Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly.
Type 3 DM Gestational diabetes, is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop a high blood sugar level. Diabetes is one of the fast growing lifestyle disorder that can be effectively managed with few lifestyle modifications and eating a healthy diet. Assignment of a Life Insurance Policy simply means transfer of rights from one person to another. In this blog post, we will be focusing on Hypoglycemia – its definition, symptoms, and treatments. Glucose (sugar) is one of the body’s major sources of energy and is manufactured in the form of complex carbohydrates or simple sugar.
When blood sugar is critically low, the liver starts processing glycogen to convert it into new sugar.
Critically low blood sugar is when the body runs out of blood sugar and feels weak or if the brain’s demand for glucose increases. When the brain senses that the glucose level in the body is falling, it sends messages to other parts of the body. If you don’t have an insulin pump, fruit juices, raw fruit, soda, table sugar (at least 4 teaspoons) or candy are quick fixes. Complex carbohydrates such as sweet pastries, cookies, brownies, and other sweet treats don’t qualify as ideal first aid treatments, because these combine protein and fat. Initially, the body would need about 15 grams of sugar to get their blood glucose back to normal. It is advisable to consume more carbohydrates once you’re past acute stage to normalize your blood glucose level. Prepare a detailed report and have your doctor check them to know whether your hypoglycemia is insulin pump or medication-induced. A family member, regular companion, or a roommate of yours should also be informed and educated about administering hypoglycemia treatments, just as you should be counseled on checking your blood glucose and managing your symptoms before going out or living alone. You already know the nature of the condition, what happens during an episode, how, and why it happens. People with diabetes are at risk of serious foot problems because poorly controlled sugar levels can harden and constrict blood vessels that reduce blood supply reaching the small nerves in your arms and feet. Decreased circulation of blood supply can lead to cold feet, skin discolouration, legs aching when walking, reddish looking feet, a lack of hair growth on the feet and lower legs, and shiny skin on the lower legs. Symptoms of nerve damage or “peripheral vascular neuropathy” includes a burning sensation on the feet, prickly or stabbing sensations, the feet feeling ‘icy’ and even having sensations like electric shocks. Although everyone is susceptible to foot wounding, the risks are higher in diabetic patients who suffer from nerve damage. One frequent patient at the SSL Diabetes Care Centre is Sivaganesan, who had two toes amputated in his 20-year battle with diabetes.
Patients with from foot deformities such as bunions, callouses and corns, clawed toes, charcot feet (irregular rocker bottom feet), nail deformities, infections and fissures and cracks should practise extra care as they are at higher risk of amputation.
The typical Malaysian “last minute” culture also applies to healthcare, albeit with sad yet avoidable consequences.
Another cultural aspect that hinders preventive foot care is the tendency for patients’ preference in listening to friends’ advice, or what nurse Chuah terms as the “direct selling” culture, as well as seeking help from bomohs and sinsehs. We also learned that once we stabilize our blood sugar levels by making sound food choices, we will be able to maximize fat burning and prevent disease in our body.
Today we are going to take a look at the Glycemic Index as a helpful tool in making healthier food choices. The Glycemic Index or (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrate foods based on how quickly they raise our sugar levels (blood glucose levels). Choosing low to medium (GI) carbohydrate foods  – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels is the “key” to long-term health by reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes. You can switch to eating a lower GI diet by simply swapping out high GI carbs for low GI carbs.


Find out some great ideas for swapping out high GI foods for low GI foods at the Harvard Health Publication along with some other helpful tips and  information. If you haven’t already done so I warmly invite you to read my articles on creating a balanced meal plan, the green light nutritional program and high energy foods and their healing properties for making healthier food choices.
If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to read my article on this very subject! I agree that the GI is a great tool for making healthier food choices based on our individual body requirements. I agree with you that the Glycemic Index is another wonderful tool in helping people make better food choices since all carbohydrates are not considered equal in how they affect our sugar levels. When a person reads over the all the different foods on the GI and all their different ratings it really is an eye opener.
The GI is a great tool for making better food selections but I still pay attention to my own body wisdom beyond all else to lead the way! I bet most people have no idea how many dis-eases they can regulate with diet and therefore stop taking meds. My Father got off of cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar regulating meds ALL with diet and he is in his early 80’s. Like most shifts, the changes begin almost immediately and then continue to good health, in body, in mind, in Spirit, in your life and relationships and everything.
We can either overdose on the steady diet of unhealthy food that will cause illness or we can enjoy a healthy prescription of foods that contain all the nutrients our bodies need to heal itself. Virtually ALL foods have drug-like effects that can either improve our health or damage it. I am so grateful that your father was able to get off all his meds by simply changing his diet for the better. And believe me, my Father or myself, neither one deprive ourselves of anything or follow any rigid strict diet. I’ve always said, do those things now that you plan on continuing for the rest of your life. Your methods align with my ideas of taking small steps and getting better and better and better and better until being BETTER is just a habit!
If we would all just work on getting better and better and better until being BETTER is a “habit” then we would all be BETTER!!
Years ago, when I was told I had maybe 6 months to live and there was absolutely NOTHING they could do about it, I decided right then I was going to live a great life until I died.
I was already the type of person to jump into things but if I had any hesitations left in me, this got rid of them. Well, I got better and better until 10 years later, I finally at the strong insistence of my family went to a M.D. I’m not advising that people go off their meds either but when a person incorporates, moderate exercise, healthy eating and a positive mind-set – MIRACLES Happen!!!
Although there are numerous treatment options available to keep your blood sugar levels in control, home remedies can work wonders in achieving this task.
When a person runs out of glucose, the body is facing a serious threat that could lead to brain damage.
This reaction triggers the below symptoms, your brain’s way of protecting itself from damage. Candy is especially helpful so you might want to carry some around everyday especially if you are up for high level of activity. Another 15 grams can be administered if nothing happens, and another 15 grams if the symptoms persist after 10 minutes.
According to Chuah Siok Chin, a nurse at the Sau Seng Lam Diabetes and Stroke Rehabilitation Centre, 70% of all amputation cases in Malaysia are due to diabetes.
This damages the nerves gradually, leading to a loss of sensation which starts usually from the tip of the toes.
The irony is that because some patients can still feel a little sensation in their feet, they do not realise that these sensations are actually signs of nerve damage.
He had to spend about RM10,000 on surgery later to remove the rust from his feet,” Chuah said.


The good news is 75 percent of amputations due to diabetes can be prevented with patient education and good foot care. Diabetes care clinics such as Sau Seng Lum also offer foot wound care and treatment, wound dressing services and clinical advice at a subsidised rate.
By the time he comes back, it’s too late and we may have to amputate his entire foot by then due to infection,” she said. Though it contains a sugar alcohol, this is different from the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages. It is important to follow this Glycemic Index.Thanks for posting such an informative blog post.
Our focus should not just be on avoiding the “bad” foods but nourishing our body temple with the “good” foods. Hypoglycemic unawareness means the insulin level drops at rapid rate ahead of all symptoms, so they are not detected.
The proper response is to elevate blood glucose level by eating before the brain runs out of stock. If the symptoms do not go away after three tries or within 30 minutes, it’s time to call an ambulance. If people around you, even strangers are aware of your hypoglycemia, you can prevent going into a coma. Even though nerve damage can occur in the hand as well, the feet in particular, have a higher risk of wounding.
Side effects are almost always mild for the occasional individual who does experience them. Failing to respond will cause the blood glucose to continue to drop causing dizziness and trembling. I eat quite a lot of potatoes, because I can’t eat wheat so tend to use them as a substitute. Most people can use this sugar substitute with no adverse effects.The most commonly occuring side effects can be linked to any type of sugar alcohol. If you experience these side effects, you can usually control them by increasing your intake more slowly.Other side effects associated with using a xylitol sweetener are only found with very large doses. As xylitol is derived from the birch tree, individuals who have a known allergy to birch should avoid the product.Xylitol does not have any known interactions with other medications, but the most common xylitol side effects can cause problems with other drugs. If you experience severe diarrhea as a side effect of xylitol, the other medications you are taking may not be fully absorbed by your body.
If you are experiencing severe diarrhea as one of the xylitol side effects and regularly take another medication, consult your doctor. You may need to adjust the dosage of your medication temporarily to compensate for the effect of the xylitol sweetener.Xylitol in DogsPet owners should be very aware of the possible side effects in dogs.
However, if a dog accidentally ingests xylitol, you should take it to the veterinarian immediately.Xylitol can cause dangerously low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs.
Left untreated, these side effects can even be fatal.Xylitol and TumorsSome studies indicate that xylitol may be dangerous with long term use and high doses. For this reason, however, it is recommended that xylitol be used sparingly.Xylitol and DiabetesXylitol sweeteners are commonly used by diabetics as they provide sweetness without the carbs that negatively effect blood sugar levels. It is important for diabetics to consider their xylitol usage carefully when this product is added to the diet as a replacement for sugar.
Individuals who were previously accustomed to accommodating sweets by adjusting their insulin dosages should use less insulin when xylitol is replacing the sugar.
Talk to your doctor about the best dosages of diabetes medication when using an artificial sweetener in place of sugar in your diet.Among artificial sweeteners, xylitol is one of the safest choices.



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