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Blood Sugar 101

Blood Sugar 101
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Zoë Harcombe; Obesity Researcher, Author The Harcombe Diet Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution Read The Book Online! Click the links below to jump to various excerpts from Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. Foreword by Frank Vinicor, M.D., M.P.H. Acknowledgments Before & After: 14 Patients Share Their Experiences Much of it in their own words, 14 of Dr. Chap. 1: Diabetes: The Basics Diabetes 101, including the difference between Type I and Type II diabetes. Chap. 2: Tests: A Baseline Measure of Your Disease and Risk Profile Chap. 3: Your Diabetic Tool Kit: Supplies You Will Need and Where to Get Them Chap. 4: How and When to Measure Blood Sugar Chap. 5: Recording Blood Sugar Data: Using the GLUCOGRAF II Data Sheet Chap. 6: Strange Biology: Phenomena Peculiar to Diabetes That Can Affect Blood Sugar Chap. 7: The Laws of Small Numbers Important physiologic and practical reasons why conventional attempts at blood sugar control just don't work. Chap. 16. Chap. 17. Appendix E: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Glossary Recipe Index General Index

Diet Myths: Low Carb Doesn’t Have to Be About Weight Loss Source: Say the words “low carb diet” to someone today and ask them what comes to mind. “Atkins” will probably be a fairly common response, along with a line about not eating bread. Studies have shown that as a diet, it is an effective way to lose weight within the first few months of the program. That said, it is not unusual for health experts to warn against the diet. As an extreme diet, restricting carbohydrate intake to under 20 grams a day for a sustained period of time could lead to negative health implications and, like the study from 2003 found, boredom with repetitive meals. In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control linked an increase in carbohydrate consumption to an increase in daily calories — particularly in women. Consider that the Institute of Medicine encourages all women to consume a minimum 130 grams of carbohydrates each day. Fortunately, there are many recipes that are low in carbohydrates, no matter what your taste preferences.

Carbohydrate Counting 101 | Joslin Diabetes Center There are several different ways people with diabetes can manage their food intake to keep their blood glucose (sugar) within their target range and one such method is 'carbohydrate counting'. Carbohydrate, or carb counting is a method of calculating grams of carbohydrate consumed at meals and snacks. Foods that contain carb have the greatest effect on blood glucose compared to foods that contain protein or fat. Before starting any new treatment or meal plan, you should always consult with your diabetes care professional. What are the benefits of counting carbs? · Counting carbohydrates is a good solution for many people with diabetes. · Another benefit of counting carbohydrates is that it can bring tighter control over your glucose readings. · Lastly, if you take mealtime insulin, counting carbohydrates allows you to decide how much carb you want to eat at a meal, rather than having to eat a certain amount of carbohydrates, even if you do not want to. Who can use carbohydrate counting?

Home Is a high-carb diet ‘poison’ to diabetics? From The Times London, UK 17 July, 2012 Is a high-carb diet ‘poison’ to diabetics? John Naish The NHS teaches that carbs are a key part of a balanced diet. But shunning them might help patients reduce insulin injections When Martin Milton, 46, moved from London to New York last year, he saw an American doctor to get a fresh supply of insulin for his diabetes. The surprising fact is that Milton’s food regime had been taught to him on an NHS course. For healthy people with everyday food habits, the difference might sound like diet-faddism. Finding the right diet may help to contain Britain’s fast-growing diabetes epidemic. However, he never managed to control his blood-sugar levels consistently. Then, five years ago, specialists at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, invited him to a week-long NHS-funded diet course conducted by the diabetes patient education programme Dafne (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating). “I was told that I could eat what I wanted, so long as I counted the carbs on my plate.

LCHF for Beginners To make a low-carb diet truly simple and enjoyable requires a few new skills. For example, how do you cook low-carb breakfasts that you love? How do you eat more healthy fats? Here are all the guides you need. Breakfast Breakfast is a great time to eat low carb. Another strong option is to just have a cup of coffee, as many people get less hungry on a low-carb, high-fat diet and may not need breakfast at all. This can save you plenty of time. There are many other options – both delicious and fast Meals So, what’s for lunch and dinner on a low-carb diet? Check out our recipes to learn to cook amazing low­-carb meals Instead of potatoes, pasta and rice Who needs starchy sides when you can have cauliflower mash or cauliflower rice instead? In short, there are lots of great low­-carb alternatives to carb­-rich foods that are both tasty and healthy Eating out It’s very possible to eat low carb even when leaving your house, for example at restaurants. Snacks Bread How to eat more fat Low-carb cheating

Think skinny people don’t get type 2 diabetes? Think again. In the last article we discussed the complex relationship between body weight and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). We learned that although obesity is strongly associated with T2DM, a subset of “metabolically healthy obese” (MHO) people have normal blood sugar and insulin sensitivity and don’t ever develop diabetes. In this article we’re going to talk about the mirror reflection of the MHO: the “metabolically unhealthy nonobese” (MUN). These are lean people with either full-fledged type 2 diabetes or some metabolic dysfunction, such as insulin resistance. You might even be surprised to learn that skinny people can and do get T2DM. Remember that one in three type 2 diabetics are undiagnosed. It’s well-known that high blood sugar can precede the development of T2DM for as long as ten years. It’s also important to understand that diabetes is not a disease. What causes high blood sugar and T2DM in lean people? GeneticsFatty liverInflammationAutoimmunityStress Let’s discuss each of them in turn. Genetics

ACTION: Nutrition Science Initiative How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Over the past decade and a half thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes have dramatically lowered their blood sugar using this very simple technique which was first published on the newsgroup. Unlike most other strategies you may have encountered, this one does not tell you what to eat. Instead it teaches you how the meals you are currently eating affect your blood sugar and then guides you through the process of adapting those meals so that they will be more blood sugar friendly. Step 1: Eat whatever you've been eating and write it all down Eat normally, but use your blood sugar meter to test yourself at the following times. Note: People often ask where to start measuring the hour after eating. What this will tell you is when your blood sugar is at its highest after your meal and how long it takes to drop back down. Step 2: For the next few days cut back on your carbohydrates Cut back on breads, cereals, rice, beans, any wheat products, potato, corn, and fruit.

ACTION: Participate in Type 2 Research SUCCEED Study The UCSF Osher Center seeks overweight, adults with Type 2 diabetes for a diet and wellness study. Are you ready to make long-term diet and lifestyle changes to see if you can better manage your diabetes and lose weight? Do you have type 2 diabetes? Are you overweight? In the study you would learn about: Nutritional changes to help you manage your diabetes. In the study you may also learn about: Tools to help you enjoy your life and cope with stress.Techniques, such as meditation, to help you eat and live more mindfully. As a participant in the SUCCEED Study you would: Participate in free online, self-paced diabetes wellness program.Get support in making long-term healthy lifestyle choices around diet.Learn the results of your lab tests for free.Complete several assessment visits over 8 months.Be compensated for study visits at 4 and 8 months. You will be randomly assigned (like a flip of a coin) to one of two diets: All classes are held online. You may be eligible if:

Type 1 diabetes Tests and diagnosis In June 2009, an international committee of experts from the American Diabetes Association, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the International Diabetes Federation recommended that type 1 diabetes testing include the: Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. This blood test indicates your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. It works by measuring the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells. The higher your blood sugar levels, the more hemoglobin you'll have with sugar attached. If the A1C test isn't available, or if you have certain conditions that can make the A1C test inaccurate — such as if you're pregnant or have an uncommon form of hemoglobin (known as a hemoglobin variant) — your doctor may use the following tests to diagnose diabetes: Random blood sugar test. After the diagnosis Jan. 23, 2013 References Diabetes mellitus (DM). You Are ... Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization.

Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base <div class="msgBox" style="margin-top:10px;"><span class="errMsg"><div>JavaScript is disabled on your browser. Please enable JavaScript to use all the features on this page.</div></span></div><br /> Received 18 April 2014, Revised 28 June 2014, Accepted 28 June 2014, Available online 16 July 2014 DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2014.06.011 Open Access Highlights We present major evidence for low-carbohydrate diets as first approach for diabetes. Such diets reliably reduce high blood glucose, the most salient feature of diabetes. Benefits do not require weight loss although nothing is better for weight reduction. Carbohydrate-restricted diets reduce or eliminate medication. There are no side effects comparable to those seen in intensive treatment with drugs. Abstract Keywords diabetes; carbohydrate; low-carbohydrate diet; ketogenic diet; triglyceride; hemoblobin A1c Abbreviations The benefits of carbohydrate restriction in diabetes are immediate and well-documented. — Eric Westman, MD, MHS [1]. Table 1. Point 1.