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Recent Research On Diabetes

I have gone through my database on diabetes, and have come up with some interesting new research.

The first article looks at the failure of pharmaceuticals, and the intriguing possibility of a short-term “fast” to “recalibrate” one’s system. Plus good caveats on who might benefit from this approach. Read about it HERE .

This short article looks at the connection between food allergies and diabetes.

And here is an article on recent research on green tea and cocoa to help control the effects of high blood sugar on longevity.

Next week we’ll look at acid/alkaline balance in the diet and body.

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Type II Diabetes

For the single best article I have read in my research concerning Type II Diabetes, I urge you to check out Dr. Cowan’s article (found on the Weston Price Foundation website) HERE where he describes in elegant prose the following: Type I and Type II, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, diet, herbs, and supplements.

The following is an excellent synopsis of Pre-Diabetes from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse:


Pre-diabetes among People Ages 20 Years or Older, United States, 2010

  • Pre-diabetes is a condition in which   individuals have blood glucose, also called  blood sugar, or A1C levels higher than  normal but not high enough to be classified  as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes  have an increased risk of developing  type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and in some cases return their blood glucose levels to normal.
  • In 2005–2008, based on fasting glucose  or A1C levels, 35 percent of U.S. adults  ages 20 years or older had pre-diabetes—50 percent of those ages 65 years or older.  Applying this percentage to the entire  U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated  79 million Americans ages 20 years  or older with pre-diabetes.
  • On the basis of fasting glucose or A1C levels, and after adjusting for population age differences, the percentage of U.S. adults ages 20 years or older with pre-diabetes in  2005–2008 was similar for non-Hispanic  whites, 35 percent; non-Hispanic blacks, 35 percent; and Mexican Americans, 36 percent.
  • Using a different data source than for other race/ethnicity groups, a different age group, and a different definition on        the basis of fasting glucose levels only, and  after adjusting for population age differences,  20 percent of American Indians   ages 15 years or older had pre-diabetes in  2001–2004.

As for the current number of diabetics in the USA: current prevalence rate:                                                                                            approx 1 in 17 or 5.88% or 16 million people in USA [Source statistic for
“16 million Americans (NWHIC, includes undiagnosed); 7.2 million
(actually diagnosed)”

In other words, this disease of civilization is increasing, is currently the sixth most common cause of death (from complications), and  is best understood from an alternative viewpoint. And yes, the article I cite above is 9 pages long, and every one of them is worth reading.

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Welcome to Cathy’s Blog

Last year I thought I’d start a blog…well, here it is a year later, and NOW I’m ready, thanks to a local friend who is helping me navigate the intricacies of computer land (for those who know me personally, I’ve been a neo-Luddite for years).

On this weekly blog, I will be sharing 35 years of research and experience regarding nutrition, herbs, essential oils, and nutritional supplements., along with interesting links, and the occasional photo.  I’m going to try a moderated blog, and we’ll see how manageable that is.

Here is the first link that I’m sharing that I found interesting. {I will be drawing from numerous health sites; be aware that many of these sites have advertising, and want to sell you stuff;  however, the info I’m citing is good}. This link goes to a website that cites a lot of major research, much of which does not seem to hit the mainstream press. Click  HERE and you will find out about low-fat diets and Type 2 Diabetes.