Nutrientology | Stop Prediabetes

We hope you find this information helpful toward achieving your best health, stopping prediabetes and avoiding nasty diabetes problems and complications.


healthy food not too expensive How much more expensive do you think it is to “eat healthy?”

It’s probably less than you think, and I bet with some added resourcefulness the difference could be even less.

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 quit smokingIf you haven’t kicked the habit yet, why not? It’s never too late.

Most people are aware of the lung damage and breathing problems that usually come about from tobacco use, but how many know it negatively impacts health right down to our bones?

Cigarette smoking decreases bone health and increases the risk of breaking a bone or injuring a tendon.  It also increases the risk for complications from surgery, including non-healing and delayed healing of bones, surgical infection as well as other wound-healing complications.


leg exercise prevents frailty syndromeLeg Exercise Wards Off Frailty Syndrome

In this article that briefly discusses a “15-second frailty screen,” you will note how lower extremity health is linked to the indicators of frailty syndrome in this screening test. Maintaining functional, moving, strong feet and legs is not only the key to avoiding frailty syndrome, but to successful aging in general.

The physician in the video accompanying this article mentions he prescribes exercise to his patients. I wonder how much he stresses the legs in his Rx? As those who “do legs” on a regular basis will attest, it is a bitter sweet medicine and a love-hate relationship often develops.

In Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It he puts it this way, “the sixth age shifts into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon, with spectacles on nose and pouch on side, his youthful hose well sav’d, a world too wide, for his shrunk shank…”

The “shrunk shank” refers to the atrophy of the legs that occurs during aging. Public health messages should be produced emphasizing strong functional lower limbs. And yes, that should most definitely include resistance movements. This would not only ward off age-related sarcopenia and frailty-related disease, I believe it would also play a significant role in reducing the epidemics of prediabetes, metabolic syndrome and diabetes – if followed, of course…”Aye, there’s the rub.”

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krill oil dha epa supplementKrill oil better at improving n-3:n-6 PUFA ratio and omega-3 index?

This study points out that krill oil is another source of the important omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA.   Of course, the best source is by eating fatty fish to begin with. Food is medicine.

It also provides a reminder that there is generally a problem with the intake of omega-3 to omega-6 in the typical Western diet. Researchers found “krill oil could be more effective than fish oil in increasing n-3 PUFA, reducing n-6:n-3 PUFA ratio, and improving the omega-3 index.”

Although the content of omega-3 PUFA in krill oil is similar to that found in fish oil, they are not the same. Whether this difference is physiologically relevant  remains to be determined. Krill oil is more expensive, and the added cost may not be worth it?

While we are always cautious when looking at studies in which there may be a conflict of interest, we do not automatically dismiss them out-of-hand. This study is an example of that.    Study abstract –—>


vitamin d pre diabetes diet supplement for metabolic syndrome x treatmentVitamin D level more likely to be insufficient in the overweight and obese

Vitamin D always seems to be in the spotlight – and for good reason – it is an important hormone. Recently there was a review of 290 studies that questioned whether low vitamin D levels were a cause for ill health or a consequence of ill health. —->

While the study cited here does not help answer that question, it does associate overweight and obesity with a higher chance of having a low (<30 ng/dL) vitamin D level. If overweight the risk of vitamin D being low was 24% and if obese, the risk rises to 55%.     Source —->


green leafy vegetablesInteresting association between green leafy vegetables and omega-3 supplement response

Researchers are not exactly sure about the nature of this association, but it seems that people who regularly eat vegetables and legumes – especially dark green vegetables – appear to respond better to omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.

Although this study looked at omega-3 supplement utilization, and not omega-3 from food, the synergistic effect of various foods is not necessarily surprising. Many people understand the value of eating real plants and animals, and eating them from the same plate, but this does strike us as an unusual  combo. Green vegetables must contain higher amounts of specific nutrient(s) important for omega-3 uptake. Any thoughts on what this may be? Magnesium?

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tai chi mindfulness exerciseExercise is medicine that comes in many different flavors.

One of those flavors is mindfulness exercise movement, and Tai Chi Chuan is a great example. This art can be carried out at varying intensities depending on the particular style. A lower-intensity approach naturally enables longer exercise bouts. This lower -intensity form can be especially helpful in the elderly with cardiovascular disease and numerous other medical conditions as reviewed in the study cited below.

Tai Chi has been a common subject of study: “Previous research has shown that Tai Chi enhances aerobic capacity, muscular strength, balance, and psychological well-being. Additionally, Tai Chi training has significant benefits for common cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, poor exercise capacity, endothelial dysfunction, and depression. Tai Chi is safe and effective in patients with acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, congestive heart failure, and stroke.”

If the gym or fitness center isn’t the place for you, see if there’s Tai Chi instruction in your town.


new zealand dietShould native New Zealanders go back to their dietary roots?

This article is brief, but so rich. First some definitions – Maori refers to a group of native New Zealand people, and Pakeha refers to European settlers.

A New Zealand public health professor believes the Maori would be better off if they went back to eating the way they did before European settlers (Pakeha) arrived and changed their traditional culture. This involves eating in a way that goes against the low-fat approach of conventional contemporary nutritional advice.

The arguments against returning to the traditional diet are:
1) There is insufficient evidence to support this dietary approach
2) It sounds faddish and strange
3) It is confusing
4) Maori can’t be trusted with something as potent as fat
5) It’s too expensive
6) Maori do not have the necessary willpower to make the change

Despite this, the public health professor’s antagonist believes, “the diet could have benefits for people who have, or could develop, diabetes.”

Something is wrong with this apparently contradictory line of thinking. This reasoning needs to be reconciled. Like much of the rest of the world, New Zealand has not avoided the diabetes, prediabetes and obesity epidemics.   Source –—>


stomach with gastric fluidWhat medication has been linked to both magnesium and vitamin B12 deficiency?

Recent research has tied prescription “heartburn” medications known as “proton pump inhibitors” to significantly higher odds of a vitamin B12 deficiency. —->

It has been known for some time that these medications can lead to low magnesium levels as well. ——>

Do not stop taking any prescribed medications, but if you have a problem with heartburn, seek out a healthcare professional who will work to get to the cause of the problem. This condition can lead to severe medical problems.

Example of proton pump inhibitors include: omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium), rabeprazole (AcipHex).

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.
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