Less sensitive nerves do not send feelings of pain, heat or cold to the brain as easily. There may be a feeling of numbness or pins and needles in your feet. You may injure your feet and not be aware, due to the decreased sensitivity to pain.
One of the most common and serious complications of diabetes is heart disease. Diabetes is a disease of the vessels. High blood sugar damages your blood vessels by building a plaque which leads to clogged arteries or atherosclerosis.
Gastroparesis (stomach paralysis) is a condition sometimes associated with diabetes when there is a delay with the stomach emptying its contents. This delay is due to stomach nerve damage caused by high blood sugars over a long period of time.
High blood glucose levels increase your risk for tooth and gum problems. Just think of what happens to your teeth when you eat too much sugar!
According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NCCAM/NIH), dietary supplements were defined in a law passed by Congress in 1994. A dietary supplement must meet all of the following conditions:
>In sugar free, no sugar added or low carb foods, the sugar (quick digesting "blaster") is replaced with sugar alcohol (a slow-digesting "trickler"). Sugar alcohol has fewer calories than sugar, is not as sweet as sugar and has a significantly less impact on blood sugar levels than regular sugar.
Sugar with other names that are not artificial sweetener options – HAVE an effect on blood sugar levels
|Common Sugar […]|
- Nature’s Own Double Fiber Bread (50 calories/5 grams fiber per slice)
- Thomas’ Light Multigrain English Muffin (100 calories/8 grams fiber)
- La Tortilla Factory tortillas (100 calories/12 grams fiber)
- Back to Nature rice crackers (no trans fat and low sodium)
- Wasa crackers
- Jolly Time low-fat butter mini serve popcorn (90 calories/9 grams fiber)
- Whole wheat matzoh
- Cereals: look for high fiber and low sugar […]
Nuts are high in calories and loaded with nutrients so please use them and do not abuse them. However, nuts offer many healthful benefits primarily from unsaturated fats, fiber, protein and carbohydrates plus they taste great.
It is most important to understand the concept behind glycemic values (Glycemic Index, or GI). In order to level out your blood sugar and avoid fluctuations in glucose you must eat slower digesting foods. These foods typically have a low glycemic index or load.