TAHIR AHMAD (Registered Herbalist)

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Diabetes, Blood sugar or Blood glucose

There are 2 kinds of diabetes type 1 and type 2. Type 1 person gets by birth and unluckily not curable yet, but in future it should be. Today we are discussing only type 2.

You’re Guide to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes or Sugar in your blood (Sugar)

Diabetes (Blood Sugar) Prevention Starts with you:

          If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes or blood sugar, you can try to delay or prevent developing it. Type 2 diabetes or blood sugar changes the way you live each day and can cause many other health problems

       If you are an adult, especially 40 years of age or over, and overweight, you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or blood sugar.  Type 2 diabetes or blood sugar increases your risk of:

  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Kidney Disease
  • Eye Disease or blindness
  • Nerve Damage and the possibility of amputation
  • Erectile Dysfunction ( Lack of sex drive)

You may not be aware you have these symptoms until it is too late.

You can stop or slow down these problems by making small, positive changes to your daily routine and your life style.

Here are six steps to control your blood sugar and you can take to get started today:

Step 1:

Know if you are at risk of blood sugar

Find out if you have pre-diabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Step 2:

Eat well mean balance diet

What, when and how much you eat all play an important role in regulating blood sugar levels

Step 3:

Get moving mean don’t sit ideal

Every bit of activity counts. Try to get at least 150 minutes of activity each week. Regular physical activity helps your body lower blood sugar levels, achieve a healthy weight, reduce stress and improve overall fitness.

Step 4:

Achieve a healthy weight that is right for you. Look at weight chart

Eating well and being active is an excellent start to achieving a healthy weight that is right for you. Talk to a Tahir Ahmad to determine a healthy body weight for you

Step 5:

Record your progress plus Blood pressure and your Blood Sugar levels

Writing down what you eat and how much activity you do can help you achieve your goals

Step 6:

Get help

There are resources to help you prevent diabetes. Get support from family and friends or call 416-748-5494 for free tips from Tahir Ahmad

Step 1:

Know if you are at risk:

What is type 2 diabetes or blood sugar?

            Type 2 diabetes or blood sugar happens when the body has trouble using the insulin, it makes or when the body doesn’t make enough of it. About 90 percent of people with diabetes or blood sugar have type 2.

          Insulin is a hormone that helps your body control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood and helps the body to use the food you eat for energy. For example, same way like when we put gas (Petrol) in our car to get power for our car.

          Type 2 diabetes or blood sugar can be prevented by making some healthy changes to your everyday life.

What is pre-diabetes?

          Pre-diabetes refers to blood glucose (sugar) levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Although not everyone with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes, many people will.  Normal blood sugar level is less than 6 mm/mg


What are the signs of type 2 diabetes or blood sugar?

Take early signs of type 2 diabetes or blood sugar seriously.

Signs that you may have diabetes or high blood sugar levels include:

  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight change ( gain or loss)
  • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent or recurring infections
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
  • Trouble getting and maintaining an erection or losing your sex drive

Step 2:

Eat Well:

  • Eat at the right time

Eat meals and healthy snacks at regular times. Avoid going longer than four to six hours without eating.

  • Eat smaller portions

Portions are much bigger now than they were in the past. Big portions of any food can lead to weight gain.

  • Indian and Pakistani patients don’t eat more than 2 roties per day
  • Drink 2 glasses of 2 % milk per day
  • Minimum 2 cup of 2% yogurt
  • Papaya, Peaches, cherries, Pomegranate, watermelon will not increase your sugar level. Peaches you can take as much as you like. May differ from patient to patient. Must check with your health practitioner first.
  •   Take your time

Take the time to enjoy your meals. Wait at least 20 minutes before deciding to have a second helping. You might not want it.

  • Enjoy a variety of foods

Eat a variety of foods, such as brightly- colored vegetables and fruit. Whole grain breads and cereals, lower- fat milk and milk alternatives, lean meat, poultry, fish: and a variety of meat alternatives, such as beans, lentils and tofu.

  • Limit the following:
  1. Foods high in saturated and trans fats
  2. High fat milk, cheese and yogurt
  3. Sweetened fruit drinks, cocktails, punches and regular soft drinks
  4. Foods that are processed, deep- fried, sugary, salty or high in fat

Step 3:

Get moving:

Why is physical activity so important?

Being physically active can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes ( blood sugar), heart disease and some cancers.

Additional benefits of regular physical activity include:

  • Lower blood sugar
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved heart health
  • Weight loss
  • Stronger bones
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased energy levels

How much is enough?

Adults should do minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity each week. Activity that lasts as little as 10 minutes counts. Muscle- strengthening activities two days per week also recommended.

What type of activity is right for me?

There are lots of things you can do at home and at work to get more active during the day.

Choose activities that are fun, easy and fit into your schedule.

Use these six tips to keep you moving:

  • Set realistic goals:

Set small, attainable goals. Celebrate in a healthy way when you reach each one.

  • Start slowly:

Start with a goal of 10 minutes of activity per day and gradually work up to 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week:

  •  Build physical activity into your day:

Walk and take the stairs whenever you can.

  •  Make it social:

Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, go for a walk together. When you involve others in your activities, you are more likely to stay motivated.

  •  Have fun:

Whatever activity you choose- make it fun. Vary your activities so that you don’t get bored. You may also get better results.

  •  Try and try again:

It often takes several attempts to change your daily routine. If you don’t succeed the first time, just try again. Stick with it


Step 4:

Achieve a healthy weight that is right for you

Being overweight puts you at risk for many health problems and serious diseases.

Some of these are:

  • Diabetes (blood Sugar): obesity is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes (blood Sugar).
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure causes your heart to work harder and can lead to heart disease.
  • Stroke: Being overweight or obese are major risk factors for heart disease and stroke
  • Abnormal blood fats: A diet high in saturated fats and trans fats increase the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol in your body. This increases your risk of heart disease.
  • Cancer: People who are overweight have a higher risk of developing some kind of cancer.

Eating well and being active will help you achieve a healthy weight that is right for you. Achieving a healthy will lower your risk for many diseases. Talk to a health care professional to determine a healthy body weight for you.

Step 5:

Record your progress

Keep a diary of your goals and progress. This will help keep you on track and will motivate you to be healthier for yourself and your family.

Create a simple chart to track your goals and results.

Be realistic. It is not always easy to make changes. If one goal is right for you, list only one.

At the end of each day, if you are successful, give yourself a check mark on the daily tracking form.

Remember, it often takes several attempts to change eating and activity patterns. Don’t be discouraged if at first you don’t succeed- every small step can make a big difference in preventing type 2 diabetes or blood sugar.

Patients of type 2 Diabetes

Why is activity so important for people with type 2 diabetes?

According to Canadian diabetes association almost everyone, whether or not they have diabetes, benefits from exercise. Well- known health benefits include weight loss, strong bones, improved blood pressure, lower rates of heart disease and increased energy levels.

However, regular exercise also has special advantages if you have type 2 diabetes. Regular physical activity improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps manage your blood glucose levels.

Most of the time the people who are doing jobs which are less active such as truck or taxi driver, computer programmer, in these kind of jobs less time to do any kind of exercise. After the age of 40 more chances to become diabetic compared to those people who are doing exercise on regular basis. If someone has family history of diabetes then person should be more careful.  

Causes of Diabetes:

- Less exercise

-Too much carbohydrates ( sweets)

-  Family history of diabetes

- Too much stress

-  Over weight ( Obesity)

-  After dinner going to bed without little walk

- Too much use of antibiotics

-  Junk food

- Not proper sleep

-Over eating

Safety First:

- If you have been inactive for some time, talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program that is more strenuous than brisk walking.

-  Make sure you wear comfortable, proper –fitting shoes.

- Wear your Medic Alert bracelet or necklace

-  Listen to your body. Speak to your doctor if you are short of breath or have chest pain

-Monitor your blood glucose before, during and many hours after your activity to see how it affects your blood glucose levels

- Carry some forms of fast-acting carbohydrate with you in case you need to treat low blood glucose
( hypoglycemia), for example, life Savers or glucose tablets

How much is enough?

Your goal should be to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise each week, spread over at least 3 non-consecutive days.

You may have to start slowly, with as little as 5 to 10 minutes of exercise per day, and gradually build up to your goal. The good news, though is that multiple, shorter exercise sessions of at least 10 minutes each are probably as useful as a single longer session of the same intensity.

What kind of activity is best?

Both aerobic and resistance exercise are important for people with diabetes.

Aerobic exercises (such as brisk walking, running, swimming, dancing, hockey, skiing) work your heart and lungs and carry oxygen to your muscles.

Resistance exercise (such as weight training) increase muscle strength and complement the benefits of aerobic exercise. If you decide to begin resistance exercise, you should get some instruction by a qualified exercise specialist and start slow.

Keep going!

Habits can be hard to change, so be prepared with a plan in case your motivation starts to fade:

- Do something you like because it is hard to stick to an activity that is not fun. It may take you a few tries before you find the activity that is right for you.

- Have a support network. Ask your family, friends and co-workers to help you stay motivated by joining you for a walk or a workout at the gym

- Set small attainable goals and celebrate when you reach them. Reward yourself in healthy ways

- Maintain a healthy weight

- Seek professional help from a personal trainer or someone knowledgeable who can help you find a fitness regimen that will work for you

Regardless of your age, making the decision to become more physically active is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and the people who love you. Take that first step today

Most of the information is taken from Ontario.ca/diabetes


Dani Whitehead with a photo of Harper Whitehead.
Dani Whitehead with a photo of Harper Whitehead.
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Whooping cough makes deadly return across Canada


TORONTO — The Globe and Mail

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A highly contagious bacterial disease is spreading in four provinces, infecting as many as 2,000 people with a violent, uncontrollable cough and killing an infant in Alberta, as public-health authorities scramble to boost their vaccination programs.
British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, southern Alberta, parts of Southwestern Ontario and New Brunswick are dealing with severe outbreaks of a disease that was once on the wane – pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, which can be especially deadly if contracted by infants. The United States, meanwhile, appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with more than 18,000 cases reported so far.

As health authorities on both sides of the border urge parents to get their children vaccinated, and start offering free vaccine clinics for adults, the outbreaks have fuelled debate about the vaccine’s effectiveness over time. The latest spread of the disease can be partially explained by parents who shun vaccinating their children. But health officials say a larger issue is at play: Children under six years need five doses of the whooping cough vaccine, with a booster in their teenage years. Routine vaccination efforts, however, have stopped by the time they reach adulthood.
“We’ve got waned immunity,” said Doug Sider, Ontario’s acting associate medical officer of health. “We’re great at emphasizing childhood vaccinations. We need to do a much better job at emphasizing adult vaccinations.”
New Brunswick has more than 1,000 confirmed pertussis cases to date. Southern Alberta, which usually has one to three cases a year, has 42 confirmed cases, including a one-month-old who died last month from complications caused by whooping cough.
The grieving family of that child, Harper Whitehead, encouraged parents and children to get the vaccine to prevent similar tragedies. Harper started coughing 10 days after her birth in May. She was hospitalized when her coughing became more severe. She died in hospital.
“We, as a family, aren’t looking for attention from this tragic event, but to make people aware this is a real disease,” Harper’s aunt, Dani Whitehead, said in a statement. “This and other diseases like it can be prevented by families being immunized.”
Many infectious diseases are cyclical. Whooping cough peaks every two to five years. Babies are especially vulnerable because they haven’t been fully immunized against the disease. It can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and death. Infants under six months of age represent nearly 90 per cent of all pertussis-related deaths.
Ian Gemmill, medical officer of health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health, said research is looking at how often adults need a booster. Public health officials, he said, then need to make a firm recommendation.
“You and I won’t die from it. We will be exhausted. We will be unhappy. But,” Dr. Gemmill said, “the infants will.”
In an effort to curb the current outbreak, health authorities in various parts of the country are offering free vaccination clinics for parents and caregivers of infants under one. Studies have shown that 75 per cent of infants infected with whooping cough got it from a contact at home.
“What we’re trying to do is if we can get adults at any age … and give them one pertussis vaccine, then we correct that waning adult immunity and we bolster that collective immunity,” Dr. Sider said.
Damian Langton, 14, knows first-hand the havoc the disease can cause. Despite being vaccinated when he was younger, he was coughing so badly earlier this month that it burst some of his blood vessels and he had bruising around his eye. “I didn’t think it would be that bad,” the Toronto resident said. “I was shocked to know it was whooping cough.”
His father, Jerry Langton, recalls his son was “gasping for air” as he coughed. Damian is on antibiotics and the cough is less frequent. Mr. Langton has this simple advice for other parents who have children with symptoms: “Treat it as quickly as possible, and don’t use anything over the counter.”

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Protect Yourself From Parasites

Dr. OZ said how you and you family can avoid giving blood suckers a free ride

Just the thought of parasites can make your skin crawl. These uninvited passengers burrow, hook and hunker down to feast on the blood and body of unsuspecting hosts. However, some host-parasite relationships can be mutually beneficial: The bacteria living quietly in our gut help us with digestion and immune function.

But not all parasitic relationships are love affairs, and although many people think parasites only affect those in underdeveloped countries, infection and disease is common everywhere, even places where sanitation, personal hygiene and safe food- handling practices are routine.

When it comes to human disease there are 3 types of parasites that feast at the human table.

Protozoa- one-celled organisms that live and multiply in the blood or tissue of humans. They infect the body via mosquitoes and flies, and are found in soil and water.

- Helminths- parasitic flatworms, flukes, tapeworms, thorny-headed worms, roundworms and pinworms. They live in the gastrointestinal tract, blood, lymphatic system and other tissues.
- Ectoparasites- ticks, fleas,lice, and mites that live on the surface of a humans host and attach or burrow into the skin.

There are a host of parasitic infections that cause disease in humans. The effect can range from mildly annoying to life threatening. Malaria is the most prevalent parasitic disease world wide killing more than 1 million people each year, while trichomoniasis, a common vaginal infection, is the most common parasitic infection in the US.

Here are some parasitic diseases found on our doorstep.

- Ascariasis (roundworm)- The eggs produced by roundworms living in a soil are transmitted to humans when they are swallowed. The eggs hatch into worms in the intestines, that cause pain and vomiting, and can also travel through the bloodstream to the lungs to cause wheezing and coughing. The eggs can be transmitted via human feces found in fields, streets, and black yards.

- Pediculosis (lice)- Lice can infect the human head, body and public hair. They are spread by close contact with another infected person or contaminated furniture and clothing.

- Giardiasis ( giardia)- Giardiasis comes form drinking or coming into contact with water, feces (human and animal), food, hands or objects contaminated with the giardia larvae. It causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, greasy stool, dehydration and weight loss.

- Trichomoniasis (trich)- The trichomonas parasite is a sexually transmitted disease that infects the vagina and urogential tract.

- Cryptosporidiosis (crypto)- A protozoa that infects the gastrointestinal track causing life-threatening diarrhea, particularly in immunocompromised people.

Toxoplasmosis - Is primarily transmitted when infected undercooked meat is eaten. It also infects domestic cats, who can release eggs in their feces to later infect their human caretakers. The parasite does not become infectious until 1 to 5 days after it is shed in a cat's feces. It can cause mild aches and pains and severe damage to the brain, eyes, or other organs.

Scabies (mites)- Mites burrow into the upper layer of the skin to lay eggs. The pimple- like " S- shaped" rash is intensely itchy. It is easily contracted through skin to skin contact with an infected person and can be acquired during sexual encounters.

Enterobiasis ( pinworm)- Is cause by a roundworm (nematode) and infects the colon and rectum. Female pinworms crawl out of the intestines through the anus and deposit their eggs on the surrounding skin, usually when a person is sleeping. The eggs are transferred to the mouth of a new host from hands that have come in contact with egg- contaminated food, clothing or bedding where they can survive for 2 to 3 weeks.