Paradox of Disease and Diabetes

Occasionally I encounter such an excellent post by members of other diabetes groups that I just have to share verbatim. One such post is from Otoniel Santiago, a Facebook member, who does not have a blog of his own but has given me permission to share what he wrote. It is as follows:

Consider the following conditions: Gluten Intolerance, Lactose Intolerance, and Alcoholism.

All these conditions have something in common. Their commonality stands in the fact that certain foods are eliminated in order to provide relief or resolve the condition.

Let’s take a closer look:

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Two Challenges for October

Managing diabetes is, in itself, a challenge. Why would you want to add additional challenges, you ask? Well, the challenges given in this blog post are not additional obstacles to be overcome, but they are strategies and tactics to employ in order to reach the goals you have set for yourself.

I have begun a new section on the site called “Challenges.” The pages will be listed chronologically, by month, throughout the year. But any of them can be employed at any time! Each month’s challenges indicate which of The 8 Laws of Health are involved.

I am starting with October, since that is the current month. Both challenges (below) apply to Law of Health #1: Nutrition. Continue reading “Two Challenges for October”

Why Does the McDougall Diet Work?

One of our group members reported eating a bowlful of cooked barley with 3/4 cup of berries for breakfast. When I asked him what his average blood glucose is on that type of diet, he said 83 mg/dL (equivalent to 4.6 mmol/l), which is well within the non-diabetic normal range. I applauded him for his success but also pointed out that he is an exception. Most of us would have blood glucose numbers skyrocket with that much carbohydrate in one meal! His question then was:

“So then why does the McDougall Diet work? Why does the starch/rice diet work? Insulin is the fat storage hormone. On zero-carb keto, I gained weight because my protein intake raised my glucose via gluconeogenesis. Now I am eating rice and other whole foods and my insulin is not adding [not sure what he means by this] while I have actually lost 25 pounds with no exercise. How come?” Continue reading “Why Does the McDougall Diet Work?”

Why Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics?

Recently, a group member asked a question which I re-posted and then decided to blog about so more people would see it. He wrote, “Are you aware of the link between low carb diets and MASSIVE meat consumption, organ meats highly promoted? Vegetarian approach seems rare, leafy greens are the main group on the okay list.” The answer is a resounding YES! That’s a PRIMARY REASON why we created this “Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics” group! That was 4 years ago. Continue reading “Why Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics?”

A Vegan Diabetic Problem

Here is a real question from a real vegan diabetic. How would you answer this person? I would like to hear from both low-carb high-fat and high-carb low-fat vegans readers and anything in between.

“My sugar levels are going up and don’t know what I am doing wrong. This is what I have eaten so far and my sugar has never been this high.

“11: 20 a.m. – I ate a peanut butter sandwich. After that my sugar was 10.4 mmol/l [166mg/dL].

“12:30 p.m. – I ate a vegan burrito. It had veggies, spinach, lentils, and avocado; and my sugar was 7.6 mmol/l [126mg/dL]

“But at 2:32 p.m., I had a headache so I checked my sugar level and it was 21 mmol/l [326mg/dL].

“What am I doing wrong? Should I go low-carb?”

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What is a Keto Diet?

When I put this question into Google, the first article that came up was “The Ketogenic Diet 101: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide” (June 17, 2017). And it is, indeed, one of the best articles on this topic with a lot of references to documented studies. Simply put, a ketogenic diet is any diet that allows your body to achieve and maintain ketosis. So, what is ketosis?

WebMD, in all its cautious simplicity, says:

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn’t have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. Ketones are substances that are made when the body breaks down fat for energy. When you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy.

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Do Not Get Old Like This

Do Not Get Old Like This

I very seldom re-post verbatim from another blog or group, but this one was so well-written and poignant that I absolutely have to. It’s from a public Facebook group and full credit is given at the bottom. Here goes.

The High Sugar Diabetic Version

I was out walking my dogs today and saw my neighbor sitting on a bench talking urgently to an older woman. My neighbor looked up and saw me and I could tell she was very worried.

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Routine Diabetic Foot Care

Yesterday I had the most awesome experience that I’ve had in a very long time. Linda and I had the opportunity to meet in person with our medical nail technologist, Jeannie, who came in from out of town to attend our church picnic. She brought along her traveling podiatry care kit and offered to “take care of ” Linda and me right there in the park!

We knew about this in advance so we were careful to wash our feet before coming and remembered to not shave our legs! That’s something important to remember even if you get a regular spa pedicure in a salon because of the risk of infection. Unlike a spa pedicure, diabetic foot care is completely waterless. Continue reading “Routine Diabetic Foot Care”

Health reform does not belong to Adventists

Three days ago I read the most profound article I’ve come across in a long time. It was written by Dr. Jack Hoehn, a retired Adventist physician, who actually wrote a three-part series, “Adventists in Health Care,” published in Adventist Today (see link below).  But one section stood out as resonating so completely with the philosophy of Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics that I have to share it in its entirety: Continue reading “Health reform does not belong to Adventists”