Monday, November 3, 1997




1 Dietary Balance and reading labels: watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It’s really that simple. This involves some calculation. Eat less and eat at least five meals a day. Your actual caloric requirement can differ depending on your height, weight, activity level and your body's metabolic rate.

2 Identify your exercise. No exercise was created equal. You might like running, so run. You might like jogging, so jog. You might like stationary bikes, so bike stationary. Find the one that works best for you. Don’t pick a routine that you don’t like and won’t stick with it for long.

3 Try yoga. Yoga is one of the best ways of losing weight. Of course I can’t go into a full lecture about yoga over here but I can tell you that I have never seen people with better-toned bodies than those who practice yoga. One of the benefits of yoga is that you learn to control virtually every muscle and joint of your body so that the issue of weight gain will cease to exist.

4 Photos and Joining online support group : Take before and after photos. There’s no easier way to illustrate your progress. It’s essential that you not feel alone, and reaching out to friends helps as they know things that you couldn’t possibly know, and they’ve probably been “in your shoes” at some point in the past (or present). Share stories, laughter, tears, successes, and failures. There are thousands of communities out there, so keep looking until you find one that fits you.

5 Water you waiting for If you’re not drinking enough water, your body will let you know. Thirst is an amazing sensation – quench it. If you’re not hydrated, your body won’t be working at peak levels. If you’re worried about “water weight,” remember that you’re likely to retain more water when you’re not giving your body enough of it in the first place. I’m not going to dictate how many glasses you should drink, though – as that’s going to vary from person to person.

6 Zone out. There’s a reason why people exercise to their favorite music – listening to external stimulus takes your mind off of the physical activity making “exercise time” fly or situate yourself in front of TV or video games involving exercises.

7 Dance Out Do Salsa,tango, swing ,hip-hop dancing etc. Anyone can do it,keep in mind you are dancing to increase your physical activity, so there is no pressure on how well you perform dance. Who knows you might even learn a cool dance move or two

8 Sleep it off. To be an efficient fat-burning machine, If you think that you’re doing yourself a favor by sleeping less, you’re mistaken. Give your body time to rest itself, both mentally and physically. Sleep is very, very important.

9 Keep a food diary. All you have to do is jot down what, when, and how much you eat in a notebook, or you can do it online at a Web site . A food diary gives a clear picture of your current eating habits so you can identify the changes you need to make to lose weight.

10 Be motivated.You need to believe in yourself!. Learn to evaluate your efforts fairly and objectively. When you have thought of giving up, visualize how good you will look when you manage to slim down successfully.

4 questions relating to pre diabetes/type 2... diabetes in general?

Hi... okay I was recently just wondering two things.

Okay first...
My dad is pre diabetic, but could be on the verge of type 2 I'm not sure... but anyways, for about three years he's been keeping his bloodsugar under control with tablets, and his normal/healthy reading is about 6/7.5 - however, about about three months ago, he had to undergo shoulder sugery for a ripped tendon or something (nothing serious) and after that his bloodsugar went crazy which is apparently normal after surgery, and about a month after it went back to normal, and it was fine for about a month, but the past week or two, it's been about 9, 9.5, sometimes 10... and my two questions about this are
a) is this a sign that maybe the tablets aren't enough and he'll have to go on insulin soon?
b) will bloosugar at about 9/10 consistently cause long term damage to his health?
c) why do you think his bloodsugar is going up? is it because of the surgery three months ago? opinions appreciated.

he's 63 yrs old, weighs like 68kg (but he's quite short... lol i mean short like 5'2) healthy weight (yes, he's old considering i'm 13)
and he's actually very healthy, he swims about 4 times a week and my mum always feeds us a pretty healthy diet with a balances of carbs, proteins, veggies etc..

And my second question kind of relates to that..
d) why is it that my dad with no family history, been reasonably healthy his whole life, never smoked, drinks in really good moderation, why is it that he gets pre diabetes, when it's generally caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, or being overweight?
i just don't understand that...

but thanks in advance, all answers appreciated except any spam crap about acai berry or the ped egg or something stupid like that, because i'll virtually punch you.

lol thanks i know this is kinda random, just worried about daddy :D

Answer on 4 questions relating to pre diabetes/type 2... diabetes in general?

a) more likely, the doctor gave him a cortisone shot to control the inflammation and/or pain. Cortisone is known to not only raise blood sugar, but indeed, can actually cause type two diabetes.

b) Sustained high blood sugar (anything over 7 can be considered high) can cause many problems to health including neuropathy (nerve death) and organ failure.

c) see: a)

d) Despite common (mis)beliefs, type two diabetes is less a genetic disease and more of a lifestyle disease. Read up on "Pima Indians" and you will come to the same conclusion. My own experience, having gone from "pre-diabetes" (a misnomer if there ever was one) to full blown type two with out of control blood glucose to near normal thanks to super healthy diet and daily exercise, indicates unequivocally that, not only is type two diabetes reversible, it is absolutely curable.

The term 'healthy' can have a wide variety of meanings. I was relatively healthy prior to being diagnosed. The cumulative effect of a diet rich in refined foods with their inherently poor nutrient to Calorie ratio is hard to detect until it's too late. The good news is, super healthy, natural foods with loads of raw fruits and vegetables along with moderate daily exercise, can do miracles.

The other answerer continues to allege that T2DM is progressive. It is only progressive if you continue to eat the same lousy food that caused you to become diabetic. There are thousands of us who choose to eat a primarily raw vegetarian diet, who are living without drugs and insulin, and are doing just fine. So, do your research, try to convince Dad to live the life our bodies were designed to live, and he will see that I am right.