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Old 06-19-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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If you could go back and reverse illness in your life, what would it be?

I hear a lot of people on here talking about slowing down due to illness - well, is there something you could have done that you wish you would have done?

People say - I wish I knew then what I know now.

(PS - I know some things can't be reversed but....otherwise)
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I would go back and not have allowed myself to become 15 pounds overweight following giving up bicycle racing in my forties. I believe that had I maintained a healthy weight and maintained regular exercise, even at a lower level of intensity, I would not have developped type II diabetes. Some of you will probably scoff at the notion that a weight gain as small as 15 pounds can have that result, but I am convinced of it. All the men in my father's family (his father, his brothers, his nephews) developped diabetes except him, and he was the ONLY one who kept slender his entire life. Tragically, I followed the path of the majority, and now I am actually on medication even though I have yet to turn 70. This is a personal failure of the greatest order of magnitude. I am struggling to get my life back.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Escort Rider - That's exactly the response I'm looking for even though I am sorry you are going through this. I need to stay motivated and last night I ate something bad for me and I know it.

I also have diabetes in my family and I'm borderline but I need to hear stories - things I can do NOW.
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Escort Rider - That's exactly the response I'm looking for even though I am sorry you are going through this. I need to stay motivated and last night I ate something bad for me and I know it.

I also have diabetes in my family and I'm borderline but I need to hear stories - things I can do NOW.
Engage in regular physical activity, control your weight, do not skip meals, minimize saturated fat (red meat, whole milk, etc.), eat lots of fruits and vegetables, give up stuff with sugar, and minimize refined carohydrates like while bread. That is the formula for controlling diabetes if you have it and for avoiding getting it if you don't have it. And the above is recommended by most doctors for general health and disease prevention even outside the context of diabetes. It is a heart-healthy way of life.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Although the word you used.....ill...isn't the case, no doubt there are effects because I didn't live up to it when I said.......
"No way will I keep smoking if cigarettes go to (50¢, 75¢, $1.00) a pack!"
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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I would have become vegetarian as soon as I was born! If I could reverse anything which would have improved my health, it would have been to have chosen a different career path which would have been easier on my "nerves". So sad that young people are not well guided toward suitable careers. Stress can cause so much illness. I had dreadful migraines and was prescribed so many drugs my liver was having problems. Once I got rid of my husband and quit my job, I never had another headache. (14 yrs ago).
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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Should of, could of ....exercised more, drank less, quit smoking sooner and got divorced MUCH sooner!
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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If you could go back and reverse illness in your life, what would it be?

I hear a lot of people on here talking about slowing down due to illness - well, is there something you could have done that you wish you would have done?

People say - I wish I knew then what I know now.

(PS - I know some things can't be reversed but....otherwise)
If I could go back and start my life over, I would have been nourished as an infant on mother's milk instead of commercial formula, I would have been brought up on fresh natural foods and not manufactured foods, I would have been given full parental support in development (which lays the foundation for lifelong health), and I would have been properly educated about nutrition, daily exercise, and other basic matters pertaining to health. Since I, along with much of my generation did not receive these benefits, I have spent my entire adult years trying to overcome this shortfall and the ensuing health problems (despite my gratitude for all that my parents did do for me). It has been an uphill battle for me, and there's only so much one can do when one doesn't have the foundation for good health that is created in childhood. I am grateful that I had the instinct for doing all I've done to reverse the damages. I'm also grateful that I did the things for my own children that my parent's couldn't do b/c of their lack of knowledge in health matters.

Now, I try to avoid inflammatory foods (processed foods, sugar, refined flour products, soda, etc) that can lead to disease, as well as foods that make my allergies flair up (dairy, with the exception of goat yogurt which for some reason I can tolerate), and I try to get as much relaxation, meditation, and exercise as possible. But poor habits start young take super willpower to correct, and as I said, it's been a lifetime of trying to overcome those habits. For example, recently a friend pulled out a large bag of commercial super salty potato chips and did I ever indulge. This goes way back to tastes and thus cravings developed in very early years. The best thing a parent can do for a child is lay the foundation for really healthy eating habits and for acquiring a love of whole fresh foods--and rigorous exercise. To try to avoid heart disease, cancer and other illnesses demands constant vigilance with our habits, and even then, to some degree these life threats are genetic.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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I would have not contracted Polio....
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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I would go back and not have allowed myself to become 15 pounds overweight following giving up bicycle racing in my forties. I believe that had I maintained a healthy weight and maintained regular exercise, even at a lower level of intensity, I would not have developped type II diabetes. Some of you will probably scoff at the notion that a weight gain as small as 15 pounds can have that result, but I am convinced of it. All the men in my father's family (his father, his brothers, his nephews) developped diabetes except him, and he was the ONLY one who kept slender his entire life. Tragically, I followed the path of the majority, and now I am actually on medication even though I have yet to turn 70. This is a personal failure of the greatest order of magnitude. I am struggling to get my life back.
I have read a number of articles that indicate diabetes is not a personal fault or failure. Overeating is not the only thing that leads to weight gain. The items put into our foods, and refined foods like white flour and sugar, affect the digestive system so that our nutrients are not being properly absorbed and hence weight gain that can lead to diabetes. I guess you know by now that although I am heavily into personal responsibility, I am not so big on the idea of "personal failure" as a blanket statement for health and financial shortcomings. We are fed a lot of misinformation and are barely educated on the basic things that matter in life. There are some excellent books on reversing diabetes through nutrition, but I probably can't post titles here. You can look into B&N for these, and please don't blame yourself for this.
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