Being a diabetic does not necessarily mean that your life is doomed and devoid of sweetness. Despite the fact that you are restricted from consuming sugar, there are numerous artificial sweeteners which cater to the needs of the patients suffering from diabetes.
The non calorific sweetening agents are alternatives to keep your blood sugar levels in check and some of the sweeteners which are safe for patients:
Saccharin has a bitter taste and is decomposed by heat and gives a taste of sugar, however it does not improve the texture of the dish and is normally used in soft drinks, tooth pastes, chewing gums, tea, coffee and it has no harmful side effects to the human body, but it is advisable to avoid during pregnancy.
The calorific sweetening agent is Fructose or fruit sugar and is twice as sweet a sugar. The absorption of fructose is slower [...]
Apr 16th, 2013 |
The incidence of diabetes tends to increase with age, and is quite common in the elderly, and normally the diabetes in elderly is non-insulin type. The leak point of the kidneys for glucose (renal threshold for glucose) is often high in the elderly. This means than an elderly person may have a high blood glucose level with no presence of glucose in the urine.
These people need to have proper diabetics info in order to be able to keep a check on this ailment.
Self administration of insulin may be risky for the elderly due to poor vision or unsteady hands and it is advisable some member of the family should administer the insulin, but most of the cases of diabetes in elderly can be cured by oral drugs.
Some of the symptoms of diabetes [...]
Diabetes in children is though rare, but is on the rise these days with the fast paced stressed life children lead today, with junk food as part of their daily life, diabetes is a matter of grave concern in the children.
Some of the causes of diabetes in children are-
Heredity plays a very important role in development of diabetes in a child. A diabetic child belongs more often than not to a family in which at least one family member has diabetic medical condition. Antibodies against the islet cells have been implicated and a virus infection may trigger off the development of diabetes in a child.
High intake of fats and sugar , high intake of junk food, lack of exercise, obesity all these can trigger diabetes in a child.
Some of the features of diabetes in children are:
Mar 18th, 2013 |
Diabetes is a killer disease which has claimed many lives and with stress, hectic life style, junk food, lack of exercise, India has become the diabetes capital of the world.
The prevention of diabetes is based on three essential points and will help us to fight this dreaded disease. All the three points have to be balanced to lead a healthy life.
1. Diet - we have the tendency to neglect our diet and this in turn increases our blood sugar levels, hence a balanced diet of essential calories is very important for our health. However the right amount of calories we get from our daily diet is only possible when we know the amount of calories given by different foods. The essential calories for a balanced diet are - we get 15% of calories from proteins, 60% from carbohydrates, and 25% from fats. It is imperative to follow a sugar free, low fat diet to prevent diabetes. The foods that contain ample amounts of anti-oxidants like Amla, lemon, oranges, wheat gram, milk, cod liver can be consumed in good quantity. Your diet must consist of green vegetables and fresh fruits.
2. Exercise - It is important to exercise on daily basis as this keeps our sugar levels in check, the flow of blood is regulated, the calories are burnt and we can keep our weight in check you may even indulge in outdoor games, or sports like tennis, swimming or foot ball. Try to practice yoga and meditation as they keep our mind relaxed and calm and our body flexible and strong.
Medicine- Proper medication is important to keep your blood sugar levels in check, or if you are using insulin it should be administered on time.