Monday, September 30, 2013

Diabetes and Holiday Celebrations

Some Holiday Celebrations lack the excitement they had before you became diabetic.  Halloween and Easter are full of candy.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of food.  What's a diabetic to do?

Since we all know chocolate is my down fall, the candy-filled holidays are the hardest and most disappointing for me.  This Halloween I'm going to fill my house with crafts instead of candy.  
Will it be the same?  No.  Will the crafts fill even a part of the candy-less joy?  I don't know but I'm going to try.  

Yes, as diabetics we have to relearn some basic principles.  I have to relearn that the holiday is not about the food connected with it.  It is the joy of the season that should be the excitement.  

I'll let you know how it works.   

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Diabetes and Recipes

Mexican Spaghetti Casserole 

This hearty Mexican Spaghetti Casserole will fill you up but won't break your efforts to stick to your diabetes diet. Everything about it shouts healthy, and those green chilies give it a wonderful zesty taste. Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 40 min 

What You'll Need: 6 ounces reduced-carb spaghetti 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 can (4-ounce) chopped green chilies 1 can (10-ounce) 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.   In a large pot, cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic powder to the pot. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft. Stir in the chilies, soup, 1 cup cheese and cilantro. Return the pasta to the pot and toss until evenly coated. Place spaghetti mixture into prepared dish.   Bake 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with reaining cheese and bake for 5 to 7 minutes more. Nutritional InformationServings Per Recipe: 8 Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *Calories 141 Calories from Fat 25 Total Fat 2.8g 4 % Saturated Fat 1.1g 6 % Trans Fat 0.0g 0 % Protein 9.3g 19 % Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *Cholesterol 4.5mg 1 % Sodium 427mg 18 % Total Carbohydrates 21g 7 % Dietary Fiber 3.0g 12 % Sugars 1.7g 0 % 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Diabetes and Diabetic Coma

By  on May 11, 2012
diabetic coma is a medical emergency and occurs when the person passes out due to excessively high or low blood sugar. A person typically experiences all the symptoms of high or low blood sugar before he/she loses unconsciousness. If left untreated it can lead to brain damage and death.
There are three types of diabetic coma, which give rise to different symptoms. Let us see the types and symptoms of diabetic coma.
Common Symptoms of Diabetic Coma

Symptoms of Ketoacidotic Coma

Ketoacidotic coma occurs in patients who suffer from type 1 diabetes. This coma occurs when excessive ketones are found in the body. Due to lack of insulin, the body starts to use fat for its energy. This leads to the excessive production of ketones, which makes the blood highly acidic. The symptoms of this coma include excessive thirst, nausea, vomiting, confusion, lethargy, and fatigue, difficulty in breathing, stomach pain and fruity smell on the breath.

Symptoms of Hypoglycaemic coma

This is a coma, which occurs when blood sugar levels fall dangerously low. This happens due toinfrequent or faulty eating and an increased dose of insulin. The typical symptoms of hypoglycaemic coma include sweating, palpitations, extreme hunger, confusion, trembling and drowsiness. If the symptoms are not checked, the person loses consciousness and faints.

Symptoms of hyperosmolar coma

This is the opposite of hypoglycaemic coma and occurs when the blood sugar levels become excessively high. It occurs when the person misses an insulin dose or overeats. The typical symptoms are fatigue, increased urination and thirst, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.


In all kinds of diabetic coma, headaches are known to occur. This is due to a combination offluctuating blood sugar levels and extreme hunger, which leads to headaches.


The person starts to feel dizzy and lightheaded if the glucose levels fall or rise below normal. Light-headedness is one of the first signs of a diabetic coma. It is soon followed by dizziness and fainting.

Blurred vision

Severe cases of hyperosmolar coma can lead to blurring of vision especially if the high blood sugar levels have remained undetected for weeks before the onset of the symptoms. The person can experience blind spots and difficulties in viewing things.


Altered blood sugar levels may make the person disoriented, confused and the person starts to hallucinate. Hallucinations occur when the person sees, hears or experiences things, which are not actually physically present in the environment.


Paralysis is a less common symptom of a diabetic coma but is known to occur. Generally, patients experience paralysis or general body weakness on one side only.

Experience of a Black Out

People who have been diabetics for years are well versed with their symptoms and are keenly attuned to changes in their bodies. Luckily for them, they are able to detect changes in consciousness like near black outs or feeling too low especially when blood sugar levels fall dangerously. At times like this, urgent medical treatment is essential. A diabetic coma is a medical emergency and merits prompt attention.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Diabetes and Foods that Lower Blood Sugar Levels


Here is a short list of foods to lower blood sugar level of diabetics. To achieve normal blood sugar levels is the prime aim of the treatment of diabetes. This is the only thing that assures healthier and longer lives of diabetics.
Nuts: Though it was previously assumed that nuts are not good as they are high in their fat content but now it has been proven that nuts contain only healthier fats. This healthier fats help to lower the insulin resistance. The fat content of the nuts help to lower down blood sugar by keeping the person away from binge eating. Few examples of healthier nuts are
Brazil Nuts
Macadamia Nuts
There are some who have allergies towards some nuts; so it is advisable to stay away from those kinds. However those diabetics who do not have this problem must, take the nuts as regular part of their diets.
Avocado: Avocado is a fruit that carries healthy fat content. It raises the sensitivity towards insulin and lower downs the blood sugar levels. It is generally used in sauces, dips and spreads. The fruit is rich in dietary fiber that helps to slow down the increase in blood sugar level soon after big meals. It is a tasty, healthy and convenient food that helps to lower down the level of blood sugar.
Sweet Potatoes: The high fiber content of sweet potato has made them much lower in their glyceimc index value when compared with regular potatoes. The component carotenoids of sweet potatoes are powerful antioxidant and renders positive effect on the level of insulin. However one must not negate the healthy content of sweet potatoes by dipping them in sugary sauces.
Cinnamon: It is a common spice that carries a natural component that have the ability to reduce the level of bad cholesterol and make the insulin more effective. Cinnamon is high in its fiber content and is a rich and natural source of magnesium. It helps in controlling the level of blood glucose.
Onions: The flavonoid as well as sulfur content of onion causes a significant reduction on the level of blood sugar. It also increases the level of HDL. It is believed that it helps to prevent the onset of cancer because of its high antioxidant content.
Garlic: It is another food that lowers blood sugar level. It increases the production of insulin as well as insulin sensitivity. Garlic contains antioxidant properties that promote a healthier lipid profile.
Flax seed: Flax seed is not only rich in magnesium but also in lignans. Both of these components help to lower down blood sugar level. Flaxseed is also a vulnerable source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It helps to control blood sugar levels. An added advantage of flaxseed is that it aids to block the negative effect of estrogen. It also helps to delay and prevent the onset of estrogen related cancers.
Cherries: Cherries not only contain antioxidant but at the same time help to reduce the blood sugar level. Cherries are naturally rich in the fiber content and low in calories. The rich antioxidant level of cherries aids to protect heart diseases, cancer and diabetes.
Barley: It is a healthy substitute of rice for the diabetics. It has cholesterol lowering content that is also found in oats. It also significantly help to lower down the glycemic index of other food items added into it. Barley helps to give the fuller feeling to diabetics.
Lemons: Lemon is full of vitamin C. It carries limonene and rutin. The acidic property of lemon reduces the glycemic index of the food. It also contain anticancer and cholesterol lowering properties.
If you want to have a free diabetic meal plan specifically designed according to your personal requirement check List Of Foods For Diabetics To Eat. This list will help to design a meal plan that has the ability to control the Signs Of Diabetes in a way that you'll end saying where is my blood sugar?

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Diabetes and Healthier Recipes

Photo: Taran Z/Food styling: Suzanne Springer


1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 cup egg substitute
2 Tbsp. Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup raisins or chopped nut
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Serves 8
Serving Size: 2 muffins

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 16 muffin-pan cups with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, beat the egg substitute with a whisk. Add the Splenda, pumpkin, milk, and applesauce; stir until well blended. Stir the raisins or chopped nuts into the flour mixture until just blended. Fill the muffin-pan cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pans. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Nutrition Facts
Carbohydrate exchanges 1.5
Amount per Serving
Calories 95
   Calories From Fat 5
Total Fat 0.5 g
   Saturated Fat 0.2 g
   Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 160 mg
Carbohydrate 20 g
   Dietary Fiber 3 g
   Sugars 6 g
Protein 4 g

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Diabetes and Hypoglycemia Control

Foods for Fighting Hypoglycemia

What to eat when you need to raise your blood glucose

Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar (glucose) drops below normal levels. Because our bodies need glucose for energy, having too little can lead to life-threatening health issues.
What's the best source of glucose? Carbohydrates, such as rice, potatoes, bread, tortillas, cereal, milk and fruit. It's important to remember, however, that even if you're eating right and have your type 1 diabetes well under control, hypoglycemia can still strike.

How Do I Treat Hypoglycemia?

To treat hypoglycemia quickly, eat some form of sugar or simple carbohydrates. Good options include fruit juice, hard candy, pretzels or crackers. You will need at least 15 to 20 grams of sugar or carbohydrates to get you through, so it's a good idea to have foods like these on hand:
• Four or five soda crackers
• Five or six pieces of hard candy
• Two tablespoons of raisins
• Four teaspoons of sugar
• One half cup of fruit juice or regular soda
• One cup of milk
• One tablespoon of honey or corn syrup
Bear in mind that foods with a lot of fat mixed with the sugars and carbohydrates — such as chocolate or cookies — do not work as well. So be sure to stick with foods that are mainly sugar or carbs.

What if Hypoglycemia Goes Untreated?

Do not delay in treating hypoglycemia. Otherwise, it can escalate into serious health problems, including seizures, coma and permanent damage to the nervous system.

How Can I Prevent Hypoglycemia?

Practicing good diabetes management is the surest way to avoid hypoglycemia. And learning how to detect hypoglycemia can help you treat it before it gets worse.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Diabetes and Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt: Not the Healthy Treat You Might Think

Why Fro-Yo Can Blow Your Sugar Levels
The sad truth about frozen yogurt: It's not far removed from ice cream on the health spectrum — it's just trendier.

Frozen yogurt is a multi-million dollar business dishing up many unnatural ingredients with loads of sugar, and some active cultures for good measure. Don't be fooled, comparatively it's much closer to ice cream than yogurt.

What's wrong with frozen yogurt?

Frozen yogurt can be a carbohydrate bonanza. Think salad bars: the ingredients may seem healthy but it's easy to exceed 1,000 calories.
"Sugar can be represented by a whole host of sneaky aliases on an ingredient list: fructose, dextrose, corn syrup, juice concentrates, polydextrose and pure cane sugar," writes the Huff Post, adding that one product might list sugar by several of these names to keep it from topping the ingredient list.
Nutritional information at most fro-yo shops isn't usually front and center either; if you want the information you have to ask for it.

How do I keep it healthier?

Reverse the cup - Put the toppings in your cup first and the frozen yogurt on top to moderate carbohydrates and calories.
Portion control - Fill your cup halfway or ask for a smaller one. One size (giant) cups at self-serve spots tempt customers to fill it up.
Weigh before adding toppings - Four to five ounces is a good serving, think about the size of a tennis ball.
Pick a low-sugar option - Some frozen yogurts are made with splenda for instance.
Go for healthy toppings - Fresh berries or nuts are great; fresh fruit gives the appearance of a full cup satisfying a hungry eye.
Eat frozen yogurt as an occasional treat.