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Entries Tagged as 'Diabetes Diet'

Using the Good Stress of Fasting for Diabetes Control

May 28th, 2015 · 2 Comments

We can use the stress of intermittent fasting to manage diabetes better.

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Lots of stress is bad for anyone and especially for those of us who have diabetes. But ironically some stress is healthful. That’s especially true about intermittent fasting.

High levels of stress lead to high levels of blood sugar of people with diabetes. There really is a “stress-diabetes connection.”

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Another Way to Reach Diabetes Remission

May 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Two studies by researchers at the UK’s Newcastle University show that eating an extremely low-calorie diet for a few weeks can send your type 2 diabetes into remission. These studies show that while a very low-carb diet may be the usual way to reach remission, it’s not the only way.

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Source: Blausen.com staff. “Blausen gallery 2014.0″ Wikiversity Journal of Medicine. DOI:10.15347/wjm/2014.010. ISSN 20018762.

While these new studies are known as the 600-calorie diet, the way that they work is that when we lose a substantial amount of weight, we get rid of the fat that surrounds our liver. This in turn restores our liver insulin sensitivity and beta-cell insulin secretion.

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Eggs Are Good Before and After Getting Diabetes

May 8th, 2015 · 3 Comments

People with diabetes can benefit from eating two eggs a day without worsening cholesterol levels. And if you have pre-diabetes, eating eggs can help you avoid getting the disease.

Two new studies in a professional journal separately came to these conclusions. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one of the world’s leading nutrition and dietetics medical journals, published them this month. The pre-diabetes study, published online on April 1 ahead of print at “Egg consumption and risk of incident type 2 diabetes in men,” comes from researchers in Finland. The diabetes study, published in the April issue of the journal at “The effect of a high-egg diet on cardiovascular risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes,” comes from researchers in Australia.

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Drink Chocolate to Manage Diabetes

May 3rd, 2015 · 9 Comments

Chocolate can reduce our insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes, and improve our memory. What we need from the chocolate are the nutrients called flavanols, as I wrote at Cocoa Can Help Prevent Type 3 Diabetes.

My article reviewed some exciting new research, the full text of which is free online at “Cocoa flavanol consumption.” This was a high-quality study, one that was randomized and  double-blind and included 90 people who for eight weeks consumed either 48 mg, 520 mg, or 993 mg of flavanols in a drink. Those people in the intermediate and high intake groups showed clear improvements in insulin resistance, memory, as well as in  blood pressure and lipid profiles.

But not just any chocolate bar or drink just any cocoa will give us a decent level of flavanols. The problem is that how much good nutrition we get when we eat different chocolates varies tremendously.

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Cocoa Can Help Prevent Type 3 Diabetes

May 2nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

When we eat chocolate, those of us who have diabetes may be able to reduce our insulin resistance and prevent the memory loss that leads to Alzheimer’s Disease, which some scholars are beginning to call type 3 diabetes.

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Cocoa Beans

Chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which for a good reason has the scientific name meaning “food of the gods.” That’s because the Aztecs, who domesticated it, saw it as a sacred plant, and reserved it for their royalty.

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The New Breakfast for People with Diabetes

March 26th, 2015 · 25 Comments

The usual food that I eat for breakfast has changed because of my new diet. But it’s better for me than the smoked salmon that I ate before. It also tastes even better.

More than seven years ago when I began to follow a very-low carb diet, people told me that it would be hard to stay on. Shortly after I started on it I wrote “Why I Low-carb” for a diabetes magazine. But for me it was no challenge. I still follow a plan of eating no more than six grams of carbohydrate for breakfast, 12 grams for lunch, and 12 grams for dinner — unless I skip dinner altogether on an “Intermittent Fast.”

But even I believed it would be difficult to combine my very low-carb diet with one that is also vegetarian — for ethical reasons I began to do both last November. I wrote about that experiment here at “Vegetarian and Low-Carb Diets for Diabetes.”

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The Trouble with Fructose for Diabetes

March 1st, 2015 · 45 Comments

Now that our doctors and scientists have begun to realize how big a danger that fructose is for us we can hope that the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity can finally be halted. But for each of us individually the more important message is that we can still save our health if we avoid added fructose.

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The phrase “added fructose” means the fructose that we add to what we eat. The sugar in fruit is of course fructose, but essentially all experts agree that it isn’t a problem because we get that fructose along with fiber, antioxidants, and the other good stuff in whole foods.

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Vegetarian and Low-Carb Diets for Diabetes

January 31st, 2015 · 27 Comments

About a month ago I became a vegetarian. But I am staying with the very low-carb diet that I began in 2007. It makes it possible for me to manage my blood sugar levels and my weight. My motivation for further restricting the variety of foods that I eat was an ethical consideration.

Different people become vegetarians for various reasons. Some people choose to avoid meat, poultry, fish, and seafood for their own health and others for religious, ethical, and environmental concerns.

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Manage Your Diabetes with Diabetes University

January 18th, 2015 · 4 Comments

Ever since 1969 when Richard K. Bernstein became the first person with diabetes to use a blood glucose meter and discover the huge impact that carbohydrates have on our blood sugar, he has been committed to helping the rest of us manage our diabetes. He has helped thousands of patients who have diabetes, written nine books and more than 100 articles about it, and continues to offer free monthly webcasts.

But only now has he established a diabetes university.

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Hunger Is Not the Enemy of Diabetes

January 5th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hunger can be a big problem when we try to lose weight. But some weight loss strategies cause less hunger than others, and we can actually use whatever hunger we have to work for us when we decide to eat less.

Those of us who have diabetes seem to be continually trying new ways to manage our weight. I think that I tried everything from very low-fat (Dean Ornish’s) and high-starch diets (John McDougall’s) to the Standard American (SAD) and Mediterranean diets. Only when I took a prescription drug (Byetta) and later when I switched to very low-carb, because I wanted to avoid the side effects of drugs, was I able to take off all the weight I needed to lose.

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