blood sugar

  1. Replace potatoes with THIS to slash blood sugar

    From potato salad... to potato chips... to baked potatoes hot off the grill, it seems like no summer picnic or BBQ is complete without a side of spuds.

    And while you could argue that America's favorite tuber is technically a "vegetable," potatoes are mostly composed of starch, which your body later breaks down into glucose (a.k.a. sugar).

    That means that "taters" can quickly spike your blood sugar, significantly raising your risk of diabetes.

    But according to a new study, there's another side dish that'll please your taste buds AND smooth out those blood sugar spikes -- because swapping potatoes for lentils can slash your blood sugar by over a third.

    In the study, Canadian researchers measured the blood sugar of a group of healthy adults both before and two hours after they ate a meal of potatoes only, and then they tested subjects again before and after they ate half potatoes and half lentils.

    They found that when lentils partially took the place of the potatoes, the participants' postprandial (after-meal) blood sugar was 35 percent LOWER than when they ate potatoes only.

    Now, that's no small potatoes -- and just think how much lower it would have been if the participants had eaten lentils only!

    The researchers also repeated the study with white rice and found that swapping out lentils for half the rice led to a 20 percent drop in blood sugar.

    That makes these little legumes the perfect substitute for any "white carb" you may be craving!

    Technically, lentils are "pulses," which are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family.

    And all pulses -- including chickpeas, black-eyed peas, and dried beans (like kidney beans and lima beans) -- are rich in fiber, which slows down the release of sugars into your bloodstream, protecting you from dangerous blood sugar spikes.

    Pulses also contain certain components that inhibit enzymes involved in your body's absorption of glucose from food, meaning that less sugar finds its way into your system in the first place.

    Plus, the benefits of lentils don't stop there. They're loaded with heart-healthy folate and magnesium -- and previous studies have shown that they can slash your risk of death from heart disease by 82 percent !

    And while potatoes set you up for a blood sugar crash later on -- leaving you hungry and fatigued -- lentils are packed with protein and iron that give you long-lasting energy.

    So, whether you've got diabetes or just want to prevent it, say "See you later, taters!" and try some lentils instead.

    Cooked, seasoned lentils are delicious added to soups and salads or on their own as a side dish.

    And if you don't want to bother with cooking, you can pick up a flavorful lentil dish at your local Indian or Middle Eastern restaurant.

  2. Probiotics and protein help manage blood sugar

    Stop worrying about what NOT to eat, and start getting more of THIS

    Last week, I shared with you how eating yogurt could improve cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer's.

    But it wasn't really about the yogurt itself -- that was just a vehicle for what the researchers were really studying, and that's probiotics.

    We already know about the digestive benefits of eating probiotic-rich foods or taking a probiotic supplement. But now, the latest research reveals that what happens in your gut when you've got the right balance of "belly bugs" can help you also manage your blood sugar.

    And that's a Godsend if you're barreling down the path between prediabetes and diabetes -- or if you've already had the "diabetic" label slapped on your forehead.

    In the first study presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting, volunteers who included foods with probiotic bacteria like yogurt in their diet had levels of two key measures of blood sugar levels lower than those without the probiotics: fasting blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c.

    That means their blood sugar remained steady, respectively, in the short term (measured before a meal might spike it) and the long-term (measured over the course of three months).

    Now, the other study that was presented at the AHA annual meeting was a little funny, but the results were quite telling. The theory is that while carbs can produce blood sugar spikes, nobody (or hardly anybody) eats JUST carbs.

    After all, there must be SOMETHING between those two slices of bread.

    So, in the grand tradition of food combining, they found out that the worst of the worst in terms of blood sugar -- that is, white bread -- combined with a protein source (in this case, tuna) wasn't so bad after all.

    At least, combining the white bread with protein was better than combining it with more carbs, fat, or even fiber. The tuna group didn't have the same blood sugar spikes as the other groups, theoretically because protein helps the body to break down carbs more slowly.

    But I've got an idea for you: Skip the sliced bread and just eat a nice big piece of fish!

    A diet consisting of a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods is always a good bet for your health, and the Paleo diet fits the bill. It's naturally high in protein and low in processed carbs and refined sugars.

    And that's really the best way to keep your blood sugar from going all over the place.

    If adding probiotics helps that process, then why not? They boost your immunity and keep your gut bacteria happy -- and that keeps you happy.

    Get a probiotic supplement with as many billions of colony-forming units (CFUs) as you can find from a quality maker -- or just stock up on some good Greek yogurt with lots of active cultures and make it a habit to eat every day.

    Source:
    Can Protein, Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar Control?
    (medlineplus.gov)

  3. Control your blood sugar better by soaking in a hot bath

    It turns out that taking a hot bath can control blood sugar spikes better than cardiovascular exercise – and it even helps you burn calories, too.
  4. Here’s how to beat morning high blood sugar

    A phenomenon called the “dawn effect” can send your blood sugar soaring in the morning. Here’s how to get it under control.
  5. High blood sugar may increase heart attack complications

    A new study demonstrates for the first time that the amount of sugar in your blood can affect the contraction of blood vessels.
  6. Can coffee help put a halt to the diabetes epidemic?

    A Harvard study finds that adding one extra cup of coffee a day could eliminate thousands of cases of diabetes a year.
  7. Wine study puts a cork in mainstream's anti-alcohol crusade

    Leading researcher says it's safe -- and healthy- - to consume up to a full bottle of wine every day.
  8. Diabetes doubles pancreatic cancer risk

    A study proves that poor blood sugar control could leave you with one of the deadliest cancers known to mankind.
  9. Treat diabetes by burning your kidneys?

    A wacky (and expensive) new diabetes treatment would destroy parts of your kidneys and nervous system with a flaming hot, electrified wire.
  10. Chelation drastically reduces diabetes death risk

    Chelation may be public enemy number one for mainstream medicine, but this dirt cheap cure could cut your risk of dying from diabetes in half. The breakthrough Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy is showing that this safe, effective therapy can wipe away years of diabetes and heart disease damage in mere weeks.

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