DIABETES Questions, Answers and Information forum: Diabetes Q & A Dec. 27, 2012

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Dec 27, 2012 1:46 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

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Question: "What is considered a "moderate " serving of dark chocolate?" Asked By:[email protected]

Answer: Thank you for your question to dLife. Dark chocolate has many health benefits. They contain phytonutrients called flavonoids. Flavonoids have a positive antioxidant effect. We have heard about the benefits of flavonoids in green and black tea and red grapes in reducing the propensity of reducing insulin resistence among other benefits. Now we can enjoy the same benefits with high quality dark chocolate! Although several scientific studies have shown the benefits of dark chocolate, researchers have not agreed upon an amount of dark chocolate to eat every day. There are some studies which show that dark chocolate may protect against developing type 2 diabetes.

Did you know that eating dark chocolate can improve your brain function? That is right! Dark chocolate also can increase endorphin release, a feel good chemical, which could make you feel a little happier. Research also shows that eating small amounts of dark chocolate a few times per week can help lower your blood pressure, prevent the formation of blood clots and reduce hardening of the arteries. Dark chocolate contains many healthy vitamins and minerals (including potassium and copper) which may help to prevent a stroke in some people.

If you eat too much chocolate, chances are that you will probably increase your calories very quickly. Try adding in an ounce or two of dark chocolate every day, and monitor your blood sugar response. How about making your own trail mix with an ounce of dark chocolate and a hand full of unsalted almonds, walnuts and pistachios? This delicious-heart healthy mixture will increase your calorie intake without sending your blood sugar into orbit. Consider meeting with a registered dietitian who is also a certified diabetes educator. Together you can come up with a meal plan which can include your food preferences (including dark chocolate).

Your doctor may recommend dark chocolate because of its many health benefits. You can eat small amounts of dark chocolate as part of your healthy eating plan. Keep in mind that eating too much dark chocolate will significantly increase your calorie intake. If you eat more calories than you need, chances are that you will gain weight! So although dark chocolate is delicious and good for you, it should only be consumed in moderation.

Keep in mind that these health benefits are for dark chocolate, not milk or white chocolate. Dark chocolate has cocoa solids (which contain the flavoinoids. Flavoinoids (which are also found in tea) act as antioxidants. Choose dark chocolate which has at least 70% cocoa. Mix a piece of two (one-two ounces) of dark chocolate with some unsalted almonds or walnuts for a delicious snack.

Answered By: Susan Weiner
Accreditations: R.D., M.S., C.D.E.,C.D.N.

Question: "i am type two diabetic what kind of juices can i have "
Asked By:cooperwelch4709

Answer: Thank you for your question to dLife. Fruit juice contains carbohydrate and fiber and protein. Therefore, fruit juice can raise your blood sugars quickly. Fruit juice, candy and cookies are likely to raise your blood sugar level faster than whole fruit or whole grain crackers (which contain fiber). Rather than drinking juice as a snack, try a medium apple or serving of whole grain crackers with some natural almond butter. High fiber-high protein foods will probably not raise your blood sugars as quickly as fruit juice. Juices can add a lot of calories and carbohydrates to your food plan. If you decide to drink juice, make sure that you read the food label. You should select a 100 % juice with no sugar added. 4 ounces of juice provides about 15 grams of carbohydrate. A serving of fruit will contain fiber and will take longer to eat than just drinking fruit juice. You feel more satisfied if you chew your calories than if you “drink them! Please make sure that you are counting the carbs in the juice. Liquid carbs count too! Low-sodium vegetable juice is a great alternative to fruit juice. It only has about 50 calories and less than 5 grams of carbs in 4 ounces. You can try a “diet" juice drink which contains 5 calories and less then 2 grams of carbs per serving. How about drinking some flavonoid rich green tea instead of carb rich fruit juice? Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties and might help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Are you drinking enough water? Add some lemon, lime or sliced cucumber to your water. Water has no calories or carbs and is very refreshing. Please consider meeting with a registered dietitian who is also a certified diabetes educator. He or she can help you devise a healthy meal plan which will include many of your food preferences.

Answered By: Susan Weiner
Accreditations: R.D., M.S., C.D.E.,C.D.N.

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According to the CDC Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents; about 151,000 people below the age of 20 years have diabetes. When diabetes strikes during childhood, it is routinely assumed to be type 1, or juvenile-onset diabetes. However, in the last 2 decades, type 2 diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes) has been reported among U.S. children and adolescents with increasing frequency.