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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!

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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.”

Ends

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

Mainstream dietary guidelines for #diabetes discredited.

makeonehealthychoiceIf you’re relying on dietary advice from mainstream sources you really need to be aware of three articles that I’ve spotted recently – one very recently!

Just today a new article debunks the myth that eating everything in moderation is the way to go. The article reveals this approach could actually lead to metabolic disorders – a fancy way to say insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes!

So why, after diagnosis, are so many patients advised to eat whatever they like in moderation – whatever the definition of ‘moderation’ actually is?

One of the most shocking pieces of advice reported to me by a client is “to carry on as you are but just eat healthily“. What? That’s a contradiction if ever I heard one – current diet was a big contributory factor in her developing Type 2 diabetes in the first place – how could it possibly be an appropriate strategy to manage the disease? And what does ‘eat healthily’ even mean?

Here in the UK, I would suggest, patients have been completely misled about healthy eating for weight loss and for managing diabetes through diet by both the NHS and the nation’s largest diabetes charity.

Just a month ago a damning article was published criticising the out of date guidance provided by Diabetes UK, and a mere 4 days ago it was reported that scientists are finally questioning the appropriateness of dietary advice promoted by the NHS for 32 years. None of this makes for pleasant reading, and especially by those patients who have adopted that (frankly wrong!) advice. These people have been badly let down by the very organisations who wield a weight of power in dictating diabetes guidance, and who have, in my opinion, totally neglected their duty of care. Hippocrates must be turning in his grave!

There is an alternative, and yes, it is RebalanceDiabetes which has come up trumps again for a happy client. I am delighted to share Jackie’s success story with you, right here:

#standtogether for effective dietary guidance!  

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

#standtogether for International #Diabetes Awareness Month?

logoOK so this morning it would be true to say I am saddened. For months it’s been my morning habit to look at twitter on my phone even before I get out of bed. I search “diabetes” to see what’s “trending right now” – get me using the lingo, and at my age too!

This morning I woke up in a good mood. I didn’t get out of bed in a good mood. Negativity! That’s what was trending at 6:00am this morning. I reckon I can’t be the only twitter user that finds negativity a big turn off, can I?

Two main twitter threads struck me. The first tweet thread was about the language associated with diabetes, and second was castigation of an American politician. Personally I have no strong views about the language used around diabetes. I have no strong views about what a politician may or may not have said about diabetes – probably because I didn’t hear the debate. But what I did feel strongly was that reading some really quite nasty comments at 6:00am didn’t warm me towards the tweeters making them.

My point is this: as we approach the start of Diabetes Awareness Month what face does the diabetes community want to present to the rest of the world? Are the big issues really about language, or about what a politician says in a debate? If in November awareness for diabetes gets raised – my use of the word “if” is deliberate and I will explain – are these the issues we would like the world to fix? Homestly? I think there are more beneficial issues to be resolved.

cement logoHere’s my observation: few people are even aware there is a World Diabetes Awareness Month or a World Diabetes Day looming. The blue circle logo is not instantly recognised. How do I know? Because I’ve been asking people. I’ve asked people for whom diabetes is not a current concern. I’ve asked people already concerned or whose lives are affected by diabetes – Type 1 or Type 2. Yesterday I asked a room full of business owners what did a blue circle mean to them. Most looked blank and shook their heads. The builder in the group said confidently, “it’s a brand of cement!” He’s right. In the UK, at least, Blue Circle is a brand of cement and it has pretty much the same logo some of us associate with diabetes awareness!

A couple of days ago, there I was sitting on the loo in a motorway services on the M62 – please don’t let that image traumatise you! Right there on the door of my cubicle was an awareness poster for McMillan Cancer Trust. And it struck me there and then that there is a yawning gap to be bridged between the level of awareness the public has, and embraces, about cancer, and the level of awareness that currently exists about diabetes. The same people who didn’t know about the blue circle could tell me all about pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness, and they knew about coffee mornings for McMillan!

Here’s my personal plan for Diabetes Awareness Month: I am going to do my very very best to bring diabetes to the attention of as many people as I can – at home and abroad. I’m going to do that as positively as I can, but without shying away from issues that some might find difficult. I know that you’ll probably like some of the stuff I share over the next few weeks, and there may be some stuff you’ll be not so keen on. That’s OK. I’m going to join in with as many positive initiatives as I can – thunderclap here we come – and I’m going to hope that people will embrace some of my offerings too. With open minds and open hearts and a willingness to work collaboratively, collectively and collegiately we CAN make the world at large aware that there is a diabetes awareness month. That WDD exists. At the very least!

I don’t care if you are Type 1, Type 2, at risk of diabetes, have relatives coping with diabetes, are just looking to avoid diabetes. If you are one of the people who is moved by diabetes in any way may I ask please will you be a bit more positively vocal and visible this November? Please will you share stuff you like, celebrate success stories, and stay positive to help raise awareness? If (I said I would come back to “if”) we manage to raise a meaningful level of awareness, a level to equal cancer awareness, how about we present ourselves in a way that will attract the public to get behind the cause for diabetes? For the good of everyone affected by diabetes.

#standtogether is for us!

How many calories?

So how does a diet of about 1100-1200 calories a day sound to you? Possibly a bit restrictive? Like you might go hungry? Impossible? Whatever it is for you HOLD THAT THOUGHT!

Did you see an article in the press recently about foods and snacks that contain a massive 2000 calories? If not here it is! We are now surrounded by readily available foods and snacks that contain so many calories it’s mind-blowing. And we have completely lost sight of what is normal/reasonable/do-able?

Take a ‘treat’ at Costa as an example – you have to love that they are very open about the calorific values of their productsmenu attached here:

1 Chai Latte massimo size (667 calories) and 1 portion Layered Carrot Cake – well carrots are vegetables right? (617 calories) – that’s a whopping 1284 calories and it’s only a snack!!

1 Raspberry & White Chocolate Cooler medio size (517 calories) and 1 Raspberry & Almond Square – well fruit and nuts are good right? (445 calories) – that’s a calorific-budget-blowing 962 calories!!

1 Long Jing Green tea (5 calories) and 1 Mini Rhubarb & Custard Tart (133 calories) – a manageable now-and-again-treat at 138 calories!

It’s all about choices…and being a little bit savvy.

So that 1100-1200 calories-per-day-diet? What’s it to be?

This?:

(actually one large burger & fries blows the budget slightly at nearly 1300 calories!)
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Or this?:

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Because, believe it or not, these menus are both about the same number of calories.

To begin to find out how you can enjoy 4 or 5 plates of food, together with a hot chocolate drink, each day sign up for the next FREE RebalanceDiabetes seminar – click here!

New awareness for diabetics

Friday 14th November is World Diabetes Day. I guess most of the awareness being generated or shared will be about how to spot diabetes, the symptoms, complications etc. That’s great for anyone not aware that they might be showing some of those signs or symptoms, but the chances are if you are reading this you probably have all of that awareness already!

Today I want to tackle some other issues of awareness – some sad, and some glad, but all very personal to me. I hope you’ll understand a little bit more about my RebalanceDiabetes mission when you’ve read this. And, more than that, I really hope this might resonate with and help a few people along the way.

Mums are great aren’t they? And mine is guaranteed to challenge any decision I make. So when I told her I had written my book ‘the 6 diet‘ to help people with diabetes her reaction was typically priceless:

Well you haven’t got diabetes, what do you know about it?…You haven’t got diabetes…have you?”

No I haven’t got diabetes mum, but why don’t you read my book and see for yourself what I know about it?

A couple of days passed, and my mum rang me: she was choking back the tears.

“Elaine, I have been reading your book and I just had to ring to say thank you for what you’ve said about your gran [her mum]. It means so much to me.”

You might already know the part of my book she was talking about – but if not you’ll find it here – click this link to my webpage (it’s the bit at the bottom of the page in the pink block).

You see, diabetes doesn’t just affect the person with the disease – it affects everyone who loves that person too.

L1030668It’s 40 years ago this month since my gran died in a diabetic coma. Actually the anniversary is just 3 days away as I write this. On 10th November 1974 my gran died, and she didn’t get to say goodbye to me, and I didn’t get to say goodbye to her.

That single event still governs every aspect of my working day, because the pain it caused has never fully gone away. As I write this I’m not even trying to choke back my own tears – let them flow, she was worth every one of them!

Time heals but it doesn’t replace loss. Every day I am motivated to try to prevent some other grandaughter experiencing the same kind of pain that I felt and still feel; another daughter the same pain that still moves my own mother to tears. I am determined to try to prevent the pain that might yet be felt by anyone facing the decline or loss of a loved one to diabetes.

If you have diabetes I want to help you be more fully aware of how those who love you are also affected by your disease. I want to help you use that awareness to motivate yourself to act now to take real steps to prevent their pain as well as your own. And I want you to become fully aware that RebalanceDiabetes has been developed for YOU.

It works. I’ve shown you it works. People who have already completed a RebalanceDiabetes programme have been generous enough to share their stories to show you it works.

We all want to help YOU enjoy the best health you can, and understand how many people care about what you have to deal with on a daily basis.

I’d like to finish this post with the same dedication you’ll find in my book – it’s for my gran.

“Remembering Ivy Moore. She died too soon.”

With love, Elaine