If you want to control your carbs, then sandwiches are one of your biggest food problems. Using bread for making sandwiches was a wonderful idea to keep our hands from getting greasy from the good stuff inside. But using bread is a bad idea when we want to cut back on our carbs. And now we have even better ideas. Most bread comes from wheat flour, which is one of the highest glycemic foods there is. Few foods will spike our blood glucose more and faster than wheat flour. Corn tortillas are a substitute for some of us. Corn is only moderately high glycemic. Rye is the only other bread that I can think of that is reasonably low glycemic. Still, all tortillas and rye bread are made from grain, which I completely avoid on my very low-carb diet. But each of these breads still has too many grams of carbohydrate for anyone following a very low-carb diet. Sometimes people use a lettuce leaf to wrap their sandwich or burger. But I've never been a fan of a lettuce sandwich. The best san...
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?
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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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