Category: Care

March 16, 2019

Who doesn’t like gorging on the famous Bombay Toast from our streetside vendor? Though tasty and seemingly healthy, this snack may not be good for diabetics because of excess carbs. Here’s a special Open Toast recipe that’s low on carbs and high on fiber, approved by our inhouse dietician, Ms. Mokshika Gada.

INGREDIENTS

2tbsp thickly grated carrot and onion 2tbsp shredded cabbage and capsicum 2tbsp green chutney 2 pcs whole wheat bread slices salt to taste 1/2 tsp oil for greasing and cooking  

METHOD

  1. Combine the chutney, cabbage, capsicum, onion, carrot and salt in a bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  2. Place 2 bread slices on a flat surface and spread a portion of the chutney-vegetable topping evenly over the bread slices.
  3. Heat and grease a non-stick tava (griddle) using ¼ tsp of oil and place each open toast with the mixture side facing downwards and cook, using ¼ tsp of oil, till it turns golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  4. Cut each toast into 4 equal triangles and serve immediately.

 

Nutrient values 

Energy 150kcal; Protein 6.3gm; Carbohydrate 23gm; Fat 1.5gm

March 14, 2019

There are around 72 million people with diabetes in India and these numbers are expected to increase to 134 million in the next 10-15 years. Uncontrolled diabetes can affect many organs and the kidney is one of the most serious of these complications. On World Kidney Day, its time we start paying attention to this issue. After 15 to 20 years of having diabetes, nearly a third of people with the condition develop kidney complications. Diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in the world. Therefore, it is essential that all clinicians understand how to appropriately screen patients for diabetic kidney disease with a focus on prevention of kidney diseases, and if is already present, to try to slow down its progression.

Stages of diabetic kidney disease

This first stage of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is called microalbuminuria, and at this stage small amounts of albumin begin to leak into the urine. As the disease progresses larger quantities of albumin leak into the urine. This stage is called macroalbuminuria or proteinuria. Slowly the kidneys’ filtering capacity begins to drop and the body begins to retain various waste products as filtration falls. As kidney damage develops further, the blood pressure rises and this further damages the kidney. After months or years, the DKD may progress to end st

March 6, 2019

A pregnant woman presents to her doctor with complaints of frequent thirst, excess fatigue, and is found to be prone to infections. The doctor examines her and orders for a few tests and diagnoses her with having developed ‘gestational diabetes mellitus’ or GDM. While diabetes has long been a health concern in the country, what exactly is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and what does it mean? We are here to give you a better understanding. Several studies have shown that the prevalence of gestational diabetes is rising in India, with Indian women genetically predisposed to it. One study pegs the prevalence of GDM in south India to be 17.8% in urban women, 13.8% in semi-urban women and 9.9% in rural women.

“Gestational diabetes is nothing more than a condition in which a woman who is not diabetic and has normal blood sugar levels prior to pregnancy, develops diabetes during pregnancy as a result of several hormonal changes which take place in the body,” explains Dr Paresh Ved. “What should be noted is that mos

March 1, 2019

Trying to balance the demands of family and work or school—and coping with media pressure to look and eat a certain way—can make it difficult for any woman to maintain a healthy diet. But the right food can not only support your mood, boost your energy, and help you maintain a healthy weight; it can also be a huge support through the different stages in a woman’s life. Healthy food can help reduce PMS, boost fertility, make pregnancy and nursing easier, ease symptoms of menopause, and keep your bones strong. Whatever your age or situation, committing to a healthy, nutritious diet will help you look and feel your best and get the most out of life. Why many women lack with their Nutritional Needs? As women, many of us are prone to neglecting our own dietary needs. You may feel you’re too busy to eat right, used to putting the needs of your family first, or trying to adhere to an extreme diet that leaves you short on vital nutrients and feeling cranky, hungry, and low on energy. While what works best for one woman may not always be the best choice for another. Whether you’re looking to improve your energy and mood, combat stress or PMS, boost fertility, enjoy a healthy

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February 21, 2019

A lot is written about HbA1c and a plethora of information about HbA1c is available for netizens. As a diabetologist, I would like to explain this to you in a slightly more simplistic manner. Hba1c is like a CCTV of our office, it records everything that you eat (the glucose content of the food). It records everything for 3 months and it is unbiased… So, it will record everything, the small dessert you had, the cheat meal you gorged and practically everything.

There are so many tests these packages offer. So should I go for an HbA1c?

You may need an HbA1c test if you have symptoms of diabetes. These include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue

Your health care provider may also order an HbA1c test if you are at higher risk for getting diabetes. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • High blood pressure
  • History of heart disease
  • Physical inactivity

  It is a very important tool to know if your diabetes management plan (lifestyle modification and medicines) are on the right track or not. Interpretation of results:

  • Normal: HbA1c below 5.7%
  • Prediabetes: HbA1c between 5.7% and 6.4
  • Diabetes: HbA1c of 6.5% or higher

In known diabetic patients, the following values can be considered as a tool for monitoring gly

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February 16, 2019

Let’s face it, we all love the street food chaat, come what may! Even if we are on a diet, we can’t resist the temptation of Chaat. It is tasty, appetizing and probably not all that unhealthy. We are here to help you find out a middle way out with a cheat chaat recipe approved by our inhouse dietician, Ms. Mokshika Gada.

Ingredients:

Paneer – 100 gm Boiled Chickpeas or Rajma – 50 gm Onions (cubes) – 1 Green chilies (slited) – 1 Jeera powder – 1 tsp Amchoor powder – 1 tsp Chaat masala – 1 tsp Salt – to taste. Tomato (cubes) – 2 Coriander leaves (chopped) – 1tsp Lemon juice – 1tsp  

Method:

  1. Take a big bowl, add boiled chickpeas or rajma, paneer.
  2. Add slit green chilies, onions, bell pepper, tomato mix it well and toss them.
  3. At last, add chopped mint, chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice, jeera powder, amchoor powder, chaat masala and salt to taste.
  4. Serve this delicious binge recipe.

 

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Energy: 160kcal; Protein: 10g; Carbohydrate: 20gm; Fat: 4gm

February 13, 2019

A diagnosis of diabetes changes life for the diabetic as well as for a non-diabetic spouse or partner. Diabetes, which is characterised by elevated glucose levels due to the body’s inability to produce sufficient insulin or use it effectively, can have serious health consequences like heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, and nerve damage that can lead to numbness in the foot and possibly amputation if unnoticed wounds on the foot do not heal. A person diagnosed with diabetes quickly learns that regulating his or her glucose on a daily basis is critical. Most often, this is done by changing diets and exercise habits. Diabetes also comes with an increased risk for other physical problems such as erectile dysfunction for men and hypertension and , , , ,

February 12, 2019

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and some of you maybe planning a nice time with your partner on that day. As a diabetic, you may be a little worried as to how to indulge in a great meal while keeping your diet in check. So for all of you out there, we are sharing Valentine’s Special Binge recipes approved by our inhouse dietician, Ms. Mokshika Gada.

Valentino Mojito

Ingredients:

2 cups roughly chopped and deseeded watermelon 1 cup roughly chopped melon 1 cup chilled readymade pineapple juice 1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal) 16 large fresh mint leaves 2 fresh limes, washed and cut into small chunks 4 tsp granulated artificial sweetener (add more if desired)

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend till smooth.
  2. Stir lime juice, mint leaves, and sweetener together in a pitcher; gently crush and bruise mint leaves with a wooden spoon.
  3. Pour equal quantity of the juice into 4 individual glasses.
  4. Serve immediately.

Nutrient values per glass

Energy: 120kcal; Protein 0gm: Carbohydrate 20gm; Fats: 0gm

Note:

  • It is highly recommended that this recipe be relished by diabetics only occasionally. This is just a mere ‘treat’ and does not qualify for a regular diabetic menu.
  • Enjoy this 1 glass as a pre workout drink.

 

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February 6, 2019

Diabetes can cause poor blood flow to the feet, making it more difficult for wounds to heal, sometimes resulting in infections and possibly amputation. Complicating matters, poorly controlled diabetes can also lead to nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. This may cause them to lose sensation in their feet, so they may not feel potentially harmful cuts or blisters. To help protect the feet and overall health, it is important to know what to look for in diabetes shoes.

Selecting the Right Pair

Covered shoes: Look for a shoe that has a large enclosed front, as well as a closed back and top. Shoes that expose the toes or heels increase the risk of injury and infection. Adjustable closure: Look for shoes that have laces or velcro. The built-in flexibility allows the person to tighten or loosen the shoes depending on whether or not the foot is swelling. Wide toe: Steer clear of shoes with narrow or pointed toes. Shoes with a round or wide toe box provide the feet with more room and are less likely to cause irritation. Low heel: Flats or shoes with heels less than two inches high are a better option than shoes with higher heels. Lower-heeled

January 23, 2019

Studies have found that strong family support can indeed play a positive role to help diabetic patients better manage blood sugar levels, deal with stress and depression, and to also encourage the adoption of improved lifestyle choices. Studies also indicate that one of the best predictors of how well someone takes care of their diabetes is the amount of support they get from their family and friends.  

For parents with diabetes

  • Contribute with cash money to the household economy.
  • Provide food recommended by the clinician.
  • Family members can actively help their loved ones!
  • Provide post-surgery care (bathing, dressing the wound), if required.
  • Keep an eye to watch that the parent does not eat food forbidden by the clinician.
  • Be mindful of regular screenings and check-ups and the results of the medical examinations. Accompany the parent to medical appointments.
  • Buy products that are suitable for family consumption.
  • Act as translators or readers for parents when they cannot read or write.

 

For spouse with diabetes

  • Accompany the respective partner to exercise and to medical appointments.
  • In c

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