Posts Tagged "glucose"

Sweet & Deadly – Easy Health Options October 2012

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 | 0 comments

Sweet & Deadly – Easy Health Options October 2012

With colder weather starting to roll in and the holidays around the corner, many of us may already be struggling with conflicts about eating carbohydrate-rich comfort foods and sugary holiday treats. The war against refined sugar and its sneaky siblings — simple carbohydrates (such as bread and pasta) — is certainly justified. Of course, we need some carbohydrates for energy, brain function and other processes, but these can be obtained from eating fruits, many vegetables, whole grains and legumes. So while sweet tastes and complex sugars are part of our evolutionary palate, refined sugars and overprocessed simple carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, are not. In fact, these substances act more like pharmaceutical drugs, triggering a cascade of detrimental reactions on the cellular level and leading to a number of degenerative illnesses. Luckily, there are ways to minimize the damage caused by refined sugar, along with some great alternative sweeteners that allow you to enjoy guilt-free treats without sacrificing the urge for sweetness.

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Postprandial (After Eating) Diabetes Management Techniques – Nutritional Outlook March 30, 2011

Posted on Oct 30, 2012 | 3 comments

Postprandial (After Eating) Diabetes Management Techniques – Nutritional Outlook March 30, 2011

Of the various approaches to dealing with blood glucose levels, postprandial (after eating) management techniques are among the more interesting. This does not deny the value of such alternatives as diet and exercise; stimulation of insulin production; improvement of insulin sensitivity; and increasing levels of adiponectin, a protein produced by fat cells that may play an important role in the development of obesity and insulin-resistant diabetes. This article, however, will focus on postprandial options. “Postprandial glucose management is the key to controlling risks due to diabetes,” states R.V. Venkatesh, managing director of the Gencor Pacific Group (Anaheim, CA). He cites studies showing that postprandial hyperglycemia is closely correlated to elevated glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C) levels. HbA1C provides a measure of the degree by which hemoglobin is glycosylated. Glycosylation is the enzymatic process that attaches glycans to proteins, lipids or other organic molecules in red blood cells. This glycosylation, linked to postprandial hyperglycemia, “is irreversible, and it leads to vascular problems, increasing risks of cardiovascular disease,” says Venkatesh.

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