Feedback on Children with Diabetes

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Video from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

TITLE: Teens taking on type 1 diabetes (1)diabetes type 1 and 2



About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  

“JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.” (2)  You can read more about JDRF here on the link provided. (3)

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Diabetes in the 20 years and under group on the rise!

The article entitled, Diabetes is on the rise in America’s kids and the experts don’t know why and were printed on April 14, 2017. The emphasis of the article, written by Sean Rossman for USA TODAY, was placed on a new study highlighting newly diagnosed diabetics 20 years and younger from 2002-2012. The following 4 paragraphs are the closing ones in the article.

  1. “The study, published Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed higher rates of diabetes diagnoses among minorities. Type 2 diabetes, which the CDC stated makes up about 90% to 95% of diagnosed diabetes cases, rose by 8.5% in Asian Americans ages 10-19. Blacks in the same age group saw a 6.3% increase, followed by a 3.1% bump in Hispanics and whites at fewer than a 1% increase.” (4)
  2.  “Hispanics saw the biggest rate increase of Type 1 diabetes with a 4.2% increase, followed by blacks at 2.2% and whites at 1.2%.” (5)
  3.  “In terms of gender, girls and women 10-19 saw a 6.2% increase in Type 2 diabetes, while men and boys of the same age experienced a 3.7% increase. Across all age groups, Type 1 diabetes increased 2.2% in males and 1.4% in females.” (6)
  4. “CDC epidemiologist Dr. Giuseppina Imperatore said those who develop diabetes at a young age are at risk of developing complications from the disease earlier, lowering their quality of life, shortening life expectancy and increasing health care costs.” (7)  You can view the entire article here including a 55-second video overview! (8)

Reviewing Book: The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet By Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Diabetic Guide

The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet by Mayo Clinic is a proposed master guide giving methods to control diabetes, with an eye on losing and maintaining weight loss while promoting a healthy eating lifestyle. The book also recommends a change in lifestyle habits including means of incorporating good habits while losing bad habits. Bear in mind, Mayo Clinic is on record saying a diabetic diet is recommended as  ” The best eating plan for most everyone”. Expectations are high for the many offerings presented in this book.

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Hospital

Many experts view Mayo Clinic as one of the worldwide leaders’ in medical care.  Many other experts consider them the #1 ranked hospital in the United States. They are leaders in some specific areas of medicine such as Diabetes including successful treating and studying, Endocrinology, Nephrology, and Neurosurgery, etc., You can view some of their many endorsements here! 1

The Master Guide!


Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet



  • ♦Simplified two-week weight loss plan (Lose it!) to begin with an eye on losing up to six (6) pounds. Followed by the (Live it!) phase where you lose at least a pound each week until you are at your desired weight and maintain it.
  • ♦Detailed information on diabetes meal planning, controlling blood sugar, tips on improving health,
  • ♦Detailed information on portion sizes emphasizing a healthy eating lifestyle you enjoy. Ways to curb and satisfy your cravings.
  • ♦Detailed information on carbohydrates- No sugar intake except natural sugar found in foods.
  • ♦Detailed information on fiber- emphasize foods rich in fiber with the aim of maintaining a steady blood glucose level while reducing your blood cholesterol level.
  • ♦Facts about fats- Fats to avoid such as; saturated fats which are mainly from animal foods. Saturated fats have been linked to cardiovascular disease and potential increased risk of diabetes. In addition, trans fat (mostly found in processed foods must be avoided. Two of your best fat options are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
  • ♦Wonderful recipes including foods such as almonds, avocado, baby carrots, bananas, berries, brown rice, cauliflower, cinnamon, oatmeal, whole wheat bread, halibut salmon, tuna, olive oil, legumes, low-fat yogurt.
  • ♦Short, simple, concise and easy to follow chapters.
  • ♦Very colorful illustrations.
  • ♦Offers simple exercise program such as walking, swimming along with detailed ways to accomplish best results. Exercise at least thirty (30) minutes each day. Lose weight and keep it off.
  • ♦Supports healthy eating lifestyle with some focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Begin each day with a healthy breakfast. Forget snacks unless fruits or vegetables.
  • ♦Motivational tips- getting and maintaining motivation. How to face your familiar roadblocks and exercise better control of a busy lifestyle, no love for exercising. 
  • ♦Not a restrictive diet plan. Instead, the plan adds value to your lifestyle without creating borders.
  • ♦Based on scientific research.


  • ♦Informed diabetics and dieters may find some of the important and relevant information repetitive.
  • ♦The 5 add, drop and adopt habits although necessary may be difficult for some individuals to accomplish.
  • ♦Snacking only on fruits and vegetables may be difficult for some individuals to follow.



After careful review, I have concluded The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet is a wonderful resource to be added to your library. The book satisfies the criterion of promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone. In addition, it should be an excellent tool for pre-diabetics, newly diabetics looking for an understanding of diabetes and managing it effectively. The list of positives is many (recipes, tips on overcoming challenges, motivation, losing weight and maintaining it, eating healthy and nutritiously, and so forth),

Another critical aspect of this book lies in the fact it is not restrictive because it adds value towards your healthy living lifestyle. Losing weight, keeping it off while promoting a healthy overall lifestyle of living and eating is a recipe without borders for everyone. This book will become a  priceless resource in your collection you will love and enjoy using over and over again.

Final thoughts!

Doctor Patient Consultation

Always, always, remember to consult with your Primary Care Physician (PCP)/Registered Dietitian/Registered Nutritionist before proceeding with any lifestyle changes. In this manner, there can be common agreement on the best course to proceed on. I would highly recommend purchasing the companion journal to monitor your progress and have information at your fingertips available for your professionals to review. This specific individualized information will become priceless to you and your professionals! As always, your feedback, ideas and whatever is on your mind will always be welcome. Please feel free to communicate. The response will be done in a timely manner. Thanks for stopping by at and please come again!


Mayo Clinic Diabetic Guide

Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet

You may also want to purchase the companion, The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet Journal. This will help you track and record your daily progress and provide critical information readily available for your Primary Care Physician, registered dietitian/registered nutritionist.

Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet JOURNAL

The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet Journal: A handy companion journal

You may also like these 2 books:

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Mayo Clinic Diet


Mayo Clinic Family Health Book-5th Edition

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book

 updated 3/22/17

Last update: 3/26/18


  1. Mayo Clinic, About Mayo Clinic, Quality, and Mayo Clinic,, Accessed March 11, 2017.

Diabetes: A Brief Overview

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What is Diabetes?

Most experts and diabetic individuals would acknowledge diabetes is a lack of insulin and is prevalent in children and young adults but can develop at any age (type 1). Children and young adults have to take insulin for the remainder of their lives to survive with periods of low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia), a way of life. On the other hand, some individuals do not have enough insulin or the pancreas does not use it properly (type 2). Adults are mostly affected by type 2 diabetes. However, with more and more children and young adults becoming obese or overweight the type 2 diagnosis will increase among their age groups.


What role does insulin play in our everyday lives?


According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at, “Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, to allow the glucose to enter — and allow you to use the glucose for energy.  Without insulin, there is no “key.”   So, the sugar stays — and builds up– in the blood. The result: the body’s cells starve from the lack of glucose.  and, if left untreated, the high level of “blood sugar” can damage eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart, and can also lead to coma and death”. 1

Naming Some of the other known types of diabetes!

There are other known types of diabetes, such as Gestational Diabetes, where women who did not have diabetes experience a high level of blood sugar during pregnancy. It must be emphasized this condition must be recognized and treated immediately or could cause significant health problems for mother and child/children. In general, blood sugar levels would return to normal after pregnancy. However, this is not always a guarantee.

Additional types of diabetes discovered according to the  Joslin Diabetes Center at latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). Think of LADA as a slowly progressing version of type 1 with some of the characteristics of type 2.  In fact, some people call it type 1.5. There’s more.  Type 1, 2, gestational diabetes and LADA are polygenic—this means that it takes the involvement of many genes to cause the disease.  But there are other, much rarer forms of diabetes that are monogenic, meaning a change in only one gene is responsible for the condition. There are two types of conditions in this category: Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young  (MODY) and Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus (NDM)”.2

Another form of diabetes is Prediabetes. The Mayo Clinic stated at, “Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to progress to type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes — especially to your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys — may already be starting. Prediabetes affects adults and children. The same lifestyle changes that can help prevent progression to diabetes in adults might also help bring children’s blood sugar levels back to normal’.3