Monday, March 30, 2009

Privacy Policy

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Foods to Avoid for Diabetes

When the cells of the human pancreas don’t generate insulin, it creates Diabetes mellitus. Actually, insulin is useful to split sugar into a form in blood that body can efficiently store and apply to produce energy later. This disease compels you to forget some foods and it demands your diet to be something that is high in soluble fibers and low in saturated fats. A doctor can advice such a patient to consume less carbohydrate products because it might contain high glycemic index.

The rapid increase of this disease has pressed food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies to make products considering the need of such patients. It’s also true that the doctors often prescribe not to buy such products at random and the products are often very costly as well. Such products might contain more fats and may be that the products just don’t have anything that can be help you.

If you want to keep your blood glucose levels in control, a slight change in your food habit can be the best option.
Being a new patient of this disease, doctor may advice you to collaborate with a dietitian or nutritionist, who can endow you with a proper meal and snack plan. You might need to calculate your carbohydrates by pointing out your eating of sugary or starchy foods.

Then, you have to adopt new food habit. The prescription usually suggests the consumption of whole grains and starchy vegetables as the main part of your meal. It demands you to eat a minimum of two servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

The prescription then states to have proteins available in lean meat, legumes, and cheese. You must consume them in smaller quantities. A slight amount of non-fat or low-fat dairy is fine but it shouldn’t cross the limit for it has fats and sugars.

This is a general prescription. To have a perfect diet for your diabetic case, please consult with a dietitian or nutritionist. Try to consume proper foods but you must also avoid foods such as very salty ones. This is so because high blood pressure is something common in such patients. Not only consumption of fats causes high blood pressure, sodium is largely responsible for this. To avoid this problem, either lessen the salt in your food or buy non-sodium or low sodium salt replacements. Also, avoid foods like crackers, chips, processed or conserved meet products, or canned foods like sardines or soups because they contain extra sodium and salt.

Fats can be really harmful. Cardiovascular diseases often follow diabetic cases. So, avoid dairy products, solid vegetable fats, and butter because they have saturated fats. Before chicken preparation, get the skin off. Also, strive to avoid butter and margarine. Oils obtain from canola or olive can be good.

Choose skimmed, low-fat, or non-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt than full cream products. Avoid fried foods and rather boil and bake or simply broil it.

Alcoholic products are not good in such cases. Such food habit is not really difficult provided you have the patience to change.

Friday, August 15, 2008

How to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

Diabetes is quite the common condition in the US, especially with the rate of obesity. Even though having diabetes is hard to deal with and being on a diet is not fun it is something that you have to do to stay healthy. High blood sugar can be very dangerous to your health, which is why it is important to lower it immediately when you know it is too high. Some people, even though they follow a diet, still have high blood pressure and need to know how to lower it and keep it down. Here are some changes you can make to your life to lower your blood pressure. 

First of all, if you do not exercise you need to start. No, you do not have to become on of those fitness fanatics but you still need to exercise. Try talking a good walk a few times a week, you will want to start of slow and not walk too far or too fast. You can try to take a walk around the block for starters. Do not start off power walking but you do not just want to “stroll” either, choose a pace in the middle that you are comfortable with and will not tire you out quickly. 

Many people who have diabetes have found that their condition was due to them being too overweight or obese. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who do not really understand that being overweight or obese can lead to other serious health risks including, but not limited to, diabetes. Therefore, if you have diabetes and you are overweight or obese you should do your best to loose all that extra weight. This will not only help your blood sugar but it can also help prevent you for getting more illnesses. 

You should remember that most carbs are bad and will turn to sugar in your body. Even if you are following a diet plan you should lower you carbohydrate intake. For example if you are on a high carb diet you should lower your carb intake to medium and if you are on a medium carb diet you should lower you intake to low. A high carb diet consists of breads, pastas, potatoes and hard beans. A medium carb diet consists of most nuts, some vegetables and many fruits. A low carb diet consists of leafy green vegetables, salad mixes, meat and most other green vegetables. 

These are just three things you can do to lower your blood sugar and keep it down. You should know the signs of having blood sugar that is too low or too high, this can help save you in tough spots. It does not matter how you are lowering your blood sugar, you should always keep a few pieces of hard candy easily accessible in case your blood sugar gets too low. Signs of low blood sugar are headaches, sudden hunger pangs, fainting or dizziness, sweating, and confusion. Naturally lowering your blood sugar can be a blessing if it is done correctly. 

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Recommended diet for gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is a condition that affects a small percentage of pregnant women, about 4%. It is really unknown why pregnant women seem to get have this disorder only for the brief nine months they are pregnant since the it goes away once the baby is born. However, the reason is not really what is important, what is important is that mother and baby stay healthy through the pregnancy. In order for this to happen the mother needs to follow a special gestational diabetes diet plan. 

Just like a person who is not pregnant and has diabetes, a pregnant woman with gestation diabetes needs to be on a special diet plan. Unfortunately, gestational diabetes can have harmful effects on the fetus, this does not happen all the time but it can happen. The baby can have various birth defects or the baby can be born too early which can be a cause of infant death if the body is not developed enough. It is also possible that fetuses that are exposed to diabetes while still in the womb could have type two diabetes later on in life. This is why it is so important for the mother to follow the diet plan that was set up for her but her prenatal care giver. 

There are routine screenings for gestational diabetes that are done during the second trimester that are recommended to help protect both the mother and the baby. These tests usually occur around the 24th to the 26th week but can be sooner or later. The diet plan will include many changes that the mother may not be used to but they are important to keeping the both of them healthy through out the pregnancy and making sure the mother does not develop pregnancy induced hypertension, another serious condition that is more common. 

The most basic changes include reduced intake of sugars such as white tablet sugar and syrups you may use on things like pancakes. The sugars will be replaced by a diet of complex carbohydrates and a balance of essential nutrients. To help the mother get started on a gestational diabetes dietary plan she will see a professional dietician that will give her a list that will make meal planning much easier for her and her family. The list is called an exchange list and has been used in all kinds of health situations that involve a person having to be on a special diet.  

Gestational diabetes can be controlled and the risk of harm the baby can be lowered as long as the mother remembers to follow her diet plan. The mother can also use carbohydrate counting as an effective way to control her diabetes. Having gestational diabetes is not fun but it is something that many women have to deal with and watch out for while pregnant. It is important to protect the unborn child from birth defects and being born too early if at all possible. It is also important that the mother follow doctors instructions very carefully in order to stay healthy. 

Diabetic Food List- What's good for your health?

When a person has diabetes it is difficult to know what this person can and can't eat. It must be very difficult to this person to nourish themselves. You would think of course that the person would have a limited diet of what they can eat but surprisingly, there are many things that they can eat. There are places you can go to get a diabetic food list.

  As stated, there are many places that you can go to get a food list for diabetics. There are many, many sites online that are dedicated just to letting the public know what is good for a person with diabetes and what is bad for that person. You can also consult your doctor or even a health clinic near you to obtain a copy of said list.

Today we will cover some of the foods that have made it onto the diabetic food list. This is to give members of today's audience an idea of what a person with diabetes goes through everyday and open society's eyes to the fact that it is not that easy to live with this disease. Even though it is common, doesn't mean that living with it is easy.

Now first and foremost, it should be known that a person with diabetes should eat from all of the 5 food groups and make sure that they have plenty of protein, vegetables, fruits, nutrients, Lipids and carbohydrates in their diet. This is where the diabetic food list comes in handy, you will be able to tell which fruits and veggies that you can eat for example.

It should be stated at this time that if you are diabetic, then you know that you should definitely eat more vegetables than fruit because fruit tends to be on the sweeter side, the whole point of being diabetic is that you can't have too much sugars right? Also, it is common sense that you should stay away from sugars such as ice cream, chocolate and any types of sweet desserts because these are loaded with sugars that the diabetic food list will define as NOT the type of foods you should eat.

It is also stated that a person with diabetes should stay away from fats like fried foods and animal fats. This will not only harden your arteries but also add to the waistline too! A person who is following the diabetic food list will surely be eating steamed foods or boiled foods. There are some dishes that you can prepare that are steamed that taste divine! 

It bears mentioning that the only types of oils that the diabetic food list recommends for someone with diabetes to cook with are olive oil, soy bean oil and finally corn oil. Now here is a quick run-down of what a person can eat that is in fact recommended by the diabetic food list.

 Milk, can drink fresh milk but never sweetened milk.
 Vegetables, both fresh and/or steamed or boiled vegetables will provide your body with the nutrients that you require to get through the day.
 Grains
 Meat, should at least have an intake of at least 100 grams per meal, be sure not to eat meats with a lot of fat.
 Eggs
 Fiber, every one needs fiber in their diet to stay regular!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Recognizing Early Symptoms Diabetes

Although diabetes is a lifelong condition, it doesn't have to diminish your quality of life. By recognizing the early symptoms of diabetes, you can significantly minimize complications and halt the progression of this disease. Being alerted to these changes in your body will allow you to seek immediate and effective treatment.

Some of the early signs of diabetes can mimic other conditions, so if you experience any of these symptoms, check with a medical professional to determine the actual cause. Diabetes can begin to make changes in your body in subtle ways, like increased irritability or fatigue. Most people can relate to feeling this way at one time or another and these symptoms may not reflect anything other than stress or lack of sleep. However, if these signs are present along with frequent urination, blurred vision or a dramatic or unusual weight loss, it's time to talk to a doctor.

Perhaps the most common and certain early symptom of diabetes is an increase in urination. This occurs because of the insulin imbalance in the body. In the digestion process, if the sugar in the food is not properly broken down, it is deposited in the blood. The kidneys, which is the body's filtration system, must then work harder to remove the impurities of the increased sugar. This all results in frequent urination as well as increased thirst to compensate for the overworking of the kidneys.

Another important early symptom of diabetes includes a constant and annoying feeling of hunger. This is because your body is not digesting your food at the maximum level, and is thereby creating a false sense of emptiness. An increase in infections, particularly yeast infections, and an inability to heal at a normal rate are also symptoms that could signal the onset of diabetes. These signs point to a diminished immune system that is created in a diabetic condition. Tender gums are another subtle sign of this illness. Many times your dentist may be the first one to notice this early symptom and recommend testing for this condition. Tingling sensations in the extremities also signal diabetes and results from the debilitating effect of the excess blood sugar on the body's nerves.

When you recognize these early symptoms of diabetes, you are in the perfect position to take a positive step forward in your healthcare. An early diagnosis of diabetes leads to an effective treatment plan. Since diabetes is treatable, but not curable, it's important to correctly balance the amount of insulin production in your body before any damage occurs to the major organs. Consider these early signs as your body's way of getting your attention before it gets too late.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Diabetic Food Pyramid

If you're diabetic, no one needs to tell you how important it is to eat properly. That's why the American Diabetes Association developed a special diabetic food pyramid, just to help those of us who have special dietetic needs eat more healthfully.

First Step: Portion Control and Timing

What you eat when you have diabetes is critically important, but before you start changing what you eat, address when you eat and how much you eat. Follow these rules.

1. Instead of eating three meals a day, try to eat six small ones, focusing on breakfast. Break your meals into breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, supper, bedtime snack. At the very least, make sure you have breakfast first thing in the morning, within an hour of rising.

2. Eat a mixture of carbs and proteins with every meal. Proteins give you quick energy without shooting up your sugar, and carbs give you slower-acting energy. Eating both stabilizes your insulin level from one meal to the next.

3. Learn what proper portion sizes for a serving are, and especially learn what a 3-ounce portion is. We eat portions that are far too large, and no food pyramid will repair simple overeating. This is especially critical if you follow the six-meals-a-day rule above.

Second Step: Follow The Diabetic Food Pyramid

The largest part of your caloric intake every day should be starches – grains. But you need to watch which carbs you eat. Avoid anything white – potatoes, white bread, white rice, refined sugars. Whole-wheat alternatives are preferable to anything processed. And of course, avoid sweets. This does not mean you can never have sweets, just that they are a special occasion thing and should never be eaten alone. Eat between 6-11 servings of starches every day.

Vegetables are the next critical part of your daily nutrition, between three and five servings daily. Go for fresh vegetables in preference to canned or even frozen, and try to eat a rainbow – orange carrots, purple cabbage, green peppers, red tomatoes. Eat corn and starchy vegetables sparingly, as these are high in carbs. If you must eat canned or frozen veggies, read the package to assure yourself that there's no added sugar.

Fruits should also be eaten frequently, 2 to 4 servings per day. Especially if you don't eat acid vegetables like tomatoes, make sure some of it is citrus. As with vegetables, be sure to eat a rainbow, and try to eat fresh fruit. If you must eat preserved, canned and frozen fruit is always better than fruit juice, and be sure you read the package to avoid added sugar.

Two to three servings of proteins per day – not meat. Fish and poultry are better than red meat and pork, and fish provides omega-3 fatty acids that can help control your cholesterol level, a common problem for diabetics. Legumes – beans and nuts – can be substituted for meat as your protein as well. Beans are especially good, as they provide high-quality protein and plenty of fiber in addition.

Dairy should be limited to 2-3 servings daily. Your serving size is one cup of milk, so a tall glass of milk will do it. Always choose low-fat or nonfat options when you have the choice, and with sweet dairy products read the label to catch added sugars. This goes doubly for yogurts, which are notorious for adding sugar, especially to low-fat yogurt.

Fats and sweets should be avoided as much as possible. You're going to eat them, but limit yourself – a tablespoon of butter a day, or olive oil to fry your fish. As much as you possibly can, incorporate your sweets as part of your regular diet. Ice cream can provide a portion of your dairy needs, for instance. Never eat sweets by themselves; try, instead, to eat proteins whenever you eat sweet food.