Category: Diabetic Tips

Holiday Stress

Holiday Stress

Yes, the Holidays are upon us.  Shopping, decorating, eating,  spending, cooking, eating,  planning, visiting, eating.  See a pattern here?  Food, and I use the term losely, will be available and offered continuously.  Most, however, is  fat, high fructose corn syrup,  and sugar filled snacks, treats and desserts.  Sure someone worked hard to make them,  with love I’m sure, however, if the person preparing these goodies really cares, they will not be insulted by your refusal, or your “O.K., but just a bite”, reply, and more importantly, they should not even try to make us feel guilty for not indulging.

This time of year is a good excuse for cheating, and we all do, yes, even me!!!!  We must, however, choose our cheats carefully, not just one of each, or, I’ll starve myself tomorrow.  Homemade foods, desserts especially, are very hard to guesstimate the carb load and the numerous other ingredient that will raise that blood sugar number up, not to  mention blood fats, blood pressure, ets.  If we could just not feel like we are being punished or ripped-off because we should not eat it all, and work on a mind-set of being thankful that we have a legitimate  excuse, or easy out, for not packing on the pounds, or feeling  bloated or stuffed.  Yes, it is a whole new mind set, I’ve been working on it for many years, but it works for me.   The important people I’m around understand, the others I really don’t care if they do.  Ignorance runs amok when it comes to good, safe foods and snacks, and you can see it in appearances.

Be safe this Holiday, be careful to use moderation, and if it makes the cavities  in your teeth hurt to eat it,  watch out!!!

Helpful Diabetes Information That Everyone Should Know

Helpful Information Everyone Should Know.

The word diabetes conjures up fear for many people. What is needed to combat this fear is knowledge that can help you to control and live with this illness. Compilations of tips like the ones you’re about to read will be very encouraging. They are a powerful tool you can use to fight the damages of uncontrolled diabetes.

Eating fiber aids in assisting carbohydrates out of your system once consumed, as well as sugars found in your system, all of which help to maintain  healthy blood sugar level. Fiber can be found in many grains, vegetables, fruits and other foods, as well as adding ground Flax Seed to cereals, oatmeal, yogurts and smoothies.   Maintaining  healthy blood sugar levels not only helps prevent diabetes but also helps offset diabetic symptoms and complications after you are already diagnosed.  Make sure you have plenty of fiber in your diet.

If you have Type 2  diabetes, you should avoid the temptation of changing your medication without first talking to your doctor. There are numerous oral medication choices out there right now, and yes, they are all designed for the same reason; lowering blood sugar, however, they all work through different ways in your system.  Some increase insulin release by stimulating your pancreas, some allow carbs to bypass absorption in colon, while other assist in desensitizing insulin receptors, and that is only a small example.  It can be dangerous to experiment on your own because some, but not all, oral meds can cause serious hypoglycemia, or dangerously low blood sugars. Therefore, you need to talk to your doctor, and find out what options he or she suggests for you.  Take your medicine exactly as prescribed. If your medication is not doing a good job in keeping your glucose levels low, resist the impulse to take more of the medication to compensate. Recheck your meals plans and carb intake and make sure your meds are taken at the right times.   Read more »

Diabetes Diet For Diabetes Symptoms

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For quite sometime, diabetes has been-and continues to be-the bane of a good percentage of the population of most countries. It affects about 20 million Americans alone, with another 40 million having prediabetes, an early precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Once food is digested, it is broken down into various nutrients which travel into the bloodstream.  Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin,  and the insulin cannot carry the glucose to the liver to be stored as glycogen, or to the muscles to be used for energy, but rather gets stored as fat.  Other times, insulin receptors are no longer sensitive to insulin, they can become desensitized, which happens after years of eating bad carbs.

There are two general classifications of diabetes, with another specifically afflicting women. Type 1 can affect an individual from childhood, often as young as several months, though many more are diagnosed as adolescents.  Fewer are diagnosed as young adults but it does occur. In this type the body produces no or very little insulin so that daily injections are needed. No amount of diet or exercise can maintain safe normal levels for type 1,  although there are now new ways for insulin delivery; pumps, insulin pens, and even pancreas transplants.  There has been no definitive cause or explanation for Type 1, however, they feel genetics plays a large role.  Read more »

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