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READY WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’s GOALS?

READY WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’s GOALS?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 18-1-2016

 

You could have been super busy on New Year’s, returning from a vacation or from a short getaway or even a party or fun celebration – and didn’t really have time to create your goals yet for the new year. Don’t worry, there is still time. You don’t have to be official and start on January 1st. You can start on any day of the year.

Composite image of new years resolutions on january calendarHere are some of the common goals of diabetics for the new year…

1.  Learn about the Weston A Price Foundation diet and switch your eating plan.
2.  Learn about – and follow the Glycemic Index.
3.  Take herbs for lowering your blood sugar.
4.  Clear up all infections – gums, toenail, yeast, etc.
5.  Start taking supplements.
6.  Get your vitamin D levels checked.
7.  Change aluminum pots and pans to stainless steel.
8.  Start walking more.
9.  Get a dog that likes to go for walks.
10. Pet the dog for consolation (instead of eating).
11. Eliminate all wheat from the diet.
12. Eliminate all sugar from the diet.
13. Stop eating foods with MSG in it.
14. Start gardening.
15. Buy heirloom seeds.
16. Start bicycling.
17. Go interview farmers about their grass fed beef.
18. Use the services of a herbalist.
19. Use the services of a nutritionist.
20. Use the services of a chiropractor.
21. Use the services of a massage therapist.
22. Spend more quality time with family.
23. Give up alcohol.
24. Eat two solid meals a day.
25. Change the grocery stores you go to.

What are your goals for this year? Many people don’t only have one goal; they have multiple goals. And by looking at the list, you see it’s entirely possible to accomplish five goals in one month. The first month, you could accomplish #1, 11, 12, 20, and 24. The second month, you could accomplish #7, 8, 13, 22 and 23. The more goals you achieve, the better you’ll feel both psychologically as well as physically.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Twitter: @diabetes2diva

 

The Proof is In – Vitamin D Supplements Helped Diabetic Kids Lose Weight

The Proof is In – Vitamin D Supplements Helped Diabetic Kids Lose Weight
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 10-9-2014
Vitamin D capsules

Vitamin D capsules

Two researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School wanted to find out what would happen if kids between the ages of 3 and 18 with diabetes received vitamin D supplements. Specifically, they were looking for what would happen to their hemoglobin A1 c levels and their liver function.

They found 131 diabetic children who had been diabetic for over a year and had had a diagnosed deficiency of vitamin D with tests measuring their liver function via an ALT test (alanine transaminase).

These researchers were similar to other average vitamin D researchers who use a vitamin D test result of less than 20 ug/dl as a deficiency. So right here we already know their interpretation of the results will be somewhat flawed. Top vitamin D researchers set their standards higher and look at an ideal level of 55 or greater, as what people’s vitamin D levels should be.

But let’s look at their results, knowing we may have to come to a more reasonable conclusion…

  • of the kids with Type 2 diabetes, 72.1% of them had a vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study.
  • 37.5% of the Type 1 diabetic children had a deficiency.

After three months of supplementation with vitamin D, their vitamin D levels rose (no surprise here!) and the Type 2 diabetics lost weight and their liver enzymes ALT test improved significantly. Their hemoglobin A1 c level also fell from 8.5 to 7.7 after three months of supplementation. However, this did not happen in the Type 1 diabetic children.

It’s possible the Type 1 diabetic children needed the higher standard of vitamin D before they would show results. All in all though, these results show us that vitamin D does make a big difference in blood sugar control and how the liver is processing nutrients as well as metabolism.

Have you had your vitamin D level checked recently?

Source: Nwosu, B.U. and Maranda, L. The effects of vitamin D supplementation on hepatic dysfunction, vitamin D status, and Glycemic control in children and adolescents with vitamin D deficiency and either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. PLoS One 2014 Jun 11; 9(6): e99646.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

Facebook: DrugFreeType2Diabetes
Twitter: @diabetes2diva

 

More Doctors Agree that Vitamin D Deficiency is Related to Diabetes

More Doctors Agree that Vitamin D Deficiency is Related to Diabetes
Posted by admin, Dated 26-8-2013

This time the scientists hail from Harvard. Their projection is that if vitamin D levels are in the normal range when you’re a young adult, then your risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes is 50% less.

bhp.Diabetes.Kids.BeachThey’re basing this prediction on analyzing 40 million vitamin D samples of blood collected from military personnel. The blood samples went back all the way to the mid-1980s. They isolated 310 cases of people who were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. That’s when they discovered who had the highest risk of developing diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is considered a serious autoimmune disorder. Only about 5% of people in the pool of all diabetics have Type 1 Diabetes. And vitamin D deficiency clearly impairs the immune system. That’s why low levels are also connected to multiple sclerosis. So there’s no big surprise there.

The main researcher in the study was baffled by the fact that Type 1 diabetes could be prevented by something so simple.

Interestingly, in this study, the researchers considered 75 nmol/L as a normal vitamin D level. Most doctors don’t tell their patients to take extra vitamin D if their levels are 40 or 50 nmol/L.

Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked recently? It may be time to do so. Just tell your doctor you’d like it tested.

Cold Season is Upon Us – What Will You Do to Prevent Illness?

Cold Season is Upon Us – What Will You Do to Prevent Illness?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 17-1-2013

The easiest way to get rid of an oncoming cold is to do something about it at the first hint of illness. Once you start sniffling, feeling run-down, get that occasional headache, or feel your throat is scratchy, it’s time to take action.

But what will you do? How do you beat a cold or the flu, intercepting for your own health and standing strong with confidence you will not get sick no matter what?

The answer for most people – and some smart Type 2 diabetics – is to get out the vitamins from the vitamin cabinet and get serious about taking them.

If you already know your body, you know which vitamins work for you and how fast they work. For many people, added vitamin C supplements taken every 2 to 3 hours will wipe out a cold or flu virus in 24 hours or even by the next morning. Others have discovered that vitamin D supplements seem to wipe out a bug really fast. They take 10,000 IU at one time.

And others take 10,000 IU vitamin A and notice it works for them.

Which vitamin works for you depends on your body’s stores of the vitamins. If you’re low in vitamin C, then vitamin C supplements will probably work. If you’re low in vitamin A, this supplement will most likely work. If you’re low in vitamin D, then the vitamin D you take will probably work fast.

Vitamins can’t turn your body into a superman or superwoman but they can raise already low levels of vitamins to normal – and that’s where the therapeutic value of them lies. Think about it today.

How Can A Diabetic Boost Metabolism? Part 7 (and last in this series)

How Can A Diabetic Boost Metabolism? Part 7 (and last in this series)
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 3-4-2011

We’re blessed to live in this age of information technology because there are so many answers to all types of problems literally right before us. The answers are in the studies. They’re also in the inventions.

One of those answers to boosting metabolism is finding substances in nature that can turn off the genes that are producing the proteins and enzymes that create more insulin and more fat storage.

In the past 5 years, a substance from the Japanese knotweed plant called resveretrol was discovered to reverse the biochemistry that causes fat storage and insulin pumping as well as insulin resistance. It creates a shift in the biochemical pathways that make these enzymes and proteins that keep you fat and diabetic.

Not only did resveretrol work its magic on diabetic animals but it also stimulated production of the enzymes and proteins that were related to longevity. Resveretrol in some way was resetting the genes for living a long life.

There are so many different substances that may be found that can help you in your pursuit of a higher metabolism. For example, vitamin D does the same thing. It can influence the production of those proteins and enzymes that cause the expression of over 100 different diseases. That’s a lot of health going on! And to think we’ve been taught that the sun’s rays were so harmful! We must think again and reconsider!

One of the best habits you can develop is the pursuit of new knowledge about your health. Sure, it’s possible that your brain may not be able to comprehend it all the first time you read it. That’s to be expected and that’s how people learn. It can be uncomfortable when reading something that you don’t understand but just stay tuned into the goal … finding the treasures of info that is out there to help you. You don’t have to remember all the information … just the good stuff that helps you.