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High Blood Pressure? Diabetes? Beware of Chronic Kidney Disease

Saturday, February 11, 2012

From Woman's World Magazine...sorry I don't know the date of the issue or page reference.

"Most people don't realize that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more common that diabetes! Millions of Americans are already afflicted, and at least 20 million more are at risk. Trouble is, there are very few early warning signs of CKD. "Symptoms often don't appear until the kidneys are already irreversibly damaged," says nephrologist Gary Curhan, M.D., ScD., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. fortunately, it's easy to keep your kidneys healthy:

Eat peanuts to guard against blood sugar damage

The high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes slowly damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. But new research reveals tht eating peanuts, soybeans or legumes daily can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%. tip: Already have diabetes? Your doctor can help you keep your blood sugars in check to minimize damage to your kidneys and help prevent CKD.

Have a pressure-lowering tea break

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. One of the best ways to drop it fast - by as much as 65% - is to drink fragrant hibiscus tea daily, studies suggest. also helpful: "Cut back on sugar, processed foods and salt," advises nutritionist Linda McCann, R.D., director of clinical Systems and Nutrition for Satellite Healthcare, which specializes in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.

Go easy on painkillers to prevent harm

When taken as directed, occasional use of aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers does not seem to increase the risk of kidney disease. however, taking too much, too often, may cause damage. "if your doctor prescribes a daily painkiller - for example, baby aspirin to reduce your risk of heart disease- that's one thing. But you shouldn't take any painkiller regularly without her supervision," cautions Dr. Curhan."

"How healthy are your kidneys?
Simple blood and urine tests can provide the answer. Your doctor should check you yearly during a physical, or any time you are diagnosed with other conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, that may contribute to kidney disease, says McCann."

article by Camille Noe Pagan

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DARLENE474 3/13/2012 10:27PM

    My mom has had her kidneys checked for over 30 years because she has had high blood pressure for over 35 years. The doctor told her that 20 years ago she would be on dialysis. She held it off for several years. She has now been on dialysis for 11 years. She does not have diabetes. Besides her output being less, the symptom that told her that it was going to happen within a year was that she was extremely nauseous all the time from the toxins in her body.

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CELEST 2/17/2012 10:17AM

    Excellent medical advice. Thx

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GODZDESIGN95 2/11/2012 5:33PM

    Who called my name?? I have HBP and diabetes. I try to be careful. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/11/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon Blog

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SANDYZEE 2/11/2012 3:15PM

    Very good advice. I have all three problems. I had to call the kidney test levels to my Dr 's attentionwhen I saw how low they were on my lab tests.
He didn't think it was important enough to mention my levels were way below normal because of my age. What? However he did give me a diet sheet and info on how to eat so I was able to raise my test numbers by avoiding some of the foods that are not good for impaired kidney function. Like beans, lentils and whole grains. Who knew?
Sandy in CA emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/11/2012 2:29PM

    Good to know!

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BOOKWERME 2/11/2012 10:06AM

    Your Dr. is probably checking every time you have a blood test, Laurie. Be wise to ask though I suppose. emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/11/2012 10:04AM

  I'm gonna have to get them checked out. Especially me being "hydrationally challenged"! lol HUGS

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Cats protect your heart

Friday, February 10, 2012

From Woman's World (sorry..don't know date of issue)

Health News!
Cats protect your heart!
Owning a kitten or cat provides enough stress relief to lower your risk of a heart attack by 30%, according to a recent 10-year study at the Univerity of Minnesota's Stroke Institute.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/14/2012 4:56PM

    My dh loves our cat Dumpster! I can tell when he's stressed as he'll sit there & just pat & rub her.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/10/2012 9:54PM

    We wish!

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SUNNYWBL 2/10/2012 5:10PM

    30% times three cats equals very low chance of heart attack! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/10/2012 12:37PM

  I've had Ras for nearly 9 years and a couple of times he nearly GAVE me a heart attack! lol. Seriously it is true that pets in general and cats specifically are wonderful stress relievers! HUGS Laurie and Rascal emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/10/2012 11:55AM

    Love it! I knew there must be some justification in serving as house staff to three cats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/10/2012 9:02AM

    Just googled that statement hoping to document source..found more info. Really interesting!

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CHUM48 2/10/2012 9:01AM

    I believe it!

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Why you need a HUG

Thursday, February 09, 2012

In cleaning out paper accumulations I found a clipping of interest. From the June 2006 Prevention magazine page. 54

"Why you need a HUG.

"The reassuring hand you reach for in times of trouble has more power than you know: It calms areas of the brain that register alarm, finds a new study from the University of Virgina and the University of Wisconsin. Neuroscientists put 16 married women in a stressful situation (they knew they'd receive mild electric shocks). When a friendly male volunteer held their hand, scans showed less activity in the parts of the brain that respond to danger. The effect was even greater when the hand belonged to the participant's spouse.
"It may be that your mind relaxes because someone is there to help," explains lead researcher James Coan, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UV. Other forms of touch - a hug, a shoulder rub - may also ease an anxiety-ridden experience and even reduce the amount of stress hormones the brain produces. RM"

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LOVINGMYSELF101 2/13/2012 2:40PM



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MSDEBBI 2/10/2012 10:29AM

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CELEST 2/10/2012 7:01AM

    How incredibly are bodies are made....I cannot understand how anyone can think that with one bang things came about and then evolved thereafter.
Fabulous blog thanks.

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TATTER3 2/10/2012 6:53AM

    I like this!!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/9/2012 10:41PM

  emoticon Laurie

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COOLCALLALILY 2/9/2012 10:38PM

    I need a hug.

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It worked! I am stunned!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I don't lose weight easily. I struggle with my blood sugars as well.

In January of 2006 I began occasionally recording my measurements/weight and other related health stuff. I now am SO glad I did.

In February 2007 I found Sparkpeople. In February 2009 I found T-Tapp.

T-Tapp suggested keeping a record of measurements, so I recorded everything.

I have just done an evaluation.
I love T-Tapp and have been doing mostly just the BWO+ since I started in February 2009. I took measurements then and occasionally since then. I did it again today and am astonished at what I have found.

The First follow up measurements only had a net loss of 3/4 inch..and I was hugely disappointed. That was in March 2009

Today's measurements showed an entirely different story! I have a net loss of 19 1/2 inches!!! I was stunned! My weight in that time is down nearly 15 lbs also (not counting all the ups and downs along the way!) I simply HAD to share this revelation with all of you. No doubt about it, T-Tapp works, even for the folks like me for whom it is a struggle.

No straight line of success for me. My journey is a very bumpy one...but apparently I am doing even better than I thought (just incredibly slowly!)

Am I pleased? YES!!! emoticon

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SNEAKY 2/20/2012 7:53PM

    That is awesome!

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AHGIRLS 2/14/2012 1:43PM

    Congrats Asta! Thank you for turning me on to T-Tapp. I know it works! I haven't seen any changes on the scale yet, but my measurements are going in the right direction and I can tell I'm stronger and more flexible.... and I stopped doing it for a few weeks! I'm back at it and last night I was able to do the whole BWO+ - all the reps of every exercise. It was exciting.... and it's thanks to you!

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    emoticon Nice to know what's working for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2012 4:08PM

    Well done Asta!!!! So glad it is working for you.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 2/8/2012 2:26PM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! emoticon

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CELEST 2/8/2012 1:35PM

    My word that is amazing!!!!!!!!!!
So good you kept that record it is fabulous and will spur you on to keep doing your t-tapp. emoticon(you can see I know all about t-tapp emoticon)

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CINA-MINI 2/8/2012 12:34PM

    That is so great to hear! Congratulations!

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WDWGIRLS 2/8/2012 12:15PM

    What a wonderful accomplishment! All that work definitely paid off, great going! I had to go look it up on google, never heard of it before.

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STEADFASTNSEE 2/8/2012 12:14PM

  Way to Go Asta!! I"m proud of you too! HUGS!!

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COOLCALLALILY 2/8/2012 12:03PM

    emoticon I am so PROUD of you, Mom!!! emoticon Good job! I love you! emoticon

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    Congratulations! Great work.

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BOXINGBUNNY 2/8/2012 11:55AM

    That's awesome!! Keep up the great work! I'm judging my progress based on the fit of my clothes, I should keep measurements too!

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No chocolate? Who me?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I love chocolate. When I learned I was diabetic, I began to be much more selective in my choice of chocolate...learning to like darker and darker chocolate. I would have my chocolate most days, but wanted the calories to be a good choice.

When I lived in the US Virgin Islands for two and a half years, my chocolate of choice was Dove Dark, but I couldn't find it on the island. One serving (my choice of serving size) was three pieces. My daughter mailed me bags of Dove Dark from Carson City NV...and I rationed it out. 3 pieces a day. My blood sugars were in very good range. All the walking I did every day was contributing to that.

Now, almost 8 yrs after returning to TN, I am struggling with my blood sugars and my chocolate addiction. Easy access made it easier to indulge. Then I met darker chocolates, and began cultivating the taste for them though Dove remained my favorite for a long time. THEN I met Xocai! Oh dear. High antioxidant chocolate with acai berries and blueberries in a very dark chocolate (and very pricey dark chocolate!). I learned to LOVE it! Because of the price, I was again doing better at limiting how much...and for a while, that was all each day.

This last year or so, though, I found myself eating more than my allotted amount...first more Xocai, then more of other chocolates. Still dark, but without rationing.

A few weeks ago I decided that I was out of control. I was wanting chocolate before breakfast. I was nibbling at chocolate every chance I got...sometimes mindlessly. Of course, my blood sugar problems were not helped by this indulgence. Chocolate was becoming an obsession and of ridiculous proportions.

As I approached my last bottle of my diabetes meds I knew my HbA1C test was coming up with the next Dr. appointment. Hmmm...not good! BUT, that gave me the incentive to stop.

So, two weeks ago, I chocolate Dove pieces or bars, no Hersheys (fill in the name!). I had to stop. I also upped my blood testing when I could.

My HbA1C test is still a few weeks away...but as of today, I have gone two weeks without my beloved chocolate.

I HAVE had a few other things with chocolate in them, but very little. I am trying very hard to manage the impulse to nibble/snack etc. My kids have been out of school for years, but I am STILL finding that the mental "snack time" around 3:30 in the afternoon when my kids had after school treats is a trigger time for me. I have broken the "free for all" snacking mentality from that hr on.

Hopefully, this effort will bear good results. I look forward to chocolate again sometime (soon perhaps) but simply cannot let it be my food of choice from when I get up till when I go back to sleep!

So I ask: No chocolate? Who me? Yup, ME for now! I did it...two whole weeks...and counting.

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ANITA_CHANGE 2/7/2012 5:46AM

    That is great that you not only recognized your issue, but are doing your best to control it. Mine problem has been pepsi. I am doing better, only splurging here and there, but it does show in my face when I have cheated. Knowing that makes me want to stop right there! I am learning that I can't have a splurge, like an alcoholic, I will use the excuse, I had a drink, one more and I will stop tomorrow. Not good, so I have to do the cold turkey thing. It has been working for the most part. Keep up the good work.

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JOYCEATH50 2/1/2012 8:18AM

    Good Job! Balance is the key to everything. Finding balance in every area of our lives is hard but important. Love Joyce
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CURLYL0CKS 1/30/2012 11:17PM

    WooooHooooo!!! emoticon

2 weeks is awesome!!

I struggle sometimes with not letting food be 'the boss of me'.... Like sometimes I put food (or my favorite treat) on a pedestal and it takes a while for me to get my brain back into gear in order for me to be 'the boss' of my food!

Good for you!!!

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JEAN111766 1/30/2012 1:13PM

    Hershey's unsweetened cocoa with Splenda and 1% ricotta with a little vanilla is a delightful chocolate treat that I enjoy... when you are ready to venture into the chocolate land again... this one is a safe one ;)
Hope your HBA1C comes back ok!!!

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CELEST 1/29/2012 12:40AM

    emoticon Now that you have gone two weeks, you will be able to control it. They say that it takes two weeks to break a habit, you've done that. Why why why do we get into these situations? emoticon
I just did too. I know NOT to diet, it just derails me. Its why I LOVE calorie counting which pretty much allows me anything as long as I track it. I ended up CHOOSING to change back to a diet to help someone else kickstart their diet. In the end, the other person didnt manage and I ended up eating all wrong for me, which ended up in a lost day. I know one day isnt much.....but I was doing so well till then. emoticon

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SANDYZEE 1/28/2012 10:29PM

    Amazing!! Great effort. It encourages me to do better . Way to go, Sis emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 1/28/2012 10:21PM

    Well done!!!

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NASFKAB 1/28/2012 10:19PM

  Good for you

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SUNNYWBL 1/28/2012 9:00PM

    Make your chocolate of choice a tin of Hershey's Cocoa. The effort of making a cup of hot chocolate should give you pause.

Have a protein snack - Reduced Fat String cheese, cup of skim milk, slice of turkey breast, etc plus a glass of water should hold you until dinner.

Hope this helps emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/28/2012 8:21PM

    Congrats on the hard choice and staying with it!! Way to go!!
Blessings to you!!

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CINA-MINI 1/28/2012 6:51PM

    Wow Asta! I am really proud of you for giving up chocolate for 2 whole weeks. I hope your doctors appt. goes well.

I have always wondered why I get "snacky" around 3:30-4:00 in the afternoon. That is when we had after school snack! It was normally homemade cookies and a big glass of milk. Memories! My boys come home from school and act like they haven't eaten in a month. Any leftovers from the previous nights dinner is in their bellies as soon as they walk in. Then, they want burritos and chips. Knowing full well that dinner is less than 2 hours away. After eating all that food, they still eat all their dinner! Boys and their metabolism!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/28/2012 6:30PM

    emoticon I too have gotten out of control lately so have restricted my self to the daily allotment for the FMS pain.

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COOLCALLALILY 1/28/2012 6:18PM

    I'm proud of you, Mom! Love you SO MUCH! emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 1/28/2012 6:15PM

  I should have your strength dear! lol. I did the rationing with M&Ms for a YEAR (remember that??) and now I can't have anything in the house! I have to have my ______ (fill in the blank) OUTSIDE the house! You'll do it! HUGS!!

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BESCATS 1/28/2012 6:12PM

    Good for you, but it sounds like you need to go longer without your chocolate, to keep your diabetes in check. Try just getting a small candy bar once-in-awhile, instead of a bag. I know it's hard, I love candy & if I have it in the house, I can't just eat one piece, so I don't buy it very often. Good luck, keep up the good work. emoticon

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