Doctor Oz was contacted by Mac, a 20 year old boy who is scared to lose both of his parents: Brenda and Jim. Jim has had diabetes for 10 years and takes insulin 3 times a day. Brenda is also severely overweight. With the help of Dr. Oz and Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Somer, author of Eat Your Way To Happiness, any diabetic will be able to lose weight and get healthy. In fact, if you have diabetes and are overweight… if you lose 5% of your weight, you can dramatically shift all of your health risk factors.
Anyone with Diabetes should visualize that glass shards are scraping away what is essentially the “Teflon lining” inside of their arteries, which can lead to impotence, kidney failure, losing your eyes, amputation, heart attacks and other health problems. Dr. Oz showed that Jim has to cut his socks because otherwise the sock cuts off his circulation. The swelling, cracks and pigment discoloration on Jim’s leg are all classic signs of being diabetic and overweight.
Brenda’s Truth Tube Results:
– CRP (C Reactive Protein should be less than 3): Brenda’s CRP was 20.4
– Weight: 332 pounds
– Blood Pressure Medication: 4 pills
– Blood Pressure: 210/120
– Life Expectancy: Brenda is 46 and is expected to live until 65
Jim’s Truth Tube Results:
– Diabetes Medication: 3 times a day
– Glucose: 178
– Weight: 386 pounds
– Blood Pressure: 155/175
– Life Expectancy: Jim is 49 and is expected to live until 60
Elizabeth Somer’s 3 D’s to a Health Diabetic Diet:
1. Downsize Portions
Downsize your portions of unhealthy foods (like fried foods) but increase your portions of vegetables. For example, fill your plate with 1/4 plate of chicken, 1/4 plate of healthy grains, and 1/2 plate of veggies. For healthy recipes, checkout Recipes For Diets.
2. Don’t Skimp, Don’t Skip
You should eat mini-meals and snacks throughout the day such as whole grain bread and peanut butter, almonds, or hummus and peppers.
3. Dump the Whites
Substitute sweet potatoes with cinnamon instead of white potatoes.
In addition to eating healthy foods, exercise is crucial. The YMCA of Riverside City is giving Jim and Brenda a lifetime membership to their gym, which includes a heated pool. Dr. Oz recommends that overweight individuals at least try to walk in a swimming pool, because it is easier on your joints but is still a great workout.