What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 2)


Welcome to the second of three-part series on what you need to know about chronic kidney disease.  In the first part of the series, I outlined how chronic kidney disease affects 37 million Americans.  What is even more concerning is that 9 in 1o do not know that they have chronic kidney disease. In this episode we will go over: What laboratory tests need to be ordered. How to interpret your lab tests. Questions you need to ask your healthcare provider. Some ways to reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease. What laboratory tests need to be ordered The basic [...]

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 2)2020-10-22T21:02:52-05:00

Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes


Blood sugar levels are an important measure of type 2 diabetes control.  Your healthcare provider may recommend you check your blood glucose levels at home. Fasting blood glucose is the most common blood test.  It is usually done first thing in the morning or after at least an 8 hour fast. The normal fasting blood glucose level should be less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L). In type 2 diabetes, the target fasting blood glucose level is between 80-120 mg/dL (4.4-6.6 mmol/L) The hemoglobin A1c is a test used to monitor blood sugar control. The hemoglobin A1c is measured as a percentage [...]

Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes2022-02-02T17:45:38-06:00

How to Make A Therapeutic Smoothie


Smoothies can be a great complement to a wholesome food plan, providing lots of essential nutrition. A smoothie is one of the easiest things to make that contains a wide range of therapeutic healing ingredients. A therapeutic smoothie contains nutrients that will help improve your overall metabolic health. So whether you're living with type 2 diabetes and looking to control your blood sugars, or you're looking to use smoothies to say control inflammation, control your cholesterol or optimize your brain function you can make a smoothie that not only tastes great and is not loaded with sugar. A lot of people [...]

How to Make A Therapeutic Smoothie2022-02-02T17:39:56-06:00

How I used the stages of change to overhaul my pantry


Perhaps there are people out there who can relate to this statement. There are some projects that we know we should do, but we keep putting off. This could go on for years….. Intuitively, we know we’ll be better if we finally get to them. But the thought of going through the process of change just seem overwhelming and even painful. Eventually, we place these projects on the backburner for what may look like forever. In coaching, we refer to this attitude as tolerations. And then finally something shifts inside of you and suddenly you're ready to get into action. Well, [...]

How I used the stages of change to overhaul my pantry2022-02-04T16:29:59-06:00

Which is Better- Exercise or Movement?


Spring is finally upon us. For those of us in the northern hemisphere I must say we had quite a challenging winter 2018. What with the polar vortex and all. Even my dogs didn’t look forward to going on their daily walks on those cold days. As the temperatures get warmer and the days get longer there is a tendency for us to want to spend more time outdoors.  Some of us may have packed on a couple of “winter pounds” for a myriad of reasons- less activity, more comfort food, being in “hibernation mode” (I know I have :). And [...]

Which is Better- Exercise or Movement?2022-02-02T18:13:01-06:00

My Journey Into Functional Medicine


The Doctor of the Future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease~ Thomas Edison Earlier on in my career as an internal medicine physician, I began to feel dissatisfied with the status quo. I sensed there was something wrong in the delivery of medical care. The 15 minute double booked office appointments only added to my angst and dissatisfaction. Questions plagued me such as: How come my patients kept coming back time after time with the same complaints? How come I was [...]

My Journey Into Functional Medicine2022-02-02T18:19:19-06:00

The ABCs of living with any chronic illness


A chronic illness is a prolonged illness that is not communicable and which is not expected to resolve. Some examples of chronic illnesses are type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and arthritis. According to the CDC, there are currently about 117 million adult American living a chronic illness. In addition to this number, about 1 in 2 adult Americans live with one chronic illness and 1 in 4 live with at least two conditions. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is a life-altering experience. I know this first hand. I still remember the shock and disbelief reading my results stating [...]

The ABCs of living with any chronic illness2022-02-02T18:24:48-06:00

How This Simple Strategy is Helping Me Tiptoe Past Overwhelm


Recently I’ve had a lot on my plate. Between going to several work locations as a travel physician, building my online wellness platform; working on marketing and publicity; preparing for the release of my upcoming book, plus training for a fall marathon, it’s little wonder I’m beginning to experience some overwhelm. In an earlier article I wrote about a strategy to get past overwhelm and get back into action. But when we try to get back into action, we tend to set big goals and we get overwhelmed again. Let’s say your goal at the beginning of  the year was to [...]

How This Simple Strategy is Helping Me Tiptoe Past Overwhelm2022-02-03T21:21:41-06:00

Today’s Health Awareness Topic: The relationship between your emotions and diabetes symptoms


People living with diabetes  may experience a wide range of emotions on a day-to-day basis. These emotions may range from initial anger, resentment, disbelief, and even denial. At times these emotions can be very intense. Sometimes these negative emotions are inappropriately directed at the healthcare provider who gave the bad news of the diagnosis. Being diagnosed and living with type 2 diabetes does not have to be a stressful experience. Consider that contrary to popular opinion, being ‘stressed out’ does not have to be part of living with any chronic illness including type 2 diabetes. It is predictable that over time, [...]

Today’s Health Awareness Topic: The relationship between your emotions and diabetes symptoms2022-02-03T20:51:15-06:00

How fiber can help reach healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes


A friend of mine was recently sharing me how frustrated her husband was with his blood sugar levels. They seemed to fluctuate widely from high blood sugar levels to low blood sugar levels. He did not know how to react to this and had decided that he was not going to take his medications any longer. Naturally she was at her wits end when she reached out to me. How could she convince her husband that stopping his medications was not the way to deal with fluctuating blood sugars? Fluctuating blood sugars are not unusual in type 2 diabetes. Whether you [...]

How fiber can help reach healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes2022-05-25T13:26:00-05:00


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