Blog Entries With Tag: alzheimers

Posted: Oct 6, 2013

I recently watched the season opener of the Fifth Estate (a show similar to 60 Minutes on USA television) – about the evils of sugar and what it is doing to the populations health around the world (it’s effects on diseases like diabetes to cancer and Alzheimer’s to name just a few).

It was interesting for the most part – it opened my eyes up abit to what sugar does in the breakdown in our bodies (liver – wow does that take the brunch of access sugar).  My only concern was how it was made that sugar is EVIL – that we should really avoid it all together.   That’s not possible.


Sugar is in in everything we eat – it’s either added – or its part of the natural structure of the item we are about to gobble down.  I do believe in reducing my sugar intake but for myself that’s mainly for my being a diabetic (and no – the type I have is not brought on by eating sugar or being overweight - SCREAM – the amount of times I’ve had to explain this to people).  My Type 1 diabetes is all to do with my autoimmune system destroying my pancreas which produces insulin, a hormone that enables the human body to get energy from food.   Capiche?

What I wasn’t aware of when watching this show – that the American government over the past 5 years has been trying to persuade food manufactures to show more information on their food labels as to the “percentage” of sugar – just like  it shows for Fats, Salt.

In the USA, there are no government recommended limits for sugar but the American Heart Association recommends 9 teaspoons (45 ml) for men, 6 (30) for women.  Meanwhile, USA lawmakers are trying to make information on sugar consumption clearer. ”

To me – this makes sense – if you want to have a more informed population of what they are putting into their guts.  As we diabetics all know – especially those of us who match our insulin injections to our food intake – we scrutinize the food label like it’s a mystery novel!  Or at least I know I do. 

Not only, what is shown on the food label, but also the ingredients that are listed on the food label – make a big difference to what I purchase and put on our table to eat.  And we always hope that what is shown on the label is truthful (even more so for those with food allergies – which could result in death).

So, would looking at the percentage of sugar on the product you’re about to purchase make a difference to you?  Or would it just be another time consuming factor in your grocery isle experience?

Personally for myself, even though I try to cook from scratch most of the time, yes, it would help determine my reason for buying a product to consume!


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Posted: Sep 29, 2012

I’ve been abit quiet over the last few months here at - my heart really hasn't been into writing - though I've come up with some brill ideas - then they get stomped on with all that's going on.  It’s been very difficult to sit down at the keyboard, and think of composing anything that makes sense.  I think in order to get back to being able to write again, I first have to sort thru’ all that has been plaguing my heart over the past few months.

As usual, it has nothing to do with my diabetes health, though it has been affected in some ways, but it’s nothing serious and will eventually go back to normal (I hope – only time heals as the saying goes).  It is due to the sudden death of my FIL at the end of July and the changes in our life lately as we try to help sort out my FIL’s paperwork that sadly is very disorganised and having no will/executor has not helped.  The shock of it is slowly in setting in, as my DH and others have been busy with helping his Mum face the reality of the huge home she lives in and how to survive alone.  It does not help that she is an alcoholic, and prior to my FIL’s departure from Earth, was on a bender (binge drinking).  So even for her, the reality of what occurred has been difficult to comprehend, let alone all of us, with her mind cloudy with substances.

Dealing with my MIL has been very hard on us, and mainly my reason for my anger.  Little things that slip out from time to time from her lips makes me wonder, if she had been more with it, over the 2 week binge she’d been on prior to my FIL’s death, would those “he was complaining of stomach problems” – which can be associated with a upcoming heart attack meant he might still be here?  So many questions go thru’ our heads, and it’s hard to stop them from forming up to ask more questions, as we deal with my MIL’s in/out sessions with the bottle over the last few months since my FIL’s death, and what dribbles out of her mouth that either makes sense or not.  Just a lot of crap goes thru’ your mind with someone who is not always “with it” – and able to think properly – let alone walk down a flight of stairs in a house / or drive (my MIL has taken tumbles down the home stairs and driven under the influence - crikey).

We had hoped that maybe this would make her snap out of it, but now realising it’s hard to suddenly stop an addiction with a snap of a finger, when it’s been ongoing for many decades.  Sadly, some of my DH’s family members denied that there was a problem for many years, that “oh, she only has a drink when she gets home from work, to relieve the stress”.  It’s like; there are other ways of relieving the burdens of life rather than using alcohol/drugs/whatever.  In away, I’m glad that my parents didn’t have alcohol in the house and the other thing that is perhaps a blessing in disguise.  Having a hypo (low blood sugar) when you are a diabetic, is much like an alcoholic person.  Because of that, drinking to the point where I’d be fighting to remain normal / conscious has never been my cup of tea.  Also, being addicted to anything scares the shit out of me (and one of the reasons I don’t keep bags of crisps in the house or chocolates – those are MY addiction in life – bad for my diabetes – bad for the waist line LOL).  When I feel the need to divulge in these "addictions" of mine - I just do something else like sewing or reading (e.g. use your search engine - type out "100 Things to do instead of drinking" and you'll be amazed at what you come across - who needs to drink or binge out on crisps).

So, as the holiday season approaches (Thanksgiving in Canada takes place in a few weeks) – and Christmas.  It is going to be very hard not to have my FIL around, with his sarcastic sense of humour that we loved, be present at these functions.  He was the main reason for making us want to visit my DH’s family, since he not only needed us to help out at home, but also to give him a boost up of laughter and someone to talk to about his problems with his wife.  Sadly, most of our visits home, my MIL was drinking, and we always wondered if she remembered us being there for a weekend visit.  On top of this, my FIL had to watch over his wife to ensure she didn’t set the house on fire, fall down the stairs but at the same time, deal with his own health condition of Alzheimer’s that he’d been diagnosed with in the late 1990’s.  He actually was part of a study for a new type of drug that was greatly improving his condition - he was like the Wonder Boy.  NB:  We have found out that since August the study has been shelved due to problems with other patients – and questions arise in our heads if this could have been a factor in his early death?  Only the autopsy the family had requested at the time of his death will perhaps reveal more – and the study group wants to know this information as well.

If any of you are reading my dribbles and have gotten this far perhaps you are in a similar situation with a loved one, with a problem with alcohol?  Well, rest assure that there are many great organisations out there to help you, such as Alcoholic Anonymous (more for the user once they ADMIT they have a problem) and for family/friends there is Al-Anon .  There are also MANY great forums out there that you can join up to - there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us is my only way of coping with all of this!

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Posted: Jul 23, 2009

There has been mounting evidence over the last five years that there is a connection between Alzheimer's and type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance.  Researchers continue to figure out the details.

A July 16, 2009 article in Diabetes Health discussed other potential connections with Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes including nitrates, nitrites and nitrosamines which are found in cured and preserved food, beer, fertlizers, pesticides and the manufacture of rubber products.  Examples of cured food which are already known to exacerbate if not cause migraine headaches are:  bacon, sausage, salami, some types of cheese, etc.

According to the article, "When nitrites combine with other nitrites or proteins, they become nitrosamines, which are highly reactive at the cellular level, altering gene expression or causing damage to DNA. One of the bases of nitrosamines is sodium nitrate, a chemical added to meat and fish to assist with a range of tasks, including preservation, color and flavor enhancement, and the prevention of toxins.

The high temperatures involved in frying or flame broiling generate nitrosamines from sodium nitrate, and the researchers think that they create changes in the cells that are much the same as the alterations that occur in aging or diabetes."

Also of note is that "nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds that can be highly carcinogenic at high levels."

Though I can't imagine cutting bacon out of my diet ... what's better than good, crunchy bacon on Sunday morning?  We all might be well-advised to moderate intake of such food and consider on a weekly basis "gee, what did I eat and how good or bad was it for me"?  Did I eat 10% bad food or 75% bad food?  Was it worth it? 

I'm also not someone who can afford organic food but if fertilizer is a primary source of these chemicals, the more I harvest from my own chemical free garden the better.  It makes me wish it were a larger garden and that I had a larger deep freezer! 

The technical source of this article is:  was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Volume 17:3 July 2009).  

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Posted: Jul 2, 2009

I just watched a news clip from ABC (believe it was perhaps Good Morning America) - that was discussing the benefits of walking to lose weight.  That not only does it help offset complications of the heart, but also diabetes, dementia/Alzheimer's.  Even better, you don't have to purchase any expensive equipment to do this or join a club and it's not hard on your joints like some exercises can be. 

I keep on thinking that maybe the reason why I am still in good health - with having had diabetes for so long - that perhaps it is my love of walking (aka Tip-Toe Through the Tulipcs).  I just love to walk!!  I have friends that tell me that my calf muscles were very athletic looking (more like hard as a rock but I'm not that athletic more like a couch potato most of the time).  I think that it is probably a combination of walking as well as long term diabetics having "firmer" flesh that have made me this way (many doctors over the years have commented on that when examining me).  I also have friends that I think I poop them out because of my joy of walking.  I don't walk fast - as far as I can tell - I just go along with the flow.

Now, I don't wear any fancy schmancy footwear.  I either wear my rugged Mephisito thong sandals in the summer time - or if I really have to - a pair of running shoes (I hate enclosed shoes).  No foot problems as of yet - touch wood.

According to the news clip I watched - 10,000 steps a day equals 5 miles.  Easier said then done you are saying to yourself?  Well, walking from your car that is parked further away from the mall entrance, walking up or down stairs (I always seem to forget something downstairs in my house).  It all adds up. 

If you are lucky enough to be able to walk outside everyday - and this is supposed to be done in 30 minutes - go for it.  Pick a nice route, perhaps that has some nice gardens along the way.  Whatever gets you motivated, such as a friend, a dog that needs a walk, or even a walking club (we have a few here in Montreal that I've heard of).  Come winter time, there is mall walking as well (just window shop DO NOT BUY ANYTHING ).

As well, check out this website I just found now - called 10,000 steps - The Walking Site it contains alot of valuable information to get you started!

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