New Year’s Resolutions for People with Diabetes

January 2, 2019

It’s a brand New Year! Now’s the time when people take their time to reflect on the past and come up with resolutions planning to do something better this year. For most people, diabetic or not, exercise and diet are what they resolve on. People rush to buy gym memberships and promise to themselves that they’ll not overeat. But it’s often easier said than done. As the year progresses, resolutions are forgotten in no time and people get back to their usual schedule.

The SMART New Year’s Resolution

So let’s make this New Year’s Resolution different. Instead of just having a resolution in our minds, let’s set SMART Goals for the New Year. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, specify a particular Action, are Realistic, and completed in a certain amount of Time. To start with, it is very important to set up a realistic goal. If you tell yourself that you will do 90 minutes High-Intensity Training workouts, but have never exercised in your life, it would be unlikely that you’d achieve your goal. That would be plain unrealistic. SMART Goals for Diabetes To set a SMART goal, focus on what you can really accomplish. With a hectic lifestyle that most Indians nowadays have, it is almost impossible to work out dai

March 22, 2016

Holi, the festival of colours is surely a difficult time for diabetics. More so because one can really gorge on sweets especially gujiya and Puranpoli. So, if you don’t want to give up your fitness goals try to atleast avoid giving into sweet temptations. We will help you not to make this festival an excuse to binge on unhealthy calories and accumulate health risks. Don’t worry, here are some of the tips that can help you to eat right on this Holi while enjoying the real spirit of the festival.

Five best ways to enjoy holi and maintain your normal blood glucose levels:

Eat right and combat overeating

  • On an average a healthy adult requires around 2,000 calories a day but constant snacking in between regular meals during festivals season results in intake of 1,500 extra calories.
  • This doesn’t imply that you kill your desire to enjoy special dishes rather feed you taste buds with a bite or two.
  • Gujjia, papri and kanji ke vade among dozen other dishes are must but you must maintain the calorie consumption, for instance, take a spoonful instead of a full serving for dinner.
  • If you want to have sweets cut down a carbohydrate-containing food from the meal, as it may add extra calories and carbohydrates in your diet.
  • Eat protein rich food item with each meal such as dal, paneer, curds or buttermilk which helps

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March 8, 2016

On this special day, celebrate life. Take a break from your busy schedule. Let your hair down, have fun and do what your heart says. Cuz today is your day. Have a great Women’s Day! International Women’s Day is the time to reflect on the impact of diabetes on women. In India, more than 65.1 million people are with the diabetes and approximately half of these people are women and it is a leading cause of death. Diabetes Mellitus impacts overall health of the women because women lead such a busy life with erratic schedule, may find it hard to keep up a regular exercise schedule, they often skip their meals and neglect their health needs.

HOW DIABETES AFFECTS WOMEN

Matters of the heart: The genetic make-up of women makes them less likely to suffer heart attacks compared to their male counterparts. However, diabetes strips women of this advantage, making them more susceptible to an attack than men with the disease. In addition, the attacks are also more fatal. Further, while premenopausal women are generally considered less likely to suffer from a heart attack, this advantage too is nullified in young women suffering from diabetes. Between the sheets: Although the effects of diabetes on the sexual health of men are fairly well-known, diabetic women’s sexual performance is a topic less discussed. High sugar levels in

March 7, 2016

Fasting for a person with Diabetes is to be done with extreme care keeping in mind their glucose levels throughout the day. If you are a diabetic person and will be fasting today, here are a few recipes, compiled by our patient, Bhavika Hingwala, that’ll help you keep the fast, uncompromised.

Samo/Varyache Tandul Khichdi

Ingredients:

  • Samo – 1 small katori
  • Buttermilk or curd – 1 cup
  • Jeera – few
  • Chillies/ginger paste -1/4th tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2-3 leaves
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1tsp
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish

Method of Preparation:

  • Take one small katori of samo
  • Wash it properly and soak in water for some time
  • Take a pan; put some ghee, jeera, crushed curry leaves and chilly/ ginger paste
  • Add water and salt then let it boil
  • As water boils, add soaked samo
  • Add sour buttermilk or curd if desired
  • Let it cook for while till it becomes soft
  • Garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with curd

Nutritional benefits: Samo is a low glycemic index food and rich in vitamins and minerals. This is definitely a healthier substitute for sabudana/sago. Including curd or buttermilk makes the dish rich in protein.

March 7, 2016

Shivaratri Fast is considered to be the most important fast for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Shiva Purana goes on to say that if a devotee observes Shivaratri Vrata with sincerity, pure devotion and love he is blessed with the divine grace of Lord Shiva. Fasts are not meant to create undue hardship or create a life-threatening situation. All religions discourage people who are sick, pregnant, nursing a baby from fasting. Patients with diabetes fall under this category because their chronic metabolic disorder may place them at high-risk for various complications if the pattern and amount of their meal and fluid intake is markedly altered. Myth: Fasting helps to maintain normal blood glucose levels

Facts:

  • Fasting can cause hypoglycemia in patients with uncontrolled type I and type II diabetes mellitus.
  • On the other hand, depending on the individual, fasting without using insulin can result in high blood sugars or in diabetic ketoacidosis (a serious diabetes complication caused by blood build-up of acids called ketones).
  • Dehydration is another fear if fluids are avoided during the fast. But diabetes patients can safely fast if one follows a balanced way of eating.
  • If you decide to fast, take advise from your diabetologist. Make sure your blood glucose levels are at normal range to avoid further complications
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February 13, 2016

Valentine’s Day is especially difficult, since it’s become closely associated with chocolate gifts, candies and sweets which are full of potential pitfalls for a person who’s trying to control his blood glucose. Fortunately, there are different ways to handle the day besides denying any celebration or overindulging in sweets. This valentine day here are some tips to give a gift of health to you or someone you love on Valentine’s Day and all year long. Show your Valentine that you care by being aware of your diabetes related complications and make sure you know about the diabetic healthy recipes or foods and practicing healthy habits to help ensure you’re together into your twilight years.

Substitution of the food:

healthy-valentineThere are different options which can help to maintain your blood sugars without disturbing the levels. If you have cravings for sweet and you cannot control yourself from refraining chocolates or sweets, you can check out for the nutritional content of the food and incorporate healthy foods in your meal in small quantities by replacing it with other carbohydrate or fat containing foods.

December 31, 2015

It’s a new year and a great time to start fresh! Managing diabetes means making healthy food choices, staying at a healthy weight, being active and working every day to keep your blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure under control and taking your medications as prescribed. But even if you know what to do to improve your health and manage your diabetes, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can be a big challenge. The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about the lifestyle changes you want to make to be healthier. Making changes in how you care for your health is a matter of trying and learning. It’s about making a plan and taking small but important steps to help you reach your New Year Goals:

  • Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels daily before or after meals
  • Take diabetes-related medications
  • Consult your Diabetologist at least once in a three month
  • Check your blood cholesterol, blood pressure and HbA1C which provides an average of your blood sugar control over the past 3 months along with blood sugar monitoring to make adjustments in diabetes medicines
  • Get renal function test, Micro albumin test and eye test each year
  • See your dentist twice a year
  • Get your foot examination done once a year as diabetics are more likely to have peripheral neuropathy (numbness in f

December 22, 2015

During Christmas, eating more sweets could result in higher blood glucose levels as well as there can be chance of gaining extra weight. A best thing to remember during the festive season is to check your blood sugar levels. If your blood glucose levels are normal or more than normal, so plan how you are going to manage your diet in advance, relax and enjoy delicious food over the festive season. If you eating out and you are having diabetes, it can be hard to fully relax because you might be worrying about the changes to the food you are going to eat at the special occasion. If someone else is in charge of the menu- at a restaurant or in someone else’s home- You might feel more worried, particularly there can be more chances to indulge than usual over the festive period. But like rest of the year, eating with diabetes is a matter of balance. Enjoy Yourself at Christmas:

  • Balance your eating, reading and relaxing time with a good walk or other activity to utilize your blood glucose
  • Stick to your usual routine diabetic diet plan as much as possible
  • If you eating out try not to arrive hungry or you are likely to overeat. Keep your regular meal pattern and have a small filling snack just before you head out such as a piece of fruit
  • Choose a restaurant or cafe that serves a good variety of healthy options
  • Start your meal with some appet

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August 4, 2015

Before Pregnancy

Despite advances, babies born to women with diabetic condition, especially women with poor diabetics control, are still at greater risk for birth defects.   High blood glucose levels and ketones (substances that in large amounts are poisonous to the body) pass through the placenta to the baby. These increase the chance of birth defects.   High blood glucose levels during the first trimester — the time when the baby’s organs are forming — increase the risk of birth defects and also miscarriage. Since the baby’s organs are completely formed by 7 weeks after your last period, when you may have just realized you are pregnant, it’s important to get blood glucose levels under control before getting pregnant.   Because these early weeks are so important to your baby, you need to plan your pregnancy. If your blood glucose levels are not in your target range, work to bring your diabetes under control before getting pregnant. It is a good idea to be in good blood glucose control three to six months before you plan to get pregnant. You’ll want to keep excellen

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July 9, 2015

Tips for diabetes care while traveling

Traveling with diabetes is comfortable and safe as long as you plan carefully. Good planning includes taking to your health care provider and doing a little research before leaving, careful packing, and knowing about airport security.

What to do before leaving on your trip:

  • Talk to your health care provider about your travel plans.
  • If you’re on insulin, ask about getting a prescription for a glucagon kit.
  • Make sure your immunizations, your immunization record and your written health record are up to date, especially if traveling abroad.
  • Make sure that all medications you carry and all diabetes supplies have their prescription labels on them.
  • If you use a daily or weekly medication reminder pack, take the original prescription labels with you.
  • Refill any prescriptions that may expire during your travel.
  • Keep your health insurance cared on you at all times. Review health insurance policy

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