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Tips and ideas to eat well, exercise and live healthy while managing diabetes.

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Tap water is boring, sweet beverages are too sugary, go with TEA!

According to my doctor, I am a borderline diabetic. The kind that once you cross that borderline, you can no longer go back. Keeping myself hydrated has been a constant challenge. Too much soft drinks or juices would pose a risk to become diabetic. Drinking a beer usually brings out guilt associ...

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Minimize Your Carbs!

I am a type 2 diabetic. I take metformin, but am able to keep my A1C stable with diet. It has been at 6.4 for more than 2 years. I do this by keeping my carb count as low as possible. By carbs I am referring to grain products or foods with a high starch content such as beans, corn, potatoes, wheat a...

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Its Not over till the Fat Lady Sings..

Do you remember this stupid Saying....? Well I know and so do you that this is a crazy saying and pops up at anytime.. It has been classified as a proverb. It means that one should not presume to know the outcome of an event which is still in progress.... It is also a phrase that people use for a Op...

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Diabetes and Depression

Depression Feeling down once in a while is normal. But some people feel a sadness that just won't go away. Life seems hopeless. Feeling this way most of the day for two weeks or more is a sign of serious depression. Does Diabetes Cause Depression? At any given time, most people with diabetes do not ...

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Stuff yourself full of the good stuff!

Keeping my blood sugar stable just doesn't happen without planning. It starts in the grocery store. I keep to the outside edges of the store, where the non-processed food is. I fill my cart with "the good stuff"-- green vegetables, eggplant, mushrooms, and onions. And lots of salad. For me the tr...

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Sugar can be as addictive as any lethal drug

Like any lethal drug, it only takes 1 spoonful of sugar to get a person craving for it, and it's as damaging as any lethal drug, but in a more hidden aspect. Trying to wean oneself off sugar can be equally as hard as any other drug, but it's well worth it in the end.

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LCHF and IF for Blood Sugar Control

Since I started on a low carbohydrate nutrition plan with plenty of healthy fats, I have been able to be off diabetes meds and am having wonderful success with keeping my blood glucose levels in range. This style of eating is contrary to the Standard American Diet guidelines, but is working very w...

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Nearly Half of American Adults Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic

Nearly Half of American Adults Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic


Up to 14 percent of the American population had type 2 diabetes, and as much as 38 percent were pre-diabetic. This suggests about HALF of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic.1,2

At least 20 percent of t...

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Low Carb Eating

I had great trouble maintaining stable blood glucose for years and was eventually put on injected insulin a few years ago. As soon as I injected insulin my weight went up, something that is pretty normal, apparently. It's extremely difficult to keep excess weight off when on insulin. Insulin is the ...

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Water, Water, and more water!

Today's Spark Coach challenge was to post a tip about water, and I saw another members questions dealing with water, so I decided to pitch in a few things she'd already been told and a little tip or two maybe she hadn't heard. She was already at goal weight (LUCKY GIRL!) and was struggling to get 8...

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