Tip of the Day – Blood Sugar Control

January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living On Line web site.

Blood Sugar Control: Stay Active for Your Health

The American Diabetes Association recommends accumulating 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days and doing resistance activities (pushing, pulling, lifting) three times a week.

Exercise:
• Lowers blood glucose levels.
• Helps your body use insulin better.
• Decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats) and increases HDL (good) cholesterol.
• Decreases blood pressure.
• Fosters weight loss and maintenance.
• Increases strength, endurance, and flexibility.
• Increases energy and feelings of well-being.

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Green Tea Found to Be Powerful “Bad” Cholesterol Fighter

September 10, 2011 at 3:32 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Ran across this article in several publications about my favorite healthy drink, Green Tea.

Green Tea Found to Be Powerful “Bad” Cholesterol Fighter

Is your cholesterol level high? Did you doctor tell you that the lipid panel is abnormal?  If so, meet your new best friend: Green tea. Researchers analyzed data from 14 research papers published between 1967 and 2010 and concluded that cumulatively, drinking

The green tea cultivation in Boseong, South Korea.

green tea or taking green tea supplements significantly decreased levels of total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein or “bad”) cholesterol in participants. This effect seems to hold true no matter what how much green tea consumed, for how long, or the health status of the individual. HDL (high-density lipoprotein  or “good”) cholesterol level, however, was not affected by green tea consumption.

If you have too much LDL cholesterol circulating in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of arteries and form hard plaques in your blood vessels; this puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease. HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, carries cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver where it’s packaged to be eliminated from the body. Reducing your blood lipids by 1 percent lowers chances of having a heart attack by 3 percent.

Traditionally, green tea is not fermented, which means it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and flavonoid-like polyphenol compounds including catechins. Catechins are found mostly in teas derived from the tea-plant, but fermenting the tea (such as black tea) reduces the level of these compounds.

Top five reasons to include green tea in your diet:

1. May help you curb fat and salt cravings and be useful if you are trying to lose weight.
2. Reduce  risk of gum disease.
3. Helps your skin stay younger by improving skin elasticity and fighting wrinkles.
4. May help you lose weight by replacing high-calorie beverages like sodas and juices.
5. Green tea’s mild caffeine boost can help you up your stamina during a workout.

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