Type1 and Type 2 Diabetes and Intermittent Fasting

 This video has so many important facts about improving your A1c whether you are type 1 or type 2 using intermittent fasting, its amazing. I have started doing 1-2 day fasts and feel much better. I highly recommend this: How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes, The Quick Start Guide   This says it all – Step 2 – Burn it off Fasting is the simplest and fastest method to force your body to burn sugar for energy. Glucose in the blood is the most easily accessible source of energy for the body. Fasting is merely the flip side of eating – if you are not eating you are fasting. When you eat, your body stores food energy. When you fast, your body burns food energy. If you simply lengthen out your periods of fasting, you can burn off the stored sugar. Since type 2 diabetes is merely excessive glucose […] Read more »

High Carbohydrate Diets Lower Blood Sugar

Just read this article and will have to review the medical literature. Main takeaway was: During the glucose tolerance test, the men who had been eating carbohydrates for two days had remarkably stable blood sugar levels. But the other men’s blood sugar levels shot up to abnormally high levels. The men who had been eating lots of fat got results that suggested severe diabetes. Remember, these were healthy young men who had been eating practically nothing but fat for only two days. From these results, Sweeney concluded that a high-carbohydrate diet helps to improve the body’s ability to tolerate carbohydrates. In contrast, high-protein diets, high-fat diets, and fasting undermine the body’s ability to control blood sugar. In a follow-up article , Sweeney suggested that some patients might have abnormal glucose tolerance test results because of the diet that their doctors had been urging them to follow, rather than because of some underlying […] Read more »

The ONE Number That May Best Predict Your Risk of Sudden Death

Your fasting insulin level reflects how healthy your blood glucose levels are over time. Insulin helps sugar move from your blood into your cells, where it can be used or stored. Chronically elevated blood glucose leads to insulin resistance and numerous chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Elevated blood glucose and insulin resistance are epidemic today. An estimated one in four Americans are either insulin resistant or diabetic. I work with an endocrinologist and not once has he did an insulin level test..Have you had it done before? Source – http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/04/27/vitamin-d-and-blood-test-health-factors.aspx Read more »

Diet Choices and Long Term Complications

A healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption may help people with type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of chronic kidney disease or slow its progression, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at more than 6,200 diabetes patients, and found that nearly 32 percent of them developed chronic kidney disease and about 8 percent died during 5.5 years of follow-up. Patients with the healthiest diets had a lower risk of kidney disease and of dying than those with the least healthy diets. Patients who ate more than three servings of fruit per week were less likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who ate less fruit. The study was published online Aug. 12 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Patients with the lowest intake of total and animal protein were more likely to develop kidney disease than those with the highest intake, the researchers also found. Moderate alcohol intake was associated […] Read more »

Can Coffee Worsen Diabetes?

Can coffee affect blood sugar? The concern about how caffeine effects those with Type 2 diabetes revolves around several small studies. Most recently, Duke University studied 10 people (average age 63) wearing a continuous blood glucose monitor for 72 hours. All were regular coffee drinkers (four cups per day) and all were affected with Type 2 diabetes. During the study the participants did not drink coffee and instead were given a 250 milligram capsule of caffeine (similar to drinking two to three cups of caffeinated coffee) at breakfast and another 250 milligram capsule of caffeine at lunch. This was alternated on an every other day basis with a placebo pill that did not contain caffeine for a period of two days. Are there benefits to coffee? While the Duke study suggests that caffeinated coffee may be a bad habit for diabetics, other studies have shown a decreased risk for developing Type 2 […] Read more »

Can I drink coffee before Blood work

Caffeine, which is absorbed into the system at an incredible rate, can temporarily raise blood sugar levels and make for an inaccurate FBS reading. Moreover, the chemical composition of roasted coffee beans is nearly 40 percent sugar (in the form of polysaccharides). Drinking coffee will stimulate the pancreas to excrete insulin, which balances blood sugar, and throw off your test results. http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/diabetes/can-i-drink-coffee-before-a-fasting-blood-test-1 Quest is a great local place to have blood work done and learn about diabetes, diabetes testing, diabetes research and more.       Read more »