Come December and it is amazing how everyone start recalling each other’s likes and preferences in order to shortlist the ideal Christmas gifts for their friends and family members. Despite all the research, brain storming and of course the heart-warming, being decisive about Christmas gifts seems a far-fetched possibility.
This dilemma becomes tougher to come out from if your friends and family members are diabetic – you just cannot go wrong there. Buying a gift for someone with diabetes doesn’t have to be different than buying a gift for someone without diabetes. There are, however, certain gifts someone managing diabetes might appreciate more than others.
1. Education is the most powerful tool which can help diabetics win over this lifestyle condition. An easy-to-understand and essential guide that anyone who takes insulin would appreciate. Also help them deal with the emotional trauma that diabetes brings along by gifting a book that talks about emotional preparation for a life with diabetes.
2. Best foot care is really the best gift for diabetics. Hence comfortable shoes or professionally useful flats will serve as a great gift. One can also gift shoe vouchers to let the receiver have their own choice while buying. Add a pair of diabetes-friendly socks too and foot care done right.
3. Fitness is another important aspect helpful in maintaining normal sugar levels. Propagate and encourage them to adopt exercise for diabetes to prevent diabetes related complications.
4. Group exercise classes is a great way to stay motivated for fitness and your friends and relatives will thank you for this always. So gift them great health with great company to keep by gifting a membership for group exercise classes. For a more personal touch based on the receiver’s interests, personal training session membership with a local gym will be another great fitness motivation.
5. Gadgets or small appliances for making their cooking convenient and less time consuming is a great way to de-stress them. Healthy cooking can be made easier by gifting them things like hand blender etc.
6. Chemical free skincare can be a blessing in disguise for your diabetic friends or family. Moisturizing body lotions which are made from natural ingredients without any added chemicals work as the perfect gift for soft skin care during the winter season.
7. Eating right is also the most important thing for managing diabetes. Eating the right food for diabetes is best possible when planned in consultation with an expert nutritionist. So go ahead, gift them good health by gifting an appointment with a dietician or a membership for healthy cooking classes.
Achieving normal sugar levels is an easy task when monitored correctly with the glucometer and with mutual encouragement and support. So gift a diabetic friendly gift this Christmas and spread joys and happiness.
Diabetes care includes various steps in order to ensure your blood sugar levels never go out of control. The first step is to be aware and undergo the recommended basic sugar tests on a regular basis in order to ensure you are always in charge of your health. These tests may start to seem repetitive after some time once you are diagnosed with diabetes but remember constant diabetes monitoring is the smartest and easiest way to prevent diabetes from secretly damaging your internal organs.
Getting blood work done plays the most vital role in the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes.
Kidney Function Test (KFT)
Kidney impairment is one of the long term problems of diabetes. Monitoring of kidney function parameters such as urea and creatinine, along with urine examination for albumin, sugar and ketones, are very important in diabetic care.
Malfunction in the lipid profile are found in patient with diabetes. The lipid abnormalities increase the risk of heart disease in diabetes and hence should be frequently monitored.
Liver Function Test
Liver Function Test helps the doctor in ascertaining the choice of drug for the treatment of diabetes since liver abnormalities influence the drug choice.
Self Blood Sugar testing
A small drop saves you from a lot of trouble and hence it is required to perform the test and this can be easily obtained from the patient’s fingertip by using glucometer.
Urine testing is done to measure urine sugar, albumin (urine albumin is a vital indicator of early kidney disease) and acetone (urine ketones are signs of diabetic ketoacidosis).
Eye complication is very common in patient with diabetes. Hence a simple eye fundus test solves and shows everything. The complication if unobserved and untreated can direct to permanent loss of vision.
Diabetic people who have deformities of lipid, high blood pressure, pattern of smoking, a positive family history of heart disease and presence of urine albumin are at the threat of developing heart disease and therefore it is imperative to keep all in control and get an ECG monitored.
These blood works are essential for all diabetics and keep all diseases at bay and out of the way.
A healthy diabetic diet must consist of all essential nutrients and calculated calories and carbohydrates in order to ensure you don’t overload.
Research suggests that two servings of tree nuts (approximately 50-60 grams) lowers and stabilizes blood sugar level in people with Type 2 Diabetes.
Here is a list of nuts along with their nutrients and the benefits they have when included in the food to control Diabetes.
BeatO recommends a handful of 6 almonds, 3 pistachios and 2 walnuts a day as part of your diabetic food plan. Toss them in your salad or eat a fistful on your way to work. So what really makes the food for diabetic patient go nuts? Well, let us find out what the following nuts have to offer?
1) Almonds Nutrients – Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin E Benefits – Lowering cholesterol, reduce risk of heart diseases, protects from different types of cancer and healthy bones.
2) Pistachios Nutrients – Anti-oxidants, Minerals, Vitamins, and Protein. Benefits – Lowering bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol levels. Reduce risk of heart diseases and stroke by building a healthy lipid profile.
3) Walnuts Nutrients – Alpha-Linolenic Acid and Omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, and Biotin. Benefits – Improved blood vessel function, blood lipids and cholesterol profile thereby reducing risk of heart disease. Studies also suggest walnuts reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes in women and helps in reducing insulin resistance in both genders.
4) Cashew nuts Nutrients – Iron, Zinc and Potassium and Anti-oxidants. Cashews have high protein and carb content and good fats. Benefits – Reduces blood pressure, antioxidants protects against cataracts ( in eyes). Helps form and utilize blood cells thereby improving immunity, nerves and healthy bones.
5) Hazelnuts Nutrients – Vitamin E, complex carbs, healthy monosaturated fats, Vitamin B – Biotin, iron and calcium. Contain no cholestrol but are high in calories. They also contain flavnoids Benefits – Lowers cholestrol and risk of cancer. Biotin improves hair, skin and nails. Flavnoids may improve brain health, improve circulation and reduce allergies. Minerals improve blood pressure count.
6) Peanuts – Not really a nut but actually a part of the legume family Nutrients – Low Glycemic index, Magnesium, High in Protein, Healthy Fats and Antioxidants. Benefits – Don’t spike blood sugar levels, protects heart and blood vessels.
7) Brazil Nuts Nutrients – High in calories (two nuts = calories of an egg), Healthy Fatty Acids and reliable source of Selenium. Benefits – Just one Brazil nut has shown to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, and also play a role in reducing allergies and inflammation.
8) Macadamia Nuts Nutrients – Very good source of Magnesium and healthy fats. They are also highest in calories compared to other nuts. Benefits – Lowers bad cholestrol and blood pressure. Protects cells from free- radical damage and reducing risk of different types of cancer. Magnesium content also helps on sex- hormone formation.
9) Pine nuts Nutrients – Rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, Gluten Free, B-complex and minerals such as Manganese, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Selenium. High in calories. Benefits – Lowers bad cholestrol therefore reduces risk of heart diesease. Anti- aging antioxidants and boost energy levels. Pine nuts are also good for eyes.
The glucose tolerance test determines how your body breaks down sugar.
Glucose tolerance tests are also used to diagnose diabetes. The OGTT is used to screen for, or diagnose diabetes in people with a fasting blood glucose level that is high, but is not high enough (above 125 mg/dL) to meet the diagnosis for diabetes.
How Is The Test Performed?
The most common glucose tolerance test is the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
Before the test begins, a sample of blood is taken.
The individual is asked to drink a liquid containing a 75 grams amount of glucose. Blood is taken again every 30 to 60 minutes after drinking the solution.
How to Prepare For the Test?
Fasting of at least 8 hours before the test. You cannot eat during the test.
Ask your health care provider if any of the medicines you take can affect the test results.
How Does The Test Feel?
Drinking the glucose solution is similar to drinking very sweet soda.
Side effects from this test are very uncommon. Some may get nauseated due to glucose intake.
Only a needle prick pain is felt during blood withdrawal.Expand Section
Normal glucose tolerance test values (75g of Glucose)
Fasting: Less than or equal to 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) or 5.6 millimoles per liter (mmol/L)
1-hour: Less than 184 mg/dL or less than 10.2 mmol/L
2-hour: Less than 140 mg/dL or less than 7.7 mmol/L
You have pre diabetes if the results of your oral glucose tolerance test are:
140 to 199 mg/dL (2 hours after the beginning of the test).
*The ranges may vary from each as well as population group.