Juice That Lowers Your Blood Sugar

The Juice That Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Did you know blueberries may help lower your blood glucose levels and insulin resistance?
A study in Canada had overweight men that were at risk of heart disease and diabetes, drink 1 cup of wild blueberry juice daily for 3 weeks. At the end, they found their blood glucose had dropped by approximately 10% and their insulin resistance decreased, as compared to a control group that drank a placebo juice.
Researchers theorized the benefits might stem from the high levels of anthocyanins in the juice and it’s beneficial effects on the pancreas. Frozen wild berries also worked as well.
(Men’s Health Nov. 2009)

Diabetes and Traffic Accidents

Can Having Diabetes Increase the Chance of Having A Traffic Accident?

    Is it possible that diabetes could affect a person’s driving ability to the point that it would increase your risk of having a traffic accident?

According to a new Norwegian study, this may be the case. In a 30 month study, the analysis showed that diabetics who took insulin either  alone or with other diabetic medications were 40% more likely than people not taking diabetes drugs to be injured in a traffic   accident. The researchers theorized it may be due to extremely low hypoglycemia, which occurs more often when taking insulin than when on medications alone.
This serves as a reminder to diabetics on insulin to always be aware of their blood glucose levels and know the signs of hypoglycemia.
Boy, I hope the insurance companies in the U.S. don’t get a hold of this .

What is the Glycemic Index?


    Not all carbohydrates raise blood glucose equally. Brown rice may make your levels spike, while milk chocolate containing the same number of carbohydrates may raise it much less. This can be explained by the glycemic index (GI), which ranks foods based on how much they may raise glucose levels. And some people, whether they follow a lower- or higher-carb diet, pay attention to their foods’ GI, too. So, should you?
Here’s one thing experts in both the lower- and higher-carb diet camps agree on: The answer is no.

As you can see from the example above, low-GI foods aren’t always the smartest choice. (Hint: Brown rice is more nutritious than chocolate.) Many healthy foods actually have what the diet calls a medium or high GI. But that doesn’t mean you should swear off fruits and grains.

According to low-carb proponent Richard Bernstein, MD, FACE, FACN, too many factors affect a food’s GI to make the diet worthwhile. Take, for instance, an apple. Its glycemic index differs based on variety, how long it remained on the tree, how long it sat in the bin in the orchard and again in the store, and so on. Trying to calculate GI based on those details is nearly impossible.

William Yancy, Jr., MD, MHS, a researcher at the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at Durham (N.C.) VA Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, conducted a study that compared a low-carb diet and a low-GI diet. He found that the low-carb way of eating better improved blood glucose control.
“When low-GI diets are compared to high-GI diets, some short-term studies showed benefit and some did not. However, two one-year studies reported no benefit in A1C from the low-GI diets in the end,” says Marion J. Franz, MS, RD, CDE, a dietitian in Minneapolis. One study of people with type 2 diabetes found virtually no distinction between a low-GI and high-GI diet when it came to weight loss and glucose control.

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