Outline Why A Carbohydrate Controlled Diet Is Important In Preventing Raised Blood Glucose Levels

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Diabetes Management

The term diabetes includes several different metabolic disorders that all, if left untreated, result in abnormally high concentration of a sugar called glucose in the blood. Diabetes mellitus type 1 results when the pancreas no longer produces significant amounts of the hormone insulin, usually owing to the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Diabetes mellitus type 2, in contrast, is now thought to result from autoimmune attacks on the pancreas and/or insulin resistance. The pancreas of a person with type 2 diabetes may be producing normal or even abnormally large amounts of insulin. Other forms of diabetes mellitus, such as the various forms of maturity onset diabetes of the young, may represent some combination of insufficient insulin production and insulin resistance. Some degree of insulin resistance may also be present in a person with type 1 diabetes. The main goal of diabetes management is, as far as possible, to restore carbohydrate metabolism to a normal state. To achieve this goal, individuals with an absolute deficiency of insulin require insulin replacement therapy, which is given through injections or an insulin pump. Insulin res Continue reading >>

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  1. duncmelsmom

    Great A1c, low potassium in blood...potassium suggestions??

    My doctor was so happy for me last week. My A1c was 5.7. She was concerned with my low potassium in my blood. She prescribed 1 potassium pill for 5 days and said I needed to eat a banana every now and then.
    I finished the pills last week. Today, I ate a banana. That many carbs at once practically knocked me out; well I guess it did! I went to bed and was somewhat delirious when I woke again. I can't imagine what my blood sugar reading would be. Anyway, after watching carbs carefully for so long, I'm doing better with diabetes, but need suggestions about potassium.
    I don't think bananas are the way to go. Have you had this happen?

  2. Nicoletti

    Avocados are a good source of potassium and probably should not raise your blood sugar. Pistachios and almonds are also good sources, as are tomatoes and tomato paste.
    See more here.

  3. duncmelsmom

    Avocados!! Perfect!! I was doing good eating them each day and I've stopped. Time to make them a part of the diet again. Thanks Nicoletti....great chart!!

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