what is the best natural sugar substitute for diabetics?
what is the best natural sugar substitute for diabetics?
What is the best substitute for sugar ? I mean, what is best for diabetics ?
^ I found the best was Splenda, I buy the granular that measures like sugar for home and the packets for travel.
There are good and bad reports on all artificial sweeteners, from what I’ve read Splenda is also the safest. You can get a lot of products made with Splenda.
I am giving you a link to their site, they also have recipes. Be careful what you buy they make Splenda that is mixed with sugar also. I hope this helps.
What foods are best for high blood sugar diabetics?
My husband is taking Metformin, glubride, & insulin shots. But for some reason his sugar stays in the 200 level most of the time. I am starting to get very worried about him. Sometimes I wonder if he don’t sneak snacks behind my back.. He is over weight but not real bad.. Please tell me some good foods he can eat that won’t run his sugar up.. Thanks
Apply this general rule-the ones grown above the surface of earth-like vegetables etc (with the exception of coconut) are good and those grown below the earth like roots, certain nuts etc are harmful.Let any food with more fibre and protein than fat/corbohydrate be the thumb rule.
It is not the intake of quantum of food that counts but the way in which the accrued calories are spent in more important.
What are the best foods for diabetics to eat?
My mother age 50 was newly diagnosised with diabetes and I wanted to hear from other diabetics or those who live with a diabetic about misconceptions and the best foods to eat to maintain a heathy blood sugar. Does anyone know if splenda products are good substitues? Any suggestions?
Low Glycemic Index foods are in order. They raise your blood sugars slowly. Here is a list of 2,480food that are rated. It’s a simple and easy way to diet. But it also must be your bible for eating for the rest of your life. This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.
The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.
The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn’t tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food’s effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn’t a lot of it, so watermelon’s glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.
Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.
Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The “Serve size (g)” column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.
The Glycemic load is the most important. Here are a couple of tidbits I thought I would throw in.
Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Add it to your coffee, oatmeal, smoothie, or wherever you find it palatable.
If you already suffer from diabetes, be sure to stay on a regular schedule with your cinnamon usage so that your blood sugar levels don’t yo-yo.Use the same amount at the same time every day so that you can get a sense of how cinnamon affects your own personal blood sugar readings.
Use the powdered spice or a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon pills are also available, and can be found easily via an online search. MHCP is water soluble and is not found in cinnamon oil.
Lime and lemon juice delay the digestion of starches as does vinegar. I’ve found that 2-3 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice reduces my post prandial BG response by 10-20 points. Rick Mendosa’s site has a lot of material on acids in the diet. Take a look at http://www.mendosa.com/acidic_foods.htm .
Keep blood sugars in normal range and avoid these complications. Blindness, Neuropathy, Kidney failure and Heart complications.
Good Luck to your Mom. Take care! Tin.
what is best food for diabetics to keep stable blood sugar?
Candy. dam you are so funny!
You ask for the best food. OK here goes, in my opinion good old american chili is one of the best foods for diabetics. Especially if you drain off the fat from the hamburger.All ingredients are low on the Glycemic index.
So keep in mind protein, veggies and a limited amount of carbs.
In looking for a good, red wine to drink for health reasons, what is the best for diabetics?
We are wanting to start drinking red wine as talked about on Oprah, but we have a family member who is diabetic so we want to choose wisely. Right now, we are drinking a cabernet sauvignon that is semi dry, and a bit tart. We would like a little less dry, less tart wine but want to watch the sugar. Any suggestions?
Wine, period, is relatively high in sugar, especially those with fruit tones and one’s that aren’t dry. So, please take this into account if it’s going to be drunk by a diabetic.
Instead of starting with blends like Burgundy (Beaujolais is a Burgundy) or Bordeaux, both of which can be pricey and complex, I recommend that you try single varietals until you understand what you like and don’t like. I also recommend starting with the French grapes, because all wine making areas started with cuttings from France or Italy, again to build a reference for the others. I’d suggest starting with a “jug wine” maker specifically Red Bicyclette or Fat Bastard. These are French bottlings that a French family would buy for daily meals, so they are reliable and affordable ( to /bottle, or less depending on state taxes).
So, look for Red Bicyclette or Fat Bastard in:
Merlot – a light red, with berry flavours (light enough for baked fish)
Pinot Noir – another light red like merlot but with a more fruit than berry influence.
Cabernet sauvignon – a robust red, best with roasted and grilled meat, tastes nutty
Syrah/Shiraz (same thing) – another robust red, can be smoky in flavour.
Merlot is the base wine in many blends. If you don’t like merlot, you might also avoid Bordeaux and/or Burgundies. There is also a Cabernet Franc, which is grown primarily in the Loire Valley, but it’s not as popular or common as the others I’ve listed.
Outside of the French, try Chilean Malbec or the two major Italian blends (Italians don’t make single varietals) Chianti (light) or Valpolicella (robust).
Californian wines tend to be sweeter than French because the grapes get enough extra sunlight to raise the sugar level. Excellent wines also come from Australia, Canada and South Africa.
BTW, there is no such thing as a California (or anywhere else) Bordeaux, Burgundy (Beaujolais), Chianti or Valpolicella (the names of the blends are controled by French or Italian winemakers). The varietals are the names of the grapes themselves, so they can’t be “owned” by anyone.
Which carbohydrates are best for diabetics?
My aunt has type 2 diabetes. I noticed that even though she has cut out all kinds of sweets, white breads, and potatos from her diet (which is good) she is always eating wheat bread, crackers, and sweet potatos. Are these really better choices? I thought all carbs turned to sugar.
Yes, these are good choices. As long as she doesn’t eat too much of them, they are fine. Complex carbs like whole grain breads, whole grain crackers, veggies, and even sweet potatoes are fine.
If she needs to lose weight, the second phase of the South Beach Diet could be helpful. The South Beach Quick and Easy Cookbook, might be helpful for her, if she is interested in trying some new recipes, but it sounds like she knows what she’s doing.
And by the way, there is nothing wrong with eating potatoes in small quantities. You just have to cut back your other carbs for that meal. I find that sweet potatoes make my blood sugar soar, while normal white potatoes are fine. I found a low carb potato that is even better, because it has less carbs then regular white spuds, but is still filling.
Each individual has to find the diet that works for them. If her blood sugar is staying within healthy ranges before and after meals, then don’t worry about her.
If you want to know what healthy ranges are, check out this link:
and this page, http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14045621.php
On cakes, is it best for ones made for diabetics to use a sugar substitute or a lower carb count?
Also, if you use a sugar substitute, does the frosting have the same consistency as ones with sugar? Im not diabetic but alot of people at my wedding will be and I want them to be able to eat cake to which is why I’m wondering.
A sugar substitute will lower the carb count anyways, as sugars and carbs are almost interchangeable. In fact, the total amount of carbs minus the fibre for any nutritional info is the total sugar count.
Splenda is a great substitute, as it is made from sugar, but is also the most expensive. Not all other sweeteners have Aspertame, and Aspertame has never been officially linked to brain cancer as mentioned above. It used to be the widespread belief that ALL sugar substitutes cause brain cancer, but it is a myth.
I have been Diabetic for 20 years, and using all sorts of different sweeteners my whole life.
There are a ton of good recipes online for frosting made from sweeteners, as it DOES change the consistency, you’ll just have to look and look for one you like.
Cheers and all the best
what are the best foods for diabetics who are quitting smoking?
My mother in law is a diabetic who smokes, but wants to quit without many of the side affects. She wants to know what are good snacks or meals to aid in the process of keeping her mind off of cigarettes but will also keep her blood sugar under control?
THROGH OUT ASHTRAYS
CUT SOME CELLERY ,CARROTS,SQUASH UP INTO “STICKS”
AND MAKE A DIP SHE LIKES–SPINACH IS MY FAVORIT AVALIBLE AT YOUR GROCERY STORE IN FREEZER
CALLED T.G.I.F’S SPINACH DIP
AND BUY FLOUR SUGAR AND CHOCOLATE MY GRANDMOTHER KEEPS HERSELF BUSY BAKING GOODIES AND MAILS THEM OUT TO FRIENDS AND RELITIVES
OR GET HER A COMPUTER TO PASS THE TIME
OR SHE WILL HAVE NO TIME–IF SHE DONT QUIT SOON
What is the best kind of sugar-free candy?
for diabetics, your favorite sugar-free candy and where to buy it. thanks!!:)
okay then let me rephrase that. which is your favorite Diabetic Friendly candy or snack? these are for my cousin and i don’t know much about diabetes, sorry.
As others have explained, sugar-free candy typically contains a lot of carbohydrates in the form of sugar alcohols, often maltitol, which will raise blood sugar, sometimes substantially.
When I want candy, I buy Lindt 85%. It’s not sugar free, but it’s lower in carbs than almost any sugar-free chocolate on the market. It’s sold at Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Walgreens, and lots of other stores. My local Walgreens is selling them right now for 2/.
HELP!! I need your BEST Sugar-Free Cheesecake recipes!?
I am a “baker” and LOVE cheesecake…So, I volunteered to bake cheesecakes for my Grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary party. Well, I found something I haven’t mastered as a baker, lol- the SUGAR-FREE Cheesecake.
My grandfather is diabetic and I really want to make one cheesecake that is sugar-free so he can enjoy the sweets too!
The problem: Pretty much every recipe I can find for one uses SPLENDA. I have heard that Splenda is HORRIBLE to bake with because it turns bitter when baked in the oven- I have also experienced this when I tasted a cookie that had been baked with Splenda- ICK!
I have also found some recipes that are NO-BAKE which use gelatin, etc which sound ok; But we are planning to cut the cheesecakes into mini-bite sized portions for a dessert bar and I’m afraid that the no bake versions won’t “hold up” once cut into bite-sized portions…
Any thoughts or advice from diabetics out there or those who bake for them?? Also, If you have an awesome recipe PLEASE feel free to share it!!
Thanks in advance!
Hon, no bake cheesecake is amazing, and it does hold up. I bake as well and I love making the no bake cheesecake because its fast, simple, and delicious! Trust me, it will hold up!
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (.6 ounce) package sugar free lemon flavored gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup frozen light whipped topping, thawed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and cinnamon. Mix well and press into the bottom of a 9 inch square pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Dissolve lemon gelatin in boiling water. Let cool until thickened, but not set. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Blend in lemon gelatin. Fold in whipped topping.
Pour filling into crust. Sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate over night.
Are carrots bad for diabetics, and what veg are good?
Ive read that carrots are bad for diabetics due to the natural sugar they contain.(same apparently goes for parsnips and peas)
Is this true?
Also, what veg are the best for diabetics, I love Broccoli and cabbage, but would like a change very now and again!
The best bars for diabetics ? let me know what you diabetics choose ?
So these three are supposed to be the best according to the Pennsylvania State University experts. With Diabetes the lower the GI rating the better the appetite suppression.
#1 Hershey’s Smart Zone GI rating of 10.9
#2 Zone Perfect doub. Choc. has GI rating of 43.7
#3 SlimFast Optima rich choc. brownie bar. 63.8
Sugar water (for comparison) GI rating is 100.
What do you diabetics think about this. Good study sounds accurate?
What about Atkins Advantage Caramel Cookie Dough Bar High protein, with 8 g fiber, 1 sugar, 180 cal.but 17 total g. carbs however it says while tested for GI index its 2 carbs shown.
So whats your choice diabetic and why?
None of the above. You can’t beat a healthy diet consisting of natural foods like raw vegetables, chicken breast, fish, whole grains, some fruits, etc. Atkins is particularly bad for diabetics. Heck, one of the reasons diabetes is beyond epidemic proportions is because of all the processed foods and poor nutrition.
Heart problems in diabetics?
My friend’s father is only 50, he’s been a diabetic for a long time and has taken really good care of himself. Has perfect cholesterol, blood pressure, and keeps his blood sugar best as possible. He had a heart attack in late July, he thought he just threw his back out and went a week without being treated for a massive heart attack. The Dr’s told him it was because of his sleep apnia (where you stop breathing during sleep) he had had the problem for so long that he had worn down his heart. Now only a bottom part of the heart is working, they have given him a year to live. They tell him that it’s unlikely he’ll even make the heart transplant list because he’s diabetic. But since he’s in such good health besides his heart is there anything that anyone knows about that could help him? Have you experienced this with loved ones that are diabetic? He’s just so YOUNG! They can’t even do bypass surgery or put in a defibilator/pacemaker.
not sure exactly what the question is, no he probably wont’ make a transplant list because of his diabetes. The combination of sleep apnea and the severe atherosclerosis seen in diabetics are extremely high risk factors for diabetics. In fact, more than half of all diabetics die ultimatley from cardiovascular diseases.
Defbrillators or pacemakers wont help this problem, and i’m not clear as to the reason they would avoid bypass. Perhaps his atherosclerotic disease is so severe there are either no good vessels to use or it wouldn’t do any good anyway.
This is one of the reasons diabetes is such an overwhelmingly difficult disease. Especially for someone so young. I’m sorry for your friend’s plight, perhaps he should look into some kind of palliative care plan.
Best fruits for diabetics?
I heard a lot of stuff that fruit can affect sugar levels etc, so I am just wondering what kind of fruits do diabetics consume that wouldn’t affect sugar levels
i am newly diagnosed and its getting very hard for me to get to grips with this all
please help thank you
Best weight loss plan for diabetics?
I’m looking for a weight loss program that doesn’t require paid membership, purchase of special products, and helps you track your progress. It needs to be for diabetics, that won’t make your blood-sugar skyrocket or hit rock bottom. It would be helpful if it had a menu and excercise plan.
what is the best juice to drink in the am for diabetics.?
I’ve been drinking 6-8 oz of oj but have been told it has too much sugar. I have a large bowl of very high fiber cereal with my juice in the morn. ( I mix shreeded wheat, oatmeal, wheat germ, multi grain cereal and dried fruit
You need to count carbs.How many should you have in the morning ? What did your endocrinologist and your dietitian have to say ?
Your cereal mix sounds great but it also sounds like it has a huge amount of carbs.
Instead of juice, why not try the whole fruit it self ? You already have fruit in your cereal- I think two fruits at breakfast may be too much.
For alternative breakfasts try scrambled eggs with green peppers, onions or whatever veggies you like.
Add some toast or a very small amount of cereal and drink water.
Yogurt with fruit and a biscuit .
Toast with melted cheese , a piece of fruit and water[ coffee or tea ]
Cottage cheese with berries and an egg or two ?
Gotta count those carbs.
What do you think about the NAKED drink for type-II diabetics? (worth 10-points for the best answer)?
Hi! 10-Points for the best answer!
I have seen drinks in the produce aisles of some grocery stores called, “Naked” drinks. They are supposedly all fruit and vegetable with no sugar or preservatives. (their site: http://www.nakedjuice.com/main.php)
Do you have any opinions or advice about these drinks from a diabetic point of view?
What are the best natural foods that helps lower blood sugar?
Can some one guide me or list-up maximum name of natural foods available in Indian subcontinent that helps lower blood sugar for type two diabetics!…
Fruits like lemon, papaya, watermelon, melons, peaches, apples, guavas, apricots, corn kernels and kiwi are naturally low in sugar. It is best to avoid fruit juices which have added sugar and fruits like bananas, grapes, mangoes, dates and plums which have a very high sugar content.
Best recipe for sugar free/diabetic cheesecake?
I tried making this cheesecake twice:
One with a generic liquid artificial sweetner and the second time with Sweet N Low. Both times the taste was horrible, and I think it’s because of the sugar substitutes. I heard today that Splenda is usually good for baking.
This is like the 5th cheesecake I’ve attemped to make, and was wondering if any experienced bakers out there, would using Splenda instead make the taste not so horrible? I know it’s not sugar free, but I read that it was ok for diabetics, so…
here’s a recipe for you, crumb crust, cream cheese 2 packages, lemon juice about 1/4 cup, condensed milk about 1/2 can and 1/2 cup splenda, beat till real creamy and fluffy let sit for about 2 hours and enjoy, hope this helps!
Attn: Diabetics—-what’s your best recipe that’s heathful? Need ideas.?
My fiance was diagonsed yesterday with Type II. We talked with the doctor yesterday and he gave us general knowledge of what to and what not to eat. We are also going to a dietician class but not till 2 weeks. In the meantime can someone give me good recipe to cook. Preferably whole meals. For instance, if you bake chicken, please tell me how to do it, what kind you like best and also what sides do you eat with it and how much of each. We gotta grocery shop tonight and get everything sugar free…we have so much fattening and sugary food in our pantry. I am also going to eat like he has to to avoid me getting it one day. Also how do you know how long you have had diabetes? Thanks in advance for all the answers. Oh and also, I have a diet book & found websites for meals but I want to know your personal ideas and favorties. Thanks again.
You are on the right track about the diabetes that your fiancé has just been diagnosed because you went to the doctor and tried to learn as much as you could. And now you are thinking about meal planning. This is a good way of approaching his condition because diabetes can be beaten even through diet and of course exercise as well.
First I must congratulate you for joining him in his new way of eating because that way of eating is the healthy way to eat. In two weeks, you said you will meet with the dietitian. This is excellent because the dietitian will give you pointers as to the meals you plan to prepare. It is good to remember that in planning the meals to include the food he likes to eat and to be flexible about it. Consider his activities and make sure the meals will lead him to lose weight if he needs to and that it will also lead to keeping the blood glucose level within normal targets.
I have a website that will give you a list of healthy foods for him and for you. I will give you the name of the site below. I know there are some recipes there. You can follow the recipes you have except use cooking methods that will be less fattening like boiling, steaming, broiling and use ingredients that are low in fat. But meantime, I will address your question about the chicken. That is good that you are thinking of baking it because that way of preparing chicken is better than frying it.. As for the sides, a small plate of salad will be perfect plus some steamed vegetables.
It is not easy to know how long has had diabetes because sometimes the symptoms do not show for as long as ten years. What is important is that you are dealing with it now. Here is a page in my website. There are other pages there that deal with diabetes diet.
If that does not work, copy and paste the following onto your browser:
Is a high-protein diet dangerous for diabetics?
On the one hand, one would think that a high-protein, low-carb diet would actually be the best diet for diabetics because meat, fish, and dairy products do not require (much) insulin and minimally impact resting blood sugar levels. On the other hand, one of the most common long-term complications from diabetes is kidney failure, and over time a protein-rich diet would place heavy demands on kidney functioning because of waste filtration of animal products. Any thoughts?
I can give you a personal example of a very high protien (Adkins) diet where I actually had to stop taking my insulin because I was not eating enough carbs. I thought to myself that this is very odd, because I am a T1 and I have to take insulin to carry fuel to my cells for processing.
I would suggest a low carb (and right carb) diet. Do not follow Adkins, but something like South Beach where it teaches you the correct carbs for your body.
high HbA1c, uncontrolled high blood sugars and ketones for ages…help!?
i’ve been a type 1 diabetic for about 10 1/2 years now, but ever since last february when i contracted e-coli in my kidneys and was hospitalised for 6 days it has been becoming more and more uncontrolled, until now i have a HbA1c of 14.1 (!!) and recently went into hospital with a blood sugar of 45 (for you americans, use this site http://www.medindia.net/patients/Calculators/bloodsugar-conversion.asp but believe me, it’s a lot.normal range in the UK system is 4-8). i’m using the basal bolus system and am taking novorapid and levemir. tests at the hospital all seem to be fine but i;m getting regular ‘HI’ sugar readings and am seriously worried about risks of more serious complications in future. anyone got any tips/ideas about what might be happening as my ridiculous doctors seem to have no clue, and, as we all know, diabetics know best! any similar experiences would be really interesting to hear as well.
thanks in advance guys.
It sounds to me as though you need to increase your background insulin (Levemir).
Initially increase each dose by 1 or 2 units and test frequently for the next week.
Are you taking it once or twice a day ? Its supposed to last 24 hours but in most people it wears off after about 18 so you should split the dose and take it at 12 hour intervals if you are not already doing this.
A good way to check if you need to do this is to eat two consecutive meals with NO CARBS in – so you don’t need to dose for them. If your background insulin is at the right dosage your sugar levels should remain pretty much constant (within 1 or 2 on your meter) over this period. Test before each meal and 2 hours after while you try this. I would reccommend that you do this on a day when you can be at home for the time involved, rather than out or at work, would be easier.
Also, if you are gettin HI reading frequently, you may not be taking enough insulin for the food you are eating ?
Are you doing carb counting ? If so, are you allowing enough carbs per portion in you calculations?
If you are, then you need to adjust your with-food dose upwards – again, initially only increase this by a small amount for each meal, and test regularly.
Do not do the changes to both types of insulin at the same time – do the Levemir first. Otherwise you will not be able to judge which one needed changing.
I had the same problem a while back and it took several weeks of fiddling with insulin to food ratios and changing the background dose, but it did improve after a while.
I want to know if those vita snacks also pertain to diabetics?
Also do they use regular sugar or some sort of substitute?
Some viewers stated that it would be best for you to bake it
yourself, Does the batter mix also come from the same company or different brand. See I am a chocoholic but lately
I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes I want to lose weight as well
but I think these products would be a big help every once in a while.Thank god I have not abused the chocolate habit like I used to.But every once in a while I want to have more than one
snack at least that would be healthy. The turkey bacon is great
When I was a little girl my grandfather used to eat the liquid eggs never knew why until I got sick like he did. Now I am 27 yrs old and I have two little ones which I love dearly. But anyway I tried the egg beaters that they sell in the supermarket and they taste just like regular eggs to me. I eat
that every morning with turkey bacon and a yogurt or orange
slices or multigrain toast. Some healthy foods have good taste.
If you are referring to the Vita Snacks from Krema Nut Company, it’s like any other snack mix – you’d have to read the label to see what kind of carbs, fat, fiber, etc. it had. Nuts tend to be high in fat but have nutritional benefit, so if you can work them into your diabetic diet that’s fine. Each nut has its own calories & carbs though – and this is a mix of a LOT of them, so I doubt you could eat much of them at a time. Also raisins are listed – other fruits will fill you up better with a lower carb return, and some raisins have added sugar. So yeah, depending on what the label for this product says, you might be better off to make your own, especially if you dry roast the nuts with some (diabetic diet “free” category) herbs to give it more flavor. But perhaps this is not the snack you are referring to as you refer to batter…which isn’t part of this snack…so read the label! (:
Sounds like you’re eating a great diabetic breakfast – are you balancing that with the rest of your meals and snacks too? Are you talking to your doc about your diet? If you want more ideas for diabetic healthy snacks, try out the American Diabetes Assoc. website, Google/Yahoo diabetic snacks (be careful you get a reputable site), search Yahoo Diabetes Best Answers, or talk to a dietician/nutritionist.
Good luck! (:
What is best possible natural treatment for Diabetes ?
Numbers of diabetics is increasing day by day. Food habits, stress and modern activities may be responsible for it. Not to eat sugar is a common version.
Is honey and oatmeal good for diabetics?
I”m trying to regulate my blood sugar and am wanting to know if oatmeal and honey is good for this.
Also what other kinds of foods are helpful in trying to regulate blood sugar?
My triglyceride levels were at 106 and I’m 40 years old so I think I should start doing something to reverse it to a healthier level before I become a diabetic.
What’s the best way I can do this?
Why did someone give Mark and Tin a thumbs down?
I wish people would try to be a little nicer on here.
Oatmeal is good! Honey isn’t, since it has sugars in it.
If it takes sweet or sugarly, it’s most likely bad for your blood sugar. Avoid hard candies and juicy fruits, like apples.
Best Chocolate milk shake recipe?
I just had supper with my family and i want to make a chocolate milkshake for everybody. I need one that is safe for diabetics too. I have a bit of splenda brown sugar.
I just had supper with my family and i want to make a chocolate milkshake for everybody. I need one that is safe for diabetics too. I have a bit of splenda brown sugar. I can’t use frozen yogurt because there is none in my town.
Title: Diabetic Strawberry/Banana Milk shake Gy
Categories: Beverages, Low-cal, Diabetic
Yield: 2 Servings
1 c Frozen whole strawberries
1 Ripe banana
1 c Milk (skim and low fat work
4 pk Sugar substitute (or more to
1/2 ts Vanilla
Place all ingredients in a blender and run the blender on the highest
setting. The shake will take longer in the blender than most people
will expect because of the frozen strawberries. However, the frozen
berries along with the banana provide the smooth thickness of this
drink. Remember, this recipe is not a scientific formula. The
quantities of each ingredient are very flexible, experiment until you
find your favorite.
Title: Chocolate Yogurt Ice
Categories: Desserts, Diabetic, Low fat
Yield: 4 servings
: 3 c crushed ice
: 8 oz plain nonfat yogurt
: 2 oz baking chocolate, melted
: 3 tb granulated sugar
: 4 tb nondairy whipped topping
Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender. Whip until
thoroughly blended but not melted. Pour into 4 tall glasses. Place in
freezer until mixture is slightly frozen. Stir, top with 1 tbsp. (15
ml.) nondairy whipped topping and serve.
Exchange; 1 serving:4/5 full-fat milk Calories; 1 serving:134
Title: Chocolate-Banana Shake
Categories: Diabetic, Beverages
Yield: 3 sweet ones
2 Skim milk; 1 ts Unsweetened cocoa;
1 md Banana; sliced
Combine all ingredients in container of electric blender or food
processor; process until frothy. Pour into individual glasses
immediately. Food Exchanges per serving: 1 SKIM MILK EXCHANGE; CHO:
2mg; CAL: 95; CAR: 17gm; PRO: 6gm; FAT: TR; SOD: 85mg;
Does soda water form gas in stomach?
I have the habit of having two or three drinks jof whisky on weekends with soda water. However, afterwards I feel a bloating sensation in my stomach. Is it due to the soda? If I have the same with water only I do not face any problems. please help.
Also I am a prediabetic with fasting blood sugar levels of around 120mg/dl. Which alcoholic drink is best for diabetics? Is beer okay? Beware I am also prone to gas.
Diabetes question for fellow diabetics?
I have diabetes and me and my son have a diarrhea illness. Now because I suffer from diabetes I am at risk as my suger levels could go low . . . . and I can’t eat to sustain sugar levels. What is the best thing to do whilst I have this illness?
.the answer to drink orange juice is okay – but too much fruit juice is not likely to help stop the diarrhoea – you should avoid fruit and dairy products whilst you have diarrhoea.
It would therefore be better to dilute the fruit juice in order to keep up your fluid levels and provide you with some natural sugar.
For further help – ask your surgery (speak to a nurse) or talk to the chemist/pharmacist for suggestions.
is ephedrine ok for type 2 diabetics to use?
I am doing a research paper and need to know if using herbal supplements accompanied by a balanced diet is a good road to go. or if the atkins diet is better. Or if a high fiber low sugar low saturated fat diet is best.
There is no better way to bring the body to the state of optimal health than with a low carb way of eating. Low carb doesn’t cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol, it cures it. It is actually dangerous to take meds that lower these levels and do low carb at the same time because the levels will become dangerously low. Carbohydrates trigger insulin. High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Anything less that 9 grams of carbs per hour controls insulin and is considered low carb (up to 144 grams per day).
U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.
A low carbohydrate diet is a high fat diet. The protein should only be a little higher than adequate. Although it is completely possible to live on a fat/protein only diet for long term (as proven by research done in a hospital setting) it becomes boring fairly quickly. Luckily many vegetables & some fruits, nuts & seeds are low in carbs & greatly expand the diet. Most long term low carbers eat as many, if not more non starchy vegetables than vegetarians.
Glucose is the bodies preferred fuel (if you want to get technical, it actually burns alcohol most efficiently, but that doesn’t make it any healthier for the body than carbs), the body can convert 100% of carbs, 58% of protein & 10% of dietary fat into glucose. The body can also be fueled by fat (dietary fat & fat cells) but only in the absence of carbs. Your brain actually prefers* to be fueled by ketones (part of the fat burning process), it does require glucose also, but glucose can be easily converted from excess protein if needed or dietary fat.
Plaque build up in the arteries is more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque & glycation – the precursors to a heart attack & heart disease.
study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)
Postprandial lipoproteins, you’d think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it’s carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.
Gary Taubes who wrote “Good Calories, Bad Calories” spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.
His main points are:
1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.
2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.
3. Sugars – sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically – are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.
4. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s & other diseases.
5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating.
6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter.
7. Fattening & obesity are caused by an imbalance in the hormonal regulation of adipose tissue & fat metabolism. Fat synthesis & storage exceed the mobilization of fat from adipose tissue & its subsequent oxidation.
8. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from fat tissue.
9. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbs make us fat.
10. By driving fat accumulation, carbs also increase hunger & decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism & physical activity.
Birthday Cake Choices for a Diabetic. Which one has less sugar or carbs?
I am thinking of getting them a store bought plain cheese cake.
Making the Reduced Sugar Pillsbury Cake Mix and Reduced Sugar Frosting for them.
Someone told me that Cheesecake (plain) was the best choice for diabetics.
This question is for Type 2 Diabetics?
What is the best time of the day to take a reading of your blood sugars with your home meter? And how often should you take it?
You need to take your readings per your doctors instructions. The normal times most of us take readings are as follows:
Morning, before eating/drinking – this is our fasting sugar
Before each meal- lunch and dinner
And some of us have to take before going to bed.
It all depends on how often your doctor wants you to test. That is what you need to go by.
Are there any Type I diabetics who have children who would share their experience w/ me?
As far as bloodsugar management, if you had to have a C-section, how the baby affected your control? We are ready to have kids, but I’ve been a Type I diabetic for almost 20 years (I’m 26 now) and frankly, I’m terrified something will go wrong.
My blood sugar has not always been in the best control and I take medicine to prevent high blood pressure so my kidneys are not damaged.
I have been a type 1 diabetic for 24 years now and i have 2 teenage kids, both healthy and happy. i had c-sections with both of them.My blood sugar levels were terrible when I got pregnant but with 3 hourly monitoring and weekly scans after 32 weeks to make sure the baby wasn;t getting to big, I had a healthy boy. I got alot of support from my diabetic specialist and obstetrician. I had to have an amnio at 18 weeks but no problems. Your sugar levels go up a bit after the birth for a few days but settle down again as your body recovers feel free to ask me anything there really is nothing to be scared of!!!
which rice variety has the lowest sugar content?
which rice is best recommended for diabetics. and what is the recommendation of basmati rice , 1121 rice and which is better – raw or parboiled?
“Sweet Jesus!” Because sugar is “bad,” is “Unsweetened Jesus” a better alternate expression for diabetics?
Or is it best to stick to natural sweeteners, like “Honey Jesus”?
I don’t think there is an alternative to the suger based Jesus. Remember, the bible is the “word of god” so nothing can be changed, no matter how bad it is for you.
Plus that real sugar gives you that extra rush to get out there and proselytize, and it runs out just in time to get to bed early.
Bread Choices For Diabetics (Type 2)?
Can anyone please tell me which breads are the lowest in sugar and carbs? Are there any diabetics here who have discovered the best brands of breads for us to eat? Any help is most appreciated. Thanks.
Ive had type 1 Diabetes for 15 years. My sugars and weight have been stable all this time.?
My HBA1c around 7 and weight around 12 stone, despite a slightly pathetic diet, snacking a lot between meals and skipping breakfast. Recently however, iIve put on around 1 stone and my belly is getting too big for my liking. What is the best weight loss plan for type 1 diabetics? as soon as i cut out sugary sweets and cakes etc my sugars plummet and i give up after 2 days because i feel ill, despite cutting my insulin too……..what can I do to loose the belly and weight?
honestly I would recommend speaking with a nutritionist. There are so many factors to a diet depending on what the goal is and its tricky incorporating diabetes. A nutritionist could give you the most helpful advice while working continuously with you on it.
If you cut back your insulin enough you should not continue to have constant hypo’s. The sweets and cake has to go. Try experimenting with your dosage (both long and short acting) and find what works for you. The insulin pump is awesome and made to custom adjust your daily regime. If you want to loose weight you will have to add exercise to your routine, which also lowers sugar levels so finding the right balance with diet, exercise and your insulin is important.
Try more beans, potatoes, pasta or rice in your diet, they last longer in your system. But of course be moderate cause you are watching your calories.
Why do diabetics urinate so much with a high, normal or low blood sugar.?
No matter what my blood sugar is, I urinate every 15-30 mins. 24/7. I can’t understand why because I try my best to be in tight control with it. Still I’ve asked my doctor and got no where. No answer or explanations on high sugars which I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for over 25 yrs. great weight, eat well. Just can’t understand it, its very anoying to urinate so much.
In most type 1 diabetics, the relationship between insulin, exercise and food intake produces predictable results. Following your diet, exercises and taking your insulin as directed, your blood sugars will be within a certain range. If glycemic control is lost, these basic factors are used to regain control.
For the brittle diabetic using tight control, your diabetes can be stabilized for awhile and suddenly, without notice or provocation, your blood sugar can rise to 500 or more, or drop below 80. Most brittle diabetics describe their experience as being a yo-yo.
These wild swings in blood sugar level are devastating to the body and quality of life. Most diabetic complications result from uncontrolled blood sugar levels one of them being excessive urination.
It is not just uncontrolled diabetes due to factors such as noncompliance; the Dawn Phenomenon, where blood glucose rises overnight, producing high fasting blood sugars; or the Somogyi effect, which is basically a hyperglycemic rebound after a hypoglycemic episode.
The cause of brittle diabetes is unknown, but there is some hope that there may be a link to hormonal factors such as thyroid and/or adrenal insufficiency. A change in medication, an insulin pump can help but there may be an underlying condition. Stress and depression have been shown to affect glycemic control. Checking with a good endocrinologist and letting him/her know your symptoms, taking into consideration how long you’ve been a diabetic, testing for hormonal factors, the emotional toll this takes on you without finding an answer can be quite perplexing, this specialist should be able to test and hopefully, find a definitive diagnosis.
Hope this helps.
Confused ? ! I am not sure where to turn about diets?
What diet is the best no salt and no sugar diet? (Adkins, South Beach, NutraSystem for Diabetics, etc…)
I need a diet that has very little or no salt or sugar ingredients in it that are man made; except, what nature added (not sure if that made sense?) . . .
Can someone direct me to a good internet site, etc. . .?
Much appreciated and thanks…
i don’t have a particular diet to recommend to you, but i strongly suggest you not take on any diet that tells you to avoid real nutrition. you need protein, vitamins, minerals, iron, fiber, stuff in a variety of vegetables since they each offer different items needed, variety of fruit for same reason, variety of meats and breads. you can avoid meat that’s high in fat, but you need a little fat, especially if you live far to the north. a small amount of fat will help you hang onto what you eat, stabilize the digestion (fruits can process very quickly). breads are good…lots of variety there too. cereals are fortified with nutrition, but you have to be picky to avoid the ones high in sugar & “kid magnets”. plain corn flakes are good, but i can eat a big serving & be hungry a few minutes later. you still need portion control. having fruit with cereal is a way to avoid being really hungry right away. factory-processed foods are typically high in salt and/or potassium (soups, canned meats, etc). if it’s low in salt, chances are it’s higher in potassium. it’s not always a fair trade. my husband is restricted from both salt and potassium. in his case, it’s often better to balance the 2 and eat the “standard” form. tv dinners are very high in salt. lunch meat can be, also. next time you grocery shop, plan on spending time getting used to the food labels. at some point, you’ll know what the numbers really mean. for a start, a small serving of anything that includes 750 sodium is way too high. you just don’t need that much at one time. often, things high in salt will make you more thirsty. be careful what you choose to drink. sodas will hit you harder than you’d think. it doesn’t take many of them to be higher in calories than you might intend which can lead to weight gain. it doesn’t always take care of thirst either. ever drink 2 or 3 sodas at a time? wonder why? watch your juice selections too. if you want natural, read the labels. the bottles that say “natural flavoring” or “10% real juice” aren’t what you’re looking for. orange juice made with real oranges is good. V8 is good. apple juice made from real apples is good. you have a lot of homework ahead of you. agreeing with another person who answered you… you still need to watch your exercise, rest, everything. health is the whole package, not just food. good luck.
What is the very best diet/weight loss book you have ever read?
The book that really helped you the most to change your eating habits, live a healthier life, and lose weight permanently?
I am considering trying the GI (glycemic index) diet. It seems pretty healthy, and was originally developed to help diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. I am not diabetic, but have turned into one of those “apple” shaped women who are at risk for the disease.
I have been a yo-yo dieter for years. The most successful diet, for me, was the Atkin’s Diet. In thirteen months, I lost about 75 pounds, wearing the same size clothes I did in high school. The best thing about Atkin’s was that, after only a few days, all the cravings I had lived with so long completely disappeared! That was a huge deal for me. I fell off the wagon while on a week-long cruise, gaining an incredible 10 pounds in less than a week, and it was downhill from there… Later, I had to have a liver biopsy, and I think the “spot” may have been from all that fat.
I think is the G.I. Diet because I think eating by the Glycemic Index is just HEALTHY way to eat and its a program you can live on forever. Your never hungry and you can eat a lot of food. I also think that WEIGHT WATCHER’S is also good. The problem with most “DIETS” is that there is no way to maintain your weight loss. Everyone is real good about telling you how to LOSE the weight but not bothering to tell you How to keep the weight OFF.
The fact is that 98% of ALL weight loss over 25 lbs comes back plus more. These people fail because they didn’t change their eating patterns…..they just dieted. Unless you find a way to eat for Life….you will not keep the wight off. Only 2% keep it off for life. I lost almost 200 lbs(by myself) and have kept it off for 25 years, but keeping thr weight off is so much harder than the initial weight loss…its very easy to slide back into bad eating. I love the GI program & Weight Watchers because you won’t suffer, feel deprived and you can keep your weight off.
DELICIOUS COOKING FOR DIABETICS? Help me?
My dad was diagnosed with diabetis just months ago. And this Christmas I am giving him the best present in his life. I want to collect recipes for diabetics, that are delicious and inovative. I am a great cook, but to tell you the truth, have not thought about food low in sugar, fat etc. Does anyone know, what would be the best recipe book out there or web site where I could get resources for great diabetics food? I want to start trying out the new way of preparing food as we speak, so if you have a good portion of knowledge or you are diabetic yourself, please help me out. Our whole family will thank you saving my dad.
Weightlifting Trainers need help with supplements for Diabetics?
Awhile back I decided I wanted to get into the best shape of my life and really build muscle and endurance. I started getting some musclemags, Flex, etc. And I tried to make some sense of some of the supplements. I had a handycap in what I chose in that some of the supplements were high is simple sugars and I am diabetic. I thought I found what I wanted, and it actually gave extra energy and increased my repetitions, but I noticed that I also got a buzz and almost blacked out (taking recommended dosage) Went back to the magazines, to see if their are diabetic friendly supplements (energy & weight loss, ephedrine type supplement) and I could find anything, I talked to my Doctor and he said, you don’t need supplements. Considering that I have been at this for over a year and not getting the kind of gains I am looking for, I come to you asking what do you know about this? My work outs are intense, usually over 1.5 hours, low reps, and suicides, I often work out to exhaustion.
Ask: Great advise! Right now I use Creatine Monohydrate (doesn’t absorb as well unfortunately). My workout plan alternates muscles to allow for resting and I don’t workout Sat or Sun. My diet is sensible, but my main focus is to build inches on my arms, and legs. The suicides and negatives are to mix up my regular lifting routine, but if you have other suggestions I am interested.
Joseph: thanks but regardless of what you and the majority of the people think, diabetes and being fat are not synonymous. Cleaning out poop is not going to build muscle, but thanks.
Diabetes is nothing to mess around with. You should know positively that a supplement is consistent with your goals.
You may want to look into sugar alcohols which have less effect on your blood sugar.
You should try creatine CE2 my MRI, it has no effect on your blood sugar and works very well.
You are working out for too long. You don’t need to train that long to make gains. If your intensity was high, there’s no possible way you would work out for 1.5 hours. Your body needs rest to make gains, plain and simple.
Also if you continue on the same rep range, low, high or whatever for too long, your body will get used to it and you will plateau which is not make any gains. You should follow a peroidization plan.
Get your diet on track and work out for no longer than 45 min a day and you will be back making gains.
Snacks good for diabetics!?
When I’m studying I like snacking, I know this probably isn’t the best of habits but whatever. What are some good snacks for type 1 diabetics that won’t cause a huge increase in blood sugar and isn’t unhealthy
My diabetes doctor had reccommended cheese sticks to me a little bit ago, so there’s a start. I would say look for lower carbs if you’re going to be snacking on A LOT of something for a while…If it’s just a quick snack and you haven’t eaten in a while you could probably get away with something 15 carbs or less, like one of those individually wrapped Rice Krispie treats.
I wish I could give more advice but honestly I’m kind of bad about snacking with my diabetes so I’d ask your doctor or a nutritionist that specializes in diabetes care.
how to maintain my blood sugar?
what is the best food for diabetics
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Affordable medicine for diabetics?
Im 24, and a type 1 diabetic. I have to take insulin, other wise I will die. Its as simple as that. I will never get rid of my diabetes so any body who suggest that i “loose weight and it will end the disease” just don’t even reply. I recently lost my job with a bank and my health insurance. I applied and recieved cobra, however it is costing me a ton of money a month. I’m on an insulin pump, because that is what works best for me and is the only method of keeping my blood sugar under control. (my diabetes is super severe and i have been in icu 3 times this year because of it.) In addition to the pump, I still have to supply my own insulin and testing supplies. I don’t qualify for medicare or private insurance. I’m currently working a temp job (that’s just to make some $$ while I’m still looking for a real job) that pays very little. I really cant afford to pay the price for cobra in addition to all my other expenses that i have to pay (car insurance, food, gas to work, and ect. cost of living exps). How do I go about finding out how to get a little bit of help? I’m not sure what i’m asking really, i just need some advice….Anything you got will help….
Thanks in advance,
You will have to drop the Cobra. I know that you are sick , but you can’t afford it. You will have to rely on the county for your health care. It a shame but AMERICA IS BROKEN> Has been for a long time. Americans have to get real and face the fact that we keep saying we are the best country in the world, We are not.I hate socialism, but American Doctors and hospitals have priced you and me out of the market. Compare a private hospital to a not for profit one. The prices are almost the same.Shame on you doctors that keep saying how hard you work. What do you think we as average citizens do, Just sit on our bum’s. We work one whole day some times two, just to see you. Wish I could help you more. I really feel compassion for you.
Food choices for vegetarian diabetics?
Okay so I’m insulin resistant (pre-diabetic) and i’ve cut sugar out, but its hard to cut out carbs…which is still sugar lol. but for some reason thats harder for me than sugar sugar. But i’ve decided im going to just quit cold turkey..its for the best…
So i was going to go on a Low-Carb, High-Protein diet, however the only meat i eat is chicken..i used to be a Lacto-Ovo vegetarian but my parents forced me to eat chicken at least so i am now a Pollo Vegetarian. (Yes its an actual type of vegetarian. I didnt make this up. And its not fakee. I guarantee.) I dont like tofu, so dont bother suggesting any of that. But what are good foods and snacks to eat?
I dont want to starve myself trying to stick to the Low-Carb, High-Protein diet.
ps. ive been searching around on the internet and only found complicaed cusines…im only 16. i want foods i can make within 5-15 minutes.
You don’t have to cut out carbs – you need to cut out simple carbs and stick to complex carbs. Simple carbs quickly break down into glucose, so you get a blood sugar spike. Complex carbs break down slowly so there is a gradual release of sugar without the spike. Complex carbs do not contribute to insulin resistance.
Dessert Recipes for Diabetics?
I don’t know if this is possible, but I am hoping it is. This Christmas I wanted to make a dessert for my boyfriend’s family, preferably something that can be served or eaten individually such as cookies, fudge, etc. My boyfriend’s step-father is diabetic and I wanted to make sure that he would be able to partake in the gift as well. I was wondering if you have any good dessert recipes that are diabetic friendly (no sugar), but that taste good as well and if you wouldn’t mind sharing them. Whatever I end up making will be the best answer! Thank you so much!!!
To All my fellow Diabetics:I’m eating Crow.?
My brother was diagnosed with Diabetes about 20 years a go and is kept under control by Insulin.As the years went on he finely convents my mom to get tested.She was diagnosed with it as well and is using Metformin to control it.I also was diagnosed with it just after my mom was.She went to the classes.I did not.She said she could teach me what she knows.She did not like to stk her self and said she could not get any blood out and when she, did the meter would not work.I found some pain is involved to get the blood out.But meter would not work for me.most of the time I got error.The store I bout it from first said it was working fine.I got it to fail for them.They said Ok you do need a knew one but they could not just hand me a new one without a new perception even though I had the receipt.When I ask my doctor for a new perception, told me they could use the one they had on file.When I went back to the store they denied I ever gave them a perception and my doctor would have to call them to verify that I needed the meter with the test strips.I expected my doctor to ask me for a new perception for the test strips,when he did I told him I need one for a meter as well.He said he would take care of it with my other new perceptions.I got that same song and dance every time I saw him and never did get a perception for the strips A gen he asked me for my blood readings and I told him I needed a new meter and strips and to get them he needed to write me up a perception.I got fed up with him after he could not tell me why I was being charged 700 dalliers I never received.I changed Doctors and got my perceptions renewed.Still no perception for a meter or strips.Same song and Dance.I lost my job and insurance.I spent a better part of a year not seeing a doctor and having pharmacist call to renew my perceptions,tell the doctor would not refill them no more.I got a new Clinic doctor,I showed him my bad meter and was given a new one with strips on the spot.Later his nurse gave me one that used cheaper strips.But now I am on Insulin and finding out that Cheese Crackers and carbohydrates are not solution to a lowe blood sugar attack.It will help if you have the time to what.My mom was the one how told me you should eat a carbohydrate when you have thees attacks.Unless you have some glucose tablets on hand and in a pinch a hard candy or bar.You can tell without a meter if you are high or low just by the way you feel.Now that I know better and I was wrong my answers.You can all tell me you told me so.And now I have to eat crow.A big one with Sheep Herder’s Pot of Coffey. Now how do I tell my mother who thinks she is alwas rite she is wrong.My brother has tried for years to no avail.I have ben thinking of making a list of questions pertaining to her miss information to ask the instructor and drag her with me to hear the correct answers.For my self Vegetables are the best to snack on scents the carbohydrates are lower and my body can handle them better.Meats and cheeses are ok but they are high in cholesterol’s and I already have a high count there.I wish Vegetables wore not so expensive.I do won’t to hear from you,I do wan’t you to say I TOLD YOU SO.
Yes we told you so, over and over again. Now, willy, take the class. Never mind what your mother tells you-get the information first hand.
My fiance has diabetes. What’s the best diet for him?
My fiance has type 1 diabetes since he was 12. He didn’t always eat THAT well in his younger years. He is 28 now, in good health otherwise, but I still worry about his past choices. I want him around for a LONG time, so I’ve been buckling down on what we eat. I know whole grains, fruits and vegatables are good for anyone, especially diabetics, but is there any “special diet” that he should be doing?
Should I completely change how I cook? I normally eat and cook pretty healthy, but we love italian. Should he completely stay away from pasta? He loves bread too. If he checks his blood sugar levels and takes the appropriate amount of insulin, can he eat that stuff? i have done a lot of reading, but i guess i’m still confused.
Just wanted to thank everyone who took time to answer this for me. we eat very healthy already, and he is not over weight, i just worry when he has an occassional candy bar or piece of cake. thanks so much everyone.
All people with diabetes are advised to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This is a way of eating that is recommended for everyone.
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However, people with Type 1 diabetes need to do more than just eat ‘healthily’. The quantity, type and timing of your food choices are just as important as making sure that you have had your daily quota of fruit and vegetables.
Here, we focus on the effects of food on blood glucose levels and the relationships between insulin, diet and blood glucose levels in the management of Type 1 diabetes.
Carbohydrates, blood glucose and insulin
Carbohydrate foods have the greatest effect on blood glucose levels and it is the starchy foods – bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta, rice etc. – that you will need to pay most attention to you.
Carbohydrate foods are mostly broken down into glucose by digestive enzymes. The glucose is then absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream (usually 1 – 2 hours after eating) and this causes the blood glucose level to rise. Insulin is needed so that the body’s cells can take this glucose from the bloodstream and either use it for energy or store it for later. People who do not have diabetes will produce just the right amount of insulin to cope with the rise in blood glucose that occurs after a meal. Insulin on demand allows the person without diabetes to keep blood glucose levels within the normal range, even after a meal rich in carbohydrates.
Getting the balance right
If you have Type 1 diabetes then your body no longer produces insulin; you have to inject it yourself. In order to keep the blood glucose level close to normal after eating, you need to inject just the right amount of insulin to deal with the food that you eat. It is also important that the injection is timed right, so that the insulin is arriving in the bloodstream at the same time that the glucose from the digested food is being absorbed from the gut.
If there is too little insulin (for the amount of glucose coming from the digested food) then the blood glucose level will rise too high (hyperglycaemia). If there is too much insulin (or not enough glucose coming from the digested food) then the blood glucose level will fall too low (hypoglycaemia).
So, your food intake needs to be closely matched by your insulin injections. This is why you will need to consider not only what you eat, but how much you eat, and when.
Different food types
The overall effect of a meal on the blood glucose level will depend on the different types of foods making up the meal.
Different types of carbohydrate foods are digested at different rates and therefore have different effects in terms of raising the blood glucose level after a meal. Some foods are quite rapidly digested to glucose (e.g. cornflakes), whilst others take longer for the glucose to hit the bloodstream (e.g. All-BranTM). The effect of different carbohydrate foods on blood glucose levels has been quantified by the Glycaemic Index (GI). Foods with a low GI cause less of a spike in post-meal blood glucose than those with a high GI.
It is still widely believed amongst the general population that people with diabetes should avoid eating sugar because it causes a rapid increase in blood glucose levels. This is not true! Table sugar, which we sprinkle on our cornflakes, actually causes less of a spike in blood glucose than the cornflakes themselves. Sucrose*, surprisingly, has a lower GI than cornflakes.
As part of healthy eating, we are all advised to cut down on sugar – this is because it has little nutritional value, it does little to satisfy the appetite and it’s a source of ‘empty calories’.
Table sugar is not the same as glucose. Table sugar is called sucrose and is a disaccharide – it contains two sugar molecules: one fructose and one glucose. Table sugar needs to be broken down by digestive enzymes before the fructose and glucose can be absorbed. Glucose is absorbed quickly because it does not need to be broken down (digested) first.
Protein and Fat
Carbohydrate foods have the greatest effects on blood glucose levels because they are mostly digested to glucose, which is absorbed from the intestine straight into the bloodstream. However, proteins and fats in the diet affect blood glucose levels too.
Excess protein in the diet that is not needed by the body is converted to glucose by the liver. This means that consuming large amounts of protein can result in an increase in blood glucose levels several hours after eating.
The most significant effect of fat is probably to slow down the rise in blood glucose after a meal. Fat delays the rate at which the stomach empties – this has the knock-on effect of slowing down the absorption of glucose from digested carbohydrate foods. You might think that this is a good thing, but remember that a high-fat diet is not necessarily a healthy diet.
Putting the theory into practise
Remember, your aim is to keep blood glucose levels close to normal. Eating causes the blood glucose level to rise; the aim of your insulin injections is to minimise ‘post-meal spikes’ in blood glucose without causing hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose).
In order to understand the relationship between the food that you eat, your blood glucose levels and the insulin that you inject you will need to learn about the different types of insulin that make up your insulin regimen. You should know when the insulins act and which parts of your insulin regimen aim to cover which meals.
Should my meals be tailored to my prescribed insulin regimen?
In years gone by, people with Type 1 diabetes were advised to stick to quite a rigid meal schedule, which was determined by their insulin injections. Some insulin regimens still call for this to a certain extent. However, these days it is generally recognised that it is better to derive an insulin regimen that suits the individual person’s lifestyle.
So, in most cases insulin should be tailored to your food intake and not the other way round. This assumes that you are eating a healthy and nutritious diet that fulfils your needs.
To start with then, you will need to find the right insulin doses for an ‘average’ day in your life. In practical terms, you will need to eat a normal healthy diet, trying to eat roughly the same at the same time each day. Using blood glucose monitoring to guide you, the timing and/or dose of your insulin injections can be adjusted. Your healthcare team will help direct you in this. Your aim is to establish a routine, which gives reasonable control of your blood glucose levels, and fits in with your lifestyle. Then you can work from this baseline, fine-tuning your control and perhaps also introducing more flexibility.
An important role of diet in managing Type 1 diabetes is preventing low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia).
Some insulin regimens require you to have snacks in between meals in order to prevent hypoglycaemia. Snacks are not always necessary though, so check with your doctor and/or dietitian to see if you need to snack between meals.
A bedtime snack is, however, essential for all people with Type 1 diabetes. This ensures that blood glucose levels don’t fall too low during the night.
Snacks are also very important before exercising, especially if the activity does not form part of your regular daily routine. This is to prevent exercise-induced hypoglycaemia.
In practise, most people have a regular insulin regimen, which is tailored to their ‘average’ day. The insulin dose and timing of the injections relates to how much is usually eaten and when. In theory, you will know that your insulin dose is just right for your ‘normal’ eating pattern. Any changes you might make to your usual day may need to be catered for by an appropriate tweaking of the insulin dose. Your diabetes team will be able to give you personal advice on how to make adjustments to cope with changes to your normal schedule.
As a general rule, more food (especially carbohydrates) needs more insulin, otherwise the blood glucose level will rise too high. Less food (especially carbohydrates) needs less insulin, otherwise the blood glucose level will fall too low. It is important to get the adjustment just right – or you may find that you have overcompensated for the change and given too much or too little insulin.
Use blood glucose monitoring to find out whether your adjustments are working; make a note in your diary of the changes you made and learn from experience. The most informative times to test are before eating and then 1 – 2 hours after your meal.
Delayed or missed meals are probably the most common cause of hypoglycaemia. Take steps to avoid low blood glucose levels if you know that you are not going to be able to eat your usual meal. Have an extra snack to keep you going and keep an eye on your blood glucose level.
Fine tuning your diet
Use your blood glucose test results and your knowledge of the effects of food on YOUR blood glucose levels to fine tune your diet for better control.
Here is a summary of some of the main points for your consideration:
Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
Aim to eat relatively consistent amounts from day to day
Use food labels
Use the Glycaemic Index
Consider the potential effects of fat and protein in your diet
Use blood glucose monitoring to assess the effects of different food types on your post-meal (2 hr) blood glucose levels (e.g. compare wholewheat varieties of bread, rice and pasta with their white counterparts)
Know when your insulins act and consider the time that you eat with respect to the time that you inject your insulin
Use a calorie counter, or similar book, to assess the carbohydrate, fat and protein content of foods