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Maker of Diabetes Drug Avandia Convicted of Fraud...

Glaxo Smith Kline, maker of diabetes drug Avandia, has just been convicted of fraud and fined $3 billion dollars. They have admitted that they did not accurately report safety data to the FDA. Does that sound like a lot of money to you? Well, GSK doesn’t seem worried about it at all. According to BBC News, they’ve issued a statement saying they’d pay the fines out of “existing cash resources.” What this tells me is that the profits from the sales of Avandia have been so enormous that the company calculated it was better off paying a three billion dollar fine than doing the right thing. All the more reason to take control of your Type 2 diabetes...

Maker of Diabetes Drug Avandia Convicted of Fraud
posted on: Jul 2, 2012 | author: DiabeticMama

Eating Healthy in Panama

After moving from Florida to Panama, learning to eat healthful, nutritious foods is a bit of a challenge. The good news is, I’m making progress. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Many of the things I took for granted in the US — a wide assortment of fresh vegetables all year round, for example — simply aren’t available here. They might be in Panama City, but I’m four hours away from the capital in a smallish town and they’re certainly not available here. This morning my husband went to the store early and came back with a big grin. He’d found some good-looking broccoli and cauliflower for the first time. Up to now, the broccoli we’ve seen has been wilted...

Eating Healthy in Panama
posted on: May 11, 2012 | author: DiabeticMama

I’d Really LIKE to Eat my Vegetables!...

From the town of Las Tablas, Panama A few weeks ago moved from Florida to Panama. I’ve been here three weeks now, and eating has been an interesting challenge. . . I flew into Panama City and spent one night there before going to Las Tablas. I arrived here in the late afternoon, and the next morning I woke up early — about 6 AM — feeling sick as a dog. Something I had eaten or drunk did me in. I spent the day groaning in my hotel room. Fortunately by the following day I was feeling better, and was back to normal within a couple of days. I had hoped this move would be good for my...

I’d Really LIKE to Eat my Vegetables!
posted on: Apr 5, 2012 | author: DiabeticMama

Solve Your Blood Sugar Problems

The beta test group I mentioned a while back has wrapped up, and I’m now free to share more about it. During the test period I shed just under 15 pounds, my fasting glucose dropped from between 115-120 to around 90-92, I felt more energetic, I was sleeping better, and I felt more cheerful and optimistic. Quite an improvement in just a few short weeks. It wasn’t an easy program (although I found it easier than the Ultra Simple Diet plan I had written about previously). But, man, did it get results! Here’s the outline: First, spend a couple of weeks eliminating all sorts of baddies from your diet including sugar and caffeine Next, spend four weeks following...

Solve Your Blood Sugar Problems
posted on: Mar 22, 2012 | author: DiabeticMama

Sleep, That Knits the Ravell’d Sleeve of Care...

Sleep. We all need it and most of us don’t get enough of it. Here’s a great infographic that explains the problems caused by sleep deprivation. Via:...

posted on: Mar 7, 2012 | author: DiabeticMama

How Important is What You Eat?

Anybody who doesn’t think diet and diabesity go together hasn’t been paying attention. I posted recently about this new beta test program I was in. The food plan eliminated all the major inflammatory and addictive stuff that Americans tend to ingest — gluten, dairy, caffeine and sugar for starters — for six weeks. After a very short time on this plan, my fasting glucose, which had been hovering between 115-120 for months, dropped. Then it dropped some more. I was getting readings of 91, 92. Big difference. Then I went away for the holidays to visit family. While there, I did my best but it was impossible to stick with my food plan. Fasting glucose shot right back...

posted on: Jan 5, 2012 | author: DiabeticMama

Doing the Happy Dance

This beta test program I’m in is really working. I’m losing weight, my blood pressure (never a problem, but had been running a little high) is dropping. And yesterday morning I was doing the happy dance around my house. Why? Because my fasting blood glucose was 92. Ninety Two. ADA (American Diabetes Association) guidelines say a fasting glucose of between 120-140 is “normal” for someone with diabetes. Wish I could tell you more about this program — and I will as soon as my obligations to the program have ended. The goal of the program? To reverse diabesity. Stay tuned — and I’ll stay smiling....

posted on: Nov 14, 2011 | author: DiabeticMama

Finally Getting Back on Track with Diet and Exercise...

It’s been a while since I posted here, friends. I apologize for my absence — I got completely off track. My eating plan fell apart, exercise fell apart, I gained back a few pounds. . . you get the idea. But now, happily, I’m back on track. I’ve been chosen to participate in a beta study group for a doc who’s about to publish a book on how to reverse diabesity. I can’t say much about program I’m on, because I signed a non-disclosure agreement. But I lost four pounds the first week, and my glucose is low. In fact, the other morning my fasting glucose was below 100 for the first time I can remember. (It was...

Finally Getting Back on Track with Diet and Exercise
posted on: Nov 2, 2011 | author: DiabeticMama

I Gained 27 Pounds Eating One Twinkie

A few days ago my oldest son sent me a link to an article on CNN.com. The article is titled “Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds.” It’s been garnering a lot of internet attention, and shows up on Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs page as an “influential” post. I can see it now – millions of unhealthy, obese Americans rushing out to the nearest 7-11 to stock up on these new diet foods, then wondering why they got sicker and fatter than ever. Whatever the professor’s results from his 10-week junk-food binge, it’s not sustainable either as a weight-loss method or a lifestyle. Lots of health bloggers have been writing about his experiment. There are good analyses...

I Gained 27 Pounds Eating One Twinkie
posted on: Nov 15, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

5 Pounds of Toxins Each Year

I read recently that the average American woman absorbs five pounds of toxic chemicals each and every year from her makeup and personal care products. Every time you wash your hair, brush your teeth, rub on moisturizer, use a deodorant or spritz on a fragrance, you’re adding to your toxic load. Did you think the FDA was protecting you? Not so much. However, there are some steps you can take to cut down or eliminate these sources of toxins. First, though, you need to know what they are! Here’s a partial list: Phthalates / DBP. Kids’ toys containing phthalates have been in the news in the past few years, but a lot of cosmetic products include them as...

5 Pounds of Toxins Each Year
posted on: Nov 9, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

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