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The basics of sugar


Fructose: (fruit sugar, levulose) One of the two most common naturally occurring dietary sugars, as it is primarily found in fruits. It does not often cause large spikes in glucose levels.

Glucose: (corn sugar, dextrose) Another common natural sugar. The body creates glucose by digestion and breaking down carbohydrates into glucose, and can build to dangerous levels in the blood if not regulated.
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The importance of a diabetic diet, and what to eat.

Diabetics cannot make or properly use insulin, which leads to high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. Your diet is the best way to maintain stable levels of glucose to prevent issues and maintain good health, keeping a proper diabetic diet.

Your doctor may have set you up with a meal plan, or brought in a nutritionist, but sometimes they don’t, and this is why it is important to research this on your own.

A good diet for a diabetic takes into account:

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The TLC Diabetic Diet

Part cholesterol treatment, part diabetes diet, the TLC diet is often coupled with greater exercise and weightloss goals.As with any diabetic diet there is a great emphasis on keeping an eye on what you consume, and reading labels.


  • Firstly, under 200mg of Cholesterol should be consumed, as this is a low cholesterol diet.
  • Fat should only make up 25-35% of your daily caloric intake, with less than 7% of daily calories coming from saturated fat, monounsatured fats should be below 20%, and Polyunsaturated fats should be under 10% of total calories.
  • Carbs should be 50-60% of daily caloric intake, with 20-30 grams of fiber.
  • Protein should make up the remaining 15-20%

Summer Slaw

A great light dish, even better with fish tacos!  Super low carb with a little fiber.


  • 2 tblsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • dash of salt and pepper

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What is Type II Diabetes?

Numerous individuals are examined and diagnosed with type diabetes each and everyday. Diabetes has unfortunately become one of the most prevalent diseases to affect individuals in the world today. When an individual is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes they might get a feeling of being bewildered and overpowered because of the diagnosis. It is crucial then for individuals who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to understand and comprehend that with some rudimentary alternations in their life style and with careful monitoring coping and living with the disease is totally achievable.

Learning About Type 2 Diabetes

The initial consideration an individual that has type 2 diabetes needs to do is to start to become educated and familiar with their disease and it effects on their body, different complications and ways to get it under control to as much extent as possible. The doctor should assist the patient by starting with some rudimentary instruction and be ready to recommend additional resources of information for the individual. The diabetic should talk to a dietician that is registered and with a diabetes educator that is certified to further educate themselves about the disease.

Changes In Diet

The person who has been newly diagnosed with diabetes will have to get counseling through a registered dietician. The dietician can guide the type 2 diabetic to educate themselves in regards to the foods that they eat and what necessary modifications can be made for the best result to their body functions. There are also many different types of cook books as well as websites that offer recipes for diabetics that will enable a person to consume healthy tasty meals. The diabetic will need to address their dietary changes seriously.

Watching Blood Sugars

The type 2 diabetic will have to get a glucometer so they will be capable of monitoring their blood sugar on a day to day basis within there home. There are numerous different types of glucometers that you can get on the open market today that are highly accurate provided that the person uses them in a correct way. The majority of insurance companies will furnish a monitor with the initial diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. By monitoring closely their own blood sugar levels an individual can in a relatively easy manner see what kinds of foods as well as their activities are giving the biggest effect and make any needed changes accordingly.

Type 2 Diabetic and Exercises

A very helpful thing for any individual, particularly a type 2 diabetic to do is to establish some kind of exercise program. One of the direct results of exercise is the decrease of the levels of blood sugars. You do not have to have a highly complex type of exercise routine to accomplish what you need to. The person with diabetes can just start out with walking, biking or a swimming regimen. Going for a walk around the neighborhood several times each week will be very beneficial to the overall health of the diabetic in addition to lowering their blood sugar levels.

Taking Medications

The type 2 diabetic should follow all of the advice of their doctor and take their medications as they are prescribed to them. There are numerous types of excellent medications that function very well to control diabetes when working in conjunction with exercise and dietary changes. Type 2 diabetics have to take any and all medication that are necessary in their individual circumstances to stabilize the blood sugars and maintain a high quality of life.

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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way the human body uses glucose, the main form of blood sugar. Glucose comes from the food we eat and is the largest source of energy needed to stimulate the functions of the human body. After consuming a meal, your body digests food and transforms this food into glucose and other nutrients that are absorbed into the bloodstream from the gastrointestinal tract. The level of blood glucose rises after a meal and puts into operation the pancreas which produces the hormone insulin and releases it to the bloodstream. But in people with diabetes, the body is unable to produce or respond properly to insulin.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both these types of diabetes cause high levels of blood sugar. However, both can cause this effect in different ways.

A person can have diabetes and do not realize because symptoms are not always obvious and can take a long time to manifest itself. Type 1 diabetes can appear gradually or suddenly.

The typical symptoms of type 1 diabetes are :

The need to urinate frequently. A child with diabetes feels the need to urinate more frequently and in larger volumes; feeling unusually thirsty is another symptom.

Lose weight (or not gain weight while growing) despite having good appetite. Children and adolescents who contract type 1 diabetes will probably have more appetite, but end up losing weight. That is because the human body depletes muscle and fat accumulated in an effort to provide the energy needed by cells exhausted.

Often feel tired because the body cannot convert glucose into energy properly. But in some cases, other symptoms may signal that something is wrong.

If these early symptoms of diabetes are not recognized and not treated, some chemical elements called ketones in the blood of children may lead to stomach ache, nausea, vomiting, bad breath, problems related to breathing and may even become unconscious. Sometimes these symptoms are confused with the signs of the flu or appendicitis.

Diabetes also causes problems elsewhere in the body, in blood vessels, nerves and gums. These problems do not usually occur in children with type 1 diabetes who probably had this disease only for few years. Children and adolescents with diabetes need to monitor and control their glucose levels.


Risk Signs for Diabetes, waist size

The chief element for acquiring diabetes is being overweight, though not all unwanted fat is the same. Different people carry their weight differently. Often “apple” shaped individuals are in lot more in danger of developing diabetes as compared to “pears”

The classic “Apple” body type carries their fat in their bodies.  More of a firm, but round look.
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