A True Wonder Food
By: Dr. J. Murray Hockings
One staple in your pantry should be flax seed. This one little food can not only help you reverse your Type 2 Diabetes, but it can also help you avoid other serious health issues…
Heart Disease – flax seeds contain a certain type of fatty acid called alpha- linolenic acid or ALA. Studies have shown that consuming foods rich in ALA reduces the chance of heart disease.
The reason flax seeds are so effective at reducing heart disease is because they help reduce inflammation, increase blood vessel health, reduce hypertension, and keep platelets from forming blood clots.
Depression & Anxiety – Numerous studies have found that flax seed, due to their high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, can lessen depression and anxiety.
In addition, flax seeds are loaded with vitamin B6, which your body needs to make serotonin. Serotonin is used to regulate your mood and there is some evidence to suggest that low B6 levels may actually lead to depression.
Adding flax seeds to your morning meal can be a great way to jumpstart your day and your mood!
Type 2 Diabetes – Flax seeds can also help regulate your blood sugar levels. Flax seeds are high in fiber which slows down digestion and maintains a more even blood sugar level.
Of course, as you know, even healthy foods can’t do it all. You need a balance of proper nutrition, good lifestyle habits, and plenty of exercise to reverse your Type 2 Diabetes. Your Help Your Diabetes doctor is always available to help if you have any questions or concerns!
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Diabetics Are More Likely To Have Hearing Loss
Having Type 2 Diabetes means you are much more likely to have many other serious health issues.
For example, a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), found that diabetics are twice as likely to experience hearing loss as opposed to non-diabetics.
According to the researchers, “Hearing loss may be an under-recognized complication of diabetes. As diabetes becomes more common, the disease may become a more significant contributor to hearing loss.”
One of the most interesting aspects of this study, is that even those people who are aren’t diabetic, but who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, are also 30% more likely to have hearing loss than non-diabetics.
According to co-author Howard Hoffman, an epidemiologist at NIDCD, “This is the first study of a nationally representative sample of working age adults, 20 to 69 years old, and we found an association between diabetes and hearing impairment evident as early as ages 30 to 40.”
And, according to Kathleen Bainbridge, Ph.D., of Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., “The link between diabetes and hearing loss has been debated since the 1960s or before, and our results show that a relationship exists even when we account for the major factors known to affect hearing, such as age, race, ethnicity, income level, noise exposure, and the use of certain medications.”
Diabetes is suspected of damaging the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear which causes hearing loss.
For anyone with Type 2 Diabetes, yearly hearing screenings should become part of your preventive care.
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With Exercise, A Little Can Yield Big Results
According to a recent study, a little can go a long way in terms of your exercise routine. It’s time to move past the whole “no pain, no gain” mentality of exercise and understand that just moving more can do a lot of good.
That’s great news, especially for people who may be having a hard time getting started because they are overwhelmed with the amount of weight they have to lose.
That, I think, is the reason so many people don’t even start exercising… The goal weight just seems too far away and too hard to attain.
The study took data on 519 people with Type 2 Diabetes from another, larger, study done from 2006-2008.
The participants spent about 65% of their day being sedentary, with almost half of that time spent with blocks of 30 minutes or more of inactivity.
The researchers found that just changing these 30 minute blocks from sedentary to light activity decreased the waist circumference of the participants.
And, adding more moderate activity increased the weight loss even more.
According to Dr. Eddie Phillips, founder and director of the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, “I think the message that we don’t have to push for the moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, simply breaking up your sitting time has demonstrable benefits, is actually pretty compelling.”
So, the takeaway is this – when it comes to your health a little exercise can go a long way.
Starting small is fine, and it’s a lot better than not starting at all.
Just adding a little more movement everyday can make a big difference!
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Keep Your Skin Safe
For many of us, the upcoming warmer weather means more outdoor activities. Which is great, but if you’re spending more time outside you need to be aware of the dangers to your skin.
As a diabetic, your skin is more susceptible to drying and cracking and too much sun at the wrong time of day can make matters worse.
The most common first line of defense against sun damage is sunscreen.
NOTE: Many sunscreens on the market contain harmful chemicals so it’s always best to find a natural brand. Coconut oil can also be used as a sunscreen or a cooling salve after getting sunburned.
Other things you can do are:
- Wear long sleeves.
- Wear a hat
- Avoid going out during the peak sun times when the UV ratings are highest. Instead, go out in the morning or late afternoon.
In addition to these ideas, there is something else that may help protect your skin from the sun… vitamin B3.
According to Diona Damian, a professor of dermatology at the University of Sydney and a lead researcher of a study about the benefits of Vitamin B3, “This is the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible sun protection.”
The study took 386 people who had been diagnosed with skin cancer in the preceding 5 years, and then divided that group in half.
One group was given 500 milligrams twice a day of a certain type of vitamin B3 known as nicotinamide and the other group was given a placebo.
Researchers found that the sun protection effect did wear off when people stopped taking the supplement, and that only this particular form of vitamin B3 was effective.
They also caution that this supplement doesn’t replace sunscreen or other sensible sun safety rules.
Dr. J. Murray Hockings, D.C.
Dr. J. Murray Hockings, D.C. has been a wellness expert for 28 years and is known as The World’s #1 Diabetes Reversal Doctor. He is the Founder of Help Your Diabetes®, with 17 locations around the US, with more locations coming soon. Dr. Hockings has seen over 20,000 patients in his career and is an internationally recognized expert in natural health.
Dr. Hockings helps people with Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease conditions. Dr. Hockings is the Author of the books “Imagine Living Without Type 2 Diabetes” and “Send Your Doctor Packing”. He appeared on TV for 7 years, educating patients on how to become healthy without using medications or surgery and has been interviewed on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW.
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