Diabetes and Dehydration
Diabetics should be careful to avoid dehydration. In a recent book,
one prominent researcher advises all readers (including diabetics) to drink fluids
equivalent to half their body weight in ounces (for example, a 160 pound man should drink
at least 80 ounces of fluid daily) as it makes things easier for the kidneys and gives the
pancreas the fluid it needs to properly produce the insulin that regulates blood sugar
levels. Fact is, the metabolism of sugar is a very fluid dependent system that quickly
suffers if fluid intake is in any way limited.
And dont fall into the trap of thinking that all you have to
do is pay attention to your sense of thirst. You cant rely on your sense of thirst
to keep you well hydrated. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, youre
waiting too long. You should consume water at regular intervals throughout the day
even if your not thirsty at the moment. And that goes double for senior citizens whose
sense of thirst slows with the passing years.
The Great Protein Conspiracy
Ive always found it curious that when kidney disease becomes
advanced, kidney specialists will advise patients to restrict protein intake. Why wait for
your kidneys to be near collapse? Start now to avoid problems later.
Did you know that excessive protein and salt intake also promotes
osteoporosis? Despite what the milk industry is spending over $300 million a year to tell
you - its not the lack of calcium that is the main cause of osteoporosis, its
instead caused by too much protein and/or too much salt. (milk contains generous portions
For those with osteoporosis cows milk is exactly the
wrong food, despite all the media campaigning. The countries with the highest dairy
consumption are the United States, Sweden, Israel, Finland and the United Kingdom. Is it a
coincidence that these same countries have the highest rates of osteoporosis? Countries
with low dairy diets such as Hong Kong, Singapore
and South Africa, have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
Eskimos experience osteoporosis due to their extraordinarily high
protein high animal fat diet. In a study, a liquid protein diet puts even healthy young
college-aged males into a negative calcium balance that causes them to develop
osteoporosis in as few as ten days!
As long as youre consuming a high protein diet, it
doesnt matter how much calcium you take in. Even senior citizens can add calcium to
their bones if they reduce protein intake and at the same time take calcium supplements.
Weight bearing exercise also helps to build bone mass and prevent osteoporosis. You can
choose any kind of activity you find pleasurable just as long as it works your large thigh
Why do so many Americans consume so much protein? Because were
constantly being bombarded by propaganda from various industry groups promoting the sale
of their products including the dairy, egg, beef, cheese, pork, poultry and seafood
industries. These groups continue to promote the idea that we all have a need for protein.
As a result, most Americans believe that we need to take in a lot of protein if were
to remain healthy.
Unfortunately according to the latest research, their idea of our
minimum requirement is clearly excessive.
Cola, Burger, and a Side of Fries
In the United States, we enjoy a tremendous abundance of a wide
variety of foods. But unfortunately many
people make very poor food choices -- white bread, hot dogs, alcoholic beverages and diet
soft drinks are but a few that come to mind and these choices help fuel a wide
range of chronic degenerative diseases. Its indeed a sad fact that most Americans
are currently suffering from several different nutritional deficiencies.
The popular author/physician Dr. Andrew Weil states it very simply.
If you surveyed all the latest medical research and designed the worst possible diet
it would be very much like todays typical American diet! Too much fat, too
much sugar, too much salt, too little fiber, too little nutrition, too much diary, too
much prepared food, too much protein, too much fried food, too much meat etc
The best advice is - go natural, i.e., eat foods in their natural
state or as close as possible. Eat frequent, small meals. Take nutritional supplements and
eat nutritious foods. Drink purified water and hit the salad bar (except for the shredded
cheese, macaroni salad, potatoes and eggs!). Colorful fruits and veggies are best
nature made them attractive so we would eat them. Their colors are natures way of
saying, This is a good food eat it.
What about juicing? Its supposed to be good for you, right?
Juicing is one way to consume fruits and vegetables, but remember: juicing eliminates the
part of the food you need the most the fiber. Also, you should avoid consuming too
much juice as it can raise the levels of fats circulating in the blood and juice also
contains a lot of calories.
And juices made from common vegetables may contain significant
levels of sugar. Fresh undiluted carrot juice, for instance, usually tastes like candy due
to its very high sugar content.
Stevia Rebaudiana is a low-lying plant native to Brazil and Paraguay.
It was first discovered in 1887 when it was noticed that local Paraguayan Indians used the
leaves of the plant to sweeten their drinks. The natives called the plant
In 1931 two French scientists perfected a process for extracting
pure Stevia from the plants leaves. They called their extract Stevioside. Its
an extremely sweet substance that is from 100 to 200 times as sweet as normal table sugar!
For this reason its important to use it very sparingly, particularly at first, until
you get used to the taste.
Numerous studies have found Stevia to be an effective sweetener
without toxic effects and best of all, it appears to have almost no effect on
blood sugar levels.
Since 1971 Stevia has been widely used throughout the world (except
in the US where drug companies have opposed FDA approval in an effort to protect their
artificial sweetener profits.)
Stevia has a nice sweet taste, and no aftertaste and can be
purchased at any well-stocked health food store. Many diabetics find it useful to sweeten
shakes and other drinks and find it tastes much more like natural sugar than the
commercial artificial sweeteners.
The problem with Stevia is its a little pricey compared to
plain old sugar. A box of 100 little packets of Stevia (each packet seems about as sweet
as two packets of artificial sweetener) costs around eight or nine dollars. That means the
overall cost of a single portion would be around four and a half cents. ($9.00 divided by
Studies have shown that by smoking only a few cigarettes each day you increase your heart
disease risk two to two and a half times the norm. And since diabetics are already at an
increased risk, a smoking diabetic is a heart attack just waiting to happen.
Every time you take a puff your entire circulatory system
constricts, reducing blood flow throughout your entire body. At the same time the toxins
in the smoke create a wave of dangerous free radicals that can damage tissues anywhere in
The bottom line? For a diabetic, smoking is nothing more than slow
suicide. If you smoke you simply must stop!
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