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Eat to Fight Diabetes
Two new cookbooks—15-Minute Diabetic Meals and the Essential Diabetes Cookbook—offer tempting but healthful recipes for people who want to slash their risk of developing diabetes or keep their diagnosis in check.
Recipes from 15-Minute Diabetic Meals
Get a great nutritious meal on the table in less than 15 minutes by grabbing a copy of Nancy Hughes’ new book, 15-Minute Diabetic Meals, and get more than 200 diabetes-friendly recipes that meet the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association, each listing caloric exchanges and complete nutrition information. The following recipes are perfect for the fall season.
Exchanges/Choices: 1 1/2 Carbohydrate
Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 0); Total Fat 0.0 g (Saturated Fat 0.1g, Trans Fats 0.0 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 20 mg; Total Carbohydrate 24 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g; Sugars 15 g); Protein 1 g
1 3.4-ounce package instant sugar-free, fat-free cheesecake-flavor pudding
Insulin’s Effects on Health
Let’s say you’ve gained a few pounds, primarily in your midsection. You’re also feeling more tired and fatigued than usual and find yourself craving sugar and anything sweet. The cause may be impaired insulin function, a key risk factor not only for diabetes but also for cardiovascular disease and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
What Is Insulin?
Insulin is one of many hormones that help control body functions. Like most hormones, insulin is a protein, based on a specific chain of amino acids. The pancreas secretes insulin along with many other enzymes used for digestion, as well as hormones.
Insulin is required for the absorption of any type of carbohydrates or sugar from food. After you eat, carbohydrates in food are broken down into glucose, the body’s main energy source. Without insulin, you could actually be in a state of starvation because each individual cell requires insulin to use carbohydrates for energy.
Most cells in the body have insulin receptors that hook up with carbohydrates in the form of glucose that circulates through the blood stream. Once insulin is attached to a cell, other receptors are activated to allow glucose to enter the cell. Health professionals often talk about insulin being the key that unlocks the door to each cell and allows carbohydrates in to provide fuel for the body.
Sometimes the pancreas stops producing insulin. When that occurs, taking insulin will be required throughout life. But a more common situation is insulin resistance, the failure of cells to absorb glucose effectively. It’s not a case of insulin deficiency; insulin levels are often higher than normal in cases of insulin resistance. Cells in the muscles, liver, and fat tissue aren’t able to connect properly with insulin, causing the body to keep producing larger amounts of insulin. Because the glucose doesn’t get into the cells to provide energy, there are elevated levels of both glucose and insulin in the blood stream.
Insulin resistance is caused by three major factors: genes, fat, and an inactive lifestyle.
The Effect of Insulin Resistance on Health
Insulin resistance is responsible for at least three different health conditions: type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and PCOS. Since the symptoms of insulin resistance aren't always easily detected, people often don’t realize their health is at risk until they’ve had the condition for years.
Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of medical conditions that includes elevated blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), high blood pressure, and elevated blood glucose levels, puts your cardiovascular system at risk. It’s now known that insulin resistance is often the root cause of metabolic syndrome. Therefore, a coordinated approach to treatment, rather than targeting each of the conditions separately, is more effective.
PCOS affects 6% to 10% of women and is a leading cause of infertility. Both ge...