On Diabetes- Ref: USA Today, 10/22-24/10 page 1A. I believe that if diet was taught in K-12 and made a requirement in college that this problem would almost become non-existent except for heredity genectic type. For example you could teach that the pancreas is our hunger regulator and blood sugar monitoring system. The processes of glycolysis and gluconeogenesis keep our blood sugar in check with the help of the liver, kidney's and heart. Alpha and Beta cells in the pancreas use the hormone glucagon and insulin to keep this balance. This would help people develope good eating habits. We humans are a interesting machine, we humans. It is interesting that pancreatic insulin from pigs, sheep, oxen and cows maybe used in humans. We are close to what we eat!!.

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a2zresource Oct. 25, 2010 @ 5:19 p.m.

The best college class for learning about exactly why one must eat one's vegetables is Physiology. Besides the diabetes potential harm, most people don't know that any single vitamin deficiency has an effect on a corresponding white blood cell type (and there's a lot of them), either by causing that specific type of white blood cell not to mature and function correctly, or not to be found in the blood except at levels too low to be of help.

It isn't an easy read, but I recommend any recent edition of GANONG'S REVIEW OF MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY as it shows how we should function normally, and also what happens to us when we decide we can survive on Pixie Stix.

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a2zresource Oct. 26, 2010 @ 2:33 p.m.

To get away from sugar, try something made out of stevia. Doing very little exercise and replacing nearly all of my sugar consumption with liquid stevia extract or powdered stevia, I've lost fifty pounds and am holding at about 205 or less right now.

Stevia means I can still enjoy a large ice tea on a warm to hot San Diego afternoon. The only reason I add maybe half a teaspoon of sugar to a cup of stevia-sweetened coffee is because of that distinctive sugar taste...

Stevia stops me from worrying about my diabetes. With enlarged major arteries around the heart, 20+ blockages in the nearby arteries less that 2 mm in diameter, and a right coronary artery aneurysm that cardiologists say eliminates open heart surgery as an option, why worry about diabetes after having a first heart attack at 39? Or another one not even worth going to the hospital for only two months ago?

I've got no relevant comment on breast cancer except that my youngest sister has had all of her hair back for years now.

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