What are next steps once you have been diagnosed with diabetes?

Even when a person has completed a diabetes education program and has gone home to try to apply what s/he has learned, some individuals find that questions occur in the “real world” that were not discussed in class and are not covered in the class book or in the resource list provided during class.

Some of these “real world” questions are about things that don’t seem important enough to “bother” your doctor’s office staff. So, where do you turn?

Another thing that has often occurred was that certain patients simply would not attend class. The reasons were varied, but could usually be summed up in one or more of the following:

  1. insurance paid once, will not pay again for an update.
  2. no insurance, too expensive at the hospital’s classes to pay out of pocket. ($240 for group skills instruction; $290 for 7 hours of group instruction).
  3. no time available when class is available.
  4. cannot sit long enough for class.
  5. transportation problems.
  6. the chief cook can’t get off work to attend class, too.
  7. not ready to learn about diabetes.
  8. babysitter not available at the right time to attend classes.

Without that class attendance, and lacking the knowledge and skills needed to control their blood glucose (BG), these individuals often had great difficulty in controlling their blood glucose (BG) levels.

It was not uncommon for both the patients and their doctors to become frustrated because of the seemingly “impossible” task of balancing the blood glucose (BG) level in a safe and healthy range. So, what became of these patients?

Unfortunately, the hospitals are full of people just like these. People who couldn’t or wouldn’t take the time, or didn’t have resources available, to find out what they needed to be doing to live long, healthy lives.

The price of ignorance is just too high:

  • blindness,
  • amputations,
  • kidney failure,
  • heart attacks,
  • strokes!!!!

Those are mighty high prices to pay for “just not knowing.”

The damage caused by high levels of blood glucose (BG) can be found anywhere in the body where blood flows. Yes, that’s right. Blood goes everywhere. That is exactly what I am saying. Diabetes can damage every single cell in your body…if given the opportunity. My goal for you, however, is to minimize the opportunity that diabetes has to damage your body. My goal is for your body to not even realize that you have diabetes!

“What do you mean? Not even know I have diabetes? Doesn’t my body already know that?” you may be asking.

Long-term research has shown again and again that the closer you keep your blood glucose (BG) levels to the range where non-diabetic blood glucose (BG) levels are, the less risk you have of those severe, debilitating, long-term complications – blindness, amputation, kidney failure, stroke, and/or heart attack.

Doesn’t it sound worth finding out how to control your blood glucose (BG) level?

By controlling your blood glucose (BG), you can lower your risk to almost the same as someone who does not have diabetes at all. Pretty amazing, eh?

Based on years of research and experience, Your Diabetes Coach offers you the opportunity to fill in gaps you may have in your own knowledge, skills, and abilities regarding self-management of diabetes.

To accomplish this, Your Diabetes Coach (with your help) will assess your current state of health, knowledge regarding diabetes self-care, treatment plan (i.e. medicine(s), dietary habits, exercise habits, monitoring, etc.), and available resources.

Based on the information you provide, Your Diabetes Coach will work with you to develop a personalized, individualized plan of diabetes education and care to meet the identified needs in order to improve your glycosolated hemoglobinA1c (A1c) level and blood glucose (BG) levels (and other health indicators, if indicated) with a goal of decreasing your risk of long-term complications.

Your Diabetes Coach combines individualized diabetes education with the essential elements of multi-disciplinary assessment and on-going evaluation and modification of a comprehensive plan for improved health to address all areas needing attention. By using this combined approach, patients have reported:

  • feeling better almost immediately
  • more energy
  • sleeping better
  • not feeling hungry all the time
  • having better skin
  • being able to stop taking some of their prescription medicines
  • having a reduction in symptoms
  • having happier doctors — because lab results improved so dramatically!

So why this approach?

The approach being used by Your Diabetes Coach has been used very successfully in the last six years of her practice as a diabetes educator. Being able to work with each person individually has been the key to her patients achieving much lower blood glucose (BG) averages and A1c’s than they were previously able to achieve. When they began to see dramatic improvements in their blood glucose (BG) levels, their doctors started asking what the patients were doing differently.

Your Diabetes Coach is willing to work closely with some physicians to improve diabetes control for our mutual patients. Your doctor may or may not be aware of Your Diabetes Coach, Inc and the assessment and diabetes education services offered. If you wish me to discuss the services of Your Diabetes Coach with your doctor, feel free to give your doctor name and phone number or email address for Your Diabetes Coach (see the Contact Us page). Your Diabetes Coach will be happy to address any questions or concerns s/he may have.

Now, you CAN have Your own Diabetes Coach to help you figure out what your body needs and wants to reduce your blood glucose (BG) levels, your triglyceride levels, your cholesterol levels, and improve your overall health.. Your Diabetes Coach services are available to you by telephone, email, facsimile, and/or online.

Conclusion

To read about each of the services individually, go to Services.

If you are ready now to start improving the control you have of your blood glucose levels, our Current Introductory Offer will save you money while helping you feel better and prevent complications.

Medical Shingles and Asthma

Asthma

Asthma, though not always fatal, is an ailment that is alarming both to the person suffering from it as well as to the person attending to him. This is because the patient suffers the agony of severe shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing and the onlooker has practically nothing to do. All he can do is helplessly looks on at the sufferer who fights desperately for breath with puffed up face and popping eyes.

Medical Shingles and Asthma

Medical Shingles , Shingles Medical or Herpes Zoster in whatever name you may call it, this viral disease caused by the Varicella Zoster virus is a painfully distressing ailment for which there is practically no cure. In some cases it has been reportedly observed that inhalation of toxic chemicals and gases can trigger an attack of shingles. Also, there is no known preventive measure that one could take to avoid an attack. To prevent shingles, you just prevent chicken pox (shingles and chicken pox are supposed to be blood brothers).

Asthma and Medical Shingles – is there a Connection?

Yes there is. People who were around the world trade centre when it went down should agree. The fact is, inhalation of dangerous chemicals may induce an attack of asthma and shingles.

Actually, it has been clinically established that inhalation of dangerous or hazardous chemicals and fumes trigger attacks of asthma as well as shingles. And the primary culprit among them is Nitric acid and Sulphuric acid, both being of highly corrosive nature. In the case of asthma, the acid fume goes through the nostrils, provoking an attack while in shingles, it activates the latent virus by interacting with the mucus membrane.

Maca: Discover How This New Phytonutrient Can Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Maca at a Glance

Maca is a dehydrated, cruciferous root vegetable, and not a drug, so it is imported without any problems. It is a benign, medicinal food, which has been in use for 10,000 years, possibly more, and has had ample time to be judged effective. It is also easily affordable, costing less than $12 per month.

It Contains: Proteins, as polypeptides, make up 11 per cent of the dry maca root, calcium makes up 10 per cent and magnesium and potassium are present in significant amounts. Other minerals include iron, silica and traces of iodine, manganese, zinc, copper and sodium. Vitamins in maca are thiamine, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. The amino acid proteins in maca include aspartic acid, glutamic acid, serine, histidine, glycine, threonine, cystine, alanine, arginine, tyrosines, valine, methionine, isoleucine, lysine, proline, hoproline and surcosine.

Benefits: According to doctors in Peru and the US, maca may be of benefit for:

  • Menopausal symptoms – Hot flushes, tender breasts, sleeplessness, emotional upsets, ‘brain fog’, vaginal dryness
  • Osteoporosis – Significant bone rebuilding, improvement in bone density
  • Energy-booster – Balances the endocrine system – thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Male impotence – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Period problems – Pain, PMS, flooding and/or scant flow.

Rather than hormone replacement therapy (HRT), millions of women are putting their faith in a remedy which has been used for 10,000 years, is safe and amazingly effective – a cruciferous root vegetable from Peru called maca.

Anthropologist Dr Viana Muller has brought this extraordinary remedy to the attention of the Western world. “Once in a decade, a remedy used by native peoples for thousands of years comes to our attention, and it seems so important for health, that we wonder how we ever got along without it,” Dr Muller says. “Maca is that kind of supplement. Now women have an alternative to hormone replacement therapy drugs. Maca works in an entirely different and more satisfactory way for most women than phytoestrogen herbs like black cohosh and liquorice root. Men, too, find that maca counteracts the difficulties they may experience in maintaining good sexual relationships as they age, due to a general slowing down in the output of the endocrine glands.”

Research

The scientist responsible for much of the current knowledge of the maca root is Dr Gloria Chacon de Popivici, a biologist trained at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Dr Chacon says that maca root works in a fundamentally different way than HRT, promoting optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary, thereby improving the functioning of all the endocrine glands.

Dr Chacon has done the most important scientific work to date on the maca plant. She isolated four alkaloids from the maca root and carried out animal studies, with male and female rats given either powdered maca root or the alkaloids. Females receiving either root powder or alkaloids showed multiple egg follicle maturation, while in males, significantly higher sperm production and mobility rates were noted than in control groups.

Dr Chacon established that it was the alkaloids in the maca root, not its plant hormones, that produced fertility effects on the ovaries and testes of the rats. “These effects are measurable within 72 hours of dosing the animals,” she said. She deduced that the alkaloids were acting on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, which explains why both male and female rats were affected in a gender-appropriate manner. This also explains why the effects in humans are not limited to ovaries and testes, but also include the pancreas, thyroid as well as the adrenals, giving a feeling of greater energy and vitality.

Dr Muller says, “Implications of Dr Chacon’s discovery of the pituitary-stimulating effects of maca are enormous. This means that from a holistic point of view, hormone replacement therapy (even the natural varieties) will no longer be the gold standard for optimising health.”

Alternatives to HRT

It is important to remember that maca itself does not contain any hormones. Its action on the body jogs the pituitary into producing the precursor hormones, which ultimately end up raising oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, thyroid and pancreas. But this occurs naturally, unlike time-bomb drugs, which throw the entire body into a dangerous state of confusion.

Dr Jorge Malaspina, a respected cardiologist, has been using maca in his Lima, Peru practice for over a decade. He says, “Maca does not cause the ovaries in women to atrophy, as conventional hormone replacement therapy does. This means that maca may be discontinued at any time without danger.” He adds, “Different medicinal plants work on the ovaries by stimulating them. With maca, though, we should say that it regulates the ovarian function.”

Dr Malaspina reiterates what Dr Chacon says about the way maca regulates the internal secretion organs, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and the pancreas. He has even found mace to be effective on women who have undergone complete hysterectomies. He describes one patient who had a serium oestradiol level of 15, which is very low. After two months on mace it went up to 75. He says that a level above 60 is an adequate postmenopausal level. “Maca enables the adrenals to make sufficient hormones to avoid symptoms,” he says. Dr Malaspina adamantly prefers maca therapy to HRT. “The presence of outside hormones circulating in the system sends a message to the pituitary and the hypothalamus that there is a sufficient quantity of hormones in the body, and so they stop producing them.

When menopause arrives, the ovaries are atrophied and do not produce the oestrogen and progesterone, which the body requires minimally to function. For this reason, I encourage women to start with maca before menopause. It seems to help the endocrine system to stay in balance.”

‘Natural Viagra’

Doctors Malaspina, Muller and Chacon, as well as doctors from the US and Canada, also have good news for men who are suffering age-related sexual dysfunction. They can forget expensive, possibly dangerous Viagra. Maca works extremely well, and safely. Dr Jorge Aguila Calderon, Dean of Human Medicine at Limas’ National University of Federico of Villareal, prescribes maca for a wide variety of conditions, including osteoporosis and the healing of bone fractures in the very elderly. He says, “Maca has a lot of easily absorbable calcium in it, plus magnesium, and a fair amount of silica, which we are finding very useful in treating decalcification of bones in children and adults.”

Dr Calderon has also helped patients overcome male impotence, male sterility, and female sterility by employing maca therapy. Additional problems he treats with maca are rickets, various forms of anaemia, menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, climacteric and erectile difficulties in men, premature ageing, and general states of weakness such as chronic fatigue.

Another health professional using maca is Dr Garry F. Gordon, President of the International College of Advanced Longevity medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He said, “Using maca myself, I experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. I call it nature’s answer to Viagra.

“What I see in maca is a means of normalising our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone and oestrogen.

“Therefore, it has the facility to forestall the hormonal changes of ageing. It acts on men to restore them to healthy functional status in which they experience a more active libido . Lots of men and women who previously believed their sexual problems were psychological, are now clearly going to look for something physiological to improve quality of life in the area of sexuality. Of course, as someone interested in longevity, I am aware that mortality comes on much sooner for those individuals whose sexual activity is diminished or nonexistent. I believe that people who engage in sex twice a week or more, live longer. I’ve found sexual activity to be a reliable marker for overall ageing.”

Are herbs really as healthy as people claim them to be?

Herbs are plants that have always been used to treat disease states. Knowledge about medicinal plants are continuously transmitted from generation to generation, while the latter is also continuously updated.

There’s more to herbs than needs the eye

It is true that a lot of knowledge of medicinal plants through generations also distorted and distorted. A lot more than the transfer of knowledge, I find it fascinating idea where some our ancestors acquired this knowledge and where to go is actually the beginnings of the use of medicinal plants. The latter answer will probably never get.

It is interesting to themselves the fact that folk medicine that is used for the treatment of medicinal plants, knowledge about them is not acquired in different laboratories, as we do today, the latter is obtained by using everyday use. Thus, sometimes the discovery of some medicinal properties also need a whole century. When using herbs to help the people from turning to nature, also occurred in various superstitions, the latter is most notably in the Middle Ages, but only in the treatment of medicinal plants throw a bad light.

chinese herbs

Active substances in herbs

Among the superstitions can be found opinion on the fact that most of the active substances in plants of the new moon, it is necessary around the plants before they dig draw a circle that you should collect medicinal plants in the Midsummer Night, and much more. The latter are only beliefs and superstitions that have no fundamental or concrete bases that prove their authenticity. People eventually realized that the latter is nonsense and belief in superstitions was eventually supplanted common sense.

Our ancestors knew!

Despite the fact that our ancestors already thousands of years ago knew how much healing can be plants, but modern medicine will definitely need quite a few centuries to fully explore their function and meaning. All the efforts of scientists go towards the detection levels of medicinal plants, which could contribute to the improvement of existing drugs.

It is interesting to be able to medicinal plants, without any snitetičnih or any chemical ingredients and additives do wonders. You could say that it is the nature of our best doctor.

For medicinal plants are considered to be even today in many places the only domestic medicine and constitute the so-called local pharmacy. People still appreciate herbs that loves many drug effectively eliminate the symptoms of the disease and help people recover faster. It is also true that in recent years due to the significant progress made by the pharmaceutical industry interest in medicinal plants somewhat died.

There are many children and adolescents who do not know even the basic herbs, let alone to be educated about their operation and use. Also, due to the latter, I believe that our system should take a step forward and to educate young people about harmony with nature and the latter is what we offer. I’m sure people would be much healthier in so far as in his life include medicinal plants, especially if they were familiar with their proper use.

On the books and manuals on medicinal plants has been gathering dust in many places and it would be helpful to remove the latter, read them, you via the internet and lectures gain knowledge and medicinal plants that return value for which the experiences and findings of science, we know that you actually have.

Home »Aurora planet” is intended not only the presentation of medicinal plants, but also their use. We must be aware that it takes all the medicinal plants accumulate carefully, at the same time protecting nature, you appreciate and collect only those plants that you actually know. Listen to nature and allow her to show us all their wealth, which is reflected in thousands of a variety of shades.

Diabetes and Yacon

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people world wide. It is an incurable but manageable condition and affects people physically and emotionally. It can also affect family members, in particular parents of young children, who feel a responsibility to help the sufferer manage the condition through diet and medication.

Technically Speaking:
Sugar, in the form of glucose, circulates the body in the blood stream and is available for body cells to use as energy. Under normal circumstances the pancreas produces the correct amount of insulin to meet the requirements of the body and allow glucose to enter the cells. Those with diabetes do not produce enough insulin and blood sugar levels can get dangerously high.

Types of Diabetes:

Type 1 or Insulin Dependent Diabetes – most often occurs in children and young adults and will remain with them for life. The pancreas simply stops producing insulin and an external source is required. This supplemental insulin needs to be injected because if it were taken orally (in the form of a pill) the insulin would be broken down by the digestive system before it could be used. Thus, insulin injections form a daily ritual amongst type 1 sufferers.

Type 2 or Non Insulin Dependant Diabetes – tends to occur later in life and there are links between obesity and this type of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when there is insufficient insulin produced by the pancreas.

This type of diabetes can be managed without insulin injections by controlling the diet (in particular the fat and sugar intake) of the sufferer. Oral supplements and medications that help control blood sugar levels can also help.

Diabetes and Yacon

Yacon (or smallanthus sonchifolius) is a plant that is native to South America. Related to the sunflower, it has large tuberous roots that are similar in appearance to sweet potato and yellow flowers on long stalks. It is the leaves of this plant however, which are dried and powdered and made into capsules that may help diabetics. These leaves can assist in controlling hyperglycaemia by lowering blood sugar levels in the body.

Yacon leaves allow the body to use insulin more effectively by lowering the body’s cells resistance to insulin. Other medications which perform similar functions can have side affects including stomach discomfort. Yacon leaves are natural and safe. Although there seems to be no official studies into the effect of Yacon as an aid to diabetics, there is much anecdotal evidence, which suggests that the dried leaves of this plant can help. 

Creatine level extremely low as a consequence of dieting?

Creatine level extremely low as well as triglycerides.

My latest A1c was 5.7 on 6-11-14 but I work at that. Simple sugars and starches are burned up so fast that the slightest exercise would make them of little value. A simple candy bar works at the core level of insulin to make the blood sugar rise faster than any other means.

Juice, soda, milk and glucose tablets work for less than an hour at best. 95% of people don’t add back the fiber, sugar and starches when looking at carbs. Most grown food has from 78 to 82% starch per gram of carbohydrate.

I have eaten a 468 carb meal using this method, taken 85 units of Humalog and gotten a two hour blood glucose reading. Depending on the residual value of the sugars in complex carbs like sourdough bread blood sugar later can either depress or spike. I have had low creatine levels before and had many episodes of hypoglycemia until I got the correct dosage of Humalog right then no more oral anti-diabetic drugs ever.

There’s more to that

 

Just Humalog and semi long acting Lantus. Maker lies because it only works 12 hours at best. Normal dose of Humalog is not the lousy sliding scale doctors tell patients to use but one unit per Kg of body weight. Eli Lilly’s circular says so. I just took eighty units of Humalog to combat 420 carbs.

It is puzzling why an endocrinologist would not have immediately pursued the standard evaluation for fasting hypoglycemia, namely a 48-72 hour fast measuring insulin, c-peptide, proinsulin, cortisol, and a sulfonylurea screen when and only when she develops hypoglycemia.

She seems to meet the criteria of whipples triad (a low blood glucose level, symptoms of neuroglycopenia, and reversal of these symptoms after ingestion of carbohydrate). There should be no shock at finding a “normal” insulin or c-peptide level given that these were not drawn at the the correct time namely keeping the company of a blood glucose less than 50.

Likewise the “normal” abdominal CT scan is of limited value before an accurate biochemical diagnosis has been reached. Many insulinomas are too small to see on CT, and calcium stimulated selective venous sampling or intraoperative ultrasound is needed. However it is not appropriate to image prior to a properly conducted biochemical evaluation.

That should be the next step.