Category: Diabetic Tips

Fruit Regarding Diabetes – What Are the Many Fruits Suitable for Diabetes Patients.

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Fruit is always a healthy food choice, however, when pertaining to diabetic patients, carb counting and  measuring is hugely important to prevent glucose spikes.  There is a learning curve each PWD will have to decipher for themselves, as each person uses, absorbs, expels and converts fructose differently, the “glycemic index” manuals have charts which are priceless for this equation,  to give you an idea of how fast that sugar will hit your bloodstream.   When picking a piece of fruit, small is best just to be safe.  Other factors in fruit;  pulp is good fiber, oranges, grapefruit, nectarines to name a few, which assist the transport of that fruit out before being absorbed into the blood.  Listed below are easy means to determine whether the actual fruit to be eaten will be of value to your overall nutrition or dangerous to your glucose control.

By educating yourself, keeping records at first; with time, fruit portion/size, activity after eating and for myself, I never eat anything without checking what my BS (blood sugar)is at the time, then rechecking later.  It can seem overwhelming, however, it is crucial for successful A1Cs at your next MD visit and simply just because every time I’m not feeling “right”, it is usually due to my BS levels.  Everyone’s body, especially metabolize, is hugely different, and I can only speak through my experience, that even my own varies dependent on many factors.  Do the work, keep track of what you put in your mouth.

Diabetics should pay special attention to avoiding the aforementioned foods with high glycemic value, and also include foods full of high saturated fats, trans fats, high quantities of sugars, and there are many hidden forms of sugars in nutrition labels, whether it is a sugar substitute,  (which do their own damage) or a preservative you cannot pronounce.  You can refer to the article on artificial sweeteners in this website for a full list.   Read more »

Let the Holidays Begin!!!

Let the Holidays Begin

As every PWD (person with diabetes) knows, holidays can be a really difficult time.  Whether your goal is just watching your blood sugar intake, or worse, watching your weight as well, everyone and their brother is going to try to guilt you into eating from the, “Oh,  just one bite won’t hurt you” list.   We all know a bite probably won’t hurt you, but if you are like  millions of Americans, “just one bite” does not suffice.  This may sound odd, however, I consider myself lucky to have lived with diabetes all my life versus learning I have Type 2 after all those years of poor eating habits.    I went through my periods of  “well I can just take a shot for that”,  but I did  not embrace a life style of poor eating habits, and what I learned from early family life, I soon outgrew once I left home.   I have also learned that many of the things I thought I could not do without, I CAN.

Fortunately,  I love healthy foods, including every fruit or  vegetable grown, including anything and everything that can be put into a salad.  The trick is when invited to a dinner, Holiday or regular,  inquire what is on the menu so that you may bring something to accompany it or just contribute to the meal.  I will always bring the “boring”  veggie tray with vegetable dip for others, or some appetizer that I can pick through without looking obvious; cheese and fruit slices with a kick-butt fruit dip made w/Amaretto and cool whip (lite) and some other add-ins, even nuts are a  good pre-meal munchie assuming no one is allergic, and  as with everything else, MODERATION is key.    I have been tricked in thinking because someone will be serving  a nice veggie with the meal, I’m in good shape, then it comes covered in butter or cheese or some other sauce which makes my throat quiver.   Don’t get  me wrong, I don’t judge what others put in their bodies but for heavens sake, do these people not read.  Luckily, most people do not over dress the meat and I can safely have a slice.  I have been the polite guest and have eaten what is served, I once ate a bowl of homemade potato soup that with every scrumptious spoonful I could feel my joints and organs hardening with AGEs, (advanced glycosylated  endproducts)  while throwing  my sugar into a tailspin for hours.  Cream, flour, white potatoes, bacon, cheese and who knows what else, all in one bowl!   It was delicious of course, however, I will not put my system into shock to be polite again.

Because  I have become accustom to this kind of eating, I find it easy,  I also find that I can fill up on smaller amounts.  And NO, I am not bragging or throwing it in your face, I used to eat two servings of everything, and it showed, I was a size 14 as a teen, into my 20s, joined every gym around, tried every fad diet.  After running away from  home and ending up in the Florida Keys, I slowly began to loose weight, for a variety of reasons,  but that is another story.  I carried this  through by not gorging my foods with unnecessary additives,  no bad dressings, using mustard vs mayo,  making food not to “love” but just to “eat”.   I was able to not obsess over a meal.   My sister’s favorite explanation is “she eats to live, not lives to eat”  like they do.    I admit, as I’m getting older, I am not as hard on myself,  I do  cheat and I certainly do not force my husband to abstain when we are out, however, at home, he chooses to eat like me for the most part and this makes it easier for me.  You see, another important part of staying healthy is having a supportive partner, but that is another topic.

Enjoy the Holidays, enjoy your families,  and by maintaining healthier eating habits, we can enjoy them for longer…..

 

How Diabetes Damages Your Eyes

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Diabetes affects many important organs, including the eyes. If you are diagnosed to have Type I or Type II diabetes, regular eye checkups are needed to prevent diabetes eye problems. The uncontrolled elevation of blood sugar due to insufficient production of insulin or insulin resistance in diabetics is harmful to the blood vessels that support the parts of the eyes essential for normal vision. According to statistics, diabetes eye problems are the primary cause of blindness in people ages 20 to 74.

The retina is the most common part of the eye damaged in people with diabetes. The retina is the lining at the back of the eyes. The function of the retina can be compared to that of a movie screen, which translates light rays into electrical signals transmitted to the brain. When the brain receives these signals, it translates into images and vision. A healthy retina is nourished by tiny blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen, and as mentioned in previous article, diabetes is also known as the “small vessel disease”. In people with diabetes, their blood becomes so sticky because of too much blood sugar. The very viscous blood has reduced capacity to flow and thus needs high blood pressure. The increased pressure inside the blood vessels that forces the blood to flow causes diabetes eye problems. Read more »

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