Diabetes

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Posted by: Concerned | 2012-03-29

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Diet

Hi, Hubby just been diagnosed as a diabetic. He is overweight and has been all his life. I know that if he sheds most of the weight he can shed the disease too. My question here is where can I get eas, affordable diets plans for diabetics, the what to eat, what not etc. The ones the doctors give you are not quite practical.

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Diabetes expert

Dear Concerned

The diet for diabetes has evolved over time, and at present there is no specific diet for patients with diabetes, but rather a diet that we all should follow and be individualized according to a person’s particular tastes. Generally this diet will involve a low fat, low GI, high fiber diet with a Mediterranean bias. The amount of carbohydrates is in dispute, i.e. should we eating very low carbohydrates or just lower than current recommendations (normally this about 30-60-% of total calories from carbohydrates). At present I therefore don’t favor a handout sheet that gives a one size fits all approach, but rather one that is tailored to an individual.. Doctors are generally not in a position to advise on a diet, and therefore suggest seeing a dietician.

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Posted by: Tingting | 2012-06-09

First hegnur.Then high blood sugar, which can bring on moosineds and a deep hegnur, fuzzy eyesight, a desperate need for the toilet many times a day, along with a desperate thirst, and tiredness.Then great discomfort with outrageously high blood sugar.Then coma (may or may not happen within the 2 days) and if it kept going, the next step is death.If a person doesn''t eat (diabetic or not), the liver encourages glucose release, so even if that person WAS taking their insulin they''d probably end up with high blood sugar assuming their background insulin was correct. If they weren''t eating but were still taking their meal insulin they''d be in trouble with low blood sugar.Diabetics must never give up their insulin. Even missing one dose can be horrible although not the end of the world. Missing one meal is no biggie if they''re testing their blood sugar and willing to make adjustments with snacks / insulin as needed. But what you''re talking about here is serious stuff for a diabetic very very dangerous. There are long term effects from high blood sugar that can be quite scary and fatal (in a slow and horrible way). I really hope you don''t know anyone who would attempt this kind of craziness.

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