You are what you eat

October 28th, 2011 by DoctorZaidi

You are what you eat. Overeating is the main reason of obesity, which is the root cause of many diseases….. Learn how obesity causes Insulin Resistance, what is Insulin Resistance and How it damages your body?…..

How often should I check my blood glucose?

October 12th, 2011 by DoctorZaidi

If you are Type 2 diabetic, Ideally, you should test your blood glucose first thing in the morning and then about two hours after each meal. For many patients, this becomes cumbersome. Pricking your fingers several times a day is no fun. I tell my patients to rotate the timing of testing each day. For example, one day check it in the morning, the next day check it two hours after lunch and the third day, do it two hours after dinner.

The two hours post- meal blood glucose value is particularly important for the following reasons: 

  • It has been shown to be closely linked to the risk for heart attack in several excellent medical studies.
  • It shows the impact of your food on your blood glucose. The two hours post-meal blood glucose value should be less than 140 mg/dl, preferably less than 120 mg/dl. A value more than 140 mg/dl indicates that you either ate too much or you ate the wrong food or a combination of these two factors. You should write down what you ate. Soon you will know what to eat and what to avoid. Share this diary with your doctor on each visit.

Excerpt from “Take Charge of Your Diabetes.”

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Stress Management: Weekly Quote by Dr. Zaidi

October 9th, 2011 by DoctorZaidi

Excessive thinking about the future is the major reason for fear, anxiety and panic attacks.

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What Causes An Autoimmune Disease?

October 2nd, 2011 by DoctorZaidi

Autoimmune diseases include a wide range of diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, asthma, eczema, vitiligo, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, lupus, M.S., rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, vitamin B 12 deficiency, Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and adrenal insufficiency. 

There are four major well known risk factors that contribute to any of the autoimmune diseases. 

These are: genetics, food, vitamin D deficiency and stress. 

While genetics obviously cannot be changed, the other three factors are treatable. And can make a huge difference in calming down the disease.