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Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms – Awareness Is Essential!

“Changes in our body are the result of a logical series of steps. By discovering these changes, we discover the quality of our health and where we are in the process. Many times when we are dealing with disease, it can be slowed or even prevented once discovered. The key is learning to look and listen to what is going on inside us. For example, the average person who develops type 2 diabetes has had “pre-diabetes,” or meta- betes, for 5 to 15 years before then. During this window of time, the chance of stopping or reversing this process is possible! Where are you in this process?”
The Seven Numbers p. 20


If at all possible we want to stop this disease progression in it’s tracks, but if it escalates to full blown diabetes then here are some symptoms to be aware of…

List of type 2 diabetes symptoms: (courtesy of the American Diabetes Association)

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

It is also possible to have type 2 diabetes without experiencing the symptoms above so please be careful and schedule regular checkups with your doctor to prevent serious health conditions from arising! Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Understanding Market Labels To Shop Healthy

Shop HealthyMore and more people are accepting the fact that it is critical to eat a balanced diet of high quality foods in order to protect themselves from preventable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. I’ll admit though, that once in the grocery store it can be a confusing task to select the right foods with so many different market labels staring you in the face. Labels such as Certified Naturally Grown, Cage-free, Non-GMO, and Animal Welfare Approved just to name a few. For those that need a little help deciphering these terms, here is a handy Green market glossary.

–Courtesy of Nancy Ryerson from http://www.hellawella.com/

How To Make Healthy Salad Choices

Salads are usually the choice for those struggling with health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and often prove the wise choice for those of us who are not.  Many of us have fallen into the trap of thinking that a salad is automatically healthy. Of course, most of the time salads do contain nutritious ingredients. Clearly, it’s hard to go wrong with vegetables! However, other ingredients hiding within the salad can sabotage your seemingly healthy choice. Make decisions based on a few rules, otherwise your salad choice may be no different than just ordering the cheeseburger. Here are some great “Do’s and Dont’s of Salads” everyone should be aware of!


Nutrition Tips: Surprising Dos And Don’ts Of Salads

* Salad Image Courtesy of nezemnaya

15 Simple Eating Habit Changes That Will Help You Lose Weight

What if the things you are doing to lose weight are just not right for you? What if you actually did things differently, even though you think it may not be the right thing to do? Here is a list of some interesting strategies that have been used to change eating habits with good results. Some of these are exactly the opposite, so don’t think they are to be done at one time. Just try one or two at a time, see what work best for you. Then do us a favor and come post a comment or two on what works for you or post some other ideas for people to try.

Try These Simple Eating Habit Changes

  1. Increase protein in your diet up to ½ gram per pound of body weight
  2. Eat 5 – 6 small (100 – 250 cal) “meals” a day with protein in each meal
  3. Eat no bread, rice, potato’s, pasta, cookies, cakes, candies, pies, soft drinks, or beer for 3 days and see how much weight you loose
  4. Eat only lean protein and green vegetables after 4:00pm every day for a week
  5. Eat only at a level 3* hunger (1 = not hungry, 2 = will eat if food/snack offered, 3 = hungry, 4 = starving – hard to slow down)
  6. Drink H2Orange (1 Ounce of pure orange juice to 7ounces of water)* slowly and continually from the time you wake up to noon, then eat two balanced meals for the rest of the day
  7. Drink 2 protein shakes (25 – 50 grams of protein each) for your meals and eat one balanced meal
  8. Eat 1 a healthy snack at 4 pm each day (almonds, fruit with 1 tbsp of peanut butter, veggie snacks, yogurt)
  9. Take the quantity you eat now and simply cut it in ½
  10. Replace your sweet desserts with a piece of fruit or yogurt or something else that is sugar free (jello is a good example)
  11. Switch your regular soda or sweet tea to non-sweet tea
  12. Find something active to do for 20 minutes 3X/week just for the fun of it
  13. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water a day. Monitor your muscle aches and fatigue – could you have been eating because you were dehydrated?
  14. Start to drink one glass of water before you eat your meal*
  15. Eat slowly, put your fork down in between bites*

*these ideas are from www.naturallyslim.com

If you would like to download and print these 15 habit changes simply click the following link: http://gameofhealth.com/EatingHabitOptions

Study Reveals Link Between Vitamin D And Cardiovascular Health

Our skin produces Vitamin D when it absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun. There are no naturally occurring foods which contain significant amounts of this vitamin. As a result, a large portion of the population suffers from a vitamin D deficiency (some reports estimate nearly half the population). This deficiency is cause for concern not only because of its connection to Rickets, Depression, Osteoporosis, and other conditions but because of a new discovery published  in “Diabetes Care“. In this recent study an association between optimal vitamin D levels and reduced cardiovascular mortality is revealed.

Click for more information about this discovery

New Compass Accountable Care Unit Links High Quality and Low Costs

Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily just posted an article about how Dallas-based Compass Care Engineering (CCE) is providing a new invaluable service for employers. CCE functions as a health-system concierge for employees finding the best values for specific healthcare procedures, finding in-network physicians, and setting up appointments for it’s members.

According to David Toomey, who heads the CCE initiative, “You don’t have to go overseas to get good price point,” he said. “You can get this for just a short flight or drive away. Doctors and hospitals are willing to (establish fixed, negotiated prices). They’ve just never been asked before.”

To read the whole article click here: Compass Accountable Care

Glucose Monitoring Made Easy

Constantly monitoring glucose levels can be taxing, but it is essential to living a healthy life as a diabetic. Thanks to advances in technology, there are now options that can make the process a bit easier.

Recently the Apple Store added a new product called “iBGStar® Blood Glucose Monitoring System.”  This product is a combination of an app for your iphone and a small piece of hardware that plugs into the bottom of the phone. It appears to be easy to use, will store up to 300 results (the app accommodates even more), allows for personal notes to be added to your data, and your information can even be shared with your healthcare team. — For more information click:  iBGStar® Blood Glucose Monitoring System


Another option is the Glooko Logbook (iphone app) along with their MeterSync cable (the IR adapter may also be required depending which glucose meter you use). This system has many of the same benefits as the iBGStar® system. — For more information click: Glooko Logbook or watch the video below.


Press Release For Groundbreaking Book TED* for Diabetes

A groundbreaking new book, TED* for Diabetes: A Health Empowerment Story, co-authored by leadership and behavior change expert David Emerald and Scott Conard, MD, offers an innovative method that helps those diagnosed with diabetes to shift their perspective from victim to empowerment.

“People with diabetes can improve their health using the principles in this book,” Emerald says. Emerald has firsthand experience, as he personally lives with the daily responsibilities of type 2 diabetes.

Dealing with his own health challenges motivated David Emerald to apply the wisdom and usefulness of his first book The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic), which outlines the principles of the inventive and powerful mental mindset he developed as a response to thinking like a victim. Using these principles, Emerald made a significant improvement to his overall health and shares, through an easy-to-read story, these successful behavioral change techniques for other people challenged by diabetes (or any health challenge). “When you shift your attitude about your disease, your approach, choices, and habits related to the disease change,” Emerald explains.

Dr. Conard has 25 years of clinical experience specializing in diabetes care and weight management, serves the American Diabetes Association locally (Dallas, TX) and internationally, and uses the Power of TED* principles with his patients. “Appreciating the struggle of those with diabetes, it became my mission to make sure my patients had Emerald’s Power of TED* ideas to help them with the challenges they face every day,” said Dr. Conard.

Diabetes has risen to epidemic status, affecting nearly 26 million Americans and over 300 million around the world. And, the epidemic is spreading to children and teens. Recent news reports have highlighted alarming research, published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal, revealing that type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in children aged 12-19 rose from 9% in 1999 to over 23% in 2008.

“The good news is that people have control over those choices that either hinder or improve their health,” Emerald adds.

TED* for Diabetes: A Heath Empowerment Story offers steps for helping people create healthy habits, shift from victim to empowerment, and move into the driver’s seat– navigating the road toward a life of well-being.

About David Emerald
David Emerald is an author who weaves storytelling through a rich narrative that, in collaboration with his co-author Dr. Scott Conard, merges a basic understanding of the science of diabetes with the author’s innovative psychological and social paradigm model– TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic ™). David’s personal experience with type 2 diabetes adds to the authenticity of personal emotions people experience when diagnosed with an illness, disorder or disease.

David is an international consultant, facilitator, executive coach, author and worldwide speaker and workshop facilitator sought by businesses, organizations and institutions through his position as co-founder the Bainbridge Leadership Center (Bainbridge Island, WA) and director of their organizational leadership and self-leadership practices, at the core of which is TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic). For media inquiries and interviews contact Inspired Media Communications at dianeden(at)centurytel(dot)net or 503-678 1356

About Scott Conard, MD
Scott Conard has over 25 years’ experience of clinical practice and is the Chief Medical Officer of ACAP Health, a division of Holmes Murphy and Associates. He is the current President of the North Texas American Diabetes Association (ADA) and serves on the ADA National Committee of Prevention.

Joshua Hernandez 1993 – 2012 When Bad Things Happen To Good People

Many of us are deeply saddened this morning with the news that Joshua died in a car accident yesterday.  Being his family doctor for the last 18 years has been special.  We have lost a kind soul, a committed Christian, a friend, and an athlete.  He will be sorely missed. I pray for his family, that they recover  quickly, and feel the love and support from all of us who care so deeply about them.  In particular Jesse his brother who was there and who has gone through a nightmare in the last 24 hours – I hope he knows how much we appreciate him, the challenge this has been, and how committed we are to his successfully working through this trauma.  For his parents, a child is a reflection of their home, and Joshua was a shining light.  They should feel nothing  but love and admiration for the tremendous job they did with him, and that they continue to do with Cheri, Monica, Junior and Jesse; in raising such wonderful children.

As a doctor, you can imagine that this is not the first time I have seen a young person taken from our midst.  My sister at 26, my brother in law at thirty six, and many patients over the years.  It never gets easier.  My first reaction is anger.  How could this happen?  How could God betray such a fine person?  How could his family be put through this?  It feels unfair and cruel.  How could a just God allow this?  How will other young people who are trying to stand in their faith be affected by one of the brightest being taken, despite doing the right thing?  What is God thinking when he allows this to occur?

But as the anger passes I know in my heart, as I stand in my faith, that God did not do this, and there is no way for me to know Joshua’s legacy and the tremendous positive influence he has been and will continue to be for those of us left behind here on earth.

What would Joshua want us to do now?

Be bitter? Angry? Frustrated? Upset?  Would that be the way he would want to leave us?  Would he want others to fall away from our faith because of his dying?  Who would really be the winner then?  God, or his adversary?  The One he dedicated his life to, or the one he turned told to get behind him in his declarations of faith, and his actions?

I am clear that Joshua would want us to step out in faith and to know he is experiencing the joy and love that he shared on earth raised to the 10,000th power.  This world will have less acceptance, less love, less compassion and less fun loving play as a result of Joshua’s passing.  I think that he would like this to be his legacy.  If each of us take on these traits, to show acceptance, love, compassion and to be more fun loving than we would have been had we not know him, then we will honor Joshua.

I am committed to smiling when I would have frowned, to accepting and caring when I would have tended to judge or scorn, to laughing and loving when I would have withdrawn or watched from a distance.  That is who Joshua was to me, and that is who I will be for him.  In my heart I know I will see him again, and I look forward to embracing and celebrating with him, probably sooner than I would like.  In the mean time, I will honor him and make the world more loving and compassionate because I knew him and I honor who he was in his 18 years on earth.

Thank you Joshua for your inspiration to me and to those you touched.  I am proud to have been your doctor, your friend, and your brother in Christ.  I will miss you and I look forward to standing together soon to celebrate your influence on me, my family, our community and this world.  Know that I am committed to being there for your family, and that your life mattered and will never be forgotten.

The Seven Numbers book just released!

Be one of the first to learn the Seven Numbers that could save your life!

The Seven Numbers that will save your life spell the acronym TROUBLE.

T – Training

R – Roundness or BMI

O – Oil

U – Unacceptable Sugars

B – Blood Pressure

L – Lousy Habits

E – Exploding plaque

Do you know what your numbers are?  If not, you want to learn them!  You always want to find the way to get those numbers into the optimal range for your age so that you can add years to your life and life to your years.  We all want to live to old age, AND, we want to be healthy and fullfilled while living a long life.  This book can help you do that.

You can go to www.gameofhealth.com, and under Products, you will see more information about purchasing The Seven Numbers.  After you read it, please post and tell us what you learned so we can help celebrate you living a long and vital life.

I’m excited about this book and the possibilities it opens up for every person to know that in many cases, disease can be slowed once discovered or even prevented.  The key is to develop “the ears to hear and the eyes to see” what is occurring.  With this new information added to your arsenal, you can seize the day and take control of your health.

Are you ready?

Learn and Live the Seven Numbers that can save your life!

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Dr. Scott


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