Tag: diabetes care

May 22, 2019
Blood sugar levels

The most common and confusing factors related to blood sugar levels is the normal, prediabetic and diabetic values. The fasting blood sugar/glucose levels are said to be normal if it is below 100mg/dl. Fasting blood sugar levels greater than 126mg/dl refers to Diabetes. Many people are confused regarding the values of the transitory phase. Between 101 to 125mg/dl it is known as impaired fasting glucose. Other than fasting blood sugar levels, Postprandial (after meal) sugar levels are also a key unit in monitoring blood glucose levels. If your postprandial blood sugar levels are less than 140mg/dl it is considered to be normal, if it is between 141 to 199mg/dl it indicates impaired glucose tolerance. Postprandial blood glucose levels more than 200mg/dl are a clear cut indication of Diabetes Mellitus. Now, both impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance are together known as Prediabetes. That is these values indicate the prediabetic stage. During Pregnancy, it is desirable for women to keep their fasting sugar levels between 60 – 90mg/dl and Post Prandial levels between 90-120 mg/dl.

Blood Sugar level monitoring –

Blood glucose/ blood sugar level monitoring is critical to guide insulin, medication and behavioural adjustments with regards to

May 18, 2019

When hunger strikes, you need something quick and delicious to satiate it and there’s nothing like a good chicken kebab that you can make your way. And guess what, you can make healthy chicken shami kebab at home without compromising on the taste. Here’s the recipe.


1/2 cup chana dal
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 cloves
4 black peppercorns
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp ajwain
2 red chilli
300 gram boneless chicken
salt as per taste
1/2 cup water
1 tsp ginger, finely chopped
1 green chilli
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
2 eggs


  1. Soak 1/2 cup of chana dal for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a pressure cooker heat oil and add cumin seeds, cloves, black peppercorns, cinnamon, coriander seeds, ajwain, red chilli. Saute for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Now add the soaked chana dal and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the boneless chicken and salt. Bring to simmer, adding required quantity of water.
  5. Cook until all the water has evaporated and chicken is tendered.
  6. Let it cool for so
May 15, 2019

Gestational Diabetes is high Blood Sugar that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. Diabetes in pregnancy includes pregnancy in both pre-existing Diabetes (pregestational diabetes) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), which is diagnosed in pregnancy. Both situations are associated with maternal and foetal complications if not treated adequately. GDM is a severe and neglected threat to maternal child health. Poor maternal glucose control during the first eight weeks of pregnancy with subsequent hyperglycaemias and lipid peroxidation can have severe implications for the foetus, including birth defects.

Causes of Gestational Diabetes –

During pregnancy, the placenta makes hormones that can lead to a buildup of glucose in your blood. Usually, your pancreas can make enough insulin to handle that. If not, your blood sugar levels will rise and can cause gestational diabetes.

• Were overweight before you got pregnant
• Are African-American, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American
• Have high blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be diabetes
• Have a family history of diabetes
• Have had gestational diabetes before
• Have high blood pressure or

May 11, 2019

When hunger strikes, you need something quick and delicious to satiate it and there’s nothing like a good chicken soup that you can make your way. And guess what, you can make healthy chicken green soup at home without compromising on the taste. Here’s the recipe.


• Boneless Chicken Breast 1/2
• Spinach Puree 1/2 cup
• Chicken stock 4 cups
• Butter 1tsp
• Ginger 2 inch
• Garlic pod 1
• Onion 1 medium
• Black pepper powder 1/2 tsp + for sprinkling
• Juice of ¼ lemon


  1. Heat butter in a non-stick kadai. Crush ginger and add to the kadai.
  2. Cut garlic pod horizontally and add to the kadai. Quarter onion; add to the kadai and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock and chicken breast and let the mixture come to a boil.
  3. Add salt, black pepper powder and garam masala powder and mix well. When the mixture boils, add spinach puree, mix well and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken breast and keep aside. Cut the chicken breast into small cubes and add to the soup. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  5. Transfer into a serving bowl. Sprinkl
May 8, 2019

Glucose isn’t something as bad as it termed as. You may wonder what makes us claim that. But what needs to be known is Glucose is necessary for the body to run and function efficiently. Glucose is the charger, energizer and fuel that the body uses to carry out various internal and external activities. When we eat food, be it anything from a humble Banana to an expensive Mango, Carbohydrate is omnipresent. Carbohydrate is a complex structure formed of too many Glucose molecules. When these carbohydrates enter the body, they are broken down into Glucose by the various enzymes present in the body. Extra Glucose molecules are converted into glycogen and stored in the liver for further energy requirements.

The Glucose enters the cells of the body to provide the energy required for basic functioning. But when we are not eating enough, glycogen is reconverted to Glucose to meet the energy and vitality requirements of the organs. The hormone ‘Insulin’ paves the way for Glucose to enter into the blood cells. When Insulin is not released enough, the Glucose cannot enter the body and thus the levels of Glucose is increased in the blood stream. This presence of high amounts of Glucose in the bloodstream and over a period in the urine gives rise to ‘Hyperglycemia’, the condition further leading to Diabetes.

May 1, 2019

Diabetes symptoms can be so mild that you don’t notice them. That’s especially true of type 2 diabetes. Some people don’t find out they have Diabetes until they suffer from long-term damage caused by the disease.

With type 1 diabetes, the symptoms usually happen quickly, in a matter of days or a few weeks. They’re much more severe, too

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms of Diabetes are mostly inflected due to the presence of high glucose levels in blood.

  • Thirst, dry mouth
  • Polyuria (frequent urination)
  • Nocturia (frequent urination at night)
  • Tiredness, Fatigue
  • Recent Change in weight (weight loss)
  • Blurring of vision
  • Pruritus vulvae, balanitis (genital itching)
  • Nausea, headache
  • Hyperphagia(urge to eat more sweet food), predilection for sweet foods
  • Mood change, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, apathy

Both types of diabetes have some of the same telltale warning signs.

  • Hunger and fatigue – Your body converts the foo
April 27, 2019
Paneer Kathi Roll

When hunger strikes, you need something quick and delicious to satiate it and there’s nothing like a loaded kathi roll that you can make your way. Kathi roll, a street food that originated in Kolkata has become quite popular these days. And guess what, you can make healthy kathi rolls at home without compromising on the taste. Here’s the recipe.


For paneer tikka filling:

½ cup low fat paneer cubes
¼ cup tomato cubes
¼ cup onion cubes
¼ cup capsicum cubes
1 tsp oil

For marination:

2 tbsp low fat beaten curds
½ tsp chilli powder
A pinch of turmeric
½ tsp ginger and garlic paste
½ tsp besan
½ tsp kasuri methi
½ tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

For rotis:

½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup low fat milk


For pan

April 13, 2019

Diabetes doesn’t have to end your love affair with pizza. If you’re going to occasionally indulge, we have for you a healthy version of pizza with no maida, more veggies and no cheese. This recipe is approved by our inhouse dietician, Mokshika Gada.


For The Pizza Sauce

2 large tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dry red chilli flakes
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

For The Bhakri

1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1 tsp oil
salt to taste

To Be Mixed Into A Vegetable Topping

1/4 cup finely chopped capsicum (red, yellow and green)
1/2 cup blanched small broccoli florets
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dry red chilli flakes
salt to taste
50gm paneer (to grate)


March 30, 2019

Living with a disease like diabetes is challenging enough, so why does dessert time have to ring alarm bells? Shouldn’t there be a reward for the hard work of maintaining sugar levels through a healthy diet and continuous exercise? Well, there is!

Here’s a special Apple Phirni recipe that’s relatively healthier than shop-made desserts, approved by our inhouse dietician, Ms. Mokshika Gada.


1/2 cup coarsely powdered quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup grated apple (unpeeled)
2 cups low-fat milk 
1 ½  tsp sugar free


  1. Heat the milk in a deep non-stick pan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the oats, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  3. Remove from the flame, add the sugar free, mix well and keep aside to cool slightly.
  4. Add the apple, mix well and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes. Serve chilled.
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.


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  


  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