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COCKTAILS AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

COCKTAILS AND TYPE 2 DIABETES
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 24-11-2015

Getting through the holidays as a Type 2 diabetic can be challenging with all of the scrumptious food at your disposal. You’ve got to take extra caution in monitoring your blood sugar as you consider which foods you should and shouldn’t be eating. The situation becomes further complicated if you enjoy having a drink every now and again for, during the holiday season, nothing says celebration like making a few toasts to the family and the new year.

Cocktails Collection - CosmopolitanAs a diabetic, you should be aware of the “do’s and don’ts” of alcohol. Even if you only enjoy having a simple drink here or there, you should know how alcohol can affect you. In the end, there are some ways to enjoy an occasional cocktail, when mixed with care. As with food, every alcoholic mixed drink contains a different amount of calories, fat, and sugars, depending on the ingredients, so learning to craft a healthier recipe is an excellent way to enjoy without guilt or worry.

First of all, be aware of the effects alcohol can have on you. Drinking alcohol, even a few drinks, can increase not only your blood sugar but also your blood pressure. And in some cases, it can cause a rapid and drastic drop in blood sugar levels, which can also cause complications. Drinking alcohol can interfere with diabetes medicine, insulin, and other medications, and it can stimulate the appetite and lower your inhibitions.

With the above effects in mind, it is recommended you limit your alcohol consumption to one or two drinks a day for women and men, respectively. Enjoy your drink with a snack or a meal that follows your usual healthy eating guidelines, such as whole grain crackers, light popcorn, or low-fat cheese. And when crafting cocktails or mixed drinks, think outside of the soda and the juice-based mixers. Instead, opt for homemade mixers with fresh citrus (like lemon and lime juice), fruit-flavored spritzer water, and diet club soda.

Using a base of hand-squeezed lime or lemon juice, muddled herbs, such as mint, and a splash of sugar-free seltzer water, you can create some diabetic-friendly cocktails. You can even filter, dramatically reducing the alcohol and sugar content of wine by mixing it with equal parts of seltzer water over ice. Garnish with a slice or two of orange, and your healthy holiday mixer is complete.

As always, remember to keep your alcohol consumption to a well-balanced, moderate level, and don’t forget to check your blood sugar levels.

Glasses of cocktails on bar backgroundCitrus Wine Spritzer. This bubbly, refreshing spritzer contains relatively little alcohol and can be the perfect after work or social mixer. Makes four drinks…

Ingredients:
Ice
4 wedges lemon
4 wedges lime
1 cup white wine
1 cup citrus flavored seltzer water

Directions:
1. Fill four glasses halfway with ice. Squeeze 1 lemon and 1 lime wedge into each glass.
2. Pour ¼ cup wine and ¼ cup seltzer into each glass. Stir gently and serve.

Lite Mint Julep. The Kentucky Derby classic cocktail gets a makeover in this diabetic-friendly version. Makes four drinks…

Ingredients:
4 lemon wedges
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup bourbon or whiskey
1 cup diet club soda or plain seltzer water
Crushed ice

Directions:
1. Squeeze lemon wedges into a tall cocktail shaker; leave peels in the bottom of the shaker. Add mint leaves; crush gently into lemons. Add bourbon; shake gently.
2. Fill four cocktail glasses almost entirely with ice. Strain bourbon mixture into glasses; fill each glass with about ¼ cup club soda. Stir gently and serve.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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WHY SHOULD I REMOVE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FROM MY DIET?

WHY SHOULD I REMOVE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP FROM MY DIET?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-10-2015

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted...

Closeup of ingredients list of granola health bar with forms of sugar highlighted…

“Bad things” happen when you include high fructose corn syrup in your diet.

In one study, healthy individuals consumed either glucose or fructose-sweetened drinks. The drinks were made up of either 25% of the calories from glucose or 25% of the calories from fructose. They consumed the sweetened drinks for 10 weeks.
The group that consumed the fructose had…

– developed insulin resistance,
– their abdominal fat increased,
– their blood sugar level, and
– insulin levels increased.

In various other studies, there is an increase in gout episodes, even in those who never had gout before. This is a frightening thought because it means thousands of children will end up with gout – and gout is a very painful disease to have….

– imagine how hard it would be to watch your child suffer from gout for a few weeks at a time,
– how difficult it would be to have to give your child medications for gout that are toxic in many ways, and
– how much time it will take out of your regular schedule to have to attend to this new health issue.

Children already have developed gout from eating a lot of foods with high fructose corn syrup. This isn’t a theory that hasn’t been proven. It’s reality.

High fructose is a killer. That’s the bottom line. Do you really want it in your diet or your family’s diet?

In the next article, find out whether or not sugar is addictive and what’s the evidence about it?

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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NEED SOME DIABETIC HUMOR?

NEED SOME DIABETIC HUMOR?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 9-9-2015

Laughter Is The Best Medicine card with bokeh background

There’s a YouTube channel called Glucose Meter Duo that delivers diabetes news with quite a bit of humor. You’ll laugh at least a few times when you see this segment…
https://youtu.be/rPFEZLUq4ok

Humor is a neglected strategy in health, but it can reduce fears and stress and create more effective health care teams according to researchers in Canada at the Hamilton General Hospital. How much humor are you getting in your life each day?

In another study on humor, the researchers confirmed humor therapy decreased agitation in elderly residents of a Sydney Australia Nursing Home and increased their happiness.

Seems like a no-brainer! Did they do the research so we could say laughter is evidence-based? And are there people out there – other than scientists – who have to have evidence?

Sources:
Oczkowski, S. Virtuous laughter: we should teach medical learners the art of humor. Crit Care 2015 May 11; 19:  222. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25959366
Low, L.F., et al. The effects of humor therapy on nursing home residents measured using observational methods: The SMILE cluster randomized trial. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2014 Aug; 15(8): 564-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24814320

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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WHY DOES SUGAR HURT IF YOU’RE A TYPE 2 DIABETIC?

WHY DOES SUGAR HURT IF YOU’RE A TYPE 2 DIABETIC?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 26-8-2015

Large counter with chocolate candiesThere are several reasons why sugar is literally the worst possible food to have in your diet if you’re diabetic.

Here’s a list…

1. Sugar depletes your body of B vitamins and minerals. As a diabetic, you need every one of the vitamins and minerals you can possibly get.

2. Sugar causes insulin resistance, something that every diabetic does not need.

3. Sugar makes cancers grow in the body. It feeds them.

4. Sugars such as high fructose corn syrup cause liver problems such as fatty liver. Fatty liver is one more health issue you don’t need as a diabetic!

5. Sugar causes addictive disorders and makes you less sensitive to the effects of morphine.

6. Sugar releases huge amounts of dopamine in the brain and can create an addiction to all sugary foods.

7. Sugar causes overweightedness and obesity – and that’s ugly.

8. Sugar causes high cholesterol levels.

9. Sugar can contribute to hardening of the arteries.

Need any more reasons to stop eating sugar?

Next, find out why your doctor and dietitian keep telling you sugar is okay to eat for Type 2 diabetics.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW DIABETES AFFECTS YOUR BODY?

IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HOW DIABETES AFFECTS YOUR BODY?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 1-7-2015

Understanding how diabetes affects your body gives you a strong foundation for making smart decisions about your health. Test yourself with these quiz questions…

High blood sugar levels affects nerves, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, heart and skin...

High blood sugar levels affects nerves, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, heart and skin…

1. Diabetes is a disorder of protein metabolism. This is why diabetics lose muscle mass as they get older. True or False?

 2. The reason why diabetics can develop cataracts is because their blood fats are high and form a cloud of fat over the lens of the eyes. True or False?

3. Heating foods to high temperatures is okay for diabetics. True or False?

4. Heating foods in a microwave is perfectly fine for diabetics. True or False?

5. Eating foods that are fried speeds up oxidation in your body, which generates free radicals in high amounts. True or False?

6. One reason why Type 2 diabetics get neuropathy is because of the drug Metformin. True or False?

7. One reason why diabetics get neuropathy is because the nerves “dry up.” True or False?

8. Diabetics can use diet to control their blood sugar and bring it down at least 20 mg/dL (1.1 mmol/L) for fasting levels. True or False?

9. Diabetes affects the heart and blood vessels. True or False?

ANSWERS…

1. False. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. Carbohydrates are not broken down properly in the body when there’s diabetes. The blood sugar from the carbohydrate breakdown remains in the blood instead of going into the muscles. Your mission as a Type 2 diabetic is to lower your blood sugar and gain insulin sensitivity.
2. False. The cataracts are created from high levels of blood sugar. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index.
3. False. Heating foods to high temperatures creates high amounts of advanced glycation end products, which bring on more diabetes complications and additional degenerative diseases such as high blood pressure. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index.
4. False. Heating foods in a microwave superheats foods and causes advanced glycation end products.
5. True. Free radicals damage the body and bring on more complications of diabetes.
6. True. Metformin has been found to cause a vitamin B12 deficiency which causes peripheral neuropathy.
7. True. Nerves start out in a bundle and then divide into smaller and smaller nerves. The smallest nerves begin to wither up in diabetes until they do not exist. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index.
8. True.
9. True.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?

IT’S DIABETIC QUIZ TIME… HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 16-6-2015

glycemic indexQuizzes are fun and here are several questions about the Glycemic Index. Knowing these answers is important because it can help you regulate your own blood sugar levels. Doing what you can to keep your blood sugar levels closer to normal via diet is possible, and knowing how to avoid High Glycemic Index foods is a big part of it.

1. The Glycemic Index is a scale from 0 to 100 that measures carbohydrate foods. True or False?

2. Fats can also be given a Glycemic Index. True or False?

3. Protein foods may also be given a Glycemic Index. True or False?

4. Dairy products are protein foods and carbohydrate foods; therefore, they have a Glycemic Index.
True or False?

5. Nuts are protein foods so they don’t have a Glycemic Index. True or False?

6. The fruits with a low Glycemic Index include cherries, grapefruit, and apples. True or False?

7. The vegetables that could have a higher glycemic index are ones that are starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes. True or False?

8. The high fiber grains are healthy for you and have a low-Glycemic Index. True or False?

9. If a food is organic, it will have a lower Glycemic Index than a non-organic food. True or False?

ANSWERS…

1. True.
2. False. The Glycemic Index only measures carbohydrate foods; however, if a nut also contains carbohydrates, it will have a Glycemic Index.
3. True. Protein foods such as animal meats, poultry and fish do not have a Glycemic Index because they are protein and fat with no carbohydrates. However, any protein food that may also contain carbs has a Glycemic Index.
4. True.
5. False. Nuts are fat foods and the Glycemic Index only refers to carbohydrates, not fats. Nuts do contain a little protein, but it is not much. Nuts such as peanuts and cashews contain a little carbohydrate; thus these nuts will have a Glycemic Index.
6. True.
7. True.
8. False. Just because a food is high fiber does not mean it has a safe Glycemic Index.
9. False. The organic part of a food has nothing to do with its Glycemic Index.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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ALTERNATIVE TO MASHED POTATOES

ALTERNATIVE TO MASHED POTATOES
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 2-4-2015

Understanding the glycemic index cannot be stressed enough as a key factor in building a lasting healthy lifestyle for diabetes maintenance. Reflecting the quality of carbohydrates in a particular food, the glycemic index ranks foods according to how much they affect blood sugar levels.

Farm Fresh Potatoes...

Farm Fresh Potatoes…

Dr. Andrew Weil, the renowned writer and speaker on integrative medicine, has said “High-glycemic foods like rice cakes, bread, and potatoes stress the body’s insulin system and probably are chief culprits in obesity.”

The higher the number (ranking up to 100), the stronger the effect on blood sugar. In general, foods high in carbohydrates will rank higher on the glycemic index, whereas foods higher in fat or protein will rank lower. Not all carbohydrates will affect your blood sugar in the same manner, and there are plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that are perfectly suitable for a healthy meal plan while managing Type 2 diabetes. A comprehensive chart with foods and their respective GI levels can be found here.

Perhaps the most common (and arguably detrimental) vegetable individuals eat on a regular basis is the potato. The potato, a complex carbohydrate and very starchy vegetable, ranks higher on the GI than even white table sugar, especially when cooked in the most delicious way: into mashed potatoes. As Dr. Andrew Weil and other health professionals have agreed, eating white potatoes can have extremely negative effects on your levels of blood sugar.

Mashed potatoes, one of America’s favorite comfort foods, have a GI ranging from 80 to 95, and can spike your blood sugar levels immensely. The good news is there are plenty of vegetables to choose from that are equally mashable – and equally delicious. Mashed potatoes are so tasty because they are a creamy, starchy vegetable with mild flavors of salt and sweet butter. You can enjoy these same qualities in other mashed vegetables just the same, but by choosing vegetables with a lower GI, you will be doing your body better in the long run.

Learn about some healthy vegetables that can be used in place of white potatoes for your next “mashed potato” craving, and enjoy a few recipes to get you cooking your next diabetes-friendly meal in the kitchen…

1. Celery root. Also known as “celeriac,” this knobby root vegetable is a fantastic vegetable to get familiar with. When shopping for it at the market, look for a round, bulbous, gnarly-looking vegetable next to the sweet potatoes and turnips. Compared to other starchy vegetables, celery root is incredibly low in calories and very low in overall carbohydrate content. It has a GI ranging from 35 (when eaten raw) to about 65 (when cooked), and can be eaten in a number of ways. Shred it as you would with cabbage and use in a salad or slaw, or use it cooked as you would with any white potato dish.

Celery Root & Pear Puree
This sweet and savory mashed “potato” dish is wonderfully creamy and full of fall flavors.

Ingredients:
3 pounds celery root, scrubbed, chopped
2 pears, peeled, chopped
2 cups low-fat milk
3 cloves garlic, smashed
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1) Combine celery root, pears, milk, and garlic in a large pot; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until very soft, about 25 minutes.
2) Transfer to a food processor; puree until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and pulse to desired consistency. Serve warm.

From the Pumpkin Patch...

From the Pumpkin Patch…

2. Pumpkin. No doubt you’ve enjoyed pumpkin pie a number of times, but how often have you used it in savory dishes? Pumpkins can be roasted whole, used as fries, and mashed up exactly as white potatoes would, so you have no learning curve to get familiar with them. The vibrant orange coloration of the flesh is reflective of pumpkin’s strong antioxidant content, which has been shown to provide anti-carcinogenic properties. In addition, it’s been shown to improve lung health, immune healthy, and the digestive system – all valuable tips for a Type 2 diabetic. The GI of pumpkins appear relatively high on the table (ranging from 70 to 80), but the vegetable has a relatively low overall carbohydrate content, due to the higher proportion of fiber, minerals, and other nutrients – so don’t be afraid to enjoy this healthful foods as part of your balanced meal plan.

Mashed Pumpkin
This time-saving recipe calls upon canned pumpkin – just make sure you are buying unsweetened, unflavored pumpkin puree.

Ingredients:
4 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a casserole dish.
2) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; whisk well to mix. Transfer to prepared dish. Bake, covered, until warmed through, about 30 minutes.

 3. Turnips. Depending on how they are prepared, turnips can rank anywhere from 30 to 80 on the GI scale. They are chockfull of vitamins and minerals, which helps to balance out the overall carbohydrate content. Part of the cabbage family, these cruciferous vegetables possess strong detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties – it’s those properties that give them their characteristic “bite.” Especially beneficial to eat in the winter months, turnips can help to keep a healthy immune system by keeping the system well-cleansed.

Mashed Turnips
The trick to getting a delicious turnip is to boil them in a small amount of sugar and salt. When mashed, they become simply irresistible.

Ingredients:
6 cups peeled, chopped turnips
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup low-fat milk
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
1) Place turnips, salt, and sugar in a large pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat; lower to a simmer and cook, covered, until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
2) Combine drained turnips, milk, and butter in a large bowl; mash with beaters or a potato mashed to desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A LOW-GI DIET IF YOU’RE PREGNANT?

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A LOW-GI DIET IF YOU’RE PREGNANT?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-1-2015

You may be wondering this, and the same question was asked by Chinese doctors and researchers in 2013. They tested 140 pregnant women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes to see if there would be any benefits.

Pregnant woman eating sandwichA low-GI diet is one that replaces foods rated medium high and high on the Glycemic Index scale with foods that have a low-glycemic index. Foods with a low-GI are rated 0 to 55 on this scale; foods rated 56 to 69 are medium high-GI and foods 70 and above are rated high- GI foods.

In China, rice is eaten frequently for lunch and dinner but rice is a medium high or high-GI food. By replacing rice with low-GI foods such as yams and other non-starchy vegetables, you can see how your body responds and what happens to your blood sugar levels. If you continue the substitution for about three months, you can see what has happened with your hemoglobin A1c levels. The hemoglobin A1c levels are a way to see what has happened to your overall blood sugar levels in the previous three months.

The researchers divided the women into two groups – one group that ate a low-GI diet and one group that didn’t. Even though the women were only on the diet for 5 days, they were able to reduce their blood sugar levels significantly after breakfast, lunch and dinner. The researchers concluded a low-GI diet reduces blood sugar levels in women with Gestational diabetes.

If you are pregnant and have had Gestational diabetes, you are prone to develop it again during subsequent pregnancies. But now you have a solution. Go to the other articles on our site on Low-Glycemic index foods and Low-glycemic index diet and read them all. Create a plan for yourself. You will help yourself and your developing baby.

Source: Hu, Z.G., et al. A Low Glycemic Index Staple Diet Reduced Postprandial Glucose Values in Asian Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. J Investig Med 2014 Sept 8. Epub ahead of print.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Ladies – Overcoming Your Gym Fear

Ladies – Overcoming Your Gym Fear
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 9-12-2014

If you’re a female with Type 2 diabetes looking to get healthier, lower your blood sugar and shed a few pounds or gain more muscle strength, chances are you’re thinking about signing up to a local gym. You want to get in there, do some strength training and get your cardio work in.

But, you’re feeling a little anxious…

* you’re worried what other people will think of you as you are a little overweight.

* you’re worried about exercising in the company of men.

* you may be worried you just won’t know what to do when you get to the gym and suffer embarrassment from this.

Aerobics DetailIf these are all thoughts running through your mind, rest easy – they are all easily overcome.

Here’s how to get past gym fear so you can get on to a new, fitter you with lower blood sugar levels…

1. Book A Session With A Trainer. First, if lack of knowledge is what’s stopping you, it’s time to book an introductory session or two with a trainer. They’ll show you the ropes and help you feel that much more confident each time you step foot in the gym.

You don’t necessarily have to train with them on an ongoing basis if your budget is limited, but one or two sessions will be the perfect way to jumpstart your effort.

2. Join An All Female Gym. It’s also a wise move to consider joining an all female gym. If you’re uncomfortable exercising around the men in the weight room, this is the ideal solution.

Or, look for a gym with an area just for females. Many now introduce this so will give you a place to do your workout worry free.

3. Dress Comfortably. It’s also important you dress comfortably. While you may want to keep up with the latest fashions in workout wear, remember if you aren’t comfortable, you will be miserable the whole time you’re there.

Dress in something you feel good in. Function should always come first when choosing workout wear, fashion second. Not the other way around.

4. Take A Friend. Finally, you might also want to consider taking a friend with you. If you have a family member, co-worker, or friend who’s looking to get in shape as well, go about this mission together.

Having another friendly face by your side can make it much easier to face your gym fears and also make the workout much more enjoyable as well.

This gym buddy set-up may also help you stick with it better, which will then mean better results for both of you.

So don’t let gym fear get to you any longer. There is always a way to overcome whatever issue you are facing so you can get on to becoming a fitter you in control of your Type 2 diabetes, your blood sugar and your body weight.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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New Test to Replace the Hemoglobin A1c Test?

New Test to Replace the Hemoglobin A1c Test?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 10-10-2014

The Hemoglobin A1c test measures blood sugar control over the last three months. It’s a sure way for health professionals to verify whether or not a diabetic is lying about what he or she has been eating.

Is there a new test to replace the HbA1c test?

Is there a new test to replace the HbA1c test?

Well now, the Hemoglobin A1c test may have to take a back seat to the new serum glycated albumin (GA) test. This test measures a shorter time frame and may be more useful.

It doesn’t mean the doctors still won’t measure the Hemoglobin A1c test. Actually, they’ll still need it because by looking at the ratio of GA to Hemoglobin A1c, the doctors may be able to correlate the pancreas ability to secrete insulin and also tell how much fluctuation in blood sugar occurred.

At two medical schools in Korea, doctors tested 42 volunteers with diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, looking for these relationships.

They found the ratio of GA to Hemoglobin A1c was significantly higher in Type 1 diabetics than Type 2 diabetics. The same ratio was correlated with the fasting plasma glucose.  They concluded that GA is a better test than fasting plasma glucose levels and the GA/Hemoglobin A1c ratio could predict insulin secretory function.

One more thing you should know – so far this has only been tested by these Researchers in children who are diabetics, not adults.

Just when you finally get the whole lab tests for diabetes down cold, the profession wants to change it! You already know you should always have a fasting blood glucose done when you go to the doctor, as well as a hemoglobin A1c, and an insulin level. Now they’re proposing the addition of glycated albumin.

Something to think about but don’t lose sleep about it!

Source: Lee, J.W., et al. Serum glycated albumin as a new Glycemic control for pediatric diabetes. Ann Pediatr Endocrinol Metab 2014 Dec; 18(4): 203-13.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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