Monday, July 30, 2012

Type 2 Diabetes - Carb Counting When Eating Out

Type 2 Diabetes - Carb Counting When Eating Out
Type 2 Diabetes - Carb Counting When Eating Out
By Beverleigh H Piepers

Carb counting is a tool for managing blood sugar levels by calculating the exact amount of carbohydrates you are eating at each meal and snack. In is used intensely by many people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to set the appropriate insulin doses for the food they eat.

To so many diabetics, it seems like all they do is count carbs. After awhile though, counting carbs at home becomes relatively easy. With practice a diabetic can become pretty accurate because they cook meals in the same manner every time. But what about when you go out to eat? Since you aren't familiar with the cook, and they don't know you are a diabetic, there are many variables that can mess up your eating plan and blood sugar.

By knowing how to count carbs you won't have to give up your option of eating out.

No matter where you go out to eat, you still have to know exactly how many carbs you have to work with. Your doctor or a dietitian can help you figure out this number. Since there are many factors that come into play as far as what you will have at your disposal, it's best to be accurate. Never guess it on your own.

Armed with your number, you next need to find out exactly how many carbs are in the food you are interested in eating. When ordering your meal, be sure to ask specific questions as to how it is being prepared. Don't assume any ingredient: verify it through the server. One mistake could mean a significant difference in your total carb count.

If you are not completely sure how many carbs are in certain foods, take along a carb counter which lists out certain foods and their carb content. It's better to use reliable information than to try to rely on just your memory or guesswork.

Even if you are sure of the carb content of foods, you still have another problem: portion size. Restaurants are notorious for dishing out much more than a normal portion size in their meals. Eating it simply because it is put in front of you is a recipe for disaster. This means you have to be able to accurately measure out what a portion size should be.

If you aren't sure of exactly how big your meal is, and it isn't listed in the menu, ask your server. Your best bet is to separate your meal into one serving as soon as it hits the table and package the difference up to go. Don't leave all of it on your plate and rely on your willpower. If you tempt fate, you will end up looking at an empty plate and regretting the fact you didn't split up the food when you had the chance.

How do you start to create a healthy lifestyle today so you can avoid blood sugar swings?
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Diabetes Friendly Rhubarb & Strawberry Lemonade

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Your Diabetes ABCs.

A stands for A1C test. This test measures your average blood glucose levels for the past three months. Your doctor should test your A1C at least twice a year. For most people with diabetes, the goal is to have an A1C “score” of less than 7.

B stands for blood pressure, a measurement of how hard your heart needs to work to keep your blood circulating. For most people with diabetes, the goal is to keep blood pressure below 130/80.

C stands for cholesterol, a fat found in your blood. There are two kinds of cholesterol: LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and HDL, or “good” cholesterol. For most people with diabetes, the goal is to keep: LDL cholesterol below 100.
HDL cholesterol above 40 (HDL for men > 40 and for women > 50).

Ask your doctor what you can do to reach your targets for A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Source: National Diabetes Education Program

Friday, July 27, 2012

Women With Diabetes May Have More Problems With Sex

 Middle-aged and older women with diabetes are less satisfied with their sex lives than are women without the blood sugar disease, U.S. government-funded research suggests.

While diabetic men have long been known to be extra prone to sexual problems, particularly impotence, less is known about the intimate lives of women with the disease.

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Study Find Older Americans See Better Today

Improved cataract surgery techniques, less smoking may be reasons why

Older Americans see better than their parents did in old age, according to a new study that finds visual impairment among the U.S. elderly has declined 58% since the 1980s.

Improved techniques in cataract surgery and lower rates of macular degeneration may be two of the main reasons for the trend, say researchers from Northwestern University.

"From 1984 until 2010, the decrease in visual impairment in those 65 and older was highly statistically significant," said the study's first author, Dr. Angelo Tanna, vice chairman of ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Children and Diabetes Treatment

Children and Diabetes Treatment
Children and Diabetes Treatment
By Don A Mann

The Study of Diabetes in Children

SEARCH is a study of diabetes in children that was done from 2002 to 2007. Over 9.000 children across the nation participated in the study. Participants were all diabetics under the age of 20. SEARCH for Diabetes in Children was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in conjunction with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

There were several goals of SEARCH. Some of the more noted goals were to determine the number of diabetic children and how diabetes in children was portioned according to ethnicity. Additionally, SEARCH wanted to identify how diabetes was affecting children in their daily lives, how the different types of treatments used were working and to identify common complications.

Many interesting statistics arose for the data collected that give doctors, scientists and pharmaceutical companies a better understanding of diabetes in children. The study showed that 215,000 children under twenty years of age have been diagnosed with diabetes. The mountain of data collected through this study helps researchers and health providers a great deal of beneficial knowledge for managing diabetes.

Help Prevent Type 2 in Children

While Type 1 diabetes is not preventable at the current time, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in both children and adults. In terms of preventing diabetes in children, the job is up to parents and caregivers.

Those who plan a child's meal are responsible for providing a nutritionally balanced and beneficial diet for the child. Children all too often want what tastes good over what is good for them. It's up to parents caregivers to be mindful of the types of foods the child eats and the amounts of each type of food they eat.

Exercise is another way of warding off Type 2 diabetes and parents are wise to insisted on physical play time. Children should be encouraged to join in physical activities such as sports, riding bikes or swimming. Keeping a child's weight down will help prevent Type 2 diabetes and the child will be happier.

Treating Gestational Diabetic Women

While pregnancy is typically a joyous time, there are complications that can arise. You should be checked for gestational diabetes between your 6th and 7th month of pregnancy. Treating gestational diabetes will prevent you and the baby from experiencing problems for the duration of the pregnancy.

The first step in treating gestational diabetes is controlling your diet. Most women are given a 2,200 to 2,500 calorie diet that contains proper nutrition to sustain you and your growing baby. Your healthcare professional will help you balance your diet between protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Exercise is another step in treating this disease. It uses up extra glucose in the body and also combats insomnia, constipation, and depression, conditions that can occur during pregnancy. Not all exercise is safe for expectant mothers, so get clearance from your doctor if you aren't sure if your regimen is safe.

If diet and exercise aren't working for you, insulin can be used to treat gestational diabetes. If your doctor determines you need medication, they can prescribe insulin pills or injections to keep glucose levels under control.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The 411 on Diabetes Plus Skin Conditions

Despite the fact that your skin is on the outside, it is your largest organ and as we’ve discussed in previous editions in our 411 on Diabetes Complications series, diabetes can affect every organ in (or on!) your body. This goes for your skin too!

With the summer heat barreling down, more of us are exposing our skin. We all know that we need to protect our skin from the sun by using sunscreen, but did you know there are other ways to keep your skin healthy from the damages of diabetes?

According to the ADA, about a third of people with diabetes will have some kind of skin condition. Fortunately, most of them are easily detectable and treatable if caught early.

Skin Complications: What Are They? 
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chaka Kahn Goes Vegan To Cure Type 2 Diabetes And High Blood Pressure

Legendary singer Chaka Kahn has been turning heads lately after dropping 60 pounds. 

Her secret?  In a recent interview she says she "went off meat, became vegan, stopped all the dairy, stopped all the meat."

Diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes and high blood pressure, Kahn was put on medication last year which she had to take -- until she decided to change her diet.  She recently adopted her granddaughter and realized she had to be here for the girl, and said this was her main influence to lose weight and get healthy -- "so I can be here for her."

Kahn undertook a liquid diet for four months  - "My Vitamix was my best friend" - eating green smoothies and protein smoothies. Then she went vegan.

Today, 60 pounds lighter, she is off all medication and no longer has high blood pressure of Type-2 Diabetes.

No great surprise here.  More and more people are discovering you can reverse serious disease and heal yourself by going low-fat plant-based.

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Racial Make-Up of Community Impacts Obesity Risk

The racial and ethnic composition of a community is associated with the obesity risk of individuals living within the community, according to a study led by researchers at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 The findings, published recently in the American Journal of Public Health, may help explain disparities in obesity rates among racial groups and point to some of the environmental factors that may contribute to obesity in the United States.

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China Battles Rising Teen Obesity, Diabetes

The opening up of China has produced many benefits for the people of the world's most populous country, but there are challenges too.

Growing prosperity has led to more fatty processed foods entering the Chinese diet, and coupled with less fresh food and children who don't exercise, the result is an obesity epidemic.

A new study has uncovered evidence to show that the number of Chinese teenagers with diabetes is nearly four times higher than among their peers in the United States.

Full article at Radio Australia

Monday, July 23, 2012

Diabetic Friendly Smoothie

Make-Ahead Oatmeal Smoothies

Healthy & delicious with grab-and-go convenience; 6 varieties, plus how to invent your own

Click on the pic for this delicious recipe!
Source: via CE on Pinterest

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Type One Diabetes Reversed with Stem Cells from Cord Blood

Stem cells from cord blood "re-taught" the immune system T-cells in type one diabetics so that their pancrei began to produce insulin, thereby reducing the amount of insulin they need to inject. Dr. Yong Zhao from the University of Illinois at Chicago published these findings online in an open access journal.

The researchers described a procedure that they called "Stem Cell Educator Therapy" where the diabetic patient's blood is circulated through a closed-loop system. The system separates lymphocytes (a class of immune cells that includes T cells) from the whole blood and cultures them with cord blood cells from healthy donors before returning the "re-educated" lymphocytes to the patient's blood stream.

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