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I am suffering from diabetes. Which foods should I take to avoid increase in my sugar level.

Dr. Shashidhar 93% (5865 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Secunderabad
I am suffering from diabetes. Which foods should I take to avoid increase in my sugar level.
As a general rule avoid or restrict bakery products, packaged/processed food and drinks. Limit tea and coffee, and avoid tobacco and alcohol. Natural food (esp organic food) are good for health. Therefore eat fruits and vegetables everyday (restrict sweet fruits) as they have lots of nutrients and also have natural fibres. Eat small amounts of nuts and seeds in between. Overall, maintain a healthy and ideal weight by following a disciplined and healthy lifestyle.
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I am suffering from type 2 diabetes.in fasting my reading are 115-123 mg/dl and after post meal it is normal I.e. 80-120 mg/dl. Sir please tell me what is the reason of that reverse reading.

Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma 92% (3541 ratings)
MBBS, MD
Endocrinologist, Delhi
I am suffering from type 2 diabetes.in fasting my reading are 115-123 mg/dl and after post meal it is normal I.e. 80-...
You do not have diabetes but fasting hyperglycemia. You can control it with diet control. Reduce calory intake at dinner, avoid alcohol if you take it, exercise regularly.
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Diabetes - Role of Ayurveda in Treating it!

Dr. Vinod Pandey 89% (10 ratings)
BAMS , CCH , CGO
Ayurveda, Mumbai
Diabetes - Role of Ayurveda in Treating it!

Most people dread the prospect of having to deal with diabetes. After all, having any disease is not a nice prospect, let alone a lifestyle disease such as diabetes. For many people who have it, a lifetime of pill taking at different parts of the day is a reality. But what if, other successful forms of treatment were found to be effective? Yes, there is good news for all diabetic patients. Ayurveda is one such line of medicine, which has been successfully treating diabetic patients for centuries.

A lot of the effort to treat a person who has diabetes by using Ayurvedic principles has to do with the kind of food regularly consumed. This should not really come as that much of a surprise as our overall health has a lot more to do with the food that is eaten by a person than is normally thought. While cinnamon is considered to be great to add flavour to food, Chinese cinnamon, also known as cassia, which is sourced from the bark of the cinnamon tree, is a good resource to treat diabetes with.

When it comes to food items that should be avoided by a person who has diabetes, rice tops the list. It is something that should not be consumed in large quantities at all. This is true in spite of it being a staple food in many countries and for many people. Apart from this, eating potato does not do any favours either; so consume them in limited quantities.

It is very important to quit smoking and stop consuming alcohol to a large extent, if a complete withdrawal is not possible. In addition to this, sufficient sleep on a nightly basis is also key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A person with diabetes would do well to make it a habit to practice meditation in a consistent way. Practising yoga and going for regular walks are also highly recommended. As a matter of fact, the activity level of a person should be high throughout the day and not just peak at the time of exercise.

One of the main beliefs of Ayurveda is that an overall healthy state of body needs to be maintained. If the body is not in balance, this will cause various problems in different parts of the body. As long as there is discipline, with Ayurveda, diabetes can be easily beaten!

Obesity and Diabetes - Know The Connection!

MBBS, MDRC (Diabetology), M.D.R.F.A.D.A
Diabetologist, Secunderabad
Obesity and Diabetes - Know The Connection!

Diabetes is a complex group of diseases with a variety of causes. People with diabetes have high blood glucose, also called high blood sugar or hyperglycemia.

Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, the way the body uses digested food for energy. The digestive tract breaks down carbohydrates, sugars and starches found in many foods, into glucose, a form of sugar that enters the bloodstream. Diabetes develops when the body doesn't make enough insulin or is not able to use insulin effectively, or both.

The two main types of diabetes are:

Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 diabetes typically occurs in children and young adults, though it can appear at any age. In the past, type 1 diabetes was called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Heredity plays an important part in determining who is likely to develop type 1 diabetes. Genes are passed down from biological parent to child.

Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older people who are also overweight or obese. The disease, once rare in youth, is becoming more common in overweight and obese children and adolescents. Type 2 diabetes is caused by a combination of factors, including insulin resistance, a condition in which the body's muscle, fat, and liver cells do not use insulin effectively.

Physical Inactivity, Obesity, and Diabetes-

Physical inactivity and obesity are strongly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. People who are genetically susceptible to type 2 diabetes are more vulnerable when these risk factors are present. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

An imbalance between caloric intake and physical activity can lead to obesity, which causes insulin resistance and is common in people with type 2 diabetes. Central obesity, in which a person has excess abdominal fat, is a major risk factor not only for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes but also for heart and blood vessel disease, also called cardiovascular disease (CVD). This excess belly fat produces hormones and other substances that can cause harmful, chronic effects in the body such as damage to blood vessels.

So, measuring your waist is a quick way of assessing your diabetes risk. This is a measure of abdominal obesity, which is a particularly high-risk form of obesity. Women have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if their waist measures 80cm (31.5 inches) or more. Asian men with a waist size of 89cm (35 inches) or more have a higher risk, as do white or black men with a waist size of 94cm (37 inches) or more.

Simple Steps to Lower Your Risk-

Making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The same changes can also lower the chances of developing heart disease and other life taking cancers.

1. Control Your Weight: Being overweight increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes seven-fold. Being obese makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone with a healthy weight. Losing weight can help if your weight is above the healthy-weight range. Check your BMI. Losing 7 to 10 percent of your current weight can cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in half.

2. Get Moving and Turn Off the Television: Inactivity promotes type 2 diabetes. Working your muscles more often and making them work harder improves their ability to use insulin and absorb glucose. This puts less stress on your insulin-making cells.

3. Tune Up Your DietFour dietary changes can have a big impact on the risk of type 2 diabetes-

  • a. Choose whole grains and whole grain products over highly processed carbohydrates.
  • b. Skip the sugary drinks, and choose water, coffee, or tea instead.
  • c. Choose good fats instead of bad fats.
  • d. Limit red meat and avoid processed meat; choose nuts, whole grains, poultry, or fish instead.

If you are already suffering from diabetes, then do take a walk everyday and adopt healthy eating habits. Along with that relieve your stress and take proper doses of insulin or medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Diabetes & Depression - How It Creates A Vicious Circle?

Dr. Vishal Garg 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - General Medicine, Certificate Course in Management of Thyroid Disorder, Post Graduate Course In Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Diabetes & Depression - How It Creates A Vicious Circle?

Diabetes is a state where the body suffers from lack of energy due to poor metabolic state. This is construed as depression in many patients as they already feel lethargic and subdued. The fatigued state of body in diabetes can be alleviated by exercise which raises endorphins - substances which are released in the body especially by exercise - providing us the necessary elation so much necessary for our recovery

Managing diabetes may make a person feel alone and set apart from their friends and family due to the number of dietary restrictions they need to follow. Additionally, if the person has trouble controlling their blood sugar level, it may make him frustrated and anxious. Over time, these negative emotions can build up into depression.

Depression can make a person lose his sense of purpose and can make regular tasks feel like too much to handle. Thus, a depressed person may stop taking care of himself. The lack of energy can lead to a loss of appetite or unhealthy snacking. This can trigger fluctuations in blood sugar levels that worsen diabetes.

Thus, depression and diabetes have a cyclic relationship. The good news is that these two diseases can be treated together and managing one of these diseases can have a positive effect on the other as well.

Here are a few ways to treat diabetes and depression:

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is very beneficial towards treating, both depression and diabetes. Exercise helps regulate blood sugar levels and hence can help control diabetes. It also helps in reducing excess weight, which can enhance your self image and make you feel happier. Simultaneously, it also releases endorphins or the 'feel good' brain chemical. This can help alleviate depression symptoms.

A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is essential for good health and can help manage, both these disorders. Along with a balanced diet, there is also a need to abstain from snacking between meals. Reducing the amount of sugar in your meals helps stabilize blood sugar level and control fluctuations. Stable blood sugar level keep a person from becoming increasingly anxious and can thus prevent depression.

Restful Sleep

A good night's sleep can treat, both diabetes and depression. If you have proper sleep, you will awake feeling refreshed and energetic. This positive energy balances the negativity of depression, lowers the urge to snack and helps in stabilizing blood sugar level.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy or in particular cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven beneficial towards treating depression. This in turn gives a person the motivation needed to manage his diabetes as well.

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HELLO DOCTOR this is for my wife. She is 49 years old. She is a diabetic and taking medicine for the same for the last one year. For the past two days in the evening she is fainting and says she has headache and giddiness. She used to keep her mobile by the side of her bed. Her blood sugar was at 231 today when it was taken immediately when she said she has giddiness we need advise. Thank you.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 93% (13527 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
HELLO DOCTOR
this is for my wife. She is 49 years old. She is a diabetic and taking medicine for the same for the las...
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. I have gone through the details given, which are not sufficient. It is necessary to know her fasting, PP glucose levels, HbA1c%, BP readings, weight, height and extent of daily exercise and diet. Glucose level of 231 m g does not lead to any such symptoms which have been mentioned. Please come with full details. Thankls.
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I am suffer diabetes 135 FBS after lunch 134. Glycomet gp. 2 850 vogs 0.2. Tiban 20 mg. Tab daily morning.

Dr. Nitin Sahu 89% (288 ratings)
MD - General Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Endocrinologist, Indore
I am suffer diabetes 135 FBS after lunch 134. Glycomet gp. 2 850 vogs 0.2. Tiban 20 mg. Tab daily morning.
Your fasting is little on the higher side bur post meal blood sugris normal It will be worthwhile to do hba1c- once. Keep up the good work of controlling your diabetes.
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Can vitamin B12 cause diabetes? I am not a sugar patient but I have it in my Gene. I am 49 years old and I did Hb1ac test and I got 7.5: percent. Shall I take medicine. I am following diabetic diet.

Dr. Sheetal Aversekar 92% (229 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Diabetology, Certificate Course in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (CCGDM), Post Graduate Course in Diabetology
Diabetologist, Mumbai
Can vitamin B12 cause diabetes? I am not a sugar patient but I have it in my Gene. I am 49 years old and I did Hb1ac ...
Hba1c of 7.5 percent means that you are already diabetic. You will need to be started on medicines and you should continue with your diet. Vitamib b12 deficiency does not cause diabetes.
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I am 66 years old and diabetic but diabetes under control. I have to get up in the night as I have pain in my legs and calf area (muscle pain). I have to stand up in comfortable position until the pain goes out and finally go for natures call (urinate). These cramps I have been facing almost every night. Now I have pain in my left leg (thigh area). Doctor says-stiff muscles. Take vitamin E. Pls advise. FYI do to hard work on ship I sleep only for 6 hrs/day.

Dr. Faiyaz Khan Pt 91% (391 ratings)
MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, Fellowship in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (FOR) Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Diet
Physiotherapist, Kolkata
I am 66 years old and diabetic but diabetes under control. I have to get up in the night as I have pain in my legs an...
Take Epsom Salt bath and soak you calf daily at night and morning for twenty minutes in warm Epsom salt water. The pain will be gone. For better results: Preferably take daily Vit D3 Cholecalciferol tablets in Sublingual form of 10000 IU Take Magnesium Chloride Transdermal daily 500 mg Take Potassium rich foods. Avoid Sugar and refined Carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners. Contact for further details. Good luck!
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I am 71 years old and diabetic since 1976. I am taking duotrol 1 tablet before breakfast and pioz 15 1 tablet before dinner. I am taking this medicine for the last 12 urs. My diabetes was always remain controlled but for last 15 days the fasting is 150 and pp 200. What should I do.

Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar 93% (13527 ratings)
MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
I am 71 years old and diabetic since 1976. I am taking duotrol 1 tablet before breakfast and pioz 15 1 tablet before ...
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. AT 71 years, your blood glucose seems fairly well controlled. However, if you are looking for more stricter control, then look at your diet and also increase your daily physical activity by a few more minutes. A small alteration in diet will also help, like increase the intake of green leafy vegetables, reduce intake of carbs by about 10 % of present. Because adding of any drug does not seem to be needed. Look at HbA1c%, it should be < 7%.Thanks.
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