By edwinseow | March 30, 2009
Different foods have different effects on glucose levels in your blood. The quicker the food is broken down during the digestive process, the higher it is on the Glycemic Foods Index or GI. A food will be considered low on the Glycemic Food Index if the food is broken down slower. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Read the rest of this entry »
By edwinseow | March 24, 2009
Testing and monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly lets you understand how your body reacts to various foods and activities. Knowing these information is crucial if you are going to work at keeping your blood sugar levels normal. Keeping within normal blood sugar range is not an easy task and is not something that is going to happen overnight. You are going to have to work at it by monitoring, tracking and changing the things that are not working for you. Read the rest of this entry »
By edwinseow | March 19, 2009
Prolonged elevated blood glucose levels is detrimental to your health as a diabetic or prediabetic and can cause various long term complications like blindness, kidney failure, amputation etc. Therefore, keeping your blood sugar levels low is important. This article shares with you a few ways to lower your blood sugar levels whether you are a diabetic or not.
Choose your meals based on the Glycemic Foods Index or GI. Glycemic Index is a ranking of foods according to how fast the food can raise your blood sugar. Therefore, the lower the Glycemic index means a smaller rise in blood sugar and can help control blood glucose levels.
Some examples of low Glycemic Index or GI foods are pears, apples, oranges, peanuts, beans, oatmeal, chicken, fish. High GI foods include watermelon, potato, white rice, white bread and pastas.
By edwinseow | February 23, 2009
BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a form of determining whether a person is at an ideal weight, is overweight or possibly obese. Since being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk for diabetes and prediabetes, it is important for you to understand it. In this article, we will teach you how to calculate BMI.
BMI is actually a measurement of your weight in kilograms divided by your height in centimeters. I say this because the following equation will include calculations for proper conversion.
1. Weight (in pounds) x 0.45 (130 x 0.45 = 58.5kg)
2. Height (in inches) x 0.025 (64 x 0.025 = 1.6m)
3. Answer from step 2 x answer from step 2 (1.6 x 1.6 = 2.56)
4. Answer from step 1 ÷ answer from step 3 (58.5 ÷ 2.56 = 22.851)
The formula is:
The person, in this example, has a BMI of 22.85 or 23. Based on the calculations and the chart below, this person is within the “normal” weight status range. If however, he or she were to increase two points on their BMI, they would be categorized as “overweight”.
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By edwinseow | January 28, 2009
Diabetes has become increasingly diagnosed over the years. High sugar levels in your blood is the cause of this disease. If you have been diagnosed as having high blood sugar, there are a handful of things that you can do to lower your blood sugar levels. You can learn how to lower sugar levels on your own, with just a few minor adjustments to your life.
Exercise is one of the best things you can do to help lower your blood sugar levels. There is no need to join a gym or buy expensive work out equipment. Instead, you can simply take a walk every morning before work or even in the evenings prior to going to bed. You can obviously opt to do more vigorous exercise programs, but it is not necessary. Any exercise program that you choose should be suitable to you and your lifestyle and should last for about 20-30 minutes.
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By edwinseow | September 27, 2008
It was estimated that as high as 54 million adults in America are suffering from Prediabetes. This is a huge number of people but most of them don’t even know about it.
I have found a video by Doctor Barry Ramo who shows ways these people i.e. prediabetic can actually avoid risking themselves to develop into full blown Type 2 Diabetes. Some of the ways are regular exercise and healthy diet which are essential and works.
You can view the video below
By edwinseow | September 20, 2008
I have some good news to share. My latest blood test results, HbA1c to be exact (tested end Sep 08) is 5.3%, down from 6.1% in end May 08. I must say that i am absolutely thrilled as i was only aiming for about 5.8% and i was like wow, 5.3%…that’s alot.
I still remembered when i saw second Doctor and my HbA1c rose by 0.1% from 6.3 to 6.4% and he actually called me up to tell me he has bad news for me. Now i am doing a 0.8% reduction, he will definitely fall off his chair if he hears it.
According to the charts, a person’s HbA1c ideal range is from 4.6 to 6.4%. What does it mean? Have i reversed prediabetes? Frankly speaking i don’t know and i actually forgot to ask my Doctor because i was too happy. In any way, i would wait for at least another re-confirmation HbA1c test to be done 3 months later to confirm.
By edwinseow | September 9, 2008
Welcome back. So i can assumed that by now you will be able to Recognise an “At-Risk” foot, know the 6 Tips on Good Diabetic and Prediabetic Footcare Practices and also 12 Harmful Practices for Footcare
Now we can move on to the final part of the series - Proper Footwear for Diabetics and Prediabetics. Here’s 7 Things You Should Do as a Diabetic or Prediabetic.
By edwinseow | September 2, 2008
In my previous post, i mentioned about 6 Tips on good diabetic or prediabetic footcare practices.
In this post, i shall share 12 really harmful practices which you should avoid if you are a diabetic or prediabetic. Remember : Prevention is better than cure - ALWAYS.
The 12 Harmful Diabetic and Prediabetic Footcare Practices are:
By edwinseow | August 29, 2008
Welcome back for Part 2 of Diabetic and Prediabetic Footcare. If you miss part 1, here it is - Recognising An At-Risk Foot.
In this post, i shall be sharing some tips on some good footcare practices for diabetics and prediabetics alike.