Recently I have had many inquiries about Metformin and its side affects.Today I would like to talk to you about the things you need to consider if you are taking it or thinking about it.
Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why would someone recommend a medication that would potentially harm you?
Some diabetes experts report that when it comes to prescribing initial therapy for Type 2 diabetics, some doctors tend to follow a “treatment of laziness” — for example, prescribing medications if they perceive difficulties in the patient’s ability to change dietary habits or lifestyle. Oral pills should be used in Type 2 diabetes only when diet, supplements and exercise are not effective.
The bottom line is you need to take control of your health and make decisions that are best for you.
Metformin is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels.
Metformin is for people with type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes.
For those of you who were asking if Metformin is really bad for you I will let you make the decision after you read the following possible side affects.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
Causes Vitamin B12 deficiency contributing to Neuropathy.
* lactic acidosis – is when lactic acid builds ups in the blood stream faster than it can be removed. Lactic acid is produced when oxygen levels in the body… Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis including: weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain, feeling light-headed, and fainting
* anemia – is a condition where there is a lower than normal number of red blood cells in the blood, usually measured by a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin….
Common Reactions that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- decreased appetite
- metallic taste in the mouth
- mild stomachache
- weight loss
- abdominal discomfort
In combination with other diabetic medications, (like acarbose, glyburide, glipizide, miglitol, or insulin), metformin may cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Contact your health care professional if you experience symptoms of low blood sugar, which may include: -anxiety or nervousness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, hunger, pale skin, nausea, fatigue, sweating, headache, palpitations, numbness of the mouth, tingling in the fingers, tremors, muscle weakness, blurred vision, cold sensations, uncontrolled yawning, irritability, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness.
Wow! this is quite the list of side affects from Metformin.
THE GREAT NEWS is that you can avoid all of these nasty side affects by taking ACTION regarding your health by taking control of your health today. For more information, check out our free Diabetes Report.
If you have a chronic medical condition, including diabetes, you’re especially vulnerable during such disasters. Daily routine and regular meals are important for good blood sugar control. The disruption in routine and the stress from the chaotic nature of a disaster can adversely affect your diabetes management and your health. And if you take insulin, you likely need it every day, often multiple times a day, to keep blood sugars in balance. During a disaster, you might not have your usual access to your health care providers, medications, medical supplies or all of these. For these reasons, it’s important to be prepared, before a disaster is imminent.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends that you include the following items and information in a disaster preparedness kit that’s insulated and waterproof:
List of all medical conditions and prior surgeries
Information about your diabetes, including past and present medications, any adverse reactions to medications, and present diabetes complications
List of your health care providers and their contact information
Letter from your diabetes health care provider detailing your most recent diabetes regimen (especially for insulin), as well as your most recent lab results
List of all your medications, your pharmacy and all active prescription information and eligible refills
30-day supply of your diabetes and other medications, including insulin if you take insulin, oral diabetes medications and a glucagon emergency kit (if prescribed)
Glucose tabs or other treatment for low blood glucose
Blood glucose testing supplies, including lancets, test strips and, preferably, at least two blood glucose testing meters — be sure test strips haven’t expired, and keep fresh batteries for the meters
Cooler and at least four refreezable gel packs for storing insulin (don’t use dry ice) — you might also consider including a few extra insulin cooling cases for use during a power outage
Empty plastic bottles or a sharps container for syringes, needles and lancet disposal
If you use an insulin pump, I’d also recommend keeping extra infusion supplies and batteries in the kit.
I hope you are having a great week so far.
Today I want to ask you and important question.
Are you afraid of developing diabetic complications? Many people I hear from every day certainly are, and with good reason. Each one of them can tell you stories about a loved one or acquaintance who suffered through amputation, became blind, or died at a young age. They fear the same will happen to them.
Did you know that over 25 million Americans have blood sugar imbalances that put them at risk for:
Blindness – Heart Problems – Strokes - Kidney failure – Amputations
Take Action Now To maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels.
Fortunately, diabetes care has changed dramatically in the past few years. We know more about diabetes than ever before, and can say with confidence that diabetes complications can be avoided.
One of the biggest factors in avoiding diabetes complications is not to ignore diabetes in the early stages. There are 5 million people in the United States who have diabetes and don’t even know it.
It is very easy to ignore it because your body is feeling fine and your body seems to be working fine.
No Symptoms. No problem. Right?
ABSOLUTELY WRONG Not Even Close!
While you’re doing nothing, the excess glucose in your blood is eroding the very fabric of your body, threatening major organs, including your heart, nerves, eyes and kidneys. You may not feel the effects right now, but keep your blood sugar high and you eventually will.
By keeping your blood sugar close to normal, you have a good chance of avoiding these awful complications.
It is never too late, the minute you start managing your blood sugar, is the minute you drastically reduce a life of health problems.
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I hope that you had a great October. Are you ever amazed at how time passes so fast? Have you ever said to yourself “ah I will start my program tomorrow” or “I will get started next week” or “when the first of the month arrives I will start fresh”
If you have ever said some of these things to yourself I encourage you to be strong and make a commitment to yourself and take control of your health.
Today I want to share with you about another natural ingredient known as The Diabetes Sugar Destroyer. This ingredient improves the effectiveness of insulin, but it also does something really amazing – ***It may actually rejuvenate a non-working pancreas!***
I am talking about Gymnema Sylvestre.
Gymnema sylvestre is originally an Indian vine widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also found in Northern Africa. It is grown commercially in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
Also called “the sugar destroyer,” gymnema can temporarily block the ability to taste sugar when applied to the tongue!
Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb (taken internally) controls blood sugar levels, reduces blood glucose, and increases insulin production.
In one study of 22 patients with Type 2 diabetes, all had improved blood sugar control, and all but one were able to cut their drug intake after supplementing with Gymnema Extract.
If that is not enough, here are a few more benefits of Gymnema;
- Reduces or removes the sense taste of sweetness for several hours
- Reduces the absorption of glucose into the blood stream
- Increases insulin production by the pancreas – by repairing tissue
- Reduces blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol
Gymnema is a remarkable herb which can be a huge benefit both to those who truly want to cut down their consumption of sweet foods and lower their blood sugar.
Gymnema Sylvestre should be an essential part of your diet, remember these results have been proven over time and have helped my family, friends and many others reverse their diabetes.
Take action today, and don’t become just another statistic.
From my family to yours… take care.
Today I would like to talk to you about a nutrient that is significant when it comes to blood sugar control. It is essential for diabetics to avoid to many foods that disrupt blood sugar levels and keep the body even keel so to speak.
However, in addition to eating a low Glycemic Index diet, it is also important to supplement with certain nutrients that help the body keep blood sugar levels in check. The supplement known to participate in the body processes that control blood sugar levels is Biotin (one of the B-group vitamins)
In several studies, Biotin supplementation has been shown to enhance the performance of insulin, the hormone that plays a critical role in helping your body incorporate blood sugar. The supplements can also increase the activity of an enzyme, glucokinase, which the liver uses early in the process of utilizing blood sugar.
Here are a few more benefits of Biotin;
* It plays a crucial role in energy metabolism. Biotin acts as a coenzyme and carries carbon dioxide. It also plays a role in fat synthesis, amino acid metabolism and glycogen synthesis.
* Benefits people with diabetes by helping to break down carbohydrates and lower blood sugar levels.
* Weight loss may be another Biotin benefit, as the vitamin is essential in the conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to energy.
* Helps the body use protein, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B12.
* Biotin is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids and fats. Biotin is also essential in the formation of fatty acids and glucose.
If you are not including this nutrient in your diet you should be, you can get the daily dosage you need in in a number of supplements.
Most people treat acne with any of the multitude of over-the-counter products, after all, you have been told that acne is a temporary condition, something teens just have to put up with, or that with proper care at home, it should go away on its own. But that isn’t always the case. If you are using over-the-counter products and your acne hasn’t cleared up or continues to worsen, it may be time to see a dermatologist.
If any of the following pertain to you, it may be beneficial to schedule a visit with a dermatologist:
You are shy or embarrassed because of your acne. You may avoid social outings or stay away from friends because of acne. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, those with acne can have social, psychological and emotional problems. If you are feeling depressed or embarrassed, talk with your doctor.
You have been using over-the-counter acne treatments but they aren’t working or have stopped working. If your acne has persisted for more than four to six weeks despite using over-the-counter treatments, talk with a dermatologist about stronger, prescription strength medications.
Your acne leaves scars after the pimple has gone away. Cystic acne often require the help of a dermatologist. Cystic acne are painful, red, inflamed pimples which may leave a scar. For dark-skinned people, a spot darker than your skin may appear after the pimple is gone. Popping the pimple may cause even more scarring and permanent skin damage. Over-the-counter treatments often don’t help this type of acne. A dermatologist can help by giving you medication that is right for your type of acne and which can help reduce scarring.
What Does a Dermatologist Do?
A dermatologist will look at your blemishes to determine whether you are dealing with acne or another skin condition – Rosacea and keratosis pilaris are both mistaken for acne. The doctor will also ask you questions to better understand your skin condition, such as:
How long you have had acne
What you have done to treat it
Whether there is a family history of acne
Your dermatologist may prescribe medication. This may be antibiotics – either orally or topical – to help kill bacteria, or other topical treatments. For more severe acne, the doctor may recommend removal of whiteheads and blackheads or draining cysts.
Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist
No matter which treatment your dermatologist suggests, he can also provide you with information to help you care for your acne at home. Be prepared to ask questions so you understand the treatment and what to expect. You may want to ask:
What treatment do you recommend and why? What are the side effects of this treatment?
How soon should I see results from the treatment? How long will I be on this treatment?
How can I care for my skin at home? Is there a skin cleaner I should be using? Should I make changes in my diet?
Can I use make-up and, if so, what type of make-up is best?
Can I take steps to prevent or reduce scarring?
Your dermatologist can be a great source of information and can help you find ways to control and manage your acne. You will probably be asked to come back for follow-up visits. Be sure to follow all treatments and attend any follow-up visits to avoid your acne returning.
By Kristin Thorson, Founder of Fibro Network
Five years ago I was diagnosed with celiac disease (allergy to wheat and gluten – it goes by many names but it is a common ingredient in most foods). The doctor gave me a five page list of foods/ingredients to avoid, which seemed to be just about everything in the grocery store. I went most of the day on an empty stomach and developed severe grastritis. The doctor prescribed the PPI drug Prilosec, but it is loaded with gluten! So I ditched the doctor and went to a nutritionist. She was great.
A drug-free way to clear up my gastritis and acid reflux was:
- Eat a third of a cup (or less) of plain applesauce 2-3 times a day to neutralize stomach acids. It may not work for everyone, but it helped me and I still eat 3 spoonfuls before going to bed at night because acid reflux is worst when one is laying down and it interferes with sleep.
- Sip milk (fat-free or rice or soy) throughout the day. I was lucky that I do not have a milk allergy, but the substitutes will work as well.
It is not easy sticking to a wheat/gluten free diet, but the nutritionist helped me identify foods I could eat. I only had to go to her for two visits and a follow-up phone consultation. It was the best $90 I ever spent.
Also, a couple years ago, Fibromyalgia Network wrote an article on how to go about identifying the foods that set off your symptoms with the aid of an elimination diet. Many fibro patients wrote to us to say that tomatoes really flared their fibro. Another thing to consider: tomato sauces are often placed over pasta, which is loaded with wheat/gluten. However, you can purchase rice-based or corn-based pasta that is wheat/gluten free to determine if you have an allergy to the tomato sauce or wheat/gluten.
See All Gluten Free Foods Here
There are two bonuses to having celiac (got to think positive!):
- The corn-based pasta is fantastic tasting and does not turn to mush if it is cooked a couple of minutes too long.
- Most all wheat/gluten free products do not have preservatives in them so it forced me to eliminate most chemicals from my diet.
If you have celiac disease, ask your local grocery stores if they have a list of products that are wheat/gluten free. I am amazed at how many stores are becoming aware of this disease and will hand you a list of celiac-friendly products. Things have improved during the past five years!
- If you are interested in more ways to decrease some of your fibro symptoms, click here for our Special Issue.
Source: Fibromyalgia Network
Diabetes has no known cure, but there are many ways to control the disease and prevent the symptoms form interfering with daily life. One major way to help control diabetes is through a healthy diet. It is common knowledge that diabetics need to be careful around sugar and carbs, but what foods will actually help control the disease? Here are some natural dietary supplements that control diabetes.
Bitter melon can do wonders for the metabolism. You can make your own juice from melons at the supermarket, or buy bitter melon juice at Asian food markets. Bitter melon is actually a type of squash, and it is usually found in Asia. It is also known as bitter gourd or bitter squash. The flesh is rather bitter (hence the name), so it is good to mix in other fruits to make a smoothie or maybe ad some low-sugar dressing to the juice. It can also be served with yogurt, or even curried.
For more bitter melon recipes, click here.
Unsweetened oatmeal, although it is a carbohydrate, can help control blood sugar. It is slower to digest than simple white bread and is high in soluble fiber. Due to the slower digestion rate, oatmeal is a steadier source of energy than bread and can help us feel full for longer. It is a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to lose weight, which is a major risk factor for diabetes. Barley can also give the body the same benefits as oats, and can be paired with a more savory dish. Whole grains are a great choice for diabetics.
If you crave something sweet, strawberries are a perfect snack. A cup of strawberries will not alter blood sugar and are a much better option than a cookie or candy bar. They are low in calories and carbohydrates, and chock full of fiber and water. Like oatmeal, strawberries (and most other berries) will keep you feeling full for longer.
Sparkling Water With Lemon Juice
Soda is one of the worst things for a person with diabetes (and anyone else, for that matter). Sugary sodas put insulin levels in the danger zone, and even sugar-free sodas have been shown to alter the metabolism in a negative way. Sugar-free sparkling waters are a great replacement if you crave something sweet and fizzy. For a bit of extra flavor, try adding lemon juice, or a sweeter fruit juice like strawberry or pineapple juice (with no added sugar). Some sparkling waters are pre-flavored and low in calories.
Ever heard of the cinnamon challenge? We don’t advise that you try it, but adding a bit of cinnamon to your diet can help reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Research has proven that cinnamon extract is especially beneficial for patients who have trouble controlling blood sugar. There has been little research on the benefits of cinnamon, but many doctors recommend you sprinkle a little bit onto your cereal.
If you accidentally over-indulged in carbohydrates during a meal, there is evidence that vinegar may lower your blood sugar levels back to a relatively safe area. The acids in vinegar slow down gastric emptying, which means a slower absorption of nutrients, and a slower rise in blood sugar levels.
While you should keep your coffee intake at 2 cups or less per day, there is evidence that people who drink coffee regularly are 34% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-coffee drinkers. However, too much coffee has been associated in an increased risk for heart disease. As long as you keep it controlled, a bit of coffee every day is a good thing.
Determining the extent of prostate cancer is important for predicting the course of the disease and in choosing the best treatment. Results from the digital rectal exam, PSA tests and prostate biopsy give the urologist a good idea of whether the cancer is confined to the prostate or has spread outside the gland.
The pathologist’s examination of the biopsy specimen is crucial. After studying the characteristics of the tumor, the pathologist assigns a Gleason score to the cancer. The Gleason score is the most important factor in predicting the current state of the prostate cancer and the success of any treatment. This Gleason score is based on tumor grade, which is an indication of the tumor’s aggressiveness. The tumor grade reflects how far the cancer cells deviate from normal, healthy cells.
Normal prostate epithelial cells form highly organized glands, with well-defined borders. Cancer cells, in contrast, display various degrees of disorganization and distortion. Cancers whose cells appear closest to normal are considered grade 3 and generally are the least aggressive; those with highly irregular, disorganized features are classified as grade 4 or 5 and generally are the most aggressive.
The Gleason score is derived by determining the two most prevalent organizational patterns in the tumor, assigning each a grade, and then adding the two numbers together. For example, if the most common pattern — the primary grade — is 3 and the next most common pattern — the secondary grade — is 4, the Gleason score would be 7 or 3+4. But if the primary grade is 4 and the secondary grade is 3, the Gleason score would be 4+3, and this would be considered to be more aggressive. In other words, the primary grade carries more weight than the secondary pattern in determining the aggressiveness of the cancer.
Most doctors classify a Gleason score of 6 as a low-grade tumor, a Gleason score of 7 as intermediate, and Gleason scores of 8, 9 and 10 as high grade. Gleason scores of 8 to 10 are associated with the least favorable outlook.
Source: Johns Hopkins Health Alerts
Contrary to popular belief, corn is a grain, not a vegetable, and is really not appropriate as a dietary staple for several reasons:
1. The problems with “antinutrients” in corn (and other grains too)
2. The inflammatory aspect of excess omega-6 fats in corn products
3. The blood sugar disrupting nature of corn products.
When civilizations such as the Mayans and Native Americans changed their diet to a corn-based one, rates of anemia, arthritis, rickets, and osteoporosis skyrocketed.
Our bodies were not made to exist on such a high quantity of grain-based foods as is present in the modern western diet. This evidence shows up in the archeological records of our ancestors. When archaeologists looked at skeletons of native Americans in burial mounds in the Midwest who ate corn as their primary staple, there was a 50% increase in malnutrition, four times as much incidence of iron-deficiency, and three times as much infectious disease, compared to the more hunter-gather ancestors who primarily ate meats and fruits and veggies as opposed to grains.
Keep in mind that we are not just talking about corn-on-the-cob (sweet corn) here… we are also talking about corn cereals, corn chips, and other modern corn-based foods that are promoted by food companies as “healthy.” There are several reasons researchers give for the nutritional problems and the weight gain caused by a corn-dominated diet:
• Corn contains lots of fast digesting starches and sugar, which raises insulin levels, causes you to be hungrier and causes your body to store calories as fat. Don’t be mistaken, just because corn does not taste obviously sweet, doesn’t mean it isn’t full of sugars. Once eaten, your body quickly turns corn based foods into sugar. Even the starches in corn products can be broken down very quickly by your body spiking your blood sugar levels, and causing cravings for more carbohydrate-based foods.
• Corn is also a poor source of protein, usually deficient in 3 of the 8 essential amino acids: lysine, isoleucine, and tryptophan. The essential amino acids are so-named because they must be obtained from the diet, since the body is unable to manufacture them.
• Corn contains a high amount of phytate, a chemical that binds to iron and inhibits its absorption by the body. So, consequently, a diet high in phytate can make people more likely to have iron-deficiency anemia and fatigue. Phytate is also a nutrient blocker (an antinutrient) and inhibits other vitamins and minerals from being utilized.
• Corn is a poor source of certain minerals such as calcium and some vitamins such as niacin (B3). Deficiencies of niacin can result in a condition known as Pellagra, which is common in civilizations that eat a lot of corn. It can cause a variety of symptoms such as dermatitis, diarrhea, and depression. Since we are now a nation of corn-eaters, it wouldn’t be surprising that this is more common here than we realize.
• Corn oils are also used in most processed foods (along with soybean oils). Both corn oil and soybean oil are excessively high in inflammatory omega-6 fats and low in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. This throws the delicate balance of omega-6 to omega-3 in your body out of whack and can cause degenerative diseases and weight gain over time. In addition, corn oil and soybean oil are highly refined with high heat and solvents, which oxidizes and damages the fragile polyunsaturated oils, and makes them even more inflammatory when you ingest them in processed foods.
It’s not just people who eat too much corn based foods. A large amount of the nation’s corn crop ends up feeding commercially raised cattle, which are cheaply fattened on corn and other grains before slaughter. Beef from corn-fattened cattle also has much higher ratios of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids than healthier grass fed beef which contains more anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Most meat in supermarkets comes from grain-fed animals and not healthy grass fed animals.
Because corn and other grains are an unnatural diet and difficult to digest, cattle raised on corn develop higher stomach acidity, which is a breeding ground for the dangerous E. coli O157:H7, the deadly strain of the bacteria. E-coli is rare in healthy grass-fed meat.
While eliminating refined grains such as corn and wheat (yes, it seems they are in everything!) can seem a very daunting task, the reward is a return to wonderful health, sparkling eyes, clear skin, clear thinking, and less body fat as the body is once again able to extract appropriate nutrients from food, reduced inflammation caused by grain based foods, and a resolution of nutritional deficiencies from the lack of absorption.
Do yourself a favor, and try at least 2 weeks with no grain products at all. I guarantee you will see some drastic improvements in your weight, energy, and general outlook! This is easier than you may think… For example, instead of having pasta with sauce and meat for dinner, a better alternative would be to have just grass-fed meat, tomato sauce, and veggies, topped with a little parmesan cheese. It’s delicious and no grains!
Another example would be breakfast… instead of cereals, bagels, or muffins, try to base most of your breakfasts on cage-free organic whole eggs with lots of veggies and perhaps some bison sausage or other nitrate/nitrite-free turkey or chicken sausage. If you’re very active and need a little more carbs with your breakfast, instead of grains, a small piece of fruit or some tea with a little bit of raw honey can be great additions to the egg/veggies based breakfast. This is a delicious and satisfying breakfast that will control your blood sugar, balance your hormones, and eliminate the problems with antinutrients found in most grains. Those are just a couple examples, but I think you get the point of how easy this can be.
I know it may not be realistic for everybody to give up grains fully, so the most realistic plan for many people is to only eat grain based foods (bread, pasta, cereals, etc) on their one cheat day each week, and save 6 days per week to be grain-free. Your body with thank you!