The Key To Controlling Diabetes.

Diet is the key to controlling your diabetes, but there is a large difference in how type 1 and type 2 diabetics approaches their menu planning.

The coordinating of diet and insulin are curcial to the type 1 diabetic. A type 1 diabetic must understand the impact certain foods have on their blood sugar levels as it will also effect their insulin requirements and their activities for the day.

Type 2 diabetes is largely a problem due to overeating, so it is important that type 2 diabetics control the right amounts of proteins, fats and carbohrdrates that they take in, so that their blood sugar levels stay normal throughout their day. For both the type 1 and type 2 diabetics it is highly recommended that they strive for a diet high in fiber, vegetables and fruits and continue a diet low in saturated fats.

Both types of diabetes are associated with cardiovascular disease, and because of this the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association recommend that people with diabetes get most of their daily protein requirement from beans, grains, and vegetables, not meat. Cutting down on animal proteins, in your diet will decrease the fat and cholesterol in your diet and the high-fiber foods may help lower both your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In a 2000 study, the New England Journal of Medicine found that a diet rich in fiber (about 50 grams per day) lowered blood sugar levels by 10%.

Comfort Foods

Fall is here and it seems like all at once the aroma of comfort foods are coming from the kitchen. I called my sister a couple of days ago and we were both making “mom’s chicken noodles and dumplings”, and even though we are hundreds of miles away from each other, the cold damp rainy day brought out the memories and comfort of chicken and dumplings.

I look forward to the fall season as there is something wonderful about golden-red trees, crisp mornings and a pot of navy beans & ham, southwest chicken chili or beef stew in the crockpot.


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Diabetic Recipes for the Holidays!

A wonderful treat came in my email today, it was a news letter from One Touch , I had signed up as a Gold Member so that I could receive their letters. Here is a part of what they had for all of us members…

As a OneTouch® Gold Member, you have exclusive, FREE access to “Diabetic Recipes for the Holidays.” You can read it online, save it to your computer, print a page—or print the entire book!“Diabetic Recipes for the Holidays” Have fun this holiday season cooking and eating with this incredible collection of mouthwatering recipes from the publishers of “Diabetic Cooking” magazine.

I own a kitchen full of recipe books and file boxes groaning under the weight of recipes, but the recipes in this ebook are incredible! Okay you twisted my arm, here is a sample of what is in this e-book:

Caramelized Peaches & Cream, Turtle Cheesecake, Hazelnut-Coated Salmon, Easy Brunch Frittatas, Spicy Southwestern Veggie Saute`, Roast Turkey with Cranberry Stuffing, Pear and Cranberry Salad, and Cocoa Hazelnut Macaroons.

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1 in 6 AMERICANS Have Pre-Diabetes…

I found this article at this morning and the numbers that are being published were extremely alarming to me. If I think about my personal family these numbers take on a very “close to home” feel about them. Out of a circle of 4 grandparents, 2 parents and 4 of us siblings we have a total of 2 with type 1 diabetes & 3 with type 2 diabetes. Pre-Diabetes testing should be at the top of your list the next time you visit your doctor if you are in any of the categories below.

DATE: November 03, 2006

Fifty-four million Americans – that’s one in six of us — have pre-diabetes and most don’t even realize it. Mark Schutta, MD, medical director of the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, is urging at-risk patients to be proactive and ask your doctor to give you a simple blood test for pre-diabetes – to arm yourself with information before the damage is done. It means you have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal and you could one day reach a high enough level that you would be diagnosed with having diabetes.

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