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Is A Vegetarian Diet Better For Diabetes?

Is a Vegetarian Diet Better for Diabetes?

Is a Vegetarian Diet Better for Diabetes?

Research suggests that well planned, vegetarian diets that are rich in whole grains, fiber, legumes, nuts, and unsaturated fats can help improve blood sugar and may even prevent diabetes. Here, a registered dietitian and type 1 tells you what you need to know.
Vegetarian diets are becoming more mainstream. The words meatless Monday, vegan and plant based are the new buzzwords in today’s nutrition frenzy. But you might be skeptical to try a vegetarian diet if you have diabetes fearing you will consume too many carbohydrates and no animal protein to stabilize your blood sugars.
Eggs, cheese, meat, fish and other protein sources have long been considered “safe” for people with diabetes because they don’t raise blood sugars as do carbohydrates found in grains, fruits, and legumes—all cornerstones of the vegetarian diet. But it turns out, following a meatless Monday or vegetarian approach may be beneficial to your waistline as well as your diabetes control.
New research points to the protective effects a plant-based diet can have on people at risk of developing diabetes or with existing diabetes. Vegetarians and vegans tend to live longer and have a lower risk of developing diabetes as well as other chronic conditions like heart disease, hypertension, certain types of cancers and obesity.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recent position paper, a well-planned vegetarian diet that is rich in whole grains, nuts, and soy, seeds, fruits, and veggies can be nutritionally adequate and suitable for all life stages. The key word here is well-planned. Vegetari Continue reading

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'On the 5:2 I lost 9 kilos and reversed my diabetes | Daily Mail Online

'On the 5:2 I lost 9 kilos and reversed my diabetes | Daily Mail Online


Dr Michael Mosley, the man who launched the 5:2 diet revolution, has refined and revised his original plan followed by Hollywood stars and politicians as well as millions of Britons with the help of the latest scientific research
This years Oscars ceremony will be remembered chiefly because the producers of La La Land were mistakenly told they had won Best Picture and then had to hand the award back. I, however, was far more interested in the appearance of the host, comedian Jimmy Kimmel, than anything else that was going on. Jimmy is a big fan of the 5:2 diet, which he credits with helping him lose 30lb and keep it off. It has helped me stay at 182lb, he said in a recent interview, and made me appreciate the food that I eat. (I am happy to report that as well as looking slim and healthy, Jimmy was also very funny.)
The 5:2 diet has changed my life, but it came about largely by chance. Five years ago I discovered that, like my father, I had become a type 2 diabetic. My father died at the relatively early age of 74 from complications of diabetes and I was desperate not to follow in his footsteps. So rather than start on medication I looked for alternative ways to improve my blood-sugar levels and came across something called intermittent fasting. This led to my making a documentary, Eat, Fast and Live Longer, and writing a book, The Fast Diet, with journalist Mimi Spencer, which became an international bestseller.
Intermittent fasting is not fasting in the sense that you are going entirely without food. You are simply cutting back on your calories a few days a week. T Continue reading

Guava Leaf Tea Fights Cancer, Lowers Cholesterol and Treats Diabetes

Guava Leaf Tea Fights Cancer, Lowers Cholesterol and Treats Diabetes


Guava Leaf Tea Fights Cancer, Lowers Cholesterol and Treats Diabetes
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You probably heard about Guava which is well known tropical fruit throughout the world. However, have you heard about its leaves which show even more benefits? The young leaves of the guava evergreen tree have been used for ages in traditional medicine in tropical countries for a variety of health conditions. The leaves of guava are even more beneficial than the fruit. In fact, according to research issued in the Journal of Food and Chemistry Continue reading

8 Facts About Cannabis and Diabetes

8 Facts About Cannabis and Diabetes


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Medical Marijuana For Diabetes Is Cutting Edge Right Now
Posted by DanaSmith on Wednesday Jan 3, 2018
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, with over 5 million people dying from this condition yearly despite medical advancements and pharmaceutical drugs. Now, patients with diabetes can turn to cannabis as a natural and safe way of managing this condition, largely in part because of its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are 8 facts about cannabis and diabetes read on and save a life (maybe yours):
Consuming cannabis regularly can help prevent and treat diabetes. A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Medicine analyzed the impact of cannabis on glucose, insulin resistance, and fasting insulin. The researchers found that current cannabis users had higher HDL levels as well as lower levels of insulin resistance while participants who used cannabis at some point in their lives, but not current users, had similar results. According to an interview with Murray Mittleman, lead researcher of the study: The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than non-users. Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.
Cannabis users have better insulin resistance. Poor insulin resistance is the primary cause for the progression of type 2 diabetes. The same 2013 study revealed that cannabis co Continue reading

Why diabetes has made me detest clean eating even more

Why diabetes has made me detest clean eating even more


I bought a plumptious white peach on Sunday and perched it on the windowsill facing my desk so it could bask in my admiration. I tried to find pleasure in the anticipation of eating it but the important part that a delay in eating must be voluntarily self-imposed to be truly enjoyable- has gone.
I was diagnosed with diabetes six weeks ago. My days of eating peaches without care are over.
These days I have to perform carb maths, tapping on my phone with fingers sore from multiple pinpricks. (How did people in the olden days cope without apps to help?) I conduct an internal dialogue with my pancreas and liver (please let me eat this!) in front of market stalls or rammed up against a seething, hungry mass of humanity at food festivals. I hang around online food sites at 2 am in the morning when I am fitful from hypoglycemia or its hyper-odious sibling and torture myself with the Things I Cannot Have. Its a form of self harm, I know, but it serves as a necessary part of accepting what has happened to me as I push myself up against my diagnosis. I can no longer leave any room for mistakes in a body that has become as confounding and wily as an old coyote.
The immutable reality of peach carbs (14-17g) meant it would have to replace the slice of wholemeal toast I prefer for breakfast and wouldnt do at all as a mid-morning snack; I ensured I drank lots of water with it; I ate it slowly; I did ALL THE GODDAMN SENSIBLE DIABETIC THINGS.
By 11 a.m my blood sugars had shot up to ridiculous levels and what felt like a million tiny grains of sugar were needling me underneath my ski Continue reading

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