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World Diabetes Day 2017: The Connection Between Antioxidants And Diabetes

World Diabetes Day 2017: The Connection Between Antioxidants and Diabetes

World Diabetes Day 2017: The Connection Between Antioxidants and Diabetes

Antioxidants are usually heard of in relation to cardiac diseases, for skin health or weight management. We know that obesity and inactivity are the major risk factors of type 2 diabetes, recent research results have indicated that oxidative stress may be one of the causes for insulin resistance and less insulin secretion which are well established causes for the onset of diabetes.
A well-established fact is that excessive sugar levels in the blood leads to oxidation of glucose to form free radicals, when the level of these crosses the body’s antioxidant systems capacity, it leads to oxidative stress which has a detrimental effect on the complications and management of diabetes. Antioxidants prevent this oxidation process protecting the DNA and proteins, thereby preventing cell, tissues and organs from permanent damage.
Antioxidants for Diabetics
1. Anthocyanins are naturally occurring polyphenolic compounds that colour your food black, blue, purple, and different shade of red. Research has pointed towards a positive relation between consumption of anthocyanin rich foods and a lowered risk of diabetes. These flavonoids that colour our food beautiful, have been linked to antioxidant activity, improved insulin resistance, and hypoglycaemic effects.
Food Sources: Blueberries, cranberry, bilberry, black raspberry, red raspberry, and blackberry; blackcurrant, cherry, eggplant (aubergine) peel, black rice, concorde grape, muscadine grape, red cabbage, and violet petals. Red- fleshed peaches and apples contain anthocyanins. Black Soybean coat seems to have the most amounts.
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World Diabetes Day 2017: Women and diabetes: Right to a healthy future

World Diabetes Day 2017: Women and diabetes: Right to a healthy future

Professor Mohd Asharf Ganie | Prof. Shariq Rashid Masoodi | Dr. Imtiyaz Ah. Wani
Background
Diabetes is a complex, chronic, metabolic disorder involving inappropriate or abnormally high blood glucose levels, affecting all individuals and encompasses almost all organs of the body presenting with a spectrum of complications including death. Diabetes being the 9th leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
Women in a society at present encounter with Stigmatisation and discrimination carry a double burden of discrimination and inequality because of their health status that discourage girls and women from seeking diagnosis and treatment, preventing them from achieving positive health outcomes.
People with diabetes are just like everyone else. They can play, eat of their desire and do other activities; they just have to plan a little. They need to check their blood sugar regularly and those who are on insulin need to inject everyday otherwise they are the same.
Why November-14?
November-14 is a noteworthy date globally as it marks the birthday of the gentleman who co-discovered insulin, F. Banting in 1922 and alongside Charles Best. World Diabetes Day was introduced in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation [IDF] and the World Health Organization [WHO] in reaction to emergent concerns regarding the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
What is the aim?
The world diabetes day, a truly global event is celebrat Continue reading

Diabetes Diet Information / Anti-Inflammatory / Autoimmune Diet

Diabetes Diet Information / Anti-Inflammatory / Autoimmune Diet

After exhaustive research, I found eating plans that not only help diabetics, but also help anyone lose weight and feel better. Although diabetics come here to find out how to eat, these plans are great for weight loss and managing inflammatory chronic conditions.
Finding good diabetes diet information is one of the largest components to maintaining your health as a diabetic. Diabetics, those suffering from inflammatory issues, and those with autoimmune conditions all benefit from the same types of anti-inflammatory diets.
I used to use a Paleo/low carb diet on my patients to help stabilize and maintain their blood sugar throughout the day. A low carb or caveman diet does work to lower blood sugar, but I found it causes a whole cascade of new problems to develop. I was a big proponent of a high protein and low carbohydrate diet for years. Although I saw it help diabetics lower their HbA1c in my practice, their blood work would come back with new issues. I realized I was just trading one set of problems for another set and really was not helping my patients as much as I had hoped.
Though tailored to diabetics, the diets on this page are ideal for those suffering from obesity and/or any inflammatory and/or autoimmune issues
The Truth About Animal-Based Foods
In desperation to find the best diabetes diet information I started researching plant-based diets. After discovering that science supports a plant-based diet, I began trying them first on myself, and then on patients. I was very impressed with the results; not just for diabetics, but for the overall health of everyone. Wh Continue reading

Why eating late at night will do more than just make you gain weight - it also raises risk of diabetes and heart disease, study reveals

Why eating late at night will do more than just make you gain weight - it also raises risk of diabetes and heart disease, study reveals

There is a well-known link between eating late and weight gain - now new findings suggest it also increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
A team of US researchers found eating later raises boosts glucose and insulin levels, which are implicated in diabetes.
Late-night meals also raise cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood, both which can increase your risk of heart disease.
And in line with previous studies, the research discovered late-night meals caused people to gain weight by reducing the body's ability to burn fat.
The findings emerged from a study by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, further confirms that eating late at night has a host of negative health effects.
'We know from our sleep loss studies that when you're sleep deprived, it negatively affects weight and metabolism in part due to late-night eating, but now these early findings, which control for sleep, give a more comprehensive picture of the benefits of eating earlier in the day,' said lead author and research associate professor of psychology Namni Goel.
How they conducted the research
The researchers set out to study the metabolic consequences of consistent delayed eating compared to daytime eating.
They instructed nine adults of healthy weights to spend eight weeks to eat during the daytime, which involved consuming three meals and two snacks between 8am and 7pm.
Then the group followed a delayed eating routine - having three meals and two snacks eating from noon to 11 pm - for eight weeks.
There was a two-week break in between to make sur Continue reading

Sick Day Tips for People with Diabetes

Sick Day Tips for People with Diabetes

Control Your Blood Sugar and Get Well
When you have diabetes, managing your blood sugar while you are sick or injured can be challenging. Any illness or injury—like a cold, the flu, a sprained ankle, a pulled tooth, or major surgery—can wreak havoc on your blood sugar control. That’s because everything your body does to fight an infection or repair itself uses hormones that naturally raise your blood glucose levels. In order to prevent out-of-control blood sugar, and possibly an emergency room visit or a hospital stay, you must be extra vigilant with your monitoring. Taking good care of yourself is a must!
What you should do:
Check your blood sugar every 2 to 4 hours and record results in a log book.
Continue to take your diabetes medications as prescribed by your doctor. If you think you may have vomited your dose, call your doctor.
Check your urine for ketones if your blood sugar is over 240mg/dl, or as directed by your physician.
Take your temperature every 2 to 4 hours.
If possible, follow your regular meal plan and eat as you typically would. Try to eat the same amount of carbohydrates you normally do (typically 45 to 60 grams per meal, or as recommended by your diabetes care team).
Be prepared. Keep several "sick day" foods stocked in your pantry. You never know when you’ll get sick.
Drink 8 ounces of carbohydrate-free liquids (such as water) per hour. Black coffee, tea, broth, diet soft drinks, sugar-free Popsicles and sugar-free gelatin can all provide needed liquids without any carbohydrates.
Sick-Day Foods for People with Diabetes
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