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Questions And Answers On Low Sugar Foods

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Nancy asks…

Any Low/No sugar Foods?

I need a lot of No/ low sugar foods.
My aunt suggested a no sugar diet for my face, and i need some food besides jello.
please help
best answer to most foods(:

diabetes consultant answers:

Hummus and bran flakes have no sugar! I also suggest nuts like almonds.

Mandy asks…

What are foods low in sugar & foods with protein? Name Any!?

Just name a food that’s low in sugar and/or high in protein and just write
Food Name: Protein
Food Name: Sugar

diabetes consultant answers:

Unless you are vegetarian, natural meats such as game meats (like deer or elk) and grass fed ungulates like bison, cattle, or beefalo, wild caught fish (not farmed fish), especially deep ocean fish, free range chickens and eggs from free-range chickens. Those foods are also quality ‘fat burning’ proteins. For more information about fat burning foods, see the page link, further down this page, listed under Related Questions.

Elizabeth asks…

What foods contain a low sugar content?

I’ve heard that if you keep your sugar intake down to 50g a day, it is beneficial to both your physical and mental health. But that writes off so many foods. Can anyone help me out with a list or something so I know where to start?

diabetes consultant answers:

Are you limiting carbs also or just processed sugar?

Some of my favorite snacks:

Sugar free yogurt
Any vegetables
Nuts, soynuts
Low sodium V8 (has a tad of sugar, mostly from the tomatoes, but still pretty low)
Hard boiled eggs (I just eat the whites)
Low fat cheese sticks
Cottage cheese (I like the single serve Breakstone containers)
Boiled/steamed edemame (So good for you, so easy, so cheap, so addictive)
Low fat turkey jerky (sugar varies by brand…get the lowest you can find)
Sliced avocado
Fat-free refried beans warmed in a little glass ramekin in the microwave, then sprinkled with fat free cheese
Lentil soup (I make it from scratch, then freeze it in single serve containers for fast snacks)

I live low sugar and don’t find it hard at all!

Chris asks…

Where to look for low zinc, carbs and sugar foods?

, I have been doing some research on laminitis/founder. According to the latest findings, laminitis is a result of MMPs (Matrix Metalloproteinase) enzymes reacting with the laminae. From MY understanding, zinc contributes to the manufacturing of the MMPs which destroys the laminae and it is the sugars that activate the zinc. The horses will get minerals from drinking water and mineral/salt blocks and so having zinc in food seems unnecessary. Where would I find low or no zinc, low carbohydrates and low sugar foods for horses, donkeys and mules?

diabetes consultant answers:

Start off by not feeding any grain. A good grass, or grass alfalfa hay is all they need. Often people overfeed their horses, when they don’t need to. If you have good hay, salt block, water and a vitamin/mineral block you will be the best off. Especially with the donkeys and mules.

Helena asks…

Healthy foods that are low in sugar and high in fiber?

Please list me some foods I can eat that will be good for me! I’m allergic to wheat,dairy,eggs,mustard, and I try to avoid soy. Night shade plants also are on my no list. Are sweet potatoes okay or will they make you constipated? Oatmeal, is it high in fiber low in sugar? What about brown rice, too?

diabetes consultant answers:

Familiarize yourself with the nutrient search tool at http://www.nutritiondata.com . You can plug in the “highest in” and “lowest in” then search the various food groups and pick and choose whatever suits you. I did that recently and found that olives are very high in fiber and low in sugar… Plus they’re good for lowering cholesterol.

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Questions And Answers On Diabetic Diets Lose Weight

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Wayne asks…

can a person lose weight if you are a diabetic without being on a diet?

I’ve been losing weight and I am not on any diet. I very seldom stick to my diet.

diabetes consultant answers:

It can be.
But Loss weight is not significant for diag DM.
You must check your blood test for diag and follow up.

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Richard asks…

Lose Weight [Diabetic]?

My goal this year is to lose at least 20 pounds. I am a Diabetic [Type 1] and diets can be a real struggle for me, because of my disease. So how do I go about with starting my diet? What are the things I can eat? What should I do for excercise? How often? How long?

Thanks in advance.

Best answer WILL be given!

diabetes consultant answers:

Go to http://www.advocare.com/08032780 and order the MNS Max Appetite Control Kit and CATALYST. My mom lost 40 lbs in 4 months and still going strong and she is also diabetic. These products are good for diabetics

Elizabeth asks…

What is the best diet for a Type 2 diabetic to use to lose weight?

diabetes consultant answers:

A healthy, balanced, diabetic diet. Talk with your doctor or dietician, they can advise you on this. You need to limit your total carb intake and cut back on fats. With Type II DM, you also need to watch your protein intake, protein won’t raise your blood glucose levels but will contribute to renal failure.

Jane asks…

How can i lose weight while being a pre diabetic?

I am a pre diabetic and my whole life i have tried excercising eating right and doing other diet things. then my mom realized to take me to a doctor and they indicated that i am a pre diabetic and i am now on pills but i still have trouble losing the weight so any suggestions?

diabetes consultant answers:

The most important thing I find that people don’t understand is portion control. Eating just a LITTLE BIT too much can lead to stagnation or weight gain – even with a good workout routine. You have to have a 3500 calorie deficit to lose one pound – whether that is spread out over days or weeks. So eating one big meal at a restaurant (usually about 2000 calories just for one restaurant meal) will set you back days. Create your menu, go shopping, stick to it, and DON’T SNACK. That combined with a moderate exercise routine will usually do the trick.

If you still have trouble losing weight and you are strictly adherant to a low calorie diet, contact your physician. Diabetes is associated with other endocrine abnormalities which can make weight loss difficult.

Joseph asks…

Hypoglycemic/pre-diabetic: How can I lose more weight?

I have great health insurance, but it does not cover a dietician, and my doctors have no diet advice for me other than what I am already doing, so I need advice. I have been at a plateau of the same exact weight for two years 150 – 5′ 6″ with measurements of 36- 25 – 39 (I carry my weight in my legs, hips, and some in the upper arm; but my waist is always small), but several of my doctors (I have other issues steming from having long-time metabolic disorders) told me if I lose more weight that it could improve my condition and increase my odds of not becoming full-blown diabetic. Now, I eat an extemely strict diet of lean meat, tofu, most vegetables, berries, cheese, nuts, and other healthy fats (absolutely no sugar, processed foods, or alcohol); and I exercise by hiking up a steep hill on an average of 3 times a week at 45 min. each time. I cannot cut calories too much, b/c I have to eat 6 small meals a day to prevent my blood sugar from going too low. What should I do to lose weight?

diabetes consultant answers:

You’re doing great already.

Shortly before you are diagnosed as full-blown diabetic, you will probably lose a bunch of weight. That’s because your insulin resistance doesn’t let your cells use the sugar in your bloodstream – but that’s a *bad* sign. Your cells need to be fed.

With regular “Type 2″ diabetics, the insulin in the body doesn’t work well. The body kicks out more insulin, and the theory of “if it doesn’t move, get a bigger hammer” actually works for a while, and then it doesn’t, because there’s only so much insulin your body can make. Your body starts trying to make other hormones to “pinch hit” and actually, that works to a limited degree. Nobody talks about it, but the hormones produced includes the sex hormones, so if you have an increased libido, that’s why. Enjoy it while it lasts. It also helps give you that ooh-baby figure you have. Another hormone that people DO talk about is cortisol.

At this point, your body starts laying down fat in your abdomen. At that point, you start developing a pot belly.

As you mention, your blood sugar tends to go too low. That’s because your body has already started overproducing insulin. The last thing you want to do is to stress your body by trying to cut calories. That malnutrition would just bring out the cortisol early, and you’ll end up with diagnosable diabetes early.

If it sounds like I’m talking like you already have diabetes, well, you sorta do. They used to call it pre-diabetes, and now they call it metabolic syndrome. The actual diagnosis of diabetes is when you get repeated BG readings over 126 without other explanations. (Stress from illness or injury causes your system to dump more sugar into the bloodstream to provide the resources to cope with the stress.) But they’ve seen diabetic neuropathy in the retina as much as 7 years before diabetes can be diagnosed, so it’s not like you’re preventing the disorder, and you’re not preventing the damage it causes, you’d just be preventing the diagnosis.

I’m not just a diabetic myself; I used to do research at Central Soya. I seriously recommend dropping the tofu from your diet.

The ADA (the American *Diabetes* Association, not the American Dietetic Association) points out in their clinical dietary recommendations that for many people, losing weight is virtually impossible, and while if you can lose 10%, it can help with control, that it’s not the end of the world if you can’t. And they don’t say where you measure the 10% from. Maybe you’re *already* 10% below where you would otherwise be.

You seem to have your weight under control already. Yo-yo weight loss due to dieting is a bad idea.

You seem to have a pretty good program of exercise, too. A variety of exercise would be better. If you could get a man to move in with you (I did mention increased libido, didn’t I?) so you’d spend 30 minutes a day bending over and picking up his dirty clothes – as well as the exercise involved in that relationship that I didn’t mention, that would be an improvement.

Doctors seem to give the same advice to everyone, regardless of their situation, and in this case, there’s a good excuse: there isn’t really much more you *can* do.

Mark Twain pointed out that he bought cigars by the barrel, and spent a whole $5 a barrel on them, and he was glad for that, and for his habit of drinking hard liquor. Repeatedly, he was able to give up smoking and drinking, on doctor’s orders, and repeatedly it saved his life. If he hadn’t been a smoker and drinker, he’d have had nothing to give up, and he’d have been in deep doo-doo.

So it’s a shame that you don’t drink alcohol. I’ve never consumed much – a case of beer typically lasts me a year or 18 months – but recently, I’ve tried to start drinking a glass of red wine every day. It’s heart-healthy, and diabetics have a problem that way. It does, however, freak out the nurses when I go to a new specialist, and in the course of my med history, they ask if I habitually drink, and I say, “No, but I’m trying to start.”

The results are pretty clear on this: you should be eating a gram or more of ground cinnamon (actually, it’s cassia) daily.

Researchers at Purdue and at Penn State both think that we need more conjugated linoleic acid in our diets to prevent diabetes. The best source is beef fat and pork fat from grass-fed animals – but that’s hard to get your hands on, so you might want to supplement your diet with capsules.

Tree nuts, and especially almonds, seem to be important to diabetics.

Calcium and vitamin D levels are important, so we need milk, but homogenized milk breaks up the fat globules in milk to a smaller size that is particularly bad for our cardiac systems. We should be drinking a minimum of a quart daily of *raw* milk. If you can switch to cheeses that are made from raw milk, that would help, too.

But for the most part, you’re doing good, and doing well. Be proud of how you’re caring for yourself.

Good luck.

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Questions And Answers On Diabetic Foods

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Mike asks…

What foods must a Diabetic Avoid ! and what can they eat alot of?

What can a diabetic eat (alot of)
What should I diabetic (avoid at all costs)

examples of foods is greatly appreciated. I do not know about starch and carbs and stuff, a link explaining that would also be greatly appreciated.

diabetes consultant answers:

There’s a handy chart of common foods linked below. Anything in the green has a low glycemic index/glycemic load. For example, I eat a ton of salad for dinner and not much pasta or bread. For lunch, I have a whole grain bread sandwich with a turkey slice, several leaves of spinach and a slice of swiss cheese. For breakfast, a handful of nuts, some dried apricots and a banana or a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries.

Here’s the link: http://www.mendosa.com/gi.htm

Read up on GI/GL before you download the chart to Excel… That way you’ll understand what’s going on better.

There’s nothing you can’t have… You just have to account for the Calories from carbohydrates which includes sugar. I have between 400 and 600 Calories from sugar every day. I just make sure it’s sugar from fruits not from C&H.

A great source of info on this can be found in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book, “Eat to Live”. He’s been helping type two diabetics get off medication for years. I just quit all medication in December. I have more energy, feel much better, and do things I couldn’t do before. I’m 56 and feel like I’m in my thirties. It’s all about nutrition. More here:


Also, check out my diabetes blog here:

Lisa asks…

As a diabetic, what foods DO NOT make your blood sugar high?

I have type 1, and the foods that don’t spike me very much are vegetables (obvious), apples, tea (with honey or splenda), and this pasta called Shirataki noodles. I used it in place of regular pasta once, and my sugar didn’t spike. Gotta buy some more of that stuff. :)

what about you?

diabetes consultant answers:

I use sucralose and if it causes cancer then I’m taking on one form of death over another form of death, Does it really matter what you use? Aspartame makes you go blind. Saccharine gives you cancer. So do I just eat and drink CARDBOARD? Or will that give me cancer too? Everything will get you at one time or another. I eat what I want at 3 intervals per day. I stay away from white bread and am eating 100% whole wheat bread now. I walk 2 miles a day except when it rains.

Wayne asks…

Can somebody please give me some foods that a diabetic can eat without having their glucose skyrocket?

Can somebody please give me some good foods that a diabetic can eat without having their glucose skyrocket

diabetes consultant answers:

Any meats, cheeses, eggs don’t raise glucose at all.

Now to test what foods do to or for you:

test your glucose level, eat the food, say a cup of milk or a banana, 90 minutes to 2 hours after the first test, test again. Journal everything.

If the food raises your glucose level more than 50 points, consider whether you want to continue to have it on a regular basis, a little bit of it occasionally or delete it entirely from your food plan.

I do this on a regular basis, when meds change, when I change exercise plans or routines, when my glucose seems to be getting too high!!

Journal your whole days for about a month or two!! It will help you to see what you are doing right and what is wrong with your lifestyle plan.

Good luck!!

Thomas asks…

I think I might be diabetic, what foods should I stay away from until I know for sure?

well, the disease runs on my family heavily, almost every woman has it, and I am quite overweight myself. I have been having to sleep after every meal for the last few weeks and am always very thirsty so myself and my parents think I might be diabetic. What foods should I stay away from/ eat more of, until I find out for sure?

diabetes consultant answers:

If you’re diabetic or think you might be diabetic, you need to see a doctor. Now.

No fooling around with the kind of idiot information you might take more seriously than someone who knows. The goes for diet as well.

The worst thing that can happen is that you’ll find out something is wrong. But if you’re overweight, then you should talk to your doctor about diet. He may refer you to a dietician given the family history.

Joseph asks…

What foods can u eat to lower your blood sugar if u are a diabetic?

I am a diabetic, and I use food and exercise to lower my blood sugar. I would like to lower it more through food with a moderate amount of exercise. Right now I have to exercise excessively. But, I have heard a certain diet could really help.

diabetes consultant answers:

They say eating a cinnamon stick will lower your Blood Sugar.

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Questions And Answers On Low Sugar Snacks

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Mark asks…

what are some good low GI, sugar free cookies and other snacks?

I want some good brand name items. Not just cookies, but chocolate and other types of snacks. Preferable lactose and milk free, but not required.

diabetes consultant answers:

Dark chocolate, peanutt butter cookies, go to gnc they have some alot of different varietys of bars, to lose, gain weight, low blood sugar etc..

Jane asks…

any ideas for easy low sugar/carb snacks?

diabetes consultant answers:

Parmesan Zucchini Spears [ready 20min; serves 4]

3 small zucchinis
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Cut zucchini lengthwise into quarters, then cut in half crosswise. In a large nonstick skillet, cook and stir zucchini in oil over medium heat for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon peel, salt and pepper. Cook and stir 4-5 minutes longer or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Remove from the heat; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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Persian Yogurt Salad

1 (32 ounce) container plain yogurt
2 tablespoons dried dill weed
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and black pepper to taste
1 cucumber – peeled, seeded, and chopped

In a medium bowl, blend yogurt, dill weed, garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss in the cucumber. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight.
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Low Sugar Mocha Nut Cake

3/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
12 (1 gram) packets artificial sweetener
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons dry milk powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Combine the hot water and instant coffee. Set aside.
Whisk together flour, cocoa, dry milk, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine, brown sugar, and sugar substitute with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat for 1 minute. Mix the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, alternately with the coffee. Stir in the nuts. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Pour the batter into a 9 inch square pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 30 minutes, or until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool on a wire rack.

Susan asks…

What are some snacks that are low in sugar and carbs?

:) Thanks.

diabetes consultant answers:

There are lots of recipes on the forums, I don’t cook much myself.

Almonds – deviled eggs – celery with cream cheese – pork rinds great crunch with avocado/mayo/cayenne dip or tuna salad or chicken/turkey/whatever salad – olives – pickles – i eat lots of fish for snack (fish “steaks” or mackerel in tins are favs) – berries are lowest glycemic – sugar free gelatin or cheesecake – strawberry ice cream (frozen berries, cream, a stick blender)

Ground flax seed (2-3 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. For hot cereal or 2 min. For more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat.

Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food (when you can splurge some – Amazon.com has couple lbs. For $15 shipped to you.

I also order off Amazon – Lowrey’s Pork Rinds 18 for $15 – they pop like popcorn and are portion controlled.

Faux tapioca – 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk & artificial sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. Of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

Steve asks…

Low or no sugar snack ideas??? Can only think of crackers and nuts! ):?

I’m trying to cut down on sugar and use natural sweet foods like fruit. But it’s hard because for meals and snacks etc I have trouble choosing low/no sugar things. I’ll usually opt for yoghurt, snack bars, cookies… So when I try for something nutritious but low in sugar I can only think of crackers/cheese, potato chips (not best option) or nuts.
I get bored easily.. Please help with some ideas – include some portable options too!

diabetes consultant answers:

Here are a few ideas:
crackers with peanut butter
banana or apples with peanut butter
a can of tuna
fruit salad
yogurt parfait
hard boiled eggs
stove popped popcorn without butter
cottage cheese
homemade muffins
rice cakes
sunflower seeds
spinach or artichoke dip
celery with peanut butter or creme cheese
sweet potato
beef jerky
dates or figs
pickles and cheese
hummus and pita
whole grain bagel
frozen grapes or raspberries
unsweetened apple sauce
fruit smoothie
vegetable soup
dried fruit
snap peas
mini pizzas
pasta salad
salsa and guacamole with pita bread
a greek salad
fruit kebab
frozen banana pop
tuna melts
egg salad sandwich
home made trail mix
home made granola bars

Rachel asks…

What are some low claorie snacks I could eat, low sodium/fat/sugar?

other than fruits and veggies. Something that would fill me up, but not something big.

diabetes consultant answers:

Low fat cottage cheese
fat free yogurt
rice cakes
slimfast bars
skim milk and fat free cereal
whole wheat bagels

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Questions And Answers On Diabetic Diet Meal Plan

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Shelley asks…

Diet Plan to tone up?

I would like to tone up. I’m not fat, but I’m not confident in how I look either. I am 5’9 and around 155 pounds. I have big hips and a very small waist. My two key points that I would like to tone up is my stomach area and my thighs. I am a diabetic and from my sites (needle to my insulin pump) it has caused some tissue to build up on my stomach, around my belly button. Is there a way to get rid of that? I really need some help, I want to be able to feel beautiful and confident in myself. Also, I have a Wii Fit and an Ab Circle Pro so if yall have any plans, meal plans, or diet plans, that would be great. Also if yall might want to include what I already have, it would be appreciated. So please help? :]

diabetes consultant answers:

Sure I will help you.

1st .Exercise.
A. That doesn’t mean just running. This means weight lifting. Correct, running does burn a lot of calories, but for a short time . The after burn doesn’t last that long; Unlike weightlifting, the after burn last up to 24 hours. That means you will be burning while sitting.

B. Try not to form plateau. That mean try not to exercise the same muscle over and over, or else your muscle will stop growing.

C. The routine is to weight lift one part of the body, one day. Do cardio the next day. And weight lift another part of the body the day after cardio. . This mean to weightlift every other day.

2nd. Diet. That doesn’t mean you have to limit what you eat . You will be able to eat anything you want.

A. Eat six times a Day. 1.Breakfast, 2Nd Snack, 3rd lunch, 4th snack, 5th dinner, 6th snack.

B. Eat a lot of proteins because the body burns more calories to process them, and they help you build your muscle..

C. That doesn’t mean you could not eat pizza, hamburger. One day a week try to eat those pizza or burger you been craving for.

3. Stick to it and you will see it will work.

Thank you.

Kirstie asks…

1,800 Calorie diet for Diabetic?

I’m a type 2 diabetic, and my doctor has prescribed me a 1800 calorie diet (up to 2000 calories per day). I can have 7 to 8 servings (15 grams) of carbs. Does anyone have a suggested meal plan or other suggestions for this diet? Thanks!

diabetes consultant answers:

You don’t mention your height and weight – but a low-calorie diet sounds fair no matter what.

Most importantly, I suggest you get away from grain-carbohydrates. Those most successful at controlling or reducing their blood sugar have reduced grain carbs to 6 gr for breakfast, 12 gr max each for lunch and dinner for a daily max of 30 grams.

In other words: stay to non-starchy vegetables and light proteins and cut your breads, pizza, pasta. Getting off the sugar rollercoaster will put an end to your cravings (sugar and other).

David asks…

Which diet plan? Lean Cuisine, Slim Fast, NutriSystem, etc?

I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism over a year ago and further diagnosed with Hashimoto’s just a couple months ago… I have worked very hard on having a balanced diet and eating a lower calorie diet (varying between 1000 & 1300), yet my weight continued to climb… I have ended up gaining 25 pounds in just one year, partly due to stress I believe. I have even tried increasing the amount of aerobic and strength training I do in a day… well, as a result, I have gained 5 more pounds and now I’m up 30 pounds! Has anyone had success with meal plans actually working? Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, etc?
1 day ago – 3 days left to answer.
Additional Details
Hashimoto’s isn’t a diabetic condition.
I am currently under the care of an endocrinologist and on hormone replacement (Synthroid). I feel the healthiest I have been in quite a while! minus the weight problem…

diabetes consultant answers:

I have been through it all and know what’s it about. The main thing is to stick in there. You can’t be an addict to food and never exercise if you want to live a healthy life and keep the weight off. I’ve worked out, done every diet, and all types of classes.

Nothing works, besides dedication and intelligence towards the subject of losing weight.

First, depending on how much weight you need to lose, your diet is the first concern. You can’t eat 10,000 calories a day and expect the weight to come off, even if you are exercising a lot. Which brings us to the next thing. Duh, Exercising…

This is a must especially if you need to a lot of weight. Get at least 30 mins of some good hardcore exercising. Do some cardio, in the long run, it’s good for the heart.

However, I find the most hardest part of losing weight/keeping it off, in my diet. It’s so hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar or those chocolate goodies. I’ve found a great addition to help any one out, it’s a natural weight loss supplement called Proactol. Now don’t get all crazy on me and say diet pills don’t work. That is true, but not in this case. This one isn’t meant to burn pounds while you sit on the couch. It’s an appetite suppressant, along with being a fat binder. I saved money on the pills at theweightlossplace.com along with getting some good info. It basically makes those fingers not go towards the cookie jar. For me it’s the best pill I’ve tried and I’ve tried cupboards full. Now this doesn’t mean you have to follow my foot steps but I’ve successfully lost roughly 70 pounds and keeping it off til this day.

Well good luck and remember what I said, Dedicate.

Richard asks…

ediets.com? I need help fixing my plan…?

Can anyone tell me how I can fix my meal plan. I just signed up like 20mins ago for the ediets.com menu plan and they put me on a diabetic plan and I’m not a diabetic. I would contact ediets but they service help line is closed until 8am tomorrow. So, basicly I was just wondering if anyone actually knew how to change my diet plan without ediets assistance. Any advice on how to fix my diet plan will be helpful! Thanks.

diabetes consultant answers:

6 meals per day is optimum. That way your metabolism is always going. Remember to eat your fibrous veggies, fruits, lean meats, and whole grains.

Try to eat the majority of your carbs earlier in the day.

Marie asks…

Need help with diet (diabetic) and weight loss?

I need some serious help with meals for weight loss and being diabetic. I am looking for someone who can give me some meal plan ideas without sending me to a website. The websites i can find myself, but i still have a hard time picking and choosing whats good and not good for me to eat. Being diabetic and trying to loose weight cuts what i can eat ALOT. I have the working out thing taken care of so that helps. Please anyone who is willing to help me come up with a meal plan that works for both weight loss and being diabetic please please please your help is very greatful!!

ps I cant eat much diary (allergic), and most fish (except talapia) makes me sick. I hope that helps!

Thank you SOOOOOO much to those willing to take the time to help me! :) :) :) :) :) :)
NO DIET PILLS PLEASE I take 15 medicines a day and refuse to take anything that’s not prescribed by my Doctor. That.s very dangerous and i wont risk it!

diabetes consultant answers:

She said no websites! But nobody listened!

But I did. And I have the perfect diet. Guaranteed to work and easy to stick to.

Since you are allergic to dairy, you are half way there! My diet doesn’t allow any milk unless it’s skim. So no cheese, no butter, no ice cream, no cream sauces, no pudding, no custard, no milk chocolate (a little dark chocolate is good.) That’s also means no snacks which contain cream like Twinkies or frosted cakes. (And if you are diabetic, you shouldn’t be eating these anyway.)

Next no red meat and no pork. Let’s face it, neither of these are healthy, period. Pork isn’t clean. Cows are pumped full of hormones.

Moving on, nothing fried. I promise, one week after you stop eating fried foods, the smell of something fried will nauseate you. I can’t walk into McDonald’s anymore. What’s great is now KFC has grilled chicken. Colonel Sanders, I am home! But watch those sides for hidden dairy.

No egg yolks, but egg whites are fine. Not only are they fatty, you have cholesterol to deal with.

You’re thirsty? This one is easy. Water. Are you a soda lover? I was too. Here is how you beat that. Go from soda to diet soda for a week. Then do seltzer for a week. Then go to water, I prefer bottled water myself.

If this diet sounds like something that works, email me!

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Questions And Answers On Diabetic Foods To Avoid

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Ken asks…

I would like to know, what is best way to keep sugar low for a person with gestational diabetic?

We are on last leg of preg, and wifey (vegetartian) struggling with gestational diabetic.
What is good food to take, and also what foods should be to avoided, so we can keep both Mom and baby in good health.
Thanks for your answer, any knowledge transfer will be good help.

diabetes consultant answers:

Lots of protein, no carbs ie: no pasta, rice, cereal, or bread. Also hold back on sodium and veggies with lots of starch and fruits with lots of sugar. No canned fruits or veggies!!

Cindy asks…

How to avoid becoming diabetic?

Is there a list of good food, bad food to eat if you are close to becoming diabetic.

diabetes consultant answers:

Type 1 diabetes is hereditary. You really cannot avoid if you are meant to obtain the disease. As for type 2, this is a great site with prevention and care tips for diabetes:


Hope this answers you question!

John asks…

what is favourite food to diabetic beashent?

type of food which diabetic must be avoid a

diabetes consultant answers:

There is not one single food on this earth that people with diabetes cannot eat.

It’s all a matter of counting carbs, excessive and medication.Education about diabetes adds to your general care.

Jane asks…

What kind of foods can I eat if I’m pre-diabetic?

I’m a pre-diabetic. I’m not on medication for it. I was told to elevate my exercise and watch what I eat. What foods should I buy? What should I avoid? Can this be reversed?

diabetes consultant answers:

Kay , Now that you are pre-diabetic , act as if you are diabetic. For food , a low carb diet is in order. I can’t count carbs , so I use the Mendosa Glycemic Index Diet. It’s so simple that in one week you will know what to eat what not to eat and how much. Here the website:http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
This table includes the glycemic index and glycemic load of more than 2,480 individual food items. Not all of them, however, are available in the United States. They represent a true international effort of testing around the world.

The glycemic index (GI) is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A list of carbohydrates with their glycemic values is shown below. A GI is 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.

The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to assess the impact of carbohydrate consumption that takes the glycemic index into account, but gives a fuller picture than does glycemic index alone. A GI value tells you only how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar. It doesn’t tell you how much of that carbohydrate is in a serving of a particular food. You need to know both things to understand a food’s effect on blood sugar. That is where glycemic load comes in. The carbohydrate in watermelon, for example, has a high GI. But there isn’t a lot of it, so watermelon’s glycemic load is relatively low. A GL of 20 or more is high, a GL of 11 to 19 inclusive is medium, and a GL of 10 or less is low.

Foods that have a low GL almost always have a low GI. Foods with an intermediate or high GL range from very low to very high GI.

Both GI and GL are listed here. The GI is of foods based on the glucose index–where glucose is set to equal 100. The other is the glycemic load, which is the glycemic index divided by 100 multiplied by its available carbohydrate content (i.e. Carbohydrates minus fiber) in grams. (The “Serve size (g)” column is the serving size in grams for calculating the glycemic load; for simplicity of presentation I have left out an intermediate column that shows the available carbohydrates in the stated serving sizes.) Take, watermelon as an example of calculating glycemic load. Its glycemic index is pretty high, about 72. According to the calculations by the people at the University of Sydney’s Human Nutrition Unit, in a serving of 120 grams it has 6 grams of available carbohydrate per serving, so its glycemic load is pretty low, 72/100*6=4.32, rounded to 4.

Here are the 4 key steps to controlling glucose levels < all equally important . If I was just pre-diabetic I would start on a low dose of Metformin . The sooner you start the better the drug works and the longer it will work .
Here are the 4 keys:
1) Knowledge- http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.ph… This is a great site for info
2) Meds. Metformin to start. Never , ever take Actos or Avandia. They may kill you. Bone fractures, heart problems and what diabetics really don't need is that they change Bone Stem Cells to Fat Cells.
3)diet- A low carb diet is in order. I can't count carbs so I use Mendosa's Glycemic Index Diet. Great for the whole family. Http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm
4) EXERCISE- Walking is fine but Nordic Walking is Great. Exercise also lowers Glucose levels , lowers Cholesterol and lowers Blood Pressure. Google it.

Good luck, don't forget the exercise.


Charlie asks…

Treatment for passing out due to hypoglycemia?

I have been experiencing very frequent episodes of hypoglycemia over the last month. I am not diabetic. I have been to the doctor on multiple occasions and am going to see a specialist next week because my doctor believes that I may have an insulinoma. All my doctor has told me to do so far is to avoid foods high in sugar and to eat small frequent meals/snacks. I have gotten fairly confused several different times but the problems subsided when I ate a few pieces of candy and then had a snack. Today I was home alone all day and I started to feel like my blood sugar was dropping but instead of eating the candy first, I just had popcorn. I passed out and woke up approximately an hour and a half later with a really bad headache. I got up and almost fell over on the way to get something to eat. Several hours later I still have a headache but I am able to walk around and function without a problem. Is there anything that I should do tonight and what should I do if this happens again?

diabetes consultant answers:

According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypoglycemia#Treatment_and_prevention

“Reversing acute hypoglycemia
The blood glucose can be raised to normal within minutes by taking (or receiving) 10-20 grams of carbohydrate. It can be taken as food or drink if the person is conscious and able to swallow. This amount of carbohydrate is contained in about 3-4 ounces (100-120 ml) of orange, apple, or grape juice, about 4-5 ounces (120-150 ml) of regular (non-diet) soda), about one slice of bread, about 4 crackers, or about 1 serving of most starchy foods. Starch is quickly digested to glucose, but adding fat or protein retards digestion. Symptoms should begin to improve within 5 minutes, though full recovery may take 10-20 minutes. Overfeeding does not speed recovery and if the person has diabetes will simply produce hyperglycemia afterwards.

If a person is suffering such severe effects of hypoglycemia that they cannot (due to combativeness) or should not (due to seizures or unconsciousness) be given anything by mouth, glucose can be given by intravenous infusion or the glucose can be rapidly raised by an injection of glucagon. Further details of glucagon use are provided in the article on diabetic hypoglycemia.”

The article continues:
“The term hypoglycemia literally means “under-sweet blood” (Gr.hypo-, glykys, haima). Hypoglycemia can produce a variety of symptoms and effects but the principal problems arise from an inadequate supply of glucose as fuel to the brain, resulting in impairment of function (neuroglycopenia). Derangements of function can range from vaguely “feeling bad” to coma, and (rarely) permanent brain damage or death.”

I suggest that you read the entire article and keep some fruit close to hand. The dose of carbohydrates are quickly converted into sugar by your body to reverse the low blood sugar. A direct infusion of sugar is to risky and harder for the body to control. Remember your body’s capability to handle sugar is the problem, so if you get too much then you start swinging between highs and lows. Eating sugar is not the best way to handle your illness.

According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insulinoma
“An insulinoma is a tumour of the pancreas derived from the beta cells which while retaining the ability to synthesize and secrete insulin is autonomous of the normal feedback mechanisms. Patients present with symptomatic hypoglycemia which is ameliorated by feeding. The diagnosis of an insulinoma is usually made biochemically with low blood sugar, elevated insulin, pro-insulin and C-peptide levels and confirmed by medical imaging or angiography. The definitive treatment is surgery.”

Clearly, your doctor is going to have to conduct more tests before he can make a firm diagnoses, but it is possible that you could be cured. Look at that point and you might feel better. This article doesn’t mean you have cancer; it is just one form of the disease, and the worst diagnoses. No matter what the actual cause of your problems are there are treatments for it and you can have a much better quality of life once your doctor helps you get your situation under control.

If it is cancer then there are well known and tried treatments for it. If you check my profile you will see that I have a lifetime disease that dooms me to a long life filled with pain, depression and insomnia. It is also incurable, be happy that yours may not be so. During one hospital stay I actually found my self hoping that I had cancer, because at least that can be treated and is a proven disease. Since no one knows what causes or created my condition there is no way to cure it, and the only treatment tries to reduce the symptoms.

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Questions And Answers On Low Sugar Diet

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Mark asks…

What food can be i eat if im on a low sugar diet?

Different websites
Weight loss
Different websites
The doctor told me i dont have diabetes. He said i need to lower my sugar and lose about 30-50 pounds?

diabetes consultant answers:

So .. You want to know what you can eat that won’t raise your blood sugar .. Is that the question? If so, stick to meats and veggies (except carrots in mass and potatos and corn .. They have starch). Eggs do not raise blood sugar. If your reading lables… Don’t just look for “sugar free” some of those sugar free foods will actually raise your blood sugar more than if you had the sugared variety. Look at the carbohydrates. Your body converts carbos into sugars and that will raise your sugars

Elizabeth asks…

Low sugar diet for health reasons..best way to control sugar cravings?

Basically I’ve been overdosing on sugar every day for 8 years due to an internal health issue..but I have this under control with medication.

I have to limit sugar by sticking to a low sugar diet…what is the best way to control cravings for sweet things please???

diabetes consultant answers:

Snack on fruit which releases sugar naturally and will give you energy. NEVER let yourself get too hungry as that is when you crave an instant sugar boost.

Charlie asks…

My doctor put me on a low sugar diet so what are your favorite songs that mention sugar or sweet.?

My Fasting blood sugar was 264 – It should be about a 100. 6 month’s ago it was normal and I have only gained 5 or 6 pounds so I don’t think it’s a weight issue.

diabetes consultant answers:

I’m hot -sticky sweet, from my head down to my feet YEAH! Are you diabetic? I’m not a big fan of sweets but I sure love PIZZA, wings and sloppy steak subs.

David asks…

Is the low carb low sugar diet working for you?

Or is there a better way?

diabetes consultant answers:

No more than 15 grams of sugar a day. WORKS!

Shelley asks…

what to eat and not to eat on a low sugar diet?

im trying to lose a little weight.

im cutting out sugar except natural sugar from fruits.

diabetes consultant answers:

Do not eat anything that has in it: sugar, any kind of syrup, dextrose and everything ending in -ose, xylitol and everything ending in -tol, aspartame or added honey, because added honey is heavily processed. Check the labels, especially on cereals, fruit yogurts, breakfast meats, sausages and cans.

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Questions And Answers On Diabetic Diet Recipes

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Paul asks…

Where can i find Diabetic recipes?

some that are for breakfast,lunch,dinner,snack,beverage.

I need to change my diet.
nutritonist didn’t give me recipes.

diabetes consultant answers:

Some of my favorites:




http://www.webmd.com/content/pages/17/99886 (not strictly diabetic but my doc recommended and I like – however, not all of his stuff is free)

You can find many more by searching Google/Yahoo/etc. For diabetic recipes or free diabetic recipes. You can also search for glycemic value recipes if you’re going that route (newer research than exchange menu).

Good luck! (:

Jane asks…

anyone have good recipes for a pregnant diabetic?

my fiance and i are having a baby and she is diabetic. the doctor gave us a new diet for her that say she has to stay under 2000 calories a day to keep her sugars where they are supposed to be. she loves sweets and junk food so this is hard for her. i need some good recipes of things i can make for her but are still in her diet.

diabetes consultant answers:

She needs to eat lean protein and whole grain carbohydrates. Check out some of Ellie Krieger’s recipes on the Food Network. There are a lot of healthy recipes there. Most of us would be healthier and thinner if we ate more like a diabetic person is required to- if you want to know the truth.

In general, your fiancée needs to watch her fruit intake and eat the fruits high in fiber, like apples, pears and strawberries. This is the time to really read labels and evaluate the fiber content of foods. Obviously more fiber the better. This really helps to stabilze blood sugar, curb the appetite and ease constipation, which is bound to happen in pregnancy at some point. One caution though- since she loves sweets, don’t let her be tempted to eat sugar-free baked goods and candies. They may not cause her blood sugar to spike but the artificial sweetner is not good for the baby.

Elizabeth asks…

CKD & Diabetic Diet Help?

I have type 2 diabetes and was recently diagnosed with CKD. I’m working with a nutritionist but was wondering if there are any good book with diet plans, recipes, etc. for a low carb, low protein, low sugar, low sodium, low fat diet?

diabetes consultant answers:

Hello my friend,
I have been a diabetic since 1998.

This book has been a life saver for me.

The book is Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.

Dr. Bernstein has been a type l diabetic since he was around 9 or 10. He is now over 70 years old and is actively practicing medicine.

He found out how to control his blood sugar and became a doctor at the age of around 45.

When he was first diagnosed, his life expectancy was less than 40 years of age.

Even though he is a type l diabetic, the covers both type l & ll
diabetes in his book.

He even has a cook book now, with delicious recipes, that are easy to prepare.

I hope this helps.

Ollie G

Alana asks…

in need of a diabetic cheesecake recipe?

im not looking for a specifically ‘sugar-free’ recipe, just one that can be eaten by a diabetic without screwing up their blood sugars etc.

also, feel free and please share any recipes you may have of any other cakes, cookies, etc. that may apply to a diabetic‘s diet

diabetes consultant answers:

Diabetic New York Style Cheesecake Recipe

1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
4 Tablespoons margarine, melted
1 teaspoon Equal® Measure or 3 packets Equal®
2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
5 1/2 teaspoons Equal® Measure or 18 packets Equal®
2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pint strawberries, sliced (optional)
Strawberry Sauce


Mix vanilla wafer crumbs, margarine, and 1 teaspoon Equal® Measure in bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of crumb mixture. Pat remaining mixture evenly on bottom and 1/2-inch up side of pan. Bake in preheated 350-degree F oven until crust is lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese and 5 1/2 teaspoons Equal® Measure in a large bowl until fluffy; beat in eggs, egg whites, and cornstarch. Mix in sour cream and vanilla until well blended. Pour mixture into crust in pan.

Place cheesecake in roasting pan on oven rack; add 1-inch hot water to the roasting pan. Bake in preheated 300-degree F oven just until set in the center, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove cheesecake from roasting pan, sprinkle with reserved crumbs and return to oven. Turn oven off and let cheesecake cool in oven with door ajar for 3 hours. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Remove side of pan; place cheesecake on serving plate. Serve with strawberries and Strawberry Sauce.

Makes 16 servings.

Serving size: One slice
Yield: 16
Exchanges: 1 Milk, 2 1/2 fat
Nutrition: 187 Calories, 7 g Protein, 13 g Carbo, 12 g Fat

Diabetic Creamy Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries

(makes 12 servings)

1 cup (96 g) graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
3 large eggs, separated
1 large egg white
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup (15 g) + 2 tablespoons spoon-for-spoon sugar
substitute such as Splenda 2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups (1 l) yogurt cheese made from nonfat plain yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar-free red raspberry preserves
1 cup (246 g) fresh raspberries, rinsed and drained dry

1. Preheat oven to 325°°F (160°C, Gas Mark 3).

2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and margarine. Pat
evenly over the bottom and about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) up
the sides of a 9 1/2-inch (23.75 cm) springform pan.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat
the 4 egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl
until foamy. Gradually add 6 tablespoons of the sugar
substitute, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until egg
whites form stiff peaks.

4. In another large bowl, stir the remaining sugar
substitute with the cornstarch, then add the egg yolks,
yogurt cheese, lemon zest, and vanilla. Beat (using the
unwashed mixer beaters) until well blended.

5. Fold beaten egg whites into cheese mixture. Spoon the
mixture into the partially-baked crust. Bake in the
oven until center barely jiggles when cheesecake is
gently shaken, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven and
cool, then cover and chill for up to 1 day.

6. Melt preserves in a small pan over medium heat, stirring
often. Cool, stirring occasionally, until the preserves
form a thick syrup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan rim.
Mound fresh raspberries on the cheesecake and drizzle
with preserve syrup. Chill.

7. When ready to serve, cut the cheesecake into wedges.
Sliding a pie server under each wedge, lift out gently
onto individual dessert plates.

Per serving: 172 calories (18% calories from fat),
8 g protein, 4 g total fat (0.9 g saturated
fat), 29 g carbohydrates, f1 g dietary fiber,
56 mg cholesterol, 254 mg potassium,
161 mg sodium

Diabetic exchanges: 2 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch,
1 skim milk), 1 fat

Copyright 1997-2001 Diabetic-Lifestyle.

Chocolate Cheesecake (Diabetic)
Servings: 8

3/4 cup graham crackers crumbs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil

3 large egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups nonfat ricotta cheese
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup yogurt cheese **
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

** Place plain, nonfat yogurt into cheese cloth or a coffee filter. Place in
strainer over a small bowl or cup. Allow to drain 2 to 24 hours, covered and
refrigerated, until cheese reached desired consistency. Discard the whey
(liquid). Store in covered container in refrigerator.

Part 1:
Preheat oven TO 350 ° F. Spray 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Fill a
13x9x2-inch pan halfway with hot water.
Place in oven on shelf below where chocolate cheesecake will be placed. This
will prevent the top of cheesecake from cracking.
In small bowl, combine all crust ingredients. Press onto bottom and part-way up
sides of pan. Set aside.

Part 2:
In food processor or blender, combine egg whites, sugar, ricotta, cocoa, yogurt
cheese and vanilla; process, scraping sides occasionally, for 1 minute until
smooth and thick. Pour into crust.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes until filling is just set (center will jiggle slightly).
Turn off oven and leave cake in closed oven 5 minutes longer.
Remove from oven and cool about an hour on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate at
least 3 hours before serving.
Calories: 176; Protein: 11 g; Sodium: 140 mg; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Fat: 4 g;
Carbohydrates: 22 g;
Exchanges: 1 starch; 1/2 skim milk
Source: Cinnamon Hearts

Shelley asks…

good diabetic recipe with ground beef?

I am starting a diabetic diet because my sugars are slightly elevated and I would like to get them under control

anyways I have some extra lean ground beef and would like some good recipe ideas!
I have a fajita kit.. am I allowed to have any of that?

diabetes consultant answers:

Fajita’s are fine , except the tortilla’s.

Here’s the perfect recipe for diabetics. Good ole’ american chili. All ingredients are low to very low glycemic.

Fry ground beef, add chopped green pepper and 1 onion.
1 quart tomato juice
2 small cans of pink kidney beans, or 1 large:Drained
3 tbs. Chilli powder
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: garlic powder. Oregano
Simmer for a half hour
You can’t get it any better than that!

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Questions And Answers On Diabetic Foods To Avoid

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Thomas asks…

What kind of food should you eat if you’re diabetic, and what kinds of food should you avoid?

I need to eat like a diabetic to prevent from becoming one and I have no idea what foods are good and what should be avoided.

diabetes consultant answers:

Well basically you would want to stay away from sugary foods like cake,ice cream, soda,cookies, candy,anything that has alot of sugar also watch ur carbs. Eating to many can raise blood sugars eat healthy food plenty of veges + fruits, chicken is good, stay away from fattening foods like mcdonalds if you can limit to like 1x a month im a diabetic myself an i tend to stick to my diet well sometimes i cheat but im on a insulin pump so i can just adjust my insulin.

Mike asks…

what foods do I avoid because I have no gallbladder? Am diabetic and suffer from diverticular disease.?

Learnt the hard way to avoid cream!! Am still suffering and taking antibiotics for the infection in my bowel. I am fairly active, I clean houses 5 days per week.

diabetes consultant answers:

No food restriction as far as abscence of gallbladder is concerned. For diabetes avoid sugar and sugar containing stuff. No organ meat, a little red meat, some chicken. Fish u can take as desired but of course not too much to make you overweight. For diverticulosis take high fibre diet which is also good for diabetes but start high fibre diet only when infective part of diverticular disease has been completely controlled.

Jemima asks…

what are the foods to avoid and to acept diabetics?

My husband is a diabetic and am worry for his sugar problem. I want to know what are the foods,he needs to eat and what not to eat?

diabetes consultant answers:

Avoid over eating. U didn’t mention which diabetic problem he is having. Still then u should avoid taking junk food, sweets, fatty foods, avoid potato (starchy food). Eat green vegetables, take some fibre containing foods.

Hope my suggestion is in any way helpful 2 Ur problem.

Cindy asks…

How many grams of sugar is safe for a Type 2 diabetic?

I want to help an adult friend who has type 2 diabetes eat the foods he likes.

He’s been reading the nutritional facts, and he avoids foods that have more than 2 grams of sugar per serving.

How many grams of sugar should a diabetic consume? Of course, it’s best that he doesn’t consume any sugar at all, but please tell me the most amount of sugar a type 2 diabetic is allowed to consume.

diabetes consultant answers:


I wish Chadmg’s answer where correct. Things will be SO much easier that way. Unfortunately, it is not. More boring, yes. But simpler and easier.

Now, I am personally thankfull it is this way (don’t get me wrong). It is just that there ar so many people in this wotld that would benefit from it being the other way.

If you exterminate completely your friends sugars consumption, his blood sugar level will drop to 0 and you will certainly die. So he needs to eat the right amount of carbohydrates (sugars–more or less complex) for your body to use without collecting it all in his blood.

Even high power, high glycemic foods such like non diet chocolate milk can have a place in the life of a diabetic, in controlled amounts and under very special circumstances.

Say what?

Yes, you read it right.

The special circumstances are an hypoglycemia attack. And the required amount is 15 (perhaps up to 30) grams of carbohydrates.

A 200ml (6.7 oz) box of chocolate milk here contains 24 grams of carbohydrates (I read the label). Enough to push your friend’s sugar level up by 80 mg/dL (4.4 mmol/L). Which is you are having a blood sugar level of 30 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L), that will leave you at 110 (6.6), which is perfect.

Of course, you will also need to eat something more consistent such as a diet yogurt to keep it from going back down in 2 hours, which is how long those kind of sugars can push your glucose up.

Note how I did the calculations and how low the sugar level was to begin with.

The most is always defined by your glucometer and the following this formula:

15 grams of carbohydrates = 50 mg/dL (2.8 mmol/L) rise

According to this formula, 2 grams is way too low for him to avoid. He should try 15 grams.

Please note when I refer to carbohydrates, these don’t mean fibers. Fibers are good. The more the better.

The reason is that fibers cannot be digested by our stomach, and they get defecated before reaching the blood. Indeed fibers might carry on some carbs with them to the excrement.

So, if you read that each portion of a food has 25 grams of carbs, but of them 20 are fibers, you can go and eat it without a problem.

Now, I am not a doctor. Talk to a doctor personally without applying any of this.

Moreover, if your doctor disqualifies me, then consider me disqualified. I am not a doctor, just a diabetic that knows from experience and conversations with lots of doctors and nutritionists and assisting to education talks doctors held.

If after this warning you still choose to disobey your doctor and obey me, don’t blame me later for doing so. It could well be that this formula for some medical reason doesn’t applies to your friend.

Now, I am type 1. For type 1s, you can also add a third factor to the equation:

15 grams of carbs = 50 mg/dL = 1 unit of insulin

But due to insulin resistance, this doesn’t applies to type 2s. Howeverm if you measure how many insulin units drop you how much your friend’s sugar level, he could get away with replacing his computed resistance level with the amount of of insulin your friend need to inject.

Note also that this relates specifically to insulin. In particular, to fast acting insulin (such as Humalog, ActRapid, etc). It does not apply to pills and does not apply to slower acting insulin with longer validity periods, such as Insulatard, any Mixtard, etc.

Graham asks…

what kind of food plan i have to follow to avoid becoming diabetic?

i’ m at high risk of becoming diabetic, any body knows how many grams of carbs i can eat everyday?

diabetes consultant answers:

I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. It’s the type of diabetes that you can only get if you’re pregnant. Even if you aren’t at risk for it, it taught me a lot of good lessons.

When you have GD you still have to get enough carbs without over exerting your pancreas and spacing them out in a way that makes your insulin work more effeciently. So what they did was have me on a diet where I would count my carbs and keep them evenly spaced throughout the day. I would start out the day with lots of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrate. You get more protein so you don’t go hungry, and only 15 carbs so you break your fast slowly and don’t make your blood sugar spike. Then two hours later I would have a 15 carb snack. Then two hours later I would have a 30 carb meal. You would go meal, snack, meal, snack, etc. All meals would be 30 carbs (except for breakfast) and all snacks would be 15. And you eat every two hours. They said it could be spaced up to four hours, but I would do my two hour thing and sometimes do meal, snack, snack, meal, snack, snack, meal, etc. And I lost weight while I was pregnant that way, even though I wasn’t supposed to be. And after a short period of adjustment I was never hungry either. Your body doesn’t store fat if it has a constant stream of carbs, even if it’s a light stream. You’re tricking your body into dumping the fat … It’s when you go a long time without eating that your body stores fat.

And of course you have to exercise a little too. That is very important in preventing diabetes.

I hope I’ve explained this clearly enough …

Of course there are all kinds of different plans. But my understanding of diabetes tells me that this one will definitely help you.

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Questions And Answers On Low Sugar Fruits

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Graham asks…

what fruits are low in sugar but have a high water content?

My mother is diabetic and also has difficulty consuming an adequate volume of water. Are there any fruits that could help?

diabetes consultant answers:

You could try watermelon. Its about 6% sugar and 85% water.

Good luck! :)

Steve asks…

What fruits and vegetables have a low sugar content?

Trying to restrict as much sugar in my diet as I can. I still want to include fruits and vegetables but I want to be sure I’m eating ones with the least amount of sugar.

diabetes consultant answers:

As a Type 2 diabetic I’ve had the same challenge and found reliable data hard to get hold of as there is much confusion over the difference between total carbohydrates and total sugars. I have put together a simple summary table at http://sugarfree.tiddlyspot.com based on the USDA Nutrient Database.

The least sugary fruits are strawberries (< 5% sugar) followed in order by grapefruit, melon and orange (9%). You should eat fruit whole rather than juicing which concentrates the sugar (as you are reducing the bulk). Note that tomatoes are only 3% sugar and tinned tomatoes normally less.

Most vegetables are very low in sugar but you should avoid carrot juice (raw carrots are 5% sugar, only 3% cooked) and although potatoes are low in sugar, they are high in carbohydrates (20%+) which are slowly converted into sugar (blood glucose) when you digest them. The best vegetables are mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower which are low in sugar, total carbohydrates and have almost no fat.

Wayne asks…

do fruits contain a lot of sugar??what fruits have low sugar?

i’m trying to diet by consuming no sugar, but i’m just confuse whether eating lot of fruits mean consuming much sugar. What fruits are good for health or should i stop consuming fruits?

diabetes consultant answers:

Don’t be daft. Eat fruits and lots of them. More more varied the better. Same thing with vegetables, and beans and nuts.

The important thing is to never eat refined sugar, sugar products (lollies, coke etc), or anything with sugar added. Same thing with salt – if there’s salt added, don’t buy it.

Oh, and drink water. Lots of water.

Wouldn’t hurt to exercise either.

So, eat lots of fruits, veges (at least five handfuls of fruit and veges every day), nuts, grains and beans. Cook everything yourself and use only the tiniest bit of salt possible (if you cook everything yourself, you KNOW there’s no added sugar or salt). Drink only water. Lots of water (combine the veges and water by drinking vegetable soup!). Try to get in 20-40 minutes of exercise everyday if that’s at all possible.

Good luck! :-)

Jane asks…

Can low-sugar fruit preserves be preserved in mason jars without refrigeration or freezing?

I have a superabundance of backyard Golden Plums. Plum jam recipes require what to me is an obscene amount of sugar. I am wondering, if I boil the sliced plums, add a little sugar, and put the result in mason jars, then process the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, will that suffice so that they don’t have to be refrigerated? I don’t have enough fridge/freezer room for all the plum preserves I’ll be making.

diabetes consultant answers:

Yes, you can… I do it all the time.

BUT… The pectin doesn’t usually set properly for shelf-stable jams without the addition of a lot of sugar. The sugar’s hydroxyl groups pull the water away from the pectin, resulting in that typical ‘jell.’ I’ve never had a successful run of pectin-set low-sugar jams.

You might want to try the addition of a little agar-agar/carrageen powder or flakes to the mix, if you can find it. It’s shelf-stable (unlike gelatine) and sets just like jam does. You can find it at an Asian grocery or some health food stores.

Lynn asks…

low sugar fruits???

from what ive heard most of fruit have lots of sugar (fructose) but which one has the smallest amount ???

diabetes consultant answers:

Well… Im on a low carb diet and the fruit with the least carbs and sugar are berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries). Stay away from oranges, apples, and canned pineapple if you are watching sugar content.

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