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Is Drinking Coconut Water Safe For Diabetics?

Is Drinking Coconut Water Safe For Diabetics?

Coconut water is one of the best natural drinks abundantly available around us. I’m not kidding. One look at the web magazines and web pages, and you’ll see celebrities promoting this refreshing drink as their ultimate ‘weight control’ weapon. It’s sweet, tasty, nutrient-dense—all without being too high in calories. And this is why coconut water is often recommended to those with high blood sugar levels. But, is it advisable to drink coconut water for diabetes? Let’s find out. Coconut Water—A Brief So, what’s so unique about this drink? Coconut water is fresh, sterile, and devoid of artificial sweeteners and preservatives. It is, therefore, safe for all to consume coconut water without worrying about any health risk. This drink is also an excellent electrolyte replenishment. It is rich in two essential salts—potassium and sodium, along with calcium, phosphorous, zinc, manganese, iron, copper, and fundamental amino acids. Coconut water also contains natural sugars like fructose (15%), glucose (50%) and sucrose (35%). Now let’s find out here can diabetic patient drink coconut water. Coconut Water For Diabetes – Is It Safe? Good news for people with diabetes around the world! Call it a work of the plentiful natural sugars or its sterile nature—coconut water has joyfully passed the safety test for diabetes—as stated in the February 2015 edition of the Journal of Medicinal Food (1). However, one should not exceed the limit of drinking coconut water every day, no matter how much you like it. This is because despite being a healthy drink coconut water does contain fructose, and although low in content (around 15%), fructose can interfere with your blood sugar levels. So, when should you stop? An ideal recommendation is 8 ounces (250 ml) twice a day. Continue reading >>

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Blood Sugar?

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Lower Blood Sugar?

Drinking apple cider vinegar before meals may lower sugar levels in the bloodstream, and could therefore help people with diabetes, according to a 2013 study from Arizona State University cited by Prevention magazine. But experts caution against viewing apple cider vinegar as a cure-all: "[M]uch of what you read about this product on the Internet is overstated, or simply unfounded," writes physician and bestselling author Joseph Mercola. "While apple cider vinegar probably won't make you skinny, it does appear to help with diabetes and blood sugar control," WebMD reports, also referring to the 2013 study, which was authored by Arizona State nutritionist Carol Johnston. Special: See How Vinegar May Lower Your Cholesterol and Improve Your Health The acid in apple cider vinegar appears to block some of the starch we eat from being digested, which in turn keeps blood sugar levels from rising — an "anti-glycemic" effect similar to that of some medications, Johnston tells WebMD. Participants in her study who drank a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (sometimes called ACV) mixed with 8 ounces of water before a meal had "lower blood glucose levels compared to participants who didn't consume the tart solution," Prevention reports. In another study, people with type 2 diabetes for whom insulin was ineffective had lower levels of blood glucose after downing two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed, Reader's Digest reports. Based on these findings, Reader's Digest and other lifestyle and health publications are touting the virtues of apple cider vinegar — and not just for diabetics. "A few swigs of apple cider vinegar could help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, according to several studies that have shown a link between the two," Reader's Digest reports. Lifehack Continue reading >>

Does Vinegar Or Lemon Juice Help With Blood Sugar?

Does Vinegar Or Lemon Juice Help With Blood Sugar?

It's easy to get answers about health and nutrition! Just send your question by email to [email protected] and Dr. Harlan will respond to selected questions of general interest. Answers will be posted in the Ask Dr. Gourmet newsletter (sign up now!) and archived in the Ask Dr. Gourmet section of the website. Please note that the Ask Dr. Gourmet feature is restricted to questions regarding food and nutrition. Due to the many questions we receive, not all questions may be answered. For more specific questions about your individual health, please contact your doctor. About Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy Ask Dr. Gourmet I understand that vinegar may help lower blood sugar levels. Will lemon juice be just as helpful? Dr. Gourmet Says... I have been skeptical about patients who come in and tell me that they are taking vinegar for their health. This is usually apple cider vinegar and it just seemed silly to me but I have also felt that this is like so many supplements -- probably not harmful but probably not helpful. However, it appears that this "silly" idea may have some merit. As I reported a few weeks ago, vinegar might be helpful for controlling blood sugar ( It seems a simple leap to say that it might be the acidic nature that is helping, and that lemon juice might be just as helpful, but we don't really know why the vinegar works. I have searched the literature and did not find a study that looked at this. We could make the leap that vinegar helps control blood sugar, and both vinegar and lemon juice are acidic, so lemon juice also helps control blood sugar. Unfortunately, science doesn't work this way. Just because A = B and B = C, one can't make the leap that A = C. That said, lemon juice is really good for you. Two tablespoons co Continue reading >>

This 2-minute Detox Drink Helps You Burn Fat, Lower Blood Sugar And High Blood Pressure

This 2-minute Detox Drink Helps You Burn Fat, Lower Blood Sugar And High Blood Pressure

This 2-Minute Detox Drink Helps You Burn Fat, Lower Blood Sugar And High Blood Pressure We all need to take care of our health, and recognizing that and taking action towards it is what is most important. If you are experiencing a more persistent health condition or just need a boost in your energy, you should try out this detox remedy that will get you on your feet instantly. Aside from remaining healthy, you will perform a total body detox with this cure and boost the metabolism. This potion is excellent when it comes to regulating the blood pressure, reducing fat and normalizing the blood sugar. Read full recipe, benefits and consumption below: Ingredients: 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon 2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice 1 tablespoon organic honey 12–16 oz. or one glass of water Directions: Blend all ingredients well until the texture evens out. Drink remedy every morning on an empty stomach. It is better to always prepare fresh liquid instead of refrigerating it. Proceed with treatment for 3 months. The ingredients in more detail : — Cinnamon is very popular spice that prevents inflammation and treats insulin sensitivity in type II diabetics. One study, released by “Proceedings of the Nutrition Society” journal assures that the Cr compound, found in cinnamon, regulates the glucose, insulin, cholesterol and HbA1c levels in Type II diabetics. — Apple Cider Vinegar stabilizes the blood pressure due to its acidity. These benefits were published in a study by the “Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry” journal. — Lemon juice alkalizes the body and because it is full of flavonoids, it acts as a natural antioxidant. Due to its high content of vitamin C, lemon juice gets rid of free radicals successfully and Continue reading >>

Tips For Managing Glucose Levels

Tips For Managing Glucose Levels

Upswing: Caffeine There are many different ways blood sugar (glucose levels in the blood) can be affected and cause problems with sugar control in people with diabetes. Each person reacts differently to various items that influence blood sugars. There are some compounds individuals with diabetes may want to examine to see how they influence their own blood sugar levels. For example, blood sugar levels can rise after drinking coffee, black tea, and some energy drinks due to the presence of caffeine. There are other compounds that may alter blood glucose levels and methods people with diabetes can use to see what compounds and actions influence their own blood sugar levels. Upswing: Sugar-Free Foods A number of foods claim to be "sugar-free," but these foods raise blood sugar levels because many of them contain carbohydrates in starches, fats, and even fiber. Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol add sweetness to foods but still may have enough associated carbohydrates to raise blood sugar levels. Foods with high levels of carbohydrates are likely to raise blood sugar levels very high, and eventually may cause organ damage over time in people with diabetes. Upswing: Chinese Food Foods high in fat can cause blood sugar to stay higher for longer periods of time. Pizza, French fries, and most fried foods are high in carbohydrates and fat. It's a good idea to check your blood sugar about two hours after you eat such foods to see how your blood sugar levels are affected. Upswing: A Bad Cold Dehydration can elevate your blood sugar so it is wise to stay well hydrated. If you are sick, diarrhea and vomiting for more than two hours, or illness longer than a few days may alter your blood sugar. Moreover, blood sugar rises as your body tries to fight any type of illness. Medi Continue reading >>

Will Eggplant Water Lower Blood Pressure?

Will Eggplant Water Lower Blood Pressure?

Keeping blood pressure under control is crucial in maintaining good heart health and reducing the likelihood of a stroke. There are a number of non-drug approaches that have research backing, such as following a DASH diet rich in vegetables and fruits. We haven’t seen any studies of eggplant water, but many readers are interested in this approach. How Do You Make Eggplant Water? Q. I have been drinking “eggplant water” I made from floating half a dozen thinly sliced pieces of raw eggplant on top of two or three quarts of water in a bowl. I discard the eggplant after a few hours, when it starts to turn brown. I have been drinking 60 ounces of this water daily for about two weeks. My weight dropped 7 pounds and my blood pressure is down from 150/80 to 124/66. This might be helping my insulin resistance, which made it hard for me to lose weight before. A. When cells don’t respond efficiently to insulin, blood sugar control is more difficult. Losing weight is also more challenging, but people who shed pounds often lower their blood pressure. You are not the first reader to mention eggplant water for hypertension, but the previous recipe called for just one ounce daily, not 60. We don’t know for sure why this might be helpful, but we have a couple of hypotheses. Anthocyanins and Blood Pressure: Eggplants are rich in dark purple compounds called anthocyanins (Plant Science, Aug., 2016). Research on anthocyanins has not shown that they lower blood pressure consistently (Medicine, April, 2016). However, some extracts of eggplant appear to inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), just as certain blood pressure medicines do (Bioresource Technology, May, 2008). It is possible that alpha-glucosidase inhibiting enzymes in eggplant also help with insulin resistance. Alp Continue reading >>

Drinking Alkaline Water Lower Your Sugar Levels

Drinking Alkaline Water Lower Your Sugar Levels

Guest over a year ago I'm a 65 year young women who is diabetic and I was wondering if drinking alkaline water would lower my sugar levels? My friends tell me that drinking alkaline water has many health benefits. I've heard that is can lower high blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels. Is this true? I really just thought that all water was the same. Is there really a difference? I don't tend to drink tap water simply because it doesn't taste or smell very good so I buy bottled water or get reverse osmosis water from the grocery story from their dispenser. What is alkaline water anyway. Can anyone help me with this? I'm diabetic and have been drinking alkaline water for some time now. I have noticed a difference not only in my blood sugar levels but I feel better. Alkaline water is made by using electrodialysis which breaks the water into and acid part and alkaline (base) part. It is the alkaline side of this electrodialysis which is the healthy part. It has ionized minerals that you need for your body such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. Experiments have demonstrated that the minerals in alkaline water are much easier to absorb than minerals in foods and alkaline water helps you to absorb vitamins that you take better. Alkaline water helps to raise the pH of your urine which in turn helps medical conditions such as obesity, high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Moreover, it promotes overall health. Alkaline water is far superior to tap water which often contains contaminants that are harmful to you. Many individuals don't get enough of the proper form of minerals in their diet to support overall health, however alkaline water is one way to combat that. Alkaline water is reported to lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease, ai Continue reading >>

High Blood Sugar Remedies

High Blood Sugar Remedies

Posted by Sheila (Wicks, Arkansas) on 06/18/2008 Hi, I'm a diabetic, overweight, Had a hysterectomy, and do NOT do hormone replacement, have suffered from yeast infections on my skin, not in my vagina, ever since I had the Hysterectomy, i am 40 years old, I have been in so much pain, I was ready to go, throw myself overboard if I could find a boat. I went to (ask.com) typed in yeast infection it brought me to this web sight, and thank GOD IN HEAVEN, I tried 3 cups apple cider vinegar store bought and 2 cups idozied salt with half tub of water and soaked for 1 hour. While drinking a glass of water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, it helped me so much, it is a true Miracle! By drinking the apple cider vinegar it has lowered my blood sugar by 20 points, which is great cause I run about 250, on my blood sugar count, I can't thank you all enough for sharing your stories, I know you have all been in much pain as I have but, you have helped me so much. THANKS AGAIN, and GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU! and May we all be HEALTHY once again. After discovering this website and reading all the benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar has. I've been taken apple cider vinegar for about 3 weeks now (3 tbls. with 8 ounces of water three times a day) and I have noticed that it has kept my sugar and my blood pressure in normal ranges, it has also lowered my body fat percentage, I'm losing weight and it has also cured my sore throat and I feel more energetic. I love your website. Keep up the good work. Posted by Bill (Philadelphia, Pa.) on 04/19/2015 I am a 57 year old prediabetic male and have had FBS readings as high as 120 for quite some time. I recently began using 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil 20 minutes before meals and was astonished to see my blood Continue reading >>

A Glass Of Wine A Day May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

A Glass Of Wine A Day May Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

If you're in the habit of drinking wine with dinner, there may be a bonus beyond the enjoyment of sipping a glass at night. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine adds to the evidence that drinking a moderate amount of wine can be good for your health. The evidence comes from a new two-year-long study on people with diabetes. Researcher Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University says in Israel and elsewhere, lots of people with diabetes get the message that alcohol — even in moderation — can be harmful. "There is a myth that alcohol is not so safe for them," Shai says. In order to test the influence of wine on people with diabetes, Shai recruited about 225 people who already had elevated blood sugar, and they agreed to follow a Mediterranean style diet for two years. Everyone in the study was eating the same mix of foods but when it came to what to drink, some began drinking one glass of red wine per day, some began drinking one glass of white wine per day and others drank mineral water. And at the end of the study? "We found that a glass of red wine with dinner can improve the cardiovascular health of people with Type 2 diabetes," Shai says. In particular, Shai found that compared to people who drank mineral water with dinner, the wine drinkers — both those who drank white and red — benefited from improvements in blood sugar control. And the red wine drinkers got an additional benefit: They saw improvements in their levels of good cholesterol. The effects are not huge, but physician Christopher Wilcox of Georgetown University Medical Center says they could be significant. "One glass of alcohol per day had these admittedly modest but worthwhile benefits," he says. There's been a lot of interest in the idea that specific compounds in red wine may help p Continue reading >>

Does Psyllium Husk Lower Blood Sugar?

Does Psyllium Husk Lower Blood Sugar?

Psyllium husks come from the seeds of an herb called Plantago ovata. The most common use for psyllium husk is in laxatives that help bulk up your stool, making it easier to pass. These supplements may help to improve your cholesterol levels and treat intestinal issues including constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome. As they are high in soluble fiber, they may also help lower blood glucose levels in people who have Type 2 diabetes. Fasting Blood Sugar Levels Fasting blood sugar levels, which are taken when you have not had anything to eat or drink but water for at least eight hours, are used to diagnose diabetes and sometimes to monitor how well diabetics are controlling blood sugar levels. Normal levels range from 70 to 100 milligrams per deciliter, while diabetics have blood sugar levels above 126 milligrams per deciliter if their diabetes isn't well controlled. A study published in November 2005 in the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology" found that Type 2 diabetics who took 5.1 grams of psyllium husk before each lunch and dinner for eight weeks while continuing to take their regular diabetes medications experienced significant decreases in their fasting blood sugar levels. After Meal Blood Sugar Levels Blood glucose levels increase after meals, and diabetics sometimes have trouble keeping these increases within acceptable levels. Diabetics often use carbohydrate counting, diabetes-exchange lists or the glycemic index to help plan their diets so that they limit these spikes in blood glucose levels. Adding 5.1 grams of psyllium husk fiber to each lunch and dinner may help people with Type 2 diabetes better control their post prandial, or after-meal, blood glucose levels, according to an article published in "The Annals of Pharmacotherapy" in Octobe Continue reading >>

Diabetes-friendly Drink Recommendations

Diabetes-friendly Drink Recommendations

Food and eating can be a stressful thing when you have diabetes. If you're living with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, meal times can be a cause of stress; but another source of worry is what to drink when you have diabetes. If you're controlling your diabetes and blood sugar by diet and exercise or with medications and insulin, you still need to be cautious of the food and drinks that enter your body. Living with type 1 diabetes myself, I know first hand how much one wrong drink choice can affect my blood sugar levels. A type 1 diabetic does not produce insulin themselves so they must inject insulin with each meal. Making sure what you consume including drinks in between meals is important. In fact, drinking just one sweetened drink a day can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by 25 percent. People tend to think that fruit juice is a good choice, but with a high concentration of fructose, diabetics should only consume fruit in its whole form. When fruit is juiced it is stripped of all its fiber, and fiber is what helps to slow down the blood sugar spike. Consuming fruit juice will set you up for a roller coaster of blood sugar levels all day. Fruit juice should be reserved only when you're dealing with hypoglycemia - in this case you are drinking it to increase your already too low blood sugar. Read more about foods that naturally lower blood sugar levels Alcohol is another beverage that diabetics should be wary of. Alcohol is a contributing factor to hypoglycemia. You will first experience an increase in your blood sugar levels due to the sugar content, then a reactive drop in blood sugar, resulting in cravings, headaches, dizziness, fainting and more. Avoid alcohol altogether, or minimize to one low-sugar drink once or twice a week. I don't think I really hav Continue reading >>

High Blood Sugar Levels: Tips To Help Bring It Down

High Blood Sugar Levels: Tips To Help Bring It Down

Have you suddenly realized that you have high blood sugar levels and not sure how to bring them down? It is important to do something because having high levels for any prolonged length of time is what leads to complications occurring. So let's cover a simple strategy that can help in the short term and talk about lowering levels over the long term. Effective Strategy For Lowering High Blood Sugar Levels 1. Drink water When your blood sugar is high it becomes very thick, like syrup and gets very sluggish. Drinking water helps to dilute your blood and increases your rate of urination, which helps reduce your sugars. Drinking water might sound like a weird thing to do and many doctors would raise their eyebrows at this one but this works very well for the majority of people and is the singular best strategy to help bring your high blood sugar levels down. Simple, yet effective. 2. Exercise Usually water won't be enough to bring down your high levels on it's own. You need to do some gentle exercise to help pump the glucose out of the blood stream and into the muscles. The only way to do that is to MOVE!! Try going for a gentle walk, take the water with you. And if your levels are exceptionally high, it's always a good idea to take someone on the walk with you (just in case). Alternatively just walk around your yard or even just up and down your hallway. It doesn't have to be a fast walk because when blood sugar levels are high you do not want to exert yourself, just get your body moving a bit. Let's emphasize this again: Do not exert yourself when you have high blood sugar levels. If you are unable to walk due to pain or for some other reason, just keep drinking water. 3. Have a high protein snack Eat half an egg, or a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, or a slice of che Continue reading >>

Could Grapefruit Juice Protect Against Diabetes?

Could Grapefruit Juice Protect Against Diabetes?

"Grapefruit juice 'could be the key to weight loss','' is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. It reports on a study in which mice fed a combination of a high-fat diet and grapefruit juice still put on weight – albeit at a lower rate than mice fed a sugary drink. Their blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity were also better regulated than mice that did not drink grapefruit juice. The mice were given either a high-fat diet or a low-fat diet in a range of experiments. Mice fed a high-fat diet and grapefruit juice had an 18% reduced rate of weight gain compared with mice given sugary water with the same number of calories as the grapefruit juice. They also had 13% lower fasting blood sugar levels. There was no effect on weight gain in mice fed a low-fat diet. Drinking grapefruit juice improved insulin sensitivity in mice, regardless of their diet (in people, reduced insulin sensitivity can be a sign of impending diabetes). Grapefruit juice lowered blood sugar as effectively as metformin, a drug widely used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. However, none of the mice actually had diabetes, so this research has little immediate relevance to humans with the condition. For the time being, people with diabetes should not swap their metformin for grapefruit juice on the basis of this study. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from the University of California and was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative, although it had no role in the study design, data collection, analysis or decision to publish. The study was published in the peer-reviewed science journal PLOS ONE. This is an open-access journal, so the study is freely available to all. Both the Mail Online and The Daily Telegraph’s headlines incorrec Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Alcohol

Diabetes And Alcohol

If you have diabetes, everything you eat and drink takes on extra importance. You have to ask yourself whether that bowl of pasta will boost your blood sugar, and naturally you wonder if you can get away with having a little dessert. You may also wonder if it's OK to drink alcohol. You probably won't find beer or wine on any official "diabetic menu," but if your diabetes is well-controlled, a drink with dinner is not likely to do you harm. As reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, light drinking might actually help you control your blood sugar -- at least in the short term -- while possibly lowering your risk for heart disease. The key word is "moderate." While light drinking usually isn't dangerous, too much alcohol can make your disease harder to control and put your health at risk. If you don't drink now, it's best not to start. If you're already a drinker, knowing when to say "when" can be a crucial step toward managing your diabetes and staying well. The American Diabetes Association recommends a limit of two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women. But even if you stick to these modest levels, you'll need to use a little caution and common sense to make sure alcohol won't turn against you. If you have diabetes, drinking is certainly a good topic to discuss with your doctor. Immediate impact If you do drink socially, you're already aware of alcohol's impact. Within minutes of your first sip, alcohol can start making its presence felt all over the body. The heart beats a little faster, the skin feels a little warmer, and the brain gets a small buzz. People with diabetes should know about other, lesser-known effects of alcohol. For one thing, alcohol keeps the liver from releasing sugar (glucose) to the bloodstream. As reported in the Annals of Continue reading >>

Can Cranberry Juice Control Blood Sugar And Lower Blood Pressure?

Can Cranberry Juice Control Blood Sugar And Lower Blood Pressure?

A new study found that drinking cranberry juice reduces some key risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, adds compelling evidence to the growing body of research on the benefits of berries on the heart. Cranberries are rich in a number of polyphenols, chemicals that have been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. They include procyanidins, quercetin, myricitrin, and anthocyanins. Quercetin, for example, has been shown to reduce blood pressure, while procyanidins have reduced C-reactive protein (CRP) in animal studies. Anthocyanins have lowered triglycerides in animal studies as well as inflammatory markers in people. In this study, researchers randomized patients into two groups, one that drank two 8-ounce glasses of low-calorie cranberry juice each day for eight weeks. The juice was sweetened with sucralose and had about 40 calories in each serving. The control group drank a similarly tasting drink that did not contain cranberry juice. Both drinks were supplied by Ocean Spray Cranberries, which partially funded the study, but was not involved in the analysis of the results. Both groups also followed a fully controlled diet to reduce other dietary variables. The study was double blind, so neither subjects nor researchers knew which people drank the juice versus the placebo. The group that drank low-calorie cranberry juice had lower levels of triglycerides (fatty acids) compared to the controls, and those with the highest level of triglycerides at the onset of the study saw the greatest decrease in the fatty acids. The juice drinkers also had lower diastolic blood pressure and lower levels of CRP, an inflammatory marker for cardiovascular disease. They had a 44% lower level of CRP than th Continue reading >>

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