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Which Sugar Is Best For Diabetics?

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Sugar And Sweeteners

The idea that people with diabetes need to avoid sugar and use alternatives has been around for a long time and is still one of the most common questions asked by people with diabetes. Sugar substitutes have been around for many years too and have traditionally taken the form of what we call ‘non-nutritive’ or ‘artificial sweeteners’. Non-nutritive sweeteners (such as Aspartame, Sucralose, Stevia) do not contain carbohydrate and have very few calories. Non-nutritive or artificial sweeteners are not actually needed to help manage diabetes. People with diabetes can still use regular sugar to sweeten foods, as long as it is used in small amounts and generally eaten as part of a meal. An example of this might be one teaspoon of sugar sprinkled over a hot bowl of plain rolled oats or a thin spread of regular jam on some grainy toast. This is the same advice that would be given to someone who does not have diabetes, as large amounts of added sugar is not good for anyone, regardless of whether or not they have diabetes. In recent times, there have been a number of other sugar substitutes gaining popularity because they are thought to be ‘healthier’ than regular old table sugar Continue reading >>

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  1. earls413

    Can my blood sugar be causing daily headaches?

    Hi, I started having pretty severe headaches and pressure in my right temple in January and saw my Dr. who ran a ton of blood tests as well as an mri and cat scan. My mri was negative my cat scan showed a mucuos retension cyst in my right maxillary sinus, but was told that this would not cause my headaches. I got a second opinion from an ent who said the same thing. I was told though that my c-peptid test and other tests indicated I was now a type 1 diabetic. I was having high blood sugar readings with no changes in my diet but thought they were from me being sick daily with migraines. My endo said he didn't think my migraines were from my blood sugar but I'm not sure he's right. They are worse when I'm high. They gave me maxalt for the onset of migraines and depakote to try to prevent them, neither has been real successful and I've gained 15 lbs in 2 months so I stopped taking the depakote. I don't think they are migraines either I get tension in my right temple, some dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. Does anyone think these are diabetes related.

  2. furball64801

    When I was high many years ago I did have headaches, all I know for me that when my numbers came down I did started feeling better. I think lowering them slowly helped me, large swings can make you feel like garbage.

  3. earls413

    I feel pretty crappy most days severely fatigued etc, the thing is I'm not as high as I used to be. The tension usually hits around 180 or so but some days my bs is fine all day and I still get them.

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