The Effects of Low Sugar
Today’s children are surrounded by snacks full of sugar such as ice cream, juice, and candy. There are even various commercials and computer games promoting different types of sugary snacks. But how much sugar do children really need? According to Yale University, the recommended amount for sugar is 6 tablespoons a day. Over consumption may lead to obesity and diabetes.
It is well accepted humans must have sugar to survive. It is the body’s preferred fuel.
But how does a low sugar diet affect the human body? If the amount of sugar decreases in diet, should people expect same level of decrease in mood: being emotionally unstable, in energy: constantly feeling tired, and in physical strength: feeling weak and dizzy?
Three 6th graders (two boys and one girl) conducted this research by lowering their daily sugar intake from their current amount to close to the recommended amount for 3 days. They measured and recorded their daily mood, energy and physical strength levels. The results were compared with those from previous days where the sugar intake was much higher. They concluded that mood, energy and strength were not directly correlated with the sugar level in diet. Significant decrease in sugar did not result in the same level decrease in testing measures. However, withdraw symptoms including fatigue and mood swings were observed due to short testing period.
Each of the three 6th graders first collected data from their regular daily diet, and researched in a library and online on the amount of sugar contained in each component of their diet. They formed a table (see materials and methods) and designed their low sugar diet by carefully picking components which lead to daily intake of less that 6 tablespoons of sugar.
They followed this diet for 3 days. The average daily intake of sugar is the independent variable. At the end of each day, each person recorded their mood, strength, and energy throughout the day. These were used as dependent variables.
Snacks were not permitted throughout these three days. After the test subjects finished their low sugar diets, they went back to their normal diets.
Chart I shows the percentage change in daily sugar intake in tablespoons.
In order to get close to the recommended amount, significant level of sugar was cut from a regular diet, averaging 69.2%, ranging from 62.5% to 75%. One member had a higher daily intake than the other two. Even after the cut, he is still higher than the daily recommended level. Another member cut too much, her new daily intake level was significantly below the recommended level. The one with the largest percentage change is the one who consumed the least amount of sugar during the diet. The average amount of sugar consumed without the diet is 16.3 teaspoons per day, and the average amount with the diet is 5.2 teaspoons.
Chart II shows the percent changes for each person’s moods, energy levels, and strength with and without the low sugar diet.
The average mood without the diet is 9.8, and it ranged from 8 to 10. The mood with the diet test ranged from 3 to 7, and the average is 5.3. This is a 44.3% drop, ranging from -30% to -63%.
The average energy level without the diet is 8.6, and it ranged from 8 to 9. The energy with the diet test ranged from 2 to 7, and the average was 4.6. This is an average 47% drop, ranging from -22% to -75%.
The average strength level without the diet is 8.6, and it ranged from 8 to 9. The strength with the diet test ranged from 2 to 5, and the average is 3.6. This is an average 56.3% drop, ranging from -44% to -75%.
Note from Chart I that the average decrease in sugar is 69.2, which is much more significant than the average decreases in mood (-44.3%), energy (-47%), and strength (-56.3%).
The hypothesis was proved false. Test subjects did not experience the same level decrease in measurements.
However, withdraw symptoms were observed that the test subjects experienced above normal fatigue, even with longer than usual sleeping hours, and some degrees of mood swings. The testing window is a factor that impacted the results. If this research can be repeated, at least five days is needed to overcome the withdraw symptoms and improve accuracy of the results. Cutting sugar to below the recommended amount may also impacted the results. Note that the member with sugar intake much lower than the recommended amount experienced the greatest decrease in measurements.
Given that today’s children are surrounded by all types of sweets and the fact that the number of pediatric diabetes have greatly increased, it is important for children to recognize the recommended sugar amount each day. Decreasing the sugar level does not result in the same level decrease in mood, energy and physical strength. This research can be repeated with a longer testing window and should serve as a good foundation for future pediatric diabetes research.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
After a careful study of nutrition needed for 6th graders, low sugar diet was designed with the following components. To maintain the close to 6 grams sugar intake, a balanced meal must be followed. For example, if one egg was taken (0.6 grams of sugar), there would be 5.6 grams of sugar left to pick from other categories. If 1 cup of kidney beans was taken (4.1 grams), only less than 2 grams of sugar left for the day from other foods.
Protein foods: meat (0 grams), one egg (0.6 grams), 1 cup of kidney beans (4.1 grams), 79 grams of tofu (0.4 grams), 1 cup of sunflower seeds (3.7 grams), one cup of pumpkin seeds (1.8 grams) and one cup of nuts (6 grams).
Beverages: tea (0) and water (0 grams).
Low-sugar dairy: low-fat or creamed cottage cheese (6 grams), part-skim mozzarella (0.3 grams), Swiss (0.4 grams), greek yogurt (6 grams), chocolate milk (14 grams), american cheese (0.6 grams), cheddar (0.1 grams), muenster (0.3 grams), colby (0.1 grams) and blue cheese (0.7 grams).
Vegetables: Olives (0 grams), spinach (0 grams), collard greens, beet (9 grams), turnip (4.6 grams), asparagus (0.3 grams), lettuce (0.3 grams) and endives (0.1 grams).
Grains: rice (0.1 grams), whole wheat bread (1.5 grams), barley (1.5 grams), flour (0.3 grams), bulgur (0.6 grams) and popcorn (0.3 grams).
Patz, Aviva. "Is Sugar Really That Bad for You?" CNN. Cable News Network, 30 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 May 2016.
"Frequently Asked Questions About Sugar." American Heart Association. N.p., 19 May 2014. Web. 26 May 2016.
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What Does a 4th Grader Know About Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that can effect anyone, and may not be fully reversed today. There are two types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both types of Diabetes can have major impacts to people's lives and one is not worse than the other. However, these two types are different.
First, we must know that when we eat, our body breaks the food into glucose, or sugar. This causes the pancreas, a gland under the stomach, to produce insulin. Insulin is a ‘key’, allowing the glucose to come through your cells, and be used as energy. If we have Diabetes, this process doesn’t work well.
Type 1 Diabetes usually starts affecting us when we are a child or teenager, but it may also occur at any age. With Type 1 Diabetes, our immune system damages our pancreas. This means there is no insulin, and the glucose starts to build up in the blood. The effect of the buildup in glucose is that our body cells start to starve from the lack of the glucose energy, because there is no ‘key’ to open the cell door. If Type 1 Diabetes is not treated, it can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart, while possibly leading to coma and death. Today, the way to help treat Type I Diabetes is by taking insulin ejections. However, we don’t always know how much insulin is needed. The amount of insulin is based on many things, such as food, exercise, stress, emotion, and your general health and condition. Too much insulin can cause the body to burn too much glucose, and our blood sugar will drop to a threatening low level, a condition called ‘Hypoglycemia’. Too little insulin can cause the body to continue to suffer from the starvation of energy it needs, and our blood sugar will increase to a threatening high level, a condition called ‘Hyperglycemia’.
Type 2 Diabetes usually starts affecting us when we are 35 years or older, however there are starting to be more younger people getting type two diabetes. With Type 2 Diabetes, we can still produce insulin, but not enough. Also, sometimes when the insulin tries to open the cell door, the ‘key’ won’t work. This is called insulin resistance. Today the treatment is based on diet and exercise. If the blood sugar level are high, oral medications are used to help the insulin work more efficiently. Sometimes, insulin injections are necessary.
In conclusion, Diabetes is a disease that can affect everyone. A healthy living can help, and we expect better technology in the future to monitor and cure this disease.
Copyright © Daniel L
Let's Defeat Diabetes
Three hundred seventy-one million. Think about that number in terms of animals, cars, or anything you can think of. Three hundred seventy-one million, that’s a large number! Now think of that number terms of human, it seems like a large amount, right? Well, this world has a population of 7.125 billion, and around 371 million of those humans are diagnosed worldwide with diabetes. Today, diabetes takes more lives than the diseases of AIDS and breast cancer combined. Diabetes isn’t just a disease that has one negative factor to the human body, but it leads to other illnesses. It causes blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure, and stroke. It wipes out the life of 1 American every 3 minutes. Not only are people’s lives in America being destroyed, but also lives all around the world are coming to an end. Many are attempting to fight the battle, but not all succeed, as the disease sometimes takes over their body, allowing them with no option. So let’s join the fight against diabetes, and defeat this disease.
People who are diagnosed with diabetes have a metabolic disease in which the body does not produce any or enough insulin. This results in elevated levels of glucose in the blood. There are two different types of diabetes, from type one diabetes to type two diabetes. Type one diabetes is when the body no longer makes insulin because its immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Children and young adults are usually diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. This specific type of diabetes unfortunately can’t be cured, but treatment can help. The other type of diabetes, called type two diabetes affects 29.1 million Americans living in the United States. Type two diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is usually diagnosed in young to older adults. But now, the amount of children who are being diagnosed with this type of diabetes is gradually increasing.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar from the food that you eat for energy or to store it for future use. Insulin helps keep your blood sugar level in check so that it doesn’t get too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). The cells in your body need sugar for energy but sugar cannot go into most of your cells directly. After you eat food and your blood sugar level rises, cells in your pancreas release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin then attaches to the cells and tells the cells to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. In diabetics the insulin in the body isn’t being used correctly, there is too much glucose accumulating in the blood, and the body doesn’t function properly.
If you have more sugar in your body than it needs, insulin stores the sugar in your liver and releases it when your blood sugar level is low such as in between meals. Thus, insulin helps keep the balance of blood sugar level in your body and helps to keep it in a normal range. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas releases more insulin.
If your body does not produce enough insulin or your cells rejects the effects of insulin, you may develop hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which can cause severe problems if the blood sugar levels stay elevated. In this particular disease, the body is constantly making a good amount of insulin, but can’t use the insulin correctly.
For people that have type 1 diabetes their pancreas does not make insulin because the beta cells in their pancreas are damaged or destroyed. Consequently, these people need insulin shots to allow their body to process glucose and avoid problems from hyperglycemia. Whereas people with type 2 diabetes tend to not respond well or are unaffected by insulin. They may need insulin shots to help them better process sugar and to prevent complications from this disease. People with type 2 diabetes may at first be treated with oral medications along with a change in diet and exercise. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, the longer a person has it, the more likely they will require insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Different types of insulin are available and prescribed to treat diabetes. But taking caution in what you eat and being active physically, you can reduce your chances of this disease progressively deteriorating your body and life. So don’t let diabetes defeat you, let’s defeat it. Let’s live a little sweeter everyday!
Copyright © Olga M
Basic Recommendations to Parents With a Diabetic Child
Carolina Welin, Psychosynthesis Therapist and Councellor focusing on health and rehab, based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is there to help you - feel free to contact her via email@example.com. She will answer your questions within 24 hours.
Her website, in Swedish at the moment, an English version within a couple of weeks - www.mow.se
When your child is diagnosed with diabetes, or was diagnosed with diabetes, here are basic recommendations.
No matter what, the thing in common for both types is the huge amount of stress that comes with the disease that moves into your home and becomes a new (and demanding) family member.
So what can you do and how can you find a way out of the stressful emotions? Let´s begin with making a statement.
These recommendations are about the stress living with a chronic disease in the family. The healthy aspects of a difficult situation. These recommendations aren´t about what to do when your child has symptoms from the disease. That is another stress and question.
The biggest risk when a child is diagnosed is that the disease comes in the foreground of the perception of the child. Everything around your child is looked upon with regard to the diagnosis. Your thoughts start to live a life of their own ”what have I done wrong?” ”what can I do to help my child get out of this diagnosis”. Or even worse, you have understood but the relatives and family around your child haven´t.
Chronic diseases often awake the feeling of guilt and immediately when something isn´t the way it´s supposed to be we start to be creative ”what can I do to fix it”. That´s normal.
BUT to treat the disease is the job of our doctors and nurses.
To live a life as normal as you can is the job of the family. Your child isn´t disabled, your child isn´t diabetes. Your child is a loveable and wonderful being, your loved and lovely child.
The chronic diseases are like colors. Your child got a new color. A magic color not visible for everybody around the child.
You have to educate people around your child. And you have to educate yourself. There is a direct link between stress and lack of knowledge. What happens when we don´t know? We start to speculate. When we speculate we use our minds and give free all of our minds creativity. That´s not a good strategy.
When your thoughts start to spin quickly, going into the future without any direction or map your need to say stop, wait, to yourself.
A good strategy is to ask yourself the important questions is this true, what do I know, what is the root of these worries. What is known, what´s unknown and underneath.
Start to identify people around your child who need high knowledge about the disease and about your child’s ”color”. Ask yourself how the color affects your child. The important people are A-people. Family members, caretakers, significant others. Knowledge is freedom. What people are your A-people, what does your A-team need to know so you can feel supported, also as a parent.
Everybody doesn´t need to know everything.
Then we have the B-ones. The second circle around the child/the family.
The B-ones are people who don´t need to know so much about the disease, more about what kind of symptoms they should be aware of and how to support your kid if the symptoms appear. The B-ones know that your child has a disease and that some symptoms has to be taken care of if/when they appear. The right act for a B-person is to know when to call an A-one.
The C-area are close but not close. They are aware that there is a handicap for your child but the handicap doesn´t influence the C-persons’ relation with your child. This area belongs to friends, friends to siblings, neighbors. They know that the chronic disease is a present color in your child’s life but they don´t have to focus on that issue.
The common thing for A-B-C is that they know the difference between Diabetes in general and that everything about Diabetes is not about your child. You and your child might not even be interested in diabetes as a general, only in those parts that could help your child (and your family) live a high quality, close to normal, every day life.
So what is the hidden code in the stress management? I´ve already mentioned knowledge. The second code is communication. How to communicate and inform the surrounding in an accurate way. And how to teach your child to express his/her needs when relating in new situations.
A good idea is to write a basic paper with necessary information about your child’s health and what´s important to know for people coming in contact with your child. So you can feel safe.
Safety – that´s the third aspect. How can you as a parent feel safe in relation to your child? Safety is in this particular case about how you can stay with your child and not become a nurse all the time mirroring the child’s, body, behavior and temper. I´ll even bring this a step further – how can you as a parent make sure that you can be a safe haven for your diagnosed child? How can you let go of a bad conscience? Feelings of not being a good enough parent?
A diagnosis always brings other crisis to the surface and the paradox is that in relation to a life threatening disease, nothing else matters. This paradox can give the diabetes question in a family a strange position. In relation to the unsolvable, chronic disease, everything else gets less important.
And this is the big challenge, to stay with the details of every day life. The gift in diabetes is that you have to create routines, watch your eating habits, exercising habits and mental habits and that can be the creative use of pain for the whole family. It´s not only the child that benefit from the routines, it will be good for the whole family.
And yes, your reactions are also a choice. You can choose, not the disease, but your reactions and relations with the color of your child. That is definitely a choice. With good mind control and self-awareness training a parent can watch herself to not project all her worries on the diagnosed child all the worries. An aware parent can give the color of one child right proportions.
The color of diabetes can shift from day to day – one day it´s warm and shining, like the sun. Another day it´s like the dark clouds in the sky. The whole palette moves into your house with the diagnosis.
Copyright © Carolina Welin
Eating Healthy and Exercising to Prevent Diabetes in Kids
Did you know that a lot of kids are diagnosed with diabetes every year? There are two types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is a form of the disease when the body cannot produce enough insulin and type 2 diabetes is a form of the disease when the pancreas may produce normal insulin levels but cells become resistant to it. Although type 1 diabetes is still more widespread among children nationwide, type 2 diabetes has grown significantly from less than 5 percent in 1994 to about 20 percent among among young people in more recent years. That’s a whole lot of kids with diabetes, wouldn’t you agree?
Did you know that we can do something to lower those figures? We can educate kids on eating healthy and exercising daily to help prevent future cases of diabetes and to help kids with diabetes to maintain their sugar blood level at a normal range. The key to preventing type 2 diabetes in children is preventing obesity. Have a balanced diet (including lots of fiber, whole-grain foods, and fruits and vegetables), avoid sugary junk foods and sodas, and get lots of exercise. By exercising and eating right from an early age, we’ll be able to put a stop to this epidemic.
There are so many healthy food choices for kids that live with diabetes today? Not only is eating healthy so important for kids that live with diabetes but it’s just as important for those that don’t have the disease. It helps with overall health and well-being and helps to prevent diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and other health related issues. We just need to know what those healthy choices are.
All kids need to eliminate sugar, high fructose corn syrup and sodium from their diet. A lot of processed foods, packaged foods, sodas and fast foods contain a lot of these bad ingredients. Fast food restaurants are especially are unhealthy for you. They are loaded with sodium, sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Avoid them! They are no good for you!
Kids need to make healthy choices because it helps to control their blood sugar level and ultimately it makes them feel stronger and healthy. Some healthy food options for kids are whole grains breads, whole grain pastas and rice, fruits, vegetables, snacks and even some low in sugar deserts too.
When it comes to carbohydrates there are many healthy choices available such as whole grain breads, pastas and rice. Legumes are good for kids too because they are loaded with vitamin and nutrients and contain a lot of protein to help maintain muscle mass. Some great selection are chick peas, lentils, cannelloni beans, kidney beans, lima beans, and black beans. Vegetables are our friends too. Some great choices are kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli, string beans, any dark green leafy vegetables as well as mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, eggplants, beets, carrots, and tomatoes. Low fat cheese is good too but eat them in moderation. Most fruits have a low glycemic index (GI) because of the fructose that occurs naturally in fruits and the fiber content in them. Some great fruit choices are: apples, applesauce, avocados, banana, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, dates, figs, grapefruit, guava, grapes, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon. Overall, fruit is encouraged, so enjoy eating them. Some great snack choices are natural granola bars that are low in sugar content. Nuts are also good for snacking but only in moderation and only for those kids that are not allergic to nuts. Another great snack which should be eaten in moderation is dark chocolate. Choose desserts that are low on the glycemic index by reviewing the sugar content before buying store bought desserts. You can also chose to make you own dessert by reducing the sugar content or substituting with a sweetener such as honey.
By exercising and eating right from an early age, we’ll be able to put a stop to this epidemic. So start today and make healthy choices and prevent this epidemic from spreading further. Healthy food choices help you stay strong and healthy in the long term. Life is a little sweeter everyday when you eat right and exercise daily.
Copyright © Giovanna M and Diane G. M
Insulin Friendly Diet and Lifestyle
Insulin friendly diet and lifestyle....what does that mean?
We have been so locked in to the glucose driven model of diabetes and cardio-metabolic issues that it can be hard to think any other way. Glucose is toxic, that is why the body will stop in its tracks and burn it off when ever possible, to get it our of our system. Blood glucose levels are specifically relevant to our health depending on the metabolic state we are in. When we are a chronic sugar burner then the normal levels are 70-99 (but health deteriorates above 83). When we are fat adaptive and burning fat efficiently then that number can drop into the 50's making anything over 80 a problem.
The true danger in high blood sugar is the correlative rise in insulin levels. The body can handle high blood glucose levels from time to time when there are times of very low levels, but chronically high exposure to glucose and its toxic effects eats away at the body from the inside out. The risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and heart disease come from the chronic exposure to high insulin levels long before the high blood sugar levels can do their damage.
It is the chronic over exposure to insulin that literally frys our system and health. The answer, low insulin levels. How do we get these low insulin levels? A low insulin diet and lifestyle.....and here it is:
Low carb. Low over all carb diets beat low glycemic index diets when by a long shot. It is not about the glucose levels but the corresponding insulin levels and low carb overall keeps insulin low. Carbs trigger 23% of our insulin response. Protein is responsible for 10%. Fat has no effect. The rest of the 67% is from the incretin effect (think stomach hormones) and other cross hormonal reactions (think thyroid, cortisol, and brain chemistry).
SO, what does that mean? It means that there are foods and behaviors that are blood glucose friendly but terrorize insulin. For example:
Milk and yogurt...both are glucose mellow but insulin insulting
Red meat and white fish......again, no blood sugar rise but a very steep increase in insulin
Protein powders, grain products (bread), and processed foods....may not have a big glucose rush (initially) but will crank insulin
That said, sugars, grains and starches are the biggest offenders.....they should be avoided FIRST.
Meal timing and having gaps in between eating is the only thing that will allow insulin levels to come down....so as important as what you it is when you eat....or don't.
Behavior: A. Hyper stress response (cortisol) will throttle insulin B. Poor sleep...one night of poor sleep will increase insulin resistance C. Anxiety...will immediately raise insulin levels D. Slow and low cardio will promote sugar burning and free radical production....insulin and cortisol
Others: - Medications...statins, anti-biotics, and thyroid meds all promote major insulin resistance - Artificial sweeteners....mess up gut bacteria and cause metabolic issues - Alcohol....sorry people....it stresses our insulin/glucagon balance and decreases glutathione (a major anti-oxidant) and stops fat burning in its tracks
Ok, you still with me? Take the concepts above and put them into action as you can in your life and add these 3 modalities to help balance your neurological tone (the driving factor for this whole process):
Body work....specifically chiropractic upper cervical adjustments
Now, mix this with the other concepts I post here and keep at it. Yes, there is a lot to learn, we are on this road together, let me know your insights and if mine are helping you.
Copyright © Dr. Don Clum
Aduro Population Health Director of Advanced Metabolic Programs
YES, you can over-ride your genes!
YES, you can over-ride your genes!
Think you have bad genes? Maybe a cancer gene or two? How about diabetes, or short life span genes (yes, there are such things)? You can keep them turned off or turn them off once on, by very specific lifestyle modification.
Now I am going to tell you what it is, but you have to promise not to freak out. This topic brings up the strangest reactions from people across the board, especially medical doctors.
First, I will tell you what they found:
Extended Lifespan (even when the short life span gene was present)
Stem Cell Regeneration
Lowered Belly (visceral fat)
Reduced Cancer Incidence
Reduced Skin Lesions
Rejuvenated Immune System
Stopped Bone Density Loss
Brain (memory centers) Neurogenesis (new brain cell growth)
Improved Cognitive Performance
Decreased risk bio-markers for:
New Muscle Growth and Regeneration
Reduced Immune Aging
No one single modality that I have ever seen tested has been shown to do so much for health, healing and anti-aging. NOTHING.
So, who is ready to sign up?
So, what is it? Well, it is definitely a “four letter word” in the health care world today. Promise me you will keep reading after I tell you…promise? Ok, fasting. And not even “real” fasting, they called it a Fasting Mimicking Diet. A lot of these results were replicated in studies with people, mice and yeast, so the biological mechanism is pretty old and well established evolutionarily speaking.
The human studies had people eat a ketogenic diet of 750-1000 calories for 5 days straight, once a month, for 3 months…..that is it!
I propose that true fasting, water, broth, or similar would do even better. I think that even intermittent fasting with an 6 hour window using this “Fasting Mimicking Diet” model would do the same or better as well.
Let all the fears and fasting myths fall by the wayside. The upside here is worth all the discomfort of stepping out of your comfort zone.
We don’t need to eat all day every day!
The reality is, when we do eat all day every day we shorten our life span and make our selves sick, fat, and miserable!
So, just stop eating every now and then people. Stop eating fabricated food like products and eat a “Basic Human Eating Plan.’ As in what you as a human being on this planet was meant to eat. Whole, natural, in season, local foods. Feast and famine…..eat and fast. All the while move your body AS MUCH AS YOU CAN each and every day and do some STRENUOUS exercise at least 3 times a week.
Do it not, and live the American reality. Your choice. We are happy to help.
Copyright © Dr. Don Clum
Aduro Population Health Director of Advanced Metabolic Programs
Not What He Seems
My friend’s dad has diabetes, but to me, he’s always looked healthy. Whenever my dad saw him, they would break into a conversation about it. I would stand in the corner with my friend and would hear things like “What did the doctor say?” and “It’s so hard to control.” But I never really thought about how people can die easily just by having a certain overload of sugar in one’s blood.
As a diabetic, it’s important to make sure you know how much sugar is in the foods you eat. Always try looking at the nutrition facts if you are uncertain about the amount sugar in your food. Remember, diabetes is hard to control and it can get worse everyday if you don’t take action. Diabetes can stick with you for 30, 40, or 50 years and at first you might feel great but it is still important to manage your sugar levels because over years, high sugars will damage your body. If you have diabetes, you’re in it for the long haul. As for my friend’s dad, I told him that life gets a little sweeter everyday.
Copyright © Yoonah C
My Nonna Has Diabetes
My nonna (that’s grandmother in Italian) has diabetes. I don’t know exactly when she was diagnosed with diabetes but I know she’s had a very long time way before I was born. It makes me sad to know she has this disease. She has to watch what she eats and take insulin shots a couple of times a day. I think ever since she’s had this disease it makes her want to eat sweet even more. I guess when you know you shouldn’t eat something it makes you crave it even more.
Diabetes is a terrible disease. It effects the way a diabetic’s body functions. It effects people’s organs in a bad way. For some people it even affects their eyesight in a negative way.
I feel sad for my nonna because when she comes over for holiday dinners and there are so many desserts on our table, she has to watch herself and refrain from reaching for one because she knows it’s bad for her. I know it must be really frustrating for her to watch other family member’s devour desserts while she has to choose a fruit or a sugar free dessert. She isn’t able to eat sweets because her blood sugar will go high and then it will adversely affects her body. If her blood sugar goes so very high she can even go into a diabetic coma. I would never, never want that to happen to my nonna.
My nonna has to give herself a shot 3 times a day to control her blood sugar level. This must be very frustrating and a nuance to her to have to do everyday of her life. It makes me so sad that my nonna has diabetes. She makes all these traditional Sicilian cookies for us but she can’t have any of them because of diabetes.
I want to take care of my nonna so that she can live a healthy and long life so that I can get more time to spend with her. My nonna means the world to me and I hope that one day I can help find a cure for her so that she can eat some sweets again and live a healthy life.
Life is a little sweeter everyday when you take care of the ones you love and support their healthy eating life style.
Copyright © Chris M
Little Sweeter Everyday
My grandpa is an engineer. He loves research and has invented many things to make people's life easier. He always has a solution to fix anything.
Grandpa used to think diabetes was like a cold. It would last for a few days, maybe months, but would go away as long as he took some medicine like a "NyQuil". But as he studied more, he realized that diabetes would be with him for the rest of his life.
Grandpa became depressed. There was no medication he could take to "fix" his diabetes, and he heard about all the potential side effects that may come with it, including impaired vision and fading energy.He was worried that he would no longer be able to enjoy quality time with his grandchildren. He also had to say goodbye to all of his favorite desserts. Grandma restricted him from eating anything too sweet and eating too much. Mommy also stopped baking us chocolate pies, which everyone used to enjoy.
I love my grandpa and would love to see him happy again. One day when grandpa was ranting to me about his "no sweet no life" story, I decided to tell him, Don't worry grandpa. Life gets a little sweeter everyday.
Copyright © Vivian L
Meet 'Cookie' - the Future Technology for Diabetes
The ‘Cookie’ Microchip is the future technology for Type I diabetes. Type I of diabetes is when the body lacks insulin. The immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, preventing it from producing insulin. Instead of spending $4 to $100 each month on medications and injections, the patient can simply clip a small chip, also known as Cookie, to his clothes or wear it as an accessory. Cookie will first detect the amount of insulin needed by the body, then send waves directly to the pancreas, signaling it to produce right amount. The waves will also stop the immune system from destroying cells that release insulin.
The case for the Cookie could be sapphire glass. It is unbreakable, waterproof, and shockproof. The chip itself is designed with a safe silicone layer so it would not hurt the user. Cookie can be connected to an application called ‘Cookie Checker’ downloadable to smartphones and other personal electronic products. This application will show the patient how much insulin is being produced.
Today, diabetes patients receive extensive daily medication and expensive monthly injections. These could fail or wear off early, meaning the patient would still suffer.
We believe this cookie chip is much more user friendly. It requires no surgical procedures and can be made easily available at pharmacy stores. Most importantly, it can provide visual monitoring of how insulin works and allows patients to take care of insulin directly.
Copyright © Viv L. and Kieran C.
Am I A Bad Parent?
Am I a bad parent? What would you think of me if you saw a video of me giving my kids 10 teaspoons of sugar right out of the bag?
What would you think of me if I told you I did that to them every day and some days gave them 20 spoon-fulls?
How would your view of me change if I told you that I do it just because they like it and it is quick and easy for me?
How about you? Would you give your child 10 teaspoons of sugar for a meal? Seriously, would you scoop out 10 teaspoons of sugar and offer that to your child or children?
This is what you do when you give your child a bowl (1 cup) of cereal with milk (1 cup) and a glass of milk for breakfast. You are giving them 10 PLUS teaspoons of sugar.
But is has fiber! Fine, would you give your child 10 teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of fiber and think that is a healthy meal?
But cereal has vitamins and milk has calcium! Fine, would you give your child 10 teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of fiber and a synthetic chemical multi-vitamin made from petroleum and an indigestible calcium and feel they are eating well?
But milk has protein! Fine, would you give 10 spoons of sugar, one spoon of fiber, chemical vitamins and 2 denatured (overcooked/burnt) egg whites and call THAT a healthy meal?
Is there really anything that you could combine with 10 teaspoons of sugar and truly feel it is healthy for your child to eat once, never mind every day?
People do it every day....you might even do it, it is called cereal for breakfast or a P, B, and J with a juice box for lunch, or a bowl of spaghetti and a glass of milk for dinner.....and often these meals have much more than just 10 teaspoons worth of sugar, and sometimes for 3 meals a day.....daily!
It is time for some tough love for many of the parents out there. No parent is trying to make their kids unhealthy, fat, or sick, but they are, and do it every day.
What do my kids eat for breakfast?
Eggs....any way you like...scrambled, omelette, crustless quiche, we like to bake them in avocados with full fat cheese, bacon, veggies.
Smoothie: coconut cream/milk (from the can), raw eggs, water, berries.
Crepes: eggs and heavy cream mixed and make a crepe and fill with sautéed veggies (artichoke, mushroom, olives is one of our favs) or berries or whipped coconut or heavy cream with a bit of cinnamon or vanilla.
But I don't have time for that!
How you spend your time is 100% a reflection of your priorities and values. PERIOD. If raising healthy kids is important, you will make the time.
Give them a chance, I am willing to bet your kids want to grow up healthy and see you healthy as well. Do it together, make it a household event and mission and you can change your health and teach your kids to enjoy a healthy diet....and that is the best investment and lesson you can offer them.
Copyright © Dr. Don Clum
Aduro Population Health Director of Advanced Metabolic Programs