Yesterday I started a thread in one of the forum pages about my experience with a very bad high blood sugar. I'm very happy to report that today I had PERFECT numbers! Nothing above 200!
I'm very excited! Now if I can just keep it up...
Yep, that's right. 26 yrs ago, I got the diagnosis. Back then, I was told "The cure is only 5 years away". Guess what, I'm still waiting on that 5 yrs.
It's been an interesting 26 yrs. I've been through DKA, a coma in which I had a near death experience, I've given birth to a child, and fought bad A1C's. It's because of this wonderful site and the wonderful people here that I'm still fighting this. Giving up is not an option.
So, with the help of my friends, family, and endo, I hope to be here another 26 yrs.
Love you all!!!!
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:mad:just recently been discharged from hospital for serve diarherra with hot/cold chills weight loss in 3-4 weeks 18 lbs. I have been on and off metformin since dx 07/05/07.
I was placed back on for the 3rd time with about a year on something else each time.
I have had before adm to hosp endoscopy and coloscopy. result endo ok colonscopy--inflimation fo colon with pockets of gas.
while in the hsop due to serve diarherra and vomitting i rec;vd a cat scan--results--no adverse findings. So the culprit as I have deduced is Metformin. May gastrologist swore that Metformin could not cause this.
So may fat intake or dairy products might trigger it.
while hospitalized no fat/low card 1800 cal diet.
I just ate chillie it trigged an episode==no more chillie!!
hi! I'm new to this site @ have read a few things that have me starting to wonder.
First, I read that 50 units of Novo-rapid can kill. But I have been taking 45units plus 60 units of lantus for about 11/2 years now.
Surely this would more than equal 50 units of novo-rapid.
I must admit that I am very lacksadaisical about my medications.
Maybe i should sit up @ take a bit more attention to what I'm taking.
After a call from my mum, she wanted to ask a few questions about diabulimia and how to spot it i decided that i would have a look and see if there was any information about to help.
I found a useful article on this link;
What is diabulimia?
In its most simple terms - Diabulimia is the term given when a type 1 diabetic deliberately gives themself less insulin to achieve weight loss. The calories are lost through the loss of glucose in urine. When the body needs more energy it can attack the muscle within the body breaking it down and basically turning the blood into acid. Often resulting in ketoacidosis.
The death rate of type 1 diabetes was three times those who had eating disorders compared to those who did not.
Patients with diabulimia have a mortality rate of 34.8 percent per year. (http://5resolutions.blogspot.com/2007/11/eating-disorderdiabetesdiabulimia.html)
Signs to watch for-
Drinking more than usual
skipping meals / over eatting
body image paranoia
Body dismorphia (obsession over size)
consistently hhigh haemoglobin (HbA1c level in the UK)
doubtful blood glucose monitoring
Discomfort eating around others
Irregular eating patterns
All the above signs are what i personally can vouch for, but are not all the signs. Every person is different and may react slightly differently. I am not saying this is all exact, i am just saying that these are what could be common symptoms.
As always, if you are suffering with this disease, PLEASE tell somebody or ask a medical professional for help. Dont ignore this.
I was doing so well with fighting back against the diabulimia. I have put up with the stomach pains, the sickness, the tiredness versus insomnia feelings. I have even tried to tackle my increased moodiness. But today i just cant seem to push through the voices.
I didnt get alot of sleep last night, the 500mg of metformin dose was doubled to 1000mg per day yesterday and I felt brilliant yesterday i truely did. Then roll on almost midnight im bent double over the porcelein telephone praying for it to be over. Since then i have barely left my beanbag bed (although now im curled on my bed typing to try and exhaust my mind.
I find stress always makes me slip into bad habits and im trying not to go back to skipping my meds but i swear there is more than one of me in my head space controling who i am and what i do. For example, i have a book that i keep note of what i have eaten, done and taken. I made an omelette today as my food is running out and the date runs out so im not gonna waste it, set out my meds and updated my book. I only managed about half the omelette but felt full, then I found the meds sat on top of the rubbish in the bin. I live alone so nobody else did it. Im seriously begining to worry that im loosing my marbles.
I also wanted to see how much damage was done to my weight by being back on medication. I had resisted the urge to weigh myself for the past 11days. I know i have control issues and get quite OCD like symptoms with stuff so i made myself not use the wii fit plus that i religiously used to use and monitor my weight. I had gained a little, which i knew i would but in my mind its screaming to stop. I cant gain anymore, i was doing fine before i started back on meds. Yeah if fine means hardly able to breathe, moving was painful, chest pains, neuropathy in my legs and hands and chest. Dizzy spells whenever i stood or sat too quickly. Lathergy, tiredness, sickness.
Since i was signed off i had to stop my jobseekers allowance (my only income) and sign on for this other benefit for sickness; I have to watch what food/amenties i have left. I have now been told i have approximately 6weeks for my claim to be assesed. I was relying on this weeks jobseekers money to pay my water bill and buy food/electricity! How is that supposed to help?!
I know i need to keep fighting this but i just dont feel strong enough today, some days i can and others i just dont have it in me to fight back. My family i know are shocked and disappointed in me although they wouldnt admit i, but i know its true. I just feel so worthless today that i feel im wasting so much of peoples time and effort to get me to take meds for a cause that would have killed me say less than a hundred years ago. Before anyone says anything i am on stupid antidepressant tablets right now but am feeling no benefit. I have the docs tomorrow providing i dont oversleep so maybe i can get a kick up the arse. Why is it one day i can be so positive and the next i cant seem to survive?
I will beat this, i just need to find a way that doesnt leave me puking my guts up, in pain and unsure where to turn or what i have done. I have family support, some friends, and a guy who is a superstar but i just dont know why he is with me. I dont want to drag him down with me. I have alot better control when he is around, he is a type one diabetic too. He is fit, healthy, goes to gym etc. Where as i have had diabetes 13years more than his 3. He has control, knows where he is at, what he's doing. I just muck up everything i touch. I dont know how much he understands about diabulimia, or even about me. How can he know me when i dont even know who i am? Maybe it is best if i disappear for a few days. Mum wants me under her roof so she knows im ok. I just dont know if i should go and be force fed and monitored even through she wont mean to do it. Im just too confused. Nothing feels like it makes sense.
I need to stop self pitying myself, kick my own backside and action plan for positivity.
Please if you are suffering with this, PLEASE tell somebody. You cannot beat this alone.
Yesterdy I travelled to St. John's Newfoundland. I'm on a project here, and I'll be living mostly alone for about three months. My wife will be joining me for a couple of weeks.
It's a real cool city, literally and figuratively. st. john's newfoundland - Google Search The people here are awesome. If you don't know where it is, I'm as far east as you can go in North America.
I'm not scared at all, or worried. If you don't already know, I've had my share of hypo-episodes: nine 911's and many more severe events. Much of this past seems to be just that, the past. I now rarely have hypos, and when I do have them, they are minor. Except for yeterday.
They weren't intense, but I was chronically low. My first flight was at 9:30am and my final landing was 1pm. DW made a nice breakfast of eggs and bacon. I took what I thought would be an appropriate 4u of insulin. My fasting sugah was 6ish. I tested just before boarding at 9:15am.I was 3.1 mmol/l! I popped a couple of Dex-4's and ate two dates. I had six dates packed for extra security. I realized it was too much, so I dosed a unit to cover. No biggie.
The first leg was only 40 minutes. landing was very cool. It was a Dash 8, I was in seat 2, and I could see right out the front. Sitting in Halifax International Airport was kind of strange. Nine years earlier it was packed with stranded American jets. Being on an airplane wasn't scary, but it did make me think about those 9/11 events.
The strangeness continued when I tested at 3.4. Two more dates and another unit.
11:23 we took off into a totally cloudy sky. Boring! I read some of the way, but I nodded off for most of it. It was rainy and foggy in Newfoundland, normal. Caught my ride to the hotel which I booked from home earlier, and checked in. I felt fine, but the first thing I did was test. 4.1! There's no food there and little nearby. I ate my last two dates. I have an 'Efficiency Unit', a room with a kitchen, so I caught a bus and headed to the mall. I bought a monthly bus pass and groceries. It was about 4:45 when I got back.
I unpacked, made some grub, and settled in for some football. My Packers won! Sugar after dinner was another low 4.8. ****.
I decided to be safe and use a 25% reduced basal rate for the night.
I woke this morning at 9.0, slightly high. I corrected with 2u and set my basals back to regular. I was 6.1 before lunch, and my 2hr pp was 4.1 again. I just re-adjusted my basals to my low pattern again. I feel good, but as I've said many times: "Test, Don't Guess!"
Going for a walk after work to pick up a few more groceries, get some exercise, and watch more football
Wish me good fortune please!
Hello All... I'm looking for the best way to take both Byetta and Glyburide/Metformin so that I'm getting the most benefit from both. I've read differents posts that taking both at the same time can negate their effects. Today I decided that I will take Byetta before breakfast and dinner and take Glyburide/Metformin at lunch and with evening snack. (Both are prescribed to be taken with breakfast & dinner.) Clearly, I could ask my MD, but am looking for combinations that have worked for others. Thanks so much!
Hi all, I'm new here and new diabetic; having trouble timing my metformin doses. I never eat breakfast; have been taking first dose with noon meal and second dose with evening meal. is that too close? what if I took one in am and didn't eat, just orange juice and coffee? thanks for any input.
This week i challenged myself as i do daily with various things to tell those closest to me about he diabulimia. I was advised that talking about it is a way to acceptance.
Tuesday was hard going, but i told my big sister. I learnt that we are more alike than i could have thought. I am the only diabetic in my family. Big sis was so understanding, and really helped me in the fact she let me talk and get it all out of my system. Questions etc werent too barbaric and it felt so good to have somebody know what was going on. She said she had suspicions on an eatting disorder but didnt realise how bad things had been.
Later on tuesday evening my little sister who i was always closer to arrived for a catch up as arranged. She let me talk and voice things but was very quiet afterwards. No questions or queries. She later said she was really sorry but was in shock. I felt so raw after laying out my soul. But i had a bigger battle ahead.
Just how do you tell your mother that you were effectively killing yourself? A mother who was so proud that you lost so much weight, so proud that i was becoming somebody proud of who they were rather than ashamed of how they looked.
The stomach cramps and sickness has been really bad since tuesday so i stayed at home and curled up on the big bean bag with quilt and a bucket. My mother unnexpectedly visited from Bath today at my big sisters. My sis rang me and said they were going to be outside in 20mins to take me to dinner.
I could barely eat a thing, each mouthful made my stomach roll. I was told i looked like death and needed to eat more, or anything.
I confessed all to mum unexpectedly on both our parts, i couldnt not tell her. I expected disappointment and concern. Not calm acceptance and offers of help and support. I have no idea why i though she wouldnt accept anything i told her, i just wish she didnt look so concerned when she drove me home afterwards. She is going to research and anymore questions she will ask.
I also learnt that one of the girls from the forum died from this. We found found via her sister emailing asking for information. It turns out they didnt know what was going on. Is there any where to get information about support for family/friends?
I spent so long concerned about disapproval (not that i want approval for this ridiculous eating disorder) and falling out of this. I should have spoken out earlier. Who knows maybe i wouldnt have done so much damage over the years of suffering alone with this.
I feel so raw, i dont know what to do with myself right now. I know my partner is coming round to say hi as i havent seen him in a couple of days. I just dont know how to voice this to him. He is also diabetic so he knows more about how it feels to live with it. I couldnt face rejection or annoyance from him about this. Too many mountains climbed the last few days and these side effects of metformin are horrid. I want a cup of tea and bed.
As always, if you are reading this and are suffering alone, please seek help and/or talk to somebody. No matter how hard it is, the relief once its done is shocking.
If anyone is following this, i just hope you wont judge me for stupidity, i know the diabulimia is stupid. I even hear myself saying in my head 'just take the insulin' but it isnt that easy.
I have spent the last two days nearly curled up with such pain in my stomach that i have been sick a few times (not helping with the bulimia side) and wanting to cry.
Im terrified of getting on my wii fit thing, as i know it will do the whole 'weigh in' thingy. I couldnt handle seeing the weight go on just yet. I dont feel strong enough for it.
I did see two of my sisters yesterday. Without the facebook group supporting me, saving my life and encouraging me to get help and talk to people, i spoke to my sisters one at a time and explained why i had lost so much weight. While i was talking all i could hear was the comments that i looked so healthy, so proud of me, happy for me that i found a way to make it work. I honestly felt like i could take on the world, until the pains started. My older sister was so understanding and supportive, i think if she had reacted badly i couldnt have told my little sister. Who was shocked, she apologised for being quite but she didnt see that coming. I have decided not to tell my other sister as thats all a bit awkward right now.
My next box to tick is to tell my mother that i have effectively been killing myself to become thin. Im terrified of seeing disapointment in her eyes. She has been so proud of me for loosing the weight. I know she says she loves me no matter what size i am and i know its true but she has been so freaked about about me getting ill or various failure of body parts in later life. How do you tell your mother you have effetively been killing yourself?
I know there are people out there i can talk to, but its easier talking to people online about this stuff sometimes, but how do you tell those closest to you?
I know i have OCD and am medicated, have severe control issues but when im stressed the diabulimia takes major control. Having been so stressed for so long with various stuff i finally got help, but i need to keep taking the meds and have better control.
If anybody out there is reading this is suffering too, please get or seek help, or tell somebody close to you. Dont suffer alone x
You are more likely to develop diabetes type 2 if you are overweight and exercise less than 3 times a week. I agree that if you have a genetic predisposition for obesity and diabetes type 2, it may be too late to change your parents.
But you definitely can change some of your daily habits that cause you gain weight fast while promoting high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, two factors that will only make things worse for you. Let us see if any of these three practices are part of your daily life and which ones you can remove for good.
You gain weight fast if you purchase and consume too many processed foods
You basically know what you eat when you buy an apple, an orange, a piece of fish or a cereal that has only one ingredient. But when you eat a processed food that comes in a package or a can, do you know what you are eating? If you have decided that cooking is not for you and you are buying most of your meals already prepared, chances are you diet is not a healthy one and you are running into the following problems:
1. You are getting too much fat and I dare to guarantee you it is not the healthy type. Chances are you are getting your share of saturated fat and trans fats. These two fats are the ones that get stuck in your blood vessels and your waist, two major risks for heart disease. In addition, trans fats will also damage your arteries, a factor that promotes the buildup of plaque.
2. Your food will probably be filled with hidden sugars. Read the label to be aware of the different names manufactures use to camouflage sugar in their products. Hidden sugar is used by manufacturers of processed foods and medications and if you get into the habit of reading food labels, you will see that almost all processed foods contain sugar. This explains why although direct consumption of sugar tends to decrease, consumption of hidden sugars keeps going up.
3. You are getting too much salt. Too much salt and little potassium causes high blood pressure. Read my article on the causes of hypertension.
4. You drink too many sodas and fruit drinks. Sodas have a lot of sugar and even if you drink diet sodas, still are no good for you. And if you think fruit juices are any better, you are due for a big surprise. Most of the times, these drinks have a lot of sugar and very little fruit.Even if the drink is 100% fruit, that fruit has been pasteurized at high temperatures and has lost almost all its vitamins and minerals. If you want a fruit juice, make it at home. Add 50% water to your juice to prevent too much sugar going into your system in one sitting. And don’t forget to replace sodas with water or herbal tea.
You gain weight fast if you buy the larger sizes at fast food restaurants
You may think you are getting “a good deal” by ordering the larger size, but think about the prize you and your family will pay for those extra calories. Avoid super-size orders or the ones that indicate “25% more”. Look for regular size orders or children’s portions.
20 years ago, the hamburger and french fries now sold as the children’s meal at McDonald’s was actually the normal size meal that most customers ordered. Fast food restaurants determined that Americans were more interested in quantity and value than anything else, and began supersizing everything. Get the small portion to prove them wrong.
Remember that there are a lot of calories and a lot of fat when you order the supersize. In fact, the only winner when you buy these super sizes is the vendor. Sign up for the list of calories and sodium at fast food restaurants.
You gain weight fast if you exercise less than 3 times a week
Maybe some of these foods will not have such an impact in your weight if you were using the energy they provide with some type of exercise. Exercising not only causes you to burn calories while you are moving but it also causes your metabolism to work faster even when you are not exercising which results in more calories used.
Walking is an excellent exercise not only to lose weight but to prevent or control diabetes type 2, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Just as an anecdote I will tell you that although I do not have high cholesterol, my readings for total cholesterol are in the 170 number, every time I spend time in Spain, my country of origin, my cholesterol drops 20 points. The reason? Over there I use public transportation and since the bus or the subway train doesn’t come to my door to pick me up, I have to walk to where they are.
How about making time to walk and cooking more at home? Dancing will also be a wonderful way to exercise and have fun. If your daily hours at work during the week are kind of hectic and by the time you get home you don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen, how about cooking during the weekend and freezing part of that food in small containers? I do that and it really works for me.
I cannot say I am a fanatic of cooking, but I came to the realization that the only way I have control of what I eat is by buying fresh foods and cooking them myself. This way I know how much salt, fat and sugar my meals have. For sure, they have no preservatives.
To Your Healthy Cooking!
Emilia Klapp, RD, BS
I had an opthamologist appointment this morning. I rescheduled it a month early because I'll be away for the next three months.
If you are new to seeing an eye butcher ... errr, eye doctor, I'll walk you through the process. understand that I've been fighting diabetic proliferative retinopathy since March 1994. I've experienced photocoagulative laser, some 4,000 zaps, minor bleeding, major hemhorraging, and major surgery, a vitrectomy. I know what it's like to have an eye full of blood, so full that my vision measured 0/20. It's the legally blind kind of vision.
I see my optho more frequently than most diabetics do, every four months. For awhile, pre-2006, I was visiting every two months or better. I get full examinations. Newly diagnosed patients may or may not get as intense treatment as me. Likely you won't.
I think optho's offices must be the plainest in the whole health care office caste system. At the high end are dentists. My dentist's office is pristine. The waiting room has expensive carpeting, nice cushioned chairs, a play area for the kids, extra newspapers for us dads, and a big screen tv. The dental area, where they do their torturing, is a shiny, plasticized , and high tech equipment chamber of pain. Dentist offices are nothing but profssional.
My family doctor's office isn't nearly as nice. PCPs have no need for fancy gear. Their lounges are much more plain than dentists' lounges, but they still cater to kids and readers. Have you ever noticed that the quantity of reading material in any doctor's office is proportional the the wait time you experience there? PCPs have the most reading material.
My optho's office is about as plain Jane as you can get. It has a coat hanger, a ring of aluminum legged chairs, and a small table with large print Readers Digests, Sports Illustrated, and Golf magazines. Small kids are rare visitors to Optho offices. If you bring one, bring your own toys and books.
I didn't need to register today. I rode up the elevator to the 6th floor with the receptionist. She asked, "How are you today John?" Usually when I register, I walk up to the window, say "Hey, I'm here." and sit down. The receptionist doesn't even look up. I am an important patient. I'm surprised he hasn't named his yacht after me.
That was 8:40. Frank came in at 8:50. You know you are not in great shape when you call your optho by his first name. BTW on this forum I often refer to him as 'The Grunter.' He doesn't like to talk much, and when he does, it's often a gutteral version of yes or no. At 8:55 he called me into my favorite examination room. This was a bit different. Usually, during my typical late afternoon visit, he or his assistant will call me into the prep-examination room. It's like all three of his exam rooms, but the prep room is usually only used for dilations and glaucoma testing. After prep, you usually sit in a little hall next to it to wait for the drops to work.
His favorite office is also pretty low key. There's a big chair, some big equipment used to exmine eyes, a few smaller pieces, and a small fridge in the back corner. The focal point though is the desk. This desk holds all his tools. A big case of eye pieces to test vision, 19 bottles of eye-drops (I counted them!), examination lenses in old, worn leatherish cases, and a couple of hand-held lights. The desk itself looks homemade. The varnished pine finish makes it look like it was pulled out of a wall-mart bargain bin. It's screwd to the wall with about a dozen screws. I can only assume the installer either lost his stud finder or didn't know what one was. Maybe he was Frank's first patient? The hilight though is the light switch panel. It's a piece of knotty pine screwed onto the front later and finished to match. It's covered in little metal toggles. Each of these switches controls a light or piece of equipment.
First he asked me if I had any problems. I responded with "No, just the usual lousy vision."
This sent his warning system into high gear. "Lousy vision?"
We had a big discussion about my history of laser, my affected pepheral vision, and of course what I was really expiencing. We settled on "annoying." My vision is not crappy, my eyes just annoy me. And it's true; they do. It's a combination of getting old and needing reading glasses, slightly reduced field of view in the right and more in the left, and the mega-laser I've had. It's not easy to describe. Annoying comes as close as anything.
Frank sits down, flicks one switch to turn on the eye chart projector and another to turn off the main light. I read all the letters just fine with each eye! I should visit in the morning more often. Usually I struggle with the bottom row with my left eye. There are occaisions in my afternoon visits where I can barely read any of them.
Then come the freezing drops. He doesn't even bother to lean me back or have me look up. Freaks me out when he does that. I have no idea how he can get em in, but he always does first try. He also dries my eyes with a Kleenex. He never offers one to me. I usually grab one anyway, but I couldn't see the box today.
The glaucoma test didn't go smoothly today. They usually do; though for years I struggled hard through them. Frank uses the physical device that touches your eyes. Some opthos use air pressure. I much prefer air. Sometimes, like today, my eyes are too sensitive for the physical device. It's basically a contact lense with a machine attached to it. I never get good looks at the machine, obviously. It took three tries to get my right measured and one for the left.
Now for the dilating drops. He does lean me back for these. I wonder if he knows how incongruent this is. He wipes again, and walks out simply saying, "stay there."
He sees two other patients, a man then a woman. I hear some talk, but I can't follow it.
On his return he sits down and pulls a contraption towards me. It's attached to a bigger contraption to my left, connected with a flexile arm. I put my chin on a rest, he lines it up, and turn on its light. The light he shines into my right eye is a narrow vertical strip. He doesn't look long, less than 10 seconds, and moves on to my left eye. I don't know what the name of this thing is, but it's used to look at the front of the eye for outer problems like cataracts.
The light gets swung away, he flips the main light off, and pulls up close with his hand held "stinger" light. With this light he gets a high resolution view of my maculas. I'm not sure he uses a lens or not. He might. Again, I'm not exactly seeing everything that's going on. Nor am I paying much attention. To tell the truth, I get pretty stressed during these visits, and I'm trying to maintain control. Continual negative thoughts keep hitting me such as "what if he finds something?" This light sometimes stings, hence the name I give it. Of course it's not a laser; it's just very bright and uncomfortable.
This is probably as far as most pateints go. Not me.
Now comes the "torture" light. This sucker is so bright, you'd think you were witnessing a nuclear event. And it's not quick. He leans the chair back, moves in close with the light and lens, lines them up and "wham!"
"Look down ... look down and right ... look right ... look up and right ... look up ... look up and left ... look left ... look down and left ... look down ..."
Why does he always need to repeat down?
Now for the pain. "Look right at the light."
Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, intense ow, ow, ow, more intense ow, it's burning through the back of my head ow, hurry the **** up ow!
Well I survived it. He called this a dispersing lense that lets him see into the far reaches of the periphery, but it doesn't give him as fine detail as his stinger. sounds like a wide angle camera lens.
Now comes the discussion. "You have some micro-anuerisms in your right eye. They might have been there all along."
"Will they bleed?"
"No. They will not bleed. They may leak and build up in the retinal tissue. This is called edema."
Happy happy joy joy!
"They are not in the macula, so they are not a problem. Keep your sugars in control, that's the best medicine. But really, your eyes look great."
So now I have something else to worry about.
Have you eliminated avocados from your salads because of their bad press of being high in calories? No need to, since avocado calories are not as high as we tend to believe, especially when we compare them with other foods we may be eating on a regular basis.
A typical whole avocado contains 30 grams of fat, but 20 of those grams are monounsaturated, mainly oleic acid. This is the healthy fat found in olive oil which helps prevent high blood pressure, heart attacks, and lowers the bad cholesterol.
Some avocado nutrition facts
It is true that avocados are richer in fat than any other fruits (avocados are a fruit) 16.7 for each 100 grams (3.5 ounces). However, this number is still low when we compare it to other foods that you may eat on a regular basis and that do not contribute the same benefits to your body as avocados do. Take a look at these numbers
2-3 thin slices of avocado:
50 calories; 4.5 grams total fat; 0.5 grams saturated fat and 0 grams cholesterol
2 Tbsp of butter
204 calories; 23 grams total fat; 15 grams saturated fat and 61 mg cholesterol
1 slice cheddar cheese:
114 calories; 9.4 grams total fat; 6 grams saturated fat and 30 mg cholesterol.
Good reasons to include avocados in your diet
1. Avocados are high in Vitamin E
100 grams or 3.5 ounces of avocado provide 25 per cent of the vitamin E daily need. This vitamin is one of the most powerful antioxidants and helps maintain healthy arteries by neutralizing the effects of free radicals. Damage to the interior of our arteries by free radicals is implicated in the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the “bad one” and the formation of plaque inside the arteries, a major risk for a heart attack.
2. Avocados help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol
Oleic acid is a fat that can help you lower cholesterol. In one study of people with moderately high cholesterol levels, the participants followed a diet rich in avocados during seven days. At the end of the study they had significant decreases in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the “bad” one, along with an 11% increase in HDL, the “good” one.
3. B vitamins and folic acid (folate) reduce heart attacks
Avocados have substantial amounts of B vitamins; one cup of avocado has 23 percent of the Daily Value for folate. These vitamins are essential in protecting our arteries and our heart because of their effect on homocysteine.
To determine the relationship between folate intake and heart disease, researchers followed the diet of over 80,000 women for 14 years. They found that women who had higher intakes of foods containing folic acid had a 55 percent lower risk of having heart attacks. Another study showed that individuals who consume folate-rich diets have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke than those who do not consume as much of this vital nutrient.
4. Avocados help lower high blood pressure
Avocados are rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium and low in sodium. This characteristic makes them good diuretics and they are recommended for people who have high blood pressure. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Association has authorized a health claim that states: “Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.”
5. Avocados protect your eyes
Studies at the University of California, USA, showed that avocados are a substantial source of lutein, a yellow pigment found also in green peas and leaks. Lutein protects these plants from solar radiation. This same property helps protect our retina and prevent diseases like cataracts o macular degeneration.
According to a recent investigation by the University of Ohio, USA, the nutrients in avocados can prevent oral cancer and probably any other types of tumors.
Choosing avocados at the supermarket
A ripe, ready to eat avocado is slightly soft but should have no dark sunken spots or cracks. If the avocado has a slight neck, rather than being rounded on top, it was probably tree ripened and will have better flavor.
A firm avocado will ripen in a paper bag or in a fruit basket at room temperature within a few days. As the fruit ripens, the skin will turn darker. Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week.
How to prevent avocados from getting dark
Once you open an avocado eat it immediately since its meat gets dark very fast. If you consume only part of the avocado, keep the seed with the remaining portion and store in the refrigerator. Store in a plastic bag, or cover it with plastic wrap. Sprinkling the exposed surface with lemon juice will help to prevent the browning that can occur when the flesh comes in contact with oxygen in the air.
Do not cook avocados because they become bitter; however, you can warm them up a little. When part of a dish, do not season avocados with salt until the very last moment, otherwise they will get dark immediately.
If you are watching your calories, do not eat the whole avocado in one sitting; have just half if it is a small one or a quarter if it is a big one. But don’t put aside avocados because of their calories and then turn around and spread your bread with tons of butter, soak your salad in regular dressing, or have a piece of cake for dessert. It is not a healthy nutrition practice.
To Your Health!
Emilia Klapp, BS, RD.
The Diabetes Club - Overcoming Diabetes with Nutrition, with Diabetes and Weight Loss Coach - Emilia Klapp
New blog for me so why not start at the beggining?
I was diagnosed with type one diabetes 28th december 1994 at the joyous age of ten years old. I had been told i had flu/a virus for almost 4months. Loosing so much weight, not eatting and drinking litres of fluid every day at the age of ten wasnt great. Its not good at any age really!
By the age of 12 i was a UK size 12, my issues with weight continued until at 5ft 2" i weighed 15stone 1lb.
I havent told family members how i lost so much weight as i couldnt handle their reactions to the diabulimia as well as trying to get back on track.
The diabulimia started i believe in 2007-2008 when i noticed that when i reduced my insulin too much i lost weight as my sugars were sky high. This later progressed to me having almost none of the novorapid. My weight plummeted, so did my health. I got so desperate to shift the weight and appear 'normal' that i completely stopped the novorapid, and reduced the lantus injection to minimal enough that i could still get up out of bed (barely more than that).
My partner at the time noticed i was tired all the tim but he never really understood diabetes which is my own pigheaded fault. He even bought me iron tablets thinking i was a little aenemic.
I finaly learnt that what i was doing was called diabulimia, research took me to a group on facebook. The group helped me see how dangerous my life had become. It took some time bu they convinced me to tell somebody, anyone. I ended up talking to my doctor as i had refused to go to the diabetes centre due to derogatory remarks about my weight made me fear going. The doctor first asked if i had been drinking when i told him i had been so stupid. Drinking, yes! Alcohol - no!.
I had an urgent referal to the diabetes centre, and was put back on novorapid by a very supportive nurse and was seen by consultant. I piled on the lbs in less than a week. I got scared and didnt even realise i had stopped all but the bare minimum of insulin again. My sugars were too high to even register beyond 'HI'.
My relationship collapsed, i was made redundant for the third tim in a year so i had no choice but to relocate back to my home town for some family and friend support.
I registered at the new doctors and was refered to the diabetes centre in Portsmouth. After being told there was a 45 minute delay and me walking out i couldnt handle being there. That place was where my childhood was wasted away being told i ad put on 'more weight' everytime i went in to see them. I didnt eat poorly, i exercised several times a week and yet i couldnt stop gaining weight.
Another appointment was made to see the nurse there, who after careful discussions and being very kind and supportive (and high lighting the risks) she said i may have type 1.5 diabetes... what on earth is that?!?!
Anyway, i digress. I am currently taking, as advised 15units of lantus at night, and 500mg of metformin (soon to be more metformin once side effects reduce). I had a blood sugar of 4.9mmol this morning! I havent been that low in at least 11months.
The metformin is rough going at the moment with stomach cramps and stuff, but its better than yesterday. The nurse said it may not be the answer but i cant go back on the novo rapid. I need this to work.
I do not want people to think that diabulimia is a quick fix for weight loss, its not. Its addictive, dangerous and deadly. I know the damage i have done to my body, i can feel it. I dont need to see the blood test etc results to know. I have pains in my lower legs and feet, pins and needles alot of the time. My internal temperature gauge is faulty, im constantly freexing cold, or on occaison im burning up. I have agonising chest pains at times. My vision has got so much worse than it was and my memory is so bad that i have reminders for my to do lists.
If you are reading his and are struggline, please seek help before its too late.
A lot has been said, and written, about fresh fish and fish oil vitamins when it comes to a healthy heart and healthy eating. However, the never ending question is:
1. What is better for my heart, fresh fish or fish oil vitamins?
2. Can I replace fish with fish oil vitamins and obtain the same health benefits?
Well, here is the answer.
The American Heart Association and several other groups recommend Omega-3 oil, the main fat found in fresh fish, fish oil, and fish oil capsules, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there has been little research on whether the body processes fats from fish oil capsules and from fish in the same way.
The University of South Dakota study
To investigate the matter, Dr. Harris, from the University of South Dakota and his team had a group of 11 women eat two servings of tuna or salmon each week, while another group of 12 women took the same amount of fish oil vitamins, an estimated 485 milligrams daily, in capsule form.
After 16 weeks, the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the red blood cells of women in both groups had risen by 40 percent to 50 percent, while omega-3s in the blood, had risen by 60 percent to 80 percent.
“We went into the project assuming that fish would be better, based on some previous literature from other studies”, Dr. Harris indicated. Based on the current findings, he added, it doesn’t make any difference whether you get your omega 3 fatty acids from a concentrate in a capsule or in fish because they have the same effect as far as enriching the tissues with omega 3s. Nevertheless, Dr. Harris emphasized that he would encourage people to eat fish rather than relying on fish oil capsules. Fish contributes with not only Omega-3s but also with proteins, vitamins and minerals that the capsules don’t bring.
Benefits of fish oil for the Heart
1. Improved heart rhythms. Uncontrolled heart rhythms are responsible for nearly half of all cardiac mortality. By affecting the electrical activity of the heart, Omega-3s from fish help maintain stable heart rhythms.
2. Improved heart rate. Heart rate is the number of beats your heart pumps per minute at rest. Heart rate is lower in people who are physically fit and higher in the obese. Normal heart rate is between 60 and 80 beats per minute and usually increases with age. Consumption of marine omega-3s is associated with lowering heart rate, a condition that lowers the chance of heart attacks.
3. Reduced blood clotting. Some blood clotting is essential for life, but an excessive tendency towards clotting increases the risk of blocked arteries. These can be fatal when a clot completely closes a blood vessel in the heart, lungs, or brain. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish or marine plants reduce platelet clumping, improve blood flow, and make red blood cells more flexible so they pass through small blood vessels more easily.
Omega-3s do not pose a serious risk to blood clotting unless a person consumes very large amounts of them (roughly 10 grams a day) or is already taking blood thinners (anti-coagulants) and consuming large amounts of omega-3s
4. Less inflammation. Although we cannot notice it, low-level inflammation of the blood vessels is linked to heart disease and impaired blood vessel function. High levels of the protein CRP in the blood are linked to the inflammation observed in heart disease. Some studies have reported that consumption of omega-3s reduces CRP in people with heart disease. Omega-3s are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Fish, whether fresh, frozen or canned, provides you with:
1. Iron, needed to prevent anemia
2. Phosphorus, needed for the brain
3. Iodine for the thyroid
4. Good quality protein.
Best source of Omega-3s from fish:
If you do not have a heart condition, 2 or 3 portions of fresh fish a week will contribute with the needed omega-3s, which is 2 grams a week. If you already have a heart condition, you can add some fish oil vitamins to your diet. Do not exceed 1 gram a day of Omega-3s.
Remember that although fish and fish oil vitamins can provide the same benefit as far as Omega-3 fats is concerned, eating fish will contribute to much more than just Omega-3s. You can try these easy fish recipes to start your fish journey.
To your health!
Emilia Klapp, RD, BS
The Diabetes Club - Overcoming Diabetes with Nutrition, with Diabetes and Weight Loss Coach - Emilia Klapp
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Eating the Correct Portions for Meals
1. Portion Size Control Plates - Bulk and Fiber.
2. Portion control helps your eating choices. More bulk means fewer calories. See Pictue Below - How Plants Fill Your Up, Power You Up, and Prevent Overeating
3. Low Carb Pyramid - No grains or starches.
4. Low Carb Food Pyramid Dr. Joel Fuhrman - Only whole grains and avoid starches from potatoes except sweet potatoes.
I am including a handout that you can print out and carry with you called wallet portion control guide.pdf. Note: I am currently working on my own version for diabetics since this wallet portion guide is for anyone going on a diet - not for low carb or diabetic dieters.
Eat off a 10 inch plate only.
1/2 plate filled with non starchy vegetables.
1/4 plate Lean Meat or Protein
1/4 Plate Grains (brown rice, millet, or vegetables such as sweet potatoes.)
Avoid high starchy foods since they are excessively high in carbs - if it is white avoid it. See table below for high starchy foods.
Fats and sugar foods - Use sparingly
5. Snack on the following. Raw is better since they fill you up.
Nuts of all types - No more than an ounce. Avoid peanut and other nut butters as they are high in sugars, fat, and carbs.
Fruits such as berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Currants), avocado, 1 medium peach, 1 apricot.
Avoid dried fruits as they are excessively high in carbs and high in sugar which will raise your blood sugar quickly.
Avoid granola, potato chips, crackers and other snacks of this type as they do not fill you up, are high in calories, and are high in carbs.
Vegetables such as salad, celery, sweet potatoes (cooked of course), baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, etc.
Red or green pepper strips, florets of broccoli or cauliflower, mushroom caps and a dip of low fat creamy salad dressing.
Dairy products such as Kefir, yogurt, soft cheese, with vegetable or berries.
Seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, etc. No more than an ounce.
Whenever someone gives you advice about this great new food, drink, meal, exercise, diet plan, etc. Let your meter determine how this affects your blood glucose levels. The best way to learn what to eat is to eat by your meter results. Test, eat, then test again 2 hrs afterwards. Your goal at the 2 hr mark is 100 or less. If you have plenty of strips, you can also test at the 1 hr and 3 hr mark. You'll soon learn which foods cause you problems and be able to make the smartest food choices.
Recently, I was laid low with a stomach virus and found that no matter what I ate it resulted in an upset stomach. Before I was diagnosed with diabetes, I found that drinking Ginger Ale (Sugar) seemed to work wonders for an upset stomach. Ginger can help an upset stomach. This last bout of stomach flu caused me to look for a diabetic natural alternative that would not cause a huge surge in my blood glucose levels. I have found that diet colas and drinks can make my blood sugar go up so gave up drinking them. Found a product called Zevia Ginger Ale made from stevia that has no or 0 impact on my blood sugar, and it calmed my stomach down.
By allowing my meter to determine what affects my blood sugar, I was able to find that a low carb/protien diet or raw vegetarian diet works best for me. Eight years ago when I was first diagnosed with diabetes, I found that the ADA dietary recommendations were causing my blood sugars to be at an unacceptable level which caused me to reject them out right. My target goal for blood glucose levels is HBA1c range or 4.2% - 4.9% (70-97 ml/dl). My last HBA1c was 4.7%. If you are not in this range, then you really don't have great control like you need to avoid diabetic complications.