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Diet For A Diabetic – Tips For Better Blood Sugar Control

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When it comes to diabetes, vigilance can sometimes eliminate the need of insulin as well as help you control your diabetes.   Most people with type II diabetes,  are not made aware of the severity of this diagnosis, are not given the tools or the options they have for better educating themselves to take care of it properly, so they will continue to  leave their care and control up to their quarterly office visit to the MD.   I see this time after time, especially with the elderly.  They are threatened with having to use insulin (the DREADED shot) if they do not maintain control, however, they are not told that most of the oral medications are more harmful to them, then insulin.   And it’s been  scare tactic that has worked, not to control their diabetes, but to make them fear the best control technique for them, the shot.

The food we eat and the activity we expend, directly affect our health in all ways.  This include the physical and mental well being.   A balanced and healthy diet control the spikes of blood sugar in the body thus alleviating  symptoms, however, not eliminating diabetes if it is present.  Blood sugar is glucose derived from the carbohydrates we eat. Some of these carbohydrates are broken down into glucose faster than others.  The ones which get broken down to glucose fast, or simple sugars, create a quick release of insulin  into the bloodstream, these  include white bread, polished rice and most of refined foods, pastas and starches.   Good carbohydrates, or complex carbs,  which get broken down slowly include brown rice, brown bread, sweet potatoes and foods with higher fiber content.  This is where the glycemic index is priceless,  to rate the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose in our body.

Foods with high glycaemic index value are bad for not only diabetics but to any one who is aiming for a healthy diet. Eating foods with low glycaemic index will stabilize the blood sugar and because of the fiber content, will make you feel full. This is an added benefit of weight management.  Another aspect of this surge of glucose in body is it creates a surge of insulin to counter it, meaning, from that corrective bolus of insulin, an impending low sugar (hypoglycemic) will result.  With this in mind, another favorite excuse for overweight diabetics to qualify why they ate that Snickers, is usually to alleviate the “low” they felt they were having.  Once they are informed that; 1. all the fat attached to that chocolate bar will slow down the absorption of glucose to help the low, and 2. once all the sugar does reach their bloodstream, their pancreas will release more insulin, creating another reason to have another candy bar.  This known as the “roller coaster” effect.

Almost 90% of those with Type 2 diabetes are overweight, which is extremely unhealthy. A good way to reduce weight is by cutting down on the amount of carbohydrates and calories you are consuming, and also in taking more healthy fats to improve your glucose levels. If these steps are followed, you will definitely notice a difference in your weight.

There are others factors though aside from the type of diabetes they have. Some other factors include their sex, age, physical fitness level, height, weight, etc… So clearly, someone who is heavier will most likely need more calories than their counterpart who is lighter. Also, since physical activity burns calories, those with higher level of physical activity will most likely require more calories, and vice versa.  This, being another reason for careful and planned monitoring of your glucose levels, especially before and after activities.

Eat more raw foods including fruits and vegetables – Foods in their rawest and freshest form are the healthiest foods and are an important part of a diet for a diabetic. They are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and complex carbohydrates all of which are a key part of blood sugar management.

Proteins can be another source of energy, which can be extracted from poultry, eggs, fish, nuts, and cheese. Not only are nuts, cashew nuts, almonds, walnuts sources of protein, they are excellent sources of fiber, too. Then, there are the fruits and vegetables, which should form an integral part of any meal, diabetic or not. They constitute the richest source of vitamins and minerals. Some vegetables like potato and sweet potato and fruits like mangoes, bananas, papayas and grapes, which are high in carbohydrate content, should be consumed in limited amounts. But other than these, fruits and vegetables are essential parts of a diabetic diet, and one should make it a point to have at least three servings every day.

Any diabetic diet will also include exercise in it. It’s vital to your health. We’re not talking about joining a health club, or sweating at the local gym. It can be going for brisk walks 4 times a week for 30 minutes.

Diabetes Tips – You Don’t Know This Much

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The  ”diabetes” category of this site where the following piece can be found,  consists of a lot of other important pieces of content and information for virtually any search you are thinking about, regardless of whether it is diabetes, you will find either the below piece of writing or many others contained in the same category valuable, as we are all acquainted with someone with diabetes.  Do not hesitate to discuss your feelings, recommendations and difficulty with us. Your opinion will certainly help!

If the doctor tells you that your diabetes may have been avoidable to a certain degree, whether due to weight, poor diet, lack of activity or genetics,  you tell them that the issue now is “what can I do about it”  how can I control it, who can help me with a nutritional plan and ask him for your choices of  meds if needed, do not just take the first prescription offered, do your home work.  Some Type 2 oral medications have been found to have horrible side effects,  some, like Metformin, actually assist i n weight loss, look them up on the internet, do your homework, don’t just take them and wait for the side effects to happen.  This will demonstrate your sincerity in taking control of your own health.

Insulin resistance occurs when the insulin receptor sites in your body no longer accept and allow the insulin where it is needed.  Insulin is the hormone made in the pancreas which carries glucose from your blood into muscles and organs needing it for energy. Instead, glucose stays in your blood,  sticking to muscles and joints (glycation) creating all kinds of trouble for later.   That is how a lot of people who have Type 2 Diabetes for long periods of time without knowing, first learn they have it,  slow healing wounds, (bacteria loves glucose), poor circulation, poor vision and it snowballs until they finally are diagnosed, sometimes just in time to save a limb, other times not so lucky.  If you have it already, please stick close to the specialist and learn what you may do to deal with it.

Not everyone who suffers from diabetes dies from it.   Hopefully, some of the articles in this site will make you stop and say,  ”Heck, thats me”  and if she can do it, so can I.  You ought to seek out those people who have done well with their own and are willing to share some insite, and help you find your way to live despite diabetes, not just with it. .

Hopefully the information presented so far about diabetes has been applicable. You might also want to keep reading so that you will discover more interesting tips that you previously didn’t know about.  That said, keep reading the rest of this article.

Do not get discouraged by bad news; take the information by the horns, look it is the face, and tell it that you will win.  You can do everything right, by the books as planned and still have a bad reading for unknown reasons. As an endocrinologist once told me, there are numerous reactions in our body that occur by the minute which can affect our blood sugar, we can control only 4;  Diet, Activity, Medication, and to a small extent, our Emotions.

There are people who have died due to complications that arose from diabetes. There is no reason however for that to be your own story. Stay with the program, and include a little heart of your own, and you might be the miracle woman just yet. Anything is possible.

Given that you are done with going through the above diabetes info, I need to ask you – it wasn’t that challenging to read through and understand, was it? And you’ve earned an abundance of awareness, just from using precious time to study an expert’s word on tips about diabetes told us they considered them both useful and interesting.  If you are truly set on taking control of your life, you will read more of these articles, especially helpful is the article on being Proactive, this is what it is all about.  Remember,  you are not a DIABETIC,  your are a person with diabetes, (PWD).   Makes it more tasteful doesn’t it!

Diet For A Diabetic – Tips For Better Blood Sugar Control

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For those newly diagnosed with diabetes,  one of the hardest parts of managing this disease is the undertaking of a “diabetic diet”.  But since this is also probably the most important part of managing this condition,  re-learning to eat the right types of foods is paramount.

There is mountains of dietary information available for the diabetic in the form of books, videos, magazines,  and online resources.  When you throw in the information given by their health care provider and nutritionist it can be a little overwhelming,  and confusing at best.   Fortunately,  with an open mind to changing poor eating habits, and a desire to live a long,  healthy life, you will find the “diabetes diet” is actually a  food plan everyone should be on.  Its a minor change from the faithful old  food pyramid ,  however, it is easy to live with, shop for, and keep your whole family happy and healthy and hopefully instilling good habits on the young.

With that in mind,  here are 4 tips that if you keep them at the forefront of your diabetic meal planning,  will keep you on the right track to fighting the complications that every diabetic fears.  1. Watch the snacks – This can be one of the more difficult things that any diabetic has to undertake. In our society the grocery store shelves and checkout lines are loaded with snacks and drinks that are the bain of the diabetic.  These foods are loaded with refined sugars which spike blood sugar levels the instant you eat them. You will have to break the sugary snack habit and instead eat more healthy snacks such as unsalted mixed nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. Watch for foods that are highly processed and made with white flour – What you need to be eating are whole grain foods that are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. The reasons for this are simple; complex carbohydrates from high fiber foods are broken down slowly and released into the bloods stream at a manageable rate. This keeps blood sugar levels steady without the huge spikes caused by refined foods.

3. Eat more raw foods including fruits and vegetables – Foods in their rawest and freshest form are the healthiest foods and are an important part of a diet for a diabetic. They are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, and complex carbohydrates all of which are a key part of blood sugar management.

4. Stay hydrated – That’s right you need to drink plenty of water. While it contains little in the way of nutrients it is probably the most important nutrient you can consume. It keeps all your bodily systems running smoothly and helps removes wastes and toxins from the blood stream.

The diet for a diabetic is an evolving undertaking, just as all nutritional plans are,  and should actually should NOT be considered a “diabetic diet”,  it is a smart meal plan for everyone, young and old, of course portion control, carb and calorie counting depends on your individual issues.    As  you begin to  learn more about your own body, and which foods affect you in a good or bad way, how fast your sugar rises (glycemic index) with these foods,  and how to manage its effects. If you keep these four tips in mind you will find that you will soon find the right combination of foods and lifestyle choices that keep you healthy and whole.

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