Diabetic Facts

 

We are a proud supporter of the American Diabetes Association!!  

11/14 is National Diabetes Awareness Day - but we should not wait until then to get tested and help create awareness.  Start now - Spread the word and encourage everyone to take the test! You can start by participating in this year's American Diabetes Association - Step Out Walk.  You can walk and/or donate.  9/30/12 in Wantagh, Long island.  Here's the link to sign up as a walker and/or donate:

http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=538257&pg=team&fr_id=8330&s_src=signature&s_subsrc=step2012

 

New studies suggest that Obese people with Diabetes could live longer than thin people with Diabetes.  What are your thoughts?  For more info, check out  www.Twitter.com/DiabeticFriends

 

Studies suggest that curry and ginger can reduce glucose levels. 

 

The summer is almost half over already!  Make sure you plan your vacations accordingly and include all prescription medications and other supplies needed in your carry-on bags.

 

A new study shows that Diabetes is also linked to Dimentia.  It's amazing how many things Diabetes is related to.  In 1 study, researchers found that elderly people with type 2 diabetes experience two and a half times the amount of the natural brain shrinkage that comes with age than their non-diabetic peers, possibly due to changing blood-sugar levels.  Most of the loss was in the frontal lob, where higher mental functions occur.

 

Stay hydrated in this heat.  Water also helps flush out excess sugar.

 

A new study suggests a strong coorelation between Diabetes and Depression.  Check it out here :

http://m.everydayhealth.com/depression/the-link-between-depression-and-diabetes?xid=tw_diabetesfacts_20120201_depression

Some new studies suggest that daily intake of 2 cups of coffee a day can reduce your blood sugar.  As always, speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.

 

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A new study shows that a breakfast high in protein and higher in carbs (about 60 grams of carbs) can keep you fuller for longer and reduce your carb and calorie count for the rest of the day!

Did you know chocolate is actually a fruit grown from a tree?  1 ounce of dark chocolate has the same amount of antioxidants as a cup of bluberries or a glass of red wine!

Today is the first day of summer!!  Remember, it's very important to stay hydrated.  The best way to stay hydrated is to drink 8 glasses of water a day, more if you are excercising and/or spending time in the excessive heat.

Always Remember.... We are not diabetics, we are PEOPLE living with Diabetes.

Someone is diagnosed with Diabetes every 17 seconds!  Create awareness today!

Almost 80,000,000 American's have pre-Diabetes.  We need to get this under control and take action before it's too late!  Take the risk test today and see your doctor if you experience any symptoms (dry mouth, excessive urination, trouble sleeping, neuropathy, blurry vision, etc).

There are studies that now show type 2 Diabetes have a link to a higher blood cancer risk.

A new study shows that babies that are born pre-maturely have an increased chance of developing diabetes among other issues such as depression and other psychological disorders as an adult.

Studies over the last 10+ years have shown that dark chocolate in moderation can have heart healthy affects.  A new study now shows it can also help maintain blood glucose control  Just remember, it's dark chocolate, the higher the cocao percentage the better.  And as always, moderation!  Try to stick to no more than an ounce a day.

What’s behind the dramatic decline of diabetes-related deaths?

A study cites improved treatments, healthier lifestyle choices and more efficient disease management.

By Carolyne Krupa, Amednews staff.

Death rates among individuals with diabetes are decreasing, especially deaths related to heart disease and stroke, says a study in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

Researchers examined 16,274 people with diabetes and 226,109 people without the metabolic disease in two-year segments from 1997 to 2004. They found that deaths due to cardiovascular disease among people with diabetes dropped 40% from 1997-98 to 2003-04. Overall deaths among people with the disease dropped 23% during the same period, the study said (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22619288/).

“This is very good news,” said Vivian Fonseca, MD, president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Assn. “What this tells us is that we have turned the corner in the bad outcomes associated with diabetes, and this has happened over about a 10-year period.”

Researchers attribute the decline to multiple factors, including treatment advances made in the 1990s. Patients also are learning to better manage the disease. Cholesterol levels are improving, and smoking rates have declined, said lead study author Edward W. Gregg, PhD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Three key studies have led to better care, Dr. Fonseca said. Conducted from 1983 to 1993, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial followed 1,441 individuals ages 13 to 39 with type 1 diabetes. The research showed that controlling blood glucose levels slows the onset and progression of diabetes-related eye, kidney and nerve damage.

The Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications was a follow-up study showing that controlling blood glucose levels also reduces patients’ risk of cardiovascular disease or having a nonfatal heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular-related death.

The United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study found similar benefits from controlling blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, said Dr. Fonseca, a professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Physicians know how to help patients better manage their diabetes, with better medications, improved methods of assessing patients and strong evidence for standards of care. “What we are seeing here is a translation of all of that research into clinical practice,” Dr. Fonseca said.

Take comfort in the fact that if you are diabetic, you are not alone. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90-95 percent of people living with diabetes (PWDs).

Diabetes cannot be prevented in all cases especially if one has a strong family history, but the common type of diabetes - Type 2 diabetes -- may be prevented or delayed by proper diet which is low fat and high fiber foods, regular physical exercise, and avoidance of aggravating factors such as smoking and stressful lifestyle.  Stress can lead to earlier development of diabetes as well as several other diseases like heart disease.

A person with diabetes may sometimes feel defeated by the restrictions that are placed in their life for better control of blood glucose.

However, in no way does Diabetes mean that you should be a prisoner at home. Therefore, if there is a person with diabetes in our life, it becomes imperative that the condition is understood and not aggravated.

For instance, one should be aware of the fact that a person with diabetes has restrictions on his diet and exercises. Therefore, one should not attempt to force such a person to overeat or consume food that could be bad for them. A person with diabetes also needs to keep a strict watch on the amount of fattty foods and alcohol that they consume and those known to him or her should ensure that social occasions or parties do not turn out to be a tragedy for the person.

A common misconception is that once you start taking pills or insulin you can eat anything you want. The pills or insulin are more effective when they do not have to work as hard to lower blood glucose. Therefore, those who have friends and relatives with diabetes can play the role of a calming influence. Also note, for some diabetics, you can be taken off medication with proper diet and excercise. Unfortunately, this is not true for all diabetics.

Watching sugar is not the only criteria for proper diabetes management.  You need to watch carbohydrates, triglycerides, fats, and cholesterol levels.

People with diabetes are living longer, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 1997 and 2004, the percentage of people with diabetes who died from any cause dropped 23 %, and the percentage of people who died from heart disease or stroke dropped 40%,the report says.

Improved treatments for heart disease, better management of diabetes and healthy lifestyle changes contributed to the decline in death rates, the researchers said. People with diabetes were less likely to smoke and more likely to be physically active than in the past.

Summer is right around the corner. Here are some helpful tips from the book, Diabetes 911 by Larry A. Fox, M.D. and Sandra L. Weber, M.D.

Create a traveler’s checklist of the supplies, medications, copies of prescriptions, and doctor’s letters that you will need during the trip.

Pack insulin and supplies in both your carry-on bag and checked luggage so that you will not be without supplies.

Before you fly, make the process less hectic by confirming departure times, using online check-in, and calling ahead to check on meal options for long or overseas flights.

Always take along snacks—you never know when there will be delays.

To ease through airport security, keep all pharmacy labels on supplies and notify security that your child is wearing a pump or carrying diabetes supplies. It also helps to have a letter from your doctor in case any problems arise.

While on your trip, monitor your blood glucose often, make sure insulin is not exposed to extreme temperatures, plan ahead for dining and carry glucagon for emergencies.

When prescribed medication, always tell your doctor of all other medications you are on and mention that you are diabetic.  Some medications can have interactions with eachother and some can increase your glucose, specifically meds that contain steroids.  It can't hurt to check with your pharmacist also.

Besides excess healthcare expenditure, diabetes also imposes large economic burdens in the form of lost productivity and foregone economic growth. The largest economic burden is the monetary value associated with disability and loss of life as a result of the disease itself and its related complications.

A new UCLA study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega -3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology published the findings in its May 15 edition.

Diabetes healthcare costs the United States more than 220 Billion Dollars a Year, Yes, 200 BILLION DOLLARS, and that's just in the USA.

I know several members on this site are from Ohio, this one is for you....  830,000 people in Ohio have diabetes, ranked 8th in the US and equals to roughly 10% of the population of Ohio.  Wow!

How diabetes damages nerves remains the subject of scientific speculation, though researchers are eager to solve the puzzle in hopes of developing new therapies for a disease that is a challenge to treat.  Some suspect that abnormal proteins, which are abundant in diabetes because of high blood glucose, directly hurts the nerves.  Another possibility is that the glucose interferes with chemical signaling or causes damage to the blood vessels that supply the nerves with nourishment.

Protect your feet. Never walk barefoot - indoors and outdoors. Wear comfortable and well fitting shoes. Look and feel inside the shoes for any rough surfaces before putting them on. Use clean and dry cotton socks or stocking of the correct size, avoid, too large socks that bunch up in the front and too tight that squish the feet. Avoid socks with tight elastic tops.

Keep the feet clean. Wash feet daily with a mild soap, do not soak for more than 15 minutes. Rinse the skin well after applying soap and dry with a soft towel. Take care to dry the area between the toes. Dust with plain talc and wipe off excess. If skin is dry, apply a moisturising/lanolin lotion or ointment.

Inspect feet regularly (preferably daily) the top portion of the feet, the area between the toes and the sole, and look and feel for breaks in the skin, cuts, scratches, bruises, blisters, sores, and discolouration. Check if any portion feels hot and red. Use a mirror to look at the sole or ask a friend/ relative to help you.

Take proper advice and care in case of ingrown toenails, calluses, corn or breaks in the skin or change in temperature or colour of the skin or if feet are swollen or throbbing. Do not use corn caps and callus removers. Request the doctor to check your feet during every visit.

Stop smoking as nicotine causes blood vessels to shrink further slowing down the already reduced blood flow to the feet because of diabetes.

An estimated 60-70 percent of people with diabetes suffer from neuropathy, a disease of the nerves.

The reasons for focusing on diabetic foot problems are many. Many amputations can be avoided with relatively simple and low-cost measures. The foot is often neglected in a health care setting – being attended to neither by the doctor, nor the nurse. As a result, many people with diabetes never have their feet checked until it is too late and they are never provided with simple education for self-management and prevention of foot complications.

When you have diabetes, it is critical for you to eat small frequent meals or snacks between your three main meals to manage swings in your blood sugar levels.

The largest age group currently affected by diabetes is between 40-59 years. By 2030 this “record” is expected to move to the 60-79 age group with some 196 million cases.

Diabetics are twice as likely to get gum disease than non-diabetics.  Make sure you go to the dentist at least twice a year!

It is estimated that by the year 2030.......... 440 MILLION people will be living with diabetes which is roughly 8% of the world population.  In other words 1 out of 12 people will have diabetes in 2030.  Create awareness now!  Get tested, prevent, learn, and manage your diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes can remain undetected for many years and the diagnosis is often made from associated complications or incidentally through an abnormal blood or urine glucose test.

According to the World Health Organization, 80% of type 2 diabetes is preventable by changing diet, increasing physical activity and improving the living environment. Yet, without effective prevention and control programs, the incidence of diabetes is likely to continue rising globally

It's important to educate yourself about diabetes so you can help manage it. This means arming yourself with the right information. Although the Internet has a wealth of content on diabetes, it's not always accurate. Information that's not interpreted correctly, or is inaccurate or misleading, can actually be harmful for someone with diabetes. Even well-meaning family members and friends can give bad information.

Talk to your diabetes health care team when you see information that doesn't seem quite right, sounds too good to be true, or contradicts what they've told you. Never make changes to your diabetes management plan without contacting someone on the health care team first.

Remember, there is no cure for diabetes, but you can get your glucose under control.  For many people it can be done through diet and excercise.  For others, it may be purely genetics and you need to be on meds and / or insulin to control your blood sugars.  It's frustrating for all of us, but don't give up trying to help yourself.  The complications later in life can be deadly if not controlled properly.  If you need help, speak to your doctor and possibly a nutritionist.  Reach out to us here on www.MyDiabeticFriends.com for support.  That's why we are here!

Everyone's A1C is different, and what is considered normal depends on who you are asking.  6.0 or less?  6.5 or less?  Talk to your doctor and see what he/she thinks is best for you.

OK.... I admit it, I never heard of it until last night, but today is National Prime Rib Day!  Good for diabetics as far as sugar and carbs are concerned, just be careful with portion size as it is a fattier steak and also has cholesterol.

•A standing rib roast is a prime rib consisting of SEVEN ribs.
•A scooped & tied standing rib roast will have the bones taken off and then tied back on.
•A rib eye roast is a boneless prime rib.
•The beef is cut from the rib section, the largest central area of the steer, located in between the chuck and the short loin, just above the plate.
•If choosing a prime rib at the butcher, look for a cut that has a bright color and milky white fat.

People with diabetes can eat a certain amount of sugary food as part of a balanced diet, but they need to control the total amount of carbohydrates they eat, which includes sugary treats. Because sweets provide no real nutritional value other than calories, they should be limited — but not necessarily eliminated. We should avoid excessive consumption of foods that provide little nutritional value and can crowd out healthier foods.

Myth: Kids can outgrow diabetes.
Fact: Kids do not outgrow diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin are destroyed. Once they're destroyed, they will never make insulin again. Kids with type 1 diabetes will always need to take insulin (until a cure is found). Although kids with type 2 diabetes may see an improvement in their blood sugar levels after puberty or with lifestyle adjustments, they will probably always have a tendency toward having high blood sugar levels, especially if they are physically inactive or gain too much weight.

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Type 1 diabetes is caused by a destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, which is unrelated to sugar consumption. Type 2 diabetes results from the body's inability to respond to insulin normally. Although the tendency to get type 2 diabetes is genetically inherited in most cases, eating too much sugar (or foods with sugar, like candy or regular soda) can cause weight gain, which can increase the risk for developing the

Some studies have shown that Yoga therapy is a multifunctional excercise with multiple benefits including reducing blood glucose levels, body weight and cholesterol issues.  As always, speak to your doctor before starting.

Some studies have shown that FRESH Aloe juice has many benefits including treating diabetes.  I emphasize the word "FRESH".  Studies have shown the benefits are more prevalent among older people and twice as high among women than men.  As always, speak to your doctor before making any dietary changes.

Not getting enough sleep may play a role in the nation's diabetes epidemic.  It is reccommended you get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

A new joint study by Froup Health Research Institute and Bastyr Research Institute found that type 2 Diabetes patients who received naturopathic care (as an adjunct to conventional care) had lower blood sugar levels, better eating and excercise habits, improved moods, and a stronger sense of control over their conditions than did patients receiving only conventional care.

Foods high in fiber provide good protection against cardiovascular disease and the effect is particularyly marken in women.  Fiber also helps "keep you full", so you eat less and should be more content with less food.

The 2 most common reasons for kidney disease is diabetes and high blood pressure.  Get both checked regularly.

A major possible comlplication of diabetes is kidney disease.  Be sure to have your kidneys checked regulary.  All that is required is a simple blood test.  I suggest once a year, but speak to your doctor if kidney disease runs in the family or if he/she recommends more or less often.  One type of doctor that specializes in kidney disease is called a "Nephrologist". 

The word "diabetes" is Greek for "siphon", which refers to the copious urine of uncontrolled diabetes.  "Mellitus" is latin for honey or sweet, a name added when doctors discovered that urine from people with diabetes is sweet with glucose.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and expects that up to 80% of all new cases of diabetes will appear in developing countries by 2025.

The death rate among African-Americans with diabetes is 27% higher than among whites with Diabetes.  Reasons include hereditary, socio-economic issues, higher obesity rates, and lack of available health insurance.

Scientists predict that there may be 30 million new cases of diabetes in China alone within 10 years of now!    Encourage everyone you know to get tested today!  An estimated 8 million Americans have diabetes and don't even know it!

If you think you're a sugar addict, think about the amount of fructose in your food.  Fructose is what causes the sugar cravings.

Researchers are studying woman's genes to unravel the relationship between diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  You don't realize how many different things diabetes can affect!!

According to new research, strong smells lead people to take smaller bites of food -- suggesting that aroma might help control portion size and contribute to weight loss.

As a diabetic there are no breaks; we need to always watch what we eat, and monitor our glucose levels.  Did you know that on March 27, which was Diabetes Association alert day, thousands of people found out they were diabetic or pre-diabetic.  It's not too late to take the test, it's available year round.  See your doctor if you have any questions.

With Passover and Easter approaching, it can be very easy to go off your diet and watch your glucose rise.  Please share your favorite recipes with us.  Create a blog for it or comment under the recipe page.  Have a good weekend everyone.

If you are taking your meds, eating right, and your glucose levels are higher than normal for no obvious reason, it could mean you are getting sick or have an infection.  See your doctor as soon as possible.

Sex and Diabetes - Making love has many benefits.

It is a form of excercise .  Making love 3 times a week can burn around 7,000 calories a year which is the equivalent of jogging 70 miles.

A night of love can raise the amount of oxygen in cells, helping to keep organs and tissues functioning at their peak.

Any kind of excercise, including love making is going to increase testosterone which is believed to help keep men's bones and muscles strong.

Making love regularly can lower levels of the total body's cholesterol slightly, while changing the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.

Sex can lower levels of arthritic pain, whiplash pain and headache pain.  Hormones that are released during sexual excitement and orgasm can elevate pain thresholds.

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), a popular supplemental hormone is released naturally during lovemaking.  Just before orgasm, DHEA can spike levels 4 times higher than usual!

Regular ejaculation will help wash out fluids within your prostate glands that can be troublesome.

Sex can be a very effective way of reducing stress levels.

Regular lovemaking can increase a woman's estrogen level, protect her heart and keep her vaginal tissues more supple.

Regular lovemaking can help mantain your glucose levels and help with blood pressure also.

As always, check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns and to be sure you are healthy enough to engage in sexual activities.

Enjoy!  :)

So, did you encourage people to take the online risk test for diabetes yesterday?  I hope so!  I bet many thousands of people found shocking results. 

As a reminder, this site is about our members!  Anything you want, need, ideas or suggestions are always accepted and appreciated.  Passover and Easter Diabetic Friendly recipes coming soon!  Have a great day everyone!

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® Logo

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day "wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the next Alert Day will be held on March 27, 2012.

For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar’s Head® - manufacturer of premium delicatessen products - will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 27 through April 27, 2012, up to $50,000.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round

As a reminder, tomorrow, March 27, 2012 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day.

For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boars Head - manufacturer of premium deli products, will donate $5.00 to the American Diabetes Association from March 27, 2012 to April 27, 2012 up to $50,000.00.

Try to create awareness and know the possibility of you or someone you know will most likely develop diabetes sometime in their life no matter how healthy they seem or what kind of lifestyle they live.  Recommend www.mydiabeticfriends.com to all your friends and family to create awareness and learn some information.

If you are diabetic, you know there are no breaks, you always have to be conscience of what you're eating and doing.  However, for the purpose of this site, I declare Sunday to be a "Break Day".  Enjoy your day everyone.  As always, if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please let us know!

There is no cure for diabetes.... YET.  There's no magic medicine and you can't just stop eating sugar and "Poof", your diabetes is gone.  You may be able to get your glucose under control, but once diabetic, always a diabetic.

Happy Friday! 

We all know that maintaining a high glucose level in our bodies is bad for us and can cause long term damage.  It is just as important to worry about having too low blood sugars when you are diabetic.  Everyone has different signs of when their blood sugars are getting too low.  Some of them are feeling dizzy or light-headed, shaky, tired for no reason, sweating for no reason and even passing out. Always be sure to carry an emergency stash of high sugar/ carb snacks with you for an immeidate impact on your glucose.  I like to carry jelly beans with me because they have an immediate impact on my glycemic index and will cause my sugar levels to rise quickly rather than slowly.  Another suggestion is to carry a juice box with you.  Orange juice and apple juice usually have a lot of sugar and carbs and can help you raise your levels.

If you are diabetic, you should carry some type of ID with you stating so.  Many people like the idea of a bracelet, personally I prefer keeping a small card with your ID, in your wallet or purse, stating that you are diabetic, what medications you are on and emergency contact info.  If you are ever involved in an emergency, this can help you and help others help you by knowing how to take a proper course of action.

Did you know that getting enough sleep can contribute to you well being and health in general including having a negative impact on your blood sugars?

It is reccommended that we get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.  Living such a busy lifestyle, I know this is almost impossible for most people.

Lack of sleep can cause depression, headaches, exhaustion, and even effect your blood sugars.

Try to stay somewhat constant with your routine.  Again, I know it's easier said than done, but try to go to bed around the same time every night when feasable.  Don't excercise or do anything strenuous for at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed.  Your body needs to wind down and go into a "calming, relaxation mode".  Do whatever relaxes you, watch TV, read, listen to music. 

It's the first day of Spring! 

What a good time to start walking, excercising and eating healthier.  Now that the weather is getting nicer, take more walks.  Even a 20 minute walk after dinner can help maintain your blood sugars.  Going to get a coffee from the neighborhood deli or 7-11 only 3 blocks away?  Walk there!  Get some fresh air.

Now's also a good time to go through your clothes.  If things don't fit and they fit you last year, you may think to yourself, I really like this shirt, let me take that 10 pounds off so I can wear it again.

Happy Spring All!

 

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? 

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sposored annually by the Acadamey of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The campaign is design to focus attention on the importance of making smart food choices and developing sound eating habits.

Remember when we were kids and learning about healthy food choices, we were taught using those pyramids?  Well, that's changed now.  Now they use a plate of food and show us what percantage of the plate should be what.

According to the new system, half your plate should be fruits and vegetables.  Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count, just try to choose reduced sodium or "no salt added".

Half of your grains should be whole grains including whole grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta or brown rice.

A quarter of your plate should be a lean protein, lean meat, fish or chicken.

  

 

Here are some handy nutrition tips that you can follow in order to “load up your plate”:

--Increase vegetable and fruit intake.

--Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green and red and orange vegetables and beans and peas.

--Consume at least half of all grains as whole grains. Increase whole-grain intake by replacing refined grains with whole grains.

--Increase intake of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, or fortified soy beverages.

--Choose a variety of protein foods, which include seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products,

and unsalted nuts and seeds.

--Increase the amount and variety of seafood consumed by choosing seafood in place of some meat and poultry.

--Replace protein foods that are higher in solid fats with choices that are lower in solid fats and calories and/or are

sources of oils.

--Use oils to replace solid fats where possible.

--Choose foods that provide more potassium, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin D, which are nutrients of concern in American diets. These foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and milk and milk products.

 

First of all, a special shout out and a Happy Birthday to my dad, James!  Happy Birthday Dad!

Since yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, and I'm sure many people had alcohol, I figured alcohol could be today's topic.

Alcohol in general tends to lower blood sugar.  This assumes you are drinking straight up hard liquor and it depends on the liquor.  Beer has sugar in it as do most mixed drinks. Drinking as little as 2 ounces of alcohol on an empty stomach can lead to bery low blood sugar levels. This makes alcohol an even bigger problem for people with diabetes. Also, alcohol can decrease effectiveness on your medication, so speak to your doctor.

Alcohol is considered a poison by your body (not necessarily your mouth or head) lol, and all efforts are made to excrete it, including the cessation of maintaining healthy blood glucose levels.  Studies have shown that alcohol interferes with all three sources of glucose and the hormones needed to maintain a healthy glucose.  Heavy drinkers deplete their glycogen storage within a couple of hours when their diet does not provide a sufficient amount of carbohydrates.  Over time, excessive alcohol consumption can decrease insulin's effectiveness, resulting in high blood sugar levels.  Studies have shown that 50% of people with alcoholic liver disease had either glucose intolerance or diabetes.

March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


There are dozens of complications from diabetes.  Some of them are:

Eye Complications - Diabetics have a higher risk of glaucoma and cataracts and other eye problems.  See an eye doctor at least once a year or sooner if you feel any issues arising.

Foot Complications - Diabetic can suffer from neuropathy, which can cause numbness in the feet as well as other complications.  A minor cut that may seem like nothing may not heal properly or can cause infection if your glucose numbers are out of control.  See a doctor immediately if you have any issues.

Skin Complications - Stay alert for symptoms of skin infections and other skin disorders which are more common is diabetics.  Again, water helps your skin.  Any issues-see your doctor.

Oral Health Complications - Resarch shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes.  See your dentis at least two times a year.

Kidney Disease - Keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control to lower the chance of getting kidney disease.  Many diabetics that don't have their glucose under control wind up eventually needing dialasis or a kidney transplant.  See your doctor regularly.  Don't forget, water helps to flush all the harmful waste away from your kidneys.  Drink up!

Other complications can include higher chance of stroke, heart attack, sexual dysfunction, blindness, higher chance of developing Alzheimer's disease and more!  It's important to keep your glucose under control!


March 16, 2012

An estimated 8,000,000 people have diabetes and don't know it!  This is an astonishing number. 

When first becoming diabetic there may be no symptoms at all.  There may be some symptoms that you don't realize are signs of being diabetic.  It is extremely important to get tested once a year, especially if diabetes runs in your family.  One test does not necessarily mean you have diabetes. 

The doctor should request for you to come in for a fasting blood test.  This means no eating or drinking for 8 hours prior to the blood test.  The normal range for a fasting glucose level should range between 80-120 depending on the person.  It can vary.  If your test comes out 220 for some reason, be concerned, but do not panic.  Wait a week and request another test.  If you get similiar results, request a A1C test.  this measures your average blood glucose control for the past 2-3 months.  If your A1C test shows a number higher than 6.5, this suggests possible diabetes and you should discuss with your doctor proper treatement and diet.  Once officially diagnosed, it is very important to get your A1C test every 3 months or as requested by your doctor. 

March 15, 2012

Be careful of orange juice!  Sure, it has alot of vitamins and nutrients, but it is also very high in sugar and carbohydrates.  It is actually suggested that you drink orange juice when your glucose levels are too low, because it will cause your sugars to spike quickly.  There are alot of new products on the market that have no sugar added or 50% less sugar than the regular variety.  Be sure to check the nutrition labels when buying juice.  If you tend to get low blood sugars often, you may want to consider carrying a small bottle of juice with you to help in an emergency.  For regular consumption, we suggest checking out all the options including no sugar added varieties.  It will also help if you slightly dilute your juice with water.  How's 8 oz of juice with 3 oz of water?  It's another way of adding some more water to your diet and cutting back on some sugar!

March 14, 2012

Everyone should drink about 8 glasses of water a day.  This is especailly true for diabetics.  In fact, diabetics should have 10-12 eight ounce cups a day, not including coffee, tea, soda, etc.

Water has many excellent influences on your body. Having diabetes, exess blood sugar in your body draws water from your tissues, causing the possibility of becoming dehyrdated. If you notice unexplained increases in your thirst and urination, see your doctor.  It could mean diabetes or something else.

A warning sign that glucose levels are high is thirst.  Water is the best way to quench your thirst and break down the sugars. Do not wait until you get thirsty, drink water throughout the day, it should be constant. Water can be lost through excercise and exposure to heat.  Staying hydrated will help fatigue and physical performance.  Water has 0 calories, no fat or caffeine which is a natural dehyrdator. Remember, sugary sodas and juices contain water but should be avoided or reduced to avoid spikes in glucose levels.

Water has also been shown to help arthritis, help injuries heal faster, lower blood pressure, increase kidney health, help gout, improve your skin conditions, improve colon health and much more! 

So... start drinking your water!

 March 13, 2012

For diabetics, it is not unusual to wake up with a high glucose level.  There are several things you can do to try and help this.  First and foremost, speak to your doctor.  They may want to adjust your medication.

Try to avoid high sugar, high carbohydrate snacks after dinner.  If you crave a snack in the evening, go for a serving of unsalted peanuts or cashews.  They are packed with protein.  Although they do have fat, they are heart healthy fats.  As always, remember to keep the portion within moderation.  Try to stay within one serving or less.

Also, if you choose to have an evening snack that has some sugar and/or carbs, try to do at least 20 minutes of excercise.  I know most of us are tired after a long day of work, but excercise truly helps to keep your blood sugars under control.  A brisk 20 minute walk, bike ride or even a fun 20 minute Zumba session can make a big difference.

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