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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Here are some disturbing statistics related to diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% of all diabetes cases.

“The number of people diagnosed with and dying from diabetes continues on a relentlessly upward trajectory, with no signs of abating”. This statement was made by officials at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 47th Annual Meeting (Sept 2011).

Ann Keeling, CEO of the International Diabetes Federation, describes diabetes as a global catastrophe!!

So, what are the latest stats for diabetes?

In 2003 there were 150 million people worldwide with diabetes and it was predicted that by 2025 there would be 300 million. Well guess what, as alarming as that prediction was at the time, it was nothing compared to the reality. In 2011 there are already 366 million people worldwide with diabetes. This is a 30% increase on the 2010 figure of 285 million. This year 4.6 million deaths will be attributed to diabetes.  This means one person will die from diabetes every 7 seconds!

What causes type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is largely a lifestyle disease. The current statistics for diabetes are very alarming and personally I find them very disturbing because I know that in the majority of cases type 2 diabetes can be prevented with the correct lifestyle and diet. I also believe that it can be reversed if appropriate changes are made.

Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes. It is no wonder we are seeing such an astronomical increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes when we consider the explosion in the number of people who are overweight or obese.

Genetics play a role but only a small one. The condition will not develop without the adverse impact of environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle.

What can be done for type 2 diabetes?

Nutrients and herbs

There are many nutrients that are essential for the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels and normal glucose metabolism. These include chromium, magnesium, many of the B Complex vitamins and others. A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can deplete the body of these essential nutrients. Alcohol, caffeine and excessive fluid loss will also cause significant losses of these nutrients.

Many herbs can be very beneficial for reducing sugar and carbohydrate cravings, improving the way the body metabolises sugar, improving fat loss and improving blood sugar levels. Many are also beneficial for reducing the unhealthy factors associated with diabetes including high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure and circulatory problems.

These nutrients and herbs are often prescribed to kick start the process of weight loss and make it easier for you to embark on a healthy eating regime without having to battle cravings for fat producing foods. The actual prescription for each individual may be slightly different because individual metabolism, health needs and preferences are taken into account.

The use of natural medicines is not a substitute for a healthy life style

You can take control of the situation easily and quickly. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome, which often precedes type 2 diabetes, you can improve your health significantly by making the appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes.

  • Fat loss is of major importance. Even if you are slim, you could be carrying a little extra weight around the middle. This can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As little as 5 to 10% weight loss can make a big difference.
  • Exercise not only helps with fat loss it also helps transport glucose into the cells. Regular moderate exercise is fundamental to good health. It should always be something you enjoy and should suit your age, statue and capabilities. A combination of cardio and resistance is best.
  • The food you eat has a huge impact on your health. It will improve or damage your health depending on what you eat and how it is prepared.
  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables, avoiding too much of the high starch vegetables such as potatoes and corn. In summer salads are great, or you can steam, stir fry or bake your vegetables. Aim at 3 cups per day and if you eat more that’s great.
  • Fruit is good but should be eaten in moderation (2 to 3 pieces per day) because it is high in natural sugars.It is a good idea to combine a piece of fresh fruit with a few nuts eg almonds (only a 3 or 4). This slows down the absorption of the sugars in the fruit and gives you a more even blood glucose and energy curve. Minimise the very sweet, starchy fruits such as bananas.
  • Protein is important for improving muscle mass, particularly in conjunction with moderate exercise. Fish, lean meat, free range chicken and eggs and low fat dairy products are good sources of animal protein. The main vegetable sources of protein are the legumes such as chick peas (in homus), lentils, red kidney beans, adzuki beans, soy beans and related products such as tofu and tempah. Nuts, seeds and grains also provide some protein. Non-animal sources of protein do not contain all the essential amino acids, so vegetarians need to have a wide variety of these foods every day in order to obtain enough complete protein.
  • Avoid processed foods. These are often loaded with sugar and/or fat and are a source of empty kilojoules that do nothing to improve your health. They encourage overeating, make you feel sluggish and are a major cause of excessive weight gain.
  • Foods that have a low Glycaemic Index (GI) are beneficial providing they are healthy! Many foods that are marketed as low GI are not healthy and will not help you lose weight eg ice cream, chocolate spreads.
  • Glycaemic Load (GL) is also a consideration. It is determined not only by the GI of the food but the size of the total meal. The higher the glycaemic load the higher your blood sugar will be.

Simply by eating correctly and partaking in regular moderate exercise you stand a good chance of preventing type 2 diabetes, or reversing it if it already exists.



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Coleus Helps With Weight Loss The herb C

Coleus Helps With Weight Loss

The herb Coleus (Coleus forskohlii) could be an important part of your weight loss program. There have been a number of clinical trials showing that Coleus not only helped with actual with weight loss, but more importantly it increased lean muscle mass, resulting in a loss of centimeters. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. So, when you are trying to lose weight don’t get too caught up with the scales. Your changing measurements (and the way your clothes are getting too big!) are the best indication of how you are going.

One study conducted in the United States showed that although there was no change in food intake, overweight women taking Coleus extract experienced weight loss.
A Japanese study over 12 weeks showed there was a significant decrease in body weight and body fat in 14 overweight women and men when coleus extract was administrated. Research done in India showed a significant difference in weight loss between a group that received coleus and the group that received a placebo.

Results of the Indian study showed those taking Coleus had an increase in serum HDL, our good cholesterol (LDL- bad cholesterol), therefore helping prevent heart problems. Coleus also helps to reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. In addition to its cardiovascular benefits, Coleus appears to stimulate thyroid function, thus increasing metabolic rate further helping with weight loss. Coleus aids digestion by increasing the secretion of gastric secretions, helping with food breakdown and digestion.

It is important to have a high dose of Coleus to achieve these results. In my clinic I use a Coleus tablet that I prescribe at a dose of 2 to 3 tablets daily and this gives the same dose as that used in the clinical trials. I usually prescribe Coleus as part of a total weight loss program designed for each individual.

Caution – there are some situations when Coleus should not be taken so it is best to seek professional advice.

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Easy, Sustainable Weight Loss

by Berris Burgoyne – Naturopath –
Suite 8/1177 Logan Road, Holland Park, Brisbane 4121

Easy, Sustainable Weight Loss Can be Achieved!
For many people losing weight and the maintenance of their ideal weight can be difficult. One of the main reasons for this is that many diets are very restrictive making them difficult to stick to, particularly if you are very busy or if you socialise frequently. On some diets you may need to eat different meals to the rest of the family and it all becomes too difficult.

The ideal weight loss program is one that is simple to understand and easy to maintain. It will introduce you to a healthy style of eating that suits your lifestyle, tastes and preferences, and at the same time results in weight loss.

One of the healthy eating/weight loss programs that I am using increasingly, because of its simplicity, is the Whole Life Vitality – Eating for Health program.

I have seen many people achieve their ideal weight using this program. Most comment on how easy it is to maintain the healthy eating regime. Even if you socialise regularly, you will easily be able to stick to the program.

The Whole Life Vitality – Eating for Health program is very effective and easy to stick to –
 You do not have to weigh your food
 There are no special foods to buy
 The whole family can eat the same delicious, nutritious meals
 It is not a low carbohydrate diet but rather a balanced eating plan
 You can choose from a wide variety of foods and eat 3 meals plus healthy snacks daily – you will not feel hungry
 You will receive a detailed manual containing all the information you need including meal plans and delicious, easy to prepare recipes
 You will be supported throughout the program with regular ‘weigh and measure’ appointments

I will work with you to achieve the right eating plan and lifestyle choices that are best for you. You will be surprised at how easy it can be to lose weight and feel fabulous.

I will help you set realistic, attainable goals for your weight loss and general health, and guide you towards achieving them. You will not only lose weight, you will have a very satisfying sense of achievement and realise that you can do anything. Sometimes all you need is a little support, guidance and encouragement.

Where appropriate you may be prescribed supplements to improve metabolism, assist with weight loss, improve sugar metabolism and reduce sweet cravings, and to increase fat burning and the building of lean muscle mass. These supplements can usually be reduced and stopped once your ideal weight has been reached.

You will experience increased energy and vitality, and generally feel fabulous with your new weight, and you will be armed with simple strategies to maintain it.

If you are interested in losing weight and improving you overall health and wellbeing give me a call –   07 3349 3122  . It may be one of the best things you will ever do!

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