Tag: "Glycaemic load"

Pears Could Help You Manage Diabetes

| May 7, 2015 | Comments (1)

People who have diabetes sometimes believe that they shouldn’t eat fruit because it contains too much sugar. But, while dried fruits such as raisins or dates and canned fruit in syrup can certainly send your blood sugar sky-high if you eat a lot of them, most fresh fruits have a low glycaemic load, meaning that […]

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High Insulin Use Linked To Increased Death Risk

| January 15, 2015 | Comments (1)

The number of people with type 2 diabetes who use insulin medications has rocketed in recent years – from 37,000 people in 1991 to 277,000 in 2010 – and, as I mentioned here, more prescriptions for insulin are currently written for people with type 2 diabetes than for those with type 1. But now, worrying […]

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Eating Pulses Improves Blood Sugar Control In Diabetes

| November 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

People following a low carbohydrate diet often view with suspicion pulses such as lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas. It is true that, with the exception of soya (edamame) beans, these are all “starchy” foods that have a moderately high carbohydrate content. However, a new study has found that eating more of them, as part of […]

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Study Shows Type 2 Diabetes Starts In The Brain

| November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Anybody with diabetes or metabolic syndrome knows that what they eat will affect their blood sugar and that if they eat too much of the wrong things they will put on weight. That much is common sense, but now scientists in New York have found how overeating could cause a malfunction in insulin signalling in […]

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Gestational Diabetes Raises Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

| November 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

In Real Diabetes Truth, I have so far been talking about type 1 and type 2 diabetes and about metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that often precedes type 2 diabetes. But there is another kind of diabetes that I haven’t mentioned until now. It is called gestational diabetes and occurs in between five […]

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Pumpkins: A Great Food To Fight Diabetes

| October 31, 2012 | Comments (1)

At this time of the year, children are excitedly preparing for Halloween and part of the fun is to carve pumpkins into a scary lanterns. But don’t throw away all that orange pumpkin flesh, because it could help you to avoid or better manage diabetes. A portion of pumpkin has a low glycaemic load (GL), […]

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Oral Insulin Capsules Herald A Diabetes Breakthrough

| October 11, 2012 | Comments (1)

At present, the only way for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to take insulin is by injection. Insulin injections can be a harrowing experience and anybody who has to use them would love to be able to just swallow a capsule instead. Developing an oral form of insulin has been a “holy […]

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Children At Increased Risk Of Diabetes And Alzheimer’s

| August 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Last week I happened to see a television news item in France about flavoured syrups, which are very popular as a cheaper alternative to soft drinks. Children drink them diluted with water or milk, in copious quantities during the hot summer weather. The programme was a light-hearted one about the way manufacturers of these products […]

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10 Ways To Control Your Blood Sugar Levels

| August 8, 2012 | Comments (26)

I have posted more than 30 items of advice on the Real Diabetes Truth blog since the beginning of this year, so I thought now would be a good time to look back and summarise the main messages that have emerged. Below are my ‘top ten’ ways to avoid, or better manage, both type 1 […]

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Chinese Economic Boom Drives Diabetes Time Bomb

| August 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

We are used to thinking of diabetes as a problem of western civilisation, so I was shocked to see a report recently that showed Chinese children have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States. This massive rise in the incidence of diabetes is matched by increases in […]

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How Dietary Fibre Could Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

| April 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

Growing up in the 1960s, my brother and I were constantly being encouraged to eat up our vegetables, being told that they provided “roughage” that would “keep us regular”. Then, in the 1970s, science started to reveal the value of “dietary fibre” not only for preventing constipation but also for reducing cholesterol and lowering the […]

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What’s The Verdict On Coffee Drinking And Diabetes?

| March 19, 2012 | Comments (5)

I remember being told some twenty years ago, by a friend who was a doctor, how coffee is bad for people with diabetes. He carefully explained that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the hormone adrenalin. This in turn causes the liver to convert some of its store of glycogen into […]

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Diabetes Dietary Advice – Was Dr Atkins Right All Along?

| January 19, 2012 | Comments (1)

Twenty years ago, when Dr Atkins’ New Diet Revolution hit British bookshelves, it caused uproar. The idea of eating a diet that was high in protein and fats and low in carbohydrates flew in the face of what doctors and dieticians had been telling us for years: that is, to base every meal on starchy […]

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The Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

| January 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

The health complications that can come with having diabetes don’t make for cheerful reading. Most people are aware of the increased risks of heart disease and stroke, and of problems with the eyes, kidneys and nervous system. Over the last few years, however, another association has become apparent, with a condition that some people fear […]

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