Nutritional Concepts

November 17, 2008

The Flu Shot:
to have or
not to have?

Dear Valued Client,

Around this time of year, we probably get more questions about the flu shot than just about anything else. We understand this is a very personal decision for many of you. For evaluating risk/reward, refer to, The Flu Shot: To have or not to have?

Diabetes up 90% in Past Decade

Fueled by growing obesity, increased exposure to toxicity, and sedentary lifestyles, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said there is no end in sight to the diabetes epidemic.

Most of the newly diagnosed diabetes cases are Type 2, which is more closely linked to lifestyle choices.

The methods to which blood sugar can be controlled through diet and lifestyle has been well documented on our website, blog, and eNewsletters. However, we want to reaffirm two simple rules for diagnostic testing if you suspect diabetes may be an issue.

Rule One
Glucose level is not the most accurate indicator for blood sugar impairment. Glucose levels can widely vary depending on current health status. In addition, glucose levels are often screened as non-fasting, which renders them useless. If fasting, glucose may act as a marker for further investigation.

Rule Two
Hemoglobin A1C (HgbA1C) is the gold standard blood test for diabetes diagnosis. HgbA1C gives a rough average of your blood glucose levels for the past two to three months.

New Test on the Horizon?
In addition to the HgbA1C, another marker may be appearing on the lab chart: eAG. A study that appeared in the August 2008 issue of Diabetes Care established that eAG creates a better understanding of your HgbA1C results, similar to what you would see if reading a glucose meter. Besides giving health professionals better accuracy in diagnosing blood sugar disorders, eAG is especially helpful for those who already have diabetes and need extremely accurate glucose testing on a daily basis.


For immediate access to blood sugar balance resources, please refer to recent materials we have written on the subject:

Invest In Wellness.


Shari's Apple Crisp
Thanksgiving Delicious!

Gluten-free, wheat-free.
See recipe details.

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November Sale!

Carlson Super 2 Daily

Vitaline Alka-Aid

Twinlab Daily One Caps with and without iron

Metagenics Cal Apatite, Plus, Forte, and with Boron

Order here

November News You Can Use (click on image to enlarge)

Have a happy, healthy day,
Bonnie, Steve, and the staff