Gastroparesis, which results in sluggish digestion, is the complication most diabetics have but don't link to diabetes. Good blood sugar control can make a huge difference in how well digestion works, as can the simple suggestions in this article.
What Diabetics Need to Do Before They Start Cardiovascular Training Cardiovascular exercise focuses on increasing circulation. It has become associated with what has come to be termed aerobic exercise.
Robert Rister's insight:
Resistance training and working out with weights helps control diabetes, but cardiovacular exercise helps prevent diabetes.
We all know that eating a pile of mashed potatoes and a bunch of buttered rolls is hard on blood sugar control, but there's really a more basic problem. It turns out that oats, potatoes, and wheat "turn on" genes in belly fat that increase inflammation, increase weight, and increase blood sugars. Fortunately, there's another food that counteracts this effect.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the USA. There is a point in the disease that medical intervention is required. But if you are still at the stage prevention is possible, lifestyle changes will help.
If there is any single fact of life that is quickly impressed on diabetics who monitor their blood sugar levels, it is that almost any food raises blood sugars. Sugar-sweetened foods release glucose quickly and raise blood sugar levels quickly.
Robert Rister's insight:
A glass of red wine, if it's the right type of red wine, may be as useful for lowering blood sugar levels as taking Actos or Avandia, without their side effects.
Diabetic foot ulcers often begin as a particularly tough and thick callus. Here's an article that tells diabetics how to be on the lookout for seemingly benign changes on the feet that can lead to real trouble.
When diabetes go on diets, they experience literal, physical pain. Here is an explanation of the action of hormones in diabetic dieting, and how to minimize the very real pain of going on a diet when you have diabetes.
I'm not a big fan of the idea of using fruit juices--and certainly not fruit juices sweetened with sugar--in diabetic weight loss diets. But if you can exercise moderation and count your carbs, there are worse ways to go about losing weight.
The American Diabetes Association tells us that 50 to 100 grams of carbohydrate per meal may be OK for diabetics. Diabetes experts like Jenny Ruhl and the famous Dr. Bernstein tell us that 5 to 10 grams per meal is more like it. Who's right? And why?
Diabetics are always being told to take fish oil. Not everybody likes the idea of downing a capsule filled with fish fat, and some of us look for non-fishy, vegetarian options. A surprisingly rich source of inflammation-fighting, weight-reducing omega-3 essential fatty acids is the Mediterranean salad green purslane.