04/20/11

Blood Type and Diet

Eating right to suit your blood type” is a subject that is come up a lot in the chat rooms recently, so as promised, here is more information about the topic.

First of all there are two bibles on this subject written by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. The first is “Eat Right 4 Your Type” and the second, “Cook Right 4 Your Type”. If you are really interested in pursuing this lifestyle, I STRONGLY recommend you buy both of these books and read them from cover to cover to see if these diets are for you. For those of you who have cancer, low blood sugar, are on medication or are diabetic, check this plan out with your doctor before embarking on any new diet. Below I have summarised the basic principles behind the Eat Right 4 Your Type, which is intended to spiritually and physically heal people by feeding the body’s blood the “right” foods.

D’Adamo’s concept is that certain blood types represent an older strain of mankind. Your blood kind, which you are able to find out from your doctor, can represent a certain stage of evolution and also indicate how much ancestral history you are carrying in your DNA

People with Type O blood were thought to be the earliest humans on earth and were mainly carnivorous cavemen. Type O dates back to the ascendance of the Cro-Magnons and is still the most common blood type in the world. People with Type O blood are thought to have extremely high acid content in the stomach, which enables them to digest protein-heavy foods.

Red meat is the most recommended source of protein for Type O’s followed by chicken and fish. Eggs and dairy are considered to be a poor source of protein for the Type O. Olive oil is the cooking medium of option but they gain a lot of weight if they eat nuts. They do not digest beans and vegetables well and are allergic or intolerant to wheat or other grains. Vegetables from the cabbage family cause digestive distress for Type O’s, as do melons, cantaloupes and citrus. Corn causes them to become overweight or diabetic. Good fruits for the Type O are plums, and figs and optimum vegetables are the leafy green ones such as kale and spinach.

Type A blood type did not evolve until about 25,000 B.C. These humans were cultivators who mainly thrived on a diet of plants, grains and fish. They were different than the Type O hunters who needed red meat to keep their bodies in optimal working order. The Type A blood human being could convert plant material into protein much easier.

Type As can’t digest meat very well, so soy and fish should be the main sources of protein. Most of them can’t tolerate dairy products at all, only small amounts of yogurt. Type A’s should avoid corn or safflower oils as it raises their cholesterol. Type A’s are big seedeaters and thrive on almonds, walnuts and peanuts. They also tolerate beans and grains well. All vegetables are a vital part of the Type A diet except for potatoes and peppers which aggravate their digestive system. They can also tolerate any kind of fruit, except persimmons and pomegranates.

Humans with Type B blood didn’t begin appearing until about 10,0000 B.C. This is one of the best blood types to have, as they are basically the hybrid blood type created by the mixing of both Type A and Type O blood types. This blood type, that’s known as the nomads thrives and survives eating just about anything.

Type B’s take well to any kind of protein; except for chicken and that can lower their immune systems. They should also avoid shellfish. Type B is the only blood type that can fully enjoy all dairy products, as the lactose in the milk is the primary sugar that supports their blood nutritionally. They should avoid corn oil and avoid eating nuts and seeds, which can interfere with their glucose levels. They should avoid all beans except for kidney or navy beans. Type B’s should avoid wheat and rye, which causes them to gain weight and stick to rice and oats. They should also limit soy. They can eat any vegetable except for the tomato and any fruit except for pineapple

Approximately ten centuries ago, a new, rare blood type emerged called AB. This is the evolution of Type A and Type B bloods through evolution and people with this blood type are thought to have strong immune systems but weak digestive systems.

The primary sources of protein for AB should be seafood and tofu, except they are to avoid the lighter coloured fishes such as halibut and cod and shellfish. Dairy products are not agreeable to this blood type at all can make them very sick with diseases such a asthma. They are to avoid nuts, which causes gallstones for them. They are usually allergic to wheat and corn. Lentils are an important cancer fighting food for AB’s. They tolerate every vegetable except for the tomato and avoid all tropical fruits and stick to grapes, plums and berries to alkalinise their acidic blood.

04/19/11

Blood Sugar and Cancer

Blood sugar has been linked to the cause of a variety of different cancers. High insulin levels promote and environment that makes it much easier for certain tumor to grow. Research and testing is still being done so it is very hard to make any kind of bold statements regarding glucose levels and cancer. However, there is cause for great concern with certain cancers. These are the cancers we’re going to be talking about.

Colon and Rectal Cancer

In a Harvard Univ. study that involved more than 50,000 middle aged men, those whose diets were most likely to raise blood sugar fast and high were 32 percent more likely to develop colon and rectal cancer over 20 years. The effect is much stronger for heavier men.

Breast Cancer

In the Women’s Health Study, women who followed a blood sugar-boosting diet were 135 percent more likely to develop breast cancer in seven years than woman whose diets were more blood sugar friendly. Many different studies have shown a enormous increase in breast cancer in women that do not follow a blood sugar friendly diet. It was linked to even be a higher percentage to woman who do not exercise frequently.

Endometrial Cancer

In the Iowa Women’s Health Study, which involved more than 23,000 post-menopausal women, those who did not have diabetes and followed blood sugar-spiking diets were 46 percent more likely to get this cancer over 15 years. an Italian study that compared women who created endometrial cancer with a similar group of women who did not found a 110 percent increase in risk linked to this kind of diet.

Prostate Cancer

Here we go men, are you ready for this? an Italian study looked at men ages 46-74 who developed prostate cancer and compared their diets to a group of similar men who didn’t get the cancer. Those whose diets were most likely to spike blood sugar were 57 percent more likely to have prostate cancer. A similar Canadian study found a 57 percent increase in risk.

Pancreatic Cancer

Even the organ that produces insulin may be more prone to cancer if it’s constantly bathed in that hormone. A research study  using data from the Nurses’ Health Study over 18 years found that women whose diets raised blood sugar the most were 53 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than women whose diets raised it the least. Women in the first group who were overweight and physically inactive were 157 percent more likely to get the cancer than similar women in the second.

If this information does not make you realize how important blood sugar can be in your life, then I indeed hope you find the information that will help you realize it. Blood sugar can be very serious and it should be treated that way. It is very important for training reasons as I pointed out in previous articles, but it is more important for life and living reasons.

04/19/11

Foods For Blood Types “O”

This article is a sharing about the foods for blood types, especially blood type “O”.

It’s a compilation of list from my personal experience and also “Eat Right For Your Type” by Dr.Peter D’Adamo.

To understand simply the blood type “O” person is categorized as a hunter where he’s strong, relies on self and also most times a leader in nature.

The foods that affects the blood type “O” individual has a link with its strong attributes and also some weaknesses.

The strong attributes of a blood type “O” dieter lies in its hardy digestive tract, a relatively strong immune system, its innate defenses against infections, and its internal system catered for preservation of the food energy and efficient digestion.

Whereas the weaknesses that are mentioned in the book includes being intolerant to new dietary and environmental conditions, which as a “O” myself, would agree to a certain extent.

Alright, coming to the foods for blood types, “O” particularly in this article, “O” thrives on MEAT PROTEINS.

However a point to note, that if you are an Asian, you may face some adjustment challenges because PORK is in the forbidden list!

Red meat namely is beneficial and avoid or limit grains, beans and wheat.

04/18/11

Normal Blood Sugar Range – Kinds of Blood Test That Will Help

Sugar in the blood is the blood is the to human and animals. So how does this sugar get into the blood? Sugar is present in our blood mainly because of the foods we eat mainly carbohydrates. The sugar level is controlled by a hormone known as insulin that is made by the pancreases. What this means is the insulin converts these sugars into much needed energy for the body.

So what should be the normal blood sugar range in a person?

Normal Levels: Are 70 – 150 mg

The blood sugar usually moves in-between these two values throughout the day, depending on the types of food we eat. It sometime may go above or below required limit and get back to normal after a while. If your blood sugar is either to low or too high for a long period of time, it’s not a good sign.

If the levels go above 150mg for a period of time then the person is said to have high blood sugar or hyperglycemia and if the levels is lower than 70mg then the person is known to have low blood pressure or hypoglycemia

If you constantly have high blood sugar and don’t cure it on time it results in diabetes. If diabetes isn’t treated on time it can lead to eye, kidney, heart and nerve damage.

Kinds Of Blood Test To Diagnose Diabetes

1.Fasting Blood Test

The very best way to measure the sugar levels in the blood is to do a blood test. If a person is being diagnosed for diabetes the first test he normally undergoes is the fasting blood test, where the patient fasts for 8 hours before the blood test, if his blood sugar levels are between 70mg and 99mg then he is safe.

2. 2 hour Postprandial Blood Sugar Test

This particular test is done 2 hours after eating meals, In this test the glucose levels should be in between 70-145 mg.

3.The Random Testing Method.

This particular test id done several time a day , the normal levels for this test should be in between 70-125mg, if the results vary then this may indicate a problem.

04/18/11

Who Else Wants To Avoid Vision Loss Due To Diabetes?

Diabetes is an ailment that is formed when there is an abnormal production of glucose in the blood. The glucose in our blood needs nutrients to sustain the body needs. These nutrients are formed when the food that we eat has been digested. As a result, the food nutrients become sugar. That is what we call glucose. This glucose will be carried into our body cells through our blood.

Further, this glucose works with insulin as made by the pancreas. Insulin is a pancreatic juice. Your body cells work with insulin. And that is how energy is produced upon the conversion of blood glucose into energy.

But how does diabetes take place?

Diabetes is only possible when either one of these two situations or both is occurring:

o  There is an insufficient supply of insulin

o  The insulin consumers such as muscle cells and liver misuse insulin

Therefore, the supply of glucose increases but cannot be converted into energy because there is a problem in the supply of insulin. Hyperglycemia is the term used when there is an oversupply of blood glucose to the body cells.

However, there are three different types of diabetes that you should know. These are listed below.

o  Type 1

This type of diabetes is present among children and the young ones. This one happens when the immune system destroys the pancreatic cells that must produce enough insulin.

o  Type 2

Type 2 is the most well-liked diabetes. Occasionally, they call it “adult-onset diabetes”. Typically, your pancreas may supply enough insulin as the need increases, but in the long run, the supply may decrease when the insulin-consuming cells have problems in the use of insulin.

o  Gestational

This usually happens among women who are pregnant. Though this sickness may occur at the latter part of their pregnancy period, it may also diminish after giving birth. Gestational diabetes is a result of insufficient supply of insulin because of pregnancy.

But no matter what type of diabetes you have, still, you are open to the danger of being blind. Yes, blindness is one of the consequences of having diabetes. But don’t panic yet because it’s curable for as long it’s diagnosed earlier in time and you are taking preventive measures for this illness.

According to the press release news of the EARTHtimes.org, dated October 9, 2006, San Francisco, California, there is an overwhelming number of Americans, respecting million people, who are inflected with the Type 1 and 2 of diabetes. Exactly, 28.8 million people of America or seven percent of America’s population is suffering from the havoc of diabetes. The bad side of it is that 24, 000 people are vulnerable to permanent blindness. That’s because of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy attacks the retina which is at the back of the eye. The worst of it, over 5.3 million of the American population with age 18 above might suffer with this undesirable ailment all because of diabetes.

Now, the good news: The American Academy of Ophthalmology is planting new seeds of hope for the numerous victims of blindness due to diabetes. This coming November of the year 2006, the Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month will be launched to open the eyes of these victims about the truth behind this blindness. The fact is that blindness can still be cured!

But how can we prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy? Here’s how.

Dr. Jose S. Pulido, MD, a professor of ophthalmology at Rochester, Minn said that an annual dilated eye exam can reduce the risk of blindness by up to 94 percent. And that is how great it is!

As a piece of advice by this respected doctor, blindness is avoided through these:

o  Find out if you really have diabetes

o  For those who are once young, with the age of 45 and above, have an examination of your blood sugar once within three years.

Now, as a lesson to learn, don’t let diabetes lingers in your body system. The longer it lingers, the greater the risk of permanent vision loss.

04/17/11

Blood Sugar Testing Tips For Diabetics

For diabetics to properly check their blood sugar levels, they will need the following tools and supplies:

1. A glucose meter

2. Alcohol pads

3. Sterile finger lancets

4. Sterile test strips

Glucose meters in the market nowadays provide the complete set of tools for the diabetic to use. Various glucose meters have different prices and features. It is advised for the diabetic to check with his or her doctor in advising a specific type and brand for the diabetic’s use. Different glucose meters cater to different diabetics’ needs. Some are more portable, have more memory, etc. But every added convenience comes with a price. The doctor can help you choose the perfect glucose meter for you. Before actually conducting a self-test, the diabetic must follow these SOPs-

1. Wash your hands carefully and completely with soap and water.

2. Make sure to use an alcohol pad to wipe the area to be pricked.

3. Prick the finger using the sterile lancet.

4. Place a drop of blood on the sterile test strips.

5. Follow the glucose meter for proper testing and checking.

It could be a good idea for the diabetic to keep a notebook to monitor his or her glucose levels at different intervals of the day or week. The frequency of testing should be given by your doctor. Blood sugar testing can be a painful experience for the diabetic due to the pricking involved. Here are some tips on how to make the pricking less painful-

1. Don’t prick the tip of the finger. This is really painful. Make sure to always prick the side of the finger. Another thing to remember, only prick fingers. Never prick your toes. Not only is this inconvenient, this will also increase the possibility of infection.

2. Do not ever squeeze your fingers if the blood refused to come out. Let the blood come out naturally. If it does not, let gravity do its work. Never force the issue. Ask your doctor what you are able to do to encourage sufficient blood flow.

3. Don’t prick the same finger every time. This will stress the area out making that specific finger sore.

4. Do not use the same finger lancet again again. This is unhygienic and incredibly stupid. Bacteria have already collected in the used lancet. Reusing the same lancet encourages infection.

Don’t fool yourself by not eating and exercising more when you know you will check your blood glucose level that day. This will guide to inaccurate results and is not really helpful in helping you control diabetes.

04/17/11

Dealing With Type Two Diabetes – Three Tips

It is quite obvious that diet is very important in managing type 2 diabetes or the risk of developing this dreaded illness. Most people think that reducing only the sugar in their diet is enough. What is not known is the stealth adverse effect of carbohydrates on circulating blood sugar.

Carbohydrates are not all created equal. Some of them rise more than others the amount of circulating blood sugar. The body response is to create insulin in the pancreas. If this happens too often, an insulin resistance may develop: the pancreas produces more insulin than the body needs. This is called diabetes type 2 and it is not good for you. It might bring along blindness, heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, inflammation and colon and prostate cancer.

Obesity is another result of high blood sugar values. Sugar is a very readily source of energy for the muscles, easier to process than fat. This means that the muscles will first burn the sugar and then the fat. From here on, it goes in a circle, a vicious circle: more fat will block cell’s insulin receptors and prevent your body from replying to insulin triggering the onset of type 2 diabetes.

An indicator of the effect of carbs on blood sugar is the Glycemic Index (GI). It measures the increase in circulating blood sugar within three hours after consuming 50 grams of a specific digestible (non-fiber) carbohydrate. The problem with the glycemic index is that some carbohydrate foods have way less than 50 grams in a serving, while others have a lot more.

A more comprehensive indicator is the Glycemic Load (GL). It takes into account not only the rise in blood sugar but also the amount of the carbohydrate in that specific serving of food hence providing a more realistic picture. To calculate the glycemic load just multiply the glycemic index by the amount of carbs (in grams) in a typical serving and divide the result by 100.

For both glycemic index and glycemic load the lower the better. Values of glycemic index of less than 55 are considered low where more than 70 are high. Similarly for glycemic load, values less than 10 are low and more than 20 are high.

So how can you deal with type 2 diabetes or reduce the risk of developing one?

The first thing you can do is quite obvious: eat foods with low glycemic index and even more important, with low glycemic load values.

The second best thing to do is to exercise regularly (yet another good reason to exercise). Why? Because the sugar once in the blood stream is deposited in the liver or in the muscles. If the muscles get their fill then the liver will take the sugar overflow and trigger the pancreas response. Empty muscles though, can absorb sugar from the bloodstream whenever you eat and prevent blood sugar levels from rising.

Thirdly, in order to lower your blood sugar you have to relax. Various studies showed that there is a mean connection between diabetes and stress. Stress hormones like Cortisol may alter blood blood sugar levels directly. It is also known that stress blocks the body from releasing insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. A double impact with devastating results. meditation is very effective in reducing stress. It is simple to do with no side effects and fully natural

So if you took the metabolic typing self test and found out that you are a carbo type then it’s important to pick only the good carbs. Exercise more and relax and you will be all right.

04/16/11

Diabetic Child’s Birthday Party – It is a Piece of Cake

If you have a child with diabetes then your job as a parent is a little harder than for other parents on most days. But what about a special day like a birthday — and the party! What a headache!

Well, not necessarily.

There are some very simple steps that you are able to take to make sure that your diabetic child not only is safe at a birthday party, but is part of the gang and beautiful much treated like everybody else. It is always important that your child does not feel that they are different from their friends, but that is especially true for diabetic children, and especially so at a birthday party — especially if it is someone else’s.

Your diabetic child needs to be able to play the same games as their friends, eat the same party food as the other guests, and after the party they need to take home near enough the same goodie-bags. You worry that the party food will send their blood sugar levels all out of whack, and that all the fun, excitement, and strenuous activity will surely make all management of their diabetes almost impossible!

But, to be honest, you don’t have to worry about all of that — you just need to take these six simple precautions for before and after the party (and during, if you will be around):

o  Be sure to check your child’s blood sugar level before they go to the party just to be sure they are okay going in. It just makes simple sense to ensure their glucose levels are not close to the edge before they even start having fun.

o  Be certain to check that your child will have access to suitable drinks — sugar-free, or low-sugar (including “diet” drinks). You might find this easier than you think: many parents these days are careful to make certain their kids do not have too much in the way of full-sugar drinks because of possible damage to their teeth, as well as the adverse impact on their general health, so there will usually be suitable drinks available anyway.

o  Make sure to check that the food is not all sugary, and that starchy carbohydrates will be available — for instance sandwiches, potato (in various forms such as crisps, chips, or wedges). Make sure the person in charge of the food knows that your child needs to eat some of them. But equally, make sure that the person in charge of the food knows that it is okay for a diabetic to eat some sugary sweet food — sugar does not have to be cut out of a diabetic’s diet completely.

o  Be sure that there is someone at the party who knows the symptoms of a diabetic attack (hypo) and be sure they know what to do if that happens.

o  If you are not planning to stay at the party with your child, make sure you are able to be easily contacted, and make sure that at least two adults at the party know how to contact you (and make sure you keep your phone on!).

o  When the party is over, check your child’s blood sugar level again just to be sure they are still okay and their diabetes is still under control.

You really don’t need to worry. Remember that diabetes does not mean “no sugar” — it means low sugar, controlled sugar. With some careful preparation your child can not only enjoy a birthday party with relatively little risk, but can also feel that excellent sense of togetherness with their friends.

04/16/11

Diabetes Supplements And Herbal Cures Make sure to help To Lower High Blood Sugar Levels

If you’re doctor told you that you’re suffering from Type 2 diabetes, what did he prescribe?

Most likely he told you to ‘diet, exercise and take Avandia”. The first two parts of his prescription are standard issue advice. The third part, involving a prescription drug, could have been deadly. The “black box” treatment was given.

Avandia, a popular diabetes drug from the Big Pharma firm called GlaxoSmithKline, was given the “black box” treatment by the United States  Food and Drug Administration in 2007. That means that a warning notice was required on all Avandia packaging alerting diabetics of potential heart attacks as a result of taking this product, recommended by your doctor.

Increasingly, the FDA has black boxed or recalled a number of drugs for diabetics, that once considered safe and effective were proven, after being on the market, to make the cure worse or more health threatening than the diabetic condition it was supposed to treat.

We get calls from Type 2 sufferers on a regular basis. For those that have been recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic or as having full blown diabetes, most are anxious about their doctors and the advice they dole out.

Here’s the typical sequence most diabetics follow.

They find out they have got diabetes. Their doctor tells them to lose weight. They go to a dietician who tells them to eat boring foods. They go on crash diets, purchasing over-the-counter weight loss products. They don’t lose any weight. Their blood sugar skyrockets and they get depressed. They start looking for natural alternatives to help them with their blood sugar and weight.

Throughout this process, many try to avoid prescription drugs. They heard the warnings. They’ve seen the recalls. They’ve come to dislike their doctors.

Based on calls we receive, the first source they go to for information on natural remedies is Kevin Trudeau, author of the Natural Cures book series.

Heavily promoted on TV, this book has become the bible for many diabetics because they just don’t know where to turn.

Mr. Trudeau is strongly against the Big Pharma approach to healing illnesses, including diabetes and he provides direction on finding alternative remedies.

Two of the most commonly asked questions diabetics have when they consider natural treatments are #1 Does it really work? And #2 Is it safe?

These are relevant questions that all diabetics considering a natural product should ask.

Regarding questions number one, an over-the-counter, generally available and bought online should’ve independent documentation to support all claims made. There should be clinical studies, conducted by reputable organizations, that support natural product benefits.

Regarding question number two, independent studies or examinations, also conducted by reputable groups, such as a university medical center or testing lab, such as the Burdock Group should verify both short term and long term product safety.

There has been a flood of imported products, over the last few years, that have proven to have been adulterated, contain hazardous ingredients (such as lead, mercury and other heavy metals) or less-than stated active ingredients.

To guard against these types of products, diabetics seeking natural remedies should look for the USP or NF certification, guaranteeing that the products contained are of the highest quality and purity.

Natural remedies exist that can help diabetics control, even reverse their condition. By buying those that have documentation of claims, they are able to find effective and safe means to reduce blood sugar and weight.

For more information on supplements and diabetes click on the link below and type the word “supplements” into the search box.

04/15/11

Three Causes of High Glucose Levels in the Morning

Are you worried because of your high morning blood blood sugar levels? If you are, then read further to find a simplest solution. The most uncontrollable part of the glucose level is the morning glucose, reason is not that it’s very difficult to control it, rather most of us fail to understand the cause of its being high.

Cause # 1

During sleep, your blood glucose may fall from the insulin you took that day, and the hormones that raise blood glucose may be secreted, resulting in high blood glucose in the morning. This is called the Somogyi effect after the doctor who first described it. Some mornings, the blood glucose may be low if it did not get low enough to trigger hormone secretion, whereas other mornings it may be high. If you fail to realize that the cause is too much insulin and not too little, you may increase your insulin and make the situation worse. Before you increase insulin at bedtime, do a blood glucose test in the middle of the night. If the level is low, you probably has the Somogyi effect, and you should decrease, not increase, the amount of long-acting insulin you give him at bedtime.

Cause # 2

Dawn phenomenon, conversely, is caused by secretion of too much growth hormone during the night so that, by morning, it has raised the blood glucose to high levels. If your morning blood blood sugar levels are consistently high, nighttime long-acting insulin usually takes care of this problem and provides more normal morning blood glucose.

Cause # 3

Another possible reason for a morning high, unrelated to either of the previously mentioned situations, is that the insulin used at bedtime didn’t work long enough to keep the blood glucose from rising overnight. Older forms of insulin such asNPH tend to fall short in this manner, whereas newer long-acting insulin like Glargine and Detemir do not.

In order to control your sugar levels in the morning even without insulin check – Diabetes Information, Diabetes Cure apply the tips mentioned there and get the guaranteed results.