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Nµ30 Premier

Nµ30 Premier

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Published by David P. Greenberg
Nµ30: The multimedia e-magazine and community devoted to athleticism, eating right and living better - in Midlife.

This is a multimedia magazine containing videos, audio files, and text based articles on issues relating to health, weight management, athleticism and alternative lifestyles, for individuals who are 50 and above, but want to live as if they are still 30.

In order to view the embedded audio and video files, you must download the magazine as a pdf document, and open it in Adobe Reader.
Nµ30: The multimedia e-magazine and community devoted to athleticism, eating right and living better - in Midlife.

This is a multimedia magazine containing videos, audio files, and text based articles on issues relating to health, weight management, athleticism and alternative lifestyles, for individuals who are 50 and above, but want to live as if they are still 30.

In order to view the embedded audio and video files, you must download the magazine as a pdf document, and open it in Adobe Reader.

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Published by: David P. Greenberg on Mar 01, 2011
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02/01/2013

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Why a Magazine?ByDavid P. Greenberg 
On July 12
th
2006, after suffering amonth of unbearable thirst, inability totolerate all but ice cream, dizziness, blurredvision, weakness, malaise, a constant needto urinate, profuse perspiration and a host ofother maladies, I was officially diagnosed asDiabetic. I was brought into Emergency, atthe Leahy Clinic in Burlington, MA, where Iwas immediately triaged past a waiting roomfull of patients, and hooked up to all kinds ofwires, tubes and pipes.  
One of the few “before” shots I have of me.
 While medical professionals weretelling my wife that she might need to makemy final arrangements, they were pumpingme full of saline, insulin and blood pressurestabilizers – working against time, trying tokeep me from slipping into a coma. Mykidneys had completely broken down, andmy own blood was rapidly becoming toxic.My weight at that time was 180, butI’m told that I was at least 25 lbs dehydrated.My actual weight would have been 205. I’m5 foot 7. That means that my body wasalmost 30% fat.After 10 ½ hours, I was finallydeemed stable enough to release – to theoffice of a Diabetes Educator. They wouldn’ttake no for an answer. “Go to the Educator,or we’re not releasing you.” Here, my newlife was spelled out for me. No more than1800 calories per day, no simplecarbohydrates, starches or sugar. I wasgiven a ream of prescriptions and shownhow to use my new – joined at the hip – companion, a blood glucose meter.Moreover, I was told I would need to walk atleast 1 mile a day.Thus, I set off on the journey ofbeing a Diabetic. I got into a Diabetes Clinicat Mass General Hospital, and was told Iwould need to see an endocrinologist,monthly. I would be given all sorts of tests,and a 2nd ream of prescriptions. Afterfollowing a course of stabilization drugs, Iwas told that I would begin taking 3000mGof
Metformin 
® “every day for the rest of [my]life.”Two things happened. The first wasthat the Medication made me even sicker. Iwas nauseated, incontinent, and gassy. Icouldn’t stand the taste of the already blandand horrible food they wanted me to eat; yet,I felt constantly hungry. I was having fits ofrage. My mouth was dry as dirt, and it tastedlike I-93. My vision was getting worse, and Iwas having hot and cold flashes.The second thing occurred duringone of my 1-mile walks. As I was huffing andpuffing along, sweating like prizefighter, andwishing maybe the doctors hadn’t done theirjobs so well, I took stock of myself.Right up until my late 30s, I hadbeen extremely athletic. I was a hiker, rollerskater, bike messenger and martial artist. Ihad a six-pack. My metabolism worked likethe Hadron Collider.“Who is this guy?” I rememberasking myself. “David Greenberg was a guywho’d welcome a 10 mile hike, and now hecan’t manage to stumble along for a singlemile.” I had been given the responsibility ofmaintaining a beautiful machine, and I hadlet it rust on blocks in the driveway.  
 
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 I made a decision. I would studyeverything I could find, about Diabetes,weight loss, obesity and exercise. From thisI would develop a program by which I could
beat 
this disease, without medication. Iwould lose the weight, and keep it off.Moreover, and of even greater significance, Iwould fix my broken metabolism.Diabetes is a very simple disease.Your body doesn’t metabolize the glucose itproduces, glucose that your organs andmuscles need for energy. To put it the moststraightforward way, you have too muchsugar in your blood.Therefore, the problem at hand wasto reduce, drastically, that amount of sugar. Idecided that I could successfully drop the1800 calories down to 1200, if those calorieswere high enough in protein, and lowenough in carbohydrates and saturated fats.Now, 1200 calories per day soundsself-sacrificing. That’s a chain gang diet.Unbelievably, if the calories have the correctmix of proteins and unsaturated fats, it’s notbad. I don’t feel hungry, or the least bitdeprived. Moreover, my food tastes good
and 
satisfies.My endocrinologist, a wonderfulman and an attentive and caring doctor, wasreluctant to take me off Metformin. He toldme that Diabetes medicines have a period ofefficacy. After that efficacy wears off, theyswitch you to another in the protocol. Theyhave only a finite number of drugs. I wouldneed to stay on the
Met 
for as long as it wasefficacious. My primary care physician,however – also a wonderful human beingand a great doctor – suggested I try
Starlix 
®. This drug was a godsend. None ofthe negative side effects of Metformin, andyou only take it before meals. I will be talkingmore about both Starlix and Metformin infuture issues.This was fine, but
my 
plan was toget off medication, completely.First off, a mile walk, every day, isgreat, but I needed
exercise 
. I needed to joina gym. Second off, I’d need to learn how tocook, and I would need to study foodchemistry. What is
cholesterol 
? How doesyour body assimilate
glucose 
? Whichproteins are complete? Which types of fats,saturated or unsaturated, are most easilymetabolized? How does insulin penetratecellular plasma membranes? How does ATPfit in to the equation?These are all pertinent questions,but the more essential ones, like whatexactly is a calorie, which ones are
empty 
and which ones aren’t, How can I eat 1200calories a day, become
active 
, and not feellike I was starving myself – these were thequestions that really needed answering.How can I keep this up long enough to loseweight, and keep it off, if the food I eattastes like what we feed our dog, Jack? Howcan I stand to divorce myself from all thefoods I love?At about this time, I startedexperimenting with herbal teas. One tea thatI found tolerable was
Yerba Mate.
At onepoint, I found a tea called
Yerba Mate Royale.
Well, this had to be even better.After all, it’s “royale.” I went home andbrewed up a cup. I took a sip, and my heartjumped into my throat. “Uh oh! This issweet!” Visions of possible convulsions andamputations flashed before my eyes. Thedreaded sugar had found it’s way into mymouth, even with all my precautions.  
The choice is
yours.
  

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