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7 Fruits You Would Be Better Off Avoiding if...
Certain fruits can cause blood sugars to rise at a more rapid rate than others. Find out which foods you may want to avoid if you have diabetes.
The Recommended Blood Glucose Levels for Diabetes
Depending on where you look, recommended blood glucose levels can vary for people with diabetes. How do you know which to follow? Here are some general guidelines, but ask your healthcare provider which goals are best for you.
The Must-Know Signs of Type 2 Diabetes
Recognize the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
4 Surprising Everyday Foods People with Type 2...
Four surprising foods you should avoid if you have type 2 diabetes and some healthier alternatives.
Simple Ways to Eat Healthy on a Type 2 Diabetes...
Diabetes and diet go hand in hand because the kinds of foods you eat can affect your blood glucose levels. Learn how to manage food and meals.
How Does the A1C Test Measure Your Diabetes Care?
The A1C test is a good general measure of diabetes compliance because A1C levels indicate a person’s average blood glucose over the past few months.
Euglycemia - What is it and What Does it Mean...
Euglycemia - what does it mean for you? Normal blood sugar levels for diabetes should be individualized based on a variety of factors.
Do You Sweat a Lot? It May Be a Sign of Low...
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is not just a worry for people with type 1 diabetes. People with type 2 should also know the signs of low blood sugar. Do you know what to look for?
How the Glycemic Index Chart Can Help Manage...
Perhaps you've heard of the glycemic index or glycemic diet. When you have type 2 diabetes, the name of the game is eating foods that don't spike your blood sugar. Counting carbs is one way to keep good control of your numbers. Knowing the glycemic index of the carbs you eat can help you fine tune your meals even more to keep your blood glucose closer to a normal range
8 Grocery Store Staples for a Healthy Diabetic...
Grocery shopping can feel totally overwhelming when you are a new diabetic. Even when armed with a great diabetic meal plan - it can still be exhausting to try to translate that into a grocery list, and then to navigate aisles and aisles of a food store. As a diabetic, it is important to keep your home stocked with wholesome, colorful, and fresh foods. When healthy choices are available at arms-reach, it will be easier to stick to your diabetic meal plan.
What Causes High Morning Blood Glucose Levels?
High morning blood glucose levels can happen for two reasons. You wake up in the morning and check your blood sugar before breakfast. And it's high. Higher than it usually is in the morning. What's going on? It could be one of two causes.
The Top 5 Best Fruits for Diabetics
My top 5 picks for the best fruits for diabetics. These little gems are low on calories, carbs, and fat while packing a high nutritional punch.
4 Tips on Incorporating Fruit Into Your Meal Plan
People with type 2 diabetes can eat fruit, but should watch their portions and choose the right kinds. Learn best practices for eating fruit.
How to Understand an A1c to eAG Conversion Chart
Quick information and a handy A1c to eAG Conversion Chart.
26 Types of Low-Carb Vegetables
Each of these low carb vegetables provides only 5 grams of carbohydrate and approximately 25 calories per 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw serving size.
What Is Diabetic Neuropathy and What Causes It?
Diabetic neuropathy refers to a group of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can affect nerves throughout the body, although it most commonly affects nerves in the feet and legs. Diabetics should be especially careful...
14 Signs a Diabetic Should Go to the Hospital
Recognizing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and how to avoid a medical emergency.
Type 2 Diabetes: What You Should Know About...
Type 2 diabetes affects nearly 21 million Americans. 90% to 95% of all people diagnosed with the disease have type 2 diabetes. Are you diabetic? Although type 2 diabetes is not always caused by obesity, being overweight is still a risk factor for developing the disease.
The Best and Worst Breakfast for Diabetics
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sometimes it's also the hardest meal to put together, especially if you work. Add diabetes to the mix, and figuring out what to eat can be downright impossible. What are the healthiest choices?
Things to Know Before Taking a Fasting Plasma...
The fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, also known as the fasting blood sugar test, measures blood sugar levels and is used to diagnose diabetes. Relatively simple and inexpensive, the test exposes problems with insulin functioning.
How Low is Too Low? Learning About Hypoglycemia
Keeping blood sugar (glucose) levels from rising too high is the main goal of diabetes care. But glucose levels that drop too low, a condition called hypoglycemia, can be a problem, too. Luckily, hypoglycemia is fairly easy to treat if caught early.
5 Delicious and Nutritious Low Carb Breakfasts
Breakfast ideas that will help to reduce blood sugars and weight in people with Type 2 diabetes.
What to Eat When You Have Diabetes
Do you know what to eat when you have type 2 diabetes? You may feel like all your favorite foods are off limits, and all you'll be able to eat is rabbit food. Although you may have to change your usual diet somewhat, there are many more options open to you than you might think.
12 Symptoms of Kidney Disease in Diabetes
Excess glucose in the blood can damage the delicate blood vessels in the kidneys that filter the toxins from our bodies.
2 Common Ways to Plan Diabetes-Friendly Meals
There are a few methods that can be used for diabetic meal planning. It is good to research more than one, but also important to remember that diabetic diet needs are going to vary by person. Here, two meal planning methods and a sample meal plan.
Sample Diabetic 1200-Calorie Meal Plan
If you've received a 1200-calorie diabetic diet prescription from a team of medical professionals, this is a good meal plan to start with.
Skin Problems? How to Tell if It’s Diabetes
The link can be missed between diabetes and skin problems. You may have experienced one of these skin changes and did not realize it was caused by some component of your diabetes management. Learn what to look for and why people with diabetes need to pay attention to what their skin is trying to tell them.
How Many Carbs Are In Your Fruit?
When you're trying to eat well with diabetes, carbohydrates play a big part. Empty carbs with little or no fiber can make your blood sugar soar.
The 4 Types of Diabetes
One of the most common chronic conditions in the world, diabetes occurs when the body fails to process sugar correctly. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications. Thankfully, it can be treated, and in some cases, reversed.
5 Foods That Cause High Triglycerides
Learn what foods cause high triglycerides and get tips on better choices to help lower your levels.
Quick Facts to Know about Eating and Diabetes
What are the recommended amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats for balanced diabetes meals and snacks? Why is the glycemic index important? Learn how to eat properly with diabetes.
The 3 Main Meal Plans for Diabetes Management
The Exchange Plan, the Counting Carbs Plan, and the Continuous Carbohydrate Plan are the three main meal plans that people with diabetes use to manage their eating. It's important to eat the same amount of carbs, proteins and fats everyday to maintain better control of blood glucose levels. Find the one that fits your lifestyle.
A Large, High Protein-High Fat Breakfast Can...
A high protein, low carbohydrate breakfast may help to reduce Hemoglobin A1c and improve blood sugar control in people with Type 2 diabetes.
If You Must Eat Cereal, Do it Like This
Should you eat cereal if you have diabetes? Learn the best types of cereal to eat and how to eat cereal if you have diabetes.
Kidney Disease Diet Tips for People with Diabetes
Looking for diet tips for diabetic kidney disease? One of the complications of type 2 diabetes is kidney damage which can eventually result in kidney failure. As kidney function decreases, the kinds of foods you eat become very important. There are three minerals that need to be restricted in your meals as your kidneys lose the ability to filter the blood.
5 Amazingly Easy Lunch Choices for Diabetics
Eliminate the guessing when it comes to lunch and prepare or purchase one of these amazingly delicious lunch options for diabetes.
How to Make a Diabetes Meal Plan
Diabetic meal plans are not one size fits all. Every diabetic's dietary needs are different, but here are some basic tips and ideas.
The Top 10 Foods You Should Always Have in Your...
Top ten foods you should have in your house to prepare meals with Type 2 diabetes. Simple, easy and convenient foods that are nutrient dense and high in fiber, healthy fats, and lean protein.
What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?
Diabetic neuropathy is a long-term complication of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It affects the nerves of the body and can strike the peripheral and/or autonomic nervous systems and can cause numbness and pain. There is no cure for neuropathy.
Sample Diabetes Meal Plans
When you have diabetes, your medical team will recommend a diet as a component of your treatment plan. They will consider your weight, height, age, activity level, other metabolic stressors, and weight loss needs when calculating your total daily calorie needs. Click on your prescribed calorie level below for meal plan ideas. For more on diabetic meal planning, go to: Diabetes Meal Planning
Breakfast Ideas When You Have Diabetes
Breakfast is an important meal for diabetics. Routinely eating breakfast has been shown to lead to more regular eating and exercise patterns, better food choices, more consistent energy intakes, and better glucose control. But beware: breakfast has the potential of becoming a very calorie and carbohydrate-dense meal if you are not careful.
Benefits of Lemon and Diabetes
These little yellow handfuls of sunshine may help improve life for people with type 2 diabetes. Learn about the benefits of lemon and diabetes management improvement may be possible.
A1c Test
The A1c test (also known as HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin or glycosylated hemoglobin) is a blood test that correlates with a person’s average blood glucose level over a span of a few months. The A1c test measures how much glucose is stuck to your hemoglobin, or more specifically, what percent of hemoglobin proteins are attached to glucose.
20 Snacks Under 200 Calories to Satisfy Your...
20 diabetes friendly snacks for under 200 calories that are carbohydrate controlled and rich in fiber.
Starchy Vegetables to Avoid if You Have Type 2...
A list of starchy vegetables and some information about why you need to pay attention to them when you have type 2 diabetes.
What's the Healthiest Type of Tortilla?
Corn tortillas versus flour tortillas. Which is a better choice for type 2 diabetes and why? Check out this smack down and see which one comes out the winner.
Unhealthy Food Choices for Diabetics
Watch out for these 3 potentially unhealthy foods - they may sound healthy at first, but then could quickly blow a meal plan.
Can Obesity Increase Your Risk of Type 2...
How being overweight or obese makes you more prone to Type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions.
10 Causes of High Triglycerides in Diabetes
High triglycerides and diabetes seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you find yourself dealing with these two issues, you are not alone. Take a moment to learn what causes high triglycerides in diabetes.
Simple Changes to Help Reduce Your Risk for...
Learn about prediabetes, how it's diagnosed, and the lifestyle changes you can make to prevent type 2 diabetes.
All About Snacking With Type 2 Diabetes
All about snacking with diabetes- what should you snack on and when?
Bladder Problems? Why It Could Be Your Diabetes
Diabetes and urination problems often occur together. Here is a list of common urinary problems when you have type 2 diabetes, their treatments, and why they are so common.
Type 2 Diabetes Early Warning Signs
Although 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, it's estimated that an additional 5.7 million people have the disease, but have not yet been been diagnosed. Type 2 diabetes doesn't always have clear symptoms, and often isn't diagnosed until found accidentally during a physical or check-up. Is the condition really symptomless, or are there early warning signs that can sound the alarm?
Kidney Disease in Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most common causes of kidney disease. How do the kidneys work? Why can diabetes damage the kidneys? What are the signs and symtoms of kidney disease? What do the doctors look for? What is ESRD? What are some options for treatment and care?
Let Your Meter Be Your Guide to Detecting...
How do you know if your blood sugars are high. How to detect hyperglycemia and manage high blood sugar when you have type 2 diabetes.
How Diabetes Affects Peripheral Edema
Learn the facts about peripheral edema and diabetes such as the causes, signs, symptoms and what to do about it. Peripheral edema is the collection of fluid in the feet, ankles, and legs. Peripheral edema can be caused by diabetes-related complications as well as being a complicating factor.
Can Diabetes Cause Yeast Infections?
While most women will experience at least one yeast infection during the course of their lives, those with diabetes are especially susceptible.
What Is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is a completely different disease than Type 2. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas.
Don’t Have Diabetes Symptoms? You Could...
An estimated 24 million Americans have diabetes, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one-quarter to one-third don’t know it. How can so many individuals be unaware that they have diabetes? Certainly, one major factor is the absence of symptoms. This is a hallmark of both prediabetes and the early stages of type 2 diabetes.
How to Snack Smart on a Diabetic Diet
Some diabetics will have snacks built into their meal plans on the recommendation of their medical team, or based their personal food preferences. But even if snacks are not a part of your meal plan, there are still times that you'll need to make smart snacking decisions. I divide diabetic snacks into 3 categories: unscheduled between-meal snacks (that won't blow your meal plan), planned snacks that are a part of your meal plan, and emergency hypoglycemia snacks.
What a "Prediabetes" Diagnosis Really Means
Prediabetes means that the cells in your body are becoming insulin resistant and your blood glucose levels are higher than they should be. Diabetes symptoms can appear with prediabetes. Metabolic syndrome also may be a factor. Are you diabetic or prediabetic?
Food That Keeps You Full and Won't Fill You Out
Non-starchy vegetables are a low carbohydrate, vitamin, mineral and fiber rich food. People with diabetes need to eat more non-starchy vegetables.
5 Good Reasons To Check Your Blood Sugar
Managing diabetes is all about balance. People with diabetes have to balance food, medication and exercise to keep blood sugar levels in an acceptable range because their bodies can no longer do it for them. Regular self-monitoring of blood glucose levels (SMBG) gives them a handle on where their blood sugar levels are right at the moment that they test.
Free Food Exchange Lists for Diabetes
When you have diabetes, you may use the exchange system for meal planning. Most food exchanges have 80 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrate and/or 3 grams of protein. But, did you know that there is also a
Got Diabetes? Here's Why Eggs Are Your Friends
Eggs are a really useful food to a diabetic meal plan, yet many diabetics worry about eating eggs since they contain cholesterol. While it is not uncommon for a type 2 diabetic to have other conditions like high cholesterol, dietary cholesterol intake itself has not been linked to elevated blood cholesterol levels.
Diabetes and Fast-Food Choices
You are in a hurry, have to eat, and have diabetes. What can you do? Learn a some easy techniques that are handy when when you have diabetes and fast food choices become much easier.
Easy Healthy Snacks
If you have type 2 diabetes, you know that nutrition is very important. Browse through this list of snacks. Pick your favorites or invent some new ones.
Got Diabetes? Here's Why Bananas Are Good for You
Wondering about carb counts and health benefits of bananas? If you're looking for a snack that's healthy, fat-free and satisfying, a banana is the perfect choice. It's a little higher in carbs than some other fruits, but a large banana also has 2 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Bananas are a good source of vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folic acid, and are rich in potassium and other trace minerals.
Sample Diabetic 2200-Calorie Meal Plan
This meal plan focuses on a variety of tasty but high-fiber foods (to help you feel filled-up and to help manage your blood sugar levels) for a total of 2207 calories, with 57% from carbohydrate and 20% from fat.
Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes
Oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber and also has a small amount of fat in it. As a component of a diabetic breakfast, these characteristics will help you with both glucose and morning appetite control. Seasonal fruit or frozen fruit can be substituted in all recipes, which are all nutritionally balanced and provide 55-60 grams of carbohydrate.
Medication Reference Chart for Type 2 Diabetes
There are new medications approved to treat Type 2 diabetes. They are completely new categories of drugs. Januvia, Byetta, and Symlin work in completely different ways than the standard medications. The older classifications of drugs are still being used, sometimes in combination with the newest ones.
Sample Diabetic 1400-Calorie Meal Plan
Low-fat protein sources and tasty low-fat recipes are the foundation for this 1400-calorie diabetic meal plan. If you've received a prescription from your medical team for a 1400-calorie diabetic diet, you'll find some ideas here.
Diabetic Pumpkin Recipes
During the autumn and winter months, type 2 diabetics can not only enjoy the taste and aroma of cooked pumpkin, they can also reap the nutritional benefits of this winter squash.
Diabetes Carbohydrate Counting
When you have diabetes, carbohydrate counting can be one of the most simple meal planning methods. This is because carb counting allows you the freedom of not planning ahead. Give yourself a little freedom and learn about counting your carbs.
What an Apple Can Do for Your Diabetes
Apples are great for keeping your Diabetes under control. Here's why, and some ideas for how you can eat them.
What to Know About Diabetic Food Exchange Lists
What are diabetic food exchange lists? How can they help you control your blood sugar? Eating the right amount of carbohydrate, protein and calories can help you keep your blood sugar in a good range. Your doctor, diabetes educator, or nutritionist can help you figure out how many carbohydrates you should eat everyday, for optimal blood sugar control. Diabetic food exchange lists can be a big help when planning your meals.
Diabetes vs Diabetic Ketoacidosis: What's the...
A serious complication of diabetes is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). What are the symptoms, treatment and prevention strategies for diabetic ketoacidosis?
Can You Be Hypoglycemic Without Having Diabetes?
Reactive hypoglycemia occurs in people who do not have diabetes. It's a different type of hypoglycemia than the one that affects people who have diabetes. Although the causes are unrelated, the symptoms of both kinds of hypoglycemia are the same.
When Diabetic Neuropathy Leads to Amputation
Diabetic neuropathy requiring amputation can be devastating. Diabetic neuropathy increases this risk. Learn what leads to diabetic amputation and what to expect should it become necessary.
Quick HbA1c Facts
Quick facts about a hot topic among people with diabetes, the HbA1c test (also known as A1c). Find out the what, why, how, where, and when.
Tips for a Enjoying a Healthy Holiday with...
Wondering how to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving dinner? Thanksgiving is a holiday of family, friends and food with dinner as the focal point as everyone gathers around the table to give thanks. But a holiday like Thanksgiving day isn't always easy for someone who has type 2 diabetes. Much of the traditional food on the table is rich, and laden with calories and carbs. Many times Thanksgiving day is one long smorgasbord of eating.
Sample Diabetic 1800-Calorie Meal Plan
This 1800-calorie diabetic meal plan provides 3 nutritionally balanced meals and one evening snack idea, totaling 1800 calories (approximately 500 per meal and 300 for the snack), 206g Carbohydrate (49% of Calories), 112g Protein (27% of Calories), and 46g Fat (25% of Calories).
How Do Doctors Diagnose Type 2 Diabetes, Anyway?
Do you have the signs of type 2 diabetes? How do you find out that you have diabetes? Often, because there may not be noticeable symptoms, the diagnosis is made during an annual physical or checkup.
How Does the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test...
The oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), also referred to as the glucose tolerance test, measures the body’s ability to metabolize glucose, or clear it out of the bloodstream. The test can be used to diagnose diabetes, gestational diabetes or prediabetes.
The New Threat of MRSA in Diabetic Foot Ulcers
MRSA, (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a growing threat to people who have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to increased risk for open sores, ulcers and infection. Now there's something more to worry about. The ulcers and open sores that can occur in diabetic feet can put you at risk for contracting MRSA in addition to other infections.
Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar - What You Need...
Carbohydrates are the macronutrient that affect blood sugars the most. Learn how to identify them, count them, and which ones are best to eat.
Are You Walking Around with Diabetes and Don't...
Certain risk factors can increase your likelihood of developing diabetes. Learn about your diabetes risk and get screened today.
Is There an Actual "Diabetes Diet"?
Ever wonder if there's and actual diabetes diet? Healthy eating habits are a major part of managing diabetes. But what exactly does a healthy diet mean? It can take a little time to figure out how to eat and what to eat, when you are first diagnosed with diabetes.
20 Interesting Facts About Diabetes
Learn 20 interesting facts about diabetes from name origin to historical treatments.
11 Steps for Using a Glucometer
At-home blood sugar monitoring devices called glucometers provide instant feedback and let you know immediately what your blood sugar is. This can give you valuable information about whether your blood sugar is too low or too high or in a good range for you. Here's how to use a glucometer.
5 Weirdly Amazing Food Combinations You Must Try
Top 5 oddly tasty yet nutritious food combinations. Break up the monotony of eating and get good nutrition too.
The ADA Recommends New PreMeal Blood Sugar...
The American Diabetes Association puts forward new premeal blood sugar goals for people with diabetes.
The Top 7 Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
There are many risk factors for type 2 Diabetes. Some of them come from our family history and genetics and so are with us always, but some can be turned around to help reverse or prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Bret Michaels Diabetes – How Bret...
Bret Michaels diabetes rock star. Learn how the former lead singer of Poison manages his life with diabetes with the right attitude and how he actually applies diabetes knowledge to management.
How You Can Prevent Side Effects of Metformin
Metformin is a Type 2 diabetes medication that helps to lower blood sugars. Learn how to take it, when to take it and how to prevent side effects.
How to Make Healthier Lunch Choices With Diabetes
Sometimes figuring out what to eat for lunch is hard, especially if you have type 2 diabetes. All of a sudden, the things you used to like to eat, are on the forbidden list. What are some healthy lunch choices? Can you eat well with diabetes?
4 Foods You Should Always Carry with You
Too much time between meals can result in overeating, poor food choices, and low blood sugars. Carry these foods to avoid any situations.
The Ups and Downs of Blood Sugar
Blood glucose levels fluctuate all the time, depending on many factors. The trick is to keep them from going too low or too high. If you are aware of the kinds of things that can affect your blood sugar, it's easier to keep it under control.
Types of Carbohydrates: The Difference Between...
Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars. Simple sugar can be just what the name implies, the sugar in your sugar bowl. Complex carbohydrates are also known as starches. Grains such as bread, pasta, oatmeal and rice are complex carbs. Also some vegetables like broccoli, corn and all legumes such as kidney beans and chick peas.
How Insulin Works In the Body
Have you ever wondered how insulin works in the body? Learn the basic mechanics of how insulin is supposed to work and what happens when the body is resistant to it.
Oral Medications for Managing Type 2 Diabetes
An overview of the six classes of oral drugs that manage most type 2 diabetes patients and help diabetes patients to maintain good glucose control.
10 Diabetic Gift Basket Food Ideas
Here are 10 diabetes-friendly food items to include in a gift basket or Christmas stocking along with tips on how to package them.
The Top 7 Diet Resources for Diabetes
Diabetes Meal Planning, diabetes cook books, diabetes dining out tips, diabetes guide for healthy eating, diabetes easy recipes.
Type 2 Diabetes Foot Care
When you have type 2 diabetes, it's so important to protect your feet. The long term complications of diabetes can cause neuropathy which in turn causes numbness and tingling in your feet. Neuropathy is nerve damage. If you have a cut or sore on your foot, you may not be able to feel it. This can increase your risk for infections in your feet. Look for signs of infection with these eight tips.
Gangrene is a condition that involves the death and decay of tissue, usually in the extremities. There are three different types of gangrene: dry, wet or gas gangrene. Dry gangrene is the one that most often affects people with diabetes.
Apples and Apple Cider Vinegar- Can They Lower...
The benefits of apples and apple cider vinegar on diabetes.
Learn How Sweet Potatoes Can Stabilize Blood...
After you check out the benefits of sweet potatoes, you may decide to make them much more than just a holiday side dish! Sweet potatoes may help control blood sugar, eliminate heavy metals and free radicals, and reduce inflammation.
Diets for Diabetics
A listing of diets for diabetics that includes standard prescribed diets as well as popular diets that are diabetes-friendly.
Cold and Flu Season and Diabetes
Cold and flu season comes upon us with a vengeance, at this time of year. Dealing with aches and pains, fevers, sore throats and runny noses is hard enough. Add a few more challenges like diabetes, and perhaps it's complications such as cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, and there can be a real concern about which over-the-counter (OTC) medications to use.
Diabetic Exchange List Groups and Serving Sizes
Exchanges are a method of meal planning for diabetes. Foods are clustered into groups or categories of similar foods, and serving sizes are established that keep all foods within a group at approximately the same calories, grams of carbs and fats.
Is There a Type 2 Diabetes Natural Cure?
Is there a type 2 diabetes natural cure? Alternative treatments have been used since ancient times. Do any actually work?
Creatinine. Type 2 Diabetes.
Ketones Occur When the Body Breaks Down Fat For...
Ketones are a result of using fat for energy and can can occur in anyone with diabetes. Find out when and how to check for them.
Common Infections in Diabetes
Infections are of particular concern for diabetics. People with diabetes are more susceptible to developing infections, as high blood sugar levels can weaken the patient's immune system defenses. In addition, some diabetes-related health issues, such as nerve damage and reduced blood flow to the extremities, increase the body's vulnerability to infection.
Can Diabetes Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men who have diabetes. It is often the first symptom that men may notice and the one that leads them to the doctor in the first place. It is only after they have sought medical help for ED that they also receive a diagnosis of diabetes.
: Preprandial literally means "before a meal." For people with diabetes, it refers to blood glucose measurements
Glycemic Index and Diabetes
The glycemic index is a method of rating foods by how much they raise blood glucose. The glycemic index uses a scale from 1 to 100, with high glycemic numbers indicating foods that raise blood sugar higher and faster than foods with low glycemic numbers.
What Kind of Diabetes Do I Have?
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Type 2 Diabetes Toolbox
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, then you know how overwhelming it can feel at first. There's a lot to do and a lot to learn about diabetes management. This toolbox will provide you with a good place to start as you learn about managing your diabetes.
4 Benefits of Keeping a Log Book
The benefits of blood sugar testing and diabetes. Blood glucose testing can help to prevent and detect low and high blood sugar, adjust medicines, lose weight and regulate blood sugars.
Medications for Neuropathic Pain
Diabetic neuropathy is a long-term complication of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The nerves in the extremities become damaged from many years of exposure to abnormal levels of glucose in the blood. It typically causes numbness, tingling and sometimes intense burning pain as it progresses. What are some of the medications that are offered for neuropathic pain?
Sources of Hidden Sugar in Common Foods
Even though sugar and other simple carbohydrates can play a part in a well balanced diabetes diet, hidden sources of sugar can wreak havoc with the best laid nutritional plans.
Delicious Recipes and Meal Ideas for Gestationa...
Gestational diabetes recipes and some snack and meal ideas to assist in meal planning.
How to Enjoy Alcohol Safely with Type 2 Diabetes
People with Type 2 diabetes can drink alcohol in moderate amounts. Learn about the best choices and how to consume alcohol safely.
Metformin: Oral Medication for Type 2 Diabetes
Metformin (brand names Fortamet, Glucophage, Glumteza, Glucophage XR, Riomet) is an oral medication used alone or with other medications to treat type 2 diabetes. It is also available as the combination drug rosiglitazone/metformin (Avandamet).
Top 5 Apps for Diabetes Management
Top five apps for managing diabetes. These apps can help you to log blood sugars, plan recipes, manage weight and carbohydrate count.
Sample Diabetic 1600-Calorie Meal Plan
If you've been instructed to follow a 1600-Calorie Meal Plan, here are some meal plan ideas that provide a total of 1600 Calories - 50% from Carbohydrate and 25% from Fat. Notice that each meal is a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Is Agave Nectar a Healthy Sweetener?
Agave nectar (or syrup) from the Agave plant is commonly used by diabetics and health foodies as an alternative sweetener -- but that doesn't mean you can consume it with abandon. What you need to know if you're a diabetic.
What to Know About Simple and Complex...
There are two different kinds of carbohydrates - simple and complex. If you have type 2 diabetes, you know that carbohydrates matter. Although carbohydrates are necessary for a healthy diet, eating too many carbohydrates at a meal can make blood sugar levels soar. Did you know that there are two different kinds of carbs? The trick is to sort out which carbohydrates are good for you and which ones to eat sparingly.
Pineapple - Carb Counts and Health Benefits of...
Pineapple is fat-free and full of vitamins and fiber, but what about the carbs? Because pineapple is sweet, there are carbs to consider, especially if you have type 2 diabetes. But fruit is always a better nutritional choice than a packaged snack or rich dessert. Here's the breakdown on one of nature's low-calorie snacks.
Alternative Natural Sweeteners for Diabetes
Looking for a natural sweetener for diabetes nutrition planning? Even though sugar is allowed in a diabetes diet, it's recommended to watch your daily carbs. Alternative sweeteners can help you do that, but what if you are concerned about eating artificial ingredients? Natural sugar substitutes are becoming more popular and easier to find.
How to Fit a Healthy Breakfast into Your Busy Day
People are busy these days. Everybody has more than they can handle, juggling jobs, families, kids, etc. Convenience foods and fast food meals can be real time-savers -- but at what cost to your health? If you have type 2 diabetes, you owe it to yourself to eat healthy, nutritious meals, especially at breakfast time.
Do You Have Uncontrolled Type 1 Diabetes?
Brittle diabetes, also called labile diabetes, is a term used to describe uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. People with brittle diabetes frequently experience large swings in blood sugar (glucose) levels. These cause either hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), which is more common and sometimes extreme.
What to Drink When You Have Diabetes
A relatively recent study found a significant link between daily diet soda consumption and type 2 diabetes. But here’s the good news: The artificial sweeteners used in the U.S. production of diet soda and other sugar-free beverages have been approved by the FDA. They have not been found to cause health issues, and can provide flexibility for diabetic meal planning.
10 Go-To Diabetic Desserts
The best diabetic desserts ought to be quick and easy to prepare, and able to be made in small batches. Having a few options to offer variety is also helpful: I recommend having 5 to 10 go-to dessert options – something with chocolate, something with fruit, something cold, something hot...an option for each type of dessert you crave.
Diabetic-Friendly Fruit Smoothie Recipes
These breakfast smoothies all use low-fat yogurt, silken tofu and a banana. You can prep your blender with these ingredients (minus the ice) in the evening.
What Are Your Treatment Options for Diabetes?
A diagnosis of diabetes can bring on many new challenges. Depending on what type of diabetes you have, you may need medication or insulin. You may need to make dietary and other lifestyle changes. There are glucometers, and insulin pumps to learn about. How do you know what to do to manage your diabetes successfully?
Blood Pressure and Diabetes
Blood pressure plays an important part in the management of diabetes, because it adds to the workload of the heart, arteries and kidneys. Here's how to keep your diabetes and blood pressure under control.
The Role of Insulin in Diabetes
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that permits glucose to enter cells for energy. Learn about insulin in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Best Barbecue Bites and Beverages for Diabetes
How to eat at barbecues for people with type 2 diabetes. Best barbecue drinks and food.
Many Will Face Diabetic Nephropathy
Diabetic nephropathy, or kidney disease, is a condition in which the kidneys no longer function properly. It is a common side effect of diabetes, often triggered by two other diabetes-related health issues: high blood pressure (hypertension) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Almost half of all people with diabetes will develop some type of damage to their kidney cells.
A Cheat Sheet to Oral Diabetes Medicines
Knowing which diabetes medicines you take and what they do is very important. Find out everything you need to know about all classes of medicines.
Living with Chronic Kidney Disease
One of the debilitating complications of diabetes is kidney damage. How do kidneys become damaged? How is it diagnosed? How is it managed? Living with chronic kidney disease isn't easy, but many people manage.
Top 5 Low-Carb Pasta Substitutes
These diabetic pasta substitutes include whole wheat pasta, quinoa, barley, spaghetti squash and vegetable ribbons. Some are healthier for diabetics because they are higher than pasta in protein and/or fiber. Some are lower than pasta in carbohydrate and calories, allowing you to have a larger portion size!
What is the Best Blood Sugar Meter
Looking for the best blood sugar meter? What makes a meter great or the top choice for you? Here are some tips for finding a meter you love.
Is There a Specific Amount of Carbohydrates to...
The amount of carbohydrate you should eat daily is individualized. Determine your intake with your healthcare provider. Get started with these basics.
Alternative Treatments for Diabetes
People throughout the world have used indigenous plants and herbs to treat conditions like diabetes for centuries. Many of these remedies are now being scientifically tested to determine if they are, in fact, useful in treating diabetes.
Top 4 Types of Carbohydrate Counting Necessities
If you have Type 2 diabetes and are following a consistent carbohydrate find out the tools you need to count carbohydrates accurately.
Binge Eating at Night? 5 Tips on How to Stop...
Late night eating or overeating is a hard habit to break. Learn how to change this behavior to lose weight and control your blood sugar.
How to Eat Kale if You Have Diabetes
Kale is a highly nutritious, non-starchy vegetable that can be incorporated into a diabetes meal plan. Learn the nutritional benefits of kale and how to prepare it.

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