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Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...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

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Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

In general,: it is the glycemic index (GI) of the food that makes a significant difference in how the food affects PP glucose levels. The higher the GI the faster and the more it will increase blood glucose level. More complex carbohydrates tend to have lower GI than simple carbohydrates. Understanding GI can be very beneficial in controlling diabetes. A wealth of information about GI is available online. ...Read more

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Can diabetics consume agave with meals?

Can diabetics consume agave with meals?

Not to excess...sap: Agave plant? This plant has several edible parts--flowers, leaves, stalks, basal rosettes, and sap. For the most part, edible agave can be delicious and provides good fibers and should not pose problem for diabetics, except the sap. The sap is quite sweet and can sub for the sugar we use..It is a natural sugar so better than table sugar..But excess is still not good..So moderation! good luck. ...Read more

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What matters more calories or fats and sugars?

What matters more calories or fats and sugars?

A combination is key: Cutting out sugar and starch is important due to the carbohydrates causing weight gain. Eating carbohydrates leads to the release of the fat-storage hormone insulin, which acts to remove nutrients from the bloodstream and store it as fat. However, managing cal. Is also important. Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake so be active and aware of cal. Consumption. ...Read more

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Could consuming low glycemic index sugar lead to diabetes?

Could consuming low glycemic index sugar lead to diabetes?

Can be tricky: Glycemic index refers to the impact that food has on the blood sugar level. Some foods are absorbed very rapidly and raise the blood sugar rapidly (sugar, simple carbohydrates) while others have very low impact on blood sugar and thus a low glycemic index (meats, fat). There are some "sugars" promoted as low glycemic index, but this almost is contradictory. Moderation is the key with diabetes risk. ...Read more

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Does diet soda or sweet and low raise blood sugar?

Does diet soda or sweet and low raise blood sugar?

Are not sugar, but: study https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1237253, https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6679417 & do some research on your own. I believe that some use of the mainstream substitute sweeteners are not as harmful as real sugar; at least the substitute ones had to pass up to a year of testing. Yet no one really knows, hard science trials too complex, Hi-$, time consuming, thus none done. ...Read more

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Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Carb Quandry : Some "complex" carbs(brown rice, whole wheat) are metabolized slowly and are better for weight management but ultimately if you consume more calories than you need you will gain weight. Reduce all carbs, especially simple carbs(white bread, rice or pasta). Eat frequent(6) small meals a day. Exercise vigorously for about 150 min a week, drink plenty (60 oz) of water and get 8 hours of good sleep. ...Read more

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Does the Atkins diet require you to count both net carbs and dietary fiber carbs?

Does the Atkins diet require you to count both net carbs and dietary fiber carbs?

Net: Net carbs. My advice on atkins s to stay away form franken-foods like atkins bars or atkins muffins. Eat real foot as close to natural state as possible. ...Read more

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Wheat chex cereal complex carbs or simple?

Both: complex carbs in chex are listed as carbs and the simple ones are listed as sugars. The total carbs minus the simple sugars leaves you with the amount of complex carbs. ...Read more

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What carbs have calories for you? Total carbs, net carbs, fiber carbs?

What carbs have calories for you? Total carbs, net carbs, fiber carbs?

ALL CARBS HAVE: Calories, some more than others. The more complex a carb is, the more energy your body needs to burn to absorb the calories, so you will net less calories with the more complex carbs. ...Read more

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Is sugar in fruit better than sugar in starch or as bad?

Is sugar in fruit better than sugar in starch or as bad?

The whole package: Look at the whole package. When you eat fruit, you get other great things (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants to name a few) which make your body strong. ...Read 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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Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?

Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?

Weight and Activity: Yes that diet can certainly be sustained if it provides for the caloric expenditure of the individual on a daily basis. The mix of foods you choose is also very good. By "processed" i assume you mean complex carbohydrates. If you happen to be 350lbs and 6ft 4in then you are going to be rather hungry for quite some time. ...Read more

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The nutrition facts on a food has carbs and then sugar. Do they mean the simple sugars aka monosacharides; glucose, fructose, and galactose?

The nutrition facts on a food has carbs and then sugar. Do they mean the simple sugars aka monosacharides; glucose, fructose, and galactose?

Food Labels: Total carbohydrates include all sugars and fiber. Sugar includes simple sugars and sugar alcohol. Here are three websites about reading food labels: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/labelingnutrition/ucm274593.Htm http://www.Diabetes.Org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/taking-a-closer-look-at-labels.Html#sugar_alcohols http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/gettinghealthy/nutrition. ...Read more

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Does diet soda or sweet and low increase your blood sugar?

Does diet soda or sweet and low increase your blood sugar?

Not directly but...: Most diet sodas have aspartame. Sweet n'low has saccharin. Neither of these directly raise blood sugar but they cause weight gain ; increase diabetes risk! aspartame worsens Insulin sensitivity- see http://bit.Ly/1hylgyu ; http://ti.Me/ovdmhn also see http://bit.Ly/18u9wmo ; http://bit.Ly/1hvl28d i think anyone who wants to be healthy should avoid these- stevia xylitol, maltitol etc. Are better. ...Read more

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No sugar No carbs. Is that a good diet ?

Not really: You need a well rounded diet with protein, fats and carbs. Complete absence of carbs is not a good idea. Try well rounded diet with normal total calories for your weight and daily exercise. ...Read more

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What types of vegetables are good for you that don't have a lot of sugar and carbs?

Vegetables/Thyroid: Since you have hyperthyroidism, you want to avoid corn and vegetables that have goitrogens, or substances that interfere with thyroid hormone production like cruciferous vegetables,cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale and soy milk and tofu. Choose carrots, asparagus, green beans,squash, sweet potatoes, spinach. The U of Maryland has a great resource on nutrition: http://tinyurl.com/zh365 ...Read more

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How to stay away from unhealthy sugars and carbs?

How to stay away from unhealthy sugars and carbs?

Avoid processed food: Try to avoid processed foods, they tend to be high in refined sugar and processed carbohydrates. Try to eat whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. ...Read more

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Will depression medication help me avoid sugar and carbs?

Carbohydrate craving: Medication doesn't usually help with that. High levels of sugar and carbohydrates have been shown to affect mood so i would avoid excessive amounts of both of these in your diet. Exercise has been shown to help both depression and cravings for food. Work on a healthier diet and regular exercise with enough sleep as that should help. ...Read more

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What are the best sources of low sugar, low carb soluble fiber?

What are the best sources of low sugar, low carb soluble fiber?

Good selection: best sources of soluble fiber are;

All types of beans

Split pea

Pea,artichoke, brussel sprouts 7 broccoli

Lentils ...Read more

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Is it safe to competely cut out sugars and carbs on a diabetic diet?

Is it safe to competely cut out sugars and carbs on a diabetic diet?

Absolutely - Debated: Almost impossible to do 100%. But if sugar is high, adding more doesn’t help. Like other animals, in healthy condition, ?50% of internal sugar is from internal conversion of protein ; fat into sugar. Converting fat to sugar also generates soluble ketone compounds; another alternative fuel. Brain ; nerve cells burn sugar ;/or ketones for energy to function; reason too low a total creates problems. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many grams of sugar and carbs should I be intaking with type 2 diabetes?

Can you let me know how many grams of sugar and carbs should I be intaking with type 2 diabetes?

Varies: The answers are variable depending upon your height, weight, activity level, etc. There is no value in having sugar in your diet, although small amounts occur naturally in all your foods and can't cause much problems. See a good registered dietitian to calculate specific dietary parameters for you. ...Read more

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I know all processed food is not great for you. But how can you tell by looking at label which is OK or natural, salt or good sugar or carbs?

I know all processed food is not great for you. But how can you tell by looking at label which is OK or natural, salt or good sugar or carbs?

Healthy Diet!: Google 'food pyramid' and 'DASH' to learn about healthy diets. Generally, try to eat more proteins and less carbohydrates & fats while maintaining portion control and remaining physically active. Salad dressings can convert a healthy food into an item loaded with fat & salt, so always ask for the dressing on the side and dip your fork in it, rather than drowning the salad with it. ...Read more

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I eat 1200 cals watch my sugar and carb intake exercise 5 days a wk.I have hypothyroid and take synthoid. I lost some weight but its now slow down.

I eat 1200 cals watch my sugar and carb intake exercise 5 days a wk.I have hypothyroid and take synthoid.  I lost some weight but its now slow  down.

May need more cals: 1200 calories is quite low and your body already has trouble maintaining normal metabolism due to hypothyroid. Speak with your doc regarding whether your synthroid (thyroxine) dose needs adjusting, but also consider eating more. When you restrict your calories like that your body thinks it is starving and slows down metabolism further to preserve itself. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight on 1500 calorie diet with sugar and carbs in it as long as it don’t go over the 1500? i think i did once with burger and shake in

Can you lose weight on 1500 calorie diet with sugar and carbs in it as long as it don’t go over the 1500? i think i did once with burger and shake in

Calories wt loss: The secret is to taken in fewer calories than you burn. The content other that than is not really relevant. I recommend using the DASH eating plan and set your calories below the level the recommend for you BMI and activity level. And the lbs will melt away. ...Read more

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Is it important for people with congestive heart failure to avoid fats and refined sugar and carbs?

Is it important for people with congestive heart failure to avoid fats and refined sugar and carbs?

Yes and no: It's important for everybody, including people with chf, to avoid bad fats (animal fats, trans-fats), refined sugar, and simple carbs. A balanced diet includes mono and poly-unsaturated fats, complex carbs and starches and protein, all in moderation. Folks with CHF should avoid salt which promotes fluid retention and htn, and should aim for normal body weight. ...Read more

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I eat 1200 calories a day watch my sugar and carbs intake. I also exercise 5 days a week including hot yoga. Still having trouble losing weight.

I eat 1200 calories a day watch my sugar and carbs intake. I also exercise 5 days a week including hot yoga. Still having trouble losing weight.

Check thyroid: There are lots of reasons for difficulty losing weight. Consider getting some testing, including a thyroid panel to see if there is an obvious cause. ...Read more

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Eating food high in fat, sugars and carbs is bad for skin and causes hair loss?

Eating food high in fat, sugars and carbs is bad for skin and causes hair loss?

No: You need to stop reading disinformation websites. Now, people tend to overeat greasy and sugary stuff and that's how they get fat. The public therefore comes to believe that this stuff is "bad for you" and people are ready to believe that is causes other problems as well. In fact, acne & most other skill trouble is mostly unrelated to diet, and balding is hereditary. ...Read more

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3, 8oz glasses of prune juice with Miralax TO relieve constipation. Is this dangerous? It's a lot of sugar and carbs

3, 8oz glasses of prune juice with Miralax TO relieve constipation. Is this dangerous? It's a lot of sugar and carbs

Not dangerous : But too much, you may have bloating and cramps. If chronically constipated or suffer IBS, kindly ask for referral to a gastroenterologist for in depth management if current treatment isn't controlling your symptoms, good luck ...Read more

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Heard sugar & simple carbs turn into same thing once digested. why then do i feel sick after eating much sugar, but not after eating much wheat/rice?

Heard sugar & simple carbs turn into same thing once digested. why then do i feel sick after eating much sugar, but not after eating much wheat/rice?

It could be: the rate at which these substances are metabolized. Once in your digestive tract sugar hydrolyzes into fructose and glucose. Glucose starts out as a carbohydrate but is quickly stored as a fat. Rice and wheat are made up of more complex chains of carbohydrates with fewer simple sugars. The effect of these foods on raising blood sugar may not be as rapid as with simple sugar. Hope this helps:) ...Read more

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Am I diabetic? So worried. A1c 5.2 CPeptide 1.5. Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL Estimated Mean Plasma Glucose 87.16. Are the numbers normal? I am so afraid to eat sugar and carbs. 51 years 120 lbs.

What's the problem?: Your HgbA1c and glucose are fine. Diabetes at your age is genetic and not caused by eating sugar or carbs. You're right to fear it, but even if you have the genes for it, you can hold it at bay by staying physically fit. Be less afraid of sweets and more afraid of not exercising. Best wishes. ...Read more

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8 am cortisol low, renin high, vitamin D low, still overweight even when I eat low in sugar and carbs and walk daily. What else might it be?

8 am cortisol low, renin high, vitamin D low, still overweight even when I eat low in sugar and carbs and walk daily. What else might it be?

Check kidney function: May need to contact your PCP, and have them work you up for conditions involving your kidney, ovaries and thyroid. Usually with obesity, vitamin D tends to be low, because it depots in adipose or fat cells. And this may require you taking higher amounts that your PCP will recommend for you to take. Your adrenals may be producing a lower a.m. cortisol which is exhibited by fatigue. So this should be investigated further. ...Read more

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To prevent type II diabetes, is it more important to avoid sugar and carbs, or to avoid fat?

To prevent type II diabetes, is it more important to avoid sugar and carbs, or to avoid fat?

No: Many studies show that carbs and sugar do not cause type ii diabetes. Fat also will not affect the diabetic risk. What makes the difference is weight control. Every 2.5 lbs that you gain increases the diabetic risk by 15%. Losing weight decreases the risk by 15% for every 2.5lbs. If more carbs or sugar or fat might increase risk but only by making you gain weight. ...Read more

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I’m dealing with low iron & b12. My stress levels are very high and my sleep is horrible. Can that cause elevated glucose? It never seems to go below 100 now and sits at 110-115. I don’t eat sugar or carbs. Diabetes runs in my family, I’m so worried.

I’m dealing with low iron & b12. My stress levels are very high and my sleep is horrible. Can that cause elevated glucose? It never seems to go below 100 now and sits at 110-115. I don’t eat sugar or carbs. Diabetes runs in my family, I’m so worried.

Need more info: What is your BMI? Low iron and B12 are easy to correct with oral supplements but these are symptomatic of poor diet. To control glucose, it would help to lose about 10% body weight and exercise at least 150 minutes/week. Visit this https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/what-is-prediabetes#1site for info: ...Read more