Diabetics Trying Cinnamon

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Often we hear that cinnamon can provide  a sort of miracle cure for diabetics.  What is the origin of this myth?  And, more importantly for us, what can we get of this myth that may hold a grain of truth?

The ADA discounts the spice entirely as any means of treating diabetes.  However, many studies have had mixed results with cinnamon.  Some studies done report no changes in blood sugar and cholesterol levels as a result of eating the spice for 30-40 days.  This means that it isn’t doing anything to help or hinder your body as it deals with diabetes.

At the same time, other studies done suggest that cinnamon can reduce cholesterol by as much as 18% and blood sugar by as much as 24%.

So because of these mixed results, it is unclear as to whether or not it actually helps.  Perhaps, for some, it actually does decrease insulin resistance.

Quick recap- insulin is what lowers blood sugar, so diabetes is the resistance of insulin, hurting your ability to lower your blood sugar.  So, cinnamon is supposed to increase your bodies ability to use it’s insulin to properly manage your blood sugar!

Cinnamon is classified as a food, not a drug.  Large amount of cinnamon may damage your liver, so you definitely don’t want to O.D. on cinnamon to fight diabetes.  Especially if you have any kind of liver problem (commonly, this will happen with diabetics), you should definitely avoid large amounts in this case because they make make your condition worse.

Check your blood sugar regularly while taking supplements like this if you decide to try it out.

 

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Holidays with Diabetes

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The holidays can be especially difficult for diabetics.  Luckily, there have been many articles published suggesting advice for diabetics over the holiday season.

Here is some “left over” advice (pun intended).

Christmas and New Years are notorious times of the year to indulge, for the average person.  Most people take the chance to do just that.  If you are diabetic, however, you need to make adjustments accordingly.

No matter what kind of diabetes you have (or even if you don’t have diabetes!), the most natural solution to all the extra holiday eating is just to simply get a little bit more exercise.  Go for a walk!  Something like that, perhaps.

It can literally be as simple as 15 minutes a day around the block or down your street.  Running slightly high blood sugar for a day or two isn’t the end of the world, so go ahead and eat a Christmas cookie.  Just be aware that within a reasonable amount of time, you should get your blood sugar back under control!  Not to mention, a simple walk around the blog alleviates that ‘sluggish feeling’ some may feel after over eating!  Obviously, even if you aren’t diabetic, it isn’t a good idea to do any intense working out after eating, but a simple walk should be fine.

It’s recommended that those with Type 2 diabetes not adjust their tablet doses to offset the high glucose levels, but for Type 1 diabetes can take a bit more insulin.

Some little things that also can add up are taking skin off turkey, not using much butter (or any at all), and using reduced fat custard instead of cream while cooking, and sticking to smaller portions at a time.  Being diabetic doesn’t mean that you have to avoid all of your favorite foods, it just means that you should refrain from over-indulging.

Also, be sure to bundle your feet up really well (more than one pair of socks!) when you go for that walk if you live in a snowy area and have had any diabetes-related nerve issues with your piggly wigglies.

 

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Preventing Diabetes Related Pregnancy Issues

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Preventing Diabetes Related Pregnancy Issues

Diabetes may be an unavoidable aspect of your life.  It takes a lot of work to manage, and it is clearly more and more important to do so as we learn more about the disease (short of having a cure).  It is especially important for expecting diabetic parents to be informed, to minimize any complication to the pregnancy.

There used to be a sort-of-taboo against becoming pregnant if you had diabetes. This, of course, originated from health insurance providers who did not  want to deal with the costs associated with complications of giving birth with this disease.

In recent years, however, it has been shown that diabetes really does not have to have any impact on your pregnancy or your child.  As long as your diabetic condition is properly monitored and your blood sugar levels remain relatively normal, there isn’t any opportunity for diabetes to interfere with your pregnancy or hurt the baby.

1.  Step one is to talk to your doctor.  There needs to be a comprehensive history of your body and diabetes, and plans for follow up visits regarding your blood sugar levels.

2.  Plan the pregnancy (if possible).  It will be beneficial to get your body ready (blood sugar-wise) before becoming pregnant to maximize your chances for a healthy baby.

3.  Take your medications as directed to the absolute best of your ability, on time.

4.  Keep a source of sugar handy to quickly treat blood sugar.  Tightly controlling blood sugar can sometimes lead to low blood sugar rather quickly.

5.  Follow up with the doc.  Pregnant women with diabetes should visit more frequently, in order to monitor blood sugar levels.

Here is a link to some educational materials published by the CDC in regards to pregnancy and diabetes.

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Airport Scanners and Insulin Pumps

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Insulin pumps offer a lot of advantages to simplify diabetes management.  Many Americans with diabetes have started to use insulin pumps to keep blood glucose levels within target ranges during both the day and night.

This approach adjusts your insulin to your lifestyle, rather than having to adjust your entire lifestyle to your insulin shots.

But your expensive peice of CGM equiment can be damaged by X-Ray machines if you travel.  The next time you go through an airport, remember that your insulin pump can be damaged if it is put through the scanner.  This is because the insulin pump has a motor built in that runs the pump for your automatic injections.  This motor is what can be affected by outside electromagnetic fields!

With hundreds of thousands of Americans using insulin pump therapy, this is increasingly more important information for people to be aware of.

You can either get a letter from your GP or contact TSA directly to fill out the notification card to avoid having your machine get passed through the scanner!

http://www.tsa.gov/

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How do you get diabetes?

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 Many people who may be at risk or know someone who is at risk for diabetes ask;
“How do you you get diabetes in the first place?”
Well, the truth is that most people are at ‘risk’ of diabetes just due to their genetic make-up.  In fact, all human beings are susceptible to one kind of metabolic disease or another just by being human.  Some are luckier than others, but the things that ’cause diabetes’ are really just the bad habits that encourage the decline of health in general.
The first, and maybe most important, diabetes-contributing problem facing society today is, simply, the act of sitting.
That’s it, that’s part 1 right there in one word:
Sitting
Sitting down for too long is, without a doubt, one of the leading contributors to developing diabetes in the first place.
“Well, I go to the gym for 30 minutes a day.”
Yeah, but the other 23.5 hours are probably spent sitting down!  It’s a known fact that sitting for hours on end increases insulin resistance.  We may not know how or why, but we know this for a fact either way, we have observed this in countless experiments and even in daily life situations.
You sit in your car, you sit at the office, you sit at home, you sit at the movie theater, you sit at a restaurant, you sit at the bar, you sit on the beach.  What’s a good exercise to lose weight?  What is an exercise to treat or prevent diabetes?  Just go for a walk!
Human beings were designed to walk around!
Simply going for a walk during your lunch break might be the best work out plan you’ve ever adopted.  In terms of management of diabetes, this is one of the easiest and even most effective things you can do.  Just don’t let sitting too long be a cause of diabetes for you, or if you already have it, don’t let sitting make your diabetes any worse than it has to be!
Excerpt from Harvard Health Letter:

Stop sitting, get moving, to lower diabetes risk.

“Walking after a meal may do more than just help you feel “less full.” Researchers say that interrupting periods of prolonged sitting, whether it’s due to a long meal, busy workday, or just extended time on the couch, can help lower blood glucose and insulin. Their study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, compared blood glucose and insulin levels in groups of people who remained seated for five hours with the levels of people who got up every 20 minutes to briskly walk around or perform some other exercise for at least two minutes. These brief periods of exercise kept blood glucose and insulin from spiking. Previous research has shown that these short bursts of activity also burn calories: even people who fidget a lot in their seats burn more calories. Plus, getting up every 20 minutes and walking around loosens muscles that have clamped down when you’re seated in one position for hours. In addition, this new research indicates that brief periods of exercise, sprinkled throughout your day, will help improve your metabolism, too.”

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Qsymia, Weight Loss, and Diabetes

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We all know that being overweight is commonly associated with diabetes, since the two go hand in hand genetically and have to be managed together in order to get them both under control.  A drug that would help this process from both ends, that aided weight loss while keeping blood sugar under control, would certainly make a lot of money in today’s market and help out a lot of people.

Well, good news (maybe).  Although still in it’s preliminary stages, a new drug called Qsymia may be able to manage diabetes and weight simultaneously.  Recent tests still have yet to be peer-reviewed, but the data is encouraging.

Qsymia was developed to treat people who were overweight or obese, but during testing HbA1c (diabetic test) results fell by a mean of -.4%.  Fewer patients had to increase their diabetes medication while on Qsemia during the 56 weeks of testing.

Qsymia replaces the old Fen-Phen and Meridia meds to treat obesity.  They were taken off the market because they caused cardiovascular issues.

Side effects, however, include constipation, parethesia (numb tingling sensation on skin), and insomnia.  This is, of course, not good news for people with type 2 diabetes since these are already common issues associated with diabetes that seemed to get worse.  Constipation occurs because diabetes sometimes slows down intestinal mobility.  Parethesia is caused by neuropathy (nerve damage) associated with diabetes.  And insomnia is due to insulin resistance.

Even with these drawbacks, this drug could help people in the future control their blood sugar as well as lose weight.  It’s not a miracle drug, obviously, but it could help out a little!

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 Sources: The European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Berlin, Germany.

 

 

Blood Sugar Testing

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What is low blood sugar?

What is high blood sugar?

How should fasting affect blood sugar?

With an increase in occurrences of diabetes, many people are now keeping track of their blood sugar levels, creating a chart to monitor their personal situation.  The first step is to keep a log of your blood sugar levels.  You only need about 4 columns;

1.Date

2.Time

3.Blood Sugar Level

4.Food/Beverages

 

Ideal numbers for blood sugar:

a. Eight hours since your last meal (such as in the morning).

90 to 130 mg/Dl or 5 to 7 mmol/L

b. Before a meal.

70 to 130 mg/Dl or 4 to 7 mmol/L

c. After a meal (an hour or so).

Less than 180 mg/Dl or 10 mmol/L

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Ham and Cheese Chicken for Diabetics (delicious)

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Prepare for one of the best diabetes-friendly meals you will ever eat.

Ham and Cheese Chicken (diabetes-friendly cooking, but anyone looking for healthy diet foods may want this recipe)

What you will need:

1. 4 skinless and boneless chicken breast halves (6oz apiece)

2. 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

3. 1 oz thin sliced lean cooked ham

4. 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of reduced fat garlic cream cheese

5. 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs

6. 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

7. 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese (grated)

8. 1/2 cup of fat free milk

9. cooking spray

10. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon reduced calorie margarine (melted)

11. 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

12. paprika

Prepare:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

The chicken should go between two sheets of heavy plastic wrap, flattened with a rolling pin to 1/4 inches, sprinkled with pepper.

Spread the ham on each chicken breast half.  The cream cheese goes over the ham, the chicken gets rolled up (start from the short end, tuck the ends under). Use toothpicks to pin it after you roll it.

Mix the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese.  Dip the chicken rolls in milk, throw em in your breadcrumbs mix.  Place the chicken on a baking dish (use cooking spray).  Be sure that the seams sides are down.  Combine the margarine and lemon juice and sprinkle it on the chicken, then sprinkle again with paprika.  Bake  uncovered for 30 minutes on 350 (until tender).

After it’s cooked, remove the picks and slice and serve!

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Gluten Free Diet

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Recent information suggests that there are major segments of the U.S. population that are at risk of Diabetes and Celiac disease.  One of the most popular methods of preventing both of these conditions is to adopt a ‘gluten free diet’.

 

Gluten is a protein found in many foods, most notably bread.

Gluten-free dieting means avoiding these foods:

Anything made out of Barley.

Rye

Wheat

Triticale

The easiest way to do this is to check when you’re buying beer or bread, candy, pasta, sauces, snacks, soups, or cereal- make sure that they say ‘gluten free‘ somewhere on the box.  Also, when buying flour make sure it is gluten free (rice, bean, soy, corn, potato flours are fine).  Salad dressings are another big one to be careful with- most salad dressings are manufactured with gluten.

The gluten free idea has been around for a few years now, and more and more people are adopting this new information into their diet.  Many have switched to a diet that isn’t gluten free, but instead severely reduced in the amount of gluten they are eating.

There is a genetic common origin for celiac disease and diabetes, if you have one you are more likely to get the other.  The best way to avoid both diseases, if you think you are at risk, is to be more gluten free and eat whole foods.

 

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Diabetes Information

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Diabetes is a common disease that affects approximately 240 million people around the world. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many of those people are either not receiving adequate treatment or cannot afford treatment at all. Diabetes is a disease that can be expensive to treat. Doctor visits, hospital stays, medication, medical supplies, are all necessary expenses that add up and it may seem impossible to afford all of the costs associated with the disease. This is why many diabetics seek affordable medical supply options, to help lighten the financial weight of the disease.

That’s why we here at diabetessuppliesplus.com offer the absolute lowest prices we can on all test strips, meters, lancets, and more.  We keep our prices low so you don’t have to go broke if you are self-treating your diabetes.  Many people find that if they visit their local pharmacy, the same products that we carry will carry a much higher price tag.  Our business model allows us to sell to you at wholesale prices.

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