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1. Diabetes affects millions and millions of people in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association.
2. Heart Disease is the leading cause of diabetes - related deaths.
3. Approximately 73% of adults with diabetes have high blood pressure and or use prescription medications for hypertension.
4. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20 - 74 years old.
5. Nutrition can play a vital role in people with diabetes, especially for those with adult onset diabetes ( type 2 diabetes).
6. Mexican-Americans are almost twice as likely and non-Hispanic blacks are almost 50% more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy as non-Hispanic whites.
7. About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve system damage.
8. More than 60% of non-traumatic lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
9. In 2002, 44,400 people with diabetes began treatment for end-stage renal disease.
10. A total of 153,730 people where living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant.
Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Choosing low GI carbs - the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels - is the secret to long-term health reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.
Glycemic Index Range
Low GI = 55 or less
Medium GI = 56 - 69
High GI = 70 or more
Glycemic Load Range
Low GL = 10 or less
Medium GL = 11- 19
High GL = 20 or more
Glycemic Load Per Day
Low GL < 80
High GL > 120
Foods with a high GI score contain rapidly digested carbohydrate, which produces a large rapid rise and fall in the level of blood glucose (this is not good). In contrast, foods with a low GI score contain slowly digested carbohydrate, which produces a gradual, relatively low rise in the level of blood glucose (this is good).
Body awareness is very important in managing diabetes. See you doctor regularly. Signs and symptoms can arise that may seem completely unrelated, when in fact they could be. Do not allow your pride or ego to get in the way of your physical health.
1. Proper eye care should be maintained. If any changes in vision, sudden loss, dizziness, blurring or pain in or around the eyes occur, see your doctor right away. Retinopathy, eye infections and blindness are more common in diabetics. Eye Exam: Dilated eye exam - yearly.
2. Thyroid problems are more common with diabetes. Tell you doctor if swelling or pain around the neck or throat occur.
3. Lung infections, pneumonia and influenza are more common in diabetics. If you are a smoker, quit now!
4. Heart disease is a major cause of death in diabetics. Tell your doctor if you are experiencing weakness, shortness of breath, swelling, dizziness, palpitations, or other sensations in the chest. Blood pressure: each regular diabetes visit.
5. Bladder infections and other bladder issues can be due to complications from diabetes. Urine Test: Microalbumin measurement - yearly (based on the HEDIS Diabetes Criteria).
6. Kidney failure is the lead cause of death among diabetics. Nephropathy is caused by blood vessel damage, which disrupts the kidney's filtering system. Ask your doctor what you can do to reduce the risk.
7. Foot care is most important. Exam you feet daily. Notify your doctor if you have ANY signs of tingling, sticking, sharp, stabbing or dull pain. Also if you have unexplained pain, spots or loss of normal sensation. Neuropathy or nerve damage is a particular trait of diabetes. Problems can often occur at the big toe. Foot ulcers, if left untreated, can infect the bone and lead to amputation. Foot Exam: Check feet at each regular diabetes visit Comprehensive foot exam - at least yearly (more often in patients
with high risk foot conditions).
8. Loss of sexual function. High blood pressure, heart disease and issues of circulation can effect nerves. Damage can occur, which can inhibit orgasm. Infection, vaginal dryness in women or erectile dysfunction in men can all be complications from diabetes.
9. Peripheral nerve damage can occur anywhere, but particularly at the joints and extremities.
10. Take your readings as much as possible! Keep a watch on hemoglobin A1c and blood fats to see if eating more sweets leads these number on an unhealthy up swing.
There are three distinctly different times of day to consider testing blood sugars. First thing in the morning, before meals, and after meal blood sugar numbers can each reveal a wealth of information to help solve the mystery of blood sugar numbers. Blood Test: A1c (glycosylated hemoglobin) At least 2 times a year if stable Quarterly, if treatment changes or you are not meeting your goals.
11.Keep your blood fats in target range such as total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides.
12. Pay attention to good hygiene and skin care. Eat a proper balance of nutritionally low GI foods. Weight: Each regular diabetes visit.
Most people who have diabetes know they should be testing their blood
sugar on a regular basis. However, many of them do not realize what
the numbers mean and simply go through the motions of testing.
Without realizing when to test and how important these numbers
First thing in the morning is known as a FASTING blood sugar. It
should be taken soon after rising; before food, drink, exercise, or
medications of any kind.
Normal is less than 100. Goal is 70 - 115
A before meal blood sugar is known as PREPRANDIAL. This means before
lunch or before supper. At this point in your day, you've usually
had something to eat and drink, you've usually had some activity or
exercise, and you've probably taken some type of medications. All
these things can effect your blood sugar numbers. This is different
than a FASTING blood sugar test taken before breakfast, medications,
Normal is less than 100. Goal is 100 - 120
An after meal blood sugar is known as POSTPRANDIAL and means after a
meal. Timing is important on this reading because it should be taken 1 - hours to 2 hours after a meal.
Normal less than 140. Goal less than 160
Experiment actively with diet, with the frequency and size of meals, and with all aspects of lifestyle to lower the amount of insulin required. This means taking on a lot of responsibility for your own health. A task you can absolutely achieve.
Full Spectrum Diet Suggestions: Avoid the White color group
-Use breakfast cereals based on oats, barley and bran
-Use breads with whole grains, stone-ground flour, sour dough
-Reduce the amount of potatoes you eat
-Enjoy all other types of fruit and vegetables
-Use Basmati, Doongara or Japanese koshihikari rice
-Enjoy whole grain pasta, whole grain noodles, quinoa
-Eat plenty of salad vegetables with a vinaigrette dressing
-Incorporate good fats like nuts and olive oil
-It is ok to use low-fat dairy foods, in the morning
- Note: these red-orange foods (Watermelon, Carrots, Cantaloupe) are in the med-high GI range.
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Incorporate these wonderful herbs to enhance the flavor of all your foods: billberry, basil, chives, cinnamon, dill, fenugreek, garlic, ginseng (Panax, Korean, American) oregano, parsley, rosemary, stevia, thyme.
Blood sugar regulators include: alanine, banaba, beta-glucan, bitter melon, chromium piccolate, guggul, gymnema, rehmannia.
Water is essential in any healing process. Distilled water is the best. 6-8 eight ounces glasses per day. Try not to drink liquids that contain caffeine or alcohol.
A diet combined with both insoluble fiber (fiber that doesn't dissolve in water) will keep most people regular. You get fiber from eating lots of vegetables, wheat bran, whole-grain breads and cereals and fruit.
An apple can regulate blood sugar levels. Apples contain naturally-occurring chemical compounds known as phytochemicals, polyphenols, or flavonoids, some of which have been proven to have antioxidant activity that inhibits, or scavenges, the activity of free radicals in the body. Cell damage from free radicals can be a factor in certain cancers, heart disease, strokes, and other conditions. The major antioxidant components in apples are polyphenols contained mainly in the skin known as quercetin glycoside, phloretin glycoside, chlorogenic acid, and epicatechin.
Best fruit choices for diabetics: fruits belong to berry family are good choice for diabetics as these are considered to be diabetic friendly. Blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries all help to control insulin levels, improve liver function and maintain blood glucose levels. Including one cup of any of these berries is sufficient to control diabetes each day. By including half cup of grapefruit every day, this can also help to stabilize blood glucose levels. Fruits belong to cherry family are also healthy options for diabetics. At least 10 to 12 cherries are sufficient per day to control glucose levels in the blood. Pears, peaches and grapes aree low in the glycemic index, rich in potassium, fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin A and are also great choices for diabetics.
Extend your nutrient throughout the day with three main meals and three snacks. Small portions or servings as opposed to one or two "gorged meals" not only reduces blood glucose and insulin concentrations, but also guards against the development of hyperglycemia. Consumption of fiber rich foods,barley, carrots, oats, legumes, beans, onions, peas, and lentils, have been associated with improved blood glucose control, and are better for long term use than soluble fiber supplements such as guar, pectin, and locust bean gum.
Research has discovered a whole range of plants with hypoglycemic action. Among them are artichoke, banana, barley, cabbage, carrot, lettuce, nettles, oats, peas, spinach, sweet potato, and turnip.
What You Should Avoid:
Limit foods that have little or no fiber such as ice cream, cheese, meat, snacks like chips and pizza, and processed foods such as instant mashed potatoes or already-prepared frozen dinners. Too much white flour and refined sugar.
What you don't eat may be even more important than what you do eat. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar, because they tend to worsen index levels. If you can't avoid them, then at least cut down.
Reduce Processed and Refined Foods:
Avoid fried foods, white pasta, white rice, full fat dairy, white potatoes, white bread (baguettes, bagels, pita).
Processed food can rob your food of nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to fight off stress and promote good health. Try to buy whole foods, unprocessed foods and try and stay away from "instant" foods, preservatives, artificial flavors, saturated fats, refined foods, hydrogenated food and MSG.
Reduce Sugar Intake:
Too much sugar can rob our body of essential nutrients. Simple carbohydrates from baked goods, pastries, most crackers and cookies must be limited to a very small portion or completely removed from the diet.
Ampalaya (Momordica charantia), also known as bitter melon is an herb that has long been known in as one of the best anti-hyperglycemic herbs and has proven itself beyond doubt as effective against diabetes. Ampalaya has a potent mix of flavonoids and alkaloids that are believed to make the pancreas either produce more insulin, make the body more sensitive to insulin already produced, and/or generate new beta cell populations at the Islets of Langerhans.
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa), is now gaining momentum and widespread acceptance, even in the western medical circles. Medical research and clinical trials performed on this miraculous herb show that Banaba possesses the powerful compound corosolic acid that lends itself to the treatment of diabetes.
Billberries are rich in flavonoids, the pigment that gives plants their color and is very beneficial for treating diabetes. Billberries are help retinopathy and micro vascular abnormalities. It strengthens capillaries in the body and protect them from damage. Since complications of long-term diabetes include damage to the small blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, and tips of the toes and fingers, bilberry is often recommended.
Fenugreek Seed has been shown to reduce glucose levels in type 2 diabetes and may help do so in type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes. Modern research indicates that fenugreek seeds not only lower blood glucose, but also reduce insulin levels, total cholesterol, and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (the "good" cholesterol). Fenugreek seeds contain 50 percent fiber, which serves to slow down the rate at which food is emptied from the stomach. This delays absorption of glucose by the small intestine, resulting in lower blood sugar.
Ginkgo Biloba extract protects the vascular lining and improves blood flow to the extremities. Beneficial to treat and prevent neuropathy and foot ulcers.
Ginseng (Panax, Korean, American) has been shown to moderate levels of blood sugar (glucose). Ginseng improves the ability of insulin to properly regulate in our system. Because it is an adaptogen, this allows ginseng to help the body cope with all sorts of adverse conditions.
Grapeseed extract is a systemic antioxidant that can help guard against retinopathy and high blood pressure.
Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre) This Ayurvedic remedy is one of the most common herbs used in the treatment of both Types 1 and 2 diabetes. Gymnema appears to stimulate the pancreas, prompting it to produce more insulin. Gymnemic acid, a constituent of the herb, acts directly on the tongue receptors (taste buds), blocking their ability to sense sweetness.
Hawthorne Berry are flavonoids rich and help retinopathy and micro vascular abnormalities. They are used in maintaining good heart health and stabilizing blood pressure.
is a South American shrub whose leaves have been used by native people in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten their stimulant beverages. Stevioside, the main ingredient in stevia, has no calories but has actions similar to several currently used medications. It stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes.
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably.
Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers (under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.
Brain Food Ginkgo, Gota Kola, Blessed Thistle, Siberian Ginseng.
Blood Purifier Pau D' Arco, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Burdock, Sarsaparilla, Dandelion, Cascara Sagada & Buckthorn.
Circulation Support Hawthorn berries, Ginger, Angelica, Bayberry Bark, Hyssop, Prickley Ash bark, Cloves, Cayenne.
Eye Strength Billberry, Eyebright, Red Raspberry.
Ginseng Energy American, Korean, Siberian & Tienchi Ginseng.
Heart Support Hawthorne Berry, Motherwort, Comphrey root, Ginger, Tienchi Ginseng, Horsetail.
Immunity Astragalus, Pau D'Arco, Suma, Dandelion root, Oatstraw, Kelp.
Infection Echinacea, Yarrow, Myrrh, Goldenseal, Black Walnut, Marshmallow, Plantain & Cayenne.
Nerve Strength Oatstraw, Black Cohosh, Scullcap, Avena Sativa, Pleurisy root, Catnip, Lobelia.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is a unique antioxidant that is both water and fat soluble, which allows it to enter all parts of the cell to neutralize free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid contributes to and is important for the production of energy inside the cell by utilizing sugar to produce energy contributing to mental and physical stamina, reducing muscle fatigue and neutralizes free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid recycles and enhances the effects of both Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Chromium is a trace element that seems to help insulin work properly. research on the mineral for a 1998 article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition and found at least 25 studies suggesting that it can benefit diabetes patients. Start with 200 micrograms of chromium three times per day, and then reducing the dose to twice per day if blood sugar levels improve.
Folic Acid is essential for the synthesis of adenine and thymine, two of the four nucleic acids that make up our genes, DNA and chromosomes. Diabetes patients tend to have high homocysteine levels and folate is especially important for them. Folic acid needs the catalysts vitamins B12 and B6 to carry out its functions effectively it is usual to supplement with a combination of the three. Dosage recommendations for folic acid vary between 0.4 mg/day and 10 mg/day or more depending on the severity of the deficiency and the health problem to be overcome. The RDA for adults is now 0.4 mg/day and 0.6 mg/day for pregnant women. Recommendations for vitamin B12 generally range from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/day and for vitamin-B6 from 10 to 250 mg/day.
Guggul (gum guggul) is a resin produced by the mukul mirth tree. Guggulipid is extracted from guggul and contains chemicals called "plant sterols" (guggulsterones E and Z), which are believed to be active in the human body. Guggul is a resin known to increase white blood cell counts and possess strong disinfecting properties. A wide range of actions makes this plant very helpful not only in protecting against the common cold, but also in various skin, dental and ophthalmic infections. In addition, Guggul has long been known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, while maintaining or improving the HDL to LDL ratio. Guggul helps to improve insulin function. Standard guggul extracts contain 5% guggulsterones, which tanslates to a dose of 500mg three times a day.
Omega-3 : This fish oil has been shown in many studies, to reduce your bad cholesterol levels and reduce plaque buildup in your blood. By reducing your bad cholesterol, you are helping your body to fight off stress and relieve anxiety, tension and even prevent heart disease! Fish that are high in Omega-3 are excellent ways to help your blood stream.
Pycnogenol Pycnogenol ® is the patented trade name for a water extract of the bark of the French maritime pine ( Pinus pinaster ssp. atlantica ), which is grown in coastal south-west France. Pycnogenol, contains oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) as well as several other bioflavonoids. Preliminary human data suggests that supplementation of Pycnogenol with conventional diabetes treatment may lower glucose levels and improve endothelial function.
Quercetin is a flavonoid that has been shown to promote insulin secretion are a very potent inhibitors of glycation and sorbitol accumulation. Consider an apple.
Vitamin C acts primarily in cellular fluid. Vitamin C scavenges free radicals and cleans up waste products. In addition to its anti-oxidative activities, vitamin C benefits many other body functions. Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of collagen, which is an important component in the structural make up of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters and norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are critical to brain function and are known to affect mood. Vitamin C, even in small amounts, can protect molecules in the body, such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) from damage by free radicals. Vitamin C helps in the fight against free-radical formation caused by pollution and cigarette smoke and also helps return vitamin E to its active form.
Vitamins B6,12 Foods rich in the B vitamins, which help regulate metabolism, are also beneficial, as diets high in sugar tend to burn these vitamins at a faster rate. These foods include wheat germ, yogurt, and liver.
In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts. Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.
Bright Eye Tea - This tea was created as a great wake up tea. It is a great energizer tea and is also very beneficial for good vision. Eyebright Herb, Peppermint Leaf, Spearmint Leaf, Linden Leaf and Flowers, Damiana Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf, Blackberry Leaf, Cardamom Seed.
Diabetic Tea - This powerful formula will help digest sugar and assist the pancreas in production of insulin. Gymnema sylvestre suppresses the taste of sugar. It has come to be known as "destroyer of sugar". Clinical tests have shown that regular use over a period of three to four months helps to reduce glycosuria, or the appearance of carbohydrates in urine. Gymnema sylvestre herb, Stevia.
Diabetic-Care Tea - (This special tea is prepared in tea bags) This is a no caffeine, all natural blend of Chinese herbs containing Astragalus, Ginseng, Licorice, Poria Cocos, Morus Alba, Ophio Pogon. This formula is famous for treating diabetes.
Energy Tea - No caffeine. Provides important vitamins and minerals. Increase blood flow, circulation, and oxygenation. Decreases fatigue and depression by stimulating the nervous system. Roasted Chicory Root, Roasted Dandelion Root, Guarana Root.
Heart Tea - For those who like to keep their heart strong. Dilates the coronary blood vessels, helps lower cholesterol, and restores the heart muscle. Reduces high blood pressure. Also good for bacterial infections, bladder, kidney, and prostate disorders. Hawthorn Berry, Gingko Biloba, Gymnema Herb.
Immune Builder Tea - When taken on a regular basis, this tea helps to build and strengthen the immune system. Cat's Claw, Olive Leaf, Hawthorne, Peppermint, Spearmint.
Gunpowder Green Tea - Green tea is a non-fermented tea which retains the freshness of tea leaves. Green tea is characterized by its green color, delicate aroma, mellow taste and beautiful shape. If green tea is made in a glass, people can appreciate the beautiful dancing of the tender tea leaves and buds. Green tea is tender and delicate. Gunpowder tea is astringent and mildly bitter and you can add a very small pinch of Stevia or Spearmint to soften the taste. Contains caffeine.
Diabetes can affect all parts of the body one way or the other. Essential oils can be used to reduce the side effects of some complications (ulcers, loss of skin integrity) and to reduce infections that often take longer to resolve than in nondiabetic patients. Helpful, are essential oils such as Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Hyssop, Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary. One common problem is that the legs become cold and numb at times and there is pain when walking. A foot bath works wonders for this condition. Also, massaging the feet, legs, hands and arms all help in regulating circulation.
Eucalyptus this pungent woody and spicy oil helps to stimulate circulation.
Ginger This incredible warming oil has a spicy scent and is very therapeutic.
Lavender This oil is an amazing therapeutic oil. Stimulates new cell growth, lifts depression, calms nerves, fights infection, reduces inflammation, and eases congestion. Relieves pain and muscle spasm. Lowers blood pressure.
Peppermint relieves pain, muscle spasms, reduces inflammation, fights infection, clears congestion, helps in digestion, and promotes good nerve health.
Rosemary Stimulates the adrenal glands, circulatory system, liver, gallbladder, promotes nerve health, improves the functioning of the heart and nervous system. It is a great oil for muscle spasms and eases digestive orders. Warning: This oil may trigger epileptic seizures in prone individuals, may irritate sensitive skin. Avoid if you have high blood pressure.
3 times a day, morning, noon and night, utilize these blends of essential oils:
Angel's Mist Diabetes Rub Essential Oil Remedy Blend
Angel's Mist Diabetes Bath Essential Oil Remedy Blend
Angel's Mist Diabetes Massage Essential Oil Remedy Blend
The mysterious and amazing healing power of water has been utilized for centuries.
Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life. We are always drawn to water. Be it a soothing fountain or majestic waterfall. Water is a carrier. It flows. It moves along the line of least resistance to find its way to the ocean where comes and goes in the ebb and flow of tides and waves. The appeal is inexplicable! We crave water, maybe because our bodies are made up of a large percent of it. Maybe beacuse we instinctively know how it can heal us.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek physicians. The use of baths for such purposes as well as for religious purification, personal cleanliness, and private or social relaxation dates from at least the time of ancient Greece. A German, Vincenz Priessnitz, popularized the use of spas in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where they are still popular today.
Hydrotherapy has a number of uses. Warm water will relax spasm; thus, hydrotherapy has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains, muscular fatigue, and backache. Heat is often used in conjunction with massage or other manipulative or stimulative treatments, such as the whirlpool bath. Sitz baths (sitting in hot water) are effective in the treatment of many disorders. Water is also useful in physical therapy because patients who exercise in a buoyant medium can move weak parts of their bodies without contending with the strong force of gravity.
Take a soothing, relaxing foot bath. This helps a common problem that the legs become cold and numb at times and there is pain when walking. Fill the bath tub or foot basin with hot water. Add 10 drops Geranium, 10 drops Ginger and 10 drops Eucalyptus. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and "wholistic" approach. This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and, homeopathy stimulates the body's natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.
Silicea People with a diagnosis of diabetes respond best to a team approach. The team should include a qualified homeopath, a dietician, and monitoring by a medical doctor. To help your body achieve optimum results from medical treatment, take homeopathic Silicea. Diabetics receiving constitutional homeopathic care often require lower doses of drug therapy.
Lycopodium 30X twice a day, can relieve the pain and tightness from swollen ankles.
Magnesium Phosphoricum 30x also called "Mag Phos" can help with nighttime leg cramps or "charley horses," which can be caused by a calcium or magnesium deficiency, or may be related to poor circulation. This can bring quick relief with a few doses taken five or ten minutes apart.
Aerobic exercise seems to be the single most important way that adult-onset diabetics can control their disease, even more important than diet. Thirty minutes of daily aerobic activity may prevent onset of the disease in those at risk and may cause complete disappearance of symptoms in those who have it.
Weight loss is the number one priority. Eighty percent of Type II diabetics are overweight. They tend to live a sedentary life and eat a lot. Obesity may obliterate insulin receptors so sugar can't enter the cells and remains in your blood. If you're overweight, diet and exercise will almost certainly help you lose some weight and get your blood sugar back to normal, and that may be all you need. Sometimes, all you have to lose is 5 to 10 pounds and it will make all the difference.
The benefits of regular exercise for everybody, diabetic or not, are well recognized. But diabetics have even more reason to get their arms and legs moving and their hearts pumping. Exercise strengthens the heartbeat, helps control blood sugar levels, and increases circulation to the body's extremities.
Exercise can cut the level of cholesterol and triglycerides while raising the level of high-density lipoproteins (the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart disease). It helps you control your weight, increases your stamina, and lets you sleep more soundly.
Regular exercise has been shown to have beneficial effects on mood, especially for depression.
There's also some evidence that exercise increases the number of insulin receptors on cell surfaces, which means insulin can find a place to put glucose where it's needed�inside the cells. In fact, to a person with diabetes, exercise is like a dose of insulin. Repetitive, rhythmic movements involving your large muscles�arms and legs�are best for diabetics. That means walking, jogging, swimming, rowing, or bicycling. You have to exercise regularly and at least four times a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Your doctor may even prescribe exercise five to seven times a week. Studies show that even a two or three day layoffs from exercise reverses its beneficial effects in diabetics.
The second best exercise, next to aerobic activity, is brisk walking. It's the safest, least stressful, and most productive of all exercises. It improves the efficiency of every unit of insulin taken in or produced by the body. That means you get more effectiveness out of every grain of food you eat than you would without exercise. It also gives you a great sense of well-being and requires no equipment. If you walk a mile a day, burning 100 calories, in a year you'd shed more than 10 pounds.
Check with your doctor. If your diabetes isn't under control or you have complications, high blood pressure, that also needs to be controlled first. Your doctor may want you to take a stress test. He'll want to judge the effects of any medication you're taking.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
is the oldest, continually practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system of internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It's foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, an imbalance of energy or Qi in a particular meridian or organ system can cause physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. When emotions are held on to over long periods of time, or when they result from a particularly stressful or traumatic event, they can become causes of illness. Emotions also can result from an imbalanced flow of Qi or blood. Therefore, emotions can be the cause or the symptom of a disorder.
In Chinese Medicine, diabetes is considered to be a condition of disharmony in the body called Wasting and Thirsting Syndrome. Diabetics can often experience symptoms of severe thirst and hunger while losing weight.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be an effective complement to your diabetes treatments. Acupuncture redirects your Qi or vital energy into a more balanced flow. It provides support to the underlying energetic spheres affected by poor digestion and lack of movement. Acupuncture releases tension in the muscles. This allows increased flow of blood, lymph, and nerve impulses to affected areas, decreasing the stress experienced by you. Diabetics often have nerve pain or uncomfortable nerve sensations that can be alleviated with acupuncture.
The specific course of herbal treatment depends on the pattern and severity of your symptoms. Herbs are use to alleviate nerve tingling or pain. Research done in China has shown herbs such as Mai Men Dong, Tian Hua Fen, Bittermelon, (momordica charantia) and Rehmannia can potentially stimulate regeneration of cells in the Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. These pancreas cells are responsible for the proper production of insulin, and the proper processing of blood sugar in the body. Many of the herbs work best when combined into a synergizing formula.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest remedies, prescribed for everything from diarrhea and chills to influenza and parasitic worms. Cinnamon comes from the bark of a small Southeast Asian evergreen tree and is available as an oil, extract, or dried powder. Based on the results of one preliminary double-blind, placebo-controlled study, cinnamon has been widely advertised as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes as well as high cholesterol.
Other commonly used herbs include astragalus and wild yam root are used together in formulas to improve blood circulation, regulate blood glucose levels and stimulate healing.
Visit Your TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
There are many different approaches to massage and applications of it. "Massage Therapy" is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body; digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic,
endocrine and nervous systems. Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's
functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach.
Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.
Massage is effective for the whole system. This can be done with soothing massage oils or relaxing body lotions in order for the practitioner's hands to "glide" over the body with smooth, relaxing strokes.
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Hot Stone Massage Therapy. is recommended for this condition. It is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy with river bed stones which draw out stress, tension and impurities from the body.
There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or "excess emotions" that will lead to illness. The following therapies are utilized for calming the mind, help with stress relief and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self is up to you. Here are some suggestions:
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Diabetes-related psychological problems are categories as: 1) having difficulties coping (more common) and 2) diagnosable psychological disorders (more challenging).
Psychological problems to watch out for are depression, anxiety disorder, denial, anger, fear, and stress. These complications tend to last longer, feel worse, and recur more often.
Your mind is an untapped source of amazing power. If you change your mind, you must change your life. Hypnosis has now become widely recognized as the smartest and easiest method we can employ to change our life. Hypnosis for diabetes can help with controlling stress, facing our fears and creating an altered state of consciousness. Hypnosis will change your inner mind to help you change your ideas and images about food and how you eat. Contact Andrew for a local Hypnotherapist.
Do Visualization: See yourself in a comfortable and balanced state, by changing your mental behavior.
Reward Yourself Differently: Reprogram your brain to find comfort in people and positive social actions.
Use Imagery To Obtain Self Awareness: Become in tune with your feeling. Discover who YOU are and what satisfies you or dissatisfies you.
The power of visualization and guided imagery is one of our most powerful gifts! A healing tool we all have with in us - the "power of the mind!" Learning how to do Guided Imagery has many benefits. Guided Imagery helps us to develop our imagination as a healing tool. The premise is to use "Mind Medicine" to connect the mind and body in order to free ourselves from pain due to ANY Medical Condition. This concept allows us to deepen our abilities to fully relax, quiet the mental chatter, create restful sleep and invite a positive and productive thought process. Learn more about how guided imagery can work for you!
Yoga poses can be good alternatives to "traditional" health remedies because they relax the body and mind, improve circulation and respiration, reduce tension and help the body through it's healing process.
The Yogic breath exercise can be done without instruction, without danger, and with a good chance that your discomfort and stressful feelings will be reduced. Relaxation Breath is the most powerful tool for stress management.
Sit up, with your back straight in any position.
Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale completely through your mouth.
Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
Hold your breath for a count of seven.
Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight. Repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths. Try to do this breathing exercise at least twice a day. You can repeat the whole sequence as often as you wish, but don't do it more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. This exercise is fairly intense and has a profound effect on the nervous system.
Deep Diaphram Breath
Sit with your legs crossed in a comfortable position. Breathe slowly and evenly from your diaphragm, through your nose. Fill your lower abdomen, lungs, then chest with air. Hold for a four count then slowly exhale the air out from your chest, lungs, then lower abdomen. Repeat 3 or 4 times. That's it! Just allow your shoulders to drop and your face relax as you breath, deep.
A great overall muscle toner, Chakra balancer, mind wakening and cleansing exercise is the Sun Salutation exercise. Learn how to do it as a great part of your stress management therapy.
Yoga Therapy is very effective for diabetic disorders due to the fact that it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which nourishes and increases metabolism. Yoga also has a regulating effect on the enteric nervous system, which independently functions to digest, move and eliminate food.
Meditation is a time-honored technique that can take you into infinite dimensions of consciousness. One major principle to meditation is in the ability to completely quiet your mind. Quieting the mind comes as a result of meditating over a long period of time, but any time you are looking within, you are meditating.
There are many meditation methods. Some are passive and others are active -- not in the physical sense, but in the sense that you actually do something during meditation. Meditators learn to focus their awareness and direct it onto an object: the breath, a phrase or word: a mantra, repeated silently, a memorized inspirational phrase, an image in the mind's eye. Researchers have documented immediate benefits in terms of lowered blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rate, increased blood flow, and other measurable signs of the relaxation response.
Meditation will calm an agitated mind, creating optimal physical and mental health, undo our sense of separateness, which is the common root of fear and misery, unify consciousness, putting us in touch with our higher self and connect us to higher consciousness. Meditation restructures the mind, allowing us to achieve our full potential as human beings.
Fold your hands gently in your lap and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Then just sit. If you have never meditated before, you will probably feel as if your mind is full of thoughts. Don't try to stop the thoughts, just watch them. Imagine that you are on the bank of a river and that your thoughts are the river going by. Don't try to stop the river, just watch it. Within a week, you will see the river begin to slow down. You may become impatient, or even bored. That's okay. If you find yourself complaining, just watch the thoughts pass by. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. You may find that you fall asleep because you are so relaxed. That's good because, in many ways, you have begun to let go. Continue at this pace and each day allow just alittle more time for yourself to meditate. Doing this allows you to relax and forget about time.
Consider the amazing power of the Deluxe Meditation Kit . Whether for meditation, quiet reflection or for creating a peaceful environment to be yours, the opportunity awaits those ready to explore the world of meditation!
When you are balanced, you can more effectively fight dis-ease, rid your system of toxins, as well as, negative patterns. You can achieve balance through the vibrational remedy and application of color. Color inteacts with the human energy system in a unique way to stablize physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions.
Yellow This energy gives power for digestion, constipation, flatulence in the intestine, liver problems, diabetes, and skin problems. Yellow energy may help cleanse the pores of the skin and is a great brain stimulant. Associated with joy and happiness, yellow is laxative and diuretic. It is a stimulant to the brain, the liver and the spleen. It is also effective in the treatment of indigestion, kidney and liver disorders and constipation.
Orange This energy gives power to the bronchia, chest discomfort, disturbances in the spleen, kidneys, stomach, gall stones. It increase the intake of oxygen, helps lungs, releases flatulence from the stomach. You can learn to understand how the stomach tells us about our physical situations. If the Spleen(pancreas) Chakra is out of balance, our stomach is usually the first thing to warn us. You may have a nervous stomach, if you cannot control your feelings. Orange allows you to balance your Spleen Chakra in such situations.
Violet This energy has the most intense electrochemical power. With this energy we have the gift and the possibilities that reach far beyond the physical plane. Violet is beneficial in the treatment of nervous and emotional disturbances, arthritis, acute cases of consumption and insomnia. Violet governs the central nervous system (CNS), pineal gland, cerebral cortex, the right eye and upper brain function. Violet is a combination of blue and red and helps to balance spiritual growth, universal love, encourages the flow of imagination and the integration of ideas and allows openness to divine wisdom, selflessness and speeds up natural healing.
Do a complete color make-over! Start with the lowest Chakra energy center and work up through the rainbow colors, from red at the bottom of the feet to violet at the top of the head! Start Here
Determine what color you need. Learn more about your personal Color Therapy Analysis.
Vibrational medicine, which validates that everything in the universe is in a state of vibration and the frequency at which an object or person most naturally vibrates is called resonance. The chakras, bones, and organs in the body all possess a different resonant frequency. When an organ or part of the body is vibrating out of tune or nonharmoniously, it is called "dis ease" or disease. A body is in a healthy state of being when each cell, each organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.
Music is a powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. It has been proven that the type of music that makes a person relax or become receptive is not any one kind. It all depends on the individual and their affinity with it.
Healing Music is recommended for stress reduction and mind clearing by soothing the sympathetic nervous system.
The power of your mind and your belief system has everything to do with the condition, the speed and the way that you heal.
* Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we "program" ourselves to deal with any given situation.
* Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!
* Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!
* Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a signifcant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.
Crystals have both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy.
Offering a balanced energy field, energy modification, amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the chakra energy areas.
The Complete Chakra Kit stimulates the seven main energy sources which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.
Crystal Medicine Pouches
are based on the Native American Medicine Pouches, each suede pouch comes with several crystals, sage for cleansing negativity and the best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!
Crystal Empowerment Pouches
are individually filled with several crystals to strengthen and enhance the best energy for each situation. Each suede pouch comes with several crystals and best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!
are wonderfully scented oils come in .05 ounce roll-on bottles and contain genuine crystals in vibrationally compatible essential oil blends. They are fantastic for Chakra work, energy healing, as an Aura Balancer, as a balancing perfume oil or simply as a "refresher" for your Gem Potpourri. Crystal Elixir oil blends are used externally.
are the infusion of crystals, spring water and the power of the sun/moon in a bottle! These essence work in harmony with the body by interacting with our bio-sheath and are natural and self-adjusting. When crystals are activated by natural sunlight, they transfer their vibrational signature into water, creating a remedy that is safe, effective and used in conjunction with all modalities of healing. Gem Essence waters can be used internally.
Consider these stones:
Datolite, Pink Opal, Serpentine.
Andrew Pacholyk has an extensive background in biomedical science and clinical training. Andrew has done massage, yoga and music therapy for over 15 years and brings his experience as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist to such health facilities as diverse as St. Vincent's Hospital, The Body Center, New York Health Club, The Grand Meridian and his private practice, ProAcuMed Inc. in New York City. Andrew offers a safe and effective method with his diverse knowledge of the healing arts. Andrew is licensed in the State of New York and is accredited and certified by the National Boards in both Acupuncture and Herbology.
Andrew offers a unique and personal path in developing, understanding and incorporating the power of our belief system and your own inner wisdom in the healing process. Andrew works with:
* Functional and Orthopedic Testing
* Acupuncture and Massage Therapy
* Nutrition, Herbal and Chinese Botanicals
* Cupping, Moxabustion, Electrostimulation
* Mind Medicine, Belief Systems, Emotional Healing
Call Andrew at his office, ProAcuMed at 917 843 3623 or by email Make An Appointment NOW with Andrew
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