Check your blood sugar level regularly, and watch for signs and symptoms of low blood sugar — sweating, shakiness, weakness, hunger, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, heart palpitations, slurred speech, drowsiness, confusion and seizures.
If you have diabetes or prediabetes, your doctor will likely recommend that you see a dietitian to help you develop a healthy eating plan. The plan helps you control your blood sugar (glucose), manage your weight and control risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high blood fats.
These drugs have essentially the same side effect profile as exenatide; however, they are administered orally in pill form. While exenatide has a significant weight loss profile, DPP-IV inhibitors to date have displayed no effect on weight.
If you have any of the above mentioned warnings signs of diabetes, give your doctor a call and schedule a diabetes test. With the right diabetes diet, regular exercise, and medications, if needed, you can manage type 2 diabetes and live an active, productive life.
OK all that being said I don’t really eat a ‘lot’ of meat.. but I am on a low carb diet. Don’t eat a lot of beans because my meter says they do raise my blood sugar too high. Nuts are great but they are a real surprise hours later — moderation is in order here too. Tofu is not an option for me.
The plate method. The American Diabetes Association offers a simple seven-step method of meal planning. In essence, it focuses on eating more vegetables. When preparing your plate, fill one-half of it with nonstarchy vegetables, such as spinach, carrots and tomatoes. Fill one-quarter with a protein, such as tuna or lean pork. Fill the last quarter with a whole-grain item or starchy food. Add a serving of fruit or dairy and a drink of water or unsweetened tea or coffee.
Diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood glucose damages nerve fibers. This can trigger tingling and loss of feeling in different parts of the body, including the hands, feet, and legs. This condition may also affect sensation in the vaginal area and lower a woman’s sex drive.
Diabetes focus: A preliminary, three-month study compared the Paleo diet with the standard diabetes diet (evenly distributed meals that were moderate in carbohydrate and fat) in people with type 2 diabetes and found the Paleo diet was more satiating (filling) per calorie. It also produced significantly more weight loss, plus better blood sugar control, improved cholesterol, and lower diastolic blood pressure. “In working with clients with type 2 diabetes who follow a Paleo diet, I’ve seen them significantly improve their weight, A1C, neuropathy, kidney labs, and day-to-day blood sugars,” Schmidt says. Consult your health care team for any needed adjustments in your care plan and to verify nutritional adequacy.
The test involves sticking the patient’s finger for a blood sample, which is then placed on a strip that has been inserted into a machine that reads the blood sugar level. These machines are only accurate to within about 10%-20% of true laboratory values.
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Overview: This program ships you portion-controlled foods that are nutritionally formulated and tested for good blood sugar control. Extensive online resources help you modify food-related behaviors, boost activity, and gain peer and professional support. “Within three months, 80 percent of participants achieve at least a 5 percent reduction in their body weight, which can significantly improve diabetes management,” says Meghan Nichols, RD, manager of research and development at Nutrisystem.
“Blood glucose can get into the lens of the eye and distort vision,” Silver says. “People have blurry vision and think they need glasses—or need new glasses—but when their blood sugar goes down, the blurry vision goes away.” Carbohydrate-loaded foods like fruit and bread tend to elevate blood sugar among diabetics. If you notice your vision gets funky after eating those foods, that’s another red flag.
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Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes.
Alternative: DeLaney’s meal plan calls for protein and fat at each meal to “slow the glycemic response.” She encourages wild fish but permits hamburger and pork chops. Swift, a member of the DIFM dietetic practice group, encourages her patients to follow a “plant-centric, gluten-free” diet, and she includes wild fish on the menu.
Always bring a list of medical problems, medications, nutritional supplements, allergies to medications, and the person’s blood sugar diary to the emergency department. This information will help the emergency care professional diagnose the problem and treat it appropriately.
Some people who have type 2 diabetes can achieve their target blood sugar levels with diet and exercise alone, but many also need diabetes medications or insulin therapy. The decision about which medications are best depends on many factors, including your blood sugar level and any other health problems you have. Your doctor might even combine drugs from different classes to help you control your blood sugar in several different ways.
People who keep their blood sugar levels closer to normal are less likely to have vision-related problems or at least more likely to experience milder symptoms. Early detection and appropriate follow-up care can save your vision.
Your article does make me wonder how I got to my diet (several years). Lots of trial and error and test strips 🙂 Have tried to mimic a normal person and keep my A1c in the low fives. The one thing that doesn’t work at all is just covering the extra carbs with more insulin — roller coaster ride with numbers and an invitation to weight gain… and a whole range of nasty stuff.
Honeydew: A 1-cup serving of honeydew contains 51 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, and like other melons, it gives you a sense of fullness without a lot of calories. Select melons that feel heavy, have a slight fragrant scent, and don’t have bruises or soft spots
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Dulaglutide should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes and those with risk for, family history of, or personal history of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2 (which predisposes to MTC).
Alpha-Glucosidase inhibitors slow the digestion of carbohydrates and delay glucose absorption. They work by inhibiting intestinal enzymes that digest carbohydrates, thereby reducing carbohydrate digestion after a meal, which lowers postprandial (after a meal) blood sugar elevation in diabetics. They are not as effective as metformin or sulfonylureas at lowering blood glucose, but can be added to other treatments if needed.
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The dose of insulin will be different for different patients, and patients may react differently to how quickly they respond to a dose. However, various types of insulin are available to help cover the mealtime and day-long needs for blood sugar control.