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November is an action-packed month with many focal points within Healthcare namely – DIABETES, ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS AND “MOVEMBER” – Campaign focusing on Male Cancers & mental health. So stay tuned for our weekly articles.

During week one we’ll touch base on the different types of Diabetes and some myth busters & natural ways to manage the disease process. Week 2 will focus on Insulin Resistance the pre-cursor to type 2 Diabetes and my personal favourite on how to manage lifestyle and supplementation.

Diabetes Types

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make. Ideally, there should be a balance between blood sugar and insulin in the body.

disease process
  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. It’s unclear what causes this attack. About 10% of people with diabetes have this type. This type of diabetes is chronic and long term.
  • Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar builds up in your blood.
  • Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
  • Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar during pregnancy. Insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta cause this type of diabetes.

Diabetes is a complicated disease. If you have diabetes or know anyone who has it, you may have questions about the disease.
There are many popular myths about diabetes and its management. Here are some facts you should know about diabetes.

Diabetes Myths

MYTH: No one in my family has diabetes, so I won’t get the disease.

FACT: It’s true that having a parent or sibling with diabetes increases your risk of getting diabetes. In fact, family history is a risk factor for both type 1 & type 2 diabetes. However, many people with diabetes have no close family members with diabetes.
Lifestyle choices and certain conditions can increase your risks:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having prediabetes (Insulin Resistance)
  • Polycystic Ovary Disease
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Being age 45 or older

You can help reduce your risk by staying at a healthy weight, exercising most days of the week, and eating a healthy diet.

MYTH: I will likely develop diabetes because I am overweight.

FACT: It is true that excess weight increases your chance of having diabetes. However, many people who are overweight or obese never develop diabetes. And people who are normal weight or only a little overweight do develop diabetes. Your best bet is to take steps to lower your risk by using nutritional changes and physical activity to lose excess weight.

MYTH: I eat a lot of sugar, so I am worried I’ll get diabetes.

FACT: Eating sugar does not cause diabetes. But you should still cut back on sweets and sugary beverages.
With diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin, or the body does not use insulin well. As a result, the extra sugar stays in the blood, so the blood glucose level increases.

The key to managing diabetes is to control your blood glucose levels throughout the day. This can be done through diet:

  • Eating foods that keep blood sugar levels low – low glycemic index foods such as avocado, banana, blueberry, cinnamon, garlic, honey, peanut butter,slow-cooked oatmeal.
  • Avoiding foods that cause insulin spikes – high-sugar foods and energy drinks
  • Following a low-carbohydrate diet – Work with your healthcare provider or Balanced Healing who can develop a meal plan that works for you.

For people who do not have diabetes, the main problem with eating a lot of sugar and drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is that it can make you overweight. And being overweight does increase your risk for diabetes.

MYTH: I was told I have diabetes, so now I’ll have to eat a special diet.
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FACT: People with diabetes eat the same foods that everyone eats, however it is the types of food that may change as discussed above. It is suggested that people with diabetes get their carbohydrates from low glycemic index foods such as vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and legumes. Avoid foods that are high in unhealthy fat, sodium and sugar. These recommendations are similar to what everyone should be eating.

Work with your health care provider to develop a meal plan that works best for you and that you will be able to follow consistently over time. A healthy and balanced meal plan with a healthy lifestyle will help you manage diabetes.

MYTH: I have diabetes, so I can never eat sweets.

FACT: Sweets are full of simple sugars, which increase the amount of glucose in your blood more than other foods. But they are not off-limits for people with diabetes, as long as you plan for them. It’s best to save sweets for special occasions or as a treat and remember they will cause a spike in your blood glucose levels.

MYTH: My doctor put me on insulin. This means I am not doing a good job managing my blood sugar.

FACT: People with type 1 diabetes must use insulin because their body no longer produces this important hormone. Type 2 diabetes is progressive, which means that the body makes less insulin over time. With exercise, diet changes (blood glucose control), and oral medicines Type 2 diabetes can be well managed reducing the risk of needing Insulin going forward.

MYTH: It is not safe to exercise with diabetes.
exercise

FACT: Getting regular exercise is an important part of managing diabetes. Exercise and resistance training helps boost your body’s sensitivity to insulin. A suggested goal is to aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-vigorous exercise like brisk walking. Talk to your health care provider to make sure your exercise program is safe for you.

MYTH: I have borderline diabetes, so I don’t need to worry.

FACT: Prediabetes is the term used for those whose blood sugar levels are not in the diabetes range but are too high to be called normal. Prediabetes means that you are at high risk of developing diabetes within 10 years. You may be able to lower your blood sugar to normal levels by lowering your body weight, exercising and controlling your blood glucose levels throughout the day.

MYTH: I can stop taking diabetes medicines once my blood sugar is under control.

FACT: Some people with type 2 diabetes, are able to control their blood sugar without medicine by losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. But diabetes is a progressive disease, and over time, even if you are doing all you can to stay healthy, you may need medicine to keep your blood sugar within your target range.

Natural Supplements For Supporting Type 2 Diabetes

Research shows that alternative / natural herbal supplements in combination with a good eating plan & lifestyle practices show promise in helping to control blood sugar.

BERBERINE

One of the most effective natural supplements available – affecting your body at a molecular level. It has been shown to lower blood sugar, assist in weight loss and improve heart health. It is one of the few supplements shown & researched to be as effective as a pharmaceutical drug

CURCUMIN

Found in the spice turmeric, has been shown to both boost blood sugar control and help prevent the disease.

GINSENG

Has been used as a traditional medicine for more than 2,000 years. Studies suggest that both Asian and American ginseng may help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. One study found that extract from the ginseng berry was able to normalize blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.

FENUGREEK

This herb has been used as a medicine and as a spice for thousands of years. It has been to have a significant effect on controlling blood sugar.

PSYLLIUM

It has also been used historically to treat diabetes. Studies show that people with type 2 diabetes who take 10 grams of psyllium every day can improve their blood sugar and lower blood cholesterol.

CINNAMON

Consuming about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can result in significant improvement in blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

ALOE VERA

Some studies suggest that the juice from the Aloe Vera plant can help lower blood sugar in people with types 2 diabetes.

BITTER MELON

It is believed to relieve thirst and fatigue, which are possible symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Research has shown that an extract of bitter melon can reduce blood sugar.

MILK THISTLE

Milk thistle may reduce insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have liver disease.

HOLY BASIL

A controlled trial of holy basil in people with type 2 diabetes showed a positive effect on fasting blood sugar and on blood sugar following a meal.

While many of these supplements show promise, IT IS WISE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER before commencing as Herbal supplements have side effects and can interfere with other medications.

References

American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2018. Diabetes Care. 2018;41(Suppl 1).
Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St Geme JW, Schor NF. Diabetes mellitus. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 589.
Marion J, Franz MS. Diabetes nutrition therapy: Effectiveness, macronutrients, eating patterns and weight management. Am J Med Sci. 2016;351(4):374-379. PMID: 27079343 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27079343.
Waller DG, Sampson AP. Diabetes mellitus. In: Waller DG, Sampson AP, eds. Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 40.

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ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS

With all the hype about ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE and SUPERBUGS, Let’s take a look at Antibiotic usage, what they treat, why are we creating superbugs and resistance. Here are some natural alternatives.

As an integrative healthcare practitioner, I would have to say that we can generally avoid most antibiotic scripts today through having a healthy lifestyle, where our immune system is maintained in a healthy balance not allowing the opportunistic bacteria to invade and cause harm. Having said this there is a place for antibiotics when absolutely necessary.

WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO USE ANTIBIOTICS?

Two major types of GERMS can make people sick: bacteria and viruses. They can cause diseases with similar symptoms, but they multiply and spread illness differently:

BACTERIA - are living organisms existing as single cells. Bacteria are everywhere and most don't cause any harm, and in some cases are beneficial. But some bacteria are harmful and cause illness by invading the body, multiplying, and interfering with normal body processes.��

Antibiotics work against bacteria because they kill these living organisms by stopping their growth and reproduction.

VIRUSES, on the other hand, are not alive. Viruses grow and reproduce only after they've invaded other living cells. The body's immune system can fight off some viruses before they cause illness, but others (like the common cold & Flu) must simply run their course.

"ANTIBIOTICS DO NOT WORK AGAINST VIRUSES"

ANTIBIOTIC OVERUSE?

Unfortunately, it seems that antibiotics are prescribed for just about anything and this leads to antibiotic overuse. Antibiotics are one of the great advances in medicine. But through overprescribing and incorrect use this has led to resistant bacteria (bacteria that are harder to treat).
Some bacteria that were once very responsive to antibiotics have become more and more resistant, causing more serious infections, which are harder to treat.

WHY ARE ANTIBIOTICS OVERPRESCRIBED?

Doctors prescribe antibiotics for different reasons. Sometimes they prescribe them when they're not sure if an illness is caused by bacteria or a virus or are waiting for test results. So, some patients might expect a prescription for an antibiotic and even ask their doctor for it.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ANTIBIOTICS ARE OVERUSED?

For example, STREP THROAT is a bacterial infection, but most sore throats are due to viruses, allergies, or other things that antibiotics cannot treat. But many people with a sore throat will go to a health care provider expecting, and getting a prescription for antibiotics that they do not need.

Taking antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses doesn't work — and it can create bacteria that are harder to kill.
Taking antibiotics too often or for the wrong reasons can change bacteria so much that antibiotics don't work against them. This is called bacterial resistance or antibiotic resistance. Some bacteria are now resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics available.

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“SUPERBUGS”

Superbugs" is a term used to describe strains of bacteria that are resistant to the majority of antibiotics commonly used today. Resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections and skin infections are just a few of the dangers we now face.
Antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring phenomenon that can be slowed, but not stopped. Over time, bacteria adapt to the drugs that are designed to kill them and change to ensure their survival. This makes previously standard treatments for bacterial infections less effective, and in some cases, ineffective.
Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.

EVERYONE CAN PLAY A ROLE TO PREVENT & CONTROL

Read more about how individuals, policymakers, Healthcare professionals, Healthcare Industry and Agriculture sector can play there role.

RISKS TAKING ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotics are not all good however as they kill both good (gut bacteria) and bad bacteria. According to NHS, 1-IN-10 people experience side effects that harm the digestive system after taking antibiotics. Around 1-IN-15 people are allergic to various types of antibiotics, penicillin being foremost.

7 BEST NATURAL ANTIBIOTICS:

These include Garlic, Ginger, Honey, Echinacea, Golden Seal, Clove and Oregano.

RISKS OF NATURAL PRODUCTS:
Just because something is labelled natural, it is not necessarily safe. The amounts and concentrations of active ingredients vary among brands of supplements.
+ Read the labels carefully.
+ A person should also inform their healthcare provider if they plan to take these supplements.

While natural antibiotics may present opportunities, they also carry risks. Natural antibiotics traditionally used for centuries may contribute to the lifesaving drugs of tomorrow.

PLAY YOUR ROLE IN PREVENTING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE & SUPERBUGS!

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INSULIN RESISTANCE & DIABETES

As promised we continue our discussion around diabetes but this week we will focus on Insulin resistance which may be one of the key drivers of many — if not most — of today’s chronic diseases.

SO HOW SHOULD IT WORK?

Insulin is an important hormone that controls many bodily processes and challenges with this hormone are at the heart of many modern health conditions.
Insulin resistance, in which your cells stop responding to insulin, is incredibly common.
Simple lifestyle measures can dramatically improve this condition.
Insulin is an essential hormone that controls your blood sugar levels.
Insulin is made in your pancreas and helps move sugar from your blood into your cells for storage. When your pancreas senses high blood sugar, it makes more insulin to overcome the resistance and reduce your blood sugar.

INSULIN:

+ Regulates glucose balance in the body
+ Controls fat metabolism
+ Signals for the processes that move glucose into the cells for energy purposes
+ Causes any excess glucose to be stored in adipose tissue as fat
+ Suppresses glucagons & growth hormones, which regulate the burning of fat (stored fats)

INSULIN RESISTANCE is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don't respond well to insulin and can't use glucose from your blood for energy. ... Over time, your blood sugar levels go up. Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is the condition of having abnormal levels of glucose, or sugar molecules, in the blood; insulin resistance refers to the mechanism by which one develops that condition.

They're not two different conditions; they're cause and effect — insulin resistance is a prediabetes state
Insulin resistance might develop into type 2 diabetes.
Insulin resistance, prediabetes, and Type 2 diabetes can be managed, and in many cases reversed, by the right lifestyle changes. Medication may also be prescribed.

BALANCED HEALING is able to assist you in improving this condition with simple lifestyle measures, nutritional advice and natural supplementation. PREVENTING INSULIN RESISTANCE may be among the most powerful ways to live a longer, healthier life.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM INSULIN RESISTANT?

Raised insulin and blood sugar levels are key symptoms of insulin resistance. Other symptoms include excess belly fat, high blood triglycerides, and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

THE EFFECTS OF INSULIN RESISTANCE:
+ extreme thirst or hunger.
+ feeling hungry even after a meal.
+ increased or frequent urination.
+ tingling sensations in hands or feet.
+ feeling more tired than usual.
+ frequent infections.
+ evidence in blood work.

Classic signs and symptoms that suggest you've moved from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes include:

+ Increased thirst.
+ Frequent urination.
+ Fatigue.
+ Blurred vision.

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RELATIONSHIP TO HEART HEALTH:
Insulin resistance is linked to various ailments, including heart disease, NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome), Alzheimer's disease, and cancer.

NATURAL SCIENCE-BACKED WAYS TO BOOST YOUR INSULIN SENSITIVITY.
+ A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
+ EXERCISE MORE
+ REDUCE STRESS
+ CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
+ EAT MORE SOLUBLE FIBRE
+ ADD MORE COLOURFUL FRUIT & VEGETABLES TO YOUR DIET
+ ADD HERBS & SPICES TO YOUR COOKING
+ ADD A PINCH OF CINNAMON
+ DRINK GREEN TEA
+ TRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
+ CUT DOWN ON CARBS
+ AVOID TRANSFATS
+ REDUCE YOUR INTAKE OF ADDED SUGARS

TRY A SUPPLEMENT
Chromium, berberine and magnesium supplements are linked to increased insulin sensitivity. Resveratrol appears to increase insulin sensitivity, particularly among people with type 2 diabetes.

As with all supplements, there is a risk they may interact with your current medication. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER before commencing any other natural treatments.
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DIABETES TYPES & MYTHS

November is an action-packed month with many focal points within Healthcare namely – DIABETES, ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS AND “MOVEMBER” – Campaign focusing on Male Cancers & mental health. So stay tuned for our weekly articles.

During week one we’ll touch base on the different types of Diabetes and some myth busters & natural ways to manage the disease process. Week 2 will focus on Insulin Resistance the pre-cursor to type 2 Diabetes and my personal favourite on how to manage lifestyle and supplementation.
Diabetes Types

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make. Ideally, there should be a balance between blood sugar and insulin in the body.

+TYPE 1 DIABETES is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. It’s unclear what causes this attack. About 10% of people with diabetes have this type. This type of diabetes is chronic and long term.
+TYPE 2 DIABETES occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar builds up in your blood.
+PREDIABETES occurs when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
+GESTATIONAL DIABETES is high blood sugar during pregnancy. Insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta cause this type of diabetes.

Diabetes is a complicated disease. If you have diabetes or know anyone who has it, you may have questions about the disease.
There are many popular myths about diabetes and its management. Here are some facts you should know about diabetes.

DIABETES MYTHS

MYTH: No one in my family has diabetes, so I won’t get the disease.
MYTH: I will likely develop diabetes because I am overweight.
MYTH: I eat a lot of sugar, so I am worried I’ll get diabetes.
MYTH: I was told I have diabetes, so now I’ll have to eat a special diet.
MYTH: I have diabetes, so I can never eat sweets.
MYTH: My doctor put me on insulin. This means I am not doing a good job managing my blood sugar.
MYTH: It is not safe to exercise with diabetes.
MYTH: I have borderline diabetes, so I don’t need to worry.
MYTH: I can stop taking diabetes medicines once my blood sugar is under control.

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NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SUPPORTING TYPE 2 DIABETES:

+ BERBERINE
+ CURCUMIN
+ GINSENG
+ FENUGREEK
+ PSYLLIUM
+ CINNAMON
+ ALOE VERA
+ BITTER MELON
+ MILK THISTLE
+ HOLY BASIL

While many of these supplements show promise, IT IS WISE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER before commencing as Herbal supplements have side effects and can interfere with other medications.

Work with your health care provider or BALANCED HEALING to develop a meal plan that works best for you and that you will be able to follow consistently over time. A healthy and balanced meal plan with a healthy lifestyle will help you manage diabetes.
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