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It’s clear that we eat too much salt….and sugar…and the wrong fats ….and food in general. Refined sugars (carbohydrates) in particular, have been linked to a variety of health issues including obesity and diabetes. Hypertension, on the other hand, has consistently been linked to excess salt consumption. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see new research that links sugar to hypertension.
American scientists recently reviewed a study of 8670 French adults which seemed to find no link between hypertension and salt intake . The study's researchers postulate that instead, consistently high sugar levels cause your heart to beat faster and in turn, cause your blood pressure to rise. A research team, led by Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a heart disease specialist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, believes the French study is on to something. Sugar may indeed be a significant risk factor for...
Last week I got to stay home from work for three days and play with my sweet little daughter! It was a wonderful break from my busy workweek routine. However, one good thing about my regular routine is that I eat a regimented diet that keeps my blood sugars level. On the weekends I go with a plan of "management indulgence" where I eat more carbohydrates, but I'm prepared to cover it with extra insulin. For some reason, being home during the week threw my eating, and therefore my blood sugars, all out of whack!
It started on Tuesday when Sienna and I visited my office. My coworkers wanted to see her and then we headed out shopping for new clothes for our growing girl! I needed a place to feed Sienna lunch and figured I get myself something to eat too. We stopped at a semi-fast food place that serves semi-healthy Asian food. I wisely skipped the white rice, however the chow mein that came with my chicken entrée was covered in a very syrupy sauce. Plus, the breaded...
Did you miss the first posts in this series? Catch up before reading on!
Little Changes, Big Difference: Introduction
Little Changes, Big Difference - Part 1: Blood Sugar Trends
Little Changes, Big Difference - Part2: Food Composition and Insulin Timing
For me, the single factor that leads to most of my unexpected low blood sugars and those occasional high numbers is forgetting to account for my activity level. Insulin works so much more efficiently in an active body than when we're sedentary. In order to bolus accurately, you have to consider how active you'll be while that insulin is working.
Nearly every weekend our family takes one or two long walks around our neighborhood or Balboa Park. When I carefully plan my insulin bolus and food intake with a walk in mind, I can usually manage my blood sugar quite well. I'll usually plan to give myself less insulin for my breakfast, lunch, or snack (whichever occurs before our walk), and drop my basal rate for an hour prio...
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