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Pre-diabetes vs Diabetes Stage 1: And the Winner Is

Whats In the Name?
When I first read Riva Greenberg’s post “The Lie That’s Killing Us: Pre-diabetes” in Huffpost Healthy Living, I was a bit surprised. According to Ms. Greenberg "Recognizing pre-diabetes as “Stage 1” Type 2 Diabetes will get millions more people to take action to stop their diabetes from progressing.”

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I thought to myself, what difference will it make if you call it “pre-diabetes” or “diabetes Stage 1”? Clearly, the name changes nothing about your status as a pre diabetic.

As I read on, I kept wondering how it is going to encourage “the nearly 80 million Americans” to do something about their “diabetes stage 1” that they are not doing for their “pre diabetes”? Are they really going to make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent advanced Type 2 diabetes?”

I totally agree with Ms. Greenberg that we need new strategy. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) may have failed with its campaign to encourage pre diabetics to participate in preventiv…

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

Are You at Risk?American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In 2015, Alert Day will take place on Tuesday, March 24.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for pre-diabetes or diabetes type 2 . Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

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Why Curbing Your Sweet Tooth Will Help You Kiss Pre-diabetes Goodbye

How Do You Handle Your Sweet Tooth?
I will admit to being  a sugarholic in the not too distant past. However, I could not do that now. Over the past 7 years, I have retrained my taste buds. Now, very  sweet things do not taste as good to me. I am satisfied with just a small amount of sweets if any.

Sweets for teeth by sophie

I am not saying I don’t eat foods with added sugar. I do. My wife, Lynn, distracts me with her baking. However, the goodies I enjoy these days are barely sweetened. They contain only a fraction of the sugar you’ll find in the commercial varieties. Many of these foods, such as candies,  jellies, yogurt with fruit, and soft drinks, are too sweet for my taste now. I have no problem resisting them.

I can see how my kids have become sugaholics. My efforts to impress upon them why I decided to curb my sweet tooth only works sometimes. However, they don’t bring me my favorite chocolate or candy when they come back from a trip as often as they did in the past.
Change Your Tast…

Why I Will Never Eat Processed Food Again

We all eat some processed food. However there is a huge deference between natural food which have been processed in some way such as grinding, juicing, creaming, cutting, slicing, and dicing and chemically processed food.  All of these are “mechanically processed” as opposed to “chemically processed”.

 Maurice Svay-Junk Food

If we pack natural ingredients without adding any chemicals, they remain real food. Once foods are chemically processed, made only from refined ingredients  and artificial substances, we get “processed foods”.

What is unique about processed foods is their lack of nutritional value  and  they are unhealthy.
6 Reasons Why I Stopped Eating Processed Food
1. Processed Food Has a High Amount of Sugar and Fructose Corn Syrup
Sugar and its evil twin, fructose corn syrup, have a bad reputation for being harmful to our health especially when consumed in excess. Besides being empty calories, sugar has no essential nutrients. It only provides us with temporary high energy.

Studies …

Jump Start Your Day With Glycemic Load Diet Breakfast

“Too-late-for-breakfast, grab-something-for-lunch, eat-a-big-dinner, and nibble-nonstop-until-bedtime” (Jane Brody’s Good Food Book). Sounds familiar? I used to grab something for breakfast on the way out of the house and nibble right up to bedtime. I did that until I found out that glycemic load diet breakfast could actually help me lose weight, reduce high blood sugar levels, and live longer! That’s what researchers found out about people who ate breakfast almost every day.

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We are probably not going to replenish what we missed at breakfast as the day progresses. So we are likely to develop a deficiency in some very important building blocks in our body like calcium, vitamin C, iron, and thiamin (vitamin B).Now I get up a little earlier, meditate for 10-15 minutes, and eat my glycemic load diet breakfast leisurely. Only then I start my day. Apparently eating breakfast benefit…

How I Reversed My Pre Diabetic Symptoms Naturally

I have been successful in my efforts to reverse pre diabetic symptoms for the last 8 years now. It has made a tremendous difference in my life. I eat healthy, I exercise, and I have a lot more energy. I use to weigh 207 pounds, and now I weigh 177 pounds.That's a loss of 30 pounds!

 Let Your Reach Exceed Your Grasp

Through time my weight and my blood glucose levels go up and down depending on:

The seasons (I’m slimmer during the summer)
How much I exercise
How well I watch my eating habits.

When I look at myself now, I feel good. My body is slimmer and I feel a sense of accomplishment. I did it. I reached my goal. That feels great!

This whole thing started following a routine visit to our family doctor. My check up included a comprehensive blood work and blood pressure check. I found to have borderline high blood pressure. That was a warning sign as far as the doctor was concern, "There are a few things you must do right away" he said, "Stop using salt and sugar and reduce…

Reversing Pre diabetes Naturally: 7 Important Steps to Get You Started

Reversing pre-diabetes naturally represents a whole-body nutritional approach that re-activates the body’s ability to heal itself. This approach stimulates healing, which in turn regenerates the body’s tissues, organs and bodily systems.

When your body is restored to it’s normal healthy functioning, the cause of the disease will resolve on it’s own. This is not a unique approach to pre-diabetes, it applies to other conditions like: allergies, eczema, obesity, diabetes type 2, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and more.

Listed here are recommendations to start you off on your journey.

This should be the first step as far as I’m concerned because this is where you start taking action. Let's get started.
Drink at least 8-10 cups of water of water a day. Water is the ideal drink. Have one glass before meals and one with meals for a great no-calorie filler-upper and digestive helper. if the weather is chilly for cold water, drink it hot with a squirt or two of lemon juice.Refrain fro…

5 Ways to Manage Your for Pre Diabetes Diet

Since my diagnosis with pre diabetes 8 years ago, I switched to pre diabetes diet. I keep up my current healthy weight with a great diet/eating plan. If you intend on losing more than 15 pounds, consult your doctor for suggestions on how to do this without risk.

I’ve maintained my blood glucose below pre diabetes levels for 8 years now. My weight fluctuates a bit depending on what I eat and how I exercise. I urge you to follow my steps because I know what works and what doesn’t.

I was brought up eating everything, and so I do. If there is something that you don’t like, there are loads of other foods that you can eat and appreciate.

My wife Lynn and I like to buy fresh organic produce from our area. I believe that this is important because it is good for our bodies and has nutrients without any chemicals or preservatives. We buy our fruits and vegetables from a nearby farm that sells quality organic dairy products and produce in season.  Eating fruits and vegetables in season means that t…

Hope, the Special Ingredient

Whenever we begin to feel as if we can no longer go on, hope whispers in our ear to remind us that we are strong.
~ Robert M. Hensel

Daisies symbolic meaning is Hope, and Innocence according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

I never imagined that words like healing, health, and hope will become so significant in my daily life, especially “hope”. That’s the secret ingredient for me, because without it, I would probably be in the dumps by now.

While exploring the net I read an article written by Christiana Casey. Since  I couldn’t say it any better, I brought you her words of wisdom. It is all a matter of hope.

Why is Hope Important?

By Christiana Casey

"Hope is not merely wishful thinking; it is much more than that. Hope is knowing and strongly believing that though one is in a desperate situation, things will improve. This faith and optimism has helped individuals gather enough courage to get through the day throughout history. In fact, hope was personified in Greek mythology as Elpis, and w…

Find Body Mass Index: Follow Your BMI to Reverse Pre Diabetes

I have told you how to find body mass index (BMI) when we’re checking if you're overweight It appears that an awareness of your BMI will help you prevent diabetes.Your body weight index determines the percentage of fat in your body. The greater the percentage, the greater the chance that you’ll develop diabetes.
The Surgeon General’s office reports a staggering rise of 50% in the number of obese or overweight adults in the US than there were just a decade ago. Recent studies have projected that one-third of the children born in 2000 will develop Type 2 Diabetes, and excessive weight will be the primary cause. Over the last ten years, the number of deaths related to obesity related diseases has increased by 33%

The close relationship between excessive weight and diabetes is undeniable. That’s why it’s so important for you, if you’re either pre diabetic or diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, to check your body mass index. It’s such a small effort to keep track of your body weight index. M…

Do I Have Pre Diabetes?: Impaired Fasting Glucose

Do I have Pre Diabetes?

Impaired fasting glycaemia or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) refers to a condition in which the fasting blood glucose is above normal levels but is not high enough to be classified as diabetes mellitus. It is a pre diabetic state, associated with insulin resistance , although of lesser risk than impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). IFG sometimes progresses to type 2 diabetes mellitus.
There is a 50% risk over 10 years of progressing to overt diabetes. Many newly identified IFG patients progress to diabetes in less than three years. Some patients with pre diabetes can also be diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance, but many have normal responses to a glucose tolerance test.

Normal functioning of insulin Source:

World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for impaired fasting glucose differs from the (American Diabetes Association) ADA criteria, because the normal range of glucose is defined differently. Fasting plasma glucose levels 100 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/L) a…

Fiber Foods and Weight Loss: Fiber the Filler-Upper

Fiber Foods and Weight Loss
High-carbohydrate meals are good for our weight loss. Before we consume too many calories, starchy foods fill us up with low-calorie fiber foods. Fiber is plant material that cannot be digested by humans. Substantial amounts of fiber are found in all unrefined grains (whole wheat, rye, corn, etc.), dried beans, peas, and all fruits and vegetables. Refined starches contain fiber as well, but much less of it.

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Fiber Foods and Weight Loss: Consume Fewer Calories on A High Fiber Diet

For the most part, foods containing fiber take longer to eat than dairy products and meat. You might spend more time eating, but you actually consume fewer calories on a high fiber foods diet. Fiber takes up space in your stomach and small intestine where it absorbs water. It slows down digestion enough to prolong feelings of satiation. The food is then passed to the large intestine, or the colon, where the fiber works efficiently to eliminate solid wastes without any strai…

Five Tips for Mindful Eating: How to Eat

Here are five tips for mindful eating. Follow this guide to change your eating habits. How we eat, just like what we eat, has a profound effect on our behavior and ultimately on our weight.

Drink something warm 15-20 minutes before each meal
Eat slowly
Increase your eating awareness
Eat when you feel hungry

These recommendations apply to just about everyone, overweight or not.

Photo: by the National Cancer Institute

Tips for Mindful Eating: Drink Something Warm 15-20 Minutes Before Each Meal.

Drink a warm drink like soup, broth or warm water with a spoon of lemon juice. Don’t drink coffee or anything sweet. Do this 15-20 minutes before a meal. It helps reduce the amount of food we eat and the speed of eating. 15-20 minutes is enough time to activate the satiety mechanism, the ability to feel when you have eaten enough. It also makes it less likely that you will clean your plate before you’re aware of it.

This technique exists throughout Europe and Asia, People have soup, tea, or a warm d…

How to Make Healthy Salads and Why Salads Should Be Part of Reversing Pre Diabetes.

Vegetable Salads: Low-Calorie Feast

Vegetables are nutritional dynamite full of vitamins and minerals and dietary fiber, yet low in calories. Vegetables are at the heart of how to make healthy salads. A salad should contain a variety of vegetables, including root vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and stalks. This makes a good foundation for a complete meal.

The Mediterranean diet recommends eating 5-6 servings of vegetables daily, which translates to having vegetables at each meal. Vegetables contain a variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating the recommended amount of vegetables each day can eliminate the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other diseases.

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Vegetables contain a great deal of water. Water is an important part of our diet and plays an important role in our gastrointestinal and kidney functions. We mostly don't drink enough water, and therefore most of the water comes from the food we eat.

Fruits an…

Fruits and Vegetables: This Is What Your Grandma Never Taught You.[Infographic]

By John Berardi and Ryan Andrews

Fruits and vegetables’ vibrant colors tell the story of their “super powers”. You see, it’s their “phytonutrients”, or plant nutrients, that help us fight disease and stay stronger for longer.
Learn what the phytonutrients do — and how much of each you need to be healthy — in the infographic below.
Then download this free Phytonutrient Cheat Sheet. Print it out. Stick it on your fridge. It’ll help you track how many servings of each color you’re getting every day.

Courtesy: Precision Nutrition

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