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Diabetics are used to lab tests and self-testing, and the more we understand our body, the more successful we are in helping to restore its balance. Fine-tuning your body should be something you are aware of, for when Balance is lost, that’s when dis-ease erupts.
You do not always need a lab to give you information, if you become aware of your own body’s signals. It has a language with which it communicates — often through spasms, pain, rigidity, tingling etc., and whenever lab tests do expose a problem, then you must monitor and try to reverse it.
Sometimes, the tests themselves cause you problems! Then you need to discuss with your physician if the “risk” is worth the “gain”.
As many diabetics have kidney problems and heart problems, this warning about further renal damage is the main information for today’s post.
Diabetes is not kind to kidneys or diabetic hearts, but as Dr. Robert Rowen, MD says in July 2010:
“Don’t let your doctor use X-ray dyes unless you do this first …”
If you have an X-ray that uses a contrast dye scheduled, then please read this before going to the doctor for the tests. It could save your kidneys, regardless of which organ system is being tested.
Contrast dyes are important to see how your organs function, like in coronary angiography or kidney X-rays. But those contrast dyes carry significant risk of renal damage, especially if you already have kidney disease.
However, you can prevent the damage with one simple, easily found supplement.
Dr. Rowen continues: “Scientists compared the effectiveness of NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) and vitamin C in 212 patients scheduled for angiography. They gave half of the patients 1,200 mg of NAC twice daily the day before and the day of the angiogram. They gave the other half of the patients Vitamin C: 3 grams and 2 grams the day before and 2 grams twice after the exam. Then they compared the kidney damage of both groups.”
“NAC outdid vitamin C in protection. That’s good news for those with risk. However, I don’t think you need to choose one supplement over the other.”
“X-ray contrast dyes carry risk whether or not you have kidney disease. If you ever need a dye study, consider taking NAC (500 mg three times daily) along with vitamin C (1 gram three times daily).
I see no downside to this regimen. These nutrients both generate and recycle glutathione. Glutathione is your body’s most important detoxifier and cellular protector. So they will both offer protection.”
Reference: American Heart Journal, 2009.
Em says: You can also buy Glutathione. Follow the usage on the label if your physician agrees. It is unlikely the regular dose will be a problem, as Glutathione is what your own body is trying to make (successfully or unsuccessfully) in order to always protect you against cellular damage.
Diabetics must protect their kidneys, and the cellular damage which happens daily, in diabetes, is a reason to learn more about using NAC and Vitamin C and / or Glutathione, daily, as part of your own regimen. Discuss this with a nutritionally-oriented, knowledgeable physician (not all of them are, by any means).
Make sure that you are getting plenty of water as your premier source of liquids, especially for those of you in warm or summery climes.
Also, make sure you always replace the liquids lost to sweating and exercise. Use a small pinch or two of organic whole sea-salt in a liter of spring water instead of Gatorade or other electrolyte drinks. Organic whole sea salt is an alkaline food which helps counteract tissue acidity caused by normal metabolism, stress, poor eating, lack of exercise and harmful environmental factors.
Seaweed helps to alkalize, too. (Discuss this if you take Warfarin or Coumadin, as your dose will need to be adjusted — seaweed is Nature’s blood-thinner.)
Gatorade’s artificial colors are very counter-productive for Health and it has Bromine in it too, which is also to be avoided. Make sure you are not drinking Fluoridated water, either. Kidneys need you to make good choices to preserve their function!
Best to all — Em
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