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Diabetes diet dilemma?

health choicesThe World Health Organisation are calling for action. The International Diabetes Federation are calling for action.

The number of adults being diagnosed in the UK has increased by 65% in just 10 years. The number of adults headed for diabetes in the USA is almost 3 times that of the number of people diagnosed at this time – a massive 86 million people!

Governments around the world will not tax sugar. David Cameron, we know, has opposed a sugar tax, saying he believes there’s a better way.  Do you know what? I think he could be right. I think there probably is a better way – BUT it would still risk him falling out with his chums at Tate and Lyle. So all in all I’m pretty certain he isn’t looking for another way! And it seems the International Diabetes Federation are also sceptical about world leaders’ determination to do anything, according to this article at least!

And then it seems that ordinary people living with diabetes are so confused by conflicting or unclear dietary messages that they don’t know what to do to help themselves.

I’ve spent years building The RebalanceDiabetes Programme. It’s helping people just like you take control and improve their health and wellbeing. You don’t have to be confused. Simply pick a way that has been already shown to work and follow it! Don’t be distracted by other people’s confusion – just get your head down and do it for you. You’ll be glad you did!

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Relationships between diet and Type 1 diabetes.

If I don’t start this article by immediately saying that Type 1 Diabetes is not caused by diet I know a lot of people will be upset. So there – that’s out of the way.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s own immune system attacks specialist insulin-producing cells, called beta-cells. Insulin is crucial for life – it transports sugar out of the blood stream to cells where it is used as fuel. When there is insufficient insulin blood glucose levels rise to dangerous, life-threatening, levels.

It’s usually said that Type 1 diabetes is a genetic disease, but it’s important to understand that having the associated genes does not make it inevitable that you’ll develop Type 1 diabetes. As the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) puts it:

“Certain genes put people at a greater risk for developing type 1 diabetes, but are not the only factors involved. While there are no proven environmental triggers, researchers are looking for possible culprits, such as viral infections and toxins within our environment and foods.”

And there it is, the acknowledgement that maybe food does play a part in switching on the gene that causes you to go on to develop Type 1 diabetes. There have been some discoveries made about potential ways in which food might switch on the genes, but that’s a for another blog…

Today my blog explains why, even if diet is not a cause of Type 1 diabetes, it’s certainly central to the management of the disease. It worries me when people with Type 1 diabetes are told to eat what they like, and simply alter their dose of injected insulin to compensate for the sugar and carbohydrate content of the food. OK, I agree, that will keep you alive today, but it certainly has implications for your long-term health and well-being. Why?

We already know that sugar and refined carbs are the scourge of the modern diet for everyone. The over-consumption of sugar and carbs is fuelling the global tide of obesity, insulin-resistance and Type 2 diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes are not protected from these problems. Indeed, a new phenomenon has been dubbed “double diabetes”, because doctors are increasingly having to deal with people who have Type 1 diabetes, but have also gone on to develop insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.

The key to avoiding double diabetes is to avoid an excessive intake of the wrong foods – the foods that will lead to the inflammation associated with metabolic syndrome. That means tailoring your diet to meet your activity levels and keeping your blood sugars as naturally balanced as possible. I’ve read a lot around this subject and I’m convinced that the way to manage this is with an individually tailored diet designed to require much lower insulin dosages.

Is that even possible? Well Simon Gilbert certainly found it is. Hear it from the man himself:

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And is this approach really as beneficial as I suggest? Well, you don’t have to take my word for it. This is what Simon Crack, Type 1 diabetic solicitor living in York, wrote to say after he had followed the RebalanceDiabetes approach for a little while.

So if you have Type 1 diabetes, and are concerned that you could be enjoying a better sense of well-being; wish to be free from the worries or disruption or experiences of worsening health; want more control, then please take action for yourself today.

You’ll find everything you need to create your own individually tailored diet in The RebalanceDiabetes Programme. Click here!

Get the results you would love at a fraction of the cost!

treatTo celebrate World Diabetes Day this November 14th, I’m making a fabulous offer to my blog readers.

Only for November I am offering you my online video course for the knock-down price of $99 (£77) instead of the full $297 (£231). That’s a huge 67% saving!

I’m doing this because I feel so passionately about helping people with diabetes, especially those who feel the standard approach is not working for them. One of the best ways I can support World Diabetes Day is to enable as many people as possible start to turn their life with diabetes around.

(Actually, that’s not all I’m doing – I’m also travelling all the way from my cottage in England to the bright lights of New York city to see a film I have commissioned being shown on one of the giant screens in Times Square on World Diabetes Day! But that’s another story…).

Just look at what these Udemy students who have already taken the course are saying:

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Matt: “Really clear instructions…someone you can trust.”

My course has a 100% track record of success – yes, really! All the people who put everything they learned on the course into practice now enjoy better blood sugar balance, have lost excess body fat and report more energy and vitality, and more!

And you can too, all for a $99 (about £77 at the current exchange rate) investment. You can study my 13-module video-based plan – 7 hours of content in total – whenever and wherever you want.

Click here: www.udemy.com/the-rebalancediabetes-programme Enter voucher code DAM2105. Enjoy!!

Eating for 2 might mean eating for Type 2?

The myth of eating for two in pregnancy has finally been exposed.

Over-indulgence by pregnant women has long been excused on the basis of eating for two, but it turns out that piling on the pounds in pregnancy is bad for mother and baby. Sure, extra calories are needed in pregnancy, but maybe not as many as many people might think, according to new research. And it’s important that those calories are healthy calories – because it does matter what they are made of! Gaining too much weight while pregnant has previously been confirmed as a cause of gestational diabetes – that’s been known for years. Canadian scientists have now reported that it’s excess abdominal fat that is particularly linked with gestational diabetes. 20 to 50% of women who develop gestational diabetes go on to develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Gestational diabetes is one to avoid!

Even moreso now we understand more about the damage to the health of the babies born to overweight and obese mums: raising the risk of childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke it is claimed. What a depressing thought!

And speaking of depressing, a third study recently published has found that a sedentary pregnancy increases the risk of both gestational diabetes and depression.

Never has activity and healthy eating been more advisable for mums-to-be. It’s time to stand up for babies – literally to stand up for babies!

The Silent Killer Movie. What’s it all about?

Times SquareDay 6 of International Diabetes Awareness Month, and eagle-eyed readers might have spotted links to a short film – via FaceBook, Twitter, Google Plus, or The Press, our wonderful local newspaper here in York. The fact that this short link will be shown in Times Square New York to mark World Diabetes Day 2015 is out there, but what hasn’t yet been explained is why.

Why have I teamed with a local filmmaker, the lovely Dave Thorp, to devise and develop this project? So here it is – the reason why! In the form of the press release engineered by Sarah Smelik of Coppice Publishing:

NEWS RELEASE 4th November 2015

Lone crusader confronts silent killer in Big Apple

A British woman fed up with the inertia surrounding a killer that kills and maims more people than gun crime or breast cancer is taking matters into her own hands on a giant scale.

Nutritionist Elaine Wilson, from York, is so passionate about her message about diabetes that she has paid out of her own pocket for a specially-commissioned hard-hitting mini-film to be shown on a continuous 24-hour loop on a 100-foot screen in Times Square on World Diabetes Day on November 14th.

“The approach to diabetes care in the US and the UK is a disgrace. It costs health services billions every year, and costs ordinary people their lives. I am so fed up that diabetes lags massively behind in terms of media coverage that I decided to take matters into my own hands to get my message across. And where better to get noticed than on a giant screen in Times Square on World Diabetes Day?” she says.

“It’s Diabetes Awareness Month and yet there’s been hardly any media attention on it in the UK. Diabetes is treated like a poor relation compared to other more newsworthy topics like breast cancer, gun crime and drug addiction, and yet it kills and maims far more people a year than all of those!”

This is the message that is at the heart of her gritty two-minute film, shot by York filmmaker David Thorp, which features a killer holding a victim at gunpoint, and a child playing with his toys next to a gun. It calls diabetes the ‘Silent Killer’ which, Elaine says, is because people don’t treat it as seriously as other threats to life and health. “I didn’t pull any punches in this film because it’s got to the stage now where people need to be shocked into action. Last year the International Diabetes Federation released an infographic claiming that one person dies from diabetes every eight seconds. This year Diabetes UK are saying it’s gone up to one every six seconds! Not only that, but of all the new cases of diabetes diagnosed each year, 90% are type 2, the type that is directly linked to diet and obesity and which is entirely preventable. It has to stop.”

Elaine believes the approach to nutrition for diabetes taken by most healthcare systems in the West is just plain wrong and that obesity and associated Type 2 diabetes will continue to rise at alarming rates unless there is a seismic shift in thinking. A radical change in approach could dramatically reverse the crippling cost to health care services, and the devastating toll it takes on patients and their families. She is frustrated at the lack of attention the problem gets, despite the alarming statistics associated with it.

She adds: “I have people come to me who are desperate for help because the treatment they get through their doctors isn’t working. I am a qualified nutritionist, specialising in diabetes, and nutrition is at the heart of the global diabetes epidemic. Our health services should recognise that their approach to diabetes care is not working, will not work, and hasn’t worked for years. The statistics speak for themselves, and yet they keep doing more of the same, and getting even worse results. When will they wake up and recognise that they need to change the way they treat people with diabetes?”

Elaine has been a practicing therapist for 15 years and has devised ‘The RebalanceDiabetes Programme’, and is the author of ‘The 6 Diet’ specifically targeted at people with diabetes.

“Blood-sugar balance is the key to success for people with diabetes, and they can take as much medication as they like, but if they don’t get that right, their health will never improve. Of the people who have followed my advice on diabetes and followed a tailor-made nutritional programme to balance their blood sugar, 100% have achieved superb results.100 per cent! They go back to their doctors, who can’t believe the results, and yet still don’t pick up a phone to find out how those results were achieved.

“At the moment I’m The Lone Crusader beating against a wall of ignorance and indifference, but I hope to be at the head of a great crusading army in the near future.”

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So there you have it! The whole reason is that diabetes awareness in the UK for International Diabetes Awareness Month has been pitiful for years. This year I’m taking it to the biggest, most famous screens in the world! #standtogether

Elaine x

Pudsey Bear proves we need to raise our diabetes awareness game!

1st November. The start of a very special month. Yes its Diabetes Awareness Children in Need Month???!!??

What the…??

Hands with red frame reaches out from heap of papersI have seen nothing, absolutely nothing in the mainstream media in the UK today to mark International Diabetes Awareness Month. Apologies to anyone who has covered it, but you’ve failed to make any impact on me – and I’ve been searching. Nuff said!

Switch on the BBC. Diabetes awareness…zilch! In stark contrast it’s impossible to avoid Pudsey Bear. Not wishing to decry the great work that Pudsey does, but come on this is INTERNATIONAL Diabetes Awareness Month.

It’s staggering that an issue that costs a life every 6 seconds, costs the NHS £10 billion annually, costs the UK economy a whopping £26 billion annually, that has increased by 60% in a mere decade, is overlooked – again!. Bonkers!

It’s time for explosive measures! The first thing I would like to raise awareness about today is that in the time it takes you to watch this short film, at least 10 people will have died. 

Day 1 down, 29 to go…#standtogether

Healthy Halloween?

Halloween treat 1I love Halloween. Not least because it’s my wedding anniversary!

But I get that this can be a difficult day for people with diabetes. Take a look online and you’ll find conflicting advice – from don’t let your diabetic child indulge in candy at all, to the oft-heard rhetoric that eating candy didn’t cause diabetes so what’s the problem here? Confusion abounds.

My opinion is that it IS a problem. We are becoming increasingly aware that sugar is a big threat to health. Whether you already have diabetes or not, sugar is simply not a healthy diet choice. And if it isn’t a healthy choice for the general population, I totally fail to see that it can be an appropriate choice for a child whose little body cannot process sugar.

It isn’t OK to eat Halloween treat 4the candy, count the carbs and calculate the insulin dose, and here’s why: diet may not have caused diabetes, but it sure as anything is a central part of diabetes management. (That said, that explanation is for another blog another day.)

That’s where it can be really tricky – because no-one, least of all the kids themselves, want to be left out. Well I’ve been digging around to find attractive healthy options for Halloween treats. I found it really difficult: most of the  supposed healthy options are based on fruit or starchy vegetables.
Halloween treat 2

Better than sugar, and fine if you can limit the amounts your child chomps on but still too high GI really to let the kids overindulge.

Dotted around this post are some that tick low-GI boxes for treats. I didn’t devise these, I just found them. So kudos to all the creative folks, whoever you are, for devising these devilishly good snacks!

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This Halloween avoid the tricks and enjoy the real treats! #standtogether for #diabetes awareness

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Why you really need to think twice about bariatric surgery

imagesAre you still seeing reports that tell you gastric bands and bypasses are THE answer to obesity and Type 2 diabetes? OK so let’s talk about what the usual reports don’t tell you…

Already longer term problems are becoming known – and it’s a mystery why these things are ignored when the supposed benefits are heralded in the press and media.

Gastric surgery is far from being the life-long solution it is promised to be. Here are my top three reasons to think twice before diving onto the operating table:

The weight loss doesn’t last.

For at least a decade it’s been known that weight loss may be temporary. Bariatric Surgery Source – a comprehensive weight loss surgery resource – says:

“Weight gain after gastric bypass surgery is not guaranteed, but there’s a good chance that it will occur to some extent.” 

That “extent” was quantified in a press article a full 3 years ago – “a third of gastric surgery patients put ALL the weight back on” it was reported.

It is linked with greater risk of suicide.

The let-down of this reality has serious emotional impact. It has recently emerged that people who have had gastric surgery are more likely to go on to commit suicide – significantly after the initial weight loss period wains. Thankfully, this vital information WAS widely reported:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/852616

http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/20151007/suicide-risk-may-rise-for-some-after-weight-loss-surgery?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23297762

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3263730/The-dark-weight-loss-surgery-People-operation-4-times-likely-commit-suicide-twice-likely-self-harm.html

You WILL have to manage life-long nutritional deficiencies.

What I have never seen reported is that ALL bariatric surgeries lead to nutritional deficiencies. Some procedures have worse effects than others, but it is the case that patients require nutritional supplements for life.

If you’re thinking that’s a small price to pay, please think again. I’ve shared often before in my various posts that supplementation isn’t the best way to nourish your body. For a start, nutrients are more bioavailable from food compared to pills and potions – that means your body will take up nutrients from food so much more readily than from a supplement. Then there’s the fact that high potency supplements have been shown in clinical trials to be harmful – sometimes the harm clearly outweighs benefit. The full extent of this risk was highlighted last week in a shocking report revealing that thousands of medical emergencies in the US are directly caused by nutritional supplements.

How can it be then that on the one-hand the medical profession bemoan the dangers of nutritional supplements, calling for tighter controls, but on the other hand happily hail a type of surgery that means life-long supplementation is inevitable? I don’t get it. And I’m sure Hippocrates wouldn’t have got it either.

The RebalanceDiabetes approach stands head and shoulders above the others – food first! Food before surgery. Food before supplementation. It doesn’t rely meal replacement shakes, bars and pills. And it never will!

To find out more visit www.rebalancediabetes.com

Cereal killers?

Sipping my green tea in Waitrose’s cafe on Saturday, and browsing the weekend supplements, I came across an article about a cereal bar, Cereality, recently installed in Texas Fort Worth airport. The pictures of what might typically pass for breakfast or a snack were nothing if not disturbing.

Cartons of cereals, already sugary enough to be considered to be confectionery in their own right, mixed with chocolates, sweeties,
cookies, and dripping in syrups and sweet sauces. Food? Really? Have we so lost our marbles? Lost sight of what constitutes food, let alone healthy food? Or even an appropriate portion size of sugar?

A mere 20 minutes later, queuing at the checkout, my senses were further assaulted by the prominent display of breakfast cereals of the worst kind. Displayed in the most prominent position in the store.

Sugar laden, refined carbs in a box masquerading as food! IMG_20151003_172234

The kind that kids will nag their parents to buy. For the jolly cartoon images on the boxes. For the free junk toys inside. For the sugar on which the breakfast cereal industry is gleefully getting them hooked.And it struck me that breakfast cereal manufacturers and those peddling them are having a huge, and profitable, laugh in the face of ever rising rates of obesity and diabetes. And it’s simply not good enough!

Here’s why…

In 2009 Which? magazine investigated breakfast cereals, and, as reported in the press at the time, concluded that a mere 8% of tested brands would meet Food Standards Agency criteria for acceptable levels of sugar. In 2012 Which? revisited breakfast cereals and again concluded that few products would provide for a healthy breakfast.

In the intervening 3 years things have gone from bad to worse. Kelloggs and Nestle and chums have continued unabated to peddle their sugar-laden wares, and to add insult to injury have introduced ever more damaging options. Nestle even have the audacity to package some of the worst products, in my opinion, in “green top” boxes, devised to fool consumers that there is something healthy in the packet. There mostly isn’t!
Back to cereal cafes: as ever, what happens in the US eventually appears in the UK. Cereal cafes are no exception. Cereality in the States at least has a fluffy friendly name. But here in the UK it seems we’re prepared to openly embrace the darkest, most cynical side of this new trend.

Cereal Killer Cafe is aptly named indeed. Almost every conceivable brand of tooth-rotting, blood-sugar-disrupting breakfast carb is available. Alongside a piece of cake obviously!

Similar nutritionally-bankrupt concoctions – they call them cocktails – can be found at the unattractively-named Black Milk Cereal Dives popping up around the UK. Already-too-sugary cereal
products topped with Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Topped with Oreo cookies and chocolate sauce? Topped with Tootsie Rolls?

There simply has to be enough information out there about the dangers of sugar and refined carbs now for the owners of these questionable establishments to be fully aware of the health implications of their sugar bowls. Doesn’t there?

I pray the “food” industry never sinks lower than this. It’s hard to imagine that it could!

In the meantime I’m going to cry real tears and pray for a food industry in which sanity and ethics make a come-back! And I’m going to continue to eat, and recommend, eggs for breakfast!

The light at the end of this tunnel is the news that eggs are making a comeback – enjoying some well-deserved redemption. Once more for old times sake – “Go to Work on an Egg!”

Dietary guidelines need to be up-to-date and ethical!

diet-choice-622x414I stumbled across an article a few days ago – this article hasn’t found its way into the mainstream media as far as I can tell – which highlights that new government dietary guidelines in the USA have been criticised for failing to take into account some crucial research findings. Deliberately omitting some research to satisfy corporate lobbyists means that the nature of the new guidelines is quite different from any that would have been penned had the ignored research actually been taken into account.

This is a huge story – and a scandalous one – especially for our American cousins! It blows open the conflicts of interest between public health and big business, revealing why mainstream dietary advice is seriously flawed, and will stay that way. Research that has been bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical and food industries has been included where independent academic research has been ignored in the process of devising the new dietary guidelines, which will directly affect the diets of tens of millions of American citizens, as well as food labelling, and education.

These new guidelines will stay in place for the next 5 – 10 years or so it can be reasonably assumed – during which time research will have advanced further, leaving these guidelines woefully outdated and biased.

It’s times like this I am so grateful not to be a part of the NHS (or any other) machine, and thus having the independence to give ethical, researched nutritional advice to RebalanceDiabetes clients, putting them before any corporate interests – be it the food industry, pharmaceutical industry or even governments. That’s advice which IS based on bang up to date research evidence – such as a study just about to be published, which shows that people with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to suffer mineral deficiencies, notably chromium, zinc and magnesium.

How long will it take for this information to filter through the mainstream medical channels to the very people who need it? Who knows? But the good news is that I’ve found it for you, and you simply don’t have to wait to be able to take advantage of these new findings. Right now today you can start to use the kinds of foods in which these vital nutrients are found.

In case you need a little help to identify which foods they are, let me be of further service:

Chromium:

  • Shellfish
  • Red meat
  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese
  • Molasses
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Mushrooms
  • Whole wheat

Magnesium:

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Millet
  • Molasses
  • Pulses / legumes
  • Soya beans
  • All green vegetables
  • Shrimps & seafood

Zinc:

  • Seafood (oysters)
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole grains
  • Pulses / legumes
  • Sardines
  • Beef

Doesn’t it feel good to know you’re ahead of the game?

Well of course you could REALLY be ahead of the game and take advantage of the new online version of The RebalanceDiabetes Programme: creating a personalised nutrition and eating plan for yourself, all based on the very research that the US government guidelines have failed to take into account.

Find out more right here: https://www.udemy.com/the-rebalancediabetes-programme/