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There has been a paradigm shift in way diabetes has been managed over the past few decades, right from simple instructions such as "avoid sugar" and take one's medicines on time to a much comprehensive approach that involves exercise, reduction in stress and the need to have personalised meal plans. Diabetes management guidelines, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association, reflects a more extensive style that involves looking at the well being of the person as a whole and not just the presence of a specific health condition.
Most of us get at about 50 percent of our energy from the carbohydrates in our food. But what are they and what is the difference between carbs and sugar? And how do carbohydrates affect our efforts to control or reverse our diabetes?
According to the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, following the Australian Dietary Guidelines Index is a good way to help lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, compared the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over a period of six years in women with nutritionally sound diets with those consuming poorer diets.
Want to see success with your fat loss efforts? If you've just become aware you have Type 2 diabetes - or you've been struggling with fat loss for quite some time, getting down to a healthy body weight is one of the top must-do factors for successfully leading a healthier lifestyle. In your search for a diet to follow, you might come across all the lower carb diets that are out there today. Without a doubt, diet is the keystone of diabetes control. But, how can you transition to one of these healthy diets successfully?
Information on magnesium supplementation for Type 2 diabetes has been questionable. Researchers at the Mexican Institute of Social Safety in Tabasco and other institutions in Tobasco and Durango, Mexico, carefully designed a study to resolve the question of whether magnesium supplementation could be helpful in controlling Type 2 diabetes in diabetics who had normal magnesium levels. The study, reported on in the journal Magnesium Research in September 2014, included 98 participants diagnosed with full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Changing the way you eat isn't easy. You've likely formed some habits over your lifetime that influence what, when, and how much you eat. But if you've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it may be time to make some changes in order to manage your blood sugar levels and prevent further complications developing. If you know what changes you need to make but are having a hard time making them, here are some tips for changing the way you eat. First, it can be helpful to think about how ready you are to make a change. Depending on what stage you're in, there are different strategies you can use to help you change...
If you've ever felt confused about what you should eat for snacks - or whether you should eat them at all - don't feel alone! There's some conflicting advice out there on whether it's better to eat every few hours, and include snacks in your eating plan, or only eat a few meals a day and totally avoid snacks. As a Type 2 diabetic, a large concern is keeping your blood sugar level steady throughout the day. Therefore, it's better for Type 2 diabetics to eat every few hours, with an eating plan that includes both snacks and meals.
If you're someone who's busy and always on the run, you may not have time to prepare your five to six mini-meals per day. You know as someone who is suffering from Type 2 diabetes however, eating regularly throughout the day is going to be a must to help maintain stable blood sugar. If you don't ensure you are taking in regular doses of food, you are much more likely to suffer from blood sugar high's and crashes, leaving you feeling weak, miserable, and potentially putting you in great danger as well. So all of this may have you questioning whether you should use a meal replacement shake
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States, as many as 9.2 percent of pregnancies in the US could be complicated by Gestational diabetes, the kind of diabetes diagnosed only during pregnancy. Worldwide it could affect over 15 percent of pregnancies. More than half the women with Gestational diabetes will go on to develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes in the next 5 to 10 years.
Obesity is one of the main contributing factors for type 2 diabetes which represents about 90 percent or so of all diabetes cases. It cannot be said enough that although diabetes medications, insulin injections, etc, can help manage diabetes, true freedom from diabetes only comes from natural methods and not from what a doctor can prescribe. This means that diet is an important factor to properly manage and even cure diabetes naturally. Exercise is also important but if weight is an issue for you, your diet will have the most impact on weight loss.
For many years, Americans have been advised to eat high-carbohydrate diets while avoiding eating too much fat. But recently, with the increase in Type 2 diabetes, many doctors and researchers now feel this advice may have been misguided. It's thought our high-carbohydrate diets can contribute to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. And some doctors now feel eating fat may not be as harmful as previously thought. One benefit of including a higher amount of fat in your diet is it makes you feel more full. Protein also has a similar effect, while carbohydrates do not.
Are you living with Type 2 diabetes and trying to improve your eating habits? If so, you may have looked into taking supplements and wondered which ones could help you. Making sure you get enough of the essential vitamins and minerals can help, and vitamin D is one many people don't get enough of. According to Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, who is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health's General Clinical Research Center Excellence in Clinical Research Award, despite all our modern technology, vitamin D deficiency is one of the most "commonly unrecognized medical conditions, a condition that leaves millions at risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures as well as numerous serious and often fatal diseases... "
If you have Type 2 diabetes and are considering becoming pregnant, you may be wondering if you'll be able to have a healthy pregnancy. With some work, it is possible - the key is keeping your blood sugar levels normal both before and during pregnancy and, as well, you need to have a normal blood pressure reading. Before conception is the ideal time to get your blood sugar levels under control. It's recommended you have normal blood sugar readings for three to six months before becoming pregnant.
Bouts of sleepiness, especially after meals, are some of the most common and disabling symptoms of diabetes. However, there are many causes of lethargy, besides diabetes. So how do you know whether you have diabetic lethargy and, if you do have it, what can you do to combat it?
Observing the blood vessel disease that takes place before elevated blood sugar levels are seen in Type 2 diabetes, researchers have suspected disturbances in how the body handles fat could be at least one cause of Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at the University of Manchester and other Research Centers in the United Kingdom and Canada have found disturbances in fat metabolism that appear to take place before Type 2 diabetes actually develops. This discovery could lead to a new definition of the condition and hopefully an earlier diagnosis.
After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may have been given several options for how to treat it. Diet and lifestyle changes are usually recommended for those with this form of diabetes. Changing what you eat, how much you exercise, and other lifestyle factors is a great way to manage your blood sugar. Medications - including both insulin and oral medications - are also commonly used to treat raised blood sugar levels. If you have a choice of how to treat your diabetes, it can help to look at the pros and cons of both options...
Type 2 diabetes is frequently associated with vitamin D insufficiency. Could a vitamin D deficiency be a cause of insulin resistance? In September 2014 the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity, reported on a study of the relationship between insulin resistance and blood levels of vitamin D. Investigators in the Public Health Agency of Canada in Toronto and several other research institutions looked at blood vitamin D levels in 1,928 individuals 16 to 79 years of age. They found as vitamin D levels decreased, so did insulin sensitivity.
Going through pregnancy and delivery with Type 2 diabetes can be a challenge. All the changes your body goes through can also affect your blood sugar, making it harder to control. Exercising during pregnancy can help you manage your blood sugar. But now you've had the baby, you may be wondering how and when to get back into exercising. In the past, many doctors told women they needed to wait six weeks after giving birth to start exercising again. Now, unless you had complications with your pregnancy, you'll likely be able to start exercising right away - or as soon as you feel up to it.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for managing Type 2 diabetes. And although there are no miracle foods capable of curing Type 2 diabetes, there are certain types of foods that are best at helping fight it. One of these categories of foods is high-fiber foods. Eating enough fiber is essential for fighting diabetes and for overall good health.
An important part of managing Type 2 diabetes is eating the correct serving sizes. If you know how many servings of each food group to eat, and you eat the right serving sizes, you'll be able to eat a balanced diet and keep your blood sugar in check. But, eating the correct serving sizes can be challenging. Portion sizes have increased considerably from 20 years ago, so you may not be able to eat the entire portion of food as it is packaged or served. Recognizing these portions can help you decide how much to eat. Here are some common portions that have become distorted over the years...
Diabetes affects every single part of the body. This includes the skin as well. Skin problems may at times be the very first signs of diabetes. Most skin conditions can be easily treated or even prevented if caught early.
Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when a previously healthy woman is found to have developed diabetes during her pregnancy. Researchers at Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in Iran, compared cases of thyroid gland disorders in women with and without Gestational diabetes, and continued to compare them for one year. Their study, reported on in the journal Diabetes Medicine in September 2014
Diabetes is no longer limited to the western world. Developing nations top the list of the countries with an increasing population of people suffering from Diabetes. It is estimated that almost 60% of the people suffering from Diabetes are in Asia.
Type II Diabetes has become a global health crisis which is now threatening the economy of many nations especially developing ones. While it was once mainly known as a disease of the west, it has now quickly spread to all parts of the world. And Asia is the epicenter of this epidemic and accounts for almost 60% of the worlds diabetic population.
As a Type 2 diabetic, you're used to watching what you eat. You count or monitor the amount of carbohydrates you eat, while also looking at the fat and protein content and portion sizes. But, do you also pay attention to how much sodium (salt) you take in? Eating too much salt can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease. Since having Type 2 diabetes also increases your risk, it's smart to pay attention to your sodium intake.
The prevention and reversal of Type 2 diabetes is actually quite straightforward. It consists of a three-pronged approach: achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight, maximising the sensitivity of your cells to insulin, and preventing oxidative and metabolic stress. Being successful in these goals means focusing on lifestyle and diet; diet especially is fundamental to the successful treatment of Type 2 diabetes. To help you get started, here are a few new foods you can add to your menu if you are tired of eating the same old boring lunch day after day?
There are hundreds of diets that claim to be the solution to the problem of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Most of these diets if followed closely, will promote weight loss over the short-term but are often so regimented, or involve deprivation of health-promoting foods. If you are looking for quick weight loss to help control your Type 2 diabetes, you might be on the hunt for one of the popular 'fasting' or cleansing approaches out there. More and more people, diabetics and non-diabetics, start-up on these, thinking they are on a one-way track to reaching their ideal body weight. Only, as the case often is, two weeks into this approach they are falling off the bandwagon and frustrated by their results.
Living with Type 2 diabetes is expensive. All of your doctor's appointments, medications, and supplies can add up. In fact, people with Type 2 diabetes spend an average of over $13,000 per year on medical expenses - which is over twice as much as people without diabetes spend. If you're living with diabetes and facing these high costs, there are some resources that can help.
Synthetic biology offers great promise for curing diseases and creating new fuels and products. Indeed the first drugs and foods created using synbio technology are now coming to market. But this new industry is not regulated properly. Here's the story.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is at risk for developing arteriosclerosis, or plaque formation on the walls of their arteries. Plaque can cause bleeding, or slow down the flow of blood. This is especially dangerous in the coronary arteries, because they supply blood to the heart muscle. Cytomegalovirus, long thought to play a role in the development of plaque, was implicated in the growth of atherosclerosis in a study reported in February 2014.
Too much stress is connected to being overweight and developing prediabetes leading on to Type 2 diabetes. In diabetics, stress also causes blood sugar to rise. But with the stressful, busy lives many of us lead today, what can we do to decrease stress and improve our overall health? First, evaluate how much of a problem stress is for you. Have you had lots of major changes in your life lately? Do you feel tense and anxious a lot? Do you have a hard time sleeping? You can find tools online you can use to answer questions and determine your level of stress if you're not sure.
This article isn't any sort of a how to article, it just goes into my personal experience eating vegetables over the last few months. It helped with my Type II Diabetes, lowered my A1C levels and blood pressure.
It's common for people with Type 2 diabetes to also have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, doctors love to prescribe medication to reduce it. You can, however, eat particular foods which can help lower your readings...
Diabetes has been associated with dementia and changes in brain anatomy, but so far it's unclear what changes come about when blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center in Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands, reviewed the literature reporting on the subject so far - in order to gain insight as to blood sugar control and the brain. Their study, reported on in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, in August 2014, included 86 papers on blood sugar levels, insulin concentration, insulin resistance, diabetes treatments and how they might affect the brain.
In today's world, it's common to hear people talk about being 'stressed out.' And all that stress can be harmful to your health. Did you know stress may contribute to excess weight gain and in turn lead to prediabetes? There are a couple of different ways being stressed can lead to being overweight and related health conditions. Some people deal with stress by overeating. And if the extra calories eaten aren't burned off through exercise, weight gain occurs. But some people don't overeat when they're stressed, and they may not eat too much in general. So why are they still overweight?
Exercise is just as important as diet and in some cases as important as drugs in managing Type 2 diabetes. Getting enough exercise makes it so your body responds more effectively to insulin. During exercise, your body can use glucose for energy - even without taking insulin or oral diabetes medications. And exercise burns calories and helps you lose weight. With these benefits of exercise, you may be wondering if it's safe to continue exercising during pregnancy as a diabetic. The answer is yes - not only is it safe for you to exercise, it will greatly benefit you and your baby to exercise while you're pregnant. Here are answers to some questions you may have about exercising during pregnancy...
Worried about diabetes? Find out why more and more evidence shows the best solutions are natural - not medical...
Getting fit is the second most important thing you can do to beat your type 2 diabetes. But you don't have to go to the gym or start jogging. A good fast walk-a power-walk-is all the exercise you need. Here are some tips to get you moving safely and comfortably.
After more than 12 years of actively treating diabetic patients, I can now safely say that it is utmost essential to individualize while selecting a suitable mother-tincture for any case. I would like to discuss some of these mother-tinctures and their selection criteria through few case-experiences.
Having been given a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, there is no doubt you are looking to make improvements in your health by lowering your blood sugar levels and your weight. Are you tired of constantly feeling like you just can't do what it takes to combat the changes you need to make, the fatigue and pain in your life? If you've never been on a health promotion program but are looking to get started, you need to understand some key habits to develop. By doing so, you can help ensure you are really on the path to success. Here are four healthy habits you should know...
Heart disease and cancer are two complications people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes need to take care to prevent. So often diabetics have high blood cholesterol levels which can clog blood vessels, including the arteries feeding through to the heart muscle. High blood pressure is often associated with the insulin resistance that causes Type 2 diabetes. The American Heart Association considers Type 2 diabetes one of the seven major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, and diabetics are two to four times more likely to have heart and blood vessel disease than nondiabetics. According to the American Diabetes Association, cancers of the liver, pancreas, uterus, colon, rectum, breast, and bladder are more common in individuals with Type 2 diabetes than in healthy individuals.
Dining out can be a challenge when you are Type 2 diabetic and trying to develop a healthy eating plan. At home you know what to expect, but when you are away from home, it may be difficult to anticipate what you will find. Planning to stop in for a fast food meal? If so, you already know this is less than ideal as far as your health is concerned. While most fast food options are the worst possible thing you could put into your body, many fast food restaurants are coming out with wiser selections. If you tread carefully, you might just get away with your diet intact. If you don't however, don't beat yourself up. Think about how you could do things differently next time.
It has been known for some time Gestational diabetes, the type of diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, is important to prevent or control for a number of reasons. Mothers diagnosed with Gestational diabetes are at risk for developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes after delivery, and children of mothers diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy are at a high risk for becoming overweight, obese, and developing Type 2 diabetes.
As a Type 2 diabetic you will need to go about making changes to your eating plan to help improve both your nutritional intake and your blood sugar levels. One food you should be eating on a regular basis is fish. Fish is high in protein, rich in nutrients and, depending on the variety you eat, will also provide the essential omega fats your body needs to function. They also deliver some big health benefits. Because essential fatty acids (ALA, DHA, EPA) are not made in the body, you need to get them from your diet. For whatever reason, many people are still not eating enough fish. Let's walk through the top fish varieties you must make sure you are fitting into your eating plan on a regular basis to help make sure you are getting the right type of oils...
Are you a vegetarian who's recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes? Or, are you living with Type 2 diabetes and wondering if you can still follow a vegetarian diet? Either way, it can help to learn more about how a vegetarian eating plan can fit into your meal plan to help manage your blood sugar levels.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and is on the rise. But women who have both Type 2 diabetes and high estrogen levels, are at a significantly higher risk of developing dementia according to new research published in the journal Neurology.
Gestational diabetes, the kind newly diagnosed in pregnant women, is akin to Type 2 diabetes in that it is caused by insulin resistance. After pregnancy, women who are genetically predisposed to Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes in the future after a bout of Gestational diabetes.
You may have heard eating enough fiber will help you to manage your blood sugar level and your weight. If you haven't paid much attention to fiber before, it's a good idea to learn more about it. Here is some information on the benefits of fiber, how much you need, and foods that are good sources of fiber. Fiber is a type of complex carbohydrate, although some people consider it to be a separate nutrient than carbohydrates. It's found in all plant foods - like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains - but not in animal foods.
Some people tend to gain weight in the buttocks, while others gain it around the abdominal region and is referred to as belly fat. Belly fat is the best indicator of the risk for developing prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Belly fat results from two particular types of fat deposits: subcutaneous fat stored under the skin of the belly, and visceral fat intertwined around organs in the midsection. Both subcutaneous and visceral fat secrete inflammation causing substances further harming your body. Research pinpoints inflammation as a root cause of Type 2 diabetes. If you're looking to trim your waistline and abdominal area you need to make sure your eating plan includes some of the best 'get lean' foods.
Many nutritional therapists have been wrongly telling their Type 2 diabetic clients who come to them looking for help to lose weight, the key to successful weight loss is determined by how much will power they have, or labeling them as being lazy. Current new research shows the reason anyone who eats more than they planned to goes much deeper and is, in fact, to do with how the brain is wired.
You've probably sussed it out by now: diet is the key to beating your type 2 diabetes, ie you can keep your blood glucose levels under control by avoiding certain foodstuffs. Easy enough to do at home. But what can you eat when you are out and about?
The cases of diabetes are increasing at an alarming rate globally. This is a very serious health condition as it leads to other health complications including death. There is therefore a need to find ways through which it can be controlled. At an individual level, you have the ability to control and reverse your diabetes today. It is a condition characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels as a result of being overweight or because of poor diet. However, it can also be caused by a variety of other aspects. You can tell you have diabetes through a list of diabetic symptoms such as:
Breakfast which means breaking from night fast, is the most important meal, and you shouldn't skip especially if you are trying to reverse or cure type 2 diabetes. My post will be exposing you to top 5 diabetics breakfast ideas you can draw in your diabetics diet plan for this month. Based on dietitian recommendations, you should take your breakfast after two(2) hours when you wake up and a healthy breakfast provides calories of 20%-35% of your guideline daily allowance.
If you can manage it, a reduction of 5 to 10% in body weight will make your Type 2 diabetes substantially easier to manage - reducing your HbA1c by 1 and 2% on average. If you're able to follow a lower carbohydrate diet plan, the results in terms of reduction in insulin resistance, improvements in blood sugar levels, and other problems linked to excess weight such as high blood pressure, can be spectacular. So, if you're looking to start up on a lower carb diet plan, one thing you may be taking into account is how you can satisfy your cravings, without sacrificing taste.
The risk of developing diabetes is increasing steadily, yet diabetics are living longer. In addition, your risk depends on your race, your education and where you live. Here are some facts from the latest study.
While diabetes medications, insulin injections and various other tools and resources which can help control blood sugar levels and are big business and can cost a diabetic at least $10,000.00, there are many natural ways that can be even more effective at managing blood sugar levels in addition to being inexpensive. Do keep in mind that type 1 diabetes is irreversible and is not preventable but making healthy changes can help reduce symptoms and complication. Type 2 diabetes on the other hand can not only be prevented but can also be reversed. Here are 10 tips on how to reverse diabetes naturally.
Type 2 diabetes is a common health problem in Saudi Arabia, having a 23.7 percent prevalence in adults aged 30 to 50 and a 31.6 percent prevalence overall. DDT has been associated with Type 2 diabetes in some populations. In 2012 the journal Environment International reported the results of a study showing a strong relationship between DDT and Type 2 diabetes in a group of Koreans. In 2010 the journal Diabetologia reported on a study showing a high degree of Type 2 diabetes in people in Eastern Slovakia exposed to DDT and similar chemicals...
Another way to help take responsibility for your Type 2 diabetes and make choices to control it or even reverse it, is to examine your belief system. The way you think and feel about yourself and your health can have a positive or negative impact on how diabetes is affecting your body and your lifestyle. Here are some ways to check on your belief system related to your health and start believing you can take control of your body weight, your blood sugar and your Type 2 diabetes...
Preventing and controlling Type 2 diabetes is important both for avoiding signs and symptoms of diabetes itself and for preventing the various complications associated with this disease. According to investigators at Tainan University in Taiwan and other research institutions n Taiwan and California, USA, head and neck cancer could be one complication associated with Type 2 diabetes. Their study, reported on in JAMA Otolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery, in July 2014, included 80,089 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and compared them with healthy controls. It was found the people with diabetes were 47 percent more likely to have head and neck cancer as the healthy participants...
Working with your health care team to make decisions about your Type 2 diabetes treatment and lifestyle plan is the best way for you to take responsibility for your recovery. It helps to first set goals for yourself so you know what you want as you make decisions. But setting goals is more than just saying "I want to be healthier" or "I want to manage my blood sugar." Making your goals as specific as possible will help you achieve them. Try using the SMART method to set goals for yourself...
Finding out you have developed Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to handle. It can mean many changes to your lifestyle as you figure out how to best manage it and avoid a number of health complications associated with the disease. You'll need to follow a healthy meal plan, and may need to take injectable insulin or oral diabetes medications. But the good news is there are so many things you can do to control the disease - and even reverse it with careful conscientious eating habits. So, how do you take charge of your Type 2 diabetes? Here are some tips you can use to take responsibility for your health and take care of your diabetes...
You may have heard about the Mediterranean diet - it's the way the people of the Mediterranean area, including Italy, Greece, France, and Spain, have traditionally eaten. People of these areas live longer and have less cancer and cardiovascular disease than people living in the US, and the diet is thought to be a major reason. The other major reason - they live an active lifestyle.
Developing diabetes in pregnancy also known as gestational diabetes is quite common which is no less stressful because of concerns for the health of the unborn baby. Gestational diabetes usually only lasts for the duration of the pregnancy and goes away after delivery. However, while this condition can cause no problems to the baby and mother during the pregnancy, in some cases, there may be some issues that having gestational diabetes can cause to the baby and the mother. In this article, we shall look at the risks to the baby if you develop gestational diabetes.
Preventing or controlling Gestational diabetes, the kind of diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, is important for the health of both mothers and their babies. Researchers at he University of KwaZulu Natal, in Durban, South Africa, looked at the developing hearts of fetuses to discover what effects Gestational diabetes might have on them.
Looking for a fast and easy way to get into great shape? When it comes to cardio training, many people shudder at the thought. Hours spent pounding away on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical trainer just doesn't seem to appeal to many people. And, this is quite understandable. It gets repetitive, fast, and unless you're doing sprint training, it takes a huge time chunk out of your day. That said, you should stop overlooking walking as a choice for cardio training. It's a form of exercise everyone can do and one that is sure to help boost your fitness level while helping you maintain healthy blood sugar and body weight. The truth is any kind of exercise can help lower your blood sugar and your diabetes risk - so if you are currently sedentary, just chose something and start moving.
In this article I offer my opinion, and that of some of my patients on cotton diabetic socks versus acrylic diabetic socks. I am a diabetic myself, and retired from Nuclear Medicine after 20 plus years of service.
Simple and modest lifestyle changes pay off with big dividends for Type 2 diabetics. Diabetics are always encouraged to eat a healthy diet low in calories, fat, and saturated fat. Where fats are concerned - limit your fat intake to 30 percent of calories and saturated fat to no more than 10 percent of calories. While cheese doesn't have a reputation as being a diet food, cottage cheese on the other hand, has long been a staple in the diet of the health conscious. Cottage cheese is available in several varieties - low-fat, low sodium, or mixed with fruit It is versatile and can be consumed on its own or included in various recipes.
You've worked hard to get your diet in check and your blood glucose level just where your doctor loves to see them. No you're going on vacation and you need a plan. Try these tips to help save your hard-earned blood sugar levels and possibly even a few pounds.
As a Type 2 diabetic your aim is to follow a healthy eating plan for combating high blood sugar levels and weight gain. You need to be paying attention to each and every food you eat on a day-to-day basis. This includes when eating meals out. Sadly, far too many people forgo their usual healthy food choices as soon as they're in a restaurant location. While, if you are concerned with blood sugar control, if you take appropriate measures after the meal to get them under control, it won't be all too detrimental. But if you're looking for weight management or loss as well, it's a whole other story.
Sexual dysfunction due to diabetes does not affect men only. Diabetic women can also experience sexual problems related to their blood sugar levels.
Smoking during pregnancy is known to be associated with a number of health risks. Type 2 diabetes appears to be a new association according to a study reported on in Diabetes Care in August 2014. Investigators at the Harvard School of Public Health and other research institutions in Boston, USA, and various research sites in Rotterdam and Singapore, compared smoking in mothers and fathers during pregnancy, and Type 2 diabetes in their daughters...
You know you should be getting more active in order to control your blood sugar, your weight and any complications associated with Type 2 diabetes - but you just aren't sure where to start. Bicep curls, kettlebells, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), all seem like foreign words to you. You've seen these term but can't much make sense of anything and are just feeling overwhelmed by it all. Not to worry, one of the best exercises for any Type 2 diabetic is one you've been doing since before you reached your second birthday - walking.
There have been some studies that appear to associate stomach cancer with Type 2 diabetes, but a cause and effect relationship has not been established. One way of showing cause and effect would be to demonstrate a mechanism by which diabetes could cause cancer in the stomach. Researchers at the National Cancer Center and Jikei University in Japan have found some associations that could lead to finding some way Type 2 diabetes could be responsible for causing this particular type of cancer.
As a Type 2 diabetic you hear a lot about carbohydrates - what types to eat and to avoid, how much to eat, and when to eat them. You likely know about fat and protein as well. Each of these macronutrients has a role in your body and is necessary for optimal health. But have you also thought about alcohol and its effect on your body? Even though alcohol consumption damages the pancreas, people with diabetes continue to rationalize this habit, maybe because of the information on a possible connection between red wine and heart health. Alcohol isn't considered as being necessary for your body. It adds calories and acts negatively on many body parts, so it's a good idea to understand how it works. Here are the ways alcohol can affect your body, and how each of these factors affects Type 2 diabetics...
There are many different medications available to help manage your blood sugar levels. But, like all medications, they are more effective and safer when they're used correctly. This means taking them at the right time and taking the right dose. Here is some information to help you use your medications correctly and get the most out of them. First, it's helpful to understand the different classes of diabetes medications and how and why each type is effective...
One thing you might be wondering about as you go about your diet plan is whether or not you should be cutting out that morning coffee you love so much. Many Type 2 diabetics find coffee can raise their blood sugar level, so if your blood sugar level rises consistently after drinking coffee, switch to decaf. So, is your morning coffee helping or hindering your results? Before you can answer this question, you need to ask yourself a few questions to start.
Unfortunately it is no longer possible for doctors to differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes solely on the basis of age. What used to be known as mature-onset diabetes is now Type 2, which is seen more and more in children. Knowing which kind of diabetes is present is important for treatment. Researchers at Chonbuk National University Medical School and other university medical schools in Korea, have considered the idea of using blood C-peptide levels for deciding which kind of diabetes young sufferers have.
Having received a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, the good news is there's a lot you can do to become and stay healthy. By making lifestyle changes you can control both your blood sugar and body weight. In fact, when you take the reins and do what you can to manage your Type 2 diabetes, you can dramatically improve your life.
In the last part of this article series, I talked about a few things you should be doing to help maintain your blood sugar, your body weight and your best health level going forward. Taking the time to get your lifestyle, eating, and exercise habits set up so they'll help assist with disease reduction generally and bodyweight management, will go a long way towards keeping you feeling great and helping to control your Type 2 diabetes. Here are a few things you should be making sure you're doing...
Many people get a surprise when their doctor gives them a Type 2 diabetes or a prediabetes diagnosis. Usually they go to their doctor for a routine checkup, or perhaps because of a specific complaint such as back pain or feeling fatigued. Then lab work comes back with the bad news their blood sugar is way too high. So then they become focused on leading a healthier life. Are you focused on leading a healthier life? Perhaps your body weight is under good control but you still know you are not as healthy as you could be. As such, you want to take some steps toward boosting your overall health to ensure you lead a long and happy life. Are you doing everything you could be?
Eating a diet that is low in sugar and low in fat is essential to beating your diabetes. Most fruit fit the bill. However there are certain fruits you must treat with caution or avoid altogether. Here are nine of them.
Did you know some medication you may be taking for common conditions can affect your blood sugar? In fact, hundreds of medications and herbs can affect your blood sugar - either raising it and causing hyperglycemia, or lowering it and bringing on hypoglycemia. If you take any of the medications mentioned below, it's worth talking to your doctor to see if there are alternatives that could treat your health issue without affecting your blood sugar and adding to the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes. Three of the most popular medications with side effects of hyperglycemia or hypoglcemia include...
Having data gives anyone with Type 2 diabetes power. Having a true view of how much exercise you are doing, how much you're eating and what your blood sugar levels are, not just what you may believe them to be, can help you make some effective improvements. One of the hottest new pieces of technology to hit the health and fitness industry are fitness and calorie trackers that are effective in helping Type 2 diabetics with the control of their weight and blood sugar. More and more diabetics are investing in one of these devices to help them as they go along, working hard to achieve the goals they've set for themselves. Is this something you should consider? If you have not yet looked into the fitness trackers, now is the time to do so.
Feeling low in spirit once in a while is quite normal. But some people have this feeling of prolonged sadness that doesn't quite seem to go away. Life may seem endless with no hope. If such feeling prolongs for quite some time, it could be a sign of serious depression.
Whether you've just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or you've been managing your condition for a while, one of the hallmark principles of your diet right now, is the reduction of your refined sugar consumption. White, refined sugar is what must be most avoided by anyone with diabetes, so it needs to be the primary focus. White, refined sugar is heavily processed and is a lot sweeter than Mother Nature's sugar. Your body can't avoid consuming some sugars. You need carbohydrates and certain sugars for your very survival. But white refined sugar needs to be avoided, although this is easier said than done.
Considering that most the therapies written in Ancient Ayurvedic scriptures more than 2000 years ago are slowly but surely being proven to be correct by clinical research, Ayurveda deserves more attention that most mainstream therapies do. For example, Ashwagandha was used since centuries in India for treating a variety of disorders including stress and anxiety. Now, many clinical studies have proven the benefits of this herb in combating stress.
Green is In. Yes, this is a trend that is currently quite popular around the world and the effects can be seen in everything from medicine to the food and beverage industry. From organically grown vegetables to herb fortified food items, from cocktails to desserts, the herb factor is impossible to miss out on.
If you have been detected with Diabetes, then you can run all you want but not hide. It remains an incurable condition till date and each year, close to 231,404 deaths are reported in the United States due to Diabetes related complications. It is estimated that $245 billion are spent every year for Diabetes treatments.
Now you have received a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis and you're working at controlling your blood sugar levels and watching your body weight, you may no longer be indulging in your favorite cup of gourmet coffee. But at the same time, the thought of black coffee is entirely off-putting. So what can you do? Try any one of the following four great ways to boost your morning 'cup of joe'.
As you go about your diet to help combat your blood sugar levels, the effects of Type 2 diabetes, and to control your body weight, you should be looking for calorie-free ways to add more flavor to your dishes, while also helping enhance their nutritional value in the process. Many people choose correct foods on their fat loss diet but then the problem becomes how they cook it. Remember, all calories count so if you're cooking using high calorie or high fat methods, you aren't doing your body any good.
Being diabetic increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, thrush, dry mouth and burning mouth syndrome. So what do you have to do to maintain the health of your mouth? Here are 8 mouth-savers.
According to a research study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May 2004, vitamin D increases insulin sensitivity by up to 60 percent. In fact, it's been recorded vitamin D may be all some mild Type 2 diabetics need to take. There is a tendency for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to have low levels of vitamin D. This can make it difficult for white blood cells to defend their body from tuberculosis and related diseases. Diabetics have more than twice the risk of developing tuberculosis (TB) than nondiabetics.
Although not technically a health care practitioner, an exercise expert can make a big impact on lowering your blood sugar levels and your weight. A trainer can make sure you're doing the moves properly and also help you evaluate your current routine to make sure you're on track to meet your health and weight loss goals. If you've been thinking about taking that next step with your training and consulting a personal trainer for assistance to help you ensure you reach your goals, it's important you find a trainer who's right for you.
Osteomyelitis, or bone infection, is one serious complication of diabetes. Because diabetics frequently have numbness, shooting pains, and pins-and-needles type of pain in their feet - signs of nerve damage or neuropathy, small foot injuries sometimes go unnoticed. In the year 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, USA, recorded 75,000 hospital discharges in patients with diabetic foot neuropathy, Foot ulcers can become infected if they are not treated promptly. In 2009 Podiatry Today reported people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have a 25 percent risk of developing foot ulcerations over their lifetimes. According to the CDC, in 2007 there were 113,000 hospital discharges of diabetics with foot ulcers in the United States alone.
There is absolutely no question that regular, even moderate to medium-level, physical activity has a significant effect on your Type 2 diabetes management. Studies show as rates of Type 2 diabetes and obesity continue to increase, physical activity continues to be a fundamental form of therapy. As you strive to boost your health and fitness level, taking control over your body weight so you decrease your risk factor for Type 2 diabetes and maintain better blood sugar control, you also need to not neglect the lifestyle you lead.
Few conditions are as widely misunderstood as Type 2 diabetes. As you go about making positive changes in your diet protocol to help lower your blood sugar and your weight, there are some important dietary fallacies you must make sure you fully understand and know about so you can put them to rest and be sure they aren't influencing you. Separating fallacies from truth will help change the way you live with your Type 2 diabetes. So many people fall victim to dietary fallacies and sadly, they can have a very large influence on the level of progress you see. Here are 3 such fallacies to be aware of...
In your quest to help manage and control your Type 2 diabetes and blood sugar levels, it's important you fully educate yourself on which foods will help you maintain stable blood sugar levels, which foods must be eaten with other foods to keep your blood sugar balanced, and which you should just avoid at all costs. While combining any food with a healthy fat and/or protein rich food will lower the release of sugar into your body so can help you manage your blood sugar better, there are certain foods that even then aren't ideal.
Pentoxifylline is often used to treat diabetic neuropathy, a complication of Type 2 diabetes, usually described as numbness and a feeling of pins and needles in the feet. It works by helping red blood cells to enter tiny blood vessels, or capillaries, in the limbs. According to new research reported on in the Journal of the Society of Nephrology in July 2014, the drug could also find a place for treating diabetic kidney disease. Kidney disease is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States. Over 35 percent of adults with Type 2 diabetes have chronic kidney disease, which means the kidneys do not filter water and waste products out of the body well enough...
Controlling diabetes with diet and exercise is something that every diabetic is tasked with because the alternative is bleak. Medications or insulin shots can only do so much. Diet and exercise allow you to lessen the effects of diabetes on your body and life and help you thrive even with this diagnosis. In the case of type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise may even allow you to reverse this type of diabetes. Get in the game. Fight for your life and health. Diet and exercise is the best way to accomplish this.
The obesity epidemic in the United States is one of the reasons the incidence of Type 2 diabetes has doubled in the past decade. And the incidence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is highest in the states where obesity is highest. Looking to lose weight so you can take control over your blood sugar and risk for Type 2 diabetes? Or, perhaps the disease is already a part of your life and you are simply looking to manage it as best as possible.