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The Best Sugar Substitutes For People With Diabetes

With a low to no calorie sugar count, artificial sweeteners may seem like a treat for people with diabetes. But recent research suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually be counterintuitive. Especially if you’re looking to manage or prevent diabetes. In fact, the increased consumption of these sugar substitutes may correlate to the increase of obesity and diabetes cases. The good news is that there are sugar alternatives you can choose from. You’ll still want to count your intake for glucose management, but these options are far better than the marketed “sugar-free” products. Stevia Stevia is a FDA approved low-calorie sweetener that has anti-oxidant and anti-diabetic properties. Unlike artificial sweeteners and sugar, stevia can suppress your plasma glucose levels and significantly increase glucose tolerance. It’s also technically not an artificial sweetener. That’s because it’s made from the leaves of the stevia plant. Stevia also has the ability to: increase insulin effect on cell membranes increase insulin production stabilize blood sugar levels counter mechanics of type 2 diabetes and its complications You can find stevia under brand names like: PureVia Su Continue reading >>

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  1. Pegsy

    Home A1c Test Accuracy

    I had previously tried a couple of home A1c tests and found them to be very accurate against the test my doctor/lab performed. I decided to test myself once per month to help me get a better idea of how I am doing. I bought a box of 10 tests and when they arrived the instructions said to refrigerate them if they were going to be stored for more than a month.
    So…on December 1 I got out the test meter and one disposable test vial, etc. to see how I was doing. For the first time I had trouble using the kit. The meter just wouldn't do what it was supposed to do. Finally it did and after the 5 minute process time I got a reading of 6.9. i was greatly discourage! I was expecting about 6.5.
    Then a few days ago I thought about the difficulty I had in getting the device to work and thought perhaps my reading was in error. So, I decided to test again. I got out the meter and test vial and I let them sit out on the counter for about half an hour in order to reach room temp. (This was not mentioned in the directions.) When I completed the test my A1c was 6.1. I was ecstatic! Then later the same day I went to my doctor's office for his A1c test. The results came back at 6.4. Now I don't know what to think. Previously the results of these test were only off by .1 but this time it was off by .3. Now I am wondering about the accuracy of these tests and perhaps I should not bother. The whole reason I started doing this is because my daily testing with my glucose meter wasn't matching up with the A1c results from my doctor. Now suddenly, the home A1c tests aren't matching up either. Very discouraging! Does anyone have personal experience with these home A1c tests to offer?

  2. haoleboy

    I'm content having my A1c done at the lab every 6 months … it's just one of the tools we can use in managing our diabetes.
    Here's some food for thought …
    http://chriskresser.com/why-hemoglobin-a1c-is...

  3. Pegsy

    Thanks for the link. Now I don't feel so bad about being such a post meal testing maniac! I think once I've used up all the home A1c tests that I bought, I will not order any more. ;~)

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