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Posted by admin on December 3, 2017

Are sweets really the enemy for diabetics?

Sweet treats — like candies and cakes were once off-limits for people with diabetes, however, not anymore.

In fact, research has shown that starches like potatoes and white bread affect blood sugar levels much like sugar which sometimes cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar. However, the non starchy carbohydrates found in most vegetables and whole grains don’t affect blood sugar as much.

Counting carbs and choosing the healthiest of them is more important than eliminating sugar altogether. A little sweet treat is okay occasionally.  If you’re at a party or a wedding for instance, there is no reason why you cannot have a very small slice of cake. Just remember (more…)

Posted by admin on October 24, 2017

Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is genetic and triggered by unknown causes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors, but not sugar specifically.

 

However, being overweight and eating a high-calorie diet, which often includes a lot of added sugar, can raise your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

 

Brazil is the top sugar producer in the world. Most of its harvest goes to more than 100 other countries. The United States ranks 9th when it comes to producing sugar.

 

Humans are born with a sweet tooth hence we are hardwired to prefer sweet from birth. Sugars are a (more…)

Posted by admin on August 23, 2017

Know Your Pancreas!

In order to understand the pancreas one has to ask what does your pancreas do?

The pancreas does two main things. It makes fluids that contain enzymes, which break down the nutrients in food — like fats and proteins — so your body can use them. And it makes hormones like insulin to balance your blood sugar levels.

The pancreas is about 6 inches long and looks a bit like a tadpole, with a head, body, and tail. It sits in the abdomen, behind the stomach and in front of the spine. (more…)

Posted by admin on June 1, 2017

How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy With Gestational Diabetes.

How does gestational diabetes affect pregnancy?

Most women with gestational diabetes who can keep their glucose levels in check go on to have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. But having gestational diabetes makes you and your baby more likely to develop certain complications.

If you have gestational diabetes, you’re more likely to go into labour early . Babies who are born

early are more likely to have health problems and may also need extra care after birth. You may also have a higher risk of high blood pressure. These conditions make pre-term labour more likely and 

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Posted by admin on May 30, 2017

What Are The Symptoms And Treatments For Gestational Diabetes?

What are the symptoms of gestational diabetes?

Most women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes don’t have any symptoms. That’s why your Doctor/Nurse should offer you a screening test for gestational diabetes when you’re between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant.

If you have any risk factors for gestational diabetes, your Doctor may suggest doing the test earlier. Most women who have gestational diabetes find out that they have it after taking this test.

The most common test for gestational diabetes is the oral glucose screening test. This test measures how efficiently your body produces insulin. On the day of the test, your provider will give you a sweet liquid to drink. An hour later, you’ll have a blood test to check your glucose levels. (more…)