Interesting Facts and Articles About Diabetes and Blood Sugar Level
Glucose vs. Fructose
Table sugar consists of one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule, so when it breaks down in the stomach, only half is immediately available as glucose. Fruit juices, like orange juice, contain mostly fructose and are a relatively poor choice for quick treatment of serious hypoglycemia because they take so long to raise the blood sugar.
Eating More Fruit
Eating more whole fresh fruit, especially blueberries, grapes, apples and pears, is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, but drinking more fruit juice has the opposite effect, says a study. On the other hand, those who consumed one or more servings of fruit juice each day saw their risk of Diabetes (Type 2) increase by as much as 21 percent.
Diabetes = Worldwide
The CDC reports that 25.8 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, or about 8.3 percent of the population. About 7 million of them are diagnosed, and 79 million more people have the pre-diabetes form of the disease. Diabetes is now a disease that affects 371 million people worldwide, and 187 million of them do not even know they have the disease, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Already, $471 billion was spent treating the disease in 2012, up $6 billion from last year.
Say No to Candy, Cola & Juice
People with diabetes often reach for candy, cola, juice — or other high calorie, high fat, and high sodium foods — to correct lows, which can lead to rebound high blood sugars, unhealthy eating, and weight gain. What you use to correct a low is often just extra calories not accounted for in your daily meal plan.
What can you do to avoid gaining weight when you have to treat frequent lows?