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Diabetes On-The-Go

From Chef Robert Lewis:

Diabetes On-The-Go
Growing Industry Helps Diabetics Maintain Active Lifestyles

A whole industry has grown up around freeing diabetics to lead less restricted lives. New on the market, or on the verge of being introduced, are three “firsts”: tubeless insulin pumps, a needleless blood-glucose monitoring system, and diabetic-friendly frozen foods.

With the number of diabetics growing worldwide – 246 million at last count, according to the World Health Organization – businesses are motivated. In 2011, diabetes therapeutic products were a $23.7 billion dollar industry feeding a growing population that’s starving for a better quality of life, says Chef Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic,” author of two cookbooks for people with the metabolic disorder.

“It wasn’t long ago that Type 1 diabetics had to be sure they packed ample sterile syringes and insulin, whether they were going to work for the day or on a road trip,” he says. “Monitoring blood sugar levels, which is crucial to keeping vital organs healthy, was painful, primitive and hit-or-miss.

“And food? That’s been the hardest. A diabetes diagnosis can feel like a life sentence of bland eating.”

Among the “firsts” Lewis says diabetics can look forward to:

• The first tubeless insulin pump. Thirty years ago, people with insulin-dependent diabetes had to give themselves shots around the clock to control their blood sugar levels. In some cases, diabetics were hospitalized to ensure they got the insulin necessary to prevent ketoacidosis, a condition that can lead to coma and death. In 1983, the insulin pump was introduced. It attaches to the body and provides continuous insulin injections. But while it was a major breakthrough, it can be bulky and awkward, with a dangling catheter. The most recent innovation is a streamlined version called the OmniPad. It has no tubes, it’s smaller and it attaches anywhere on the body with adhesive. It also has a built-in glucose-monitoring system.

• The first needleless glucometer. The Symphony tCGM System uses ultrasound to monitor blood-sugar levels, which will free people from the painful pricks needed to get a small blood sample for testing multiple times a day. The device, which attaches with adhesive to the body, continuously tracks glucose levels day and night and can send the readings to your smart phone. Under development for more than a decade, Symphony is undergoing the studies necessary to win regulatory approval.

• The first diabetic-friendly frozen meals. Meals-in-a-Bun (www.lifestylechefs.net) will arrive in Northeast U.S. grocery stores beginning in July and roll out across the country through the end of the year. They’re low on the glycemic index, low in sugar and carbs, high in soluble fiber, low in trans fat, high in lean protein and low in sodium, Lewis says. “And the best thing is, they are delicious.” The five varieties – two vegan and three vegetarian – include selections like Thai Satay, mushrooms, broccoli and tofu in whole-wheat flax bun. “This is particularly exciting because, while there have been advances in equipment that makes life easier for diabetics, there haven’t been for convenient, packaged foods.”

Diabetics who do not watch what they eat may wind up suffering kidney damage, stomach problems, heart disease, pneumonia, gum disease, blindness, stroke, nerve damage, complications during pregnancy, loss of limb and other health problems, according to the CDC.

But many Americans are trending toward healthier diets, eating less meat, gluten, salt and sugar, Lewis says. Tasty foods developed for diabetics will be excellent choices for them, too.

“What’s good for diabetics is good for everyone,” he says. “And you don’t have to give up one teaspoon of flavor.

“There’s a reason why I am called ‘The Happy Diabetic’; I have discovered the joy of nutrition-rich food.”

About Lifestyle Chefs

Lifestyle Chefs is a Santa Clara, Calif., company specializing in creating meals inspired by world cuisines and using only natural, healthy and nutritious ingredients. Lifestyle Chefs’ products are all vegetarian and diabetic-friendly, perfect for families who want fast, convenient meals that are low in calories, high in nutrition and robust in flavor. Chef Robert Lewis, “The Happy Diabetic,” was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1998. He specializes in flavorful recipes that won’t spike a diabetic’s blood sugar.

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Diabetes Stats Getting Scary!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/11/13/health-diabetes-2030.html

Check out this article from CBC on Diabetes.

Here is my latest article from Alive Magazine on Diabetes:

http://www.alive.com/articles/view/23304/exercise_to_outsmart_diabetes

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November- Diabetes Month

Diabetes Month is in November, so what do you need to know about this disease?

You may have heard of type one or type two diabetes; generally, type one is diagnosed at an earlier age, like in childhood and is not due to lifestye.

Type two, on the other hand, generally comes on later in life and is due to genetics, age, lifestyle, and/or race.

What is Diabetes?

According to Wikipedia, diabetes is “s a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger).”

This disease is growing in prevalence both in the US and Canada, and more children than ever are being diagnosed with type two. The obesity epidemic is playing a huge role in these children’s futures, and they are seeing more and more cases every day. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, “In the next 15 years, it is anticipated that the global incidence of type 2 diabetes in children will increase by up to 50 per cent.”

What can you do to help prevent diabetes from happening to you?

  • Watch what you eat. Eat in moderation.
  • Exercise regularly and follow Canada’s activity guidelines.
  • Watch your sugar and fat intake.
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Diabetics and Exercise- a Win-Win

If you are diabetic, you probably know that exercise may help you to control your diabetes.

Many studies have been done to prove this fact, here is one for you now: http://www.annals.org/content/147/6/357.full

Exercise can help lower a diabetics glycated hemoglobin and thus decrease the amount of drugs they might have to take to lower it otherwise.

Here is another interesting article from Time magazine on exercise for diabetics: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1662683,00.html

 

 

Type 2 Diabetes is highly prevalent in our society today, in fact, I have three family members just on one side who currently suffer from this disease.

Prevention is key when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes. Here are some ways to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes from happening to you:

  1. Lose some weight; get into a healthy range for your body frame
  2. Eat well most of the time
  3. Get regular exercise- both cardiovascular and resistance training (hire a personal trainer!)
I hope you are getting enough good food in your diet and exercising regularly. If you are not, and you would like some help getting on track, send me an email or call me today to set up a free consultation with Perfect Fit Personal Training. We specialize in weight loss for women. Perfect Fit Personal Training can help you lose unwanted pounds, decrease your body fat, and get you healthy.
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