Curcumin Slashes Heart Disease Risk

 

Hi everyone. Unless you've been living under a rock you've heard a lot about curcumin or turmeric lately. It's apparently good for everything. I'm going to talk about it today.

Interesting article here. This one is from a journal called Complimentary Therapies in Medicine in August of 2017 and this is about curcumin's effect on basically parts of the cholesterol panel in type two diabetics. Now, type two diabetics are notorious for having high triglycerides and high markers that would indicate their risk for heart disease. Heart attack, stroke, those kinds of things.

So being able to make a difference in that is substantial. I've done a few blog posts in the past few weeks about how to change type two diabetes. That's probably the bigger problem and one of the approaches that needs to be instituted in people like this. However, in the meantime, or in patients who refuse or their doctor tells them they can't fast or whatever, this is an option.

So in this study, they were looking at...

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A "New" Approach To Managing Blood Sugar

 

Back in 2015, not too long ago, in a medical journal called Diabetes…aptly named. There was a research article that just recently came across my desk.  The lead author's last name was Nolan and N-O-L-A-N if you want to look it up.  The article was basically discussing what they present as a new concept that maybe with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, maybe the insulin resistance itself is not the enemy.  That's a pretty new concept in conventional medicine. So what they lay out is for the worst cases of type 2 diabetes, the ones that don't respond well to medications, they're obese, they've got substantial insulin resistance...in those cases, maybe we should rethink focusing on insulin resistance as the enemy. So let me find a way to describe this to you that will make some sense. Basically in type 2 diabetes, we have sugar entering the body, then sugar gets in the bloodstream than sugar has to go from the bloodstream into the cells.

There's this cell...

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Blood Sugar And Insulin Resistance, Is This You?

 

Hi everyone. I Want to take a minute and talk to you today about insulin resistance. This is a blood sugar issue. If you're not familiar with what insulin is, first of all, I'm going to go over basics of blood sugar. When we eat something, especially something that has a significant carbohydrate content, or a significant refined carbohydrate content, or we just have something with sugar in it, like we drink a soft drink or something, then our blood sugar goes up. We digest that, it gets absorbed into our bloodstream and then our blood sugar starts to come up. Normal fasting blood sugar's probably going to be, about 75 to 90 maybe, somewhere in that range. Depending on who you talk to, it's 70 to 90, or 70 to 85, or 75 to 95. It varies a little bit, but it's in that range; below 90 and above 70, probably.

But when we eat something or drink something that has sugar in it, that blood sugar number's going to go up dramatically. When it does, our pancreas creates insulin to take some of...

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Are you diabetic or hypothyroid? Interaction between thyroid hormone and HbA1c

 

All right. Today, happy Tuesday, by the way. By this time next week, Christmas will be done. I have a hard time believing that we're actually that close to Christmas. It's 70-something degrees and dreary here in Houston and just doesn't feel at all like Christmas, but Merry almost Christmas.

       Today, I'm going to talk a little bit, as you can tell from the title, about blood sugar and hypothyroidism. Article came out in the January/February issue of the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. The code for it, if you want to look it up on PubMed, the PMC code is 5240076. In this article, they do a good job explaining it. It's a long article, but the actual takeaway from it is fairly short. They took a bunch of people, random, through some testing and basically found that people with a lower thyroid hormone level, people that qualified has hypothyroid, had higher hemoglobin A1cs.

       Let me talk to you a minute about what a...

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