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HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES SO THEY AVOID DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES

HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES SO THEY AVOID DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 22-7-2016

Happy Kids Eating VegetablesThere are several known ways to get children to eat vegetables. Here’s a list. See how many vegetables your kids are eating right now and how many you could add to their plate…

1. Don’t get emotional when your kids don’t eat their vegetables. By placing more emphasis on them not eating vegetables, you are making a big deal about it. This is similar to parents placing a lot of emphasis on weight – so children then end up being overconcerned about it.

2. Get your children involved in cooking. When they cook, they empower themselves to take responsibility for their nutrition and what they are eating.

3. Get your children involved in making smoothies. Smoothies are a lot of fun. You could add half an avocado, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries to smoothies, along with chia seeds.

4. Place vegetables on a veggie platter instead of offering processed foods. Veggie trays look fancy – and kids like fanciful foods.

5. Add more vegetables to your pizza. Adding them to pizza makes vegetables more acceptable and practical.

6. Let your children see you eating and loving vegetables. Role models are powerful.

7. Bring out the dips. Vegetables are much more exciting once they can dip them.

8. Bring out the chocolate. Warm up chocolate and dip fruit pieces into it. For example, you could have your children dip in apple pieces, peach or nectarine peaches, even berries and pears.

9. Take your children to the farmers markets with you to help with the selection of vegetables and fruits. Kids will look forward to the farmers markets and start paying more attention to eating vegetables if they are part of the process.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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HEART DISEASE IS IMPROVED WHEN DIABETICS EAT VEGETABLES…

HEART DISEASE IS IMPROVED WHEN DIABETICS EAT VEGETABLES…
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 21-7-2016

Fresh Vegetables, Fruits and other foodstuffs. Shot in a studio.Over a period of 12 months, Australian researchers tested the effects of fruits and vegetables on a group of people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and hardening of the arteries in the carotid intima-media thickness. They divided the diabetics into two groups…

Group 1 consumed their regular diet, and
Group 2 were invited to add one serving of fruit and two servings of vegetables to their regular meal plan.

Now first, you should know adding one serving of fruit and two servings of vegetables is not adding a whole lot of nutritious fruits and vegetables to your eating plan. The Japanese, who eat the most fruits and vegetables of any culture, eat about seventeen servings each and every day.

Nevertheless, the inside of the carotid artery improved significantly with only three servings.

Could you eat an extra three servings of fruits and vegetables each day? What about adding an apple or a cup of blueberries and a quart bowl filled with 1 cup spinach, ½ cup kale, and ½ cup Romaine lettuce? You could add a little dressing on top for flavor.

What can you do to get in more vegetables? If you don’t want to eat more vegetables, could you take vegetable capsules? Three capsules taken twice daily provides 17 servings of them easily. There are different ways to raise your intake of vegetables and fruits.

Source: Petersen, K.S., et al. Effect of improving dietary quality on carotid intima-media thickness in subjects with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: a 12-mo randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2015 Sep 9. Epub ahead of print.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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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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WHICH FOODS CONTAIN HIDDEN SUGARS?

WHICH FOODS CONTAIN HIDDEN SUGARS?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 7-10-2015
Unhealthy eating concept...

The unhealthy eating concept…

Some foods on the market should not even be called foods because they are a mock-up. Many foods present with artificial preservatives, chemicals and added sugars and are far, far away from what a natural food looks like or tastes.

Your mission is to detect these artificial foods and the fake sugars they contain – and stay as far away from them as possible.

For example, imitation sugar #1 is corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is a highly processed chemical added to foods. It has already been revealed in many research studies to cause metabolic disorder, pre-diabetes, worsen Type 2 diabetes, and help bring about many adverse effects in the body.

Let’s make this article interactive – go to your kitchen cabinet to start checking foods for corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. It is surprising to find the number of foods with these products in them. Next look for sugar words in the list of ingredients…

– invert sugar,
– turbinado sugar,
– maple sugar,
– brown sugar,
– molasses,
– syrups,
– honey, and
– agave.

It is a real shocker to find foods in your cabinet containing these ingredients. Then look for sucrose and fructose. Next look for fake sugars along these lines…

– aspartamine,
– aspartame,
– saccharine,
– xylitol,
– sorbitol,
– erythritol,
– sucralose, and
– mannitol.

Energy Drink CanMake sure you check foods such as condiments – ketchup, mustard, teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. Don’t forget to check tomato and pasta sauces, dried fruit, soda, gummies, granola bars, canned fruit and any energy drinks.

 Check your cabinets and let us know what you find! Find out more in our next blog – we’ll discuss the topic, “Why Should I Remove High Fructose Corn Syrup From My Diet?”

 

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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Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?

Why Does My Dietitian and Doctor Tell Me Sugar is Okay for Diabetics?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 17-8-2015

The simple answer to this question is that your dietitian and doctor are misinformed. Your dietitian gets information from the American Dietetic Association. Your doctor gets information from the American Medical Association.

Morning breakfast with mini donuts and berriesBoth your dietitian and your medical doctor have to operate within the standards of their profession. Thus, if their professional standards tell them to not remove sugar from the diet of diabetics, then they technically have to follow the standards.

Both the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association don’t recommend removing sugar from the diet. There’s some talk about the American Dietetic Association receiving kickbacks from the sugar industry for promoting it, and this talk goes back a few decades.

There’s a move in today’s medical schools towards something called translational medicine. Have you heard of it?

This is where the professors at the medical school are not waiting 25 years anymore for the American Medical Association to get around to changing their policies about different types of therapies. Instead, they’re collecting the data from numerous recently done medical studies and starting to incorporate them in their practice now.

And these physicians are a lot more successful than the conservative ones who decide to wait until they are told what to do and what to change in their practice.

You can do the same thing. By using this information on our blog, which is highly researched to find out what works for diabetics, you can take your diabetes and then eliminate it. This latest series on sugar is one of the first steps.

Next…  find out how you can get your family to stop eating so much sugar in their diet.

 

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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WHAT IS EPIGENETICS AND HOW DOES IT RELATE TO TYPE 2 DIABETES?

WHAT IS EPIGENETICS AND HOW DOES IT RELATE TO TYPE 2 DIABETES?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 20-4-2015

BHP.DNAEpigenetics is the latest branch of genetics. It’s the study of the alterations in the genes inherited from one’s parents. If you want a very scientific definition, researchers at the University of Kentucky explain it as all the meiotically and mitotically inherited changes in gene expression that are not encoded on the DNA sequence itself. (Meiotically and mitotically refer to types of cell division.)

Now let’s go to a Q and A format here since it’s easier to read…

Q: How is it possible that there can be genetic changes without affecting the DNA?

A: If the chromatin proteins in the cell are modified at the histone location, the DNA sequence is not affected at all.

 Q: What diseases show epigenetic modifications in the cells?

 A: Diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

Q: Are there any positive epigenetic influences that may be made in the cells?

A: Yes, Nutrition and exercise affect the cells positively and do alter genes.

Q: Why are scientists so concerned about epigenetics now?

 A: It’s quite possible that in the future, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease could be modified by making epigenetic changes in the fetus, the newborn and the individual. If it works for individuals, it can eventually make a difference for an entire population.

Q: During early development, the mother could be in a situation where she isn’t getting enough nutrition. She could also be getting too much nutrition and have excesses of nutrients. How can this affect the developing fetus?

A: Overnutrition and undernutrition have effects on the setting of the neuroendocrine control systems, energy homeostasis and metabolism and can lead to life-long increased morbidity. There are time windows during early development where environmental cues can program the genes, modifying them.

Q: Isn’t it better to have too much nutrition than too little when a mother is pregnant?

A: Either one of these situations cause potential problems by reprogramming disease into the genes. Obesity – overnutrition – may predispose the child to develop metabolic disease later in life. About 10 to 20% of all pregnancies unfortunately are affected negatively by gestational diabetes and/or maternal obesity.

Q: What types of mothers are most at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or metabolic disorders in their babies?

A: Mothers who have Gestational diabetes and mother who have low birthweight infants.

 Q: Why is it the changes that occur in the mother’s body during Gestational diabetes end up causing Type 2 diabetes for the child’s life?

A: When there is Gestational diabetes, the secretion of insulin is reduced as is the action of the insulin. This then starts to reset the genes. There are Type 2 diabetes susceptibility genes that the mother and her baby will then share.

This is information that may help you understand the topic in the future.

Sources: Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2014 Sep 1. Epub ahead of print. Reproduction 2014 Sep 3. Epub ahead of print.Mol Biol Rep 2014 Sep 10. Epub ahead of print.

 

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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