Like most people, especially those of us who have diabetes, I have to watch my weight all the time. That's why my favorite dessert is one that doesn't have any carbohydrates and only 30 calories. It's simple to make with only four ingredients besides water. Another good thing about these ingredients is that since they aren't perishable, I always have them on hand. All the tools you need are a bowl, a measuring cup, and measuring spoons, a stove, and a freezer. The only problem with this snack or dessert is that it doesn't give me instant gratification, since it has to set for an hour. But I consider that a small price to pay for something tasty and filling that won't attack my waist or my blood glucose level. Most of us know my favorite dessert in a related, high-calorie form. And some of us think of it as a cheap substitute for a real dessert. In the form of Jell-O, that's true. And my favorite dessert is certainly inexpensive, but tasty enough for my taste buds, which haven't to...
A healthy well-balanced diet is an essential part of glucose
control for people who have diabetes. However, having diabetes does
not mean that you have to eat special foods or feel deprived. But
you do need to plan ahead and be more thoughtful when it comes to
what and when you eat.
Carbohydrates serve as the main energy source for the body.
During digestion they are broken down into blood sugar and so too
many or too few carbohydrates can cause your blood glucose levels
to spike or drop. It is important to include them in your diet, in
fact 50 to 60 percent of your daily calories should come from
carbohydrate sources. For optimal blood sugar control, most of your
carbohydrate should come from:
Low-fat dairy products
Eating the same amount of carbohydrates each day helps control
blood sugar. It is also important to spread your carbohydrate-rich
foods throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels
consistent. If you have diabetes, ...
Home Management Monitoring Glucose (Blood Sugar) Levels Both low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) are of concern, especially for patients who take insulin. Blood glucose levels are generally more stable in type 2 diabetes than in type 1, so doctors usually recommend measuring blood levels only once or twice a day. For patients who have become insulin-dependent, more intensive monitoring is necessary. Patients should aim for the following measurements: Pre-meal glucose levels of between 70 - 130 mg/dL Post-meal glucose levels of between less than 180 mg/dL Different goals may be required for specific individuals, including pregnant women, very old and very young people, and those with accompanying serious medical conditions. Finger-Prick Test . A typical blood sugar test includes the following: A drop of blood is obtained by pricking the finger. The blood is then applied to a chemically treated strip. Monitors read and provide results. Home monitors are about 10 - 1...
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