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Posted: May 12, 2011


Well, while having to cope with lack of energy due to this viral pneumonia – I missed out on being involved in Wednesday’s “D-bloopers” (my brain couldn’t really think of which blooper to tell about – too many over the past 40+ years).  So, while I have some renewed energy, here I go with today’s topic of discussion.  Can’t wait to read what others have to say – check it out them out at this link .

1)      How when I drink water – that it squirts out the end of my fingers due to multiple vampire pricks over the past 30+ years of blood testing.  I am like a fountain.

2)      Wondering if I’ll wake up in the morning with a good blood sugar (5-7 mmol/l) or bad blood sugar (over 10 mmol/l).  I’m anal about my blood sugars aren’t I?

3)      Wondering what it’s like to be not be a diabetic  – would it be any different then my life today as I play a game of poker at the casino each week?

4)      Depression goes along with diabetes (am going through this at present – not fun at all).

5)      Losing my eyesight – I wouldn’t be able to watch Glee or see Sprinkles the Diabetes Advocacy Unicorn!

6)      How I wish my significant other could understand how diabetes affects me even after almost quarter of a century of ball and chain with him - he still doesn’t know when I’m low!

7)      That diabetes is increasing in the our big blue marble population – according to WHO – 220 million people around the world have diabetes .

8)      What diabetic doesn’t dream of eating without having to think about blood sugar control and all the other crap we have to worry about?  I mean – imagine pigging out on bacon? (this one is for you George).

9)      Low blood sugars – I can function even at 2.0 mmol/l – but it’s not good at all for any of us diabetics to go low like this (does it kill off brain cells I wonder?).

10)      Other diabetics who ask for my advise – then tell me – they don’t have time to do what I do – they are too busy with work, etc.  Meanwhile they are having eyesight problems, not able to feel things properly with their fingers , etc.   It saddens me to no end (I couldn’t be a doctor – I think I’d have a nervous breakdown with patients like that).

 

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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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