Looks like you have diabetes, the doctor says slowly,
peering over the blood-test results in his hand.
among the more than 29 million Americans who have heard these life-changing
words and are living with some form of diabetes, you know theres
nothing sweet about this diagnosis.
In fact, doctors estimate that there are up to a million
people suffering from diabetes, who are ignorant of their condition. As
obesity rises in this country, so do the cases of diabetes.
Diabetes can affect the kidneys, the eyes and the heart.
Type 1 diabetes, often called childrens
or juvenile diabetes, occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, the
hormone that converts sugar, starch and other foods into energy for the
body. Type 2 diabetes, often referred to as adult-onset diabetes, occurs
when the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the
insulin available in the body.
The most important way to manage diabetes, along with
many other health conditions, is to overhaul your diet and eat properly. Its
not about going on a temporary diet; it means making permanent healthy
changes in the way you eat. For example, having spaghetti squash in place of
carb-rich pasta, cauliflower rice in place of regular rice and
lettuce-wrapped turkey tacos instead of diet-destroying drive-through
variations are all simple choices you can make to better your health.
Whether or not you or a loved one have been diagnosed
with diabetes, it shouldnt
take a diagnosis to get you making healthier food choices. Check out the
following websites for diabetes-centered cooking, as well as healthy
cooking, up-to-date nutrition information, and more.
The American Diabetes Association
(ADA) website is consistently ranked as one of the most popular
disease-specific healthcare websites on the internet. The ADA website is a
great resource for all things related to diabetes, including diabetes meal
plans. A diabetes meal plan will help you improve your blood glucose, blood
pressure, cholesterol numbers and keep your weight on track. The guide will
tell you how much and what kinds of foods you can choose to eat at meals and
snack times. The site features several helpful meal-planning tools that
include the plate method, carb counting and use of the glycemic index. Other
great finds on this site are the sections Diabetes Basics and Living with
Diabetes. Throughout the site, there are helpful articles meant to answer
the most-asked questions about this disease. Also helpful for those
interested in understanding diabetes is a section dedicated to Understanding
Health-food hacks are the newest trend. Experts say most
people eat poorly because its
inconvenient and complicated (or overwhelming) to eat healthy. So, head on
over to Cosmopolitan.com for some (47, to be exact) simple health-food hacks
intro says it all: As more research reveals the not-so-sweet side effects
of too much sugar including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and
cardiovascular disease more of us are trying to cut back. And luckily that
doesnt have to mean a
tearful farewell to pancakes, brownies, ice cream and finger-licking
barbecue chicken forever. We searched high and low for some of the best
treats that pass the delicious (and healthy!) test without including any
added sugars (other than natural ones from fruit) or artificial sweeteners.
Recipes include whole-wheat, sugar-free banana pancakes, sugar-free
breakfast cherry muffins, and even sugar-free peanut butter cookies.
a sweet deal. Also featured on this website is an article on (greatist.com/
health/30-sugar-substitutes-any-and-every-possible-situation) the 30 sugar
substitutes for any and every possible situation. Check it out and satisfy
your sweet tooth without compromising your health.
Cooking Light has a whole section on diabetes-friendly
recipes. Again, whether youre
battling diabetes or just trying to make better health choices, these
recipes are worth checking out.
believe everything you read. When it comes to diabetes, and even healthy
eating in general, there is a lot of misinformation out there
you will. WebMD.com seeks to dispel these myths in an easy-to-understand
way. For example, the biggest myth is that eating too much sugar can cause
diabetes. Wrong! Diabetes begins when something disrupts your bodys
ability to turn the food you eat into energy.
This website contains diabetes news and trends written by
two contributors in an easy-to-read conversational format. Latest posts
feature tips on how to travel safely with diabetes, snack ideas to keep your
diabetes under control, ways to manage diabetes in dogs and avoiding
For a personal perspective with a healthy dose of humor
on the good, the bad and the ugly side of diabetes, check out this
personal blog Six Until Me
written by Kerri Sparling. Her writing style is a mix of candor and humor
that is informative, comforting and entertaining at the same time. And, when
it comes to life with diabetes, she doesnt
sugarcoat it. My blog started back in May of 2005, admittedly mostly
because I was lonely with diabetes. I had lots of friends and community
outside of my busted pancreas, but no one in my life who got it,
she writes. I want to have a proper life after diagnosis, not one
thats dominated by
fear. Give me some hope! Which brought me to the blogosphere over a decade
ago, and that desire to connect with people who intimately understand
diabetes is what drives me to stay here.