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Poutine 02-13-2007 11:48 AM

Prevention of type 2 diabetes

Uncle Bob 02-13-2007 12:20 PM

Excellent information...Life Saving in fact!
Thanks for posting!

kadesma 02-13-2007 02:01 PM

Thanks Poutine,
this article is right on the money. Follow it and save yourselves from a lot of problems.


Barbara L 02-13-2007 11:01 PM

If you are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, get over the denial stage quickly and take it seriously. Work with a diabetes counselor (I couldn't afford the one through the hospital that my doctor recommended and was referred to one who was free for people who couldn't afford it--turned out to be the same counselor!). And join a good support group. I belong to a couple good online diabetes groups and have learned a lot from the other members. Don't overload yourself with information (a lot of people do that right after being diagnosed and they feel overwhelmed) but do keep up with diabetes news. A lot of people in my groups say they are healthier since being diagnosed than before because they are paying attention to what they eat now, and they are more physically active now. Oh yeah, physical activity is the number one thing to keeping your blood glucose levels where they should be.

:smile: Barbara

Alandra 02-14-2007 12:53 AM

Good information. I have type 2 diabetes, controlled by diet and am doing well with it right now and hope to continue this way.

There's something I'd like to add, which I believe has helped lower my blood glucose level, - and have heard the same from other people on these "lists", and have also read about this in magazines etc.

Take ground cinnamon daily. Half a teaspoonful is supposedly sufficient. We have been sprinkling the cinnamon on our oatmeal/porridge each day for sometime now, and ever since starting this, my blood glucose has been going down.
best wishes, Alandra in BC Canada

Corey123 02-14-2007 05:56 AM


Originally Posted by Poutine
Diabetes is a serious disease (as Corey123 has attested to) which can be avoided in some cases.

Some risk factors are genetic (i.e. in your DNA from your family) but some are lifestyle choices.

The number of people with diabetes is increasing (the number of children with type 2 diabetes has increased over 5 times in the last 15 years) and up to 45% of people with diabetes have not even been diagnosed yet!

Prediabetes: A chance to change the future

Like type 2 diabetes, people can have prediabetes without knowing it, so being aware of your risk and being tested are important. The risk for diabetes is higher as we grow older, so the Canadian Diabetes Association recommends screening for diabetes by testing fasting plasma glucose for everyone once they reach the age of 40, and every three years after that.
More frequent testing, or an earlier start to regular screening, should be considered for those who have risk factors that increase the likelihood they may develop type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include:
• Having a first-degree relative who already has diabetes.
• Being a member of a high-risk population, such as those of Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent.
• Having a history of IGT, IFG or prediabetes.
• Having already some evidence of the complications of diabetes such as eye, nerve or kidney problems.
• Having heart disease.
• Having a history of gestational diabetes mellitus.
• Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
• Being overweight, especially abdominal obesity.
The important thing to remember about prediabetes is that it doesn't always lead to diabetes. Determining whether or not you have it gives you a chance to change the future – to one that does not include type 2 diabetes.
The Prevalence and Costs of Diabetes

Prevention of type 2 diabetes

To date there is no proven way to prevent type 1 diabetes. The onset of type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed, through increased physical activity, healthy eating, weight loss, not smoking and stress reduction. Taking these steps now can lead to a healthier future.
  • In a large study, people at risk of type 2 diabetes were able to reduce that risk by 58% by exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day and by losing 5 to 7% of their body weight. In people over age 60, the risk was cut by almost 71%. Other large studies have shown similar results in reducing risk.
Type 2 diabetes: the basics | Canadian Diabetes AssociationComplications of diabetes

Over time, high blood glucose levels can cause complications such as blindness, heart disease, kidney problems, nerve damage and erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, good diabetes care and management can prevent or delay the onset of these complications.
Managing your diabetes

Here are some steps you can take to manage your diabetes and help maintain your overall health and wellness – today and in the future:
  • Don’t smoke
  • Check your blood glucose levels regularly and keep them in your target range
  • Keep your cholesterol and other blood fats in your target range
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep your blood pressure close to target level
  • Take your medication as prescribed
  • Manage your stress effectively
  • Follow a balanced meal plan
  • Be physically active
  • Take care of your feet
  • Regularly visit your dentist, eye care specialist (every one to two years) and doctor

Thank you!

When my dear late brother told me that he was a diabetic, I began asking the doc if my glucose level was too low or too high whenever blood was drawn, he told me no.

But I somehow knew that I was a prime candidate for diabetes because I was having those hypoglysemic attacks, and only after I ate something did the attacks go away.

And yes, things can be done to prevent it, but once you have it, if you eat right, execise, don't drink or smoke, you could make it go away.

And even then, you must stay on that same regimen to keep it from coming back!

Poutine 02-15-2007 08:49 AM

that cinnamon info is interesting, like everything there are precautions, check out this web site for some more information (I have given some highlights below):
Cinnamon Helps Blood Sugar
" ... Precautions
Cinnamon can add to the effect of insulin and other blood sugar medication. Consult a health care practitioner if you are currently taking medication to control your blood sugar.

If you're pregnant or breast feeding, don't take extra cinnamon greater then normally found in food unless recommended by your health care practitioner. ... ... ..."

And there are even benefits for people without diabetes:

"... More Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon increases vitality and balances energy. It is particularly good for people who tend to have a hot upper body and colder lower body. I see this quite often, especially among women entering menopause. Symptoms are flushed face, sweating, insomnia with cold and dry legs and feet.
Cinnamon improves the digestion of fruits, milk, and other dairy products.
Cinnamon is also good for bloating, gas, poor digestion, arthritis, anemia, painful menstrual periods, and diarrhea. ..."

Alandra 02-15-2007 10:17 AM

Hi Corey 123, just wanted to mention, that I was told by a GP that diabetes will never go away, "once you have it, you will always have it". However, as you mentioned, in some cases, (as in mine), if you eat properly and get exercise, it can be managed.
best wishes, Alandra

Alandra 02-15-2007 10:22 AM

Hi Poutine, thanks for sending the link, it's interesting, -had been awhile since I'd read anything about the cinnamon helping type 2 diabetes. Good to know of the other benefits that ground cinnamon offers also. And good to be warned about the effects it can have on insulin etc, altho in my case, the diabetes is being controlled without insulin or other meds.

When I first mentioned taking ground cinnamon to my GP, about 2 years ago, he had not heard about this at that time. I have heard of one lady who was able to stop her diabetes medication after taking the cinnamon daily.
Best wishes, Alandra

Aria 02-15-2007 07:15 PM

Poutine and All, Thanks for posting Healthful Information. I have started riding my indoor bike, and lifting my 3 pound weights. I am keeping a pedometer to monitor my steps.

Being aware...helps all. Thanks again

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