Which Beverage to Drink For Blood Sugar Level?
If you're invited to a cocktail party, which beverage will least affect your blood sugar level?
a. Gin and Tonic
The answer is c. Gin and Tonic as well as beer may not taste sweet but they have high carbohydrate content when you compare them with dry wine. Be careful though because drinking and diabetes do not go well together. So talk to your doctor as not only would drinking impair your will power to make wise choices but also it can harm the liver's ability to regulate the the blood sugar level. So if you must drink, stick to your limit.
How to Manage a Sick Day
It is not easy to deal with both illness and diabetes together. When a diabetic gets ill with an infection or flu, the blood sugar could go higher and the energy level is reduced so the exercise regimen could stop. Not only that, it could lead to a coma so it is imperative to plan ahead and be prepared for days when one gets sick.
It is best to stay home where you keep drinks and food on hand like soup, jello and other drinks that do not contain caffeine and are calorie-free. If you can't eat what you usually eat, try dry toast and saltine crackers but to prevent dehydration, drink one cup of liquid every hour when you are not asleep.
If you need help on what to drink and eat, ask your health care team, a diabetes educator or a dietician. Also, have the chicken soup that your mom has been pushing you to eat all these years. Then stay in bed and sleep which can give a boost to your immune system. Also keep taking the meds as the doctor prescribed and test the blood sugar often or at least four times a day.
Drinking alcohol and smoking can affect the functioning of the immune system. Then make sure you have enough supplies on hand like the glucometer, supplies for testing the ketone, thermometer and medications for vomiting and diarrhea. Consult with the doctor at the first sign of illness and ask how to fine-tune the insulin dose based on the results of the test.
When do you call for help? Call when you threw up more than once, when having high fever and trouble breathing, as well as when your blood sugar is more than 240 and the ketone and urine levels are above normal. Call for help also if you have diarrhea for over 6 hours and if your thinking is muddier and you're sleepier than the every day occurrence.
With that said, I can say with confidence that you can have a future WITHOUT Diabetes. A Diabetes-free life is not an impossible dream. It can happen. My patients are living proof and so are the thousands of people who bought my Treatment System and successfully used this method!“
Sources: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Taking Care of Your Diabetes at Special Times. http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/type1and2/specialtimes.htm#1 (Accessed 04/09).
Archives of Internal Medicine study "Role of Sleep Duration and Quality in the Risk and Severity of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" by Kristen L. Knutson, PhD; Armand M. Ryden, MD; Bryce A. Mander, BA; Eve Van Cauter, PhD.
Low Blood Sugar Could Be Terrifying
Low blood sugar could be downright terrifying with crossed visions spinning head, inability to speak and being sweaty and or it could just be plain annoying. They are irritating because they affect the work schedule and other activities. It could also mean we have to eat something that we do not otherwise want to eat. The short time solution? Have a supply of carbohydrates everywhere and make sure they are replenished.
You should have some carbohydrates in your purse, in the car's globe compartment, in the office, computer bag and on the night table by your bed. The supply of the carbohydrate should be everywhere because sometimes low blood sugar just happens without any warning whatsoever.
The most important place for the supply of carbohydrates is by the bed because low blood sugar usually happens during the early morning hours. The symptoms may prevent one from getting up to get juice from the kitchen and so may lead one to fall asleep without treatment which is dangerous.
Practising Gratitude Will Change Your Life
Focusing on what we are thankful for in life will make us healthier. The practice of gratitude can heal grief, relieve depression and speed physical healing. That has been my experience but don’t take my word for it. Instead, know the results of a study that says those who kept a journal of gratitude did better than those who did not.
The results of this study was published in the “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology”. Those who kept a weekly gratitude journal exercised more regularly, had fewer physical symptoms, felt better with their life and were optimistic about the coming week.
It is not that the grateful people ignore the negative aspects of life; they just tend to report positive emotions, are more satisfied with life, have lower levels of stress and depression than those who did not keep a grateful journal. This is an effective way to stay healthy and can make us move forward in our lives. Try it and you will like it. Will you let me know your results so we can encourage others do the same?
The Natural Insomnia Cure
1. Eat a banana before going to bed.
2. Drink warm, organic raw milk before going to bed.
3. Stop drinking tea, coffee, chocolate, sodas and all other caffeinated beverages and foods.
5. Practice the Callahan Technique at Calm the stress, a natural insomnia cure.
6. Listen to Dr. Coldwell’s Cds at StressReductionCDs.
Make sure you speak with a healthcare professional before taking any dietary, nutritional supplements or any other products so they are not contraindicated to any medical condition you may have.
Make Exercise a Family Matter
Obesity is a problem, that is the bad news. The good news? We can all do something about it. Sure we should drive the children to school and to their after school activities. And to relax, we allow them to watch TV, play games on their electronic gadgets while eating junk food. And because we are all so busy, we serve take-out food for dinner.
All is not lost as the solution is in our hands. Why not make exercise a family matter? Go for a nature walk with the kids. Try an indoor or outdoor game of hockey and soccer. (When I do this, I am always the goalie and my daughter always comes to me and whispers in my ear that the object of the game is to make the kids win. You see I am such a competitive soul, I stop every puck or ball that comes my way.)
Play backyard badminton, go rock climbing and jump on the trampoline, train together for a charity walk, play basketball and have a Frisbee challenge. There are endless family fun ideas that will have you playing like a kid. Go for it. You will help solve the global obesity problem.
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Beat Stress for Less
Stress is on an all-time high and there is a reason for the presence of anxiety and tension. There is still unemployment and the housing market is struggling even now. Then there is still the stock market that is volatile. We have to watch out though for dealing with stress can be costly although it does not have to be.
There are three things you can try and it will not cost you a cent. Breathe deeply and meditate. Stop doing too many things at one time for multitasking will just cause unnecessary stress. Also stop listening to news over and over again and take a break from the emails.
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Cutting-Edge Diabetes Prevention
These three strategies were found once again to work to reduce the risk for diabetes:
1. Trim the fat - University of Alabama put people at risk for diabetes on a low-fat diet. After eight weeks, their bodies produce more insulin.
2. Go nuts - An intake of two ounces of nuts a day may help improve both blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
3. Eat green leafy vegetables - Having one and a half more servings of kale and spinach a day lowers risk for diabetes by 14%.
Teaching Kids How to Cook and Appreciate Healthy Food
Chef Didi Eammons started The Take Back the Kitchen program teaching kids to cook and appreciate healthy food. Since then kids and teens have graduated from sessions like a healthy makeover for a burger and fries and a lesson on decoding food labels. As one graduate said, "The food we cooked tasted so good you forget it was also good for you.”
Here Are Some Snacks with 100 Calories Each
1. Half an apple with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter
2. Half a finger of string cheese and half a medium pear
3. Half a mango with a bit of goat cheese
4. Hard-boiled egg with 3 saltine crackers
5. 20 frozen grapes
Dieting for Two Weeks Stopped His Diabetes
I am not a proponent of dieting but I just had to report this to you so you can tell your doctor about it. A radical low-calorie regime freed Paul from injecting himself with insulin every day. The result is similar to what happens after gastric surgery which is accepted to reverse type 2 diabetes.
In the new study which was done in conjunction with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, the patients were given three meal replacement drinks a day (Optifast) and 250g of non-starchy vegetables. Alcohol was forbidden and the patients were encouraged to drink three liters of water each day.
But Paul could not get Optifast used in the study but found Asda with the same ingredients and cost 4 pounds for a 10-meal tub. So he tried this 202 calories a meal diet and brought lots of vegetables to work. He munched on cucumber, celery, carrots and peas all day and switched to decaffeinated coffee. Two weeks after, his blood sugar was so much improved he no longer needed insulin.
I made the title live just in case you want to read the whole thing so click on it and if the news provider did not take it down yet, you should be able to read the whole story. With any change you make, make sure you consult with your doctor as there is no substitute for a physical exam performed by a physician to supply you with the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment options. I looked for Asda as I think it is cheaper but could not find it. Make sure you let me know when you do find it.
Three Things You Never Knew About Diabetes
I don’t believe this, do you? What I do believe is that all of you guys following me do know these three things; let me know if I’m wrong:
1. Eating right does not mean just cutting out sweets because we know that carbohydrates, whether sweet or starchy, turn into glucose in the blood stream. 2. Exercise is just as important as diet because when we exercise and lose weight, the body is able to use whatever insulin is left or it decreases the resistance to insulin. 3. Pre-diabetes does not always lead to full blown diabetes because according to American Diabetes Association, making three lifestyle changes of eating healthy, watching the diet and exercising will prevent or delay type 2 diabetes up to 50%.
Tips for Fat Loss
It is not important to count calories but it is necessary to avoid fad diets to expect you to go below the calories you need for the body to work hard. Here are tips to make sure you are feeding your body properly. 1. Don’t skip meals and eat 4 or so small but nutritious meals daily.
2. Eat when hungry but don’t wait till you’re very hungry.
3. Don’t sign up for weight loss programs that make you feel deprived.
4. Work on gradual weight loss instead of rapid loss.
5. Gradually reduce portions you eat until your clothes become looser.
6. Be active on a daily basis and drink green tea!
DR. PONDER: 'Checking for Diabetes' Not a One-Time Task
I am glad Dr. Ponder put us on the right track because he is so right to say getting checked for diabetes is only good for information right now. It does not mean one is free of diabetes the rest of the time. It is an on-going process which has to be checked annually. Thank you, Dr. Ponder for giving us this most important reminder.
Great News for People With Type 1 Diabetes
Thank you for this good news that Type 1 diabetics are living as long as the non-diabetics. This good news is a long time coming but it is worth the wait. I knew all along the diabetics will pull through because they work so hard at taking good care of themselves. I think sometimes I even feel it is a blessing in disguise because we are led down the healthy path of moving more and eating healthy.
iPhone Helps 'Combat' Diabetes, Anemia
It is good to know that Apple Inc.’s iPhone can help monitor the blood sugar level of the diabetics. I am with Jim Burns when he said that this gadget will catch on. I don’t know how the nanosensor tattoo will be involved though. I am sure they will let us know as soon as they are ready with the information. Anyway, this will be a great help for the diabetics.
Be careful with your medications because some can be deadly together. One medication could lower the effectiveness of another. The moral of the story? Tell both your doctor and pharmacist all the medications you’re taking. Also, include all the vitamins, minerals and herbs.
June 17, 2011
If you are tired of shots and tubing, see if the freedom of a tubeless insulin pump is for you. This is your chance to try it out because this site is giving a free demo. Go there and see if you qualify. Get Free Omnipod Demo.
December 19, 2010
Don't Blame Yourself
Some people feel that the worst thing about diabetes is the feeling of guilt and blame over what is happening. Did I get the low blood sugar because I thought that cleaning the house is a form of exercise? Should I feel guilty over the coke I sipped with my daughter for bonding purposes?
Don't blame yourself and feel guilty because sometimes, you can do all the right things and the pancreas just refuses to cooperate. Forget what happened and move on to what to do to get healthy. Cut yourself some slack. Hey, we are all human beings, let the one who does not make a mistake cast the first stone.
November 20, 2010
Five Important Lessons
A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX :
1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.
2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.
3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.
4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.
5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.
We all need to be constantly sharpened. This parable may encourage you to know that you are a special person, with unique God-given talents and abilities. Only you can fulfill the purpose which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed and, like the pencil, always remember that the most important part of who you are, is what's inside of you.
You may be wondering why I am including the above in the Tip Section. It is just that someone sent it to me and it struck a chord. Now I know I will never stop trying to help the diabetics at least until the cure-all comes along. It is easy to get discouraged but this one will continue to motivate me.
November 15, 2010
Some Free Samples
When you try to get some diabetes samples by clicking the link below, remember to change the email address that is there to yours so they can send the communication to you.
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October 28, 2010
Hope For Type 2 Diabetes Patients With Diabetic Retinopathy
Those who are 65 and older may go to http://www.eyecareamerica.org/ to see if they qualify to get an eye exam and care through the EyeCare`America Program courtesy of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. They also provide eye exams and up to one year of medical eye care for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam to legal US residents and US citizens through volunteer ophthalmologists. Often there is no out of pocket cost for those who qualify.
If you need more information on diabetic eye disease, vision care resources and financial help, you can also call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020
September 28, 2010
Drink Milk and Lose More Weight
Researchers at Ben Gurion University found that those who consumed milk products and milk lost more weight than those whose intake was less or none at all. Vitamin D levels also rose for those who lost more weight.
We know that Vitamin D also increases the absorption of calcium in the blood stream. In addition to exposure to sun, Vitamin D is found in eggs, fortified milk and fatty fish.
September 4, 2010
Lose Weight With These Habits
It is not easy to lose weight, is it? If you are like me, you have tried everything, but nothing works on a long term basis. Oh, we'll lose some pounds at the start, but some say that's just water for then we gain back the weight and some. So what do we do? Keep your money in your wallet and let's try these habits first:
1. Have a friend to talk and listen to and be the buddy during walks and light cooking classes.
2. Visualize everyday what you will look like at the end.
3. Make counting calories easier by putting the labels in red on a serving package you have in your freezer.
4. Keep healthy recipes on hand, seven of them one for each day of the week. Keep the list of ingredients in your purse before grocery shopping.
5. Be smart in the use of your calories. Don't finish eating the food you don't like so you can use the calories for something you enjoy.
6. Keep looking for the exercise you enjoy and then do it.
7. Look for some basic recipes to try like those with less number of ingredients. Try and see if you like the result. Ditch it if you don't.
August 8, 2010
Pump therapy, Is It For You?
When our pancreas are healthy they release just the right amount of insulin whenever we need it. Not so when we get insulin shots. They can only deliver the approximate amount and it is up to us to make adjustment. We adjust our eating time, our activities and everything else to our injection schedule. Enter, pump therapy that will change this.
Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Therapy, AKA Pump Therapy has many advantages:
With the help of your health care team, you decide how much insulin you need, program the system and it is delivered in two ways: Basal insulin delivers a small amount of insulin continuously night and day to meet your baseline insulin requirement. Bolus insulin delivers the insulin on demand to meet you meal and activity schedules or just simply to lower the high blood sugar level.
That is why people who get into pump therapy almost never want to go back to the old way of insulin shots. Can you blame them? The OmniPod System will do that especially for you.
July 31, 2010
Mind Over Diabetes Matters
It is not easy living with diabetes. There are many things we have to do to live with it and we know what they are. The trouble is that knowing what to do is not enough because health is not just one part of the body.
It is a complex issue that is intermingled with thoughts, emotions, behaviour, memories, relationship with others etc. This affects how we take care of ourselves. Hopefully, reading about the issues will help us find ways to overcome this complexity.
Study Finds Attendance at Weight Watchers Meetings Helps Reduce Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
The American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine published a study that finds attending Weight Watchers Meetings lowers risk to develop type 2 diabetes. Apparently, the researchers found that overweight or obese participants in the study who attended the weekly sessions, at least two-thirds of them, reduce insulin and glucose levels.
This not only helps reduce the risk to develop type 2 diabetes but also lowers the burden of health care cost. The American Diabetes Association is on the same wave length and said that structured programs on lifestyle changes of 150 minutes per week of physical activity along with eating healthy in moderation and less consumption of dietary fat will reduce diabetes risk.
Combine waterfall diet with the low-carb diet to lose more weight.
Relax to Lower Your Blood Sugar
Researchers have shown that relaxed muscles stop the chemical effects of stress. This could mean the blood glucose could lower when the muscles are relaxed. So what are we waiting for? Let us do these exercises to relax our muscles from the head down to the toes:
1. Let's start with the forehead. Wrinkle the forehead as tightly as possible, then relax thinking how smooth the forehead is becoming. Then furrow the brow as deeply as possible, let go and relax.
2. Now let's do the shoulders. Shrug the shoulders and bring them up to the ears as far as is comfortable for about five seconds. Let go slowly and note how the neck is feeling relaxed.
3. We will now deal with the hands. Clench the hands as tightly as possible for five seconds, then open them slowly and relax for 20 seconds. Repeat as needed.
Now I leave you to do the same for the rest for the body. Then try to read this: SelfHelpTree Relaxation Meditation And Positive Psychology Course
A Three-Way Positive Approach to Better Blood Glucose
Do the following everyday to get your blood glucose down:
1. Count your steps with a pedometer from the time you wake up until bedtime. Walk farther each day by parking a block or two away from your destination. Climb the stairs instead of using the elevator for at least two floors.
2. Eat a vegetable or a piece of fruit at every meal. Do it at snack time too and you will feel better for it.
3. Laugh often and laugh out loud at least twice a day. It will show you are not under stress.
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious diabetes complication that is related to the eye. It progressively results in the swelling of the retina, that specific region called the macula, destroying the blood vessels there that eventually leads to vision troubles if left untreated.
The University of School of Medicine at John Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute has researchers who finished a clinical trial to treat the diabetic macular edema with mecamylamine that was developed by a biotech company in San Francisco and found this topical drug safe.
How to Manage Your Diabetes Tip #1
Diabetes statistics in twenty-five years will be nearly twice as much as we have now. And the cost will almost triple. This is according to the study conducted by the University of Chicago and it was published in Diabetes Care. Since diabetes affects every part of the body from the circulation, nerves, vision, heart, kidneys and brain, I am taking it upon myself, to write about diabetes management in the tip section of our website.
It's crucial to keep this condition under control so we will have these tips in weekly sections for four weeks. But those who signed before and during this past week are getting them all at once. Discuss with your doctor which interventions and tests you may need which will be the topic of the next tip on How to Manage Your Diabetes.
Tip# 2 Get blood tests. Here are the blood tests you may need:
Tip# 3 Monitor Your Health
Tip# 4 Maintain Good Health Habits
Protect Your Immune System
Sometimes managing diabetes can be overwhelming but keeping a record of the tests and all you need to know will help you track what you need to do. You can use this list for a start and put down your diabetes number plus all the others for blood pressure and so on. Then make sure you keep the communication lines with your doctor open.
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