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Don't get diabetes! If you are of African descent, you have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes, and you have a higher risk of dying from it. You can remain diabetes-free forever, or you can cure yourself of diabetes in the early stages.
Far easier than treating a disease which will cripple you, blind you and then kill you when your kidney dialysis no longer works or you get a stroke or massive heart attack. You may have genes that mean you will get diabetes if you drink sugar drinks, eat salted, fatty foods and are not active.
The publisher of MJoTA has these genes, and when she knew that, in 1982, after the birth of a big baby, she decided she did not want diabetes. And to this day, her blood sugar is normal, her blood pressure is normal and her blood cholesterol is normal.
How do you know if you have early diabetes of the type of diabetes that can be prevented or reversed? US National Institutes of Health describes symptoms:"
Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at first. They may not have symptoms for many years. The early symptoms of diabetes may include:
Bladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that are more frequent or heal slowly
Don't get diabetes! Listen to the podcast about preventing diabetes on this page, more on another page click here.
Don't get diabetes! Diabetes has been a focus of MJoTA.org since the beginning, and a lot of articles, video and audio are on this site. To get started, read the articles further down on this page, more on another page click here.
Don't get diabetes! The CDC.gov webpage has resources aimed at preventing diabetes. They are not user-friendly. A few areas of the United States have free diabetes prevention programs.
Don't get diabetes!
Food: -Throw out the salt shaker, frying pan and corn oil -Stay away from donuts, cookies, cakes, pasta -Eat only vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, fish, and non-fat meats -Have a slow-cooking pot where you throw in soy beans, lentils, pinto beans, black eyed peas, oats, dried peas, kidney beans (one or more) with water at night and eat them hot in the morning -Have a second slow-cooking pot that you fill with one or more of potatoes, cabbage, yams, carrots, rutabagas, turnips, onions and water and leave to cook during the day -Use lemon juice, lime juice, coconut milk, dill, parsly, ground up hot peppers instead of salt -Grow herbs in pots on windows so you like what you eat -Eat less white bread and white rice, click here -Eat oats every day, click here -Eat a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, sprinkle in a little nutmeg, for article, click here
Don't get diabetes!
-Redesign your living quarters or move to somewhere so you have to walk, bend, stretch constantly.
-Get a job in New York, or a place with good public transport, so you get a workout getting to work and back again.
-Live in a house or apartment with a lot of stairs, so you are climbing up and down stairs frequently.
-Don't take the elevator if you are only going 3 or 4 floors.
-If you live in a house with a garden: then garden! Cut your own grass! Grow flowers and vegetables!
-Dance diabetes into hell! Dance at every opportunity. Never stop dancing.
You can live a long time with diabetes. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v7n1 0601
The American data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging: if you are diagnosed with diabetes now, you are more likely to live a long life than a decade ago. For report, click here. You are more likely to understand that diabetes needs to be treated every day by - limiting how much you eat - being careful what you eat - moving constantly
and if you need medicines - take your medicines as instructed and - measure your blood sugar up to 8 times a day.
Diabetes is not a disease for sissies, if you have it, you can dance it into hell, but only if you work very hard at it.
Don't give up. In Nov 2011, I heard a story in the beautiful new hospital in St Johns, in the Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda. The social worker told me she had a patient die the previous week from complications after her second leg was amputated. She was 32, a mother of 3 small children, and she could not get a handle on her diabetes and chose to ignore it. Well, she ignored diabetes, but it did not ignore her, it had her in its grip and after her first 2 children were born, took first one leg, and then, a newborn baby and a few years later, the second. Can we blame a young woman who was overwhelmed? I have not walked in her shoes. But I will weep for a mother gone.
When I was in St Johns a 2-day conference on diabetes was held, I was asked to leave when the health officer from the United Nations was about to speak. Antigua has never had a war, who knew what trouble could be caused by your publisher talking about diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association Encourages People to Take Control of Their Health on World Diabetes Day
Alexandria, VA, Nov. 11, 2011. American Diabetes Association and International Diabetes Federation raised awareness of diabetes on Nov 14 - World Diabetes Day. November 14 is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin. For full article, click here.
Number of Americans with Diabetes Rises to Nearly 26 Million; More than a third of adults estimated to have prediabetes
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (US Govt). Jan 2011. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, which raises risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. For full article, click here.
4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life.
National Diabetes Education Program (US Government). May 1, 2011. These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease. For full article, click here.
Medical Journal of Therapeutics Africa
Articles have been uploaded onto this site since 2006, and diabetes has been a focus from ths start. You can search for more articles and resources. If "name and password" request pops up, go to registration page and you will be given access as soon as you register.
Centers for Disease Control: Diabetes
By Andrew Reinhart MS (PharmD student at Univ Hawaii). Diabetes is a serious disease affecting humans in Africa and in the United States. It can lead to blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, leg amputations, heart disease, and stroke, thus diabetes management is a serious health concern. And it is of great concern in Kenya. For full article click here.
Preventing T2DM in African Americans
By Eileen M Girten, MS. More than 3 million African Americans 20 years or older have diabetes......the financial impact on humans with diabetes, especially African Americans, is great. For full article, click here.
Preventing diabetes in Africa
by Margaret A Hill PhD. In Africa, where the incidence of diabetes is increasing rapidly, regional availability of early intervention therapies could help stem this rising tide. However, many African nations face daunting challenges in developing the support systems needed. For full article click here.
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