Tag: diabetes care

July 17, 2019
depression and diabetes

• Depression is a very real condition and is becoming increasingly common in the general population; approximately one in four people will experience depression sometime in their adult life. For people who live with diabetes, this figure is even higher.
• Up to 50% of people with diabetes are thought to also have a mental illness such as depression or anxiety.
• People with depression and diabetes may find it hard to maintain daily diabetes care

What is Depression?

Depression is not just low mood but a serious illness. People with depression find it hard to do normal activities and function from day to day. Depression has serious effects on physical as well as mental health.

Link between diabetes and depression

Research shows that having diabetes more than doubles the risk of developing depression. Living with a chronic condition like diabetes, coping with biological and hormonal factors plus needing to manage the condition on a daily basis may increase the risk of depression.

Depression can increase the likelihood of developing diabetes complications. People with depression may find it harder to

June 26, 2019
diabetes care guide

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India had 69.2 million people living with diabetes in 2015 and nearly 98 million people in India may have type 2 diabetes by 2030. When it comes to diabetes, people are usually unaware of its causes and symptoms or have misconceptions and confusions of the same. Our diabetologist Dr Paresh Ved and our in-house dietician have compiled this complete Diabetes Care Guide to clear all your doubts and provide some do’s and don’ts for all diabetics.

Diabetes Basics:

What is Diabetes?
What is prediabetes?
Diabetes and Blood Glucose
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
FAQs about diabetes


June 12, 2019
Prediabetes

Prediabetes means you have blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Too much glucose in your blood can damage your body over time. If you have prediabetes, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Most people with prediabetes don’t have any symptoms. Your doctor can use an A1C test or another blood test to find out if your blood glucose levels are higher than normal. If you are 45 years old or older, your doctor may recommend that you be tested for prediabetes, especially if you are overweight. Losing weight – at least 5 to 10 percent of your starting weight – can prevent or delay diabetes or even reverse prediabetes. That’s 10 to 20 pounds for someone who weighs 200 pounds. You can lose weight by cutting down on the amount of calories and fat you eat and being physically active at least 30 minutes a day. Being physically active makes your body’s insulin work better. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine to help control the amount of glucose in your blood.

Symptoms of Prediabetes:

Prediabetes usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. The only way to know you have it is if your blood sugar levels are

June 6, 2019
HbA1c

What does HbA1c mean?

HbA1c is what’s known as glycated haemoglobin. This is something that’s made when the glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. Your body can’t use the sugar properly, so more of it sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood. Red blood cells are active for around 2-3 months, which is why the reading is taken quarterly. 
Too much sugar in the blood damages your blood vessels. This damage can lead to serious problems in parts of your body like your eyes and feet. 

What is HbA1c?

HbA1c is your average blood glucose (sugar) levels for the last two to three months.
A high HbA1c means you have too much sugar in your blood. This means you’re more likely to develop diabetes complications, like serious problems with your eyes and feet.
Knowing your HbA1c level and what you can do to lower it will help you reduce your risk of devastating complications. This means getting your HbA1c checked regularly. 
You’re entitled to get this test at least once a year. But if your HbA1c is high or needs a little more attention, it’ll be done every three to six months. Don’t skip it.
Once you know your HbA1c

June 1, 2019
Sukha Bhel

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

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup oats
½ cup poha
¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes and cucumbers
1 tbsp finely chopped onions
¼ cup roasted chana
1 tsp lime juice

Sukha chutney:

¼ cup mint leaves
2 tbsp coriander leaves
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp daria
1 tsp finely chopped ginger and chilli
Salt to taste

METHOD:

  1. Dry roast oats and poha in a non stick pan till they turn crisp.
  2. Allow them to cool completely and take it into a bowl.
  3. Blend all the ingredients into a mixer without using any water.
  4. Add sukha chutney and all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve immediately.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: (PER SERVING)

May 25, 2019
Green Wrap

Everyone craves for street food at times, here is a recipe for a wrap that is healthy and at the same time delicious like the wraps you enjoy on the go.

Ingredients:

• 2 whole wheat chapatis

For The Methi and Moong Sprouts Stuffing

• 1/2 cup finely chopped fenugreek leaves
• 1/2 cup boiled sprouted moong
• 1/2 tsp oil
• 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
• 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
• salt to taste
• 1/2 tsp lemon juice

For The Garlic-onion Spread

• 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
• 1 tbsp finely chopped onions
• 1/4 cup hung low-fat curds
• 1/2 tsp oil
• 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
• 1/4 tsp chilli powder
• a pinch of asafoetida
• salt to taste

METHOD:

For the garlic-onion spread

  1. Heat the oil in a small broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute or till the onions turn light brown in colour.
  3. Combine the sautéed garlic and onions with the curds i
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
Chicken-shami-kebab-wellness-diabetes

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.

Ingredients:

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

Method:

  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.

INGREDIENTS

• 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

METHOD

  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