Fenugreek seeds: In two small studies of individuals with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, fenugreek seed powder lowered blood glucose and improved levels of blood cholesterol and trigylcerides, among other beneficial effects. The active ingredient responsible for the antidiabetic properties of fenugreek is in the defatted portion of the seed.
Onion and Garlic (Allium cepa and Allium sativum): Onion and garlic have significant blood sugar lowering action. The principal active ingredients are believed to be allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) and diallyl disulphide oxide (allicin), although other constituents such as flavonoids may play a role as well.
Onion extract was found to reduce blood sugar levels during oral and intravenous glucose tolerance. The effect improved as the dosage was increased; however, beneficial effects were observed even for low levels used in the diet (eg., 25 to 200 grams). The effects were similar in both raw and boiled onion extracts.
Gymnema Sylvestre: Gymnema assists the pancreas in the production of insulin in Type 2 diabetes, and improves the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This herb can be an excellent substitute for oral blood sugar-lowering drugs in Type 2 diabetes. Some people take 500 mg per day of gymnema extract.
Carbohydrate foods have the greatest effect on blood glucose levels, mainly the starchy foods - bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta, rice etc. It's a great diet for type I diabetes.
As a caregiver, remember the importance of keeping up your own health. Primer for the Caregiver - http://www.caregiving.org/data/FINAL_eConnected_Family_Caregiver_Study_J...
Take someone with you to doctor's appointments so that you can hear what the doctor is trying to convey to the patient. Take a tape recorder if you are allowed. A Patient Treatment Journal like this one http://cancer.stanford.edu/patient_care/amenities/cancerPatientServices/... is very helpful in reducing the confusion of treatment.
Make the rooms where you spend most of your time comfortable, simplistic and enjoyable to spend time in with your friends and family.
Live each day as if it were your last. Appreciate all that you have and all that you don't have. Take the time to feel loved, even by those whom you may not love. Forgive everyone. And most importantly, stay positive all the way deep in your soul and ALWAYS BELIEVE IN MIRACLES.
Fortunately I was able to detect Arthritis in its very early stages. My leg movement became limited and stiff. Be sure to check out with your doctor if at any time your limbs feel stiff. Also see a cardiologist as arthritis can affect the heart.
Make sure you check out all your stiff joints with your doctor. It may be insignificantly small but is still important since it could be very early stages. www.medicinenet.com/rheumatoid_arthritis/article.htm
It is very important that you eat only low calorie and low sugar diets. Make sure you regularly take a blood test for your sugar levels. Avoid stress. www.diabetesinformationhub.com
Cancer can even confuse the doctors, so get checked out by more than two doctors, at least. Always keep a record of your CTscans, MRI scans, X Ray scans, etc. for future reference. www.CancerQuest.org
Be wary of any cold followed by high fever and shaking chills. Chest pain and even change in skin color could be symptoms of pneumonia. http://www.medicinenet.com/pneumonia/article.htm
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is a lonely disease. Unless the patient is eligible for Whipple surgery, there is no promising a cure. Patients and caregivers need support from others going through the same disease and need to be able to share success stories, ask questions about alternative treatment, and generally have a place to vent their frustrations.
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution supports an online discussion site for all those going through the pancreatic cancer journey: http://pathology.jhu.edu/PANCREAS_CHAT/ This was a vital support mechanism for my family as we faced my father's diagnosis and treatment, and went down this lonely and scary road.
Writing down your daily thoughts and feelings is a useful and cathartic way for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to move through the disease. It also provides a historical perspective on treatment and recovery. You can learn how to keep a journal for support by visiting Journaling Thru Cancer at http://journalingthrucancer.blogspot.com/
Many sufferers have no idea what a big part stress plays in their illness. Successfully managing stress can make all the difference in your treatment/recovery. http://www.kidneypatientguide.org.uk/stress.php
Not only does lowering your stress help improve your mental health, but also your physical health. The moment I learned to cope with stress during my illness was the moment I began to improve in several areas. http://www.kidneypatientguide.org.uk/stress.php
When experiencing chest pains, seek a medical professional's help at the onset of the pain. I say this because chest pains can be a symptom of several disorders. A heart attack can feel different from person to person. https://www.aarpmedicareplans.com/health/heart-disease__symptoms