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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Diabetes MYTH #7 to Demystify on Insulin Shots To Help Save Your Life

Myth #7- I Don’t Like Insulin Shots Because They Are Painful


That’s not true at all – that insulin shots are painful. Have you seen the new syringe needles lately? They are short just 5/16 inch and very thin (gauge 31). They are so thin you can hardly see or feel it. What a far-cry from the steel needle so thick which we used and also had to boil so many moons ago. Nowadays most people say that insulin shots is a walk in the park, so painless that is. .

Don’t compare the syringe needle to the ones used when you get flu shot and all the rest. Why? Because those needles are thicker and bigger. They are injected into the muscle or vein where sometimes you feel some pain. The difference is that syringe needles go into the fatty tissue which is underneath the skin where you won’t feel any pain unless you make the mistake of injecting it into a muscle by accident.

Yes, for I will not lie to you. You might feel a sting when you hit a muscle or a built-up scar from all the shots in the past. You will also feel some pain if you hit a nerve or if you are using the same needle again and again because needles do get dull with each reuse. The same thing can happen if you tense up like I do or if you’re injecting cold insulin. But don’t worry for in the next section, I will show you how to lessen the pain. .

How To Lessen The Pain of Injections.


Here are some ways to lessen the pain of injection:

Change the site of the injection. Less scar will develop if you do not inject in the same site two times in a row. .

Wait till your insulin is at room temperature before you start injecting. .

Use a new syringe each time not only to lessen the pain but also to avoid developing an infection. .

Here’s a video on Administering a Nearly Painless Insulin Injection

Options To Use Instead of Syringes.


If you are scared to use the syringes because you associate it to pain, I hear you. You know what people use instead of the needle? They opt to use a pen. I see you’re surprised. No, it is not the kind of pen you are thinking of, you silly. My fault, I should have used the words, insulin pen because that is what it is used for. The insulin pen has an insulin cartridge and a needle which is just the same size as today’s needle: super thin and short. .

The insulin pen looks like an ordinary pen except it is a little larger and thicker. Because it does not resemble the syringe of old, you will not be psychologically fearful of it. And it is so easy to use you can shoot up anywhere even at the table when dining. The best thing about it? You will hear a click signaling that you have just received the exact dose you need. Cool, huh? .

Insulin Pens come in two forms: reusable or disposable pens. The reusable comes with a cartridge packed with insulin while the disposable form is pre-filled with insulin. It is easy to use by simply dialing up the dose on the pen and pressing a plunger from one end to inject the insulin via a needle at the other end. .

Insulin pump is another way of insulin delivery. Some say it is an easier way to achieve blood glucose control and avoid complications. When on the pump, the patient can receive uninterrupted insulin infusion. They can also eat when they want and go anywhere without worrying about injections. Studies have shown that people on insulin pump have reduced their A1C level. .

The insulin pump is just as small as a pager that you can put in your pocket. It releases insulin 24 hours a day to the body via a needle attached to a plastic tube. Then if you need an additional boost when you have to eat, you just press a pump button to get it which is called a bolus. It is just like the way nature intended it. You get small amount continuously and a boost when you eat. So it is really that easy to use. .

Jet injectors do not have needles but instead have extra pressure to spray insulin through the skin pores. Now this should be something to consider of you are scared of needles. But you know what? I heard they may cause more pain than the needle because of the concentrated nerves on your skin surface. Pushing the insulin spray through the pores may cause this pain .

Besides, the dosage for the jet injectors way of insulin delivery may not be accurate. How can it not be? It really sounds like it is a hit-and-miss affair. You may be better off with an insulin patch. Work with your doctor to choose the best way for you which is also within your budget. This way, you will be more inclined to follow through with your regimen. .

There is a new insulin delivery system in the block and it is inhaled insulin. This is used before meals and is approved by the FDA. As for the timing, the rapid-acting inhaled insulin attains its peak in the blood in about 20 minutes and to pass through the body in two to three hours. How is it used? .

Whoever is using it places an insulin dose into a small inhaler. Doses come in powder form in a cartridge with each cartridge containing a single dose. Above all, there is no needle to contend with. But type 1 diabetics should use this in combination with a long-acting insulin. And don’t use inhaled insulin if you have disease of the lung or if you smoke. And please consult with your doctor before making any change.


Now I hope that you have changed your mind about insulin shots being painful. I have given you the reasons why. Besides, suggestions to lessen the pain when a mistake is made are given above, but if you have developed that psychological fear of the needle then there are insulin delivery options mentioned in this article. So there is no reason why you can’t have insulin if you need to have it. But how about you? What are your experiences regarding this issue? Write to me in the comments below so I will be encouraged to send you more information.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Diabetes MYTH #6 to Demystify To Help Save Your Life

Myth #6 I Am Taking Medicine so Exercise Is Not Important In The Management of My Diabetes


This is not true at all for even though you are taking medication, exercise helps in controlling the blood sugar better. Not only that. Physical activity also helps one to lose unwanted weight and makes the insulin work more effectively. Exercise is especially important for people with diabetes.

Why Is Exercise Important for People With Diabetes .

Healthy eating, moving more and taking medications create the foundation for managing diabetes. Quite a few studies have found out that those who exercise do better at keeping their sugar levels within target range and and lose weight more easily too. And these two things, losing weight and keeping the blood sugar under control are what help delay and prevent complications. Those with pre-diabetes get the same benefits too.

Diabetes experts say that studies after studies have shown that those who monitor their blood sugar diligently, eat healthy and take their medication do not do well when they leave out physical activity in their regimen. They don’t get the same benefits from their treatment plan when they do not exercise.

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

1. Lowers the high blood pressure which almost half of people with diabetes suffer from.

2. Increases the HDL which is the good cholesterol and lowers the LDL which are the bad ones. Thus the risk to develop heart disease is lower which is good news since two of every three diabetics die from stroke or heart disease.

3. Makes the quality of sleep better thus helps with stress management.

4. Makes one more energetic during the day.

5. Boosts one’s circulation especially in the feet and so contributes to tissue and bone health.

6. Builds up muscle and while it does, it burns more calories.

Here's a video on the Best total body exercise for type 2 diabetes - Level 1 Before you do this set of exercises, heed the warning at the start of the video. Consult with your doctor first.

Exercise Prescription

How much exercise to do is the first part of an exercise prescription. Here’s what the doctor ordered. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. The sugar is drawn out from the blood stream when the muscle is exercised. This can continue on for up to twelve to seventy two hours after exercise. Exercise done every day or even every other day will help regulate the glucose level continuously.

The second part of the exercise prescription is the length of the physical activity. When just starting to exercise, just start slow as doing too much too soon could end up with injury. If your doctor has given you a clearance, then you can walk five or ten minutes at a time , three times a day. After two or more weeks you can graduate to walking twenty to thirty minutes a day.

Now let’s deal with the third part of the exercise prescription. What kinds of exercise can one do? Experts say that any form that raises the heart rate, employs the large muscles, and increases the breathing is good. So these include weight training, aerobic exercise and such household chores like vacuuming.

Here are some recommended physical activities:




Taking an exercise class



Cleaning the house

Line dancing or ballroom dancing

Downhill or cross country skiing

Ice Skating

Mowing the lawn

Pushing a stroller

Golf on the nine holes

Jumping Rope


Climbing the stairs or a hill

Test your blood sugars often. In fact test it before and after a physical activity. Stagger the testing so the experts say. For example if you walk thirty minutes a day, test the blood sugar at the end of the walk. On the second day, test the blood sugar half an hour after the walk and on the third day, test the blood sugar one hour after the walk. You may have to make adjustments as sometimes you may see your blood sugar drop by forty points.

If you have a physical limitation, ask your doctor for what exercise you can do. Even if you have complications, you can still exercise but of course you have to make some modifications to your exercise. If you hate exercising, pick one activity that you enjoy. Perhaps you can mix it up. Walk two days and bike around the third day or go swimming the next day.


So there you have debunked Myth #6. You now know exercise is important for managing your diabetes. Just because you’re taking medicine you think that will do it. No, for exercise is part and parcel of the whole treatment plan for you could be eating healthy, taking medication but without the exercise, the odds are you may not succeed. So get going and move!

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Diabetes MYTH #5 to Demystify To Help Save Your Life

Diabetes Myth #5 We Get Diabetes From Eating Sweets


We don’t get diabetes from eating sweets. Why? Well, people get diabetes because they carry the genes that predispose them to it. Of course, it is also caused by lifestyle factors. It is also an autoimmune reaction. Mind you eating too much sugar may activate these genes and the autoimmune reaction. So let us stop thinking that eating sweets will do it or it may jeopardize what we want to do to stop diabetes on its tracks.

The Real Cause of Diabetes

Eating too much sugar is not the cause but rather it is when there is not enough insulin that works on regulating and maintaining the normal level of the blood glucose. It is a metabolic disorder that leads to blood sugar that is abnormally high. In type 2 diabetes, the secretion of insulin is defective making the body resistant to insulin. Because the body is not able to use insulin properly, diabetes comes as an unwelcome guest.

The immune system in type 1 diabetes which should be a protection from bacteria and viruses but instead terrorizes and kills the beta cells which are supposed to be producing insulin. Without the insulin doing its function of maintaining the blood glucose at normal levels causes the blood sugar to rise. Nobody knows for sure why but scientists think it is genetic and triggered by environmental factors like toxins, stress or virus.

Diabetes also occurs in pregnant women and when it does, it is called gestational diabetes. Again they do not know what causes it although they believe that the hormones in the mother’s placenta have something to do with blocking the insulin from doing its work. This makes the blood sugar to rise.

Tracing the Development of Type 2 Diabetes

The blood sugar level rises each time anyone eats starch or sugar. Normally this is not a problem because the correct amount of insulin to regulate the blood sugar is released by the pancreas. The trouble occurs when the pancreas produces insufficient amount of insulin to help with making the blood sugar return to normal level. That is why experts say that diabetes is not a sugar problem but rather it is insulin inefficiency.

There is a warning here though. Just because eating sweets does not cause diabetes, eating too much is not good for anybody. There is a theory that too much sweets can trigger the genes to wake up and get the diabetes on the go. Besides, as we grow older our organs may not work as well as when we were younger. Just like the other organs the beta cells may not work as efficiently as before and may become overwhelmed by too much sweets and weight.

The body becomes resistant to insulin. Early on, the beta cells are still able to produce insulin and so the condition is called pre-diabetes. In time though the beta cells will not be able to meet the demand. If nothing is done to prevent the diabetes from coming by way of lifestyle changes, then the condition will blossom into full blown type 2 diabetes.


Now you know that eating sweets is not the cause of diabetes. If you do not have the genes or the factors that trigger the coming of diabetes, eating sweets will not make you get diabetes. However, eating too much sweets is not good for anybody. Now it is your turn. If you have diabetes, what do you think caused it? Let us know in the comments. below.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Diabetes Myth #4 to Demystify To Help Save Your Life

Myth #4 I Just Got Diagnosed So I Don’t Have Complications Yet


You will be surprised to know that a quarter of the people just diagnosed have complications already. In fact that is how some of them got diagnosed. They went to see their doctor to find out why they are feeling the symptoms of a complication. Some of them had nerve damage, early signs of kidney problem, changes to the eyes and heart disease. But don’t worry, we will get to the bottom of this and see how you may be able to reverse those signs.

I Just Got Diagnosed So I Don’t Have Complications Yet.

Just because you have just been diagnosed with diabetes you would not have complications yet is not true. Nowadays millions of people are pre-diabetic and they don’t even know it. They have not been diagnosed yet. Some of them find out they have diabetes after a complication rears its ugly head. They feel problems in their feet and their eyes with blurry vision and so they will go to their doctor who will then give them a test and find the truth.

It is different with type 1 diabetes. Usually they don’t have complications yet because this condition comes abruptly on short notice. This is unlike the type 2 diabetes described in the preceding paragraph with the condition having been present for years before the diagnosis is made.

Here’s What To Do To Determine the Presence of Complications.

Get your doctor to give you test on some or all of the following. It is crucial that we find the early complications so we can start on trying to reverse them or stop them from doing their ugly work. Doing the following tests will give us the necessary information which will then help us and our health care team to formulate the plan of action to defeat the offending complication:

1. Electrocardiogram will check how healthy the heart is.

2. Blood Pressure reading will rule out high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and vision problem.

3. Microalbumin test will check for protein in the urine. Presence of thus can result in getting kidney disease.

4. Cholesterol and triglyceride test where if the result is high can be the forerunner of a cardiovascular disease.

5. Foot exam will reveal poor circulation thus the presence of nerve damage.

6. Dilated eye exam will detect problem with the vision that can lead to diabetic retinopathy

7. Blood tests to find the possible celiac disease which is linked to type 1 diabetes

8. THS test to check the possible presence of hyper and hypothyroidism which are linked to type 1 diabetes.

9. Ankle-brachial index to check for peripheral vascular disease.

Once you know the results of the test, then you will be able to work with your diabetes care team to make plans on how to stop the complications on their track. Especially in the beginning stages, the chance is good the complications are easier to manage. We then have time to monitor the situation and correct them so we can prevent these complications from progressing which is the next topic in this report.

How to Stop the Complications from Progressing.

Here are the things to monitor to keep the complications from growing. Not only that, once the following are monitored closely, you can also have the added benefit of not getting any new complications. There are quite a few people who have been successful at doing these and they are proof that keeping the complications at bay can be done.

1. Blood sugar which if tight control is kept will ensure you will scare the complications away. They hate it when you religiously test your blood sugar and make adjustments upon knowing the reason behind the reading. The American Diabetes Association recommends getting an A1C test and to keep the A1C below 7 but The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist recommends to keep the A1C below 6.5 as this reduces the risk to develop complications by around 40%.

2. Cholesterol should have the goal for LDL of less than 100 mg/dl but if at risk for heart disease aim for lower than 70 mg/dl. As for HDL, aim for greater than 45 mg/dl. Diet and exercise can help or consult your doctor for the proper medications and supplements to relieve the symptoms.

3. Blood pressure should be lower than 130/80 mmHg as this in turn lowers the risk of developing stroke and heart disease by up to 50%. There are medications to help with this but for me I try to lower my blood pressure naturally as shown in this video:

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally from Dr. Axe

4. Eyes when complications show vision loss, it can be treated with laser therapy which can lower the development of severe vision loss by around 60%. It cannot reverse the damage but it can stop further loss of vision.

5. Feet have been shown to lower the risk for amputation by as much as around 85% if one follows a comprehensive foot care program.

6. Kidney damage when found early can be treated to lower the decline by as much as 70%.


So there you have what to do to prevent possible complications from blossoming. Just keep testing your blood sugar and make adjustment when needed. Count the carbohydrate consumption even if your blood sugar is normal. Don’t stop taking your medications without consulting with your doctor and for heaven’s sake, please exercise for at least thirty minutes a day five days a week and visit your doctor every three months to go over your blood sugar and check you overall for possible complications.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

Read about Myth #1 on Using Insulin as The Start of the End and learn the truth to debunk it!

Read about Myth #2 on Only Fat People Get Diabetes and learn the truth to debunk it!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Diabetes Myth to Demystify To Help Save Your Life : Myth #3 My Doctor Works On My Diabetes, So I Don’t Have To Be Concerned


This is dangerous stuff to think about so get rid of it right away. No one should ever think this way because your diabetes care is up to you. It is up to you to eat healthy, it is up to you to exercise and it is up to you to do everything possible to keep you safe. Your doctor is not going to be there 24-7 to hold your hands and see if you are doing your job of taking care of yourself and diabetes.

My Doctor Works On My Diabetes, So I Don’t Have To Be Concerned.

Diabetes is different. It is not something you go to your doctor for where you are diagnosed and the doctor writes a prescription on a medication you should take and voila! You are cured. I repeat diabetes is different. It is something you have to manage every day so that you are protected from having it get worse and stop you from enjoying your life.

To manage the diabetes. one has to make a lot of crucial decisions like what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. And that’s not all. You have to exercise and take your medicine. Then you have to take care your blood sugar level so it is within target range to keep you from getting sick for that will entail a whole new set of things to do like keeping enough supplies and your stress level under control.

You also have to schedule doctors’ appointments and keep track of them. There will be laboratory tests to schedule also and to keep the record of the same. Doing all these may be tiring but it is worth it. Research has shown that those who take charge of their diabetes this way do much better than their counterparts who do not concern themselves with their diabetes management.

Your doctor will not be there to eat dinner with you and tell you to eat more vegetables. Nor will he be there when you wake up and remind you to take your blood test. There are no two ways about it. You have got to manage your diabetes. Get help from magazines and websites and books but also more importantly seek out some support groups and go to health fairs with them. The more you do, the better you will be at managing your diabetes.

Even your own diabetes care team will not be able to manage without your help. You are a very important member of this group. You have to provide them with what you eat, how much and when you eat plus the records of what you eat and when you take your medication and what exercise you indulge in. On top of all of these you have to regulate all of these in order for your blood sugar to cooperate.

In fact you have to create your own treatment plan with your diabetes care team. You can only start this by learning all about diabetes and about you. Then find out what your role is in this treatment plan, what your target levels are and how adaptable you can be to these targets. After you have identified all these, then you are ready to put all these together as a self-management plan with the help of your diabetes care team.

Congratulations on creating your own self-management plan by doing the steps in the previous paragraph. But it does not stop here. Now it is time to put the plan into action. Experiment on everything in the plan, be it on eating healthy, moving more, testing the blood sugar and keeping records on these so you can assess how each one affects you and your blood sugar. You can then make changes until the target levels are achieved.


Now you know how important a role you have to play in taking care of you and your diabetes. Don’t worry though because there will be a lot of help around. Believe that you will succeed and you will. Don’t worry about setbacks for there may be bumps on the road. But with an open mind and good honest work on your part, you will certainly take care of your diabetes.

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman


Read about Myth #2 on Only Fat People Get Diabetes and learn the truth to debunk it!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Diabetes Myth #2 to Demystify In OrderTo Help Save Your Life : Only Fat People Get Diabetes


I don’t know who started this myth but it is not true. The fact is about 20% of those who have type 2 diabetes are not overweight at all. And they say that most people who have type 1 diabetes are not fat either. We understand though how this myth started because we hear a lot that the main cause of diabetes is the extra weight we carry around. Let’s start to demystify that, shall we?

Only Fat People Get Diabetes

The National Institutes of Health reported that among obese people, only about 33% get diabetes, In addition, the NIH also reported the number of people who get type 2 diabetes is around 20%. Now this is different from type 1 diabetes. Most of those who are diagnosed are either slim or of normal weight. Why? It is because type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease.

If you want proof, just look at the statistics on high percentage of type 2 diabetes occurring in slim Japanese people. And it is not only among the Japanese. Other Asians who are found to be insulin-resistant are slim. These statistics just show that not only fat people get diabetes but also among the slim population.

You don’t have to be overweight to get diabetes. It plays a role in developing diabetes but being fat does not mean you will be diabetic. Genetics play a role too. Regardless of excess weight not being a factor in getting a diabetes diagnosis, it is better to try to reach a healthy weight as not only will it make you feel better but also you will generally be more healthy if you try to lose unnecessary weight.

While excess weight is definitely a factor in developing type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t mean that you’ll “get it” if you’re fat. Genetics plays a huge role in type 2 diabetes. -Now diabetes experts agree that being overweight is not the only cause for this condition. That is why we should not believe when people think and say that only fat people get diabetes. In fact, the diabetes experts agree that the underlying causes are very complicated and to make matter worse some causes are still not known.

Besides all of the above, getting diabetes depends on the genes we have. Then there is the interaction among the fat metabolism, glucose and insulin action. Can you imagine trying to untangle all that? No wonder up to now they have not discovered the cure to treat diabetes. There are so many factors that play a role, how each one affects a person and then there is the fact that no two people are alike. Yikes!

And here’s a secret, and don’t tell anybody else. They say that just because a person is thin does not mean he is healthy. This is already a theory – that thin people could be fat inside. Why? Because they may look slim but inside their internal organs may be covered with fat. Oh, I don’t even want to think of that.


Now that you know not only fat people get diabetes, I hope this will not stop us from doing the right things to get better. We wi ll not let any diabetes myth get us down. No matter what, we just move on and do the best we can to stay healthy. It does not really hard to do this because we already know what to do. Eat right and exercise. And oh, get enough sleep and manage your stress. .

By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman

Read about Myth #1 and how to debunk it and learn the truth!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Diabetes Myth #1 to Demystify

Diabetes Myth #1 to Demystify


I am preparing a long article for which I am waiting for some new materials to finish it. Meantime I don’t want to leave you hanging waiting for that so I am thinking of sending the wrong beliefs on having diabetes every week if possible while I am waiting for the materials to finish off that long article I am writing for you. Here is the first myth we have to debunk.

Taking insulin is the start of the end of my life is the first myth. Some people are afraid to take insulin because they wrongly think it is because their diabetes is getting worse. Some may even think it may cause the dreaded complications such as blindness, kidney problems and amputation just because it happened to other people when they started taking insulin. Insulin is not the cause of the complications but rather from uncontrolled blood sugar for many years.

Now you know that insulin causing the complications is not true at all. Diabetes gets worse when we do not take care of it. If we adopt a healthy life style of eating healthy and moving more, diabetes should not get worse. Mind you, as years go by, the body gets more and more resistance to insulin. This is the result of many factors. Obesity could be a cause and so are the sedentary lifestyle, some medications and even genetics.

Another reason why people think taking insulin is the beginning of the end is the way it is introduced. Usually, the health care team waits for years before prescribing insulin. They wait until all the beta cells are almost no longer working before they start putting their patients on insulin. Some also lack the knowledge and the proficiency on insulin use.

What these people do not know is that the famous Boston Joslin Diabetes Clinic puts their type 2 diabetes patients on insulin right after they are diagnosed. Why? Because they believe that insulin is the best treatment that can control the blood sugar level. In fact more than 40% of diabetics take insulin. Many healthy professionals plus the American Diabetes Association recommend the use of insulin earlier.

It is clear why. Not only can insulin control the blood sugar better but it also makes those on insulin less tired, feel more energetic and able to sleep better at night. On top of these benefits, they also experience less side effects that other medications cause them. So you see taking insulin is even the start of getting healthier. Ask your doctor if you need before he has the chance to mention it.


Now you know the truth about taking insulin as the start of the end of your life. That is one myth you should cast away right now. Taking insulin is not going to ruin your life. It might even save it. What do you think of this myth? Is it not something that will hurt us if we believe in it? Tell me if I left something out so we can share it with the rest.