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Avoiding Refined Sugars (Overview)

The goals of treatment are to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels within normal limits during the pregnancy, and to make sure that the growing baby is healthy. If managing your diet does not control blood sugar (glucose) levels, you may be prescribed diabetes medicine by mouth or insulin therapy. You will need to monitor your blood sugar (glucose) levels during treatment. Most women who develop gestational diabetes will not need diabetes medicines or insulin, but some will.


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Will avoiding refined sugars and eating gluten free and healthy foods help prevent diabetes?

Will avoiding refined sugars and eating gluten free and healthy foods help prevent diabetes?

Diabetes Prevention: The things you mention are certainly good ways to stay healthy in general. If you are already pre-diabetic, the data shows us that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight will prevent almost 60% of pre-diabetics from becoming diabetic. Spread the word:)! ...Read more

Avoiding Refined Sugars (Overview)

The goals of treatment are to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels within normal limits during the pregnancy, and to make sure that the growing baby is healthy. If managing your diet does not control blood sugar (glucose) levels, you may be prescribed diabetes medicine by mouth or insulin therapy. You will need to monitor your blood sugar (glucose) levels during treatment. Most women who develop gestational diabetes will not need diabetes medicines or insulin, but some will.


Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
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Avoiding refined sugars (Tip)

Low sugar can be reversed by taking a carb load or candy you should keep around you in case needed. ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Should we quit refined sugars?

Should we quit refined sugars?

Yes: Refined sugars are unhealthy- especially when added to foods and eaten without fiber in the diet. Refined sugars lead to high insulin levels and can even lead to fatty liver. Its best to get sugar from complex carbohydrates such a fresh fruits. The fiber in the fruit, slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood. This helps to minimize the effect of the sugar on insulin levels. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
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Avoiding refined sugars (Tip)

Stevia is a safer sugar substitute. ...See more

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Avoiding Dehydration (Checklist)

Monitor and increase your water consumption
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Avoid alcohol and other diuretics
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Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch  and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Does not matter: Since 90% of the cholesterol is produced by the body regardless of your diet, the above would not noticeably affect your cholesterol level. Do note that too much carb may not be good for your health. I don't believe extreme diet does anyone any good. Just eat anything in moderation and exercise at least 3 hrs a week will likely keep you in better shape. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman Dr. Toman
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Avoiding refined sugars (Tip)

Cook with splenda rather than sugar. ...See more

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Avoiding Sunburn (Checklist)

Wear a wide-brimmed hat
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Reapply sunscreen after bathing or swimming
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Stay out of the sun between 11am and 2pm
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Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Not necessarily: There is no single diet that is best for everyone. I believe it is wise to minimize sugars and simple starches, but i believe a diet with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat proteins is healthier than a strict low carb diet (which is relatively high in fat and protein). See http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ for my essay on the pros and cons of various diets. ...Read more

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What are dietary alternatives when trying to avoid refined sugars?

What are dietary alternatives when trying to avoid refined sugars?

Stevia!: Stevia is a powerful sweetener made from the chrysanthemum. It has 0 calories, very little flavor other than sweetness, and is generally recognized as safe. My wife uses it in all sorts of baked goods, we sweeten drinks with it! and we find that it's delicious on plain yogurt. Fruit is a great alternative dessert to anything containing refined sugar too. ...Read more

Dr. Erica Bial Dr. Bial
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Avoiding refined sugars (Tip)

Get creative with stevia - it is much sweeter than sugar, so start with a tiny amount. ...See more

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Is the sugar found in fruit juices natural or processed sugar?

Is the sugar found in fruit juices natural or processed sugar?

Juices: It can be either. See how sugar was added to the juice by reading nutritional labels. ...Read more

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Are the carbs and sugar in fruit fattening?

Are the carbs and sugar in fruit fattening?

Fattening: Sugar is not too good. Fruit is OK. For more information please go online to "NuVal" and learn what foods are good, not so good, and bad for you. ...Read more

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
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Avoiding refined sugars (Tip)

A healthy replacement for sugar sweetness is stevia, drops or powder. Safe plant source. ...See more

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Are potatoes and starches constipating?

Are potatoes and starches constipating?

In some, yes: In some people, these can be constipating. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids if eating them. ...Read more

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Are diabetics supposed to avoid sugars or calories altogether?

Are diabetics supposed to avoid sugars or calories altogether?

Sugars, but...: All diabetics need to avoid concentrated sweets, as these cause an immediate rise in blood sugar. Decreasing calories is important if you are overweight (which is true for most type 2 diabetics, but usually not true for type 1 diabetics). ...Read more