Diabetes / 24 posts found

Diabetes in Children – A Guide for Families

by Ross Bryant
Has your child been diagnosed with diabetes, and you’re worried? Or maybe he or she has had diabetes for a while but you feel like you’re floundering. Sometimes, parents and families need to understand how diabetes affects the family dynamic, and how they can be supportive. Whether your child is an infant, teen, or in grade school, families often need some guidance on how they can help their children live a normal life. Here is a brief guide for families living with children who have diabetes. Be Ready for Misconceptions Parents and diabetic children will have to deal with various misconceptions […]

Managing Diabetes with Diet and Exercise

by Ross Bryant
Generally speaking, Type II diabetes is the version of this disease that can be managed with diet and exercise. However, for those with Type I, these healthy lifestyle tips may help relieve symptoms and enhance the management of the condition. Here are some tips for managing diabetes with diet and exercise. The Right Carbs Carbs, or carbohydrates, have been on the “bad” list lately. But not unlike fat, there are good and bad carbs, especially when it comes to diabetes management. Generally speaking, carbs to avoid might include the following: * White sugar * White flour * White rice * […]

How to Recognize and Prevent Diabetes Complications

by Ross Bryant
Learning to recognize the complications of diabetes in yourself and others can save a life. Sometimes diabetes goes unnoticed, and until there’s a complication, the person doesn’t know he or she has diabetes. If a shrewd friend can see some symptoms before the complications hit, it may give the diabetic an edge on treatment. It’s also a good idea to learn some of the signs and symptoms of complications and how to stave them off in yourself. Here are some tips to help you prevent and recognize diabetes complications. Prevention There are some specific actions you can take to help […]

Glycemic Index and Diabetes

by Ross Bryant
According to the American Diabetes Association, the glycemic index, or GI, measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose. Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food — either glucose or white bread.  A food with a high GI raises blood glucose more than a food with a medium or low GI. Meal planning with the GI involves choosing foods that have a low or medium GI. If eating a food with a high GI, you can combine it with low GI foods to help balance the meal. Examples of carbohydrate-containing foods with a low GI include […]

The Most Important Lifestyle Choices For Diabetics

by Ross Bryant
The diagnosis of diabetes can be a hard one and something you may not have expected. You know there will have to be changes in your lifestyle if you are to remain healthy. Here are some things you should know about the lifestyle choices that are critical to manage type 2 diabetes: Take a hard look at your weight. Not everyone with diabetes is overweight but many of them are, especially those with type 2 diabetes. This means seeing a nutritionist or a doctor and determining the appropriate weight for you and setting that as your goal. Look into any […]

The Best Dessert Choices For Type 2 Diabetes And Healthy Chocolate Trifle Recipe

by Ross Bryant
You already know that Diabetes is a very serious medical condition, but we’ve also learned it can be kept in check with the right medication and a healthy diet plan. Being diabetic means you should be very mindful when it comes to watching what you eat. You need to monitor your blood sugar levels, and keep to a strict diabetic-friendly diet that is filled with healthy carbohydrates, and is low in fat and calories if weight loss is required in order to stay as healthy as possible. But you know all of that already. Although diabetics have to be very […]

Can Type 2 Diabetes Cause Yeast Infections?

by Ross Bryant
One of the reasons diabetics must be especially careful for their overall health is because type 2 diabetes makes one prone to many types of infections. Not only are infections in diabetes more frequent but they tend to be more serious and more difficult to manage. Why are diabetics more prone to infection? Diabetics live in a high sugar environment much of the time unless they are in excellent diabetic control. This environment impairs the immune function by damaging the ability of the neutrophils to act against infection, by damaging the effects of antioxidants on the body, and by damaging […]

The Optimal Prediabetes Diet

by Ross Bryant
Diabetes isn’t a disease that just turns on like a switch when you come down with it.  Its onset is a gradual process that hovers near the point of diabetes before you actually get the disease.  The process that happens right before you get diabetes is called prediabetes. It can last for years until the diagnosis of diabetes is finally made. Doctors diagnose prediabetes when the fasting blood sugar is between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL. It means you are likely developing insulin resistance; insulin is less able to allow glucose to enter the cells to be used as fuel.  […]

Hyperglycemia Versus Hypoglycemia

by Ross Bryant
There are many factors that go into the absolute value of your blood sugar—how much you eat, what kinds of food you eat, and how much you exercise, for example.  When the blood sugar goes up in a normal person, the Islet cells in the pancreas put out insulin to lower the blood sugar to normal values.  When food is taken in, the blood sugar goes back up.  The idea is to keep the blood sugar level within a specific range, usually 80-180 mg/dL. Diabetics have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar, because either not enough insulin is […]

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Relationships

by Ross Bryant
Relationships are fragile things. Whenever two people come together there will be conflicts, and some relationships are impacted by the health conditions of one or even both partners. Type 2 diabetes is one condition that can make an impact on relationships with your significant other, and even those with family members such as parents and siblings. Of course, type 2 diabetes is not the leading cause of relationship breakups, but it is something that can take its toll. One of the reasons for this is that diabetes is mainly managed by lifestyle choices. It takes education, understanding along with sacrifice to […]