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One of the advantages of having diabetes is the chance to try all sorts of different, new, and exciting foods. Maybe you haven’t experienced that yet, but people all over the country keep sending me diabetes-friendly products to try. Most of them are healthy and tasty. Anyway, none of them have poisoned me yet. One of the most surprisingly good foods that I’ve had the pleasure of eating arrived a couple of days ago. These are muffins – but not just your typical muffin, which are loaded with carbs (especially sugar), and fat. These NexGen muffins are instead loaded with fiber – 24 grams per muffin – and calcium – 1000 mg, which is 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of both the fiber and calcium. Valerie Berkowitz just sent me 15 delicious and healthy Lemon Poppy and Banana Walnut Muffins. A Certified Diabetes Educator, she is director of nutrition at the Center for Balanced Health . She writes me that her husband, Keith Berkowitz, M.D., and his partner, Peter Radatti, Ph.D., ...
1) What does an elevated bilirubin number mean?
Bilirubin is a yellow-colored substance that is formed as a result of the destruction of old red blood cells. The amount of “bili” can be measured in the blood. The usual cause of excess bilirubin is liver disease, although some forms of anemia can also cause high levels in the blood. These conditions have other lab abnormalities that help distinguish what kind of disorder is present. And there’s a harmless condition called Gilbert’s syndrome, where bilirubin levels are intermittently elevated in people with no other disease. If there’s a considerable excess amount of bilirubin present, the skin and whites of the eyes will turn a yellowish color, which is called jaundice. However, there’s no particular relationship of elevated bilirubin with diabetes.
2.) Can you explain what day to day life is like for a person with type 1 diabetes?
One could write a book about l...
The biggest lesson I've learned from tightly managing blood glucose levels during my one and half pregnancies, is the benefit of eating a lower carbohydrate diet. I actually enjoy having a set carb limit at each meal because it helps me to make smarter food choices and keeps my blood sugar levels much more manageable. I suppose it is simple logic that fewer carbohydrates require less insulin, and the more moderate your insulin needs the less likely you are to miscalculate your insulin bolus.
If you're curious, the carbohydrate limits I (mostly) stick to during pregnancy are:
Breakfast: 15 grams
Morning Snack: 15 grams
Lunch: 45 grams
Afternoon Snack: 15 grams
Dinner: 45 grams
Bedtime Snack: 30 grams
Those certainly aren't "Atkins" diet levels of carbohydrates, but it is a lot less than the typical diet, I'd imagine. When eating out or measuring certain foods, it's amazing how quickly a regularly sized meal hits 60-75 grams of carbohyd...
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