Monday, 1 October 2012

A Sample Meal Plan for Diabetes

If you have diabetes you should follow a special diet. Here’s a sample diabetic meal plan that is about 1,600 calories and 220 grams of carbohydrates. Remember to drink two 8-ounce glasses of water with each meal.


(360 calories, 52.5 grams carbohydrate)
1 slice toasted whole wheat bread with 1 teaspoon margarine
1/4 cup egg substitute or cottage cheese
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 small banana


(535 calories, 75 grams carbohydrate)
1 cup vegetable soup with 4-6 crackers
1 turkey sandwich (2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 ounce turkey and 1 ounce low-fat cheese, 1 teaspoon mayonnaise)
1 small apple


(635 calories, 65 grams carbohydrate)
4 ounces broiled chicken breast with basil and oregano sprinkled on top
2/3 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup cooked carrots
1 small whole grain dinner roll with 1 teaspoon margarine
Tossed salad with 2 tablespoons low-fat salad dressing
4 unsweetened canned apricot halves or 1 small slice of angel food cake


(Each has 60 calories or 15 grams carbohydrate. Pick two per day.)
16 fat-free tortilla chips with salsa
1/2 cup artificially sweetened chocolate pudding
1 ounce string cheese plus one small piece of fruit
3 cups light popcorn

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Diabetic Food

DiabeticFood List

diabetes food                        A Registered Dietitian assesses the nutritional needs of a person with diabetes and calculates the amounts of carbohydrate, fat, protein, and total calories needed per day. He will then convert this information into recommending the list of food a diabetic can eat in the daily diet.

Daily calories count :carbohydrates -50% to 60%

protein- 12% to 20%

fat – not more than 30% (with no more than 10 percent
rom saturated fats)

  • Low Glycemic Index - doesn't create rapid peaks and troughs in blood glucose levels.
  • Complex high-fiber carbohydrates - Scientific evidence show that diet high in dietary fiber is protective against diabetes. Fiber is capable of slowing down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrate and increasing the sensitivity of tissues to insulin, thereby preventing rise s in blood sugar. It is advisable to restrict the intake of refined carbohydrates and avoid high fat foods.
Example : Oats, cereals, legumes, wholegrain products, dried beans, peas, lentils, fruits, vegetables.
  • Alpha-lipoic acid - Is a vitamin like antioxidant that enhances the glucose uptake and improves diabetes nerves damage of diabetes patient.
  • Omega 3 - Protect against the hardening of arteries.
Example: Cold water fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring).
  • Omega 6 fatty acid - Protect against the development of diabetes neuropathy.
Example : Blackcurrant oil, primrose oil, borage oil).
  • Artificial sweeteners - such as aspartame and saccharin.

  • Refined and simple carbohydrates - such as sucrose, glucose or fructose, white rice, white bread, table sugar, sweets, honey, corn-syrup.
  • High fat food.
  • Alcohol - Higher quantities alcohol can cause health problems like liver damage and increase the risk of heart disease.
  • High sodium food - such as salty fish.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Diabetes care: 10 ways to avoid diabetes complications

Diabetes care is a lifelong responsibility. Consider 10 strategies to prevent diabetes complications. 

Diabetes is a serious disease. Following your diabetes treatment plan takes round-the-clock commitment. But your efforts are worthwhile. Careful diabetes care can reduce your risk of serious  even life-threatening complications.
Here are 10 ways to take an active role in diabetes care and enjoy a healthier future.

1. Make a commitment to managing your diabetes


Members of your diabetes care team — doctor, diabetes nurse educator and dietitian, for example — will help you learn the basics of diabetes care and offer support and encouragement along the way. But it's up to you to manage your condition. After all, no one has a greater stake in your health than you.
Learn all you can about diabetes. Make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily routine. Maintain a healthy weight. Monitor your blood sugar level, and follow your doctor's instructions for keeping your blood sugar level within your target range. Don't be afraid to ask your diabetes treatment team for help when you need it.

2. Don't smoke



If you smoke or use other types of tobacco, ask your doctor to help you quit. Smoking increases your risk of various diabetes complications, including heart attack, stroke, nerve damage and kidney disease. In fact, smokers who have diabetes are three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than are nonsmokers who have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Talk to your doctor about ways to stop smoking or to stop using other types of tobacco.

3. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control


Like diabetes, high blood pressure can damage your blood vessels. High cholesterol is a concern, too, since the damage is often worse and more rapid when you have diabetes. When these conditions team up, they can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other life-threatening conditions.
Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol. Sometimes medication is needed, too.

4. Schedule yearly physicals and regular eye exams



 Your regular diabetes checkups aren't meant to replace yearly physicals or routine eye exams. During the physical, your doctor will look for any diabetes-related complications — including signs of kidney damage, nerve damage and heart disease — as well as screen for other medical problems. Your eye care specialist will check for signs of retinal damage, cataracts and glaucoma. 


5. Keep your vaccines up to date



High blood sugar can weaken your immune system, which makes routine vaccines more important than ever. Ask your doctor about:
  • Flu vaccine. A yearly flu vaccine can help you stay healthy during flu season as well as prevent serious complications from the flu.
  • Pneumonia vaccine. Sometimes the pneumonia vaccine requires only one shot. If you have diabetes complications or you're age 65 or older, you may need a five-year booster shot.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends hepatitis B vaccination if you haven't previously been vaccinated against hepatitis B and you're an adult aged 19 to 59 with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The most recent CDC guidelines advise vaccination as soon as possible after diagnosis with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If you're age 60 or older and have diabetes and haven't previously received the vaccine, talk to your doctor about the whether it's right for you.
  • Other vaccines. Stay up to date with your tetanus shot and its 10-year boosters. Depending on the circumstances, your doctor may recommend other vaccines as well. 

    6. Take care of your teeth


    Diabetes may leave you prone to gum infections. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss your teeth once a day, and schedule dental exams at least twice a year. Consult your dentist right away if your gums bleed or look red or swollen.

    7. Pay attention to your feet


    High blood sugar can damage the nerves in your feet and reduce blood flow to your feet. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can lead to serious infections. To prevent foot problems:
    • Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water.
    • Dry your feet gently, especially between the toes.
    • Moisturize your feet and ankles with lotion.
    • Check your feet every day for blisters, cuts, sores, redness or swelling.
    • Consult your doctor if you have a sore or other foot problem that doesn't start to heal within a few days. 

      8. Consider a daily aspirin


      Aspirin reduces your blood's ability to clot. Taking a daily aspirin can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke — major concerns when you have diabetes. Ask your doctor whether daily aspirin therapy is appropriate for you, including which strength of aspirin would be best.

      9. If you drink alcohol, do so responsibly


      Alcohol can cause low blood sugar, depending on how much you drink and whether you eat at the same time. If you choose to drink, do so only in moderation and always with a meal. Remember to include the calories from any alcohol you drink in your daily calorie count.

      10. Take stress seriously


      If you're stressed, it's easy to neglect your usual diabetes care routine. The hormones your body may produce in response to prolonged stress may prevent insulin from working properly, which only makes matters worse. To take control, set limits. Prioritize your tasks. Learn relaxation techniques. Get plenty of sleep.
      Above all, stay positive. Diabetes care is within your control. If you're willing to do your part, diabetes won't stand in the way of an active, healthy life.


      Monday, 2 July 2012

      Diabetes Care

      Diabetes is a serious and panic disease but a Herbal and Natural care,good treatment plan and proper diet chart can reduce its seriousness.

      Tip1: Eat fruits and vegetables every day. Avoid sweets.
      Tip 2: Eat food at fixed hours, do not overeat. 

      Tip 3: Drink a lot of water to flush the toxins from body.

      Tip 4: Use skimmed milk, egg, very small quantity of oil. 

      Tip 5: Take fiber diet, whole wheat products etc.

      Tip 6: Take apple cider vinegar 2 times in a day.

      Herbal Remedies for Diabetes

      Tip 1. The Indian fruit (Jamun) is very useful in diabetes cure. It controls the conversion of starch to sugar. 

      Tip 2. Garlic is herbal remedy for diabetes. It contains allicin, which helps in reducing sugar level in blood. 

      Tip 3: Eating 5-10 fresh curry leaves every morning is said to prevent diabetes due to heredity factors.

      Tip 4. Boil fresh Mango leaves in a glass of water. Leave overnight. Filter, drink in the morning.


      Friday, 1 June 2012

      A Sugar-Free Fudge Recipe for Diabetics

      A Sugar-Free Fudge Recipe for Diabetics




      Are you afraid that your blood sugar will increase its level than the normal?

      For diabetics a higher-than-normal blood sugar level is challenging. It has been a rule of thumbs for diabetic people to change the kind of lifestyle they have. This starts from changing their eating habits to consuming a diabetic diet and to performing exercises that control their sugar levels.

      For sugar intake, this means that the diabetics need to avoid sugar-loaded desserts and sweets. But fortunately, there are sugar-free dessert recipes already available for them! Sugar-free desserts and sweets are specially made for diabetics. This is for them to enjoy the desserts and sweets they want to eat without any worries of increasing their blood sugar levels.

      One sugar-free dessert than can satisfy diabetics’ sweet cravings is the Sugar-free Fudge.

      Here’s what you need to make this sugar-free fudge:

      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      ½ cup chopped pecans
      16 ounces of softened cream cheese
      2 unsweetened melted and cooled chocolate cubes
      ½ cup sugar substitute


      1. Line a baking pan with non-sticky foil. Keep aside.
      2. Beat together vanilla extract, sugar substitute, chocolate cubes, and cream cheese in the mixing bowl. Beat until the mixture turns into a smooth blend.
      3. Add pecans and beat again.
      4. Pour into the baking pan. Put cover. Cool in for overnight in the fridge.
      5. Cut the chilled fudge and cut into pieces.

      That’s an easy way to prepare a sugar-free dessert for diabetics. You are now ready to serve your sugar-free fudge and share it to everyone.