Important Info On Diabetes and Prediabetes

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by Mikie, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Dear Members,

    There has been some great discussion on sugar issues over on the Chit Chat Forum. Because, it turns out, sugar issues seem to be an epidemic, affecting almost all of us, I am pasting and copying it here. I think everyone could profit from learning about sugar and how it is affecting us, not just diabetics but all of us.
    BTW, the book we are referring to is "Diabetes Without Drugs" by Suzy Cohen.

    Love, Mikie

    Diabetes and the Glycemic Index
    Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Windytalker, Saturday at 5:43 AM.

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      Decided to catch up on what's happening here on PH and there's a lot of chatter about Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. Thought those of you with this problem and wanted to perhaps offer some help.

      The link below explains the difference between "Glycemic Load" (GL) and "Glycemic Index" (GI). It still can be confusing and some of the other sites mainly go by the GI...which is mainly what I use. I had originally found this site when I was trying to eat the Atkins' plan which was too restricted for me. This was very helpful (and still is). There's an extensive list of foods and their GI (but it leans towards British foods yet it's still helpful).
      This website is from the Harvard Medical School. It's list is fairly limited, but is useful when you want to determine the food's impact quickly. It also shows GL and GI.
      Another "quick list":
      I found this site and have no clue how it works, but perhaps you may find it helpful.
      Since drinking even 1/2 glass of wine affects me (I get reactive hypoglycemia), I always have food with it. But, I've now read, it has little to no impact on blood sugar (unless it's mixed with something else). Here's some info on alcoholic beverages. Please note, however, alcoholic beverages are high in calories and not recommended for people with diabetes.
      I wish you all good health!

      Warm hugs,

  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Evidently, this pasted material is too large to copy into a new thread. Please check the top of the Chit Chat Forum for more info.

    Love, Mikie
  3. Billoy Joe

    Billoy Joe Member

    Great sharing here. Though it's too long. But i'll keep this in mind. This will help my mother to keep control diabetics.
  4. Alfachemistry

    Alfachemistry Member

    If you have prediabetes, two of the most important things you can do to avoid diabetes are change your diet such as gaining nutritional alfachemistry and increase your exercise. In a study published in 2002 by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, people with prediabetes slashed their risk of diabetes by more than half if they lowered the fat and calories in their diet, boosted exercise, and lost weight.
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Yes, diet and exercise are the primary ways one can improve health and try to avoid diabetes. When it comes to fats, we have been grossly misled. For years, we were told to eat low-fat diets. It's not the fat so much as the sugar. In fact, we need healthy fat in our diets. The fats to avoid are the saturated and hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated fats. These, when combined with sugar, are especially dangerous. Check the labels on commercial bakery products and you will find almost all of them contain these fats in addition to sugar.

    Fortunately, progressive doctors are starting to spread the message about good diet and exercise. Sunflower and Windytalker have been wonderful in sharing with me regarding this info. Thank you both.

    Love, Mikie
  6. Chloehxl

    Chloehxl Member

    Clearly, it's common that diabetes could occur because of the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. And in terms of the symptoms, frequent urination and increased hunger could be the main ones. Actually, the process might be sort of difficult, namely a troubled period. If treated in a proper way, the disease can be controlled to a certain degree, with Glucagon of Creative Peptides; while if not so, then diabetes can cause a wide range of complications as well, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, cardiovascular disease, damage to the eyes, and so on. All of these complications should be payed more attention because only in this way can such disease be improved better.
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    The cells of the body not responding to insulin is called, Insulin Resistance. It is a precursor to Type II Diabetes. It is caused by the same thing as full-blown TIID--eating too much sugar. Insulin Resistance is a warning to change one's diet and lifestyle. Complications are, indeed, the most alarming issue with these conditions. By the time the complications set in, it can be very difficult to control. That is why some of our members decided to take control and to share what we have learned. This, and the obesity in our country, are at epidemic levels. Thankfully, more and more health care professionals are becoming informed about the roles diet and lifestyle play in our health and passing this info on to their patients.

    PBS recently had their fundraising programming on and a lot of it had to do with healthy diet and lifestyle changes by doctors and other healthcare professionals.

    Love, Mikie
  8. juliedespino

    juliedespino Member

    its very nice information.
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  9. ludhiyaparker

    ludhiyaparker Member

    does improper sleep cause diabetes ?
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I have never heard this but not getting enough sleep can put one at risk for a lot of things. Type II Diabetes usually starts with insulin resistance in which one eats carbs and the body produces insulin to keep blood sugar in check. If one eats too many carbs, the body must produce more insulin. Unfortunately, the body can become resistant to the insulin, causing the pancreas to produce more and more of it. The cause of a lot of TTD can be eating too much sugar and a tendency toward insulin resistance. Exercise and good diet are essential to prevent TTD.

    Read the book, "Diabetes Without Drugs" by Suzy Cohen. It tells you everything you ever wanted to know about it. If you have sleep problems, your doc an order a sleep test. I had one when I first got sick with FMS and it revealed a lot. I was able to get treatment and my sleep improved which, in turn, improved my overall health. Do you have sleep issues? If so, I wish you luck in getting help.

    Love, Mikie
  11. nitya

    nitya Member

    Insulin therapy is often an important part of diabetes treatment. Understand the key role insulin plays in managing your blood sugar, and the goals of insulin therapy. What you learn can help you prevent diabetes complications.

    The role of insulin in the body

    It may be easier to understand the importance of insulin therapy if you understand how insulin normally works in the body and what happens when you have diabetes.

    • Regulate sugar in your bloodstream. The main job of insulin is to keep the level of glucose in the bloodstream within a normal range. After you eat, carbohydrates break down into glucose, a sugar that serves as a primary source of energy, and enters the bloodstream. Normally, the pancreas responds by producing insulin, which allows glucose to enter the tissues.
    • Storage of excess glucose for energy. After you eat — when insulin levels are high — excess glucose is stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. Between meals — when insulin levels are low — the liver releases glycogen into the bloodstream in the form of glucose. This keeps blood sugar levels within a narrow range.

    If your pancreas secretes little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes), or your body doesn't produce enough insulin or has become resistant to insulin's action (type 2 diabetes), the level of glucose in your bloodstream increases because it's unable to enter cells. Left untreated, high blood glucose can lead to complications such as blindness, nerve damage (neuropathy) and kidney damage.
  12. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    A bit of clarification: Type I Diabetes is a serious disease in which docs prescribe insulin to help control blood glucose levels. Lifestyle changes may also called for. In Type I Diabetes, the body has not become resistant to the body's insulin. In Type I Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin or does not produce enough of it.

    Type II Diabetes is a lifestyle disease in which a person usually does not control sugar intake and often does not get enough exercise. Insulin Resistance is often called, Pre-Diabetes. The more sugar in the blood, the more insulin will be produced in the body. The body can become resistant to the insulin and it is no longer effective. There are drugs which docs may prescribe to help control blood glucose levels. Type II diabetes is preventable through diet and exercise.

    Love, Mikie
  13. jyotiak

    jyotiak Member

    Hello ,
    I want to asking if how we control the diabetes? can u expalin me in short way. I can't read becoz it's too long . I know definetly you share this information is more useful.
    My Mother is diabetes patient, and her sugar level is so high.
    Sorry, pls don't mind, i think u will be understand.
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  14. naprox

    naprox Member

    Diabetes is a disease that is attacking everyone, one of the things we should avoid is food like rice, sweets, my brother-in-law suffers from deiabetis and can not control because he does not take care of what he eats, my grandmother also Suffers but she thanks to that it takes care in its feeding it controls very well and it is better than my brother-in-law