What is easier for people with diabetes?
There was an announcement made by new Google Life Sciences unit, that diabetes is the company’s first major disease target. Some people may ask what has Google to do with diabetes. A company that helps people search online for everything it comes to their mind to find a solution. And it looks like Google has found a solution for many people.
I guess it is hard for people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar. According to Google Life Sciences spokeswoman, Jacquelyn Miller this science unit hopes to take some of the guesswork out of people with diabetes.
Millions of people with diabetes prick a finger more than five times a day to monitor their blood glucose levels that is painful and also expensive.
But now the division of Google’s Life Sciences is putting its immense resources behind new initiatives to help people with diabetes to live a better life.
And it is easy to understand because every year there are more and more people with the disease and costs are rocketing sky-high. Only in the year 2012 the total cost of managing diabetes was around $245 billion in the U.S. alone according the American Diabetes Association. Every year it is increasing because the numbers of patients with the disease is growing.
So, it looks that the timing is right for many technology companies to enter in this field.
The method to check the blood glucose has not much changed within the last decade. For some people it is a painful process. But as anything in science until people with diabetes life a more comfortable life there is still a long way to go because this monitoring device will not be in the market this year. It may take a few years more until it is ready for commercial use.
-via Health News from NPR
Tips to rest easier with diabetes
For the millions of people with diabetes, the problem is to deal the whole day to control their blood sugar level. But when night falls their glucose level gets haywire. Luckily, some simple lifestyle tweaks can make all the difference, leading diabetes experts say. If you have diabetes or care for someone who does, read on to learn how to keep levels in line day and night.
Tips to keep levels day and night stable
-check your meds
-keep cocktails low-carb
-add light activity
-Don’t overdo it
-Stick to one bedtime
Many people with diabetes deliberately nosh at night to keep glucose levels from plummeting while they sleep. A snack before bed isn’t a bad impulse, says Fran Cogen, M.D., director of the childhood and adolescent diabetes program at Children’s National Health System.
But the wrong kind of snack can actually make things worse. Instead of high-carb fare like chips, “aim for a bedtime snack of protein plus carbohydrate,” she says. Also keep in mind that blood sugar levels are highly individual and will vary based on how active you are each day. So before you hit the kitchen, it’s best to test your glucose level.
Eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Having diabetes shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a wide variety of foods including some of your favorites. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Learn to plan your meals to help you manage your diabetes, and you can thrive with diabetes.
People with diabetes always have the question, “What can I eat?” It’s time to stop worrying! Living with diabetes doesn’t have to mean feeling deprived. We’ll help you learn to balance your meals and make the healthiest food choices.
Once you get the hang of eating a healthy diet, you can relax and dig in to a wide variety of delicious meals and snacks.
Diabetes Superfoods according the American Diabetes Association
Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should eat to superpower your diet? Ever wonder which will mesh with your diabetes meal plan? Wonder no more. Your list of the top 10 diabetes superfoods has arrived.
As with all foods, you need to work the diabetes superfoods into your individualized meal plan in appropriate portions.
All of the foods in our list have a low glycemic index or GI and provide key nutrients that are lacking in the typical western diet such as:
vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E.
There isn’t research that clearly points to supplementation, so always think first about getting your nutrients from foods. Below is our list of superfoods to include in your diet.
Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans. They are very high in fiber, giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup, and are also good sources of magnesium and potassium.
They are considered starchy vegetables, but ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of as much sodium as possible.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Spinach, collards, and kale – these powerhouse foods are so low in calories and carbohydrate. You can’t eat too much.
Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. Pick your favorites and get part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.
A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.
Which are your favorites: blueberries, strawberries or another variety? Regardless, they are all packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert. Try our Superfood Smoothie recipe.
An old standby where everyone can find a favorite. The good news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you’re eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, vitamin E.
Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon is a favorite in this category. Stay away from the breaded and deep fat fried variety… they don’t count in your goal of 6-9 ounces of fish per week.
It’s the germ and bran of the whole grain you’re after. It contains all the nutrients a grain product has to offer. When you purchase processed grains like bread made from enriched wheat flour, you don’t get these. A few more of the nutrients these foods offer are magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fatty acids and folate.
Pearled barley and oatmeal are a source of fiber and potassium.
An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management. Other benefits are a dose of magnesium and fiber.
Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Fat-free Milk and Yogurt
Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health.
Some of the above list can be tough on the budget depending on the season and where you live. Look for lower cost options such as fruit and vegetables in season or frozen or canned fish.
Foods that every budget can live with year round are beans and rolled oats or barley that you cook from scratch.
Learn more about how to include these and other healthful foods into your meals. The American Diabetes Association’s book What Do I Eat Now? provides a step-by-step guide to eating right.
-via American Diabetes Association