Guidelines That Can Make Diabetes Easier To Manage

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Because it can become a full time chore just to handle diabetes, leaving you with little time to explore the best ways to live comfortably with your status as a  diabetic  it is better to have some guidelines to make the job easier.   There is a lot of information available along with guidelines for making diabetes easier to manage so explore and find!

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Finding some new ideas which will help you cope with diabetes and make your life a little easier.

Listed below are some Tips or guidelines that will point you in the right direction.

Folks with diabetes are at great risk for sleep apnea, so get tested immediately. If sleep apnea is actually an issue  for you, then get treatment now, before it begins  to affect your overall health.

When traveling, keep your insulin in an insulated bag. The temperature of your insulin supply needs to be regulated so it is helpful to acquire  and use  an insulated bag.

In case you often have  very low blood sugar, you need to work at regulating your food and medication and do  not overindulge at mealtimes.  Adding a protein snack between meals  aides in keeping sugar levels level!  Over eating will increase the levels of your blood sugar and induce future health concerns.

Check every one of the foods you eat for the “glycemic index”, which is actually a number that shows you exactly how your blood sugar levels might be affected. Low glycemic index numbers are  the most effective ones for people who suffer from diabetes because the low number means it is absorbed slower and does not tend to make sugar levels “spike.”

Maintain  reduced stress. Folks that have diabetes usually notice a rise of their blood glucose when under stress.  Check out yoga or meditation to relax yourself and keep  your stress and glucose levels in check. You can even teach oneself an assortment of breathing exercises, that will be very helpful since they can be done just about anywhere.

If you get hypoglycemia, it is absolutely vital you have candy  or some form of sugary food with  you at all times. As these attacks can occur at at any time, it is very important to be prepared for it. It can be brought on by skipping breakfast or other meals.  Breakfast is a poor choice of a meal to skip because your blood sugar will already be low because you haven’t eaten while sleeping.

Use some vinegar within the cuisine you eat. Adding only a little bit of vinegar can help prevent  your glucose levels from rising so quickly when you eat carbohydrates. Vinegar has properties that can slow the digestion of starches, and that will make foods remain  within the stomach for a longer period of time.

It is possible to eat some nuts such as  almonds when  you are hungry. This may not affect your sugar levels as much as carbohydrates.  Almonds (with and without salt) contain protein and  fiber along with other minerals and vitamins which are healthy to eat. Keep  almonds around  for snacks you can enjoy,  whenever you feel hungry.

When you have diabetic eye disease, it is specifically important to control your blood glucose levels. The condition of your eyesight might worsen  initially when you become diabetic, nevertheless it may improve over time if you lower and control your blood sugar count. Controlling blood glucose will dramatically slow down all diabetes related eye disorders.

Figure out how you possibly can make the foods you love to eat healthier. You do not have to remove many of your preferred dishes from the diet regime thanks to diabetes meal planning. Just seek out methods to make these foods better suited to  your needs. There are sites and cookbooks on the market that have many recipes for your diabetic life.  There are even some cookbooks listed in the automated  banners on the sidebar.

You should remind yourself that managing diabetes is definitely the best thing  you possibly can do. Remember what motivates you, be it your loved ones, buddies, pets, or career. Concentrate on the meaningful stuff in the life, and permit them to inspire and encourage you to be aggressive in  the management of your disease.

The author of this article, Dee is a mother and wife and she has  Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – but is making the most of an ordinary diabetic life. She is continually studying anything about diabetes and would like to share what she learns with other individuals who also has diabetes.

More information on type2 diabetes can be found by clicking on the link in the paragraph above.  We appreciate this informative post.  If we all share, life is better.

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How to Hula Hoop when you don’t know how!

Received an Email from my Sister in Law, Joyce about Hula Hoops.

Here is part of the email:

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VERY COOL TO THE END
My doctor recently suggest that I take up the hula hoop for a good type of cardio exercise. She also advised me that it was not as easy now as it was when I was 15.

I quickly informed her that I could not hula hoop even when I was 15.

So, the next day I went to WalMart and bought a hoop. It’s true, I STILL can’t master the darned thing, try as I might.

Then, low and behold, this video was sent to me today. I now have a purpose for honing my hula hoop skills (although I don’t think this is exactly what she had in mind)! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

It gets better and better! JUST WAIT TILL THE END


Well, drinking Red Wine is supposed to be good for Cardio and some of the enzymes in the grapes are good for Diabetes (resveratrol) seems to help lower blood sugar so I guess have some red wine but make sure you do your Hula Hoop to use up the calories.

Might be fun!

WHITE BREAD AND DIET SODAS ARE BAD!

My sister called, said she was watching TV (she likes Dr. Oz) and there was a discussion about being overweight and diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

It seems someone did a limited survey somewhere in Europe and decided that plain white bread is worse for the body than even saturated fats!    Another thing brought up was that drinking diet SODAS  seems to correlate with higher levels of death from stroke and heart attack.   Like I say on my blog Cararta’s Facts

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT .

The mantra is:  good nutrition created by meal planning with a good Diet Plan, adding in some exercise equal to walking 30 minutes a day, keeping a scheduled eating time and bedtime all equal:  lower blood glucose, lower cholesterol and BETTER HEALTH.

This site does not give medical advise. Consult your physican if you have a medical problem. This is a conversation among people who are finding a new direction in eating and living.

A Look at Paula Deen and Diabetes 2

Didn’t get to watch Paul Deen on TV this morning, talking about her Diabetes 2.  I was up late and sort of over slept! 

I’ve often wondered, when watching her show, if she ate all the time like she cooks, or was just giving people recipes and ways to cook foods that are Very Southern and need to be seasoned and cooked in a certain way to duplicate what her Mother or Grandmother did to change these staples around a little and make Dinner time a little festive.

I grew up on a backwoods farm in the “Foot Hills of the Smokey Mountains” in North Western South Carolina.  For the most part, the farm was self sufficient.  There was No electricity, No running water (had a spring down in the “holler”) until they finally dug a well next to the back porch and therefore no refrigeration so my Grandmother spent a lot of time canning, pickling and drying fruits and vegetables for later use.  In the fall Grandpa dug a pit in the middle of the smoke house, lined it with straw and then Apples, Pumpkins, Onions, Turnip roots, sometimes a few green tomatoes, hard squash and a water melon or two were stored wrapped in straw, if they had survived  8 kids, the rabbits and the birds!

Some of these processes…like making pickles and sauerkraut involved a lot of salt.  So did the meat preservation…Grandpa and our Uncle would slaughter the Hogs, then they were butchered and placed in the smoke house which had shelves laden with salt so it was heaped over the meat and the hams and shoulders were hung up on the rafters.  They then smoked the meat for days.  I don’t know for how long or even how they knew when it was time to stop! I can just remember the smoke curling out of the vents they had placed in the smoke house and that wonderful smell…like bacon!

But back to Paula Deen and her Southern Cooking.  Even if she is from Georgia, there is a great similarity in the farm food or Southern as you might want to classify it in South Carolina and Georgia.  Since we had cows, chickens, the pigs and really a lot of wild game:  deer, possum, raccoon and of course squirrel and rabbit, a cook had to be on her toes to make meals, then get it all eaten up before it spoiled as you had no freezer or refrigerator.

As a general rule anything fresh was used first, this included “sweet”  milk, eggs, butter, butter milk and any fresh meat.  Chicken wasn’t on the menu often, unless we had a lot of roosters cause my GrandMa liked her eggs for making breakfast, pancakes, cakes and muffins which also used up some of the butter.  There was a spring house that had been built in the spring that would help to keep milk and butter cool so they didn’t spoil so quickly but they did not have  a long shelf life.

Then you get down to the Shortening thing.  When the Hogs were slaughtered, the fat was “rendered”, strained and stored in shiny metal cans.  The little scraps tuned into Chittlings which were used for seasoning, making cornbread with them in it or for black eyed peas or white beans.  But the fat was used for all the frying of meats, okra, potatoes and sometimes little apple pies.  It was  mixed in with the flour to make biscuits, greased the black cast iron skillets and the  black Iron Wood burning stove in the kitchen all to keep them from rusting.

Nothing much was wasted. 

While a lot of people used the intestines of the hogs to make chittlings,  most of ours were the trimmings off the meat because Grandma used the long intestines (turned inside out and scraped) to make sausage links that were hung in the smoke house, smoked and then stored on the shelves in their bed of salt.  This all took place as fast as you could do it.  They usually waited for a cold day to begin this process as it helped control  “spilage.”  Of course the Liver, Kidneys and Heart all had to be cooked and eaten unless small amounts were included in the sausage, but Grandma didn’t usually because they spoiled so easily.  There was a woman across the hill who got all the blood (caught in a milk pail and delivered) and sometimes a liver because she made Blood Sausage which my Grandma didn’t like.  She and her husband  would slaughter a cow once a year and swap beef for pork with all the neighbors.

We ate what we had. 

Corn was taken to Salem where a man had a water turned  Grist Mill and made it into grits and cornmeal.  No money exchanged hands.  He kept part of the corn for his pay and sold either the corn, grits or meal to others.  Grandma also made Hominy which again involves a lot of salt! 

About the only things we did buy were Real Mayonnaise, Sugar, Coffee, Luizianne Tea (Grandma liked the dishes they gave away), Salt, Pepper, a few spices and occasionally a loaf of  “lightening” bread  the name they used for just plain white Merita Bread which was a treat for sandwiches instead of using left over breakfast biscuits with  ham, bacon or sausage for lunch sandwiches.

But I have strayed away from Paula Deen and her Diabetes 2.  I know from the personal experience of living with a diagnosis of Type 2 or Adult Onset Diabetes that the only REAL way to live with diabetes is to control it with: 1. weight loss, 2. exercise, 3. scheduled eating times and integrate 4. Meal planning into your way of life.   There are several articles on this site that go into more details on these 4 important items.  Or check the RSS feeds on the side for relevant information.

As Paula  explained in her interview this morning (through the magic of computers and the internet I went and watched a rerun)  She has never eaten like she cooks on the show for the most part.  There are only about 30 shows per year and she was including Southern  “treat” or special recipes which are usually sweet or loaded with butter.  As I explained above…use up what you have before it spoils.

As the Doctor who was also on the show explained, there are predispositions to Diabetes which include:  Race, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, and having a sibling or parent with Diabetes as there is a genetic factor associated with Diabetes.  Also age can be factored in because as you age your metabolism tends to slow so it is easy to NOT exercise enough to burn off extra calories.  I have also noticed that abdominal fat accumulated faster than fat on arms and legs.  Is that the Diabetes or is the Fat the Diabetes?

It is still true:  You are What You Eat.

I wish Paula much success in her Fight with Diabetes, because that is what it is.  You can let it take over your life, or you can figure out what you need to do to win the battle with Diabetes 2.  It doesn’t mean you have to count every last calorie or even eliminate foods you like from your diet.  What it means is that you do some planning, pay attention to your caregiver and Educate yourself about Diabetes.  It is you and your body and your Future, so decide what you want and go for it.

I will say, if you want to succeed at controlling and  hopefully eliminating  diabetes and all its sneaky side effects from you life, you are going to need to pay attention to what you have learned and act on it.  Not on the adgenda is overeating, sitting on the couch watching TV or playing video games, not taking any medication you have been prescribed or in general just ignoring that you have Diabetes.

Diabetes is what I call a Sneaky Disease. 

You don’t hurt, the visible symptoms are tiredness, lack of energy, fatigue, frequent thirst and urination (especially at night) sometimes urgency and later blurred vision to name a few.  Occasionally if left untreated there is a sudden unexplained weight loss, but as you could see Paula has not had this symptom.  Neither did I.  As I get older, keeping my weight in check is still a chore if I overeat and don’t get in my daily exercise.

Just for your information, I have included a small part of the video rebroadcast of Paula Deen’s interview this morning.  My only advise to you is Read, Search, Learn and Apply what you have learned.   You are still What you Eat and Success can be yours if you make up your mind that YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!

 

 

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