You Want To Know!

As a member of the LCDA, you should be proud knowing you are taking a proactive lead in healing the prediabetes or diabetes of yourself or a loved one or a patient. And, you have come to the right organization. By learning about The Eight Essentials, and how to bring positive changes to your diet, lifestyle, supplementation, you will learn information that may help you reverse prediabetes and can help you to reverse or control diabetes.

New Expert Interviews!

The low carb diet is the foundation diet for people who have prediabetes or diabetes. The LCDA promotes a nutritional, fun, tasty way to implement the diet.


The LCDA knows that change can be difficult! That is why we are here to help make sense of diabetes and help educate you about how simple life changes can have profound effects on your health and on reversing and controlling your diabetes. We know that you may start only dipping your toes into the water of healing. We are here to lend hope, support and offer answers and confidence in your success.

Are you Nuts Yet?

Essential #1: Low Carb Diet

When removing grains, don’t forget there are many ways to make low carb grain alternatives.  Nut flours, coconut flours, cauliflower, eggs and zucchini can all be used to make pizza crust, bread, granola, bagels, rolls, muffins, rice, pasta, without those foods increasing glucose levels like grains do. See the Recipe Section on the LCDA website for great recipes.

Regarding nuts, don’t just use almond flour!  Almond flour can become allergenic to a person eating it all the time and isn’t a complete source of nutrients. Almonds are a good source of calcium and magnesium, walnuts contain omega-3 oils, brazil nuts are high in selenium (a wonderful antioxidant), sunflower and pumpkin seeds are high in zinc (needed to make, secrete and use insulin), peanuts–actually a legume–contain resveratrol, (the same antioxidant in red wine), and macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fats and potassium.  Different nuts have different nutritional value, so eating a variety of them is best.  There is a good lecture on nuts at the LCDA website, analyzing their nutritional value, studies showing benefit to prediabetes or diabetes, and how to use them.

Almost all nuts and seeds provide a good meal replacement for animal proteins and are low in carbs!

However, please avoid cashews and chestnuts as they are too high in carbs.  They can easily raise glucose numbers.  Some people think pistachios may be a problem but many patients can eat them without any significantly blood sugar rise.

The Roman cookbook “The Ultimate Cookbook” from their website: (products, e books) has many nut-based recipes in it.  There are many other recipes on-line.  Although the LCDA does not promote a Paleo diet, many Paleo recipes, avoiding grains, also recommend nuts.

People following a low carb whole foods diet who simply eat protein and vegetables are the ones that can become the most bored with the diet.  Adding in non grain “grain” products really can make the diet so much more fun and exciting.  The LCDA website under RESOURCES has website links to articles showing how to use cauliflower, oopsie bread in special, tasty meals and low carb nut recipes.


Recent Information On Diabetes

Half of All Type 1 Diabetics Develops After 30 Years of Age

In this medical report from the UK, a significant amount of Type 1 diabetes occurs in adults.  The problem is, many physicians are not aware of that, and a great deal of misdiagnosis occurs, whereby patients are told they have T2DM.  Even though measuring GAD-65 (a diabetic auto-antibody) physicians are not routinely doing that lab.

The LCDA is well aware of this type fo diabetes, called “Latent Auto-Immune Diabetes of the Adult” (LADA). In some patients this type of T1DM comes on slowly, but in others, it can be very aggressive like Pediatric T1DM. Each patient must be treated individually.

Nearly 20% of T2DM patients, particularly, and almost obviously, those who are lean, exercise regularly, eat well, and do not have a family history of T2DM should be immediately analyzed for GAD-65, the diagnostic auto-antibody of LADA, if it appears they are developing diabetes with elevated glucose levels.

Sulphonylureas are common medicines used in T2DM patients, but are contra-indicated in T1DM and LADA patients, although they are prescribed by mistake.

Type 1 in adults can come on slowly, or can be aggressive.  Each patient needs to be evaluated individually for how the conditions is developing and how it needs to be treated.

If the condition is occurring aggressively, LADA patients can develop serious consequences of being misdiagnosed, for example if only put on Metformin and/or other T2DM prescriptions: significant weight loss, fatigue, hair loss, and dangerously high glucose numbers.

Any lean adult diagnosed wtih T2DM should ask to be tested for GAD-65 antibody.  If it is positive, the diagnosis is Type 1, and appropriate Type 1 care needs to be instituted.

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Fat Genes Don’t Count!

In this report from the British Medical Journal, it was shown in a systemic review and meta-analysis that those people who carry the fat mass and obesity associated gene (FTO gene) can as effectively lose weight if following a good diet, engaging in physical activity or taking medication.

In other words, the genetic disposition to obesity associated with this gene can be counteracted through diet, exercise (and medications).

The LCDA advocates for diet and exercise over medications.  A low carb diet (Essential #1) and exercise helping a person Be Fit and Be Strong (Essential #2) have many other studies supporting weight loss in overweight and obese people.  This is very hopeful to those who have a long family history of obesity, that even if there is a gene involved, one can still be victorious over it, and reach a level of health and wellness, enabling the prevention of diabetes and the control of it if already developed.

The LCDA advocates, through its Essentials, investigating other etiological factors associated with weight gain and struggles to lose weight: Sleep apnea, environmental toxicity, stress induced problematic eating, and lack of supplementation (nutrients, nutraceuticals and botanicals) to help curb appetite.  Balancing all of these can be very helpful in activating and maintaining weight loss.

Weight loss can totally reverse T2DM, since the insulin resistance driving that disease springs from the abdominal adiposity, that is, the belly fat.

Knowing that it is possible to lose that no matter what if a person has a fat gene, is, the LCDA hopes, motivational and inspirational.  Everyone can lose weight.  Everyone can help reverse T2 diabetes!

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In Canada, the term for Native American is First Native.  A recent report just published issued frightening statistics: approximately 8 in 10 young First Nations people in Canada will eventually develop T2DM.  (For those who are not First Natives, the statistic is 5 out of 10). For First Native women, the statistic is even worse–9 out of 10 of them will develop T2DM.

Some races and ethnicities have a higher risk for developing T2DM: Native Americans/First Natives, Pacific Islanders, Mexican Americans, African Americans, Native Hawaiians and Asian Americans.

These people have a higher chance of obesity getting off their historically healthy diet, and eating the nasty foods of the typical Western Diets: fast food, junk food, over-eating, alcohol.  Also, as with many people all around the world, lack of exercise is also common, and nutritional deficiencies or insufficiencies.

Studies have also shown that environmental toxins are found in Native peoples in Canada, and of course around the world where pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are sprayed, or where they wind up by rain and snow fall.  These toxins promote insulin resistance.  One doesn’t have to live in a big, polluted city to have fat cells full of harmful chemical toxins.

A comprehensive integrative protocol including all the Essentials could be very helpful for all peoples in preventing and treating diabetes.

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Click here for the National Diabetes Report published by the CDC.

Air Pollution is Linked to a Diabetes Marker

Continuing on the subject of environmental toxins being associated with diabetes, a new study has shown that exposure to air pollution may increase glucose intolerance, that is, cause elevated glucose numbers.  The effect is stronger in prediabetics already having some elevated glucose levels.

This study, done in Germany, showed that as air pollution increased, there was a 15% higher rate of insulin resistance, the etiological factor for T2DM.  Although the reasons are not yet firmly established, it is believed that air pollution may lead to systemic inflammation and increased oxidative stress, two major factors in causing body cells to become insulin resistant.

The LCDA advocates green living and detoxification protocols (Essential #6), as there are many other studies that also show environmental toxins can initiate high glucose levels, insulin resistance, and even auto-immunity.

Did you know that air in one’s home can be more polluted than outside air?  The LCDA advocates using high quality hepa filters in homes to help reduce inhaled pollens and toxins inhaled.  Pollens are not associated with diabetes, but do increase allergic conditions, and asthma is associated with obesity.  Hepa filters are helpful at work places, as well.

The LCDA will develop more webinars, lectures and information on going green, and gently detoxifying one’s body to help reduce the effect of pollution. By doing that we can all help reduce the onset of diabetes and help control it in those who already have it.


Recommended Books to Buy:

“The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung–This book by Dr. Fung explain the obesity crisis and what is causing it. Discussing insulin resistance in scientific yet understandable terms, Dr. Fung discusses diet, fiber, carbs, sugar, sleep and fasting as ways to effectively lose weight and cure insulin resistance.

“The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low Carb Revolution” Dr. Richard Feinman–Dr. Feinman uses scientific research and practical discussion to explain what a healthy diet should consist of.  He goes over the research showing how it can be misleading.  Dr. Feinman discusses the use of low carb diets for Metabolic Syndrome, T1 and T2 diabetes, and in cancer treatment.

“The Sugarless Plum” by Zippora Karz. Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as works choreographed for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Today, as a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, Zippora stages Balanchine ballets for schools and companies around the globe. Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 21,  she is passionate today about motivating others to take care of themselves and live their dreams. She is the author of, The Sugarless Plum, as well as her children’s story, Ballerina Dreams.


Eating low carb does not mean eating food that doesn’t taste good!

Now that the weather may start turning a little cold, it’s good to have a nice hot “cereal” for a morning get up and go.

Here are three varieties of a hot cereal:

Recipe #1 | Coconut Sunflower/Other Nut Porridge


* 1 & 1/2 teaspoons flax seeds (or already in flax meal)

* 1/4 to 1/2 cup nuts, depending on how thick you like it

* 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

* 1/2 cup water

* 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

* 1 tablespoon unsweetened sunflower seed/other nut butter

* Optional: a few drops of stevia or other powdered sweetener


1. Spread the coconut flakes on a cookie sheet and place the sheet in the oven.

2. Turn the oven on and toast the coconut for about 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn.

3. Grind the flax seeds, walnuts, and toasted coconut in a dry blender or food processor.

4. Add the meal to your bowl,

5. Puree the water, salt, sunflower seed/other nut butter, and sweetener.

6. Heat the liquid to a simmer, then pour over the meal and stir to combine.

The porridge will thicken as it cools. Can add extra toasted coconut.

Makes 1 serving.

Recipe #2 | Quick Microwave Hot Cereal

Ingredients: (Yes, the LCDA is not in general a huge advocate for microwaving but now and then it can be used)

* 1 tbs – unsweetened coconut shredded flakes

* 1 tsp – hemp or flax or chia seeds

* 1 tsp – sliced almonds or other nut

* 1 tsp – almond butter or other nut butter

* Cinnamon as required

* Unsweetened Milk


Put all the ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds—this has a crunch to munch on for a warm breakfast!

Recipe #3 | Quick Breakfast Hot Cereal


* 1/4 c flaxseed meal or chia meal

* 1/2 c boiling water

*  ¼ tsp cinnamon (more or less)

* 3 TBSP Almond or other nut butter

* Alternative sweetener (if necessary)—maybe ¼ teaspoon


1.    Pour boiling water over flax seed meal and stir well.

2.    Stir in nut butter and cinnamon.

3.    Sweeten to taste

4.    Let thicken for 1 to 2 minutes.