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Anthony Holko replied to Alicia's discussion 'What's a good diet to lose 10 pounds fast?'
"Dr. Richard Bernstein: " Diabetes solutions". He is a type 1 that proposes a low carb and low calorie diet."
Apr 6
Anthony Holko replied to MaximJ's discussion 'Went Low Carb but Have Higher Hba1c, so Frustrating'
"The previous 5.4% could have been in error low and now the new one an error high. And both numbers are very good. Your meter is showing that you are on the right track and should continue."
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Anthony Holko replied to KayLo's discussion 'Insulin not working to lower BG after 34+ years of T1D'
"You may have developed insulin resistance. This is uncommon but possible in type 1. Our Richard had success with metformin which helps with IR. Also if you are IR then a low carb diet is the way to go. I am so IR it takes 1 unit of insulin to cover…"
Aug 16, 2014
Anthony Holko replied to Padraig's discussion 'Strange Insulin Dosage!!??'
"Ask your doctor to add metformin to the mix about 2000 mg/day. Start with less and build up. It should make BG control much more steady and more predictable."
Aug 3, 2014
Anthony Holko replied to Emily Coles's discussion 'What D-issues are most important to YOU?'
"Meter accuracy is a problem. Should be improved for the 5 second meters if this is impossible then the 10 year old meters using more blood and 60 second measuring time should be made available"
Aug 3, 2014
Anthony Holko replied to Debbie Anderson's discussion 'Struggling with losing weight and my type 2.'
"I am presently out of my wits as how to control both blood sugar and weight at the same time."
Apr 22, 2014
Anthony Holko replied to Steve's discussion 'Ramipril'
"Is your blood pressure high ? If not why bother your BG is better than the average american. I lived happily with ramipril for 10 years then the coughing period in the morning went over 1 hour so no more for me."
May 3, 2013
Anthony Holko replied to pro's discussion 'Disability Tax Credit and Type 2 Diabetes'
"Yes I would like to apply also."
Feb 10, 2013

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Too much blue light ?

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 1:02pm 0 Comments

There was an interesting programme on the nature of things. They made an argument that blue light at an inappropriate hour destroys our melathonin needed for a good night sleep.

The video says only available in Canada (cheap of our CBC)but perhaps our American friends will be able to access the text and comments.

There was an American scientist…


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At 3:42pm on February 23, 2012, Peetie said…

Hi Anthony. That's a big difference in the price for a pump. I'm not on insulin yet so I've never investigated the pumps. I guess there are huge additional costs involved after you purchase your pump?

At 11:17am on February 22, 2012, Peetie said…

Hi Anthony. I just read over the old thread about discrimination against T2s. I'm not sure if you have changed your mind over the years but I wanted to tell you that I appreciated the courage it took to speak out and state that all is not well here in Bantingland. I am currently in the position of waiting for my pancreas to burn out. I watched my younger brother go through this only to die in November at age 57. I get so upset by the posts stating that this treatment is not usual and if only we had been more proactive... You are the only Canadian who has validated our experience. Thank you so much! Joanne

At 10:30am on July 9, 2011, JaninaWalker said…
Hi, how's it going with the split doses of Jamieson B100 cut in two? I have used Jamieson for other nutrients when I can get them on deep discount and I liked their greens powder supplement, but there are other brands too to try if you are not noticing an improvement. I like the Natural Factors brand for several supplements.

Have you noticed any ability to reduce your insulin level?
At 8:28pm on February 13, 2011, nel said…
Anthony , thanks for the Friend request !!...I had a feeling we have been , after all the rubbing of shoulders at our Provinces border for a looooonnnnggg time ...all the best for
now :)
At 8:44pm on January 20, 2011, nel said…
Anthony ...are you busy with your microscope ??....please let us know , what you learn .
you have truly put my mind at ease re the A1C result ...I know all that and yet get hooked by the numbers , 28 years later :) ...DARN me
PS We are off to Maui soon ...I don't think, I will visit Tu for a bit ...and who knows :) well friend !
At 11:03am on January 19, 2011, nel said…
Alan from Vancouver island supplied Sanofi 's address last year in the Canadian Group ; would it be your worthwhile to send a letter with your concern to ?
2150 St. Elzear Blvd. West
Laval, Quebec, H7L 4A
And you have a bit of a unhappy camper here: ME A1C went up from 6.7 to 6.9 ...I thought, that Apidra would see me lower someone said : people with diabetes are very resilient ; I will overcome !
At 7:10pm on January 16, 2011, nel said…
Anthony ,

I notice less of a rise after eating ( mind you I eat carbs , as you know ) . I also think I have noticed, that my vial lasts no more than 28 days goes wonky /off
Hope you can get back to outdoor walks soon ; we have a meltdown , which means slick roadways ...I am able to walk at the indoor hockey rink...thank goodness ...hang in .
PS I do enjoy your humor :)
At 2:23pm on January 16, 2011, JaninaWalker said…
Don't go any higher on the D3. My own kidney function got worse on 3000-4000iu and it took several months to return to normal. I am quite surprised that people think VitD is so good, so more would be better...that is risky. They forget that it is also known to be trouble for the kidney as it is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it can build up too much.
So watch your blood test of creatinine and see if it goes up, if it does, then cut back on the VitD. Creatinine in the blood in a too high level indicates the kidney is failing to clear it out fast enough. Doctors here are recommending 1000iu of VitD. Wait and see what your creatinine is since you increased it.
At 2:08pm on January 16, 2011, JaninaWalker said…
Thank you for clarifying that it was before the metformin. I told my GP that every time I use B vitamins by injection it improves the blood sugar control so much that I am on a mission to discover why. My GP is whom I buy the B vitamin vials from as he uses them in his practice. He also asks some patients of his patients to speak to me about how I over came the neuropathy. He sells them the vials and I give the instructions. They have all improved.

I told him that a study said that people on metformin have higher levels of glucagon in their blood. I said my opinion is that means the body is trying hard to achieve it's purpose as the metformin interferes with a certain enzyme to result in less glucose being released from the liver, in between meals, as the body was intended to function.
I said to my doctor that it seems B12 might be used to create glucagon so maybe it also helps to create insulin. We know that protein gives the building blocks for hormone creation, but vitamins help in the process.

Many body enzymes rely on nutrients. People who eat white bread because it seems nice and white and pure looking are depriving themselves of all the good things and just getting empty carbohydrates. I ditched buying bread 10 years ago as it is not worth the extra insulin it requires and the short-term boluses just pack on the fat. We do need to keep blood sugar levels normal, but if people are sedentary, that causes the insulin resistance because when the glycogen stores in muscles are already FULL, the glucose transporters, DrB says, recede into the muscle cell.
At 1:05am on January 16, 2011, JaninaWalker said…
Dr Atkins Approach is to temporarily increase to a higher level just to see if the difference is noticeable, then to settle back to an ongoing level. That is what I did when I cured my neuropathy with B vits. I did B vits 5x a day every 4 hours for 2 weeks and was 50% better in just 2 weeks, but I used a wider variety, and 6 of them by injection, and had all my other supplements just once a day.
My approach is based on the known strategies of doctors, who are either MDs or NDs.
When it involves water-soluble vitamins, 3x a day is the approach.
But note that I went higher for my initial 2 weeks, and had a very good effect. Then I KNEW I was on the right track, and so reduced to 3x a day.
Fat soluble vitamins have to be considered individually and not too much taken unless the ND has a plan....I am not ever going to suggest that. I always feel it is better to stay within safety limits. But there are cases that I do read up on and VitC is used for cancer etc, but that doesn't apply to you, but does for other people I know.
One fellow I helped for 1.5 years was taking just 9 supplements and as a newly diagnosed diabetic, lost 22 lbs and had an A1c of 6.1 down from 8.9 with no drugs...just supplements and wise eating.



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