Diabetes Control

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Whether your treatment consists of diet alone, diet and tablets or diet and insulin, you need regular blood tests to keep a check on your blood sugar. Urine sugar test is not a reliable indicator of diabetes control.When blood glucose remains higher than 200mg/dl for 8-10 weeks, the concentration of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) arises. A (HA) measurement therefore reflects the blood glucose control over a preceding 2-3 months period, while the estimates of blood glucose indicate the glucose value at the time of blood test. HbA1c values between 6-7% indicate very good control on diabetes. You should aim at keeping your blood glucose in the normal range i.e. between 90-130 mg/dl while fasting and less than 180 mg/dl after meals and HbA1c around 7%. Frequent tests for blood glucose are necessary when starting treatment with insulin.

If you are doing capillary blood glucose test using a hand-held glucometer, do not squeeze the finger to bring out a sample after you have picked. This invariably gives a low glucose value. Ask your diabetes nurse for a demonstration of capillary blood glucose test.

Urine test for sugar is not reliable indicator of diabetes control. Although spillage of sugar in urine occurs when the blood glucose exceeds 180 mg/dl in the majority of healthy persons, this is not always so in a patient with diabetes. Most patients with diabetes of many years acquire an increase in the renal threshold for glucose (capacity to prevent spillage of glucose into urine). Hence urine test for glucose is not helpful for assessing control of diabetes. In the presence of urinary infections, the bacteria eats up the sugar present in urine, thereby making urine test for sugar unreliable.


Vegetables that cure diabetes

A vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice for people with diabetes. There are several types of vegetarian diets. Vegetarian diets are based on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans lentils, soybeans, nuts and seeds. As a result they are low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Decreasing your use of animal products offers you several diabetes health advantages. Vegetarians are less likely to be overweight, have high cholesterol levels, or to have high blood pressure. They are also less likely to suffer from heart and blood vessel disease and certain cancers. If you have type 1 diabetes, becoming a vegetarian may enable you to use less insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, the weight loss from a vegetarian diet may improve your blood glucose control.
The vegetables in general are healthy for diabetes but there are some vegetables that help to heal the pancreatic function thus controlling the glucose levels in blood. These are listed below

Bitter Gourd The bitter gourd is distinctively employed like folk medicine for the diabetes. The bitter gourd due to its quality of being rich in all the essential vitamins and ores, particularly the vitamins B1, B2, C and iron, is salutary for the diabetics who are undernourished. It increases the resistance of the body against the infection.
Bengal Gram  The experiments proved that the extract of the water of the gram of Bengal increases the use of glucose not only in diabetic persons but also in the normal ones. The germinated black gram taken with half cup of fresh bitter gourd juice and a spoonful with honey is strongly salutary in the treatment of a softer type of diabetes.

Groundnut By eating  groundnut daily by the diabetics will prevent not only malnutrition, in particular the insufficiency, but also checks the developments of the vascular complication
Lettuce, Soya and Tomato  The lettuce, soya, tomato are also salutary.
So now when you are cooking it is important to add some of these vegetables in cooking. They will not only improve your glucose levels but are also equally good for your general health. So start eating more green leafy vegetables for a healthier diabetes free life.


DiabetesHealthy Eating Habits To Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes has in recent years taken upon the role of a major threat to public health. And the fact that is rapidly growing and causing a huge impact on the health of adults in developing countries is a cause of concern. Unfortunately many people are unaware that they have diabetes. The good news about diabetes is that treatment is highly effective. With knowledge you can empower yourself towards living the life you want to live! The more you know about your condition, the more you can help yourself to stay fit and achieve a better manner of living.

Diabetes: Preventing and managing diabetes

There are two major types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is the result of the failure of the body to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes results from the inability of the body to properly use insulin. Gestational diabetes affects nearly 4% of the all pregnant women. Many women have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. There are no sure causes of diabetes. However, genetic and environmental factors like weight and incorrect eating habits appear to play roles. Treatment is of course necessary and is capable of bringing good results. The main aim of treatment of diabetes is to achieve normal levels of blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Treatment in addition to adopting a healthy attitude will protect your body from long term damages related to eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and major arteries.

If you are suffering from any form of diabetes, it is bound to have an affect on various parts of your life. However, with proper help and care you can ease all our fears and live the best life even with diabetes. Trained health professionals can give you proper health care. If you know someone who has diabetes try to connect and hear their fears and experiences – this way you will be able to help them in more than one way. A healthy lifestyle will help to improve wellbeing and quality of life.