Understanding Diabetic Diets

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Living with Diabetes: How to Improve Eating Habits

You can take simple steps to improve your eating habits for healthier living with diabetes. Follow these simple tips to make a difference in your health: [more…]

Food Terms that Indicate Fat Content

Managing diabetes means controlling the amount of fat that you eat. Food terms in recipes and menu items can help you identify high-fat and low-fat foods. Understanding these terms will help you determine [more…]

Recipe and Nutrition Web Sites for Canadians with Diabetes

A number of excellent Web sites provide healthy eating tips and recipes for Canadians with diabetes. Visit the reference links below to find nutritional information and recommendations from The Canadian [more…]

How to Match Your Diabetic Medication and Food

It’s possible, with an early diagnosis and a strong commitment to lifestyle, to manage type 2 diabetes without medication. This course, however, isn’t commonly the case, and type1 diabetes can’t be managed [more…]

How to Keep Your A1C in Range

A1C, sometimes called hemoglobin A1C or HbA1C, is the A of the diabetes ABCs. Your doctor orders a lab test of your hemoglobin A1C periodically; diabetes professionals pay careful attention to this number [more…]

Diabetics Need to Normalize High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the B of the diabetes ABCs. Your circulatory system is something like the waterlines that run through your town or city, pushing water through large and small pipes with enough pressure [more…]

Lowering LDL Cholesterol to Manage Your Diabetes

Cholesterol is the C in the diabetes ABCs, but this subject can be a little complicated. Cholesterol is essential for a number of cellular functions, playing important roles in building and maintaining [more…]

Protein and Diabetes Management

Proteins are extraordinarily complex, and the blueprint for assembling all of the proteins you require is coded into your DNA. Protein molecules are primarily chains of amino acids, and the chains can [more…]

Amino Acids from Protein Help Manage Diabetes

Managing diabetes with diet includes getting an adequate intake of high quality protein in your diet to maintain important muscle mass, and to keep important metabolic functions humming along. The highest [more…]

Diabetics Need to Watch Out for Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

With diabetes, polyunsaturated fats have a favorable impact on insulin sensitivity, and trans fats are especially unfavorable. Saturated fats are carbon chains with no double bonds between the carbon atoms [more…]

Energizing with Carbohydrates — The Foundation of a Diabetes Diet

Your task after a diabetes diagnosis is to manage your intake of carbohydrates is a way that keeps those variations in blood glucose levels close to normal. [more…]

The Role Sugar Plays in Diabetes

Virtually everyone knows that sugar has something to do with diabetes — sugar diabetes, the sugar, or a touch of the sugar are all colloquial phrases that mean diabetes in some communities. [more…]

How Complex Carbohydrates Fit in a Diabetic Meal Plan

As the number of chained together molecules of simple sugars gets longer, the carbohydrate foods are sometimes called complex. Starches are where plants store their excess glucose, and the chemical bonds [more…]

The Importance of Fiber in a Diabetic Meal Plan

Fiber is the most complex of carbohydrates, often forming the structural elements of plants. Fiber is relatively indigestible by humans, but is still an extremely important part of your diet. Insoluble [more…]

The Importance of B Vitamins in Diabetes Management

The B vitamins are important in diabetes management for two reasons. First, all of the B vitamins participate in chemical reactions taking place in your cells to harvest the energy from fats, protein, [more…]

The Importance of Vitamin D in Diabetes Management

The relationship between low levels of vitamin D and metabolic syndrome (or type 2 diabetes) are confounded by the fact that fat cells tend to capture vitamin D, keeping blood levels depressed. Lower vitamin [more…]

Insulin and Zinc — Two Peas in a Pancreas

Zinc plays a very important role in your body’s production, storage, and use of insulin, the hormone that lowers high blood glucose levels. And, zinc is crucial to your immune system, it enhances your [more…]

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Neuropathy

Alpha lipoic acid has been examined in relation to diabetes from several different angles. Since many facets of diabetes, and the common complications of diabetes, have a foundation in oxidative stress [more…]

Fenugreek for Better Blood Glucose Control

Studies have shown some improvements in blood glucose control, and even reduced bad LDL cholesterol, among subjects with diabetes who were given fenugreek extracts. Fenugreek is a plant whose seeds provide [more…]

Cinnamon as Part of Your Diabetic Meal Plan

Recently, a few studies have suggested that cinnamon can be helpful in managing blood glucose levels. A study in Pakistan showed people with type 2 diabetes improved fasting blood glucose, blood triglycerides [more…]

The Importance of Magnesium in Diabetes Management

Low levels of magnesium have been associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and low levels may contribute to the formation of calcium plaques in arteries, a risk for heart attack. Having [more…]

What Is the Glycemic Index/Glycemic Load?

The glycemic index of carbohydrate containing foods was originally developed in 1981 at the University of Toronto. Recognizing that different foods affect blood glucose differently, researchers fed carbohydrate [more…]

Counting Carbs as Part of a Diabetic Diet

Without getting into the deep water of randomized control trials and statistical meta analyses, it’s fair to say that managing the total carbohydrate content of meals is still considered the most effective [more…]

Insulin Bolus Dosing

Everyone with type 1 diabetes takes insulin with meals to compensate for the carbohydrate total of the meal. You may take an injection, or you may initiate a bolus from your insulin pump. Some people with [more…]

Whole Foods Put the Right Carbs on Your Plate

Eat more whole foods for a diabetes-friendly meal plan. Whole foods is a term often defined as unrefined and unprocessed foods, or foods that are refined or processed as little as possible before consumption [more…]

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