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Type 2 Diabetes is Preventable

More than 90 percent of adult onset cases of diabetes are preventable and if caught early enough, are curable (Archives of Internal Medicine, May 2009). Usually, you can tell if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic because you store fat primarily in your belly, rather than in your hips. This is a sign of high insulin levels since insulin specifically causes fat to be deposited in the abdomen. The first sign of diabetes occurs when your body loses its ability to respond to insulin, causing your pancreas to release increasing amounts of insulin to keep your blood sugar levels from rising too high.

When blood sugar levels rise too high, sugar sticks to the surface membranes of cells and can never get off. It eventually is converted to sorbitol that destroys cells to cause heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, deafness and the other consequences of diabetes. The following actions help to prevent and treat diabetes:

1) Exercise. Contacting muscle draw sugar from the blood so rapidly that they usually prevent a high rise in blood sugar.

2) Don't be overweight. Full fat cells release hormones that cause inflammation and block the body's insulin receptors from responding to insulin. You should not be able to pinch more than an inch of abdominal fat.

3) Get sunlight (with appropriate cautions to prevent skin cancer). Lack of vitamin D causes ionizable calcium levels to drop. This causes the parathyroid glands to put out huge amounts of parathyroid hormone that prevents cells from responding to insulin.

4) When you are not exercising, avoid foods containing refined carbohydrates that cause the highest rise in blood sugar. The worst offenders are sugar in liquid form (fruit juices, sugared soft drinks, sugar in coffee or tea) and foods made from flour.

5) Do not take more than two alcoholic drinks in a day. (A drink is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 2/3rds of a shot glass).

6) Do not smoke.

7) Eat plenty of vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and other seeds.


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Our grandson Mac has Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Once again Mac and his parents, Amy and Pete, and brother Owen are walking in the CF Great Strides event.
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Dear Dr. Mirkin: What can I do about Achilles tendinitis? The backs of my ankles hurt all the time.

Until now, no treatment has been consistently helpful. However, a recent uncontrolled study reports that injection of the patient's own centrifuged blood into the tendon has healed some cases of chronic Achilles Tendinitis (Sports Medicine, May 6, 2009).

Tendons have the poorest blood supply of all connective tissue. Blood contains platelets that promote clotting and healing. Doctors injected the patients' blood with concentrated platelets that contain cell growth and differentiation hormones. However, no controlled studies on the effectiveness of this treatment for Achilles tendinitis have yet been published. More on Achilles tendinitis


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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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