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.
Dr. Morstein Interviewed Rachel Zinman about Diabetes and Yoga
Rachel Zinman, of South Africa has Type 1 diabetes. Rachel has created individualized programs of yoga for all types of diabetic patients. Check out the interview under the 4th Essential, “Stress Management.”
Dr. Morstein interviewed Sarah Howard of the website
Sarah Howard and her son both have Type 1 diabetes. She wondered why, and how she could prevent her older son from also developing it. Sarah has done research into environmental toxins and how they very likely may be related to the onset of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Check out the interview at our website under the 6th Essential, Environmental Detoxification.
Medical Article #1: Diabetes Stress High in Adolescents, Particularly Girls
Reported in Endocrinology Today, Dr. Gun Forsander, associate professor at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrensak Academy, University of Gothenburg, and colleague analyzed data from 453 adolescents with Type 1 diabetes between the ages of 15-18 years old. The pediatric patients filled out a questionnaire about the psychological aspects of living with diabetes day to day.
Many of the young women felt “overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes”. They replied “not feeling motivated to keeup my diabetes self-management.”
Unfortunately, the average A1C of these teens was 7.7%; they were not in good control. The A1C is still better than the average A1C world-wide as shown in the TEENs study by Sanofi, reported in 2014. In that study, the mean A1C was 8.3% for children 8-12 years old and 8.4% for teens 13-18 years old.
The ADA recommended A1C goal for teens is <7.5%.
In the study by Dr. Forsander, girls were twice as likely to suffer more stress than boys, and had a higher fear of hypoglycemic reactions.
Stress can be a huge component of T1DM, in pediatric and adult patients. Just by luck of the draw, a child or adult “comes down” with this condition, through no fault of their own, and from then on 24/7 for the rest of their life, diabetes needs to be dealt with. The San Diego Diabetes Behavioral Institute, run by Dr. William Polonsky, has been working with T1DM patients and their personal care-givers for years setting up programs to work to reduce stress.
Stress is not relegated only to Type 1 diabetes. This medical article care.diabetesjournals.org discusses that stress management improves long term glycemic control in Type 2 diabetic patients, as well. A five session stress management program over a year reduced participants’ A1C 0.5%. Overall, that is a decent improvement solely engaging in stress relaxation training.
This is why the LCDA has Stress Management as our #4 Essential. In all office visits, a good comprehensive integrative medical practitioner will always check in with a patient, how they are doing mental/emotionally. A diabetic patient need some help with stress and that may be attained through counseling, homeopathy, acupuncture, hard exercise (aerobic or resistance) or soft exercise (yoga, Tai Chi), creativity, spirituality, meditation, better diet, laughter, or other avenues.
The LCDA recommends that diabetic patients under treatment need to be happy, fulfilled, content, joyous, as well as following a low carb diet. Medical practitioners should seriously include mental/emotional analyses in visits with patients.
Rising Insulin Prices
The rising costs of all medications has permeated the news lately. Unethical and immoral increases in drug prices from overly greedy BigPharma companies have angered people. Unfortunately, the increase in insulin prices is also becoming a concern.
Bloomberg published a recent article “Hot Drugs Show Sharp Price Hikes in Shadow Market,”. www.bloomberg.com. This article mentioned that diabetes drugs accounted for five of the 27 medications with price increases of at least 20% over the past year, with the two basal insulins increasing nearly 30%. Lantus, Levemir rose 30% and and Novolog rose 21%.
Usually all Type 1 and many long-term poorly controlled Type 2 diabetic patients require insulin use. The National Health Interview Survey from 2010-2012 uncovered that nearly 15% of diabetic patient are solely on insulin and another 15% of diabetic patients are on a mixture of oral medications and insulin, although the study did not clarify how many had either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Still, with 29 million people with diabetes in the US, 30% require insulin, it seems, which is a significant part of the diabetic population.
A quick review of insulin prices at GoodRx.com for a box of 5 Lantus Solostar pens, showed the prices ranged from $388-$407. A box of five Flexpens of Novolog cost from $500-$565. Depending on the dosage one needed, those kind of costs can add up over time. One 10 cc vial of Novolog can be around $280.
It is very important to help Type 2 diabetic patients not require the use of insulin. Instituting a low carb whole foods diet, and following a comprehensive integrative protocol following the other Essentials is a good start to aid in reducing insulin resistance, weight, and glucose numbers. For Type 1 diabetic patients depending on insulin, the Eight Essentials can allow a drastic reduction in insulin requirements while enhancing glucose control and eradicating scary highs and lows throughout the day.
For patients paying for their insulin out of pocket, it is financially beneficial to seek insulin through this pharmacy: www.canadianinsulin.com, where insulin prices are substantially lower than buying insulin in the US. The LCDA fully recommends all citizens follow the law. However, although under the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987, it is illegal for anyone other than the original manufacturer to bring prescription drugs into the country, federal officials have chosen to follow “enforcement discretion.” This means that if a person goes to Canada, and buys no more than three months use of a prescription medication and it is not a narcotic or other controlled substance, they are allowed to bring it back into the country. In on-line ordering, prescription drugs cannot be legally mailed to the US by foreign e-pharmacies, but also, if the medication is for personal use, is not a narcotic or controlled medication, and is not for more than 90 day use, custom officials are allowing passage.
If a person is ordering from a Canadian pharmacy, please ensure the pharmacy is a real, honest, pharmacy. These websites can ensure that the pharmacy on-line is legitimate:
- Pharmacy Checker www.pharmacychecker.com
- CIPA: The Canadian International Pharmacy Association’s website www.cipa.com
- VIPPS: The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site. nabp.pharmacy
The LCDA does is not associated with and does not verify www.canadianinsulin.com, which is a distributor of insulin for other Canadian pharmacies. All patients and medical practitioners need to do their due diligence if deciding to order from outside the United States.
Insulin is a life-saving medication for Type 1 diabetic patients and oftentimes, unfortunately, a Type 2 diabetic patient may require it after years of poor control. Having an affordable option for insulin is important.
Information Article: What are GMOs?
Genetically Modified Organisms both fear and confuse people. Many people avoid wheat believing it is genetically modified but it’s not; it’s be hybrid, but isn’t GMO. There are big differences between what can be done to our food, and one is fine and one is drastically unsafe. (Nota bene: I am not saying a diabetic patient can eat wheat because it is hybrid and not GMO; diabetic patients should avoid all grains. I am using wheat solely as one of the most commonly misunderstood foods).
First, let’s clarify what a hybrid food is. Here is an anaology. Suppose there was a kingdom where the King wanted all his subjects to be over 6 feet tall. He thus only allowed subjects over 6 feet tall to procreate. Of those children, only those who as adults were over 6 feet tall were also allowed to procreate. Over a few generations, all his subjects were now over 6 feet tall. The king has not changed the DNA in any of his subjects; he had just chosen one genetic trait, height, and bred people to be taller. Their DNA was completely normal for a human. Wheat was bred in the 1900s to contain more protein; the grains of wheat harvested with higher levels of protein were the seeds planted for the next crop and this continued until the wheat being harvested contained higher levels of protein than naturally occured. But, the DNA of the wheat is normal; it simply contains higher levels of protein, known as gluten, and that has caused another problem in society, but it’s not GMO.
A food becomes GMO when it is subjected to “a laboratory process where genes from the DNAof one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMO are also known as ‘transgenic’ organisms.” This is quote from website of the best organization designed to inform and warn people about GMOs, and the damages they cause to people and animals, http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/
GMO food entered the US food supply during the 1990s, and are banned in Europe and other countries. In the US, the FDA does not even require that food labels, meant to clarify the ingredients to purchasers, even state they contain GMOs. These are the GMO foods in the US: soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow squash. Products from those plants, such as soy lecithin, soy protein, cornstarch, corn syrup, etc will contain GMOs.
A main reason GMOs are created to help farmers spray a lot more pesticides and herbicides on their crops. So, the food contains GMOs and extra environmental chemicals. A British meta-analysis showed that organic crops had more nutrients than conventionally raised crops. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
GMOs are associated with causing significant harm in animals and humans who ate them. Livestock has been made sick, sterile and have died as a result of being fed GMO containing food. Rats fed GMOs had a reduction in digestive enzymes, had immune reactions to previously harmless foods, developed smaller, partially atrophied livers, had many baby rats die soon after birth, and other problems.
There are some interesting correlations in humans:
- Soy allergies rose considerably in the UK after GMO soy entered the market.
- Cooked GMO soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen.
- Farm workers in India has allergic reactions from handling GMO cotton.
The LCDA recommends all pre-diabetic and diabetic patients eat low carb whole food diets, that is GMO-free, and that is organic as much as possible. If it is available and affordable, buy it organic! The Environmental Working Group’s Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen at least sets up the top foods that have to be eaten organic, and the ones that do not (due to thick skin or less chemicals are sprayed on them).
Recommended Books to Buy:
“Diabetes Burnout: What To Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore,” by Dr. William Polonsky. The author helps you understand the emotional rollercoaster of living with diabetes and gives you the tools you need to keep from being overwhelmed. https://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Burnout-What-When-Anymore/dp/1580400337
“Seeds of Deception,” by Jeffrey Smith. Smith offers easy-to-understand descriptions of genetic engineering and explain why it can result in serious health problems. https://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Deception-Government-Genetically-Engineered/dp/0972966587/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486585563&sr=1-10&keywords=gmo
HOW TO LOVE LOW CARB RECIPES:
Recipe #1 | For Carnivores | Meat Muffins
*1 onion, diced finely
*1.5 lb ground/mince beef (chicken, turkey, lamb, pork)
*2 eggs, lightly beaten
*3.5 oz shredded/grated cheese (cow, goat, sheep, non-Dairy)
*Salt and pepper, to taste
*2 slices of bacon, diced (pork, beef, turkey)
*Handful of fresh basil or parsley
*2 tsp dried oregano
*1/4 cup of sundried tomatoes (6.5 grams carbs)
*Loads of other flavors can be used!
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Mixed the diced onion, meat, eggs, and salt and pepper together.
3. Add choice of seasoning and flavorings.
4. Mix all the ingredients together with your hands and place a small handful into muffin trays. Press gentle, not too hard, otherwise they will become meatballs, not meat muffins.
5. Cover with the grated cheese.
6. Cook for 30 minutes.
Each meat muffin has 220 kcal.
Recipe #2 | For Low Carb Vegetarians (or Omnivores) | Almond Tortillas
* 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour (or 3/4 cup coconut flour)
* 5 TBSP psyllium husk powder
* 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
* 2 eggs (4 if using coconut flour)
* 1 cup water or marinara sauce for “tomato basil” flavor
1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the almond/coconut flour, psyllium powder (no substitutes!) and salt.
2. Add in the eggs and combine until a thick dough form.
3. Add water or marinara sauce into the bowl and mix until well combined. Let sit for a minute or two until the dough gels up.
4. Separate into 10 balls (about 2 inches in diameter) and place the dough onto a piece of greased parchment paper. Top with another greased piece of parchment.
5. Using a rolling pin, roll the dought out in a circle shape with even thickness throughout. Can use hands to perfect tortilla if cannot get circle with rolling pin.
5. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat with oil. Once hot, place an unbaked tortilla on the pan, saute until light brown, then flip and bake through. If tortilla sticks to parchment paper use hands to close up any holes.
Makes 10 servings, ~140 kcal per serving.