If you have diabetes information about how to manage your condition is vital to your well being.
If you don’t look after your feet you run the risk of developing sores or infections that could, in the worst case scenario, lead to amputations. As happened to my father-in-law. Reduce your risk of infection or amputation by incorporating these 7 foot care tips…
1) Check your feet daily – especially if you have low sensitivity or no feeling in your feet. Sores, cuts and grazes could go unnoticed and you could develop problems leading to amputations.
2) Don’t go around barefoot, even indoors. It’s easy to tread on something or stub your toes and cut yourself. Protect your feet with socks/stockings and shoes/slippers.
3) Be careful if you have corns or calluses. Check with your doctor or podiatrist the best way to care for them.
4) Wash your feet daily in warm, NOT HOT water. And don’t soak your feet (even if you’ve been standing all day) because it could dry your skin and form cracks or sores.
5) Take extra care to dry your feet completely, especially between your toes. These are natural moisture traps – leaving them damp or wet could create all sorts of problems.
6) Exercise your legs and feet regularly. Even when sitting you can rotate your ankles; wiggle your toes or move your legs up and down. These all keep your blood circulation flowing and helps to minimize the risk of foot problems.
7) Get your feet professionally checked, at least once a year, for sensitivity and signs of any problems. You can usually arrange this when you have your annual check up for your AC1 levels (blood glucose levels over a 3-month period), blood pressure and cholesterol.
Take constant care of your feet. Get help from a relative or professional; Doctor, diabetic nurse or podiatrist if you are not able to bend when trimming nails or checking for sores. Taking these simple actions will help you reduce the risk of painful problems.
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Today, there are at least 35 million people living with diabetes in America and the sad part is that it is possible to prevent and heal pre-diabetes and diabetes type 2 naturally with balanced nutrition, and basic exercise.
People at risk of getting the disease drop by a staggering 60 percent if they manage to lose just 10 pounds by following a healthy diet and engage in regular exercise such as walking, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (May 3, 2010).
This term means that you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes and also heart disease.
The good news is if you have pre-diabetes you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes type 2 and even return to normal blood glucose levels if you follow the guidelines in this article.
Type 2 diabetes
Formerly called adult-onset diabetes, this is the most common form of diabetes. This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which the body cannot use insulin properly. People can develop this type of diabetes at any age and is usually associated with today’s modern lifestyle of fast food, stress and no exercise.
Being overweight and inactive increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes dramatically. Traditional treatment includes taking diabetes medicines, aspirin daily, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol with prescription drugs.
But with modest weight loss and moderate daily physical activity, you can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes and lead a normal life. Lets look at a few steps you can use straight away in your daily life that will make a big difference to your condition.
Strength Training – Researchers have reported a 23% increase in glucose uptake after four months of strength training. Because poor glucose metabolism is associated with adult onset diabetes, improved glucose metabolism is an important benefit of regular strength exercise.
Nowadays you do not have to live in a gym to put on functional muscle. Short High Intensity sessions performed once a week is all that is required to improve glucose metabolism and lose weight.
The strength training technique I use requires just twenty to thirty mins per week. Gone are the days of the five-day a week program with 6 to 12 sets per body part that, method has never worked. One short intense strength-training workout a week will elevate your metabolism more than you ever thought possible.
The two main components of this technique are the intensity of the exercise and the recovery after the exercise. Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is what is needed to increase functional lean muscle and improve glucose metabolism.
Nutrition – The way to lose body fat and maintain muscle is to have a food program for life. Quality food and more energy output are the basics you’ll need to go for. Bulk foods that fill you up and don’t fill you out, foods that are low in fat and sugar which aren’t refined should be the ideal.
Small frequent meals should be consumed during the day each containing a little protein to maintain muscle and energy levels. Foods with vital vitamin and mineral supplements should also be taken on a daily basis. A high quality broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement should also be taken on a daily basis.
As before get the calories from high quality food but if you can’t, utilize a blender to make concoctions from skim milk with whatever additives you want to use, just as long as you keep count of the calories for your daily total.
Now use these blender mixtures and solid food for your daily feedings. Spread it out over many small meals a day instead of the traditional three meals a day. The way to keep track of weight loss is to buy a calorie counter and record your daily calorie intake for a week.
Exercise – Fat is burned from the body when cells oxidize to release energy in the form of exercise. When the exercise is done slowly to moderately then the majority of energy is taken from the fat stores.
The key to effective aerobic training that burns off maximum fat is long-term consistency not intensity. It doesn’t matter if you run a mile, jog a mile or walk a mile you will burn exactly the same amount of calories.
The best exercise by far for the purpose of fat-loss is fast walking either indoors on the treadmill or outdoors. Other aerobic activities are the treadmill, bike, climber or any other training gear found in or out of the Gym.
You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting diabetes. By exercising regularly, reducing fat from your diet and losing weight can all help you reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Without The Use Of Drugs
I was told in rapid succession that I was suffering from intermittent claudication (that’s blocked arteries in the legs), high blood pressure, Diabetes Type 2. and that I was overweight.
Not a lot of pleasure there! The intermittent claudication made it increasingly difficult to do much, so that in effect I had become a prisoner to my house and garden. Exercise was out of the question, my legs simply couldn’t cope, but it was hoped that angioplasty to each leg would cure the problem. It didn’t.
My high blood pressure, I was assured, could be treated by a cocktail of drugs and by weight loss. The cocktail of four different drugs worked, but I could not seem to lose weight.
So I was given a choice: the blood sugar levels could be controlled either by drugs or by diet. Since I was already taking four different drugs for blood pressure, I thought it best to try diet control. I was also hopeful that this might help me to lose weight. But where to start? My diabetic nurse provided me with a blood sugar monitor and said I should aim to stay under 9 as my reading. My Doctor said to stay under 7. Now she has reduced this to under 5. My current long-term reading is 5.3. A big drop from the high readings I used to produce.
So what did I do? At first I was taking blood samples three times a day and was truly astonished at how my blood sugar jumped about. Plain porridge and water, which I absolutely loved, would produce a reading of 16 and yet, being a slow release multigrain, I had always assumed it would be good for my health. A single apple, showed a reading of 12! Tea with milk but no sugar, 10. Obviously there was more to this than met the eye.
The first learning point was that the body needs water and lots of it. Out went sugared fizzy drinks and in came plain boiled water. The Swedes call it Silver Tea, I’m told, and it is very refreshing. Now a cup starts every day and two or three more follow. Low calorie tonic water is also useful (the quinine helps prevent cramps), mineral water (I especially like carbonated forms), low calorie Ginger Beer and cold filtered tap water.
The next, crucial, learning point: control your carbohydrate intake, in my case to under 40gms a day. Eliminate bread, cakes, sweets, pasta, rice, cereals, biscuits, sugars, fruit juice, potatoes, honey, jam, marmalade, baked beans. Reading the food labels is a real eye opener!
Instead, increase your intake of vegetables and low carbohydrate foods & fruits. All of the following are particularly good: Broccoli, cabbage, spinach, runner beans, brussels sprouts cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, swede, squashes, celeriac, green salads. Fruit can be very high in sugars, so use in moderation. Choose rhubarb, grapefruit, raspberries, loganberries, strawberries, blueberries, all of which are O.K. Do not add sugar, of course, so sweeten with cinnamon instead. Avocadoes are low in carbohydrates, but high in fat, so eat no more than half a fruit a day. Add nuts and seeds to your diet, again in small amounts.
As far as alcohol is concerned, all beers are out. One or two glasses of red wine a day are acceptable.
Avoid processed foods as much as possible and certainly do NOT eat hydrogenated fats of any kind. They are to my mind a food industry con. and of no use to any one other than manufacturers of processed food.
Buy only genuine, non-reconstituted lean meat, poultry, game and fish. Reduce your saturated fat intake by cooking on a griddle and cutting off any excess fat. Cook with olive and nut oils, as these unsaturated fats are good for you. Never use lard. Add game to your repertoire of ingredients, along with plenty of oily and white fish such as salmon, haddock, tuna, swordfish, mackerel & kipper.
I have never once felt hungry with this change in my eating habits to simple whole foods. I still find I miss eating plain yogurt, vanilla ice cream and various cheeses. But then I occasionally do give myself a small treat - provided I stay within my allowance.
The results are good for my health:
My good cholesterol is high
My bad cholesterol is low
My type II diabetes blood sugar is well controlled by diet alone
I have lost 10 lbs in weight.
My next task is to lose another 30 lbs. I know now that this is achievable. The more weight I lose, the more able I am to increase my activity levels - and the more incentive I have to control my calorie intake. At last I feel that I am taking back control of my body and discovering that you really are what you eat!
And Blindness, Kidney failure, and Leg and foot amputations.
By: Wellness and Longevity
Studies clearly show that avoiding diabetes and actually even reversing mild diabetes is not that difficult.
And, since we’re clearly in the midst of a type 2 diabetes epidemic, learning how to avoid diabetes and how to reverse diabetes is vitally important.
What was once called adult-onset diabetes is now showing up in many more adults and an ever-growing number of teens and children. Over 24 million Americans have diabetes and worldwide the numbers are rapidly approaching 300 million. And the problems caused by diabetes are scary.
•Leg and foot amputations,
•And a high heart disease risk.
How to Avoid Diabetes in Seven Steps
The great news is that learning how to avoid type 2 diabetes and even sometimes reverse diabetes is easy. But it takes strong commitment and persistence to make the lifestyle changes that reduce your risk for diabetes.
However, by sticking with these seven simple steps, you can also lower your chance of diabetes complications, heart disease and some cancers:
1. Make exercise a priority. Working your muscles with regular physical activity greatly improves circulation and your ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. Studies show that just taking a brisk half-hour walk every day reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 30%. And adding more physical activity during the day reduces your diabetes risk even more.
2. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight is the major cause of type 2 diabetes. It increases your risk by seven times. Obesity makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone at a healthy weight. But, if you’re overweight, losing just 7% to 10% of your current weight can cut your chance of developing diabetes in half. Healthy permanent weight loss is the best thing you can do to decrease your diabetes risk.
3. Eliminate refined carbohydrates. Sugar, sugary soft drinks, fruit drinks and fruit juice, white bread, white rice, white pasta and other refined carbohydrates cause a fast and furious rise in blood sugar. Eating these high glycemic foods greatly increases your risk of developing diabetes.
4. Focus on plant foods. A diet high in fiber foods, such as colorful vegetables, beans, fresh fruits and 100% whole grains lowers your risk of diabetes and helps keep your appetite and calories under control.
5. Choose healthy fats. The fats you eat affect your diabetes risk one way or another, so it’s important to learn bad fat good fat differences. Fats found in omega 3 fish, such as salmon and tuna, raw nuts, seeds, whole grains and olive oil help to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Whereas trans fats do just the opposite by contributing to diabetes.
6. If You Smoke, Quit. Diabetes is just one of the many smoking health risks on the long list of health problems caused by tobacco use. Smokers are at least 50% more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers.
7. Manage blood pressure and cholesterol. Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure all damage blood vessels. And when they team up together, they increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and other deadly conditions. But if you exercise regularly, eat for great health and manage your weight, you can lower blood pressure and cholesterol naturally.
Although following these guidelines for how to avoid diabetes or even reversing diabetes naturally requires commitment, focus and persistence, diabetes is highly preventable. And so our results are up to each of us.
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Diabetes occurred due certain metabolic disorder and malfunctioning of the pancreas, which leads towards excessive urination, thirst, weakness and restlessness. The Diabetes can be divided into two categories Diabetes mellitus and Diabetes insipidus.
Diabetes mellitus (type one):
In diabetes mellitus body unable to make insulin. Insulin helps the body to convert the sugar from the body into energy source. The patient is insulin dependent. Type one diabetes is very prevalent among young children, young and adults.
Diabetes insipdus (type two)
Diabetes insipdus results due to insulin defective in insulin production and tissues resist to insulin production. In type-2 diabetes, daily supplement of insulin is not necessary. The patent is insulin non-dependent. Controlling diet and doing moderate physical exercises can control type two diabetes.
Diabetes is often slow and silent in effecting a person, an individual may not notice or feel its existence. The tissues of eyes, kidneys, the nerves and the blood vessels of the heart are target areas, which are attacked by diabetes.
Diabetes cannot be cured permanently but it can be controlled to great extend.
Causes of diabetes: Excessive eating containing sugar, obesity, lack of exercise, tension and stress and heredity.
Treatment of diabetes with natural products:
People are reluctant and repulsive towards high dose medicines containing different chemicals, which have severe side effects like head reeling, shivering, tiredness, dizziness and skin allergy. So it is better to opt natural treatment using natural products for the treatment of diabetes, which is safe and free from any side effects. Natural products are cheaper and easily available.
Some herbs are highly recommended for the treatment of the diabetes. Important Diabetic Natural Remedy Considerations:
1. Consumption of sugar in large quantity for long time may lead to blood sugar level complications
2. Don’t take fatty food, must take fruits and vegetables containing fiber. Fiber reduces blood sugar levels.
3. Avoid direct sugar intake (sugars found in raw fruits or whole grains react on the body differently)
4. White flour based food products increases the chances of diabetes and it will increase the blood sugar level. Avoid taking these foods.
5. Diabetes must be checked up regularly, especially the blood sugar level or it can be dangerous and fatal if it is ignored.
Gymnema: Improves insulin levels in the body. It controls and destroys sugar-craving habits of a patient. This herb also helps in lowering blood sugar level. It can be used for 18 months and more for positive result.
Fenugreek: Helps in glucose tolerance and breaking the glucose and excrete through urination. Keeps blood sugar level balanced and stable.
Cayenne: works as health tonic and tones blood circulation.
Dandelion: It takes care of the liver, which breaks nutrients into glucose.
Kidney Beans: Helps in detoxifying the pancreases.
There are some herbal diabetic supplement, diabetic vitamins such as Chromium GTF tablets and Chromium Picolinate capsules to control diabetes. Other sugar control supplements are SLIM 3, chromium and niacin, chromium picolate, liver and gall formula, multi vitamins, and food powders exclusively based on natural herbs.
Treatment of diabetes through Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathy medicines are also very effective for the treatment of diabetes.
Uranium Nitrate: this remedy helps in reducing sugar level in the blood and helps in digestion and decreasing sugar in the urine.
Syzygium jambolanum: It is a remedy helps in decreasing sugar in urine if it is taken in lower dose.
Phosphoric acid: It helps the patient having diabetes due to nervous origin. When the urination is increased and the color of urine is milky containing sugar the phosphoric acid to be thought of. It is a great remedy to cure diabetes mellitus when it is rudimentary stage.
Lactic acid: one of the best remedies for diabetes due to gastric origin. The symptoms are frequent urine; urine is yellow, much thirst, nausea and debility, dry skin, much gas in stomach and dry tongue. If these symptoms are present then lactic acid is the best remedy for it.
Acetic acid: it helps to reduce frequent urination and it also abates severe thirst and dry skin.
Bryonia: If symptoms like bitterness in the taste , dryness of the lips and weakness then Bryonia is first remedy to be remembered
There are other remedies such as Chionanthus and Argentum mettalicium good for the treatment of diabetes.
Diabetes can be controlled and a patient can lead normal life if he takes care of himself by adopting right treatment.
Diabetes and Tanning
Limit your exposure to avoid sunburn. If you tan with a device, ask whether the manufacturer or the salon staff recommend exposure limits for your skin type. Set a timer on the tanning device that automatically shuts off the lights or somehow signals that you’ve reached your exposure time. Remember that exposure time affects burning and that your age at the time of exposure is important relative to burning.
Knowing your Tanning Lotion
Some suntanning products don't contain sunscreen. It only takes a few bad sunburns to raise the risk of skin cancer, and skin damage builds up over years even when no burning occurs. This is why sunscreen, which blocks UVA and UVB, is recommended. The FDA has expressed concern about suntanning products without sunscreen, and encourages consumers to check the labels for SPF protection.
Sunscreen is regulated by the FDA as an OTC drug. Look for products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. The higher the number, the better the protection. Sunscreen should be liberally applied to skin 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and then every two hours after that.
It's true that most sun lamps emit mainly UVA radiation, and that these socalled "tanning rays" are less likely to cause a sunburn than UVB radiation from sunlight. But, contrary to the claims of some tanning parlors, that doesn't make them safe. UVA rays have a suspected link to malignant melanoma, and, like UVB rays, they also may be linked to immune system damage.
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Living with diabetes can be tiring, not just from actual diabetes symptoms but also from managing the condition in general. These simple steps can help fight fatigue from diabetes and boost energy.
No, it’s not your imagination: Taking care of yourself when you have type 2 diabetes can be exhausting. Diabetes-related fatigue is common, and you may be feeling it from a variety of sources — your diabetes symptoms themselves, exhaustion from the responsibilities of managing diabetes daily, ineffective diabetes management, or even from other underlying conditions.
Understanding Fatigue from Diabetes
There are strong associations between diabetes and testosterone levels, kidney disease, and other health complications, all of which can cause you to become very tired, says Ronald Tamler, MD, director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center and associate professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine, both in New York City.
There’s also a link between diabetes and depression, he adds, and depression is a common cause of extreme fatigue.
Brett Ives, NP, CDE, a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator at the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center also notes that if you have diabetes, you’re twice as likely to be depressed, and depression can cause overwhelming exhaustion.
“There’s a link between diabetes, fatigue, and depression, but the underlying causes aren’t yet understood,” Ives says, adding that if you feel depressed and exhausted, you probably need extra care because as long as you’re depressed, no amount of diabetes management will help you feel less tired.
Other causes of fatigue from diabetes include cells being deprived of sugar, high blood sugar, dehydration from increased urination, loss of calories, and sleep apnea. Graham McMahon, MD, an endocrinologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an associate professor in the department of endocrinology, diabetes and hypertension at Harvard Medical School, says that high blood pressure, nerve damage, and other underlying physical conditions can be a direct cause of exhaustion.
Pinpointing a Cause of Fatigue
“Don’t take fatigue for granted,” Dr. McMahon says. “It needs to be investigated.” Some people may need to undergo a sleep study for possible sleep apnea, while others should be tested for anemia, and still others may need to be treated for stress and depression.
Reasons you may be tired from diabetes can be more subtle than you might think. If you’re not getting the energy you need from food or you’re skipping meals, you’ll be tired. If you’re overweight, you may be at risk for sleep apnea, which causes poor-quality sleep that can deplete your energy. These problems can also make diabetes symptoms worse.
Being tired from diabetes is a serious barrier to being active, taking good care of oneself, and properly using medication to stabilize your blood sugar levels. The good news, though, is that a lack of energy doesn’t have to be a permanent way of life. “With a healthy diet, weight loss, and exercise, many people who thought they were destined to be tired all the time can break the cycle and boost their energy,” Ives says.
Boost Energy: How to Reduce Diabetes-Related Fatigue
Following these tips to help boost energy may go a long way toward improving your diabetes symptoms and your quality of life:
• Be sure to see your doctor regularly.
• Eat a healthy, nutritious diet and don’t skip meals.
• Move more. Exercise boosts energy and helps you lose or maintain a healthy weight.
• Keep blood sugar levels in control.
• Sleep is critical, so get 7 to 8 hours a night and never less than 6 hours.
• If you’re depressed, get treatment.
• If you’re stressed, ask your doctor for ways to manage it.
• If you think you may have sleep apnea or other sleep problems, seek treatment.
From Diabetes-Related Fatigue to Healthy Living
Because of the great amount of management it takes to live a healthy life with type 2 diabetes symptoms, you’re likely to experience a lack of energy at times. The more complex your diabetes, the more you’ll need to do to keep your blood sugar levels in normal range. And the more work you have to do to control blood sugar levels, the more tired you’ll likely become.
But as you continue to become more educated about diabetes, with as much support as you can get from family and friends, you’ll begin to adjust to eating better, exercising more, sleeping better, and keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Once you’ve made the choice to be healthier, you’ll find yourself less fatigued and more energized.
Many people with diabetes will describe themselves as feeling tired, lethargic or fatigued at times.
It could be a result of stress, hard work or a lack of a decent night’s sleep but it could also be related to having too high or too low blood glucose levels.
Tiredness as a symptom of diabetes
Regular tiredness, particularly tiredness following meals, is a common symptom of diabetes.
What causes people with diabetes to be tired?
Two common reasons for tiredness or lethargy are having too high or too low blood sugar levels.
In both cases, the tiredness is the result of having an imbalance between one’s level of blood glucose and the amount or effectiveness of circulating insulin.
If you feel tired during the day, despite having slept well, it could be a result of either high or low sugar levels. It is best to test your blood glucose levels. This is particularly important for people on insulin.
Tiredness and high blood sugar levels
Blood glucose levels go high when there is either insufficient insulin (typically in the case of type 1 diabetes) or the insulin is not working effectively enough (typically in type 2 diabetes).
To provide us with energy, insulin is needed to transport glucose from blood into our cells to be used for energy.
When there is not enough insulin, or the insulin isn’t working effectively, it means the sugar in our blood cannot get into our cells and therefore our cells do not receive the energy they need. As a result, we feel tired.
Managing tiredness and high blood sugar after meals
If tiredness is accompanied by high blood glucose levels after meals, it can indicate one or more of the following:
• The carbohydrate you are eating is too quick acting for you medication to cope with
• You are eating too much carbohydrate for your medication/dosage
• Your medication/dosage is not strong enough
You should only change your medication dosage if your doctor has approved you to.
Putting on weight is a common indication that one’s insulin levels are too high. People who are overweight and experiencing tiredness as a result of high blood glucose levels may be able to combat tiredness by reducing their carbohydrate intake.
Controlling one’s blood sugar levels is of the utmost importance. One supplement that has been proven to help with the effective control of blood glucose levels is the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement. Take this supplement with each and every meal to help retard the uptake of the glucose from the food to the blood stream. You can take this product with your diabetic medication (either oral medication or insulin).
Prolonged exposure to high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) will cause long-term damage to your body. But hypoglycemia, low blood sugars, can cause immediate harmful effects including a diabetic coma. It is important to be able to recognize the signs when your blood sugar is too low and to carry emergency supplies to rectify the situation.
People will react and show different symptoms when their blood glucose levels are too low. They can include some or all of the following:
* Feeling hungry
* Feeling nervous or panicked
* Feeling light-headed or dizzy
* Weakness or lethargy (wanting to go to sleep)
* You may be confused, having difficulty speaking or stringing thoughts together.
Once you have experienced hypoglycemia a few times you will begin to recognize the signals your body will give you when you need more food in your body. It is important to check you blood sugar with your monitor and have something right away that will act immediately to raise your blood sugars. Hard candies or glucose tablets work fast and are easy to have on you at all times. In case you are not able to help yourself, carry diabetic and instructions of what to do and who to call if you need assistance.
Once you have eaten something, test your blood sugar again in 15 minutes to make sure that it is going back to a normal range. You will want to have a snack or a meal too as the burst of sugar will not be long lasting.
By eating small and frequent meals every two to three hours you can lessen the chances of having hyperglycemia. Another safety precaution that should be taken includes eating prior to exercising and afterwards to keep up your energy level.
This does not mean that you should eat more protein than is recommended in one meal. Doing so can lead to other problems down the road. But if you are a diabetic, skipping protein in your diet is not a good idea. For diabetics who are vegetarians or that don't eat a lot of any protein it is important to find a source that can be consumed on a regular basis.
There are many other sources of high-quality protein that does not include animal meats.
Other protein sources can include:
*Tofu is a source of protein that can be prepared in a variety of ways including dessert tofu
*Nuts are an excellent source of protein but can be high in fat too. Read nutrition labels and enjoy in moderation
*Seeds such as flax, pumpkin, and sunflower can be eaten as a source of protein
*Beans and other members of the legume family. There are many ways to prepare beans from chili to cold salads
*Protein powders are available to sprinkle on cereals or to make into shakes for drinking
*Fish sources be aware that large fish contain high levels of mercury and should only be eaten once or twice per week
When making protein choices, go for a lean cut whenever possible. Even though protein has a positive affect on blood sugars excessive fat can cancel out the benefit and turn it into a health risk. Enjoy high-fat meats or heavily processed meats on rare occasions and eat a wide variety of proteins.
The light at the end of the tunnel with gestational diabetes is that the condition is only present when you are pregnant. In almost all cases once your baby is born your pancreas will continue to produce enough insulin for your and your body will process it properly.
In the rare case where it does not, it is likely that you were diabetic prior to becoming pregnant and the diagnosis did not happen until the routine screening for pregnant women. In either case, your doctor will have you continue to monitor your blood glucose levels after the birth of your baby. At a minimum you should test for two days afterwards but your doctor may request that you test for a period of up to two weeks.
During this time you will not be taking insulin. Your doctor is going to want to see how your body is processing your food without the help of additional insulin. It is recommended to continue with the diabetic diet going forward, it is a healthy way to eat and if you are breastfeeding it will ensure that you and your baby are getting the nutrients you need.
Another reason to continue with the diabetic lifestyle even after it is determined that you no longer have gestational diabetes is to prevent getting type 2 diabetes. You are at an increased risk of becoming insulin resistant (also known as type 2 diabetes) once you have had gestational diabetes. Continue to eat the foods you would have while pregnant and watch your portion sizes. After your doctor gives the okay, resume a routine of physical activity even taking your baby for a walk in the stroller.
You will probably feel a sense of relief once your doctor pronounces you diabetes free and you can concentrate on enjoying your new baby.
Maitake is among the “super foods” whose health benefits are known for thousands of years. It is rich in antioxidants and contains components called polysaccharides that benefit the immune system, cardiovascular system and even help fight cancer.
The name maitake comes from Japanese and means “dancing mushroom”. The Japanese used to say that the lucky person who finds the mushroom will dance with joy, as its benefits are priceless. Due to its special shape there have been many other nicknames like hen-of-the-woods, ram’s head and sheep’s head.
Maitake and cancer
Most studies in this field were made using medical extraction of the mushroom, which was found to encourage the creation of immune cells that destroy cancer cells and fight tumor development. The anti-cancer ability of maitake is attributed to its unique polysaccharides.
In 1997 it was found that maitake has an impact on the efficiency of chemotherapy, as it works synergistically with chemotherapy drug called mitomycin. It was also found that maitake has beneficial effect on cancer patients even if they discontinued the chemotherapy due to the severe side effects. A relief was also found from symptoms in cancer patients who have suffered a loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea and hair loss.
In a study conducted at the Kobe University in Japan it was found that there is a link between the consumption of the mushroom’s medical extract and the body’s ability to fight cancer. The study included patients of various types of cancer in different stages of the disease. The surprising results of the study have shown that more than half of patients with lung, liver and breast cancer had a significant halt in the deterioration of the disease. Also in other cancers including brain, stomach and blood cancer there was an improvement, though smaller.
In a study done on humans in 2009 in Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center it was found that maitake has an effect on the immune system in cases of breast cancer. It was found that maitake stimulates immune cells called NK cells whose job is to destroy cancer cells.
Maitake and diabetes
Maitake holds a great promise for diabetes treatment. Studies at the Nishikyushu University in Japan have found that a menu rich in maitake positively affects insulin and blood sugar levels with no side effects. However, diabetic patients treated with insulin or other medications to lower blood sugar levels need to be careful with this mushroom, in order not to get hypoglycemia.
Maitake and the immune system
Studies that have examined the link between maitake and the immune system found that on one hand it has the ability to prevent over reaction of the immune system, as in the case of allergy for example, but on the other hand it is capable of stimulating the immune system when it is weak. In addition, regular consumption of maitake provides a nice amount of antioxidants, which together with the polysaccharides enhance the immune system.
Maitake and vascular and heart disease
Maitake also helps balance blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol levels. Alongside the ability to improve blood sugar levels, it is an ideal food for patients who suffer from metabolic syndrome.
Also shiitake has a long history of medical uses thanks to its nutrients, especially polysaccharides. Other important components in shiitake are a protein called lentin, phytosterols named ergosterol that helps reduce blood cholesterol, amino acids and minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc. In addition, it is an excellent source of vitamins B and D and dietary fiber.
Shiitake and cancer
The unique polysaccharide lentinan has a beneficial effect on the immune system as it is anti-microbial, anti-viral and an has an effect on blood cholesterol. Lentinan affects the immune system by helping fight against cancer cells and inhibits their development. Shiitake was found to inhibit tumor growth by encouraging cancer cell death (apoptosis). The anti-cancer ability of shiitake is attributed to its unique polysaccharides as well as other components.
Also studies on humans found that shiitake has an impact on life expectancy of patients with colon and stomach cancer who received at the same time chemotherapy. Most of the studies conducted in this field were made using the medical extraction of the mushroom, but recently it is believed that eating the mushroom has health benefits in cancer prevention, particularly prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.
Shiitake and the immune system
Many studies have examined the relationship between shiitake and the immune system. As in maitake, is was found that shiitake has on one hand the ability to prevent over stimulation of the immune system as in the case of allergy, and on the other hand is capable of stimulating the immune system when it is weak.
Medical extraction of the mushroom has been shown to be effective in the treatment of bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Shiitake has an interesting effect on the specific type of immune cells called macrophages. These cells are responsible, among other things, for identifying and destroying cancer cells. The shiitake mushroom is able to trigger these cells and thus improve the immune system in identifying cancer cells and destroying them.
Shiitake and flu
Studies that have examined the consumption of shiitake in the daily menu have found that it is effective in treating flu and other problems associated with viral or bacterial infections. This is an intriguing area of research that is just at the beginning, and is believed to continue to yield important and interesting information.
Shiitake and heart and cardiovascular diseases
Shiitake protects against cardiovascular and heart diseases by preventing the development of plaque on the blood vessels walls. In order for the plaque to develop, there is a need to have a certain protein that involves in this process. Shiitake contains substances that inhibit the protein and thus prevents its accumulation on the walls of the blood vessels.
Oxidative stress is a significant factor in the acceleration and development of atherosclerotic plaque, so you may wish to include in your daily menu a large amount of antioxidants as much as possible. Shiitake is rich in three minerals known as strong antioxidants: manganese, selenium and zinc, as well as other elements known in their strong antioxidant ability, such as ergothioneine.
Shiitake is an excellent source of iron from non-animal food source. Studies on laboratory mice showed that the mushroom not only contains a nice amount of iron, but also its availability is higher than that of common iron supplements..
Medical safety notes
Shiitake also contain proteins called purines. Purines break down in the body in a process that creates uric acid, and there are people whose body struggles to eliminate this acid. As a result, the acid is being accumulated, usually in the joints, causing gout. Another problem that can arise from the accumulation of uric acid is kidney stones, so people who tend to suffer from kidney stones should avoid consuming this mushroom.
Where to find these mushrooms
As the miatake is native to the north-eastern part of Japan and North America, you can get it fresh in these areas, or dried and as a supplement (capsules or extract) online.
Shiitake is cultivated and consumed in many Asian countries. Shiitake is also dried and sold as preserved food. These are rehydrated by soaking in water before using. There is a global industry in shiitake production, with local farms in most western countries in addition to large scale import from Asia. It also comes as a supplement form (capsules or extract) that can be bought online. Some supplements combine the two mushrooms in capsules or extract forms.
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