Diabetic’s Superfruit The Maqui Berry

What makes the Maqui Berries a superfruit for diabetics? Diabetes is more than just blood sugar levels it is cardiovascular disease, inflammation all over, arthritis and yes our blood sugar levels. Dr. Juan Hancke, who is a medical doctor, has spent several years of intensive research into this super berry and his findings are very interesting.

These are a few of the things that make the Maqui Berry so beneficial to us and along with the many natural compounds that are found in very high amounts.

  1. Maqui is unusually high in anthocyanins (the purple pigmentation,) which are called delphinidins. In fact scientific research has shown that the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating of maqui berry contains more disease busting antioxidants than any other well known Superfoods, including concord grapes, cranberries, the goji berry and the very popular acai berry.
  2. Delphinidins are a potent anti-inflammatory and help to decrease the effects of inflammation of degenerative diseases like; cardiovascular disease, arthritis (Inflammatory diseases are basically any illness that end in “itis”) and diabetes.
  3. Cardiovascular disease is brought on by oxidation of cholesterol which contributes to strokes, heart attacks and your arteries hardening. The antioxidant in Maqui berries will help in the prevention of oxidation.
  4. Diabetics seem to have a lot to gain by eating Maqui berries, drinking the juice or taking daily supplements. It can help aid in the suppression of blood glucose, prevent the forming of new fat cells by leveling out your highs and lows. The bonus for the diabetic using Maqui berries is that when your blood sugars level out your body stops the forming of new fat and will benefit you in controlling your weight.

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Diabulimia, a Dangerous Way For Diabetics to Lose Weight

Diabulimia has not yet been recognized by the medical community but what you are about to read is a new and scary trend being called diabulimia and it is the adjusting insulin to lose weight.
While it is becoming a common practice in young teen girls and young women it is also affecting boys and men also.  A recent article written by Rosemary Black, not only caught my eye but shocked me because we all know the importance of insulin to a diabetic is “quality of life or life threatening consequences.” 

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Recommended Exercise Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetics

Who would of thought that there would be exercise guidelines geared for Type 2 Diabetics. I like so many type 2 diabetics, are allergic to exercise and we have some extremely unique reasons for not exercising. However, I was in the mood to think about the possibility of taking my 30 minute a week workout to the next level when I came across Diane Fennell’s article about the new exercise guidelines established by both the ACSM and the ADA. The benefits of following the panels recommendation will be an overall improvement to our health. I’m sure that you will find this just as informative as I did.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have issued a joint position statement establishing new exercise guidelines for people with Type 2 diabetes. These replace the ACSM guidelines issued in the 2000 position stand “Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes.”

The new recommendations were developed by a panel of nine experts based on evidence from recent high-quality studies establishing that regular physical activity can prevent or delay the development of Type 2 diabetes and can positively impact factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, heart health, and quality of life. Most of these benefits, the authors note, are the result of both resistance and aerobic exercise and are achieved through both short- and long-term improvements in insulin action.

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Gluten Free Dark Choc Brownie Recipe

I know that brownies are a rare treat to Diabetics, but do try this Gluten Free Brownie Recipe. This recipe is great for freezing so you can pull a brownie out of the freezer for a special treat…put on the tea kettle and enjoy!

Ingredients:
6 ounces dark chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 lg. eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 rounded cup almonds, extra fine chop
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp vanilla plus 2 tsp peppermint ext. for mint brownies)

Optional Toppers:
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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