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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Latest A1C and blood pressure Readings

I had my 6 month check up today and thought I would post the results. My A1C was 6.8% (which was down .5 points since the Jan 2011 A1C. Not what I had hoped for, however it is moving in the right direction and my goal next time is to be at 6.4% of UNDER. My blood pressure was 118/76 which I attribute to exercising and the Green Smoothie Drinks every day with 3 to 4 stalks of celery.

While sitting in the Joslin Clinic waiting room, I cam across an article on blueberries and though I would pass it along to you. The article was from a periodical called "In Good Health" which is CNY's Healthcare Newspaper.

Since heart disease and diabetes go hand in hand if not taken very seriously, the article was about the health benefits of eating blueberries. They are high in antioxidant activity mainly because of their high contents of ployphenols (the same substance linked to cardiovascular benefits in tea, red wine and chocolate).

There is something else in blueberries called ANTHOCYANIN, another antioxidant, that has generated a lot of interest. Based on a recent Nurses study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who reported the highest intake of anthocyanin, (mainly from blueberries and strawberries) had a 8% reduction in their risk of hypertension.
In addition to the blood pressure benefits, blueberries are also good for aging brains. The latest research presented by Dr. Shibu Poulose of the American chemical Society, concluded that eating blueberries activates the brain's natural (Housekeeper) mechanism., resulting in improved memory and defends against overall mental decline as we age.

They also benefit our bowels. A chemical present in blueberries may help prevent colon cancer by decreasing INFLAMATION and inhibiting growth of cancerous cells.

What's not to like. Try some blueberries on your cereal every morning, or on your yogurt, or try some in a smoothies in your blender or Vita Mixer. They are also great just for a snack. They are also a good source of natural vitamin C and manganese which is good for your bones.


Ezekiel 47:12
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing."

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