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Top 10 Foods That Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Top 10 Foods that Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Top 10 Foods that Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes


Top 10 Foods that Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes
Top 10 Foods that Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes
Ive had Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. Finding the right combination of low-GI foods and living a normal life has been really trying. A few months ago, I decided to start eating clean.
I also dont eat carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and sugar of any kind. I eat very little fruit, and I stay away from sodas, even diet sodas.
A lot. Thanks to this diet I no longer take medication for Type 2 diabetes.
These are the top 10 foods that help me manage my diabetes:
85% Dark Chocolate: When I was a kid and tried my very first Hersheys Special Dark from the bag of mixed mini chocolate bars, I was horrified at how bitter it was. I picked all of them out and (gasp) threw them away. As an adult, I grew to enjoy the subtleties of dark chocolate. I learned to appreciate that its not a treat thats meant to be chewed quickly and devoured. Its meant to be savored and allowed to melt on your tongue. A single 1-inch square after dinner is my regular treat at the end of the day.
Sparkling water: I used to drink a 6-pack of Classic Coke every day. Sure, that was back in college when we all thought we were invincible, and I havent binged to that extent in 20 years. I never drank diet soda but I know that there are studies that show diet sodas cause insulin resistance. Nowadays I get my soda fix with zero-calorie sparkling water. I drink it ice cold in a fancy glass with a twist. I discovered its the fizz I like, not the sweetness.
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Care of the Athlete With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinical Review

Care of the Athlete With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinical Review


Care of the Athlete With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinical Review
1Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi, United States
2Division of Endocrinology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi, United States
3Department of Medicine, G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center, Mississippi, Jackson, United States
1Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi, United States
2Division of Endocrinology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi, United States
3Department of Medicine, G.V. Montgomery VA Medical Center, Mississippi, Jackson, United States
*Corresponding author: William B. Horton, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N State Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39216, United States. Tel: +1-6019845601, Fax: +1-6019846665, E-mail: [email protected]
Received 2016 Jan 6; Revised 2016 Feb 24; Accepted 2016 Mar 1.
Copyright 2016, Research Institute For Endocrine Sciences and Iran Endocrine Society
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ ) which permits copy and redistribute the material just in noncommercial usages, provided the original work is properly cited.
This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) results from a highly specific immune-mediated destruction of pancreatic cells, resulting in chronic hyperglycemia. For many years, one of the mainstays of the Continue reading

The Diabetes Supplies Thief

The Diabetes Supplies Thief


Oren Liebermann is a CNN journalist based in Jerusalem who has received two Emmy awards and three Associated Press awards. His travel memoir, The Insulin Express, tells of his Type 1 diabetes diagnosis while globe trotting through 30 different countries. This is an excerpt.
I never see the bastards coming. There are two one driving the motorbike and the other sitting behind him. The second guy is the thief. The first is the getaway driver. Their target is a small pouch sticking about two inches out of my left cargo pocket. Im sure they think it has money since, somehow, I doubt they realize that no tourist would have his billfold hanging out of his pocket. Inside the pouch that I got from Etihad Airways on my way home after my diagnosis are my diabetic supplies: my blood sugar monitor, test strips, and about a third of an insulin pen. The red plaid pouch scores far more points for functionality than style.
They yank the pouch from my pocket as Cassie and I are walking to dinner along the river in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They make a left and speed off. I immediately start sprinting after them, running full speed for about fifty meters, adrenaline pumping through my veins. Without my diabetes supplies, I am left guessing at my blood sugar. My glucose monitor is the single most important piece of equipment for me to control my diabetes. I cannot imagine a life without it because there is no life without it.
I keep them in sight, but Im not exactly closing the gap. Its not that Im slow. Quite the contrary. I was the fastest Jew in my high school, which almost means somethin Continue reading

Type 2 Diabetes: 7 Surprising Things That Affect Weight

Type 2 Diabetes: 7 Surprising Things That Affect Weight


Type 2 Diabetes: 7 Surprising Things That Affect Weight
Could you be sabotaging your diabetes weight loss plan without knowing it? Learn about the factors that may be standing between you and a healthier weight.
Medically Reviewed by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
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It may not surprise you to know that being overweight or obese and having type 2 diabetes can increase your risk of diabetes-related complications. Or that, on the flipside, losing a few pounds through healthy habits like eating well and exercising can help reduce your risk for these complications and other health conditions. But what you might not realize is that even if you think youre doing everything right, you may be sabotaging your own your weight-loss efforts without even knowing it.
Here are 7 surprising factors that may be standing between you and a healthier weight and tips to tackle these obstacles and get back on the path to success from two certified diabetes educators (CDEs).
Weight Loss Obstacle #1: Youre overwhelmed.
Remedy: Commit. Renew the commitment daily in increments, if necessary.
If youre overweight or obese, the prospect of losing weight, and then maintaining it, can be daunting. Its a commitment and you need to renew that commitment every day, says Margaret Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, president of Health Care and Education for the American Diabetes Association. To make it less intimidating, she suggests thinking about the commitment as though youre just making it for today. Start by commi Continue reading

Best smoothies for people with diabetes

Best smoothies for people with diabetes

Smoothies may seem like a healthful option, but they can be a very bad choice for people who have diabetes.
Many people with diabetes are well-informed about what they can and cannot eat. They know also that choosing premade meals, snacks, and drinks can be challenging. People with diabetes have to be very careful when ordering smoothies in restaurants, as these often contain far too much sugar and not enough protein and fat.
With some modifications, however, smoothies can be enjoyed either at home or at a restaurant.
Things to consider when making a smoothie
People with diabetes must pay careful attention to their carbohydrate intake. Avoiding low quality carbohydrates, such as sugar or white flour, and using dietary fiber as their guide in choosing carbohydrates, are the best dietary options for them.
A person with diabetes should consider some of the following:
Extra fat can be a good thing
The debate can be very confusing between good and bad fat, what is good and bad cholesterol, and the ever-changing guidelines on what offers the best balance between them.
However, in short, some fats are very beneficial to people with diabetes, as they help slow down the speed at which sugar enters the blood.
Some sources of fat that can be added to a morning smoothie include:
almond or peanut butter
chia seeds
avocado
raw pecans
raw walnuts
Include extra protein
Similarly to fat, protein offers many health benefits that are particularly important to people with diabetes. For example, high-protein content slows the absorption of food, which reduces the speed at which sugar enters the Continue reading

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