So although I am NOT diabetic, my blood sugar is greatly effected when ingesting high amounts of sucrose. First, let me tell you that I really LOVE your blog, who help me eating in a healthier way.
HI Blandine, It is healthier than using white table sugar because it is less refined and it contains minerals and vitamins that are not in white table sugar. Just a query – I was under the impression that sucrose is simply half glucose & half fructose anyway?
I believe yes from what I’ve read, the glucose is immediately absorbed in the body which causes the quick rise in the blood stream. I love maple syrup but confine my use of it as an ingredient in main dish recipes that contain protein, like chicken or pork. I have really enjoyed reading your blog since I made the decision to try (with mixed success) to reduce the amount of refined sugar I eat. I haven’t but I will do some research to get more info and then make a decision about whether to avoid that as well. Sucrose is a disaccharide that is broke down into its constituent monosaccharides in the body: fructose and glucose in equal parts.
Stick to whole fruits and vegetables and limit your intake of any added sweeteners (including honey or maple syrup) and you will be fine. Between the two forms the overall sugars are very close, within 1% with maple being slightly better but the real difference is only if you believe limiting fructose itself is just as important as limiting all sugars.
I had always used honey and still do once in while, but not for any recipes I eat regularly.
I generally avoid having any product regularly where the quantity of fructose is higher (even slightly higher) than the glucose (e.g honey) due to fructose malabsorption. Fortunately I have been thrilled to find maple syrup actually tastes more amazing in smoothies than honey anyway. The bottom line is that the healthiest sweetener (maple syrup or honey) will depend on how it affects the individual and this will be different from person to person. Maintaining bloodA fluid that transports oxygen and other substances through the body, made up of blood cells suspended in a liquid. This is where patients check their own blood glucose level themselves using a finger-pricking device and a glucose meter.
Patients can’t tell what their blood glucose levels are, except when they are very high or very low.
By looking at the pattern of results, a patient may come to understand more about their condition; what makes the glucose levels go up and down, the effects of exercise, alcohol and so on. Patients can buy a glucose meter from a high street chemist but in fact, can usually obtain them free by directly contacting the manufacturer. It is good to keep a diary so that the patient and the health care professional can see the pattern of glucose results and work out what changes in treatment, if any, are needed. In some patients there may be a suspicion that the patient’s blood glucose is dropping during the night.
Can diabetes be diagnosed using a glucose meter in someone who wants to know if they might have diabetes?
No - there are variations in size, size of display, weight, warranty time, memory (number of test results stored), temperature at which they operate, range of glucose measurements.
Some of the newer meters come with spring-loaded lancing devices so patients don’t need to prick their fingers separately with a lancet. As mentioned above, self monitoring of blood glucose may not be appropriate for or acceptable to all patients.
What about urine testing for ketonesA group of compounds that are produced by fat metabolism.? Do we need to go a little further with an explanation as to why ketonesAcidic chemicals formed when body fat is used for fuel at times when there is insufficient insulin to allow normal carbohydrate metabolism.
Ketones are breakdown products from fatOne of the three main food constituents (with carbohydrate and protein), and the main form in which energy is stored in the body.. What about urine testing for proteinCompounds that form the structure of muscles and other tissues in the body, as well as comprising enzymes and hormones.? There are also test strips which detect protein in the urine as well as strips that can test for protein, glucose, ketones, and a hostAn animal or plant that supports a parasite. Detecting protein in the urine could indicate infection in the urinary system and the sample is usually sent to the laboratory to check for this. Yes - Improving diabetic control and certain blood pressureThe pressure of blood within the arteries.
This is a blood test which indicates how much of haemoglobinThe oxygen carrying pigment that is present in red blood cells. A blood glucose level shows the level of glucose at a particular time, for example, before breakfast. There are several different techniques used in the measurement of HbA1c but it is recommended that whatever method is used the method must be high precision and the units reported must be aligned with the results used in a major study called the DCCT. What if the patient has very good blood glucose results from self monitoring and yet the HbA1c is high?
This means something is wrong either with the home tests or with the lab measurement of HbA1c.
For further information on the author of this article, Consultant in Endocrinology, Dr Steve Hyer, please click here.


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But one of the most frequently asked questions we get is whether or not yacon syrup actually works. Yacon syrup is packed with natural ingredients and powerful compounds that have been linked with all sorts of health benefits.
Thanks to the three key ingredients listed above, yacon syrup has been linked to diverse benefits like weight loss, reduced waist circumference, lower blood pressure, regular blood sugar, and antidiabetic properties. Instead of believing every word I say, check out some of the scientific studies that have been performed on yacon syrup. We’re not talking about some kids practicing science in their backyard here: we’re talking about real, genuine, scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals. Yacon syrup is effective, but it’s not some superpowered food that will immediately change your lifestyle habits. That’s why I recommend buying a purified and extracted form of yacon syrup – like Pure Yacon Syrup Plus.
That pill contains a purified yacon formula specially designed for weight loss.  The unique weight loss properties have been extracted and encapsulated. Anyways, that retailer is currently offering a promotion where you get a free bottle with every order. More Yacon Syrup Truth!5 Surprising Reasons Why Diet Pills Are AwesomeThe Difference Between Yacon Syrup and Yacon Syrup CapsulesHow Does Yacon Syrup Work?
All the information I have learned over the years of being sugar free I have learned through reading and my own personal experience.
I would encourage you to read this heartfelt note to Kelly The Kitchen Kop in response to her recommending maple syrup for those with diabetes. When my blood sugar is effected I am irritable, angry, HUNGRY, and craving everything in sight. I also do get those sugar swings when I eat too much of refined sugar, but I noticed that my bloating is slightly less than when I eat primarily starches. I think Nu naturals, which carries the best pure stevia I have tried, ships to international locations and they sell through their website. I don’t use it with carb-rich foods like pancakes and such, because it gives me the same effect that you describe. I have a huge sweet tooth so I’ve been researching sugar substitutes to use when baking.
Honey is awesome, but maple syrup is my preferred choice over honey for a number of reasons.
Although honey is so beneficial in many respects (love it), maple syrup is now my preferred option. I say don’t sweat too much over the science, and just go with what works for you personally. Even then, some patients can feel well despite their blood glucose having dropped to very low levels. There seems little point in measuring blood glucose levels if the patient is not going to act on them and make changes either in diet or in treatment. Patients on tablets which have the potential to cause hypoglycaemiaLow blood glucose levels. Many Diabetes Centres will now supply patients with glucose meters without charge as part of their educational package.
For example, if a patient taking insulin with meals is always experiencing very low blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemiaAn abnormally low level of glucose in the blood.) a few hours after the meal, this suggests either the dose of insulin is too high and needs to be reduced or the meal contains too little slow release carbohydrate. For some patients, it is advisable to test first thing in the morning and during the day and at night! Also many of the newer testing strips do not work by colour changes and the patient can’t tell the result by looking at the strip. Urine glucose testing may still be useful in patients with type 2 diabetes but is not usually recommended for type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes.
Although a trace of ketones can appear in the urine in a healthy person who is fasting, more than + of ketones detected in the urine is abnormal and usually indicates severe lack of insulin.
Patients should contact their doctor or diabetes specialist nurse or go to their nearest A&E or Walk-In centre. The HbA1c gives a measure of glucose control over a much longer time period-two or three months. This organisation has recommended changing the way laboratories report HbA1c so that laboratories around the world can compare results very easily. When blood glucose levels are not yet stabilised, HbA1c may be measured every 2–6 months.
However targets do need to be individualised for the particular person bearing in mind the risk of hypoglycaemia, quality of life and any other factors such as co-existing medical conditions.
But many people dona€™t want to use artificial sweeteners either.For those wanting to avoid refined sugar and synthetic sweeteners, here are some good alternatives that are fruit- and plant-based.
The short answer to, “Does yacon actually help you lose weight?” is “Yes, it does!” Next, we’re going to tell you why. They travel straight to the digestive system and promote the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria. Yacon contains high levels of antioxidants, making it an effective health tool for so many different reasons.


Do you ever wonder though if it really is a healthy alternative to refined white table sugar? I am confident in what works for me, it may not be right for you so seek advice of a nutritionist or doctor before making any changes to your diet. When our bodies sense an increase of glucose in our blood it immediately directs the pancreas to push insulin into the blood stream. But for me because it is purely sucrose, it does not agree with me and causes me to crave more sugary things.
These two options are completely fructose free but as with any sweetener should be kept to a minimum. There’s been some conflicting info on the net about maple syrup, but I went to the Diabetes Association website and it said that baking with maple syrup actually has a lower glycemic index than white sugar. Indeed, if control improves as a result of self-monitoring and changes to treatment, then long term complications of diabetes may be reduced. Just measuring the blood glucose is not, by itself, going to improve glucose control or make the patient feel better!
For example frequent testing before and after meals and at bedtime is often necessary during pregnancythe period from conception to birth or for patients on continuous insulin infusion pumps.
Sometimes the pre-breakfast glucose reading is high as a rebound from a low reading previously. There is also now a laser device (the LasetteR) which produces a small drop of blood without using a steel lancet. This is useful because, of course, blood results can vary enormously over the day and what is important is that, on average, the levels are not too high. In all cases, the patients’ views must be taken into account and the risks of high blood glucose levels balanced by the risks of the treatment. So basically  high concentrations of sucrose sugar cause blood sugar  to be effected greatly. I believe some people have no problem ingesting maple syrup or anything else made of sucrose, but for me it just doesn’t work. As long as your pair the maple syrup with other high fiber foods or decrease other carbohydrates like baking with coconut flour instead of wheat flour.
Anyone who has fructose malabsorption (like myself) will usually find maple syrup is the better choice for this reason (no more pains and cramping -yay!). Other patients may only need to perform 2–3 tests per day varying the timing of testing on the advice of the health professional. This is important as it would be a mistake in that situation to increase the night time insulin dose.
Whilst results from a glucose meter may be suggestive that diabetes is present, they should always be confirmed by laboratory glucose measurements. HbA1c levels show a strong correlation with complications of diabetes so that patients with values less than 6.5% have a much reduced risk of complications compared to those with high values. These bacteria help your body extract more nutrients from food while also reducing digestion time. But it still needs to be limited – 1 tablespoon is my limit and it could be different for each individual. There may be a sense of frustration or even despair when readings seem to be high or low for no obvious reason. There is also a danger that patients may become complacent if they find their urine glucose test result is always negative. The testing involves urinating on a test strip and comparing the colour change with the colours shown on the test strip container at the time specified by the manufacturers. For other patients such as those taking metformin only, self monitoring may not be needed if other measures of glucose control (HbA1c-see below) are satisfactory. There are now glucose monitoring systems which allow patients to sleep through the night whilst a monitor continuously measures their glucose. Finally, older patients have a high threshold for glucose getting into the urine so they may only show positive urine glucose when the blood levels are very high.
For people with diabetesA disorder caused by insufficient or absent production of the hormone insulin by the pancreas, or because the tissues are resistant to the effects., this finely controlled feedback mechanism no longer works properly, which is why measuring glucose levels becomes so important.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has detailed recommendations on who should self-monitor. These devices have an implantable sensor inserted under the skin and are capable of storing 3–4 days of glucose results. The opposite happens in pregnancy when thresholds are low and so glucose spills into the urine at much lower blood levels. 10% would mean that on average the blood levels have been high over the previous 2–3 months. These devices are usually fitted by Diabetes Nurse Specialists in the Diabetes Centre for selected patients where this information on blood glucose fluctuations at night is needed.



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