoz dietary means seem to have failed. poorly controlled diabetes quickly leads to complications- a thing which you dont like at yr age. also you shld be wary of getting into negative nitrogen balance by aiming at yr weight too much forgetting to control the sugar. EXERCISE IS VERY GOOD though. So see your Dr for proper advise and care

  33. QUESTION:
    Diet and disease: How many of the diseases we experience in America are caused by the food we eat?
    How much are we spending on healthcare to treat diet-caused illnesses?

    From the book Eat To Live by Joel Furhmen, MD:

    .."People are completely unaware that most illnesses are self-induced and can be reversed with aggressive nutritional methods. ...The medical-pharmaceutical business has encouraged people to believe that health problems are hereditary and that we need to swallow poisons to defeat our genes. This is almost always untrue.

    "...My clinical experience over the past ten years has shown me that almost all the major illnesses that plaque Americans are reversible with aggressive nutritional changes designed to undo the damage caused by years of eating a disease-causing diet. ....These conditions...can be effectively prevented or treated through superior nutrition. As their medical problems gradually melt away, patients can be slowly weaned off the medications they have been prescribed."

    "Dietary-Caused Illnesses with High Prevalence":

    --acne
    --appendicitis
    --atherosclerosis
    --diabetes (adult)
    --fibromyalgia
    --gout
    --high blood pressure
    --irritable bowel syndrome
    --macular degeneration
    --sexual dysfunction
    --allergies
    --asthma
    --constipation
    --diverticulosis
    --gallstones
    --headaches
    --hypoglemic symptoms
    --kidney stones
    --musculoskelatal pain
    --stroke
    --angina
    --arthritis
    --colonic polyps
    --esophagitis
    --gastritis
    --indigestion
    --lumbar spine syndromes
    --osteoperosis
    --uterine fibroids

    "Not only are common disorders such as asthma associated with increased body weight and our disease-causing diet, but in my experience these diseases are also curable with superior nutrition in the majority of cases. Asthma is an exampleof a disease considered irreversable that I watch resolve regularly. My patients routinely make complete and *predictable* recovery from these illnesses, predominantly through aggressive dietary changes. ...Diseases that are considered irreversible I see reversed on a daily basis."

    • ANSWER:
      Your info. works for me Amy. One of the major topics in our church is Health. Our Hospital is Loma Linda, Calif. We are killing our selves through our mouth. 5 food groups--Fruit, Veggies, Grains, Nuts, and beans. All washed good and all fresh. I see people totally live on this and they live to be very healthy....and old too. Do I follow this totally being an SDA. I really try. I did not grow up as a Vegetarian but my Boy and family are and they look great. I on the other hand am about 25 lbs over. It is hard to change old, bad habits but we can always keep working on it. With God nothing is impossible. Don't ever give up doing the very best you can. If you have to eat meat once a week, be sure it is dead as a door knob. Disease comes in the blood and fat. Don't eat that part. Leviticus 11 tells you the clean meats to eat if you want to follow the Bible from beginning to end and believes the Bible is for"ALL" man kind. Not just yours , mine but Ours. Pray before you go shopping and always have a meal before you go. This is the worst thing you can do is shop hungry. I go through so many Snow Balls this way. Big mistake. Remember it is so hard to learn and concentrate on God when you are sick. That is why He wants us to be healthy.Amy is right, you can reverse illnesses. I have seen that done too. Weight and bad habits is a big one for the U.S. Remember Goodies are a Goodie..not a staple.You get a goodie once a week, and that is it. If you really want to be healthier and lose abit of weight,you can do this, Your obedience to God to take care of this Temple,whom we house for the Holy Spirit, is not impossible. Think,make a list and don't let your cravings run you. No more Mickie D..those things will kill you. God help us all in this area. Love always in Christ..missleslie

  34. QUESTION:
    could health problems be why i have wrinkles?
    im 30 and i have wrinkles, i look like maybe 50. my diet is junk food, and candy, ice cream, diet sodas, no water, i eat vegetables if they are surrounded by meat and cheese. my health conditions are uncontrolled diabetes, high cholesterol, and blood pressure is 180 over 100. so could all this be the cause of wrinkles and my hair thinning? and if i change some of this stuff will that help with hair and reverse some of the wrinkles? i dont want to look like a teenager again, i just want to look 30.

    • ANSWER:
      Remember the old saying"You are what you eat"?..You are young and you can reverse this process..Try eating healthy for 3 months..What is 3 months out of your life?..Cut out sugar, artificial sweeteners, no red meat, and cut back on salt. The only fat or oil you can use is Olive oil or coconut oil..Drink nonfat milk,water and eat yogurt..Chicken and fish?..Veggies and fruit??..YES!!..That's it!!!..Try this for 3 months and if you don't look and feel better you can write and tell me..

  35. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar?
    Last week I was diagnoised with type II diabetes. I weighed in at 267 pounds. My glucose reading was 230 (normal is 107 or below). Since then I've cut out sugar completely as well as carbs. It will be a little over week tomorrow and my weight is at 252, my sugar count has gone down dramatically. for example, today before dinner it was 108, 2 hrs after it was 128. It's getting lower. I haven't started the blood sugar medication my dr. put me on because I'm afraid it will make it go down really low. Am I really diabetic? My A1C was at a 9.7, normal is below 7. On my present course of weight loss and diet and judging from what I've wrote here, do you think it's possible to reverse the diabetes type II condition? and should i take the medication with the numbers I've mentioned here?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, there is no cure for diabetes. Once you it have you will always have it. Secondly, you should call your doctor and tell him/her of your weight loss and blood sugar readings and do not take the med until you do. You are right to be concerned that your sugar may drop too low. The vast majority of doctors prescribe an oral hypoglycemic med when a patient's blood sugar is high, along with diet therapy because most people will not or do not follow a diabetic diet properly or try to loose weight. Congratulations for you in being proactive and getting your diabetes under control. Many times it can be controlled by diet but like I said most people would rather take a pill than change their lifestyle and learn about their disease. The longer you can controll diabetes with diet (and that may be all you'll ever need) the better off you will be and you will lower your risk of developing complications. But it's important to learn about the disease and the proper diet. Yes you cut out all carbs and sugars (which is a carb) and you've lost weight and brought your glucose numbers down. But is this a lifestyle you can maintain? For most people the answer is no. Diabetics can basically eat most anything everyone else does......within reason.....but in certain amounts. It's about the balance between carbs, fats, and proteins and the portion of your dietary intake that is made up of each one. That's why a diabetic diet is based on an exchange system. I'm not saying you can have ice cream or cake everyday....no one should. But for a special occassion these items can be factored into your overall intake for that day. Ask your physician to refer you to a diabetic specialist or dietician to help explain the diet and diabetes to you so you understand. A lot of people will say they have cut out all sugar and sweets but their blood sugars are still high. That's because they're eating pastas, rice, bread etc in amounts that are too high. These are all carbs and will make your pancreas work harder and your blood sugar will stay high. So go call your doc and let him know what's going on and get the referral.

  36. QUESTION:
    I am losing body size but not weight?
    For the last several years I have progressively lost body size but not with. I have gone from a size 36pants to size 32 in 5years! Whats worst, my weight has gone up. I am not dieting. All my medical tests (Thyroid, HIV, Diabetes, etc.) so far have been normal. I dont know where else to turn.

    Has this ever happened to anyone?

    What was done to reverse this trend?

    At this rate, I think I am going to disappear in few years!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm... So you have seen a doctor and ask him/her about it?

      I personally have not experienced weight loss like this..
      I hesitate to say it is abnormal weight loss, especially since I am no doctor.

      Have you lost muscle mass?
      You may want to observe your diet and exercise methods, if any at all.

      You might also want to be checked for parasites.. although, if you are gaining weight, this could not be the cause....

      See your doctor. He may put you on a special diet and exercise regimen to monitor you.
      Good luck sir. I am just as stumped as you.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can becoming a Vegan relieve depression and anxiety?
    I have a long list of medical problems and I read where the Vegan diet can be beneficial to me. I read that it can reverse medical problems like Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and prevent a heart attack or stroke. So I have been eating a Vegan diet for over 3 days now and I cannot believe how much better I feel. I suffer from Bipolar Depression and anxiety but now my mind is so calm and peaceful without any medications. I feel energetic instead of depressed and anxious! Is it possible that the Vegan Diet cured my anxiety and depression?

    • ANSWER:
      being promoting studying and applying good nutrition for years just a part of the depression protocol
      do study--but make sure you get enough iron and proper protein --ie study
      what is paramount is to choose your healing route------ carefully-- be really aware that the conventional treatment for this can be horrendous and you can go on for years with no improvement and massive damaging detrimental side effects from meds . Do read this very carefully and try and understand the principles behind what is being said .
      Evaluate all of this info well –this info will save you years of suffering ---years if you apply it ..
      This will educate you on our health care system and its dire limitations
      All treatment recommended by the doctors should be tested and approved and quite rightly so.
      That makes sense right .it costs millions to test and approve treatments because of the possible damage to people..
      Drug companies Fund most research and will only and I mean only look at treatments, which show the promise of good deal of a profit, --they will actively dismiss any therapy which does not have profit potential— thus your doctor will only recommend therapies with profit in them.
      Despite The fact that some of these other therapies mentioned do have overwhelming benefits some, which have saved needless amputations, needless pain and trauma, and much loss of life. Drugs are not the answer for depression with mind altering chemicals or any other mental illness. This is a fundamental principle and unless you grasp this fully –you could /will have years of suffering ahead of you .
      This does not help you though when you are ill and suffering—not hearing about therapies which can help from a person you look up to and trust Have you heard your local doctor recommend, Massage Spiritual healing, Herbs, Light therapy,Colour therapy,the violet ray therapy, Osteopathy, Electrical Frequency devices.
      These therapies will work for many complaints of a so called mental nature
      we have thousands of testimonials and results showing years of successful applications
      Do this and I will guarantee improvements to you inside a day its that simple, of course getting these things in place can be much harder. Each therapy can have a very beneficial influence on you.
      Print this all off save it and enact it and share it --- of course someone to help you get these therapies in your life is invaluable but do not be swayed by them trying for short cuts ….
      1,get someone to massage your back and legs at least 3 times a week use peanut oil or a mix of 50-50 olive and peanut oil.
      2 use the violet ray machine an Edgar Cayce device google search this --- 3 times a week on the other days especially on the spine….we use it every day with very positive results
      3.get a tent sleep out side 3times a week utilising earth energy - nature can help big time especially with how you feel how much energy you have
      4 study and apply good nutrition-- adequate minerals all of them particularly calcium and magnesium iron essential fatty acids omega 3 6 9 protein etc
      5 ensure your thyroid is working well
      7 ensure you do at least I hr per day some kind of voluntary work when you are able..the reasons you are ill , or poor or have allsorts of bad things happen to you is because of karma -----usually from past lives but some from this one –voluntary work will offset your mistakes--- how much it offsets well that is down to god and how much you do. Healing us is in direct proportion to the help we give others ie your healing comes with helping others achieve theirs so if people are doing very little in helping others ---they suffer more and longer...and if they are doing a lot they get well faster....so now you know what to do ,,and like a lot of us are already doing being of service.
      8 be amongst people who are giving, friendly who have time for you who love you , choose your friends well
      9 be or get to a place which personally love or like
      10 get and do some work which you like or love
      11 ensure you do no acts which hurt or inflict on anyone –don’t want to add to your karma do we !!!
      12 spiritual healing yes and reiki -.
      13think good positive thoughts, laughter, look at comedy, play good uplifting music,
      14 avoid at all costs exposure to violence, murders, suffering ,death ,tragedies, -feed upon good things uplifting things, things that feel like a breath of fresh air..
      15 Positive affirmation- that’s right programme your self in the mirror , thoughts are things words are things actions are things , all have influence, few people realise these things can have an effect on themselves .
      16 a detox ------ toxins can influence how you feel big time
      17 hugs get plenty of them in your daily life you would be amazed at how people feel after a few decent hugs….
      18 loads of exercise running walking climbing but something which you enjoy
      19 rid yourselves of all aspartame laden foods and drink

  38. QUESTION:
    Diabetic - Urine in protein?
    My mother has Type-2 diabetes and the doctor had detected small amounts of protein in her urine. I do know that this could be indicative with problems with the kidney. Her levels were 47mg/L - is that a lot / serious? Is there anyway to reverse this, or at least prolong it (meds, diet?)? BTW, already talking to a doctor next week, just wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks,
    BTW, based on internet searches, I was under the impression that level wasn't that particularly high (200mg per 24 hr period assuming 4L of urine daily).

    • ANSWER:
      A single urine dipstick test isn't very informative, but because that result was high, the doctor will probably want to do a 24-hour urine collection to determine to total amount of protein your mother is excreting in a day. If that result is high, there are medications one can use to try to preserve kidney function. You'd want to be very careful to control blood sugar and blood pressure, and he may prescribe angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and/or ACE inhibitors. Some doctors also will prescribe a low-protein diet, but the data on that varies.

  39. QUESTION:
    I don't know what else to do...help?
    I'm having a very difficult time and I need some advice. I keep gaining weight and I'm doing everything I can to lose weight. This has been going on for 2+ years now. When I first started college, I weighed 104 lbs. I was thin and perfect! Since then, I have gained 65 lbs. The only reason I have come up with is because I got the birth control shot. The doc said I could gain weight with it but she didn't tell me it would be that much! It has been 1 year since I've been off the shot. How do I reverse the effects. My family doctor put me on a diet about 6 months ago but it's not helping and I've stuck with it ever day. Here's my diet:
    breakfast: either toast or fruit
    lunch: either a pb&j sandwich or a salad or tuna sandwich with vegetables and fruit
    dinner: chicken or fish with vegetables
    I run 2-4 miles a day after work and my day job is in a warehouse where I move heavy boxes all day.
    I only drink milk and water anymore. I can't remember the last time I had a can of pop. When I was in high school I could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce. Now I eat a carrot and gain 3 pounds. The doc tested me for diabetes and thyroid problems but he said nothing is wrong with me. I never snack. I've become obsessed with losing weight but it's not working. I'm afraid I'll get to the point where I never eat. I'm so disgusted with my body. I've developed terrible stretch marks on my legs and hips from gaining weight so fast. Does anyone know what's going on with me and how I can fix this? I appreciate any advice you could give me! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      i think you need to make sure your having 1200 kcal a day and exercising for at least an hour and you should notice somethink in a couple of weeks if not you should go to a different doctor for another opinion
      good luck
      hope this helps
      xx

  40. QUESTION:
    can someone plz explain this to me?
    Fat kids to be taken from parents
    CHILDREN could be taken away from their parents if they become too fat under a controversial proposal by an Australian doctor.
    With one in four children overweight or obese, Dr Shirley Alexander, from the Children's Hospital at Westmead in New South Wales,
    wants parents to be disciplined in "extreme cases" when their child becomes too overweight.
    Under the proposal, child protection agencies would be called in to seize a child when parents repeatedly failed to address diet problems.
    "We argue that in a sufficiently extreme case, notification of child protection services may be an appropriate professional response," Dr Alexander said.
    In one case, welfare authorities were forced to intervene when a four-year-old girl measured 110cm tall and weighed 40kg.
    The girl watched TV for six hours a day and had tantrums when denied food.
    Dr Alexander said despite the efforts of health workers, a "family-focused" program failed to stop or reverse the child's weight gain.
    She said child protection authorities were notified, and the child was put on a diet and physical activity program that had her losing weight.
    Dr Alexander's report concludes that a doctor is duty bound to "report severe cases of inadequately managed paediatric obesity to the authorities".
    Out of the 100 cases at the obesity clinic at the Children's Hospital, at least two a year are "extreme cases".
    Doctors fear some parents may be neglecting their child's health, placing them at severe risk of death.
    Susie Burrell, paediatric nutritionist at the Children's Hospital, Westmead, said government intervention was needed in only rare cases.
    "We are talking about just one or two cases a year," she said.
    "If a child was perceived at risk then child protection agencies would be called but unfortunately they are under so much pressure and childhood obesity is not deemed acute.
    "We must stress this is in extreme cases where repeated management strategies have failed and a child continues to put on weight."
    Children who are deemed an extreme case often have already developed adult diseases such as heart failure and diabetes.
    Sleep apnoea is also a major concern, which can cause a child to stop breathing and die.
    Dr Alexander's report, in the Medical Journal of Australia, suggests every doctor has a duty to "report severe cases of inadequately managed paediatric obesity to the authorities".
    Last year the Government deemed obesity as a health priority along with heart disease and cancer.
    Every child entering school this year must undergo a health check, measuring their body mass index, an indicator of obesity.

    • ANSWER:
      seems pretty simple their contention is that failing to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your child is a for of neglect.. it is .. in their minds... identicle to if the diet you provided was so bd that the child was subject to say rickets... if Parents maintained such a diet and the kid suffered from rickets i am sure no one would have an issue.. the contention here is that being grossly overweight is just ass much a threat to the childs welfare.

  41. QUESTION:
    Nutrition and health questions?
    1.
    Heart Disease is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.
    A) True
    B) False
    2.
    Obesity only affects adults.
    A) True
    B) False
    3.
    The purpose of glucose in the blood is mainly to transport the sugar to individual cells.
    A) True
    B) False
    4.
    Diagnosing insulin resistance is done with an oral glucose tolerance test.
    A) True
    B) False
    5.
    Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs in some women during pregnancy.
    A) True
    B) False
    6.
    There is no way to reverse the disease process if you have Type 2 diabetes.
    A) True
    B) False
    7.
    Obesity can be associated with which of the following illnesses?
    A) Arthritis
    B) Sleep disturbances
    C) Cancer
    D) All of the above
    8.
    Obese individuals should follow all of the dietary guidelines, which include all of the following EXCEPT?
    A) Eat a diet high in whole grains and fiber.
    B) Avoid eating fruits.
    C) Limit the amount of fats consumed.
    D) Eat a variety of vegetables.
    9.
    It is recommended that children and teens get a minimum of how much exercise?
    A) 15 minutes of exercise per day.
    B) 30 minutes of exercise per day.
    C) 200 minutes of exercise per day.
    D) 60 minutes of exercise per day.
    10.
    For adults, obesity is defined as
    A) Weighing more than you height in inches multiplied by 2.
    B) Being over 200 pounds.
    C) Being at least 20% over one's ideal body weight.
    D) All of the above
    11.
    Which of the following are broken down into glucose that is then used to fuel the body?
    A) Vitamins
    B) Minerals
    C) Carbohydrates
    D) All of the above
    12.
    Which of the following is the CORRECT insulin chain of events?
    A) Food Eaten -> Insulin released by Pancreas -> Insulin binds to Endothelium -> Endothelium releases Nitric Acid -> Blood vessels widen -> Nutrients distributed to individual Cells
    B) Food Eaten -> Nutrients distributed to individual Cells -> Insulin released by Pancreas -> Insulin binds to Endothelium ? Endothelium releases Nitric Acid -> Blood vessels narrow
    C) Food Eaten -> Insulin released by Pancreas -> Endothelium releases Nitric Acid -> Insulin binds to Endothelium -> Blood vessels widen -> Nutrients distributed to individual Cells
    D) Food Eaten -> Insulin released by Pancreas -> Insulin binds to Endothelium ? Blood vessels narrow -> Endothelium releases Nitric Acid -> Nutrients distributed to individual Cells
    13.
    All of the following individuals have insulin resistance. Which individual is making modifications to help reverse insulin resistance?
    A) Pete is reducing his carbohydrate intake to 30-45 grams per meal.
    B) Kate is beginning an exercise program.
    C) Fred is taking a medication prescribed by his doctor.
    D) All of the above
    14.
    Insulin resistance can lead to problems with which of the following?
    A) Blood pressure
    B) The ovaries
    C) Coronary artery disease
    D) All of the above
    15.
    Which of the following describes diabetes mellitus?
    A) It is a condition in which one has persistent hyperglycemia, which is having too much glucose in the blood.
    B) It is a condition in which one has persistent hyperglycemia, which is having too little glucose in the blood.
    C) It is a condition in which one has persistent hypoglycemia, which is having too much glucose in the blood.
    D) It is a condition in which one has persistent hypoglycemia, which is having too little glucose in the blood.
    16.
    All of the following describe Type I diabetes EXCEPT?
    A) Type I diabetes is an auto-immune disease.
    B) Type I diabetics must treat themselves by providing regular insulin injections.
    C) Type I diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
    D) Type I diabetics must balance the amount of insulin given with the food they eat or hypoglycemia can occur.
    17.
    Plaque build up and narrowing of the arteries that increases the risk for a heart attack is known as ______________.
    A) Diabetes mellitus
    B) Coronary artery disease
    C) Hypoglycemia
    D) Insulin-resistance
    18.
    Dan is a diabetic. He is sweating, shaking, and having problems concentrating. What is causing this condition and how can you help treat it?
    A) Hyperglycemia- give him a simple sugar such as orange juice.
    B) Hyperglycemia- give him an insulin injection.
    C) Hypoglycemia- give him a simple sugar such as orange juice.
    D) Hypoglycemia- give him an insulin injection.
    19.
    Initial symptoms of Type 2 diabetes include which of the following?
    A) Fatigue
    B) Intense craving for sweets
    C) Weight gain
    D) All of the above
    20.
    Long term consequences of diabetes include all of the following EXCEPT:
    A) Kidney problems
    B) Improved vision
    C) Heart disease
    D) Nerve damage

    • ANSWER:
      1a
      2b (it affects children also)
      3b (insulin is what delivers glucose to the cells)
      4a
      5a
      6b
      7d
      8b
      9b (could be d)
      10c
      11c
      12c
      13d
      14d
      15b
      16c
      17b
      18a
      19d
      20b

  42. QUESTION:
    What corrections should make to this paragraph?
    In 1987 Judy Pins went under the knife for a procedure to lose weight because she was severely obese. Diet and exercise was not an option for Judy she was just too large. The reason why Judy was overweight was due to an inherited gene in her family and it does not allow the body to digest food as efficiently as a normal body. This is not always the case some people have certain conditions where they gain weight because of medicine they need to take for medicinal purposes, or they developed a condition such as diabetes later on in life and the only way to reverse the effects is to loose weight. Judy made the decision to have bariatric surgery. This is a surgery that limits the amount of food that is ingested by altering the stomach. (National Institute) The first steps Judy took toward getting the surgery was to find out if it would work for her. Was she likely to lose the weight and keep it off over time? And was she aware of the rick factors that are involved? Judy said in our interview “The feeling of fear of going out of the house and everywhere I went there is someone on the corner whispering. It’s obvious that these people were talking and pointing; laughing at the fact that my legs were so enormous I could barley band down to the floor. But I took all of that negative energy and hated myself. The only way for me to feel better and get healthy was to get the surgery. This was heart breaking to hear because almost everyone in the world has poked fun at obese people. Loosing weight is difficult to do. It requires too much effort, time, and sometimes it does not work. There are many Bariatric surgeries that are effective. The three that have changed the lives in many people are Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass, and Biliopancreatic diversion.

    • ANSWER:
      comma after 1987

      period after "case"

      capitalize Some

      need to end your quote

  43. QUESTION:
    type 1 diabetic and type 2 diabetic?
    okay well this has been bugging me for a while and its the fact that if you are an adult and you get type 2 diabetes its totally reversible and it makes me angry because im a type 1 diabetic and if i had the chance to reverse a disease that takes over your life i would in a flash i would diet and exercise to loos the weight and take care of myself and i see everyday people who have type 2 diabetes and they don't care about there health and they're weight and it makes me angry, im going to have this disease for my entire life and there's no way ill be able to just loose weight and not be diabetes and prick my finger 8-9 times a day.

    • ANSWER:
      You have every right to be angry.

      About 90% of people who get Type 2 diabetes can trace the illness back to lifestyle choices they make. But don't judge all of them in one sweep. Some are uneducated about their health (read: prevention), some don't have a weight problem - just bad genetics; some suffer from other conditions: pain, depression, etc. that makes it hard to take better care of oneself. These are NOT excuses, just some possible situations.

      So, how can you put that anger/frustration to use? Can you talk to younger kids? Can you write a speech and present it? Can you help counsel people before they get sick? You teacher, doctor, librarian and local health unit all might have suggestions on how you can contribute.

      Because, let's face it, the anger itself is not necessarily directed at others, but at the fates for leaving you with something you cannot change. The anger is not a healthy on-going emotion and maybe some counselling would help. A chronic illness is not easy to deal with, but the long-term effects of anger are preventable. Find a productive way to channel that energy and I think you will be a happier person.

  44. QUESTION:
    Hair Follicle Miniaturization Reversal?
    I'm 27, and my hair is beginning to thin out above the temples, or in the front corners of the scalp. I can't exactly figure out why. I don't smoke. I am not a heavy drinker. I am not overweight. I have a fairly healthy diet. I eat well, take multivitamins, and vitamin supplements daily. I shampoo, and condition my hair every morning. My brother is older than me, and does not have this same problem. My dad is 57 and still has a full head of hair. I don't take and never did take anabolic steroids. I am not on any type of medications what so ever. I don't have diabetes, and I don't have hypthyroidism as far as I know. I know typically thinning hair is caused by a poor diet, lack of exercise, exposure to toxic chemicals, hereditary changes, certain medications, hormonal changes, stress, and several other stimuli. Is it possible to reverse this thinning of hair in the front corners of my scalp? I am not bald per say in these areas. It just appears that the hair has become noticibly thinner and finer. The follicles are not growing think roots of hair. If so, what can I do to reverse or correct this matter?

    • ANSWER:
      your brother and your probly have different types of hair so don't compare him to you and don't shampoo and condition your hair daily and make sure you have a good shampoo and conditioner

  45. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my cat?
    Kiwi is only seven years old but she's losing a lot of fur and weight. She's always had weight problems, but we stopped her diet when she started to lose fur, too. She has nothing to be stressed over. There were no changes that would have caused it. I've considered food allergies and diabetes, but we can't afford a trip to the vet and I'm worried.

    There haven't been many behavioral changes, just that she's -slightly- less social...

    Anyways, any other ideas? And if so, is there any way for me to reverse the damage?
    Thank you everyone for your answers so far. They are all greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You should absolutely go see the vet when you can.

      In the meantime, switch to good food, to provide the right nutrition and hydration. This could solve the problems, even if it has diabetes, good diet can do wonders!

      Don't feed dry, cats become chronically dehydrated on dry even if water is available and this leads to kidney disease, UTI and renal failure.

      Go for all wet diet, grain-free. Read the label and learn what the ingredients mean. Some good brands are Wellness, EVo, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo and more.

      Here are some links on cat nutrition where you can find all the reasons why to feed or not feed certain types of foods to keep your cat healthy.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    Diabetic cat weight gain. VERY concerned.?
    My little female Russian blue mix 13-year-old spayed cat, who had to be encouraged to eat and tended to be low weight, became diabetic last November. She is on insulin injections twice daily. She is sedentary, though I do plan on taking her outside on a leash while I putter in the flower beds, etc. She is playful and fun. Her optimal weight is 9 lb 2 oz, but she has ballooned to over 11 pounds and doesn't seem to want to top out. I have reduced her caloric intake. I feed Merrick low glycemic index foods, flavors ranging from 140 to 160 kcal/can, one can daily, plus a tablespoon of grain-free, weight management, senior, kibble, and occasionally a half tablespoon of cat tuna. Restricting her caloric intake has not slowed her weight gain! I really love this delightful little spirit and I am terribly worried about this weight thing. I need to get her runaway gaining to stop, and then reverse. She is like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, always begging for food, and I simply force her to fast between meals and have limited her intake. I am reluctant to feed a prescription diet, because the ingredients of the prescription foods are not as good as Merrick. I do not buy into the Wysong philosophy of lots of protein and high fat. I do give her bits of raw meat from time to time, but I am not a devotee of the raw foods philosophy as a solution to diabetes. I have a wonderful veterinary clinic, but there are problems there, and I'm considering taking her to a clinic that specializes in cats. Her fructosamines are good, but this weight thing has aged her, slowed her down, and it will kill her. I would really appreciate input/responses from folks in the Answers community who are veterinary professionals or who have a beloved furball with whom they have had a similar problem. HELP! I'm very concerned.

    Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      I treated my own cat for diabetes for seven years, then took in four additional diabetic cats to foster.

      First off, what are you giving for insulin, and are you testing her?

      you don't mention what you are doing to treat her diabetes. most vets go right to injections, but some start out with pills, and some start out with a diet change (btw, do NOT feed prescription food, it is too high in carbohydrates to be healthy - for more on diet check out http://www.catinfo.org and http://www.felinediabetes.com - and forums there are VERY active with owners who have treated their diabetic cats for years)

      If you are not home testing her blood sugar levels (using a human glucometer and pricking her ear to get a blood sample - a lot easier then you would initially think) then there is a darn good chance you are giving her too much insulin. Because of this her blood sugar could be dropping very low causing her to be very hungry in response to trying to increase her sugar levels. A fructosamine will only give you an average over time so if she is dropping very low then rebounding very high, it wouldn't show that... but daily testing at home will. Generally I will test each morning before injecting and the same before the evening meal. When I am unsure of how the cat is responding to insulin I will do a "curve" and test every two hours (your vet does this too, but it is not as accurate as what you can do because cats are often stressed at the vet and as a result their blood sugar levels are higher)

      I can not recommend highly enough that you go to the feline diabetes website and sign up for the forums. So many wonderfully helpful people there can give you interactive advise to help you understand FD (feline diabetes) to help you treat your kitty more aggressively and get her blood sugars under control. Once you do her appetite should return to normal.

      And while I completely understand you concern about the weight gain, it is much more desirable for her to gain weight then to lose it while you are still trying to figure this sugar dance out.

  47. QUESTION:
    Hippocrates "let your food be your medicine"?
    Many great minds in history were vegetarian.
    There is a connection between our digestive tracts and our mental well-being. The connection lies in what some call the 'enteric' and the central nervous systems. Stating our bodies have two nervous systems, both affected by our food.

    Now, aside from our mental well-being, there are the cases of people who have become vegetarian after being diagnosed with lifelong diseases, and were able to reverse the condition and in many such cases, cure themselves, such as diabetes and cancer.

    Not to mention most centenarians were and are vegetarians and usually only eat/ate natural foods.
    Early communities who believed in such strict diets and work/exercise were the Pythagorans, Essenes and Therapeutae to name a few, often reaching ages older than our modern super-centenarians.

    Why, then, Doctors only receive about 10-12 hours of these nutritional courses, learning instead, to cover our symptoms, thus creating new ones?

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors are only the mechanics of the human body. They fix what is wrong.

      However, nutritionists are specialized in preventive measures.

      BTW, where did you hear that they only receive limited training?

  48. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me reword this?
    This is the first part of my introduction paragraph for my term paper. I was wondering if there were any suggestions someone could give me. Is there anything that sounds strange? Are there certain sentences that can be made longer in any way?

    Heart disease. Diabetes. High blood pressure. Arthritis. These are few of the complications that result from obesity. There are, however, ways to reverse to effects of obesity. Weight loss can be attained through many different means. Many assorted diets are existent. Exercise plans can help get one’s body into shape. An overweight person may receive a prescription from his or her doctor for weight loss medication. There are even various surgeries available.......

    And thank you in advance; any outsider's opinion could help me greatly.

    • ANSWER:
      Just give it to 'em straight baby. Drop it like this:
      "You fat pathetic basterd! Are you eating again? Stop eating you fat pig. Don't you know ur gonna eat ur dum azz to death? You must be on a seafood diet because when you see food you eat it! You not really fat you just got a weight problem...you can't wait to eat.........."

  49. QUESTION:
    Is type 2 diabetes inevitable for me?
    I'm 16, Male, and Caucasian. My weight fluctuates from 231-238. I used to have at least three or four soda's a day (by "used to", I mean about a month ago). And lots of other sugary food. I get almost no exercise. Basically, I'm the quintessential person on the road to diabetes. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I was also told that because of the amount of damage I've already done to myself it's basically inevitable that I get type 2 diabetes at some point. Is this true? I believe what the doctor said, but I'm a bit skeptical about that information seeing as many people have reversed their type 2 diabetes once they already got it. I'm trying to change my diet and eat better, although I'm not planning to eliminate sugar entirely. So, as long as I eat like a normal person is it possible I won't ever get it? It doesn't run in our family by the way.
    Tabea, I didn't get any helpful answers at all. All I'm asking is whether or not it's inevitable that I get it. I'm thankful for the answers but none of them are actually answering the question.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not in the least inevitable that you will get it, no more than it is that I will get hypertension because it runs in my family ( I just watch my risk factors)
      You are aware you are at increased risk and you are taking steps to reduce that risk. Keep on going and your risk of getting it will fall by the day.

      Sometimes doctors use the scare tactics to make you really aware that you could develop the disease.
      Keep on with your diet changes and add some exercise.

      Hope that helps

  50. QUESTION:
    I'm 22 yrs old and 104 lbs but my doctor says that I'm pre-diabetic :( ?
    type II diabetes :(
    i had a blood test done for fasting insulin . the normal range is supposed to be between 5 and 11 and mine was 31 !!
    i do have a major sweet tooth. i ,love carbs too. i can eat a whole chocolate cake or a whole pizza or half a tub of ice cream at one time. i usually eat froot loops or cocoa pops for breakfast and lots of candy bars during the day. my mom makes dinner (the only healthy meal). i also get no exercise whatsoever... im the laziest person i know.. i always thought i was pretty healthy because i was skinny. but i do have some diabetic symptoms.. i feel tired most of the time, i get dizzy if i skip a meal, i have to pee half an hour after i drink a glass of water.. but apprently i dont have diabetes yet because my blood sugars are normal. i have a family history of it . three out of four of my grandparents have it... so is there anything i can do to reverse insulin resistance? will diet and exercise be enough? will i get diabetes no matter what i do? because im already pre-diabteic. how can i stop it? if i dont do anything about it, when will i get diabetes? will i need medication? help !!!!
    thank you so much in advance, appreciate it :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, an interesting scenario. Type II Diabetes does seem to show some genetic tendencies to develop the disease, although it can show up in a lot of people regardless of family history. Your weight and age would tend to make it unlikely that you're going to have any problems with it at such a young age. However, your diet certainly doesn't sound very healthy, and that could be contributing something to your problems. I won't bore you with a long dissertation on what you SHOULD be eating, but suffice it to say that a diet of cocoa pops and chocolate cake is a pretty unbalanced diet. Lack of exercise can be a big factor, too. You don't have to go out and take up olympic track and field events, but you really need to get out and start becoming a little more physically active, and not simply to reduce your risk of Type II Diabetes, but also for cardiovascular health and overall well-being.. Long walks are good, and so is any non-competitive sport that gets your heart pumped up several times per week. Bicycling can be useful, and learning to take the stairs at work rather than the elevator can help, too. With a high carbohydrate diet and lack of exercise, you are unlikely to remain at your current weight for long, and you will probably see your weight start to creep up... and up... and up.... and at some point, you probably will develop full-blown Type II Diabetes if you allow your weight to climb. If you make some modest lifestyle changes now, watch your diet, get some regular exercise and control your weight, you should greatly reduce your risk of Type II Diabetes at a later age.


Diet To Lower Blood Sugar Levels

What is blood sugar?

Before listing out the tips on how to lower Blood Sugar, one must be acquainted with what actually High Blood Sugar means. It is precisely defined as an elevated level of the sugar glucose in blood otherwise phrased as 'the spillage of glucose into the urine (glucosuria) converting the urine sugary.

Your blood sugar is regulated by your body but it cannot do the job without some help from you. The types of foods you eat play a big part in the level of your blood sugar. Some foods help to lower the levels. Others enter the bloodstream faster, thus raising sugar levels. The pancreas produces insulin and high-gylcemic foods make it have to work harder to produce the insulin your body needs.

The following tips should help you to maintain a normal sugar level and cut down on the threat of developing diabetes.

1) The number one way you can lower your blood sugar is by eating the right foods. The types that are digested slower help to maintain good sugar levels such as fruits - apples, oranges, pears - vegetables such as - peas, zucchini - and grains such as - oatmeal, barley, granola.

Even if you already have diabetes, these foods can help you to keep it under control. Because diabetes, when uncontrolled can cause circulation problems as well as other problems, there should be an ongoing regimen to stay as healthy as possible.

2) Exercise is another way you can control blood sugar levels. If you exercise in the morning before eating this can lower your glucose just about as well as medication. The alternative to medicines to regulate blood sugar can be exercise is it is maintained on a regular basis. Not only is it beneficial in this way but losing weight and keeping a healthy weight can reduce the incidence of diabetes.

3) Eating four to five small meals a day rather than three large meals will also help to lower your blood sugar.

4) Avoid drinking a lot of soft drinks because they are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Many people drink six and eight soft drinks a day. One 12 ounce soft drink contains 11 teaspoons of sugar. This is eventually going to cause a problem.

5) Before taking over the counter drugs always read the ingredients and what effects they may have on you. Many times these types of drugs can cause an increase in blood sugar levels.

6) Find out why your blood sugar levels are high. This can differ from individual to individual and you need to know the specific reasons for your high levels. This can help you to know what to do to lower them. Stress is one situation that can cause higher levels. If your blood sugar level is high due to stress you need to make some changes in your lifestyle.

As well as eating healthy, there are certain foods that you should not eat. Foods such as potatoes, pasta , and foods that are high in carbohydrates should be avoided. Because the body turns carbohydrates to sugar this will add more sugar to your diet. Lowering the intake of carbohydrates will help you to lower your blood sugar. This is not to say you cannot have carbohydrates at all. But you should eat foods that are low in carbohydrates such as chicken, seafood, and turkey. Certain vegetables are also low such as broccoli, asparagus, and greens. Salad ingredients are also another way of getting the vitamins you need while still eating a low carbohydrate diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have been Type II diabetic for 8 years. Can I control my blood sugar levels with diet and exercise, alone?
    I take Glucovance and occassionally took Avandia. Headlines , today, said that 43% of those taking Avandia have significant heart problems. I am on a low carb diet and have lost weight. I exercise moderately yet nothing I seem to do stabilizes my blood sugar levels. My range stays between 80 and 170 with some lows and highs in the dangerous range(45&365). Any resources or personal experiences would help me out.

    • ANSWER:
      This is hard to answer. Even on the medication, you say your blood sugars are getting out of control occasionally. Your diet and exercise seem to be good and stable. The truth is, no matter whether you are on medication or not, you are still going to have some highs and lows. The purpose of medications like Glucovance is to increase insulin production. There are tests your doctor can do that can determine the levels of insulin you are producing and see if these medications are helping. The best advice I can give you is to speak to your doctor about it. He is the one who can advise you about what may be best for your health. I have read that both Glucovance and Avandia can have dangerous complications, so maybe there are some different medications you can try. I would honestly just ask your doctor if it would be safe to try being off your medications for a period of 2-3 months and seeing how you do. Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar levels lower, feel horrible. How Long?
    I was recently diagnosed with type 2. I am sure that I was a consistant high 200's before. I took some meds which brought it in the high 90's to low 100's. I had all the symptoms of low blood sugar. Even now, at 150 I have those feelings, dizzy, etc. How long does it take the body to adjust to lower levels. The doctor said they like to bring it down slow, but mine came down in a week, and they are letting me try with diet only. I am trying to do what is right, but I feel horrible, can't concentrate at times. I know it is an adjustment, but, how long?

    • ANSWER:
      Something to consider - sometimes it's not the highs or lows themselves that you feel sick from. Sometimes it's having about the same levels, then swinging quite a bit higher or lower than that. Or jumping down very quickly (a week is very fast). Unfortunately, can't tell you how long it will take to feel better - but at least in the meantime you can take comfort in knowing you are healthier and liable to live longer. And, this definitely won't last forever - your physical as well as emotional body will adjust - probably fairly quickly all things considered.
      (I answered your other question too - might be more info. there that could help).

      Good luck! (:

  3. QUESTION:
    would routine and sound sleep pattern help to lower blood sugar level?
    i am not on any sugar control medication, but I have noted that my blood sugar level is always the lowest in the morning despite being a very active person and vigorously controlling my diet, the sugar level increases progressively during day time

    • ANSWER:
      Since stress causes a rise in blood sugar, and lack of sleep causes stress levels to increase, the answer would be... probably so.

      Simply "controlling" your diet may not be enough. Are you getting between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams of potassium from natural sources a day? Are you getting plenty of vitamin D? What about all the other nutrients?

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Drinking Plenty Of Water Help Lower/Flush High Blood Sugar Levels?
    Or do I still have to work with proper diet and exercise? I am still new about the way diabetes works, I know the pancreas plays a part.I am not on medications yet. Thanks for positive input
    No thumbs here....Peace All

    • ANSWER:
      Staying hydrated is a key to staying healthy. If you have excess sugars, then the kidneys can flush the excessive amounts of sugars along with other toxins from the body.

      The key is to start making effective diet changes. You might want to read both of these books, they explain a lot about how the body works, and simple diet changes that will help you out.

      Dr. Barnard's program for reversing diabetes.

      The PH Miracle for Diabetes. By Dr. Young

      Both say that diet change allows controlled group patients to reduce medication by 50% and lose weight too.

      Best of luck to you,

      Happy New Year !

  5. QUESTION:
    blood sugar levels 70 at 34+6 weeks pregnant?
    I have gestational diabetes and I've been trying to watch my sugar levels with diet and exercise so that I don't have to take pills or insulin. I just got back from the gym, I go three times a week and I took my blood and it was 70, is that okay or is it to low?

    • ANSWER:
      were you having symptoms? since you posted this yesterday, i would assume you already have it under control again. 70 isn't really too low since you just got done working out. i would suggest that next time you go to work out, do it right after eating and take some hard candy with you in case your glucose level drops and you start getting symptoms (shakey, light headed, dizzy, sweaty....).

  6. QUESTION:
    Diet and sugar levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes! i don't have a diet as yet, because they want a three month study on blood sugar levels. Well, that is all well and good, but what am I supposed to do when my sugar level are high?
    I know that for low sugar, orange juice, or something sweet! but how do you bring a high blood sugar down?
    I test three times a day, and it seems to be the highest at night 2 hours after a meal.
    I have been looking on the net for low carb and low calorie foods, but I feel so overwhelmed!, and helpless!
    My first appointment is not for another two weeks!
    Is there something else I should be doing until then?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have Type 2 Diabetes, the best thing you can do to control your disease is to maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, losing weight can help your blood glucose levels to be lower overall.

      Concentrate on developing a balanced diet and avoid highly processed, refined foods that have little nutritional value. This means limiting most "junk foods", baked goods, chips, soda, white bread, etc.
      Every day, try to eat 2 servings of fruit and 3-4 servings of vegetables. Fruits and veggies that are close to their natural state are better (for example, eating an apple is better than drinking apple juice, as the apple has fiber and trace nutrients that the juice does not supply). Choose high quality sources of lean protein such as chicken, fish, low fat dairy and eggs (red meat is OK too once in a while, not every day). Make sure your carbohydrates are whole grain (for example, brown rice instead of white rice, 100% whole wheat bread, oatmeal, whole grain cereals) and that your serving sizes are modest (a serving of rice is 1/3 cup cooked rice, not a whole plateful!) Add small amounts of high quality fats such as olive oil, avacado, nuts and seeds. Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitician - this is very helpful is assisting you to learn about portion control.

      Also, engage in regular activity every day. Start with 20-30 minutes of walking per day - you'll be very surprised how much this will help with weight loss and maintaining good glucose levels.

      Focus on small changes and think moderation, not deprivation. If you want dessert have it, but have a bite or two, not a huge portion. If you want some potato chips, have a small handful, not a whole bag. Eat out at restaurants if you want to, but stay away from places that serve huge portions.

      You can make a tremendous impact on your health by making a few small changes. Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    Will a fiber rich diet bring blood sugar back down from 270?
    My best friend was just diagosed with Type 2 Diabetes (today) and spent the day in the ER (blood sugar was up at 585 and stabalized at 270). He knows he needs to have 145 or lower to be within acceptable limits. But after nearly 10 hours on an insulin IV his sugar level stayed at the 270 marker. He hasn't eaten all day ( got there aroun 4:00am).

    • ANSWER:
      When your friend is stablized , her's what must be done to keep glucose levels in control:
      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.Also never ever take Onglyza or Januvia . They can can inhibit the bodys immune system and let cancer spread.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      And 145 is not acceptable. Below 100 is acceptable for a diabetic.
      With the above he will get their. Don't forget to remember what I said about the Killer drugs.

      Take care

      TIN

  8. QUESTION:
    Can stress effect blood sugar levels?
    I'm pre diabetic and have frequent issues with low blood sugar when I don't follow a diabetic diet or eat on time. Yesterday I was witness to a violent crime. I got away and called the police, but immediately afterward, I got a low blood sugar attack despite the fact that I had been eating well that day. Just wondering if there was a connection between stress and blood sugar levels. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      stress has a huge affect on blood sugar. Stress is basically the fight-or-flight response, and initially it will make you spike your blood sugar for an energy boost, and then you will have a big drop in your blood sugar level. if you are a women, menstruation also affects blood sugar levels, and so does how much sleep you get. I wish you luck with your diabettes controll. If the low blood sugar spells get too bad, you might consider going on a low dose of metformin. It really helped me a TON

  9. QUESTION:
    How to keep my blood sugar levels up?
    Whenever i try and go on a diet i get all ill and dizzy and now i think its because my blood sugar drops really low so then of course i just seem to give up on my diet and eat chocolate lol cause after i eat chocolate im fine again.

    So what can i eat to keep it up? I eat quite alot of fruit but it doesnt seem to work ?

    • ANSWER:
      If your blood glucose level drops you will crave carbohydrates and that will make it very difficult to stay on a diet. You may have hypoglycemia. Eating according to the principles of the "Zone diet" will help a lot. Mostly that means eating frequently and eating a good balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates, always together. If you eat fruit with nothing else, your snack will lack protein and fat, so the fructose could cause a blood sugar spike, a reactive surge of insulin and a resulting crash of your glucose level. Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Question about blood sugar levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes. My fasting blood sugar was 315. My doctor wanted to put me on some medication, but the pills she prescribed would cost me over 0 per month, which I can not afford. She said the only other option for me would be insulin, which at 32 years old, I absolutely do not want to be dependent on for the rest of my life. I spoke with some members of my family and my husband's family that have diabetes, and they all agree that insulin is not a good option for me.

    I have heard that exercising, changing my diet to a low sugar / low carb diet, and losing weight can actually make my diabetes reverse itself. I would like to try losing weight and changing my diet to bring down my blood sugar levels. Eating very little carbs & drinking lots of water has brought down my average blood sugar to 215 when fasting - around 300 after a complete meal. Sometimes after meals, if I can not exercise because of long hours at my desk job, my blood sugar will raise to as high as 380 or so, but most times it is 300 or less. My concern is whether this can be harmful to my body to have blood sugars levels of 215-350 on an every day basis while I try to get my diabetes under control? And what kind of harm can this do to my body? I really want to try to beat this on my own if possible, but I am scared to have high blood sugar on a daily basis while I try to undo the damage I have already done to my body by being overweight & not taking care of myself properly. Thanks for any advice & info.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood sugar that high on a regular basis can be very damaging to your body. Levels over 140 mg/dL contribute to diabetic complications and you're essentially double that all day, every day. I credit you for wanting to lose weight and adhere to a strict diet, but unfortunately you can't get your blood sugar down to a healthy range on your own. Don't feel ashamed or defeated. Insulin and oral medications are not a failure. They're going to help us live a very long time hopefully.

      I don't know where you live, but in the United States, Metformin--the most commonly prescribed diabetic drug--costs per month at Target and Wal-Mart pharmacies. I suspect your doctor prescribed you something other than Metformin because she believes that Metformin won't be enough to get your blood sugar under control. Metformin, unlike a lot of other diabetic drugs, does not stimulate your pancreas to produce more insulin. Metformin reduces the amount of glucose your liver releases and makes you more sensitive to the insulin you make. Thus, if you are very insulin deficient, Metformin probably won't be enough. And with an FBG of 315 mg/dL, that might be what she thinks. I always think Metformin is worth a try, though, because of the low incidence of serious side effects and hypoglycemia.

      Also, I know diabetics who had fasting levels as high or higher than yours who controlled blood sugar only on Metformin. My random blood sugar (non-fasting) when I was diagnosed was in the mid-300s, but I'm only on Metformin. My fasting blood sugar now ranges from 70-95 every day. It's possible on a low-carbohydrate diet. I strongly suggest you make another appointment ASAP and demand Metformin. You have nothing to lose even if Metformin doesn't work. Plus, Metformin sometimes helps with weight loss.

      Finally, I encourage you to lose weight and try to go off medication or insulin one day. I do want to caution you about the word "reversal." I have lost nearly 100 pounds since my diagnosis and I am still very much diabetic. My doctor promised me cures if only I could get the fat off because I was so young (late 20s) and otherwise in good health. Now, don't get me wrong - blood sugar control has gotten easier and I have been able to reduce my medication. There's no cure in sight, though. By the time blood sugar gets up as high as yours and mine, the pancreas has already lost a lot of function. We could get down to a perfect weight and possibly still not have enough function to control blood sugar without meds. And even if we could, we'd probably need to stay on a low-carbohydrate diet for life, which I'd be more than happy to do if it meant going off medication. I want you to strive for a goal, but I don't want you to get your hopes up about a cure that's just not going to happen. I've never known a diabetic to become cured through weight loss. I have known MANY diabetics who have lost weight, gone off meds, and controlled blood sugar through diet and exercise. That's management, not reversal, but it's something that I would love to have one day. And probably you would, too. So, all the best, and I hope your doctor signs off on the Metformin.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for low blood sugar level than normal . what diet to boost the glucose level normal?
    what is normal level of glucose in blood

    • ANSWER:
      this is an issue that a doc needs to check.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why are women with Gestational Diabetes expected to keep their blood sugar levels lower than non-diabetics?
    For instance, I have researched that a regular non-diabetic person is expected to have a fasting blood glucose level between 70-126 (3.8 - 7.0) and a 2 hour post meal reading between 126-180 (7.0 - 10.0). However a women diagnosed with GD (a faulty system of testing in my opinion) must maintain a fasting reading of 95 (5.3) and a 2 hour reading of 120 (6.7). Is my research on regular non-diabetic readings false or is something wonky going on here? Also worth mentioning, I was diagnosed with this in my last pregnancy, never changed my diet but never tested over either during any of my 4-times-a-day pricks. Any thoughts/facts appreciated, just not those who take a doctor's word as gospel....looking for people who think for themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep it lower because you need a cushion of safety--having a high glucose level damages your organs and tissues, and your baby's organs and tissues, permanently. Plus, while you can be sure that a person without diabetes will quickly be able to lower their glucose after eating, so time at high-normal will be brief, people with diabetes don't have the same guarantee. Plus, having a high glucose level for prolonged periods of time while pregnant can permanently mess up your child's metabolism. They can end up with extra sensitivity to glucose, and insensitivity to insulin, making them more disposed to get diabetes at a younger age. The thing you have to understand is that even diabetics who religiously follow all the rules still end up with all kinds of problems and damage, because it really is that dangerous to have high glucose.

  13. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when blood sugar levels are higher in the morning than at bed time?
    my blood sugar is typically slightly higher in the morning than at bed time. But it runs between low 90's to 120 consistently since I started a low carb diet

    • ANSWER:
      You could be experiencing the Dawn phenomenon.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I get my blood sugar to go down?
    I have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetis and was put on a special low carb diet. I have to check my blood sugar levels 5 times a day. My levels still seem to stay higher than they should. Is there anything I can do to get my levels down so that I don't have to take insullin shots (I hate needles). I haven't even been eating as much carbs as they have allowed me to and my levels don't seem to be coming down .

    • ANSWER:
      Please check your physician/dietitian or both before you change ur diet. You can do a little bit of walking around just to burn a little sugar. Eat small meals at intervals than a large meal. You could use cinnamon, it regulates the digestion and sugar absorption. Drink a lot of water. Hope it helps. Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar levels? Mine was 38 at about 2pm today.?
    I will occasionally have low blood sugar although I have not been diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Today I started feeling bad and everything started to go dark, my ears closed up like I was under water. I took my sugar (my mom is diabetic and gave me an extra checker) and it was 38. I have checked online and can't find a chart of what levels should be. This was about 2pm today that it happened. I typically can drink something and it will go back up. I still feel weak from it though and that is not normally how I feel after it gets better. I have been on a no sugar/low carb diet for about 2 years now. My husband thinks I should go to the doctor, but I don't want to have to go just for them to tell me that nothing is wrong and then i'm out 25 bucks. Just wondered what everyone else's experience is with low blood sugar and if 38 is a low number for 2pm.

    • ANSWER:
      Here what you need to do :
      Hypoglycemia Symptoms
      Because epinephrine, one of the hormones that is activated by hypoglycemia, comes from the central nervous system, the majority of early symptoms of hypoglycemia are related to the nervous system.
      Common symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:
      Trembling
      Clamminess
      Palpitations
      Anxiety
      Sweating
      Hunger

      Because the brain is deprived of glucose, a second set of symptoms follows:
      Difficulty in thinking
      Confusion
      Headache
      Seizures
      Coma
      Ultimately, death

      Eating every 4-6 hours is important to prevent hypoglycemia.
      Be adventurous and try something new to liven up your snacks between meals!
      Each of the following counts as one starch:

      One small apple, orange, peach, pear, nectarine, or tangerine
      Eight animal crackers
      Four medium fresh apricots or seven dried halves
      1/2 of a banana rolled with 2-tablespoons Grape Nuts cereal
      1 cup cubed cantaloupe
      Twelve Bing cherries
      Two chocolate mousse bars (Weight Watchers)
      1/2 cup chow mein noodles
      Two sugar-free fudgesicles
      Three gingersnaps
      36 Goldfish (adds 1 fat serving)
      Three graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
      1/2 low-fat granola bar
      15 grapes
      ½ cup fruit juice
      Five slices melba toast
      1 cup skim milk
      Three peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Two small plums
      24 oyster crackers
      3 cups popcorn (popped by hot air, or low-fat microwave)
      1 slice of angel food cake
      1 sugar-free pudding snack cup
      Three dried pitted prunes
      15 fat-free potato or tortilla chips
      3/4 ounce pretzels
      2 tablespoons raisins
      Two rice cakes (4" diameter)
      1 regular Jell-o snack cup
      Seven Ritz crackers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six saltine crackers
      ½ cup canned fruit
      15 Teddy Grahams (adds 1 fat serving)
      Five reduced-fat Triscuits
      Six Vanilla Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      Six Waverly Wafers (adds 1 fat serving)
      12 Original Wheat Thins (adds 1 fat serving)
      13 Reduced-fat Wheat Thins (adds 1/2 fat serving)
      1 cup nonfat fruit-flavored yogurt (sweetened with sugar substitute)
      1/2 cup of sherbet or I Can't Believe It's Yogurt or TCBY frozen yogurt

      By the way you are Hypoglycemic

      Tin

  16. QUESTION:
    low blood sugar levels? but i dont have diabetes? is there anything i should do? should i increase sugar?
    i recently had a blood test which ruled out anything serious, but the doctor said i do have pretty low blood sugar levels.

    i have to go back for another test, but does this mean i need to like add more sugar to my diet? i recently cut out A LOT in my tea and coffee e.t.c, do you think this could be my body reacting to it? would it be better to still have the odd sugar in my tea? i dont understand it...and i dont have time to go back for another blood test till a couple of weeks.

    do you have any advice, or do you suffer from it? any help would be greatly appreciated, as i often feel weak and tired. is there partiuclar foods i should eat?

    • ANSWER:
      If your blood glucose is low you may be suffering from hypoglycemia. Eat in small portions and 6 times a day this will you in reducing the problem
      for more on low blood sugar visit my blog
      http://diabetes-abc.blogspot.com

  17. QUESTION:
    Why is my blood sugar levels dropping so quickly?
    My mother has type 2 diabetes, but I do not. We recently both went a low GI diet (making sure to eat enough calories though), and my mother's blood sugar levels stabilised better than they have in a long while. Mine, however, kept dropping rather quickly to just below 4mmol/67md/dL. I started to shake and became very tired, even after I tried eating some fruit to bring the level back up. My diet until recently has been terrible (mostly high GI carbs, little meat, and little veg). Is my body just rebelling the new low GI diet or should I go see a doctor? I've been doing it for four days now.

    • ANSWER:
      You should go back to your doctor and let him help you know how much and what you need to be eating. You can get the feeling of too low bs even if in a normal range if it drops too suddenly, which sounds as if that is what it has done.

      A good diet program is portion control, fresh fruits for snacks for a non-diabetic. You need to eat more of proper foods at meal times rather than diet as your mother is doing then playing the game of trying to raise your level.

  18. QUESTION:
    Ways to lower my blood sugar level?
    Is there maybe certain foods or anything I can eat?
    Or is there certain foods I should avoid?

    I am pregnant, and just failed a one hour glucose test. Because my blood sugar level was 161. So now I am trying to see if there is any way to get control of my blood sugar before I go back for a retest. Or at least see if my change in diet make any difference with my blood test results.

    I will be fasting before going for the glucose test.
    I am not going to do anything drastic. I just want to do a better job of choosing better foods for this pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      omg some of this advice is ridiculous!!! (apparently some people dont know how to handle diabetes).

      First off if you do indeed have diabetes no food will help you on the 3 hour glucose test because you will be fasting. Im saying this first hand because the night before i limited my carbs (yes carbs is what turns into sugar and affects your glucose levels) and it didnt make a difference i still failed the test.

      Being diabetic during pregnancy is not the end of world everything will be fine. Im saying this as if you already do have diabetes because 163 is high. It is supposed to be under 140. My one hour was 150. and my 3 hour glucose test came out a little bit worse because they load you up with more glucose than the first test.

      What will probably happen is they will refer you to a diabetes councelor and come up with a diet plan. They change your diet first before putting you on any medication because sometimes woman can control their diabetes by just a simple diet change. I have controlled it through the whole day but only have to take medication at night. You will be testing your blood roughly 4-8 times a day and your baby will also be monitored more closely. An ultrasound every 4 weeks is norm. to check the size of the baby and see the growth.

      My diet plan consists of 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day.
      The meals are limited to 45 carbs per meal
      and 15-20 carbs per snack
      This all totals about 2000 calories a day give or take

      An example for breakfast is and egg sandwich with 2 eggs, with 2 slices of whole wheat bread and an apple with peanut butter.

      snack:yogurt and a handful of nuts

      Lunch:grilled chicken salad with vinigarette and a cup of rice

      snack: plum with a boiled egg

      Dinner: Hamburger patty with cheese on top, cup of rice or pasta, tomato wedges, and broccoli with little butter.

      Snack:half a grilled cheese sandwich and 1/2 cup of watermelon.

  19. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar Levels?
    I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I went on Avandamet for a week and it dropped my levels to low. I was light headed, dizzy, etc. I went to the doc, and asked if I could try and manage my levels without meds, but diet, they are giving me 30 days to try and do that. This morning I was at 153 upon waking. I feel a little dizzy etc. I think that my body was used to the high 200's. How long does it usually take for your body to get used to the lower levels. I feel good at around 170-180, I know I need to get those down, but how long should I give it. Any help here, is very appreciated. I do not want to be on Meds. I want to do this myself. I also have a cold, would this have anything to do with higher sugar levels? I just know nothing about it.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      - Any time a diabetic is sick, it can affect blood sugar levels, either high or low. And while you're sick, your reactions to highs and lows may be more dramatic.
      - It has taken me years to get used to highs and lows. I can pretty accurately predict at this point what my levels are. Don't get me wrong - I am NOT saying to not test - but at some point if you are paying attention and your levels are under control, it is possible to know when they aren't.
      - It took my husby about three months to get used to being "normal" levels - under 120 fasting and 80-120 other times. He was in the 300s when diagnosed with Type II. I am Type II also, and I don't remember how long it took me as that was over sixteen years ago. My understanding is everyone varies on this. It can be rough to get used to, but well worth it for long-term health and happiness.
      - Good for you for trying diet first. Your lifestyle change is the most important. You might want to add exercise to that too with your doctor's approval - losing weight sometimes helps, but only with a doc's approval and supervision. On the other hand, if you need to take meds, you need it - it's far from the end of the world. While pregnant I had to be on insulin, and I'd prefer the pills any day (also do diet and exercise, which normally keeps things in kilter now but there was a time of over six years when it didn't and I needed the meds).
      - The time you should give it to get your levels down is whatever time frame your doctor advises. Get a second opinion if you will feel more comfortable, but be aware that the biggest issue is your health.
      - Lows can be dangerous, too. It's very wise of you to listen to your body and be uncomfortable with low blood sugar. Just keep in mind, another medication may not do that if diet alone doesn't work. And it oftentimes can take longer than a week to stabilize - it depends on the medication.
      - With diet, just so you're aware, you can do not only exchange list but also or instead of, glycemic index (newer research). Go with what your doc recommends and you feel most comfortable with - as long as it's reducing your levels.
      - Kudos for testing by the way - it's hard for many new diabetics to get used to doing this consistently. Keep it up! (:

      Good luck! (:

  20. QUESTION:
    Does frequent excerise lower high blood sugar?
    My doc said my blood sugar is just slightly high. I am a 20 year old male. I don't want to treat my diet like I have diabetes if I don't have to, so I'm looking for some simple ways to get it back down to the normal level. He said it was just a few points above normal at my physical in May. So far I have been eating vegetables and whole grains every day and have been avoiding white breads and deserts as much as possible.

    Will excerising more frequently actually lower my blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      It will.

  21. QUESTION:
    Diabetes... Vanadium, is it safe? Does it lower blood sugar?...?
    This question has a few different parts/questions to it. Please only respond if you have diabetes and deal with lowering your own blood sugar.

    My mom is almost 60 years old. She has diabetes, and her blood sugar is HIGH, it's 248.. She's wanting to stop the prescription that her Doctor gave her for lowering her blood sugar, and start taking something called vanadium. I googeled this, and read that it has caused a 50% death rate in lab rats that were tested with the drug.

    Has any one used this and had positive results with it? Do you know anything about it?

    How do you go about lowering your blood sugar levels?

    I think my mom may be being stubborn. She lives in illinois, and I live in new mexico, so I'm not there to keep an eye on her or to witness her daily live and how she does things, but I'am VERY concerned for my mothers well being and health. Don't get me wrong, I have STRESSED how important it is for her to eat healthy, I have went as far as getting her diet books for diabetes so she can eat healthy. I just don't know if she really is or not. So please if you have any suggestions on how she can lower her sugar, please let me know. And please don't come at me with telling me to talk to my mom and educate her on trying to eat right I have done this and I'm not sure it has even gotten thru to her.

    but that doesn't stop me from being concerned and caring about my mom. I don't want her to die from this, I need her in my life still, plus I just had a baby that she hasn't even met yet. we need her in our lives still. I'm sure you can understand.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm type 1, and whenever my sugar is high, i take some insulin (Novolog).

  22. QUESTION:
    High blood sugar levels.?
    My 13 year old tested a .9 in his blood sugar after a 12 hour fast. He also tests high for trans fats although we have been eating an organic diet for 6 months and have eliminated dairy products for over a year..... no artificial 'anything' in my household.

    What am I doing wrong? He is already eating low carb almost 'everything'. Our diet consists of basic foods like distilled water, brocolli,spinach, carrots & meat (chicken & fish mostly) plus sanwiches for school lunches and fruit or oatmeal for breakfast. We sometimes eat pasta and rarely eat potatoes or rice. He does tend to head for the juice container so I have now limited his juice intake to two glasses a day.

    Please help me understand this!

    He does have a neurodevelopmental disorder called dyspraxia (clumsy kid) but that should theoretically not affect his blood sugar levels.... or should it? He tests low Omega 6 fats.

    He is a skinny waif of a child and he exercises for a minimum of 1/2 hour a day

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It may not be what your doing wrong. It could be genetics that can play a part in this problem. I would honestly recommend you talk it over with your doctor. That is the best advice I can give you on this. I wish you luck as I am a parent of a child who is a Diabetic type 1 and he is 14 years of age. Check out the websites below if you have any concern.

  23. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of diabetes/weird blood sugar levels, but tests clear?
    I wonder if anyone can shed any light on my strange problem...

    Every year at about this time, the same thing happens. I get really intense sugar/carb cravings that nothing seems to subdue; I also get really thirsty and have to go to the loo more often. I usually end up putting on weight - every year for the past 3 years I've lost half a stone between summer and winter, but gained it again during the spring because I get SO hungry. What I eat doesn't seem to make any difference - I eat a healthy diet that contains plenty of fruit+veg (almost always get 5 a day) and is generally low in fat and sugar, but not obsessively so - I don't deny myself treats here and there.
    I'm 5'6 and 9st 12lb at the moment which is right in the middle of the healthy weight range, but I've put on 3lb in the past 2 weeks and I know it's due to eating a bit too much, but it's been because I'm really, really hungry, and if I don't eat something I feel all shaky and dizzy. I've tried everything - wholegrain bread, rice, pasta etc to try to release energy slowly; I don't have much in the way of sweets/chocolate, I eat slowly, drink plenty of water... so I haven't got a clue why it happens. I also bloat up like a football if I commit the ultimate crime of having anything in the way of potatoes or non-wholegrain carbs - I had a white bagel earlier and now I look like I'm six months pregnant! It goes down again by morning, but it's really uncomfortable and makes toning up a nightmare as my stomach stretches a good few inches every day - it also makes me reluctant to eat any lunch some days in case it happens and I look pregnant for the rest of the day!
    Last year as soon as I felt it happening again I went to the doctor because I was sure something must be wrong, and I fitted most of the symptoms of diabetes, but my blood sugar levels came back as totally normal and he couldn't suggest anything - all he did was tsk at me for putting on a bit of weight - REALLY helpful!!

    So does anyone have any idea what this could be, and also why it always happens at the same time of year? It does seem strange, but for me it's a very real problem and if there's a way I can stamp on it, I'd be very grateful.

    PS - anyone suggesting acai berries or any other weird supplements gets growled at loudly!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with you about the acai berries and colon cleanse scams - they should be severely chastised and REPORTED for a violation of community guidelines.

      Now, about your problem - have you ever though about what's called 'circadian cycles'?

      Other things that can cause you to want to eat more is perhaps a lack of sunlight (this is a real medical condition) causing you depression.

      It's quite possible that you have your seasons a little mixed up, biologically speaking.

      Another item of interest might be that you are allergic to one or some of the foods you are eating.

      You would need to keep a very detailed journal of the foods you ate, how they reacted in your body, any stress or other possible outside factors, then share them with your doctor.

      This might take a few months to do to establish a direction for them to pursue.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why would a type 2 diabetes blood sugar level be high in the morning but way lower throughout the day?
    My grandpa will wake up in the morning and find his blood sugar level (which I believe is what he measures with type 2 diabetes, correct me if im wrong) to be high, like 150-160, but he will go to his job which he does in the morning and comes home around 1pm most days, and when he measures it it is down to 110-130 already.
    He has been continuing a very good diet full of fiber and fruit and vegetables, and doesn't eat late night snacks anymore(which makes this more confusing) but from day 1 he has had this problem.
    He asked his doctor and he seemed clueless. Anyone know anything about this?!?!?
    sorry if i mixed up the details :/ i dont know what kind of doctor hes seeing or anything

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, he would be checking his blood sugar every morning and hopefully before each meal. He should also check at 1 hour and 2 hours after supper at least once a week. This will tell him how well his body is handling what he eats and if he needs to make any changes to his diet or meds.

      This higher morning blood sugar is called Dawn Phenomenon. The solution for most diabetics is to have a small snack of about 15 carbs from whole grain, with some fat or protien. This reduces the amount of sugar that the liver releases overnight, resulting in a better reading in the morning.

      A good bedtime snack is one slice of WHOLE GRAIN bread with peanut butter (the type with NO sugar added). Or if he doesn't like peanut butter, he could add a slice of cold chicken or roast beef, or some low fat cream cheese.

      His blood sugar in the morning should be between 110 and 135, so its a bit high right now. Having a small bedtime snack should help bring it down. I know it seems unlikely, but it works.

      IF he has any history of heart disease or is at risk, this fasting level will give him a better chance of surviving a heart attack, at least that's what my endocrinologist told me just this week. Having really tight blood sugar control is a bit risky when you are older or having heart related issues.

      Tight blood sugar means having a fasting level from 90 to 120. He shouldn't be aiming this low. Right now he's not doing that badly and the snack at bedtime should help.

      If he was a much younger man, his morning blood sugar goal should be between 5.0 and 120, but given his age, that's just too low. Recent studies show that having a more moderate approach to blood sugar reduces the risks for older people and increased the survival rate (in both studies).

      As a diabetic, he needs to be very careful what fruits he eats and how much. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are good choices as they are high in fiber and low in carbs compared to other fruits.

      He should stay away from things like dried fruits such as raisins, figs and dates. Bananas are also quite high in sugar and not a good choice. He should also avoid canned fruits that have syrup. Look for fruits canned in water or juice, and drain off the juice, as its full of sugars, whether natural or added. Fresh fruit or fruit frozen with NO added sugar is far better than canned.

      You can look up the carb content of fruits, veggies and other foods online at
      http://www.calorieking.com/
      http://www.thedailyplate.com/
      http://www.thedailyplate.com/

      and of course, if he's using frozen or canned fruit, the carbs are listed on the packaging. Make sure he's using the serving size suggested and not more.

      Your grandpa might have better results if he tests his blood sugar more often, and keeps a food log for a little while. If you want a testing guide you can print off, you can download a PDF here..

      http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/flyer.pdf

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of lowering your sugar intake in your daily diet?
    I've been cutting out on sugar here recently. Not that anything is wrong, just trying to keep my sugar blood level low. I've had diabetics in the family, so for health reasons I am sugar conscious of what I eat. Anyway, can lowering your sugar level improve your overall health, and sports performance too?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can. Too much sugar can cause you to have a burst of energy, but then within the hour you crash and feel tired and sluggish. Also Diabetes can develop when you eat too much of it. To get the most out sports and overall health, stick to complex carbs, like things made out of whole grains. They will give you lots of energy over a longer period of time, and keep your blood sugar level.

  26. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels of the pregnants with Gestational Diabetes?
    Hi,

    My wife recently diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (GDM). Her 50gr glucose test came over 200 (3hr test supported first finding). She was put on a diet by her perinatalogist (high-risk pregnancy doc) about a week ago. However her fasting and 1hr after breakfast blood glucose levels (BGL) are still relatively high (fasting ~95, 1 hr after breakfast ~150). 1 hr after lunch and 1 hr after dinner levels are normal (both ~110). Her fasting BGL should be <90 and 1 hr after eating <140. So anybody has any idea how bad is 95 compared to a 90 limit and how bad is 150 compared to 140 limit? Will she need insulin? Any idea why her BGL is high in the morning? Any suggestion for us to get it lower in the morning only? Can anyone out there with GDM can tell us her levels so that we can compare? Are pills ok during pregnancy (I read at several places thay they are not, but some says ok).

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      From personal experience, the ranges that the doctor gives are concrete. For the baby's health, you need to make sure that her BGs stay within those ranges. Anything above or below can lead to problems, short and long term. Obviously the more time you spend outside the ranges, the worse it is.

      Second, if the doctor does eventually put her on insulin, she needs to get a pump. No doubt about it. The control offered by the pump is the best out there, and you will be able to customize the insulin given to the way her BGs are trending.

      Lastly, the other thing you may want to consider is a continuous glucose monitor like Medtronic's Guardian system. It will give you continuous readings of her BG and will alert you when she is going out side the ranges set by the MD. That way you dont have to worry, and she can easily control her glucose without much effort.

  27. QUESTION:
    checking blood sugar levels..(with gastational diabetes)?
    i m almost 35 weeks preg and diagnosed with gastational diabetes...
    i m checking my blood sugar every day after meals...
    usually fasting sugar comes up to be around low 70s..which i know is fine...but after meals i check after 1 hour and it comes in 120s range...i just want to know if that is too high...my dr told me that my sugar should be less than 120 so i m just a lil worried..as far as my diet, i m not eating anything sweet..only fruits and vege....and i usually eat 2 chapati, roti or bread...
    so just wondering if my sugar is normal and if i m really suppose to check after 1 hour of meals...

    • ANSWER:
      TALK TO THE DIETICAN...

  28. QUESTION:
    Still not sure if im diabetic blood sugar levels are high an i feel awfull?
    Hi every one.

    i posted another thread asking about diabetes at the minute no one thinks i have gestational diabetes or any other diabetes at this point however im not convinced, high amount of glucose in urine and sugar levels all over the place,
    I don't have an eating disorder in any way however i only manage to have one main meal per day ive been drinking diet coke and normally in the morning would eat a cereal bar yet my levels are high and i feel rather weak i don't do much snacking in between and if i do its dry crackers.
    this morning my levels were 4 .7 at 6 tonight it was 6,1 after meal it was 10.8. and last night before my main meal it was 10.6 and after it was 10.4 does having high sugar make you feel faint because i always thought low sugar did that,,,,ohhh im just so confused my levels don't seem right and i dont feel right within myself,,,,any advice?
    Im only 9 wks pregnant and attended a diabetic doctor last week and i asked him if i had any type of diabetes and the reply i got back was " I Dont Know". .
    i got blood took for diabetes aswell last week but ive had enough ive been to hell and back with this nhs.

    • ANSWER:
      Those are definitely abnormal blood sugar levels. Please go and see your GP and bring along the information about your blood sugars. 10.6 before a meal indicates something is seriously wrong.

  29. QUESTION:
    I have type 2 diabetes and my fasting blood sugar levels are over 200?
    I am taking 17 units of Lantus at night plus 2500 mg of Glucophage during the day. I can control my sugars during the day with diet and medication, but something happens while I am sleeping. I am not eating alot at bedtime and what I do eat is low in sugars & carbs. Usually fruit/veggies & peanut butter.

    Right now, my Doctor & Diabetic Educator think it is all hormonal and not much I can do to control it. We have tried alot of different medication combos but so far nothing helps.

    Anyone else have this problem and what has helped?

    • ANSWER:
      You have something called "dawn phenomenon". It is actually quite common. What actually happens is that your blood sugar drops during the night and your body tries to combat it by raising the blood sugar level. Talk to your doctor about increasing the Lantus and adding a light bedtime snack to carry you over. If the doctor doesn't know about this factor, you may need to seek the advice of another diabetes professional.

  30. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar levels - please advise.?
    In November 2010, I realized that I had diabetes 2, and I can see that I might have been in that condition for over 2 years approximates from end of 2008, since I have experience weight loss since that time. My height is 6 feet and my weight at the start of 2008 was around 200, and now it is 170.

    Once I realized my situation, I visited my doctor. The A1C test showed a reading of 10.4 ( i.e. a reading of 252 mg/dl approx).

    In the last 6 months, I have put in a lot of work to change of diet, start excercising, increase my water intake. Currently my last one month readings ( around 30 readings) average is around 150. My morning reading fluctuate between 115 - 135.

    My diet currently includes the flow:

    1. 2 unripened bananas in the morning.
    2. Protein shake with 4 strawberries and soymilk in the morning.
    3. 2 eggs in the morning
    4. 2 Smart low carb Tortilla in the afternoon along with chicken.
    5. Almonds as snack in the evening.
    6. 2 smart low carb tortilla in the night along with a vegetable curry.

    My objective is to keep my blood sugars below 140 during day time, and around 110 early morning.

    Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with TheOrange Evil, and would add that most people are insulin resistant in the morning. So mornings are the worst time to eat any kind of carb. If I were you, I would lose the bananas, or at the very least, don't eat them in the morning when they will probably spike your blood sugar the most.

      Also, if going lower-carb doesn't help you with your blood sugars, it might be time to discuss further avenues of treatment with your doctor.

  31. QUESTION:
    Are these blood sugar levels alright? (Gestational diabetes)?
    Do these levels seem alright? I thought they were a little low .. my doctor said that 2 out of 4 levels were high for my 3 hour GTT and that they weren't even that "bad" .. but regardless I've been diagnosed with GD and I've been following the diet fine .. and I only started the diet yesterday .. but do these seem normal? The doctor wants me to stay under 90 for fasting and under 130 an hour after meals. (NOT two hours, one hour!)

    Day 1
    F-81
    B-103
    L-105
    D-91

    Day 2
    F-92 (2 over my ideal .. not that bad I don't think!)
    B-120
    L-98
    D-111

    Just worried .. thanks! :)
    pegz64 -- no they don't, my doctor said under 130 an hour after the three big meals (breakfast, lunch, & dinner) .. i think i already said this?
    & why would I need 3-4 times the insulin when I'm not on any insulin in the first place .. ? My doctor's office said it's very rare for them to put anyone on insulin .. & I am not on it!

    • ANSWER:
      if you talk to my doc's they would say that's great. here are a few of mine to give another person almost in the same boat as you except type 1 diabetic. also they have me doing pre-meal and post meal one hour after. when there is 2 values that is pre and post

      F-78
      B-88
      L- 76/88
      D-35/116
      day 2
      F-88
      B-60
      L-62/55
      D-81/66 they are try to correct my lows but so far no luck .i haven't got the preggo appetite yet so i have to correct on my own, also i'm on insulin. i would say you are doing just fine keep up the good work.

  32. QUESTION:
    At what point are blood sugar levels dangerous to my baby?
    Hi, I am about 4.5 weeks pregnant and have gestational diabetes. I had it with my last child, controlled it with diet and he is luckily fine. This time I am older and my fasting is often over 100 but not higher than 110. My after meal numbers are fine, usually in the 90's.
    Any tips on how to get my fasting number lower? I am exercising, cut out sweets and balancing my carbs.
    Thank you!
    I go to the dr. next wednesday for my first check up. Is it ok to wait that long?
    Thank you everyone. I have not been re-tested for gestational diabetes but I know from my numbers that I have it again. I don't have diabetes normally. My fasting was just 88 and 93 and I passed the glucose tolerance test as well. It stinks to have this the entire pregnancy but I will do whatever it takes to have a healthy baby.
    Thank you Doug. It's frustrating because my a1c has been between 4.0 and 4.5. My fasting has been between 88 and 93 so I am not considered diabetic! I am overweight though-having children and no time to take care of myself has done that. I am going to take this weight off for good now so I don't expect to ever be a full diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      If you currently have "gestational diabetes" at 4.5 weeks, it's more than gestational diabetes. It's diabetes. Given that, in addition to an OB, you should be seeing an endocrinologist (diabetic specialist). While the "medical jury" is still out on this one and there are certainly varying opinions, gestational diabetes usually manifests after 13 weeks. Anything prior to that is regular diabetes and needs to very closely managed. Best wishes!

      Also, most docs will carefully watch blood sugars on patients that have had GD with a previous pregnancy and not wait until 28 weeks for labs.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the damage to my body when my blood sugar is consistently in the low 200's? Is this dangerous?
    I have a diabetic friend who checked my blood sugar. It was 442! She freaked out and so I immediately changed my diet and started exercising. Now my morning reading is still in the low 200's. Sometimes 2 hours after eating it will be as low as 140. I have not been to see a doctor yet but I want to try to adjust this without medicine. I am 50 years old and about 60 pounds overweight. I have been walking and eating a more low carb low sugar diet. Is this level of blood sugar damaging my body? I know the targets are between 90-120 but what is happening when it is high but not very high. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Mitch,
      As you are above 50 you are more prone to diabetes and other complications, Diabetes is actually a silent killer, It damages the body internally without giving the symptoms untill the condition becomes so worse that it becomes difficult.

      The best advise is to visit your doctor and have your fasting and random blood sugar tested along with other medical tests like lipid profile ,HbA1C, Cholesterol , TSH, 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D,

      You have to reduce you weight and for that you have already changed your diet, the main priciple for healthy weight loss is to take less calories and burn more and you will see the results soon.

      The following information summarizes the meaning of the test results.
      From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L) Normal fasting glucose
      From 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) Impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes)
      126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) and above on more than one testing occasion Diabetes
      For more on diabetes visit my free website
      http://www.reddiabetes.com

  34. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest a low glycemic load, low sugar diet?
    Background info: Glycemic Index measures the rate of the effect that carbohydrates have on blood sugars level. High means carbohydrates break down fast and release glucose quickly into bloodstream. Low means it is more gradual.

    I haven't noticed how high my glycemic diet is (just so you know, that is bad). I want a change in my eating habits because I've read that it leads to weight loss. ALSO I have read in a recent study a month ago that confirmed that milk and sugar (both of which I eat almost regularly) causes acne and a low glycemic load, low sugar diet is the way to go. So yeah. Just so you know, I am asian and my people tends to like to eat white rice, white bread, and floury products; all of those are high up on the list.

    If you got nothing then at least list some foods that have a low glycemic index and/or low sugar please.

    Here is the link to the study if people are interested. The first paragraph sure is affirming to all the acne sufferers out there. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-a_b_822163.html

    • ANSWER:
      The simpler the carbohydrate ie. sugar, the higher the Glycemic Index (GI). if you only want to lower the GI of the food you eat just take in some fat with it. If your concerned with hyperglycemia after eating rice or white bread just eat some fat with it. This lowers you GI and will delay gastric emptying. So as far as foods with a low GI: anything with a high % of fat. Hope that helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    how long do spinal steroid shots affect blood sugar levels..mine are outrageously high every since I got this?
    spinal steroid shot 11 days ago. Since then I have had readings too high for the meter to read seven days in a row and from a low of 325 to these 600 plus ones. Every day at least 500 plus last 11 days.

    Before they were running 170 or so in the am and now 325-350. I had readings 18 months ago over 600 a few times and then only about 5 over 400 (under 450) in the last 18 months. After eating was about 250-375 but now 550 to 600 plus.

    I am scared. Afraid to go to hospital as I do not want to be on drugs for this. It was 400 a few days before but maybe that was stress as under a lot but it is never this high.

    On top of it the steroid shot did nothing for my back pain, leg pain or paresthesia.

    Shouldn't this be out of my system by now., do you think it will be permanent. They said temporary prior to having the shot but noone said it would raise it this high. I do have a family doctor appointment in 4 days but not wanting to take drugs,. Is there anything I can do to get this crap out of my system.

    thanks I just took it and it was 520 as I type. (I have type 2 diabetes that was under control last 4 aics were normal via diet. I also have had a lot of stress ongoing all year and last month messed up my diet a lot.,

    any advice would be appreciated .

    • ANSWER:
      Any form of steroids will raise blood sugar levels through the roof. They will stay high until the steroids have worked out of your system. It will be impossible to get them back under control while on steroids without some other medication. I would talk to your doctor about some temporary meds that might help to keep those numbers in check until the steroids have cleared out.

  36. QUESTION:
    My diabetic cat is refusing her special diet.Glucose levels are unstable now. Help!?
    After 6 months of happily eating Hills D/M, my cat is now refusing to eat it. I have tried the Purina food, but she doesn't like this either. She has not lost her appetite and will eat ordinary cat food, which I have been forced to feed her, but her blood sugar levels are now fluctuating wildly and have been down as low as 3, very worrying. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      I am an expert in feline diabetes/ You shouldn't be feeding dm anyway What food did you feed? which insulin are you giving how much how many times a day? Are you testing? Please send me the numbers you have gotten today 3 is an ok number depending on where in the cycle you got it and which insulin you are giving Please direct email justken@rocketmail.com

  37. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level question?
    Im on a diet to cut fat where all i eat is chicken and broccili... its not to lose weight just to tone my body so please skip the diet ideas, I eat no sugar at all, is this bad for me? Does this make my blood sugar levels drop too low?

    • ANSWER:
      Avoiding sugar won't make your blood sugar drop too low. Protein converts to glucose in the blood and broccoli has natural sugars in it. Also, your body has all sorts of natural mechanisms in place to prevent low blood sugar even if you were to fast for many days. People on low-carbohydrate diets tend to have lower blood sugar averages, but not hypoglycemic blood sugar. In fact, because you're eating fewer carbohydrates, you are having fewer spikes, and as a result fewer reactive blood sugar drops.

      You don't need fruit sugar, either. Not only does your body not need any type of sugar to live, your body doesn't even need carbohydrates. If you undercook meat, you can even obtain Vitamin C from it. Obviously, vegetables are a much safer way to get your Vitamin C.

  38. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar and insulin resistance?
    I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance and I know how it works and all. I have been working out an hour a day and not loosing weight I went and bought a glucose monitor to see what spikes my blood sugar. I am now doing a diet similar to atkins with low carbs and now I'm getting all my carbs from fruit in veggies since they do not spike my blood sugar. Will keeping my blood sugar level help me loose weight with insulin resistance?

    • ANSWER:
      It's important to keep blood sugar under control, yes, but it's not blood sugar that's an impediment to weight loss as much as it is hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels) caused by your insulin resistance. Insulin promotes fat storage on the body.

      Reducing carbohydrates has a positive two-fold effect: 1) protein and fat require much less insulin to metabolize and so insulin levels will go down, making weight loss more likely and 2) controlling blood sugar and insulin will hopefully slow down the progress of the disease, helping you delay or avoid the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

      Exercise also improves insulin sensitivity, so you'll need less insulin the more active you are.

      If the diet and exercise don't result in weight loss, then you may need a small dose of Metformin for insulin resistance. Metformin, in conjunction with a low-carbohydrate diet, can really do a lot of good. By cutting my carbs and taking Metformin, I've lost about 100 pounds.

  39. QUESTION:
    why does my blood sugar drop back to fasting levels within 30 mins of eating?
    my blood glucose will go from fasting level, 80 mg/dl to 160 mg/dl back to 80 or less within 30 minutes. ive heard a normal person will take up to 6 hours to get their blood glucose back to fasting levels after eating. what could cause this? ive tried low carb diets, which help somewhat, but im so tired all the time. i cannot gain weight even on a well ballanced 4000+ calorie a day diet. eathing 3 meals and 3 snacks. and i am tired all the time. these spells of low blood sugar used to come once every few months, but now its an every day event. ive been to several different doctors who have told me a: eat sugar, b: i need paxil and c: we cant find anything wrong. please someone help!!! who can i turn to? i feel like im going to wither away into nothing if i cant find a way to gain weight and get my body to stop eating itself!!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually what you are telling me makes me worry a bit. Your blood sugar should NEVER get over 140. It sounds to me like you are wearing out your pancreas. 30 minutes is not all THAT unusual a time for it to come back down, though usually it takes 90 or more. However, you should check it again in 30 minutes to see if it is dropping to 70 or below. If it is, you are beginning to be hypoglycemic. You should speak with your doctor. Most insulin dependant diabetics are hypoglycemic for a period BEFORE they develop diabetes. A simple correction in your diet could help. Talk to your physician and ask for a hemoglobin A1c to see what your long term blood sugars are (12 weeks average). This can tell you whether there is a problem. Fasting bloodsugars are basically worthless. They often do NOT tell you if are a "borderline" diabetic, and they rarely tell you if you are hypoglycemic. Also, a glucose tolerance test could help as well. talk to your doc!

  40. QUESTION:
    My mom has a blood sugar level of 184, is it possible it can be reversed with my methods?
    I know supplements like cinnamon, Chromium, magnesium, and zinc can ultilize glucose levels, and assist insulin.

    I keep insisting that my mom takes Chromium, but no matter how many times I tell her to do this she just keeps saying, "She can just watch her diet"

    Now I know that when your blood sugar is above 125 it's pretty safe to say that you probably have diabeties but, i've heard many stories, and personally met someone who's diabeties was reversed.

    Just by taking Chromium.

    My mother is hard headed, and refuses to listen to my advice. I remember when my glucose levels were 104.

    With exercise, fiber, supplements, I had reversed it and lowers it to 90. (It was 90 because I ate before the blood test)

    So imagine it if I didn't eat? Would have been lower!

    Well any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no scientific information that any of your methods works for anything.
      You can NEVER reverse diabetes.
      Once you have it, you always have it.

      If you keep pushing your sugar level down you will soon be dead.

  41. QUESTION:
    Could low resting blood sugar be a warming symptom?
    I recently had the revelation that I'm addicted to sugar. I'll go on restricting diets and then fail miserably and binge eat till I'm sick. I sit and eat cookies and chocolate till I'm uncomfortable and sick. A few weeks back, I had a blood test that revealed my resting glucose level to be on the lower end of normal. Is this a product from years of binge eating simple carbs (hyperinsulin production)? Would that prevent me from losing weight if I went on a normal diet? Would sugar addiction explain an absent menstrual cycle?

    • ANSWER:
      Eating sugar does not cause diabetes however, you conintual eating of sugar may suggest some other condition or your body is lacking something and thus trying to make up for it through eating sugar. If you had diebetes and consumed the amounts of sugar you claim you would be in a diabetic coma. However if your blood sugar was under 65 then you would need to worry if the doctor did not seem alarmed then I would suggest your okay. Also, you may have a very active metabolism!

  42. QUESTION:
    Low Calorie Diet With Glucose Levels?
    Is it healthy to have a reduced calorie diet with a lower dosage of insulin? Even if you know your A1C is within limits and your blood glucose levels are in target? I want to lose weight, and im nearly always averaging a 100 glucose level. I am well aware this will affect my sugar levels, but is it safe to manipulate what my body is used to receiving daily in food and insulin injections?

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you make sure your sugar levels don't go too low, you should be fine.

      I would actually recommend trying a low-carbohydrate diet rather than a restricted-calorie diet, though. I've been doing Atkins for about 3 months now, and I've lost around 30 pounds without restricting my calorie intake... I feel full and satisfied after meals. Also, most low-fat foods compensate by adding a lot of extra sugars, which are bad for the blood sugars, and actually can cause you to GAIN weight.

      There's a whole slew of science behind why this works, and I don't want to bore you with it (unless you really are interested), but it IS safe, and it IS an excellent approach, specifically for diabetics, as it keeps your blood sugars down. If you're on insulin, you'll need to cut back your dose, but you are very likely to see still better numbers.

      Also, if you're on insulin, I'd recommend checking with a doctor to get some help getting your dosages right.

      For the science, check out Dr. Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution" .. he has another title specifically devoted to weight loss. He is a physician with a PhD, and he has been a Type 1 Diabetic for many years. You can read it online at http://www.diabetes-book.com

  43. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar readings for being a pre-diabetic?
    I got diagnosed with pre-diabetes not too long ago and I have done what the doctor said and watched my diet and exercise. I have also been monitoring my blood sugar levels. Some have come out in the 130's a few hours after eating and some have come out in the 60's. The lowest I have gotten so far is 58. Is it possible for someone with pre-diabetes to have low readings also? I usually don't feel too weird when I get low readings but when I get in the 130's I start feeling lightheaded, dizzy, and my breathing gets harder and faster.

    • ANSWER:
      there is a really good web site that you can visit that tell you all kinds of things about diabetics it is www.dlife.com

  44. QUESTION:
    Blood sugar level of 15.9mmol, any ideas?
    i'm 21 and have a BMI of 17.7, i'm reasonably fit I was told i had hypoglycaemia and sugars are usually very low. However this morning i tested them because i was feeling shakey and disorentated (like when my levels are too low) and they were at 15.9mmol even without food. I have been told that hypoglycaemia can turn into diabetes and any help on what to do now would be really good, should i just adjust my diet to have less sugar in it?
    thanks everyone.
    lu
    thanks for all your suggestions, i live in the UK so my monitor works in mmols not the US measurement, so i thought 15.9mmol was high, in the US i think thats around 222.6 ( i multiplied my 15.9 by 14). Am i wrong, is 15.9mmol low because if it is im not sure how i have survived at the levels i assumed were low (3.1mmol, 2.4mmol etc).
    cheers everyone.
    x

    • ANSWER:
      Lucy !
      Better go for fasting test first. High levels of glucose most frequently indicate diabetes, The following information summarizes the meaning of the test results.

      From 70 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L) Normal fasting glucose

      From 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) Impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes)

      126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) and above on more than one testing occasion Diabetes

      For more on diabetes visit my free website
      http://www.reddiabetes.com

      Treating hypoglycemia is fairly straightforward: eat or drink any food that has a lot of glucose and is easily absorbed. Sources of glucose include glucose tablets and gels that you can buy at your pharmacy. Fruit juice and nonfat milk are also good sources. Foods with a lot of fat such as chocolate are not as good because the fat will delay the absorption of the glucose. Fructose does not raise the blood glucose, but most foods that have fructose, such as honey and fruits, also have a lot of glucose.

      Most times about 15 grams of carbohydrate is sufficient—but if your glucose is below 50 mg/dl, then 30 grams might be more appropriate. You should check your blood glucose fifteen minutes afterward, and if the glucose is still low take another 15 grams of carbohydrate and check the levels again in another fi fteen to twenty minutes. Keep doing this until the glucose is in the safe range. It is important not to overdo your ingestion of carbohydrates because the glucose levels then go very high. In most people, 15 grams of glucose will raise the blood glucose level by about 40 mg/dl.

  45. QUESTION:
    high blood sugar in pregnancy?
    I am about 6 or 7 weeks pregnant and as I live in Italy, I had a million blood tests done. When the results came back my blood sugar level showed 94 ml/dl, which my GP here said is very high. Which is strange, because before pregnancy, when my diet was not so sensible, my blood sugar was always very low.

    I check labels and never eat anything with added fructose, sucrose etc and don't eat much fruit except bananas with my breakfast. I stopped drinking caffe latte with the breafast biscuits a few months back because I calculated the calorie and sugar content to be too high and I switched to Weetabix with milk, and since pregnancy, I've added a glass of orange juice with no added sugar to my breakfast, to help absorb the iron. Apart from indulging in chocolate cravings in the evenings a few weeks ago, around the time the blood was taken i'd eat a small KitKat or mini Twix), I've not consciously been eating any more sugar than that and my diet has been much healthier.

    The blood was taken in the morning before breakfast and the night before i had eaten a couple of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, maybe 4 maximum. Would this account for the high blood sugar and should I be worried?

    I'm not sure what to cut out of my diet, excpet maybe the orange juice, which I enjoy now (previously I never drank fruit juice much), and chocolate, obviously, but I have gone off sweet stuff now and crave savoury things.

    Maybe I should add that on the last page of results they made a typing error and put that I was a man!!!! I think it is unlikely that they tested the wrong blood as on the other pages it had my correct name, address, DOB and said woman... also they were tests specifically for pregnancy. But then again, in a private clinic, you don't expect typing mistakes and I don't have 100% faith that they are my results.

    Also, I should mention that I feel Italian doctors to be overly sealous sometimes and there is a fear of things like wind and rain (don't go outside if it is windy! don't go outside if it's raining, unless you have an umbrella!) and it seems to me that they treat pregnancy as a sickness, rather than just getting on with it (stay away from cats, they are very dangerous when youa re pregnant! (seriously, i was given this info, i know about toxoplasmosis but come on!) and don't do anything! stay in bed! don't exert yourself!). In England, I imagine i'd be told to just get on with my life, don't go on any rollercoasters or partake in bunjyjumping etc but enjoy the pregnancy.

    Advice would be appreciated! Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I would think you may be a little higher with a pregnancy, but 94 is not really high.
      Normal Fasting Blood Sugar
      A normal fasting blood sugar (which is also the blood sugar a normal person will see right before a meal) is:

      83 mg/dl (4.6 mmol/L) or less.

      Many normal people have fasting blood sugars in the mid and high 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/L) range.

      Though most doctors will tell you any fasting blood sugar under 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) is "normal", there are several studies that suggest that testing with a fasting blood sugar in the mid 90 mg/dl (5 mmol/L) range often predicts diabetes that is diagnosed a decade later.
      Post-Meal Blood Sugar (Postprandial)
      Independent of what they eat, the blood sugar of a truly normal person is:

      Under 120 mg/dl (6.6 mmol/L) one or two hours after a meal.

      Most normal people are under 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) two hours after eating.

      I would exercise daily and start a low glycemic index diet . This is great for the whole family also. No carb counting.
      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      You and the baby take care

      Tin

  46. QUESTION:
    Taking calcium supplements with food will increase our blood sugar?
    90 minutes after food my blood sugar reading was 142 . So my doctor said I'm in my pre-diabetic stage and I need to exercise and follow a less carb more fiber diet to avoid becoming diabetic. I had been monitoring my blood sugar level every month using home-glucose-test-kit. My maximum reading was 147. I dint not take any medicine to lower my blood sugar level.

    In the mean time I was also suffering from back pain. After a lot of testing I was finally diagnosed to be suffering from bone-density loss which is called "Osteopenia" and my doctor put me on calcium supplement tablets with vitamin D a month back. But after I started taking these tablets my blood sugar level raised drastically. 1 hour after food it is 235 and 2 hrs after food it is 218. I had been following the same diet and exercise plan and the only new thing I started to do was take my prescribed calcium supplements which contains 600gms of calcium carbonate with food 3 times a day.
    I'm now very worried.
    Is the 600mg of calcium carbonate causing my high sugar level?
    I dont know how to derive a chemical equations to find out how much of glucose is generated from 600mg of calcium carbonate. Wish somebody explain me with a chemical equation. like....
    600caco3 + h2o = glucose +.....

    I read that I cannot take metformin tablets with calcium supplements because they might have reactions or interactions. My doctor says its nothing to do with calcium supplements, you are now diabetic. You should take both metformin and calcium supplements 3 times a day with food. I dont feel shez correct. Pls help.
    wow miz,
    i dint realize, abt my excess stress for the past few days. yes it must be my stress and not my calcium supplements which is causing my sudden rise in sugar level.
    i had this kind of stress related high blood sugar level(but not thz high) almost 2 years back and i completely forgot it .

    thank you sooooooooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      I take calcium carbonate also and take Metformin ER and insulins. The calcium carbonate has NO glucose in it so it is safer for me than trying to drink milk or have other milk products.

      I have no clue why your glucose should have jumped like that except the stress of the back pain.

      Metformin is a systemic drug designed to help the body to accept the available or injected insulin. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. You might want to get some Pepto if it causes you some gastric distresses. It helps a lot while your bod is getting use to the Metformin.

      The only thing metformin does for the calcium supplements is make them more effective. Don't worry about that part.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is my blood sugar normal?
    I'm non diabetic (as far as I know) 27 female normal weight and I have been feeling bad for the last couple weeks or so. The last couple days my body has been smelling kind of sweet (not on a low carb diet) and I read that it can be caused by blood sugar levels so I tested my blood sugar and it came up 79 after I ate a cup of raisin bran with almond milk about 1 or 1 1/2 hours ago. Is that normal?

    I'm feeling pretty crummy, I've had a stiff neck for almost 2 weeks straight and been having bouts of shakes, dizziness, hard time focusing (my vision) and low energy also I've been getting super tired in the early evenings, sleeping for a couple hours then I can't sleep at night and when I do it's restless. This isn't normal for me as I hate naps and unless I'm sick or something I refuse to take them. Is this blood sugar related or maybe something else? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    I am a pre-diabetic and on a low carb diet. My energy is zapped. What should I takebefore/after the gym?
    I am on the south beach diet, No bread, pasta, rice, potato
    or fruit. I weight train 3-4 times per week but find it difficult to get through an hour in the gym. I need to find a way to boost
    my energy without raising my blood sugar levels. Supplements?

    • ANSWER:
      A few issues here. Your diet and pre-diabetic condition both limit the amount of muscle and liver glycogen available to fuel your workout.

      Rather than trying to figure out what to eat before lifting, you might be better served by putting your time into long aerobic workouts. Not that lifting is bad, but endurance training can potentially reduce or even eliminate your condition.
      -----
      Edit: Thanks, LV, for throwing in complex carbs. Got distracted and pulled the trigger before mentioning that.

  49. QUESTION:
    my doc said eat 60 grams of carbs for my gestational diabetes diet for lunch and dinner is it ok to eat less?
    I told to be on low carb diet 22 at breakfast 15 for a snack 60 for lunch 15 for snack 60 for dinner then 15 lunch. I was just wondering if its ok to eat less than 60 grams or would that mess up my blood sugar levels?

    • ANSWER:
      To me , that may be a little to much. But here is what to do. There are differences in carbs. So For you do a low Glycemic Index diet. It's low carb , but the right carbs.
      http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
      This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

      The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

      The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn't tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food's effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn't a lot of it, so watermelon's glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

      Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

      Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The "Serve size (g)" column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney's Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

      The less processed the better for you and Baby.
      Also for you and the baby , try Nordic Walking daily for exercise.
      Description
      Nordic walking can be done year round in any climate and anywhere a person of any age or ability might otherwise walk without poles. It combines simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body walking workout that can burn significantly more calories without a change in perceived exertion or having to walk faster, due to the incorporation of many large core, and other upper-body muscles which comprise more than 90% of the body's total muscle mass and do work against resistance with each stride. 'Normal walking' utilizes less than 70% of muscle mass with full impact on the joints of the legs and feet.

      Nordic Ski Walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.[1]

      Benefits
      Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) and receive fitness building stimulation not as present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles. This extra muscle involvement leads to enhancements over ordinary walking at equal paces such as:

      increased overall strength and endurance in the core muscles and the entire upper body
      significant increases in heart rate at a given pace
      greater ease in climbing hills
      burning more calories than in plain walking
      improved balance and stability with use of the poles
      significant un-weighting of hip, knee and ankle joints
      effective weight bearing exercise - creates positive total body bone density-preserving stress
      I use plain old wooden sticks, works well>
      Kewl!

      Take care and have a easy delivery

      Tin

  50. QUESTION:
    Lowering Blood Sugar before Primary Glucose Test?
    I am 26 weeks pregnant and had a prelimanary glucose test done a week ago. The test results showed I have a high blood sugar level and they are sending me in next week for a Glucose Tolerance test. Am I able to lower my blood sugar level in the next 5 days by more exercise and cutting more carbs from my diet? I was tested before pregnancy for diabetes with my annual physical and it can back normal. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      You can cut back on your carbs but 5 days may not be enough time for a noticeable difference.
      The GTT will measure your ability to process the sugar they give you, though, so your starting level isn't as important as your ending level. What you do between now and then probably won't have much impact.


Diet For Type 2 Diabetics

One of the best plans to help you attain your weight loss objectives is Medifast diet. The Medifast plan has helped over a million people achieve a healthier life with carefully designed weight loss options. The Medifast plan provides the best program which is a proven plan has a broad variety of food and support choices.

Proven

The Medifast diet plan was designed by a physician and has been suggested by thousands of doctors and more nutrition experts since it's inception in 1980. It has helped literally over one million individuals to lose weight. It has been shown in both ongoing medical studies and retrospective data analysis to offer highly effective products by well respected institutions like Johns Hopkins. The Medifast diet plan even complies with suggestions from organizations like the National Institutes of Health regarding appropriate composition of dietary offerings for both obesity and diabetes. The Medifast diet program has been shown to be a lot more effective than the American Diabetes Association diet for type 2 diabetics in a study that was published in the official journal of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Diet To Lower Blood Sugar

Is there really such a thing as foods to lower blood pressure naturally? The answer is "absolutely yes". You do not need drugs to reach the safe haven of 115/75. Below I will show you just 6 different ways out of many more that you can use food to help you get healthy again and radically reduce your risk of an early death from heart attack and stroke.

Artichoke

This amazing vegetable doesn't just look like a heart but it also helps your blood pressure and therefore your overall cardiovascular health.

Artichokes are natural diuretics which means that they help to flush excess sodium out of your body. This means that your arterial walls can expand more easily and hence your blood pressure will drop.

Table Sugar

Table sugar, white sugar, refined sugar - whatever you want to call it. It has long been known to be bad - for example, it is implicated in the onset of type II diabetes and some even believe it is a major contributor to some cancers.

Unfortunately, it has also been linked to high blood pressure. Do yourself a favour and at least cut down on the amount of table sugar in your diet. Sugar does not exist in its natural form like this and the body was never meant to get so "high" from it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best diet to lower blood sugar and reduce belly fat?
    I tried low fat raw vegan, and lost everything BUT my belly, plus my blood sugar was too high.
    Now, after 8 months, I am trying Dr. Bernstein's low carb program. Please, anyone who has had success lowering blood sugar and getting rid of belly fat, let me know how you did it.
    I am a 55 year old woman.
    And please, if you're selling something, don't post. I want to do this through diet and exercise.

    • ANSWER:
      A diet high in vegetables and fish and low on red meat and pork and avoiding as much 'added' sugar and fried foods as possible will help. The sugar in fruit and vegetables is all your body needs. Continue with your exercises, it's the only way to get rid of the fat around your stomach (which is the hardest fat to get rid of with most people).
      A good healthy balanced diet and excercise are the best treatments for blood sugar problems but unfortunately if your pancreas has reached the point where it can no longer control its insulin output which controls your blood sugar levels then medication may be the only answer, either in the short term or the long term. Your pancreas is much like your heart, if you have treated it badly by being overweight and or unfit then it will never achieve its full capabilities again, a lot of the damage done is permanent.
      Even very fit and healthy people who were never overweight or ate an unhealthy diet can develop diabetes.

      There are numerous diabetes associations around the world, look them up on the internet and take heed of their advice on how to control your blood sugar.

  2. QUESTION:
    Know any heart healthy diets to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure?
    My dad needs to follow a diet that will be more heart healthy. He has very high blood pressure, high cholesterol(around 200), and high blood sugar and almost has diabetes. All of this is making it hard to know what he can eat. Anyone have any tips? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      a high fiber diet will lower both the total cholesterol and reduce serum insulin levels. he needs to eat things like whole oatmeal, lentils, barley, beans, etc..these types of foods are very high fiber and low calorie. 30 grams of fiber daily is recommended. it's very hard to get so i would tell him to try to get as much from food and use fiber supplements for the rest.

      to reduce the blood pressure reducing the salt intake will do this. cooking from scratch virtually eliminates salt from the diet, processed food items are loaded with it.

      if he's not big on cooking he's going to have to learn. get him some basic cookbooks. there are a lot of high fiber soups that are very easy to make.

  3. QUESTION:
    Whats the best diet approach for low blood sugar?
    I sometimes get low blood sugar & just wondered what is the best approach diet wise to prevent/ eliminate this.

    • ANSWER:
      Less caffeine, less simple sugars
      More complex sugars, more cellulose, more vegetables, grains, lean dairy products

      If you feel your sugar level is getting low - eat a sugar cube (always have few close at hand)

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a good diet to lower your blood sugar?
    I have just found out that my blood sugar is really high.... (348)
    I have a history of diabetes in my family (grandmother and grandma's sisters)
    I was given a month to go on a strict diet and then test my blood one more time to see where I stand.

    I'm honestly freaking out.... I'm 24 years old, I don't need to be dealing with this...

    What are the best things to eat?

    Please go into detail, any tips will help. Even easy recipes!

    (I'm sad enough I have to say goodbye to my Tabasco, cheese and rice....)

    I need to lower this sugar or else....

    Best answer will get the 10 points.

    Thanks!!
    Thank You Gary B...
    What I meant by I'm 24 and shouldn't be dealing with this basically was saying, I'm not going to let myself go. That's why I'm asking because I should be a healthy young woman and I'm going to get myself back to that.
    Thank You so much for all the info.

    Anybody else?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat NOTHING with natural sugar in it -- no cookies, no ice cream, no bread, no cake, no colas. STAY AWAY from desserts, period. NO SUGAR ADDED does NOT mean NO SUGAR!!!

      Use ONLY artificial sweetener. Drink ONLY diet colas STAY AWAY from "Diabetic Candy"!! The artificial sweetener in those acts like a laxative!

      eat low-carbs: Cut WAY back on breads. eat LESS rice, corn, and potatoes (1/2 cup per meal per day). Stay completely aways from pastas.

      Eat LESS fruit. Fruit has MUCH natural sugar. eat ONE small piece of fruit with every meal. NEVER by canned fruit juices or canned fruit -- they have sugar added, make your own juice, and peel your own fruit.

      EAT MORE FIBER, like whole-grain breads or Cheerios. Fiber will bind with SOME of the sugar in your meal, and carry them through the body undigested (be prepared for more gas!!!!)

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it safe for someone with low blood sugar to diet?
    What diet plans work for me?
    Can they lose too much weight where it's not safe?
    Do I need to modify diet plans?

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar is a symptom of a problem, controlling insulin is your best option. Be careful of drinking coffee, it can cause low blood sugar. You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you'll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      Your body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) and exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don't your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.

      Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

      Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want "something" have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

      High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

      Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat. Suggested for daily fiber needs.

      The first 2 weeks you can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight.

      Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.

      Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist, low carb was a health plan easier sold as a "diet" Read any of his books for easily understandable science. Normalizing blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol, triglyercerides and hormone levels are all bonus features of doing a low carb way of eating. Lutz "Life without Bread" & Taubes "Good calories, Bad calories" are excellent books that dispel all the nutrition myths.

      Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the best type ll diabetic diet to lose weight and lower blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      try going to the DASH diet website they have alternatives for diabetes also check out Dr. Gabe Mirkin's website,

      www.mirkin.com
      he has a second site called www.healthyheartmiracle.com that may also have some hints for you

      the key is balance your carbs,eliminate the refined carbs, no white bread, white pasta, white rice or white flour based foods,no processed or junk food either, no chips, no soda, no candy nothing for a while to keep your blood sugar balanced

      eat complex carbs, like brown rice, beans, whole grains or sprouted grain bread, eat fruit, use Stevia ( a plant sugar) for coffee or tea or sweetened drinks or use Splenda as it is sucralose which is safer than aspartame

      eat plenty of green veggies and watch D Life on MSNBC on Sundays 7 pm EST and 4 pm Pacific

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you lower blood sugar in a 24 hour period?
    I know that a proper diet in the long term will lower blood sugar, but I am wondering if there are any "tricks" to lowering blood sugar in a 24 hour period. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      walking will help lower it exercising will too but you got to watch that you don't over do it and make it go to low..

  8. QUESTION:
    how to lower blood sugar fast type 2 Diabetic ?
    Can some one tell me how to lower blood sugar fast as a type 2 Diabetic
    we just came from the movies and they gave my Husband regular coke not diet so now hes blood sugar is to height.

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, without insulin there is no really effective way to lower the blood sugar. If his blood sugar is off the scale he needs to go to the emergency room unless you all can bring it down with a little insulin push. By the way, do you really believe that he "accidentally" drank a real coke? There is no way that he couldn't have tasted the difference.

  9. QUESTION:
    Low blood sugar affects my diet, what can I do?
    I'm hoping to lose some weight (not much, just 10 lbs), but I have a problem with low blood sugar. By the time I am able to get to food, I'm so hungry that I can't stop eating it. What are some good foods that I can eat for meals and will keep my energy up, and what are some good snacks to keep my sugar up in the meantime?

    • ANSWER:
      high fiber carbs are the best source of long lasting sustained energy. these are foods like whole oatmeal, beans, lentils, barley, whole grain rice, peas, black eye peas, etc. these complex carbs are high in fiber which slow digestion causing a slower more sustained release of sugar into the blood stream helping to keep blood sugar and insulin levels low and stable.

      protein also helps to keep blood sugar stable. each meal should have a decent portion of protein.

  10. QUESTION:
    i want to know wheather carrots in diet of diabetic patient can lower blood sugar-naturopathy?

    • ANSWER:
      some foods, have so little carbohydrates, and take so much energy to digest, that they lower your blood glucose level.
      Celery does this.
      I don't think Carrots are low enough, but you'd have to eat a lot of carrots for it to raise your level, or to have any effect at all (except helping you see in the dark)

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you diet when you have low blood sugar - and have to eat all the time?
    Anybody else have this issue?
    I have hypoglycemia, so I'm basically eating on an off through out the day. So I feel like I can never diet, because if I don't eat, then I don't feel good.

    I'm open for some suggestions, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, it's recommended that all people eat several small meals throughout the entire day instead of 2-3 big ones, since it keeps your blood sugar level constant, and keeps your metabolism working all day instead of in spurts.
      Just keep with healthy snacks and small portions.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a reasonable diet plan for someone with Hypo-Glusemia (spellcheck) Low blood sugar?
    I want to diet and loose 15 lbs. I'am 5-7 and 170 lbs I want to be 155lbs. So I been working out and trying to eat as healty as I can. 1- I'm still hungry alot and 2- I have low blood sugar. So what is a healthy diet and one where i can get all my nutrients. Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      I HAD hypoglycemia. Glucose is not your best friend so avoid foods that contribute to this. Cells are naturally resistant to a certain amount of glucose. Eventually insulinthere has to be an abnormal usage of insulin to compensate for this amount of stress. Insulin shoves the glucose in cells by spiking. This in turn, causes gucose to plummet which makes you want to consume a carbohydrate be it sugar or a bowl of rice to raise the sugar levels. Sadly, all this does is create the rollercoaster ride. Eventually that ride will lead leave your cells so resistant that you will become Type 2 diabetic, which you do not want. To keep insulin/glucose levels stable,you must avoid junk like breads, pasta, soda, candy potatoes that causes the instability. Even some fruits that are high in sugar can lead to insulinemia. Just freakin avoid them. There is so much healthy low carb foods out there that you should be able to lead a healthy normal life by choosing the right foods. The most nutritious fruit is the avocado very very nutritious.

      read this link:

      http://lowcarbdiets.about.com

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I diet when blood sugar goes down?
    When I cut calories or eat less than usual I get low blood sugar and get sick. Usually this makes me binge to feel better and the cycle repeats itself again. How do you do it?

    • ANSWER:
      I have problems with low blood sugar and fainting if I eat sugar or something with white flour, white rice or potatoes, etc.

      I just cut out all of the white, processed foods like white rice, white bread, etc., plus all those foods that are high on the glycemic index...

      When I'm eating healthy I eat whole grains, brown rice, fruits, vegetables, and LOTS of lean protein since the protein is what helps to keep blood sugar level cause it takes a longer time for your body to digest it and you feel less hungry throughout the day... Also, healthy omega-3 fats are good as well (like flax seed, olive oil, avocado, etc.)

      Also... eating every 2 to 3 hours helps (especially if you're hypoglycemic)... try eating 3 medium meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with 3 small snacks in between.

      Here's a post in which I went through a healthy diet for me (it's really, really, really long so you can read it a little at a time):

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Amh.sFlvbknG8RBhwiwve.zsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080731123842AAHkOLn

  14. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar Diet?
    i have low blood sugar, im 5'2 and i used to weigh 110 lbs now i seem to weigh 130, and for being short it dose make a differnece, i try to not eat as much as i have been but if i limit my self to 3 meals a day i feel like i need to eat more and i get a massive headache it never used to be like this for me 2 years ago i could eat twice a day feel fine and still seem to have a lot more energy ? help me on this idk what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms can be controlled by changes in your diet:
      Eat 6 or 7 small meals a day at regular intervals. Don't skip meals.
      Eat foods low in carbohydrates (starch and sugar) and high in protein.
      Fruits, vegetables, cereals, potatoes, and breads should contribute the carbohydrates in your diet.
      Between meals, eat snacks such as eggs, chicken, nuts, cheese, or skim milk.
      Avoid eating sugar, sweetened desserts, jelly, jams, honey, syrup, candy, sweetened fruits, and soft drinks.
      Alcoholic beverages can trigger hypoglycemia, particularly when taken on an empty stomach. Be very careful about your intake if you are prone to low blood sugar.
      If you have frequent attacks, don't drive or operate heavy machinery.

  15. QUESTION:
    I'm on a diet and easily get low blood sugar. Is there a low calorie solution to this?
    I honestly don't know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      if you are fading, eat.

      To lose weight you need to nourish yourself. After the body is nourished it will shed what it doesnt need.

      You need to tell your body you live in a fat-rich environment. To do that you should eat lots of UNsaturated fats, while limiting your sugar intake to about 40-60 grams of carbohydrates a day.

      Notice I am not saying no carbs.

      Make sure you eat enough protein, get a little exercise and the weight will come off.

      Dont starve yourself it is counter productive.

  16. QUESTION:
    Low-Carb Diet/Blood Sugar?
    Whenever I go on a low-carb diet, after about a day or two I start to shake. I eat right and everything like egg whites for breakfast with a granola bar and tuna salad for lunch. Why am I shaking? Last time this happened, I tested my blood sugar and my Mom said it was normal IF I WAS CLOSE TO DIABETIC which I'm not!!! Can somebody please explain why this keeps happening?
    But isn't too many carbs bad for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Empty carbs are bad for you. Complex carbs are necessary for good health.

      The topic is way too complex to have a simple answer. You might want to do some extensive reading on low-carb diets, recommended daily intake of nutrients, hypoglycemia, and related topics. See the Sources below to get started.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can Eliminating Sugar from Diet cause Low Blood Sugar ?
    Hi Everyone,

    For about 2 years now I have disciplined myself and switched to a very healthy diet.
    The very first thing I did was cut sugar from my diet, but I also cut a lot of other things which turned out I had either an allergy to or just simply an intolerance like milk and wheat.
    My diet is very straightfoward and I follow it religiously every single day.

    Mornings :

    1 cup of plain probiotic yogurt followed by
    1 cup of broccoli (steamed)
    1 cup of green beans (steamed)
    1 cup of cauliflower(steamed)
    1/2 of snap peas(steamed)
    1/2 cup rice (uncooked)
    1 Chicken breast(steamed) w/ a bit of salt
    1 cup of cucumber

    Lunch:

    Basically the same thing as above but substituted with Sardines instead of Chicken

    Dinner:

    300 g of Brown Rice Pasta
    2 Steamed Bell Pepper
    1 Steamed Zucchini
    2 Steamed Chicken breast ( Salmon Twice a week) w/ a bit of salt

    I also use to eat Fruits everyday, but they would cause headache followed by fatigue and weakness so I cut them out.

    But now I was wondering whether cutting out sugar and fruits was a good idea ?

    Should I use Glucose tablets for when I am feeling weakness and headache ?

    Any suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      •Many medicines and activities can cause a drop in blood sugar. Diabetics who take insulin or oral medication, for example, may occasionally take too much or not eat the right foods to stabilize the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

      Non-diabetics may also suffer from low blood sugar. Causes for this include missing meals, disease, pregnancy and exercising intensely without eating soon enough after.

      You need to see a dietitian to get you on a healthy diet not one that makes you weak and tired. You are not eating the right foods its certainly not the sugar you're cutting out that's causing your low blood sugars. Adding glucose tablets in your situation is like taking pain killers for a bad toothache instead of getting it treated by the dentist. You're just camouflaging the problem.

      Hope this helps.

  18. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of someone getting low blood sugar from drinking to much diet coke?
    Since I have been drinking diet coke alot lately i feel like I am addicted to it crazy i know but also my blood sugar has dropped into the 60's i did stop for week and felt better.But now I am back drinking it this is my last 12 pack but just out of curiosity.

    • ANSWER:
      Fascinating question.

      Caffeine has been shown to actually make people RESISTANT to insulin, which would RAISE blood sugar levels.

      I'm am avid drinker of Diet Coke as well, but I know a few people who tell me that the aspartame (the NutraSweet) can cause over 92 different health problems, one of which is
      "Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)"

      They recommend switching to the Diet Coke that just came out that has Splenda instead of NutraSweet. I've seen it at my grocery store, but sometimes it's hard to find. Try being NutraSweet/Aspartame free for 60 days to see if makes a difference.

      Meanwhile, see a doctor. Low blood sugar is serious!

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a catus that lower's blood sugar ,how you use it and where do you find it?
    Need to know how to lower blood sugar naturally, in addition to proper diet and exercise...that I am doing regularly.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It's a common family of cactae (more than one species) that grows almost everywhere. From Mexico to the North American deserts and from Greece to South Africa. They can also be found at naturist drug stores and are not that expensive.
      To use them, just ingest with milk or soda.

  20. QUESTION:
    Diet for low blood sugar?
    I was recently diagnosed with hypoglecmia (sorry about the spelling). But i was wondering what you eat so you dont have anymore symptoms because im starting to get really annoyed with the constant shaking. Please give suggestions! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.hypoglycemia.org/diet.asp

      This is a great site. I live with a Daughter and husband that both have Hypoglycemia.

      Living with several people with Hypo and Diabetes the one thing we always had on hand in our purses and cars are peanut butter crackers. They have them in those ready to go packages. Sweets and sodas are a big no no since they spike your sugar and then you drop rock hard. Find things that will boost your sugar, but keep them level overtime. Icecream believe it or not is another good one if you are home when it hits.

      Also eating small meals several times a day- snacking all day long keeps the blood sugars stable rather than waiting in between big meals and dropping in between.

  21. QUESTION:
    Have to alter diet if I have low blood sugar? Is this normal?
    I was referred to an Endocronologist for low blood sugar. He wants me to test my blood sugar for 2 weeks on my normal diet, and 2 weeks on a Mediterranean diet (which is very heavy in grain carbs)

    My question is: do I really have to follow this diet he gave me? I'm already an incredibly healthy eatier - proteins, fruits, veggies... but I hate grain carbs (bread/pasta/rice) !!

    Is it really necessary that I follow his diet? I hate carbs and I don't want to gain weight :(

    • ANSWER:
      Did you tell him you don't eat grains and cereals??

      Lots of doctors like the Mediteranean diet. You are right. It is way too heavy in grains for me or my sister. She has Hypoglycemia and I have Type 2 diabetes.

      You can try instead the South Beach or some portions of the Atkins diets or the Zone diet too. They are all very low carb plans with sufficient protein and fats.

      Call back and tell his office that you just can't eat all that grain stuff.

  22. QUESTION:
    would routine and sound sleep pattern help to lower blood sugar level?
    i am not on any sugar control medication, but I have noted that my blood sugar level is always the lowest in the morning despite being a very active person and vigorously controlling my diet, the sugar level increases progressively during day time

    • ANSWER:
      Since stress causes a rise in blood sugar, and lack of sleep causes stress levels to increase, the answer would be... probably so.

      Simply "controlling" your diet may not be enough. Are you getting between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams of potassium from natural sources a day? Are you getting plenty of vitamin D? What about all the other nutrients?

  23. QUESTION:
    Low Blood Sugar and Low Crab Diet?
    I am trying desperately to loose weight. For many years I was very active and exercised loads , but I did enjoy a carb rich diet , which was made up of wholesome carb. Then a few years a go I started with low blood sugar. It is so severe, i have had blood tests and lots of checks and nothing is showing. I have had checks for diabetes and thyroid checks too. Some one mentioned going back to basics a higher protein diet, i asked the doctor about this and he said that he agreed that high protien diets helped peope with low blood sugar like mine, although offically guidlines say they are not allowed to endorse there.
    Has any one tried one is there any site with the basics I should follow?

    • ANSWER:
      Low blood sugar is called "hypoglycemia".
      I have had it for years.
      Oftentimes, we give it to ourselves by poor diet, running on candy and caffeine instead of proper meals, skipping meals, and by a fast-paced life. It cannot be cured but it can be controlled.

      A diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates is good because it helps stabilize your blood sugar levels.

      Some people think eating sugar or drinking sugary soft drinks will help raise their blood sugar but the opposite is true. Eating sugar and high carbs actually lowers blood sugar in people who suffer from hypoglycemia.

      Our bodies convert carbohydrates into blood sugar very quickly for fast energy.

      Foods that contain sugar, along with foods high in carbohydrates (that turn into blood sugar) cause your blood sugar to increase initially, but the body senses the sugar and counters with insulin from the pancreas. The final result is a dramatic "sugar drop" and lower blood sugar than when you began. When your sugar drops quickly and your energy falls, your body then tries to correct it by injecting adrenaline into the blood for a quick energy boost. The adrenaline causes shaking, and rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations. It can also trigger a panic attack.

      Again, our bodies convert carbohydrates into sugar for energy. The process is quick. Protein is also converted into sugar. However, the process is much much slower.

      By avoiding food and drink that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, and eating meals that are high in protein, you will avoid the high and low blood-sugar roller-coaster rides that are giving you trouble.

      Your goal is to smooth out your blood sugar so there are no severe peaks and valleys. It takes several days. Remember that when you digest sugar and carbs, your blood sugar will spike dramatically, causing your body to inject insulin into the blood to lower it dramatically. The result is hypoglycemia. The symptoms are weakness, shaking, confusion, inability to concentrate, dizziness, sweating, hyperventilation, panic or anxiety attacks, nausea, and eventually unconsciousness. You can even go into a coma if the problem is very severe.

      A low carb, high protein diet will prevent all this but the diet must be maintain.
      It is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.

      As someone with low blood sugar, you CANNOT skip meals. In fact, it is important to nibble on something every 2 or 3 hours. Do not let your sugar drop. Carry a few granola bars or something in your purse so you always have something to munch on. You don't have to over eat but you should always be nibbling throughout the day. Never go without eating.

      After you have controlled your sugar levels for a long time, it will be OK to enjoy some ice cream or a candy bar. Just don't over do it.

      If you do not control your hypoglycemia now, it can turn into diabetes later in life.

      Above all... Avoid soft drinks and anything with caffeine. Even diet soft drinks are harmful and cause severe sugar drops.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why is my blood sugar still high even when on a diet and workout?
    I am a type1 diabetic for 11 years now.
    I've been confined lately because of DKA. It's been a week since then and im having a hard time normalizing my blood sugar. I do 1 hour stationary bike everyday. Hi-fibre, low carb and no sugar diet. and still my blood sugar shoots up to 300+ at times.

    I did not have problems before controlling my sugar by working out and diet. What may be the cause of this now?

    • ANSWER:
      The following is from the website of Joel Fuhrman, MD. I am not him. My wife has been to his office as a patient. He uses diet and nutrition to treat disease. His way of treating may be different than what your doctor does. You may want to check it out:
      ........................................................................................

      Type 1 Diabetes (childhood onset or juvenile diabetes)

      In Type 1 Diabetes, which generally occurs earlier in life, children incur damage to the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin, so they have an insulin deficiency. About ten percent of diabetes is Type 1. Excess body fat does not cause this type of diabetes, and those with Type 1 diabetes always will require insulin to prevent serious hyperglycemia and life-threatening ketoacidosis.

      Diabetes Symptoms

      The most common symptoms for Type 1 diabetes (juvenile or child onset) include, but are not limited to, frequent urination and thirst, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal pain. An immediate visit to one’s health practitioner would be advised.

      Conventional Care

      With conventional care, the long-term prognosis for a Type 1 diabetic is dismal. More than one-third of all Type 1 diabetics die before the age of fifty. However, it is not Type 1 diabetes itself that causes such negative health consequences. Rather, it is the combination of the diabetes and the typical nutritional “advice” given to these patients – advice that requires them to take large amounts of unnecessary insulin. The extra insulin and the high glucose levels raise lipids, accelerate atherosclerosis and damage the body. With this in mind, it should be clear that while the Standard American Diet (SAD), which has spread to all industrialized nations, is dangerous for everyone. It is particularly deadly for diabetics. In short, if you eat conventionally you die conventionally, but if you eat the Standard American Diet with diabetes, you will be committing to poor health with food at a much younger age.

      Live a Long and Healthy Life with Type 1 Diabetes

      Type 1 diabetics need not feel doomed to a life of medical disasters and a possible early death. With a truly health-supporting lifestyle, including real food designed by nature, even the Type 1 (childhood onset) diabetic can have the same potential for a long, disease-free life, like the rest of us. I find that when Type 1 diabetics adopt a high-nutrient, dietary approach, they can lower their insulin requirements by about half. They protect their body against the heart-attack, promoting effects of the American diet style. They no longer have swings of highs and lows, and their glucose levels and lipids stay under excellent control. Even though the Type 1 diabetic will still require exogenous (external) insulin, but by following my Eat To Live diet-style, they will no longer need excessive amounts of it. Remember, it is not the Type 1 diabetes that is so damaging, it is the S.A.D., the typical dietary advice given to Type 1s and the excessive need for large amount of insulin that is so harmful. It is simply essential for all Type 1 diabetics to learn about my dietary recommendations which can give them the opportunity for a long and healthy life.

      A Type 1 Diabetic Changes His Diet

      John Sermos was a 22 year old college graduate with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 6. He was five foot, eight inches tall and weighed 190 pounds. He was taking a total of 70 units of insulin daily. He was referred to my office by his family physician as he was having swings in his glucose levels, too high at times and at other times dangerously low. He also wanted to learn more about nutrition to improve his health and reduce his future risks from having diabetes. I was impressed by his intelligence and desire to change his eating habits to better his health. We spent lots of time discussing the typical problems that befall most diabetics, and I explained to him that using 70 units of insulin a day was part of the problem. I explained that if he follows my recommended diet-style he will stabilize his weight at about 145 pounds and he will only require about 30 units of insulin a day. With this lower level of insulin, to mimic the amount of insulin a non-diabetic makes in the pancreas, he can have a life without the typical health issues that befall diabetics. We cut his nighttime insulin dose down by ten units and his mealtime insulin from 10 to 6 as he began the diet. Over the next two weeks we gradually tapered his insulin and found that he only needed 20 units of Lantus insulin at bedtime and 4 units before each meal for a total of 32 units a day. Almost immediately, with my dietary recommendations, his sugars were running in the favorable range, and he no longer experienced dangerous drops in his blood sugar. He had lost 13 pounds over the first month and by month three weighed 167, a loss of 23 pounds. He was excited about what he had learned and was more hopeful about his life while living w

  25. QUESTION:
    What should be right kind of vegetarian diet for a diabetic who just got diagnosed with 55% sugar in urine?
    My mom just got diagnosed 3 days ago and her blood sugar is also very high. We have been measuring for three days and the glucometer has constantly shown 19.7. She has started taking care of her diet and we are giving her less than half table spoon of sugar. She is consuming less carbs and more proteins. Please let me know if there is anything else we can add to her diet to lower her blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Prink, its good to know your helping your Mom with her diet. A vegetarian diet is highly recommended for a diabetic patient as it contains more fiber then a non-veg diet. Fibre actually slows down the body's dispensation of carbohydrates, which can assist your mom in keeping a stabilized blood sugar levels.

      A vegan diet is plant-based and consists of vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes. In addition, nuts (eg, almonds), viscous fibers (eg, fibers from oats and barley), soy proteins, and plant sterols, which may be part of the vegetarian diet.

      Hope this helps

      Good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the best way to lower blood sugar naturally?
    I am diabetic and trying to get off all the med's the doctors give you that are chemicals and make you gain weight. I am eating a very healthy and nutritional diet(now),and doing alot of exercise 5 days a week.... but my blood sugar is still very high, need help fight this battle.
    I am still taking my insulin shots 2 times a day, but not all the other pills.

    • ANSWER:
      According to the "health gurus", the biggest single thing you can do is start putting ground cinnamon into your food--the more, the merrier.

  27. QUESTION:
    diet for a person with low blood sugar?
    i am going to start on a workout program which is pretty intense and i might have low blood sugar (havent been diagonos) and i want to know what i can eat to keep my level up but yet not bad for my diet. and are carbs good or bad for people with LBS? because i think i have LBS because when i did the LOW CARB diet, i had alot of weird things happened to me. i was very confused, couldn't focus on anything or anyone. felt like i was on drugs. what should i advoid or do on a daily base?
    PS. i HATE doctors. i hate being told that i have something. i dont want to hear it from a doctor because then it would be official and then he would make me do stuff like pricking myself. i have a huge phobia of needles so that is a big NO NO for me

    • ANSWER:
      Complex carbs are good ie. whole wheat grains, legumes etc. Simple carbs are bad such as breads made with enriched flour. The body uses glucose to function so you do need sugar in your diet but you need to leave the refined sugars alone. If you really believe that you are hypoglycemic you need to speak to your doctor. If you are running around with low blood sugar chances are you're not diabetic. Uncontrolled diabetes equals ridiculously high blood sugar. And, if you are a diabetic sounds like you'd rather die than be treated.

  28. QUESTION:
    What should you eat to lower your blood sugar?
    My dad has diabetes 2 and high blood sugar. Drs are about to put him on insulin shots. Is there any kind of food that lowers high blood sugar? is there a special diet he should be on or foods that he should eat more of to help?
    thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of a food that can acutally lower blood sugar readings. There is proper diets/eating habits to follow to help keep the sugar from going high though. Fresh vegetables are about the best. Potatoes, breads, other starchy foods are awful for blood sugar control. So are sodas, diet sodas are ok but may contain cancer causing agents. Teas are great. Brothy soups are great fillers and dont raise blood sugar levels much. Sweets of course is not a good idea. It is not that a diabetic cannot have sweets, it is the fact that everything should be eaten in moderation and excercise should be an essential part of his daily routine. When you excercise you are burning calories, the process of burning calories does not lower blood sugars, however, it is an end result. Swimming is a fantastic way to burn calories, lower blood sugar, get healthy. A carb and/or calorie restricitve diet should be done under medical supervision only. 15 carbs makes up 1 carb and there are 60 calories in a carb. If possible, try to limit the amount of carbs he intakes. I know it is confusing but research will be your best bet when taking on a task of this multitude. Carb counting allows for a better variety of foods than calorie counting does. One of the best resources I have found is to make an appointment with a hospital diabetes nurse and dietician. Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    My doctor told me to go on the South Beach Diet. Will my blood sugar get too low?
    It seems like you limit fruits during phase one. I'm afraid of my blood sugar getting to low. I travel all the time so I don't want to pass out. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      No worries... there's no way your blood sugar will get too low on that diet. The South Beach diet has plenty of carbs to keep your blood glucose up. If you want a better diet than S.B., check these out:
      http://www.drmcdougall.com
      http://www.diabetesimprovement.com/diabetesbook.html

      Both are healthier than the S.B. diet.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I lower my blood sugar without taking insulin?
    Hi I am a diabetic and my doctor wants me to take insulin is there any other way to lower my blood sugar quik?My normal blood sugar is 230 when i wake up and 260 after i eat is that too high ? I am working on my diet and my exercise any suggestions for what food to eat? one more thing when you take insulin can you ever stop?
    Hi Thankyou for your advice and I am a type 2 diabetic.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes , you can lower glucose levels quickly. EXERCISE will do it. David I was just thinking , I have a hunch that you are not taking your diabetes seriously. Everyone that is diabetic knows that any reading over 140 damages your body. 230 and 260 are terrible numbers. You need to take a day , a time out , and research diabetes. http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php Goe through the whole website. The more you know the lower your glucose levels will be.

      Now if you really want to stay off insulin , here is what must be done>>>>>

      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.Also never ever take Onglyza or Januvia . They can can inhibit the bodys immune system and let cancer spread.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      This is a pro active disease. You can't just sit on the couch. Do the Nordic Walking. My HBA1C is 5.2 and my fasting is 96. I guarantee that you will get glucose close to normal.
      You May need Metformin and GLimepride for a couple of years and then maybe you will be able to stop the Glimepride. That's when you get your waist , at the belly button 1/2 your Height.

      Take care , Attitude and dedication. I nordic walk 1 1/2 hours a day.. Everyday , 7 days a week , rain or shine. !!

      TIN

  31. QUESTION:
    What foods can u eat to lower your blood sugar if u are a diabetic?
    I am a diabetic, and I use food and exercise to lower my blood sugar. I would like to lower it more through food with a moderate amount of exercise. Right now I have to exercise excessively. But, I have heard a certain diet could really help.

    • ANSWER:
      They say eating a cinnamon stick will lower your Blood Sugar.

  32. QUESTION:
    I think it is just low blood sugar.?
    I read a book about the side effects of low blood sugar. I have always had it along with depression. If I followed and low blood sugar diet, I should not need the anit-depressant medication which effects my libido. Has anyone else ran into this. Low blood sugar seems to have alot of really bad side effects.
    I will not pull off my medication without checking with my doctor. I just wanted to see if anyone was on a serious low blood sugar diet and has it helped with symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      you have not described symptoms for low blood sugar. i wouldnt quit taking the medicine if i were you. low blood sugar levels will make you shaky, very dissy, here but not really here, you wont be aware of your surroundings.

  33. QUESTION:
    does Atkins or low carb diets cause low blood sugar?
    It seems like it would, but I have never been on it. Pls, anyone who knows something about this or experienced it.
    Pls, just dont guess, caus I'm just guessing too and I want to know for sure- thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No baby!!! low carb food plans do not cause low blood sugar!!

      All plant foods contain carbohydrates and carbs metabolize as sugar in the digestive tract. Not all plant foods are created equally. Some are much higher in sugar content than others. http://www.mendosa.com

      Those of us wishing to lose weight or control our glucose levels are wise to follow either Atkins or South Beach Living, phase 2 of either please, or other Low Carb food plan.

      Excess carbs turn into fat and are stored in the body as fat. If we eat much less carb we don't have that much to store. You remember the calories and that story? You have to burn more calories than you eat? Carbs are the calories we need to limit in order to lose weight.

      This is not guess work. I have lived on the South Beach Living phase 2 food plan for the past 11 years!!

      Read this blog for more information
      http://www.carbwire.com/2008/04/07/will_somebody_please_define_what_lowcarb_means

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I lower my blood sugar?
    When my blood sugar is low I can eat to bring it up.But what do I do when it is high.I am not on any medication at this time.I am trying to regulate it with diet and exercise.This morning,fasting,it is already 191.

    • ANSWER:
      There is only one treatment that is guaranteed to lower blood sugar and that is insulin.

      Either your body produces it, or you inject it.

      What do you mean by diet and exercise?

      Are you already avoiding spiking your blood sugar by eating low carb?

  35. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my thoughts on metabolism, blood sugar, and diet?
    Hear me out on this. Yeah if you know the stuff I post you know this is going to get long. Settle in.

    I'd like this question answered seriously by serious people. It's my intention to one day write a fitness self-help book. I'd like to know what I'm talking about, not just for the sake of being informed, but because I'd be giving advice to be people from which they'd be making decisions on their lives. Naturally I feel a responsibility. I suppose one could argue that this is not the place one should form their ideas for that sort of thing; and yet one can't argue that this is a place that forms ideas, and, more specifically, ideas of mine will be formed here, regardless.

    Ugh. The luck I've been having I asked this question in Diseses & Conditions>Diabetes (I'm like, hey, these guys no about blood sugar and such). I guess I should have posted it at an earlier time of day because my lone response was a guy spamming weight-loss berries from Oprah (no really). I posted it on Diet & Fitness, and it didn't even show up on the Diet & Fitness page! (Apparently that's been happening with Y!A lately. That and I think my long question broke it.), and then it happened again. So anyways, fourth time the charm?

    The thinking on the glycemic index these days is that a high post-ingestion blood sugar spike is a bad thing, because the parts of one's metabolism that convert metabolisables into body fat work hardest when there's an abundance to work with. The reason being that in evolutionary terms the best way these nutrients can be kept is deposited as fat, not swirling around in the blood stream, which can't maintain anywhere near as high an energy density (duh) especially since excessive blood sugars have toxicity issues and must be excreted from the body. Basically the body is rushing to convert this stuff to fat while there's still a bunch of it before it all gets flushed out.

    I have the notion there's more to this story though. Nutritionists talk about how low glycemic foods, give you much more energy down the line than high glycemic foods of equal calories, because, for whatever reason, the blood sugar profile of these foods is less a graph with a high spike and a rapid descent into low blood sugar, and more a low spike followed by a very shallow drop over time of moderate blood sugar, which keeps you feeling energetic and full of spunk.

    Most metabolisable nutrients have been given the O.K. in this regards. Proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates may not be equals, but are at least far better for you than simple sugars.

    Now there are some things that really bother me about that. What's going on is we are given two values, the Glycemic Index, and the number of calories in food, and that's supposed to tell us everything.

    Just to give an example if you have a high glycemic index food with a certain amount of calories, then you know two things. You know your blood sugar is probably going to be real high after you eat that food and you know the potential metabolisable energy that your body can extract from that food.

    Well suppose you want to make a graph of what that would do to your blood sugar over time. What you have is the peak value of that graph and the area that should be under the graph's line.

    You know what? That leaves alot undefined. You could have high blood sugar plateaued for a short time that then crashes like nobody's business. You could have an immediate steep decline in blood sugar. Or, you could have a quick drop in blood sugar, with moderately elevated blood sugar for some time after. You really don't know.

    This problem is helped even less since there's alot we don't know about these values that we're supposed to know. The Glycemic Index is not a measure of the immediate effect on blood sugar by each metabolisable nutrient in each category. It is not produced by calculations based on the chemical characteristics of fructose, or Omega-3 fatty acids. It is an empirical measurement of the effect of specific FOODS, that contain a variety of metabolisables, on blood sugar. In a way it is a composite measurement of the combined effects of every nutrient, and even the physical makeup and texture of a given food. And as I've suggested, nutritionists would help us out alot to try and track the effects of foods on the blood sugar over time.

    Of course, there's reasons why that's easier said than done, and perhaps even less scientific than what we're talking about in the first place. The lasting effect of foods is sometimes lost in the background (or more than background) noise of people's fat's contributions to their blood sugar. And such data over time would require fasting, before and for the duration of the tests.

    And we don't know calories the way we think either. Maybe you already know that there is not a one to one to one relationship between the number of calories that we chew and swallow, the number of calories that end up as blood sugar, and the number of calories that end up as body fat. Not everything that goes into your mouth is destined to go on your hips. But, did you know it's not just because your body isn't set to turn everything it gets into body fat, and it's not just because of the Glycemic Index?

    What we're dealing with is a theoretical number. In theory, if your body put some real effort into it, it could pry every calorie loose from that granola bar. But, I don't think it will come even close to doing that.

    So what, you ask? After all that just means even less calories to worry about than you thought. O.K. Let's go back to the whole nutritionists say low glycemic index foods are good because they make you have more personal energy to take you through your day thing. You say, so I'm down on energy, that'll just encourage my body to burn some fat instead. I may feel down, but I'll feel better when I'm fit.

    Besides that I'm fairly certain that I've seen studies that say that starving your body whatever way you do it is not a sound strategy for lasting fitness, I still have to think that's flawed. You have to take this in the context of what that means for the parts of your body that regulate your body fat. From that perspective if blood sugars are always low that's all the more reason to convert metabolisables into fat when there's a spike in them. Whenever that spike may be.

    To my thinking, for obesity the problem here is not high, medium, or low blood sugar levels. It's the jumping up and down, and the steep rises and falls of the blood sugar levels.

    Even complex carbohydrates could be bad to this line of thinking. Sure they might not spike your blood sugar very much, but what then? How long does that last? And, how steep is the crash?

    That's really what largely got me thinking on these ideas in the first place. Complex carbohydrates have been lauded for how they have low glycemic index, because it's hard for the body to convert them from food to blood sugar. My reaction to that was, that doesn't mean complex carb's are good for you because they have a low glycemic index due to their low impact on blood sugar. That means complex carb's have next to no effect on blood sugar ever so their low glycemic index is worthless. They'ra just another kind of a starvation diet.

    And, my hunch is that since complex carbohydrates are cut from the same cloth as simple sugars they are suspect. I mean there are lots of dieticians, especially sports dieticians, who will tell you that carbohydrates are still an important part of your diet.

    My point is they're not an essential part of your diet. You can't live without proteins, or fats. You can live without carb's. The closest thing they're is to a nutrient carbohydate is dietary fiber (certain kinds of complex carb's), and even they're not essential, even though yes you should include them in some way, especially if you're trying to get your cholesterol levels under control.

    But, I suppose given the information we really have we can't any more certainly point the finger at complex carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. (But simple sugars? Oh yeah.)
    Actually officially, and I believe this is the position the british governemnt still stands by, the purpose of Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition was exploration. Which although I'm sure that was a priority, I think the main interest of his journey was flagrant piracy. I mean the guy sacked a convent. As for the potato, I'm fairly certain when it was brought back it was considered a botanical oddity, and wasn't actually eaten until later. Oh and as for the obesity epidemic don't forget air conditioning. People don't sweat the way they used to. And thank god for that. And on exercise yeah I'm definitely going to tell be people that exercise before diet is the key to fitness, though diet enables exercise. You gave me alot to think about. I'll do some more research.

    Also did this question ever show up on the front page? Do you know?

    • ANSWER:
      I think your question(s?) is typical american diet propaganda. Its that looking for a magic formula principle or applying science in someway to allow us have our cake and eat it.
      I'll tell you why I think American diets don't work really- your society is based around the car ; drive everywhere;people are in wall mart driving around the aisles in motorised trolleys..I even remember seeing healthy but fat kids being pushed in wheelchairs by their skinny parents in between rides in Disneyland. You don't actually use an awful lot of glucose or glycogen stores because each year you find a way of moving less and less as a nation so that if you decrease your glucose intake it probably isn't noticed. When we try your GI diets etc we often faint cos the level of glucose is too small for our more active lifestyles.The truth is any fad diet willwork because you fatigue of eating the same crap day after day and you lose your interest in food and eat less without realising it

      My guess is the obeisity epidemic is a result of food science and is solvable by laws limiting saturated fat content and sugar content in food that was developed for pre WWII people who were on the verge of starvation and to whom a fat enriched diet was a lifesaver back then. Throughout history all countires have faced famine : thats why the english sent Sir Walter Rayleigh off to find potatoes , a source of carbohydrate. Nowadays we simply enrich our food...I seem to remember nearly everything you'd eat in the USA was sugar coated like the way you'd feed frosties to a kid who wouldn't eat..except this was adult food ! The obvious way to reduce fat is to produce foods lower in calories, fat and carbohydrates by law. Its soooo obvious but no one does it.

      To answer your stuff about intermediary metabolism your talk about the graph of glucose levels versus time is interesting. The area under the curve is called the bioavailability ( absorption) of glucose as released from the foodsource. However glucose is a complex creature because its blood levels are influenced by insulin, adrenaline, glucagon, glycogen formation, the Km of enzymes such as hexokinase and glucokinase. Right enough a peak of glucose stimulates insulin release causing the conversion to fats and glycogen (immediate stores) and glycolysis...conversion to pyruvate in order to enter the Krebbs cycle in the mitochondria. Some people probably have more/better mitochondria than others and this might contribute to weight diffences.The basic evolutionary force you speak of is really survival of the fittest at maintaining blood glucose above 5 mmol in order to keep the brain from dying ( can only burn glucose) . Hexokinase, the entry enzyme of the liver where metabolism largely occurs, has a Km of 5mmol...this means as blood glucose falls below 5 mmol its intake of glucose falls to virtually zero.This conserves glucose for the brain. Similarly starvation, through release of growth hormone causes initially the consumption of protein ( heart muscle mainly) initially and finally the mobilisation of fat stores ( glycerol ->glucose, fatty acids to ketones which are usable by Krebbs cycle if L-Carnithine is present to transport in the fats) after about 3 days. We know an awful lot about this process of starvation mainly from hospitalised patients. The shock to the body of an operation often causes large amounts of adrenaline(epinephrine) and cortisol release that promotes internal catabolism of protein and to a lesser extent fat stores. Initially it may be possible to directly supply glucose via an intravenous drip but usually after a few days in order to prevent loss of heart muscle you need to supply a certain percentage of the calories as protein and fat ..I think roughly 30/30/40 ( fat/protein/glucose) in order to stop the loss of heart muscle from the metabolic shock. Its the same with diets...you do need a balanced diet in order to prevent the body thinking it needs to produce one food group to suppliment its lack of another foodgroup( fat/protein) and to maintain glucose levels. Yes, I concede the glycemic index is probably a good idea in the sense it promotes foods with a slow release profile for glucose and sustains blood levels of glucose more evenly ( your curve is more elongated and the peak is broader) but overall you need to reduce calories modestly across all 3 foodgroups and increase exercise to preserve muscle protein.

      There is more. I lost 3 stone once in Weight watchers. My success , I perceived was down to the ability to estimate food more accurately in terms of their points system ( calories vs saturated fats) and the fact I weighed my food. It was extremely hard the first few weeks until I lost my stomach fat and after that it was easy. I formed the impression my fat cells in someway signalled my satiety centre but after you lost this fat store the signal strenght weakened ( less output from fat). I understand leptins actually do this , it was subsequently discovered and antileptin drugs may ultimately be the cure. Keeping off the weight was harder because, in my opinion, most foods you buy are artificially enriched with calories, sugars and fats and your basic western meal is enough calories for a whole day. I think governments limiting fats in foods is the only sane diet solution :)

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I lower my blood sugar?
    I have gestational diabetes controlled by diet. all of the sudden I started feeling very crappy like I was going to pass out. I tested my blood sugar and it was 170 after 2 1/2 hours of a meal. When I checked it, it said it was only 130 after the meal. I am not feeling good at all. Will this eventually go away over time. And are there anyways I can lower my blood sugar. I do not take insulin.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to do a HbA1C (Glycoselated Hemoglobin) test to find out if your sugar control on diet is good. If the value is below 7 that means your control is good. If it is above 7 then you have to meet your doctor for advice regarding starting medications as your diet is not adequate. But in the mean time start regular walking and/or some other exercises.
      But your feeling of discomfort may not be connected with your blood sugar problem because mildly high blood sugar does not produce any symptoms other than feeling a little more thirst and passing urine. So if you are not feeling well check with your doctor for any other problem.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I adjust my diet if my blood sugar is too high before meals?
    If my blood sugar is too high or low before or after meals, how do I adjust my diet to compensate?

    • ANSWER:
      First, keep track of what you ate for breakfast, if you have eaten too many carbs which turn into sugar, your accu check will be higher. Do some exercising, walking, gardening, move around, dance, lift light weighs to help utilize some of those extra carbs.
      I don't know how high your sugar gets and I don't know what you have eaten, or what kind of medicine you take,so I can't really say what you should do. The effects of food doesn't take notice until 3-4 hrs from when you have last eaten. Everyone is so different. What works for someone else may not work for you. How often do you take your accu check? Keep a daily record of your accu checks and your diet and when you eat too.
      How is your diet? Go to Google and type in "high glycemic foods" and "low glycemic foods", look for ehow, this is a great site explaining how foods are metabolized in your body. And should give you some great in site on diabetes too.
      Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    does cinnamon help lower blood sugar?
    the past couple months i have been on here asking questions about diabeties and ive been getting really good advice. i was dignosed in feb and no one i know has it and its not in my family. needless to say this is kinda my support group:)

    in previous questions about my blood sugar, a few people have suggested adding cinnamon to my diet to reduce blood sugar readings. has anyone on here tried that and it has worked? how much a day do i take? will it be a noticable difference? anyone on here know anything and can give me more info? thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, cinnamon really helps in reducing blood sugar levels. It also helps with LDL lipoprotein, triglycerides and total cholesterol. However, cinnamon can not help in Type 1 Diabetes and insulin dependent. It can only help in Type 2 diabetes by taking 1/4 teaspoonful 2-3 times a day. You can add it to your coffee, tea or anything else that you drink or eat. If you decide to try this, be very patient, because it usually takes 40 days to notice the first results. It would be the best if your physician monitors your blood sugar levels. Because there are many different types of cinnamon, be sure that you found the right one, which is called Cinnamomun cassia.
      More can be found at http://www.helpdiabetes.com Diet Section

  39. QUESTION:
    Blood Sugar levels lower, feel horrible. How Long?
    I was recently diagnosed with type 2. I am sure that I was a consistant high 200's before. I took some meds which brought it in the high 90's to low 100's. I had all the symptoms of low blood sugar. Even now, at 150 I have those feelings, dizzy, etc. How long does it take the body to adjust to lower levels. The doctor said they like to bring it down slow, but mine came down in a week, and they are letting me try with diet only. I am trying to do what is right, but I feel horrible, can't concentrate at times. I know it is an adjustment, but, how long?

    • ANSWER:
      Something to consider - sometimes it's not the highs or lows themselves that you feel sick from. Sometimes it's having about the same levels, then swinging quite a bit higher or lower than that. Or jumping down very quickly (a week is very fast). Unfortunately, can't tell you how long it will take to feel better - but at least in the meantime you can take comfort in knowing you are healthier and liable to live longer. And, this definitely won't last forever - your physical as well as emotional body will adjust - probably fairly quickly all things considered.
      (I answered your other question too - might be more info. there that could help).

      Good luck! (:

  40. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for low blood sugar level than normal . what diet to boost the glucose level normal?
    what is normal level of glucose in blood

    • ANSWER:
      this is an issue that a doc needs to check.

  41. QUESTION:
    What Breads wont cause a rise in blood sugar?
    I'm am trying to keep a very low sugar diet. I know that there are a lot of breads out there that turn into sugar, but I really like bread, crackers, and snacks like that. Is there any bread/cracker out there that wont turn to sugar or cause a rise in blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      All bread contains carbs and this turns into sugar and raises blood sugar. Wholemeal bread will raise your blood sugar more slowly than white bread and things like rice cakes and riveta are also a lot better than bread but still will increase your blood sugar. The important thing to do is to limit your portion size - eat one slice with plenty of fresh vegetables and salad and some lean meat or eggs. Hope that helps xx

  42. QUESTION:
    How Do I Lower High Blood Sugar?
    As a type 2 diabetic who is not on insulin I watch my diet closely but sometimes that doesn't seem to be enough, just wondering if anyone out there has some golden answer for lowering high blood sugar.

    • ANSWER:

      If you are type 2 then I would advise severely limiting your carbs for the following reason.The best thing type 2 diabetics can do it severely limit their carb intake to balance out sugar and insulin levels. When this is done, your body will adjust accordingly and compensate by shifting into the fat metabolism state. Fat does not need insulin to be converted to energy and so your blood sugar levels will remain much more even without any violent swings from high to low. This stops hypoglycemic reactions and gives your pancreas time to rest and rejuvenate.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have been Type II diabetic for 8 years. Can I control my blood sugar levels with diet and exercise, alone?
    I take Glucovance and occassionally took Avandia. Headlines , today, said that 43% of those taking Avandia have significant heart problems. I am on a low carb diet and have lost weight. I exercise moderately yet nothing I seem to do stabilizes my blood sugar levels. My range stays between 80 and 170 with some lows and highs in the dangerous range(45&365). Any resources or personal experiences would help me out.

    • ANSWER:
      This is hard to answer. Even on the medication, you say your blood sugars are getting out of control occasionally. Your diet and exercise seem to be good and stable. The truth is, no matter whether you are on medication or not, you are still going to have some highs and lows. The purpose of medications like Glucovance is to increase insulin production. There are tests your doctor can do that can determine the levels of insulin you are producing and see if these medications are helping. The best advice I can give you is to speak to your doctor about it. He is the one who can advise you about what may be best for your health. I have read that both Glucovance and Avandia can have dangerous complications, so maybe there are some different medications you can try. I would honestly just ask your doctor if it would be safe to try being off your medications for a period of 2-3 months and seeing how you do. Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    How to diet properly for a ballerina w/ low blood sugar?
    I don't have hypoglycemia im just above that bar line but i still have pretty low blood sugar. im really trying to lose weight and get in better physical shape for ballet but im having a hard time dieting. I need to eat like every two hours or i get extremely dizzy and faint. most "ballet diets" tell you to eat ONLY 3 meals a day with a snack between lunch and dinner to keep energy for practice. unfortunately if i did that i would end up fainting a LOT! i usually always keep some sort of snack with me.

    my question is what exactly could i eat for both snacks and meals. i HAVE to have enough carbs and protein in every meal AND snack or i wont make it through the day. so.......what could i eat that would let me lose weight since i have to eat so often?

    please answer! anything would help so much (also specifics would be nice) thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There is no science to eating 3 meals a day. Lucky for you the solution for both your problems is the same- the BEST way to lose weight AND manage your blood sugar would be to eat 6 or more small meals a day. Try eating half a banana, a handful of nuts, sometimes I cut protein bars into smaller pieces and pop 1/4 or 1/6 at a time. Obviously you know enough to stay away from sugary drinks and absolute carb snacks. Try to incorporate protein into most of your snacks. I was with ABT for 5 years (school then company). Add 200-400 mg of magnesium to your diet and take a good multi, it will stabilise your sugar as well. Dont go long periods without eating ever. Good luck to you!

  45. QUESTION:
    What is dangerously low blood sugar?
    What is dangerously low blood sugar and how does someone without a disease such as diabetes get to that point? Can simply not eating any sugar in your diet cause this or is it impossible to 'give' low blood sugar to yourself?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Anita, I'll try my best to answer without getting too technical :) Keep in mind what I'm writing is for normal people, blood sugar levels and such will be different for people with a disease like diabetes. Well normal blood sugar levels after not eating for 10 hours should be around 90. This is what is typically referred to as "fasting level." When the levels get to around 60 you start to get symptoms and when they reach the 50 you start to get problems in brain function. (This is probably what you mean when you say dangerously low). Eventually when you start getting below the 50's it'll lead to seizures, coma, and death.

      For the second part of the question concerning sugar. Well, this is where medicine is different then normal language. When we say "blood sugar" in medicine it means the level of glucose in your blood. Glucose is different from regular sugar which is called Sucrose. Glucose can come from any food, like vegetables, rice, fruits, really anything you eat can be turned into glucose. So it's impossible to give yourself low blood sugar just by not eating regular table sugar sucrose. Not eating any sugar in your diet doesn't matter, As long as your eating something, your body will turn it into glucose and your blood sugar level will be fine.

  46. QUESTION:
    does not eating for 16 hours raise or lower blood sugar?
    borderline diabetic. doc gave me an accucheck meter to monitor and control sugar through diet and life style changes.
    i will see the doc again this friday and discuss my results with him.
    doc has been using blood tests from the lab and an accu check in his office to monitor me several times a year, always close, but never into the diabetic range.

    my level all day stays below 140.
    fasting is out of control. first thing in the morning im averaging 120.
    "Dawn Phenomenon" was suggested in another question, which i wil discus with the doc.

    as an experiment, i did not eat anything for 16 hours. reading was 128.

    can not eating push it up that high?

    should i try several small meals through the day?

    or is my something wrong? have i become a diabetic over night and i cant control this anymore? should i call the doc on monday?

    thanks everyone, this is new to me and im just not sure when it becomes critical and i should worry.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, not eating can raise your blood sugar and it can be dangerous to some people.
      Your eating habits should be consistent. Eat breakfast,a mid morning snack,lunch,afternoon snack, supper and an evening snack.This could be too much for you to do but diabetes is a trial and error disease but not too much error.Monitor your blood whenever your not sure.It's better to be safe than sorry.Best of health to you!!! Take Care!

  47. QUESTION:
    Could low resting blood sugar be a warming symptom?
    I recently had the revelation that I'm addicted to sugar. I'll go on restricting diets and then fail miserably and binge eat till I'm sick. I sit and eat cookies and chocolate till I'm uncomfortable and sick. A few weeks back, I had a blood test that revealed my resting glucose level to be on the lower end of normal. Is this a product from years of binge eating simple carbs (hyperinsulin production)? Would that prevent me from losing weight if I went on a normal diet? Would sugar addiction explain an absent menstrual cycle?

    • ANSWER:
      Eating sugar does not cause diabetes however, you conintual eating of sugar may suggest some other condition or your body is lacking something and thus trying to make up for it through eating sugar. If you had diebetes and consumed the amounts of sugar you claim you would be in a diabetic coma. However if your blood sugar was under 65 then you would need to worry if the doctor did not seem alarmed then I would suggest your okay. Also, you may have a very active metabolism!

  48. QUESTION:
    Books and websites on a healthy diet for hypoglycemia?
    I haven't been diagnosed as hypoglycemic or diabetic but I know I feel awful when my blood sugar is messed up and I want to take care of it now to avoid getting sick...does anyone know of some good sources of information about a healthy diet for low blood sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/hypodiet
      www.gicare.com/pated/edtot19.htm
      diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/hypoglycemia/

  49. QUESTION:
    Will a fiber rich diet bring blood sugar back down from 270?
    My best friend was just diagosed with Type 2 Diabetes (today) and spent the day in the ER (blood sugar was up at 585 and stabalized at 270). He knows he needs to have 145 or lower to be within acceptable limits. But after nearly 10 hours on an insulin IV his sugar level stayed at the 270 marker. He hasn't eaten all day ( got there aroun 4:00am).

    • ANSWER:
      When your friend is stablized , her's what must be done to keep glucose levels in control:
      There are 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels :

      1) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.Exercise is Non-Negotiable !!!Thats why it is Number 1 on the list.
      2) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
      3) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.Also never ever take Onglyza or Januvia . They can can inhibit the bodys immune system and let cancer spread.
      4) Diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm

      And 145 is not acceptable. Below 100 is acceptable for a diabetic.
      With the above he will get their. Don't forget to remember what I said about the Killer drugs.

      Take care

      TIN

  50. QUESTION:
    Will tomato sauce have a significant inpact on blood sugar is a person is on a low carb diet?
    Im looking for some low carb sauces and thought that a tomato sauce (almost spagetti style) is a great way to gain antioxidants but I am unsure of how it will affect the blood sugar when a person is on a low carb life style.

    • ANSWER:
      I think I should get best answer on this. I am an expert, obviously.

      lol.