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Intensively Lowering Glucose Causes More Deaths

July 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Diabetes Interventions

UPDATE: 7/18/18. Word from my doctor is that the drugs that were assigned and maybe caused problems were of the type “Sulfonylureas” as mentioned in this article also from the New England Journal of Medicine.


In a study entitled Effects of Intensive Glucose Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes,  they note that after applying intensive measures to reduce blood sugars, there was found to be more death than those that lowered it a standard manner.

As a result they actually shutdown the ACCORD study several months early.  In one year the efforts in the standard and intensive group reached targets of 7.1 and 6.4 A1C.  However upon follow up it was found that those in the intensive group had higher mortality and no reduction in cardiovascular events.

Well this has me concerned, because the mechanism at play has not been determined.  The study did not differentiate between which A1C lowering intervention needed more investigation.  So now I am leery of taking additional medication to reach a target.  Rather since I do have diabetes symptoms, some people don’t, I would rather use my symptoms as a guide.

I already do not eat a high/bad carb diet, and I’ve recently found a way to exercise almost every day.  I’ll keep looking for ways to improve my health, and will continue to take medication for now.  But I’m looking forward to a response from my doctor on this!

Categories: Diabetes

High Blood Pressure

January 19, 2013 1 comment

 A little info about High Blood Pressure prevelance, symptoms and treatment options.


High Blood Pressure is known as a silent killer.  You may not know that you have it, but for it to be even slightly elevated there may be problems.  73.6 million people in the U.S.  have high blood pressure,  that’s one in four people and the CDC says one in three adults.  And it’s not just for old people, one in ten of men between the ages of 25-34 have it!  Why are rates increasing in younger people?  There could be a couple of reasons:   When I was younger upto 140/90 was still considered normal, now it is considered Stage 1 Hypertension, so it may be recategorization.  It seems that the obesity epidemic is contributing to more cases of HBP, as more younger people gain weight.

There tends to be more HBP in men then in women, and is highly correlated with heart disease, stroke, inflammation, allergies, headaches and fatigue among others.  While some say that there is not a genetic component there is a correlation with high homocysteine, and the MTR, CBS and MTHFR gene mutations can impact homocysteine levels.  As one ages your capillaries can lose their flexibility and that creates higher blood pressure.

Poor diet, and stressful lifestyles can also contribute to high blood pressure, and this is situational hypertension rather than the slow progression seen in aging.  Anger is another example of situational high blood pressure, that you may be able to address with therapy or meditation/spirituality.

Associations with Other Conditions

In addition to those mentioned above, do check out your blood presure if you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome or are hypothyroid.


Though it is considered a silent killer,  do consider being mindful of your blood pressure if you have the following symptoms

Fatigue Cluster headaches
nosebleed tinnitus
numbness tingling weakness
palpitation frequent urination
blurred vision confusion memory loss
chest pains dizziness
muscle cramps exessive perspiration
Irritability brain aging



In addition to blood pressure medication you have the the following options you might want to try.  Sometimes medications can cause edema and other symptoms, so you could try these to see if the medication dose can be reduced if not eliminted


  • You may consider going to your local herb shop and getting a blood pressure blend.  These will typically contain Hawthorn, which has been known to alleviate HBP.
  • Rauwolfia  has been used in India to control HBP for a long time, it can be found in Cardiotone and homeopathically


Pyritinol, which is an analog of Vitamin B6 has been known to bring down blood pressure fast.  It is considered an antiaging drug and can be found on antiaging sites.  It is also known as Cerbon 6.

Essential Oils have been studied and purported to reduce high blood pressure.  You could consider cold diffusing Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Lemon

Potassium-rich foods

  • Purple Potatoes
  • Beet Juice
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Red Wine..or grape juice?


  • Fish Oil , you can freeze these before swallowing if you otherwise burp fish oil
  • Vit C, CoQ10,Vit E ( but not too much)
  • Ginger, Garlic, Cayenne
  • Fiber
  • Calcium and magnesium
  • Aspirin for inflammation reduction and blood thinning
  • Music for relaxation and anger
  • Stop Smoking!
  • Meditation andPets for reducing stress


Do consider purchasing a blood pressure monitor, and possibly a Wrist Monitor, if your arms are too bulky for the regular ones, and monitor weekly if you’re on the border and daily if you are already on medication.  Make sure to empty your bladder before doing this, because it may affect your readings.

Remember that your blood pressure may rise if stressed, or if you are traveling and eating out more (they add sodium to food out there you know).  If you are daily readings you may be able to correlate with events

Drink more water; you may think water is boring, so may be perk it up by putting in some lemon or spiking it with an essential oil you may like.


Hyperemesis Gravidarum for the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Hyper wha? Hyperemesis Gravidarum is what has put the duchess in the hospital for terrible morning sickness.

A recent Washington Post article discusses the intensity of the disease on one family and how it motivated them to pull together information for patients and of all things…educate doctors.

I myself had this same disease and like the author above, was not given any advice on how to deal with the symptoms.  I oftn did not eat until dinner time and was on bed rest for 6 months because of an early separation of the pubic symphsis; well discussed at Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) forums.  Note the article discusses liver disorders which I have to this day from 16 years ago.  Though my liver labs are normal, I have constant pain on the right side that ultrasound has not found a reason for. Lucky me!

Interestingly it does have a genetic component as a study had found that relatives of people with HG had a higher percentage chance of having HG as well.  I wonder which gene or combination of genes might be responsible?

Also happening during pregnancies, diabetes mellitus,  and edema…hmmm which gene?

Categories: Diabetes, Genetics

Peppermint for diabetic sores…Way!

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

So this past weekend I was visiting my folks and my dad showed me how part of hi big toe and heel had sores that were deep into his feet.  He figured that eventually his foot would have to be amputated.    After applying the peppermint for the edema he realized it was helping him heal the sores too.  I saw the one on his big toe and there was nice new skin completely sealing off the sore.

Pretty awesome!

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