Monthly Archives: November 2013

What are the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?

What are the differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes: Some individuals may know this as “Juvenile diabetes,” yet a few may be diagnosed with the illness in adulthood. The primary distinction between Types 1 and 2 is that, the illness happens as an aftereffect of an immune system response that makes the body damage itself – particularly, the pancreas – stifling it’s ability to make insulin.
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Cauliflower Pizza / Flat bread Recipe

Pizza is one of the things that those that have to avoid carbohydrates (namely those with diabetes) miss most.  I think chips may be the other. I’m happy to say that low point in your carb-counting life is over!  This is a simple recipe, that from start to finish should only take about 20-30 minutes.

This is a simple, and fantastic, recipe that even those with that have to prepare meals for a family will love, you won’t get complaints over this one!
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How to develop a diet for Type 1 Diabetes

The primary concern for those with Type 1 diabetes seeking to build a diet plan is discovering the correct balance between the food they eat plus and the medicine they need. A well planned diet can make the difference, and reduce the amount of medication and number of insulin injections necessary. The body needs sugar to function. Most foods are eventually converted into sugar, and insulin helps this sugar through the bloodstream and into the cells.

A good plan is to keep a record of food intake that shows foods and glucose test results. This will help you identify problem areas of your diet, and help you continually improve your meal planning to attain the suitable balance. Take into account any exercises that burn calories too, as these must be compensated for. Most insulin dependent diabetes may take an insulin dose shortly before ingesting a meal, especially if it is high in carbs. If meals are planned to contain roughly the same amounts of nutrients each and every time, it will be safer to find a sufficient dosage of insulin to keep your body function properly.

Children with diabetes ought to be carefully monitored, as their dietary needs will vary as they grow.

Carbohydrates are the bane of diabetics diet. Although essential for energy, if not burned off quickly they break down fast and dump glucose into the bloodstream. Being mindful of the balance of insulin, carb intake and exercise is required to maintain optimal numbers of blood glucose levels. Varying your eating plan too widely from meal to meal or day to day can cause fluctuations and render it difficult to accurately pinpoint the amount of insulin required to maintain optimum health.
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How to alter your diet for gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is generally a short lived condition as it only occurs in pregnant women because her body cannot produce enough insulin to compensate for the needs of the baby in the womb. Since symptoms are typically absent or extremely mild, pregnant women are often screened for high blood glucose levels, that said, women afflicted by gestational diabetes need to be aware of their diets.
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4 Myths of the Diabetes Diet

Myth 1: You will no longer be able to eat normal meals.

Many people believe that after you are diagnosed with diabetes, you need that you follow a special diabetic mealplan as a way to stay healthy. But this may not be really true. Diabetics can still enjoy, and eat normal meals, as long while they practice the right balance and small amounts. They can even enjoy eating a common foods, provided they are mindful of their limits in order to avoid disrupting their blood glucose levels.
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Glucose Control Though Pregnancy

Glucose levels can differ throughout a pregnancy

Blood glucose control is among the most significant things to control throughout a pregnancy. Tight blood glucose control, serves to guarantee the greatest chance of a successful pregnancy.

Diabetes control is imperative for individuals who have diabetes going into their pregnancy and in addition individuals who become diabetic whilst pregnant (gestational diabetes). Approximately 2% to 4% of ladies are affected by gestational diabetes.
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5 Surprising Diabetic Diet Foods to Avoid

There may be some favorites of yours in the list, but with some moderation, and a couple good substitutions, you can still enjoy!

  1. Smoothie shop smoothies – Fruit and veggies are healthy right?  Well, yes, but many of the Smoothies you get at the shops are loaded with sugars, beyond all the fruit sugars, and those added to make them taste great, they are huge.  Instead, make a smoothy at home.  You can monitor portion size and content, plus you can add fiber which will only help you.
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Gestational Diabetes Diet, what’s different?

Gestational Diabetes is a condition that starts during pregnancy, most commonly in the third trimester, in women that have previously not been afflicted with blood sugar issues.  That said pregnancy has a special set of dietary concerns, as does diabetes.  How do you reconcile the two?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) it’s not really different from a standard diabetic diet.  Low to moderate carbohydrates, sparse use of sweets and sugars, low to mid fiat, high protein.  Some doctors and nutritionists suggest even lower amounts of carbs. Easier said than done during pregnancy, but this is a matter of health for both mom and baby.
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The Warning Signs of PreDiabetes

For those with Type 2 diabetes there are often warning signs that lead up to a point where your endocrine system will be hard pressed to return to normal. This is called prediabetes, and should be taken very seriously, especially those with a family history of diabetes. Often a change in lifestyle can reverse the course, and much of that is done with a cautious, prediabetes diet.

If you, or someone you love, lives a sedentary life style, is over weight, and has a family medical history of diabetes take special note, and help get them on a path to avert becoming diabetic.
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Cauliflower Mash

This is a low carb substitute for the traditional mashed potato. So in addition to having a sweeter flavor and creamier texture, you won’t have to take more insulin to balance yourself out.

Ingredients:
2 Heads of Cauliflower (without the thicker parts)
1/4 stick of butter
2 tablespoons of salt
1/4 cup of cream cheese
Pepper and or garlic to taste.
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Traveling with Diabetes

Diabetes shouldn’t control your life, but you always need to be mindful of it, and traveling is no exception.

Remember that you are on vacation, but your diabetes isn’t On vacation people tend to indulge, be it food or drink  That is fine and well, but your body isn’t going to change how it copes with sweets or pasta, you have to be aware of your diabetic diet.  If you are traveling with a companion, make sure you inform them of your needs.

Pack accordingly Bring twice the amount of medicine and syringes you will need, and try to keep it all in your carry-on, you can’t afford to be without it your flight were to be delayed or disaster were to strike.  Plus, you never can be 100% sure that your bags will reach the same destination you do.
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Parmesan Green Beans

High Fiber, high taste, low carb finger food.  A great accouterments to a lean roast chicken, or even a steak, and here’s how you make them!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz green beans – remove the strings, tips, wash and pat dry.
  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Course Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of shredded parmesan (powdered will work too)

 
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5 great snacks for a diabetic diet

Sometimes you need a snack but you don’t want many carbs, and you need to keep it healthy.  Here are 5 wonderful snacks for your diabetes diet.

Cucumbers and cream cheese

Healthy and satisfying. Cut up half a cucumber into thin slices, and cover them with a dab of spreadable cream cheese.  Cream cheese has some fat, but is low in sodium, and the cucumbers are nothing but good news.

Peanut butter and splenda

Sounds a little weird, but grab a spoonful of peanut butter and sprinkle on a little splenda.  You’ll enjoy this as a low carb, moderate fat and protein treat.  It’s very satisfying, and super enjoyable.
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