Health Care Support Teams ~ Part One of Two

Health Care Support Team ~ 1 of 2

Managing diabetes does not involve just YOU, it will involve a whole Health Care Support Team. Creating a team of health care professionals that you feel comfortable with and that will work with you may take some time to find but in the long run they will become one of your most important TOOLS in the care of your diabetes.

You are the first step in forming this team, as ALL your doctors will be making their professional decisions based on the information that you give them during your routine appointments. Only you and I know how our bodies are affected daily by our diabetes and knowledge of this information will help your primary diabetes doctor give you the best care. It will depend on what type of records you keep on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and I’m a record person and in some ways I probably go a little over board, however, these are the type of records that I keep:

1. Morning, Noon, Dinner and Pre-Bedtime blood glucose levels.
2. Notations of why I may have had high or low blood glucose readings.
3. Medications
4. The total grams of Carbs, Protein and Fat through-out the day.

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VBLOC Therapy A New Weight Loss Study

Researching the two leading types of bariatric surgery for my own personal use I came across an interesting article about VBLOC Therapy. VBLOC Therapy is still in clinical trials, however I think that this type of procedure will appeal to a greater population of people that are suffering with obesity.

Most of us have fears associated with bariatric surgery plus the drastic change that is required with our dietary needs, not to mention the cost of the surgery and care after surgery. There are a few companies that understand that the obese have very few options available and one is EnteroMedic Inc. They are developing a device using neuroblocking technology for the treatment of obesity and gastrointestinal disorders. People that are obese are searching for weight loss treatments that are not so invasive as the lap-band and Gastro-bypass surgeries.

Patients need help, said John Morton, director of Bariatric Surgery and an associate professor at Stanford School of Medicine. Diet and exercise fails 95% of the time.

With VBLOC Therapy there is a device that uses high frequency, low voltage signals sent to implanted leads that were attached to the vagal nerve laparoscopically. It takes under two hours to implant the devise and the leads can stay implanted indefinitely. Wearing an external coil/battery pack, a signal is sent through the body during the daytime and when asleep the signal is turned off. The signal helps the patients feel less hungry, and because the “gastric digestive emptying process” is delayed by the signal, patients have the feeling of being full for long stretches of time.

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Type 2 Diabetes and Liquid Diets

I have fought weight all my life and I know that many type 2 diabetics also join me in this battle. I think we all are on some sort of an on-going diet that start every Monday and is shot to pieces by Friday.

I have finally come to the stage of looking into bariatric surgery and though I’m not excited about the procedure its self I went to the class that was mandatory. I did not know that before surgery you are put on a liquid diet to shed some pre-surgery weight.

After googling liquid diets I decided to use a product by, New Lifestyles. Their free samples beat out the two most well known liquid diets used by many doctors. The taste was great and the proteins, fats and carbs were in perfect ratio for the whole day. New Lifestyles even has a diet plan for type 2 diabetics that takes out all the guess work.

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Southwestern Breakfast Burritos, Ole’

Recipe: Simple, Freeze-able, Microwave & Go!

Southwestern Breakfast Burritos

1# Chorizo sausage
1/4 cup each: Onion, green & red peppers (diced small)
12 large Eggs
1/4 cup of Milk
1 cup grated Cheddar or taco blend cheese
12 Flour tortillas
In a large non-stick skillet cook sausage and veggies over med-hi heat.
Beat well the eggs and milk, pour over sausage/veggie mix, continue
pulling up egg and sausage mixture from bottom of pan while cooking,
eggs will be fluffy with a wet look due to the milk, take off burner,
fold in cheese.
Divide mixture between the 12 flour shells, fold ends and roll-up.
Serve with salsa. Ole`

Freezing: Take each burrito and wrap in plastic, place in ziplock
freezer bag.
To re-heat: Remove plastic wrap place on plate and micro
1.5 minutes, turn over and heat 1.5 minutes more.

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