Tag: diabetes 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.


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

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

February 23, 2019

Dahi Vada as a snack is great for people who are on diabetes diet when given a healthy twist without compromising on the taste. We are here to help you enjoy just that with the Dahi Vada recipe approved by our inhouse dietician, Ms. Mokshika Gada.


For Vadas 1 cup urad dal salt to taste ½ cup green moong dal 1 tsp oil for greasing To Be Mixed Together For The Salted Curds 2 ½ cups dahi salt to taste Other Ingredients 4 tsp jeera powder 4 tsp chilli powder


  • Wash and soak the urad dal and moong dal overnight in enough water.
  • Next day, drain and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using water as required.
  • Transfer into a deep bowl, cover with a lid and keep aside to ferment for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Grease the appe moulds with oil and pour batter into each mould.
  • Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till they turn golden brown in colour.
  • Turn each vada upside down using a fork and cook on the other side on a medium flame for another 2 to 3 more minutes or till they turn golden brown in colour.
  • Soak the vadas in enough water in a deep bowl for 15 minutes. Thereafter, squeeze out all the water from each vada by pressing them in between your palms. Keep aside.
  • Place vadas on

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.


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  


  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


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)


  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


  • 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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