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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "Hay'n; Alzheimers-Diabetes-A Good Breakfast; Independence Day"

Greetings to ever one in Western Illinois and all readers of The Quill.

I'm a hope'n by the time ya reads this column the water level has gone down a bit and there are no more big rains up north a feed'n these waters that flow through our area.


A lot of fields of hay was cut ahead of this past week end's rain and some of them fields got put up, them lucky buggers. The rest of them fellers just got a good bath fer their roughage , along with another drink fer their crops.



"Did ya know" that Alzheimers is begin'n ta widely be considered Type 3 diabetes?

There is a direct connection betwixt diabetes and Alzheimers. Scientific research is come'n through very clear on the subject.

There are about 382 million people live'n with diabetes world wide. Interestingly it is estimated that in about twenty five (25) years one person in 10 will have the disease total'n about 592 million people.

About 316 million folk now are at risk fer type 2 diabetes with that number gyrocket'n to almost 500 million in a generation or so.

The scary part about the problem is that the disease remains undiagnosed and hidden in much of the world.

So what role does insulin play in our bodies?

"Did ya know" the main job of insulin is ta keep the level of sugar in the bloodstream within a normal range. The numbers used to measure the density of sugar in the blood are ion mg/dl.

Normal range fer fasting or that state of non-eating, where the stomach is empty and as much glucose as possible has been moved from the blood stream, is 80-100.

After eating when the food is digested and glucose is absorbed into the blood, normal is 170-200.

Two ta three hours after eating the blood sugar level falls as insulin does its work of moving glucose from the blood into tissues need'n it fer food and the normal range is 120-140.

After ya eat, carbohydrates break down into sugar and enter the blood stream in the form of glucose, a sugar that serves as a primary source of energy.

Normally, the pancreas responds by producing insulin, which allows sugar ta enter the tissues.

After ya eat-when insulin levels are high-excess glucose is stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. Betwixt meals-when insulin levels are low-the liver releases glycogen into the bloodstream in the form of sugar. This keeps blood sugar levels within a narrow range.

A Good Breakfast

Public Health Nutrition published research which found that poor breakfast habits amonst children predicted metabolic syndrome in adulthood, particularly high fasting glucose and central obesity.

Metabolic syndrome was 68 percent more likely in adults who ate poor breakfasts in their youth, "Poor breakfasts" were considered to be skipping breakfast or only eating small amounts of high sugar foods.

The study concluded that poor breakfast habits at age 16 years predicted the metabolic syndrome at age 43 years; independently of early confounders, like lifestyle, body mass index, and socio-economic status.

Of the metabolic syndrome components, poor breakfast habits at age 16 years predicted central obesity and high fasting glucose at age 43 years.

The study indicated 10 to 30 percent of children and adolescents in the US and Europe do not eat breakfast.

Shame on you if'n as a parent ya falls in this category. It also explains why many folk push fer school breakfast programs, because of its affect later in life.

A long held opinion fer healthy live'n is ta eat moderate amounts of all food groups and exercise more than ya eats.

Breakfast yet continues to serve as the most important meal of the day. Protein should be at the top of the list fer that first meal of the day fer the fight against diabetes.

So them old folk, of years ago on the farm knew what they was a do'n by eat'n a good breakfast rich in body-building protein and mind-enhancing fats. These type foods not only helped them fellers function better throughout the day but also set themselves up fer a long, healthy life.

Their relatively low mechanized lifestyle gave themselves plenty of exercise with the housework mostly without modern mechanization fer the woman folk and farm work fer men and boys alike.

The question is, is your breakfast a smart start ta your life today fer your children, grandchildren, and yourself? If'n the answer is no, then the next question is why not? Does we have to call child welfare on ya ta make ya feed your loved ones properly?

Independence Day

I'm a hope'n ever one celebrated a good 4th of July weekend last weekend in spite of the rain.

I couldn't help but think, as Old Glory passed by in a parade, that King George years ago didn't trust his subjects ta make good decisions on their own.

Now after all these years has passed, since The Revolution ta overthrow that erroneous way of thinking, Big Government has come along try'n ta make many decisions fer its subjects because it doesn't trust the decision make'n abilities of its people.

How ironic is that?

And, what happened ta that American spirit and way of think'n that threw off that dominat'n form of government?

Hope'n ta see ya in church this weekend.

Wherever ya is, whatever ya be a do'n BE A GOOD ONE!!

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya Later