How Do You Know If You Have Gallstones? And Is It Life Threatening?

5873939501_bd2ded2ac7_mQuestion by M: How do you know if you have gallstones? And is it life threatening?
Is it hereditary? My mom had it, and no I’m experiencing many of the symptoms and I’m scared. I’m going to see the doctor tomorrow though.

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Answer by Don Darkeau
Going by the experience of a friend, it can give you some agonizing pains, and windiness. I am not aware it is hereditary, but I think you are doing the right thing by checking with the doctor.…

The Best Foods For Diabetics On Insulin

1430823390_9ba7545017_mThe best foods for diabetics on insulin are rich in nutrients that improve insulin sensitivity. I call them “insulin promoters” because they promote more efficient cellular uptake of glucose from the blood.

Eating a diet rich in promoters enhances the effects of insulin therapy by targeting insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes.

Taking insulin when resistant to its effects simply won’t work. You have to re-sensitize your body to insulin with foods rich in promoters in order to gain optimal blood sugar control.

I suggest adding the following foods, rich in insulin promoters, to your diabetic diet today.

The Best Insulin Promoters

The best insulin promoters contain high levels of lipoic acid. As a powerful antioxidant, lipoic acid positively affects blood sugar control and the development of long-term complications.

It’s believed that lipoic acid promotes optimal glucose control by protecting insulin receptors located on the surface of muscle cells.

Successful insulin therapy is totally dependent on healthy receptors, making lipoic acid a key component of a diabetic diet.

It’s effectiveness as an insulin promoter is best supported by the recent approval in Germany for its use in the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Foods rich in lipoic acid include:

1. Collard greens2. Lean red meats (organ meats)3. Brewer’s yeast4. Cruciferous Vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower)

I also suggest taking a lipoic acid supplement. Take the “R” form of lipoic acid. This is the more active form found in nature. Take between 200 mg and 300 mg/day.

The Second Best Insulin Promoters

The second best insulin promoters are foods rich in chromium. It’s an essential trace mineral that plays a significant role in sugar metabolism.

Chromium helps control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes and improves metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.

A study of type 2 diabetics compared two forms of chromium (brewer’s yeast and chromium chloride). Both forms of chromium significantly improved blood sugar control by promoting the uptake of glucose into the tissues after eating a carbohydrate rich meal.

Fasting blood glucose levels were also lowered during a 2 month follow-up period.

Foods rich in chromium include (in order of most to least):

1. Egg yolk2. Brewer’s yeast3. Breads (whole grain, wheat, sprouted, rye)4. Apples5. Spinach6. Oranges


Insulin promoters, rich in lipoic acid and chromium, are the best foods for diabetics on insulin. If you’re taking insulin, your diet should include foods like collard greens, broccoli, apples, and whole grain.

If loaded with insulin promoters, the foods you eat could be the difference between disease or health.

The Life Extension Foundation’s innovative protocol on diabetes is a must read. It’s easy to read, describing many nutritional strategies for beating diabetes. Check it out today!

About the Author

Michael A. Smith, MD is an integrative medical doctor and staff physician for the Life Extension Foundation.

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Level Foods Tackles The Lows Of A Diabetes Epidemic

gI_82191_product-mandarin-orange-detailDiabetes affects more than 26 million people in the US alone and is expected to double by the year 2025. With more than 84% of people with diabetes taking medications to help lower their blood sugars, many are left battling the highs and fighting the lows.

Low blood sugar or “hypoglycemia” is one of the most prevalent side effects when taking diabetes medications. Most people experience an average of two low blood sugar episodes per week. Left untreated it can lead to coma and death in a short amount of time.

To treat hypoglycemia, doctors and diabetes educators recommend consuming 15 grams of fast acting glucose to help reverse the problem. They recommend treating it with glucose gel as its the fastest form of sugar to be delivered in to the blood stream to correct the problem.

Level Life Glucose Gel is the best way to raise low blood sugar fast. People no longer have to deal with candy, soda and juice that often lead to overtreatment and weight gain, said Ethan Lewis, Founder of Level Foods, LLC. We are excited to provide a great treatment to hypoglycemia that accurately raises blood sugar and tastes amazing.

Level Foods LLC., a new diabetes nutrition business is focused on treating low blood sugar faster; starting with their 15 gram Level Life Glucose Gel which is currently used by ambulance services nationwide.

Level Foods looks to offer innovative products at affordable price points that make living with diabetes easier, starting with their glucose gel.

So what are you waiting for?

Level Life Glucose Gel is available in four flavors including: Mandarin Orange, Caramel, Vanilla, Strawberry Banana and is packaged in a new single serve pouch format.

Level Foods products will soon be available throughout the U.S.

About Level Foods, LLC.

The U.S. diabetes, obese and overweight population has historically outpaced population growth. As of 2011 there were over 284 million type 1 and 2 diabetes worldwide with an estimated $ 218 billion being spent each year on it. Level Foods, LLC is a key player in this growing epidemic and offers a powerful lifetime approach to diabetes and pre-diabetes management. Level Foods products focus on managing blood sugars and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Backed by research and consumer success stories, these products allow people to achieve more in life.


What Is The Best Diet For Type 2 Diabetic. Do You Have An Exact Copy I Can Get On Here And Print.?

3906022586_aefd37b8dd_mQuestion by : what is the best diet for type 2 diabetic. Do you have an exact copy i can get on here and print.?
I am looking for the best resolution to lose weight and get this diabetes under control and live a healthy life, I need a copy of an exact diet plan if anyone has one please that is filling and works.

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Answer by Vulcan
There’s the Atkins – it was developed for diabetes and to prevent diabetes. If you already have the diabetes, get a used copy of “Diabetic Revolution” off of Amazon. Atkins other book is “New Diet Revolution” – but the diabetic book might have more tips.

It is the oddest thing in the world that diabetic diets usually have you eating sugars… On Atkins, you don’t do this anymore. No sugars, very few carbs at all. So that your blood sugar levels remain constant – we hope – and that would actually be the end to diabetes.

Hard to know what will actually control you diabetes – but diet is the best place to start certainly. Atkins is a good diet – good food – people lose weight on it very well.…

Green Mountain At Fox Run Announces Healthy Weight Loss Blog For Women Who Are Tired Of Dieting

How much should a person weigh to be healthy? Which diet should they follow? Should they diet at all? How long should they exercise? Everybody’s got an opinion, and advice is administered like flu shots in December, but for the most part, it’s not much different from what’s been printed, pitched, televised or sold for the last 40 years. Most women have heard it all before, and it hasn’t made any difference in their ability to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals. Maybe it’s time for a different perspective, a new forum instead of the same old, tired story. Imagine a place where women feel comfortable and safe sharing their ideas, frustration and successes about dieting and weight with other women in search of that one single voice of reason.

After 33 years of offering women an alternative approach to diets (which only make you fat or fatter), Green Mountain is once again breaking new ground by launching “A Weight Lifted,” the Green Mountain at Fox Run Blog. A Weight Lifted (,is specifically designed for women seeking practical insight into their eating and health. It’s a place to find straightforward information and commentary and to get livable, time-tested solutions to help make healthy weights a permanent reality in their lives.

“Every week we hear from women frustrated with hearing the same old advice for managing their weight,” says Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, program director at Green Mountain. “We want to help women see there’s a different way of approaching the issue, a way that can free them of old attitudes and behaviors that consistently lead to failure. Part of what creates success is encouraging camaraderie with other like-minded women who find themselves in the same boat, and we hope the blog will do that.”

Featuring posts from Hudnall and other visionary alumnae of the Green Mountain program, the blog will address topical issues surrounding weight loss, healthy eating, lifestyle, body image and diabetes. For example, the post ‘Normal Eating vs. ‘Perfect Eating,’’ discusses how women often mistakenly resort to ‘eating perfection’ in their effort to get healthy and lose weight, allowing for little flexibility, which is a must given today’s busy lifestyles. In ‘Out with the Old, In with the New,’ they poke fun at those who criticize the old Food Guide Pyramid as the reason for weight struggles in this country – how could it be the reason when no one ate like it advised in the first place? ‘See Jane Run’ talks about our modern times and a culture that leaves no time for taking care of ourselves, pointing out that the lifestyle, not the person, is at the root of failure. ‘Grilled Vegetables’ provides a wealth of ways to prepare great-tasting vegetables for healthy eating and enjoyment. Delicious, healthy recipes developed by the chefs at Green Mountain at Fox Run are promised each week.

Any and all women who are tired of struggling with their weight and being let down by the latest diet or healthy lifestyle propaganda are welcome. You can visit A Weight Lifted, at

For interviews, please contact Marsha Hudnall at (802) 228-8885 or

About Green Mountain at Fox Run:

Green Mountain at Fox Run healthy lifestyle center, in Ludlow, Vermont, has helped thousands of women to get fit, healthy, and happy—and permanently achieve healthy weights without dieting by developing real, lasting solutions. The year 2005 marks its 33rd year helping women feel good again. For more information, call (800) 448-8106 or visit…