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Diabetes Management

Diabetes Management - Pre Diabetes DietAs obesity rates in the U.S. continue to increase, type 2 diabetes has become a large and growing problem. It has reached such levels that a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that two in five Americans will develop diabetes at some point in their adult lives.

Also, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 90 million Americans are estimated to have pre diabetes. Well over half of these people are over 65 years of age. And at last count only 11 percent of people with pre diabetes know they have it. This last stat is of particular concern because the ideal time to take action to prevent or delay pre diabetes progressing to type 2 diabetes is early.

With diabetes impacting the lives of so many people, the SPLENDA LIVING™ Blog is trying to help our readers by providing information to help explain the disease, teach you how to lower your risk of developing it, and provide tips on how to manage a diabetes meal plan.

Start with a few key actions to change your eating habits. For example, take steps to reduce the amount of added sugars you eat and drink. A helpful resource to develop a diabetes meal plan and plan a pre diabetes diet is the diabetes-friendly recipes on Splenda.com. Plus, read through the blogs in this Diabetes Management section of SplendaLiving.com for additional tips, support and guidance.

Check out our latest posts below!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 1:15pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

Do you still have a can opener in your kitchen? It may soon become obsolete as more cans are being designed with pull-tops or replaced by microwavable tubs and pouches. I’m sure most of us will have no difficulty getting used to life without ever cranking a can opener again. Now imagine being told you have diabetes and must reduce the carbohydrate and added sugar in your diet. Not being able to dip into the sugar bowl as often as you want may be harder to accept, especially if you’re like me and enjoy a little something sweet every day.

Fortunately, there are ways to satisfy a sweet tooth while still following a healthy diet for diabetes.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 8:41am  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

In previous blogs here on SPLENDA LIVING®, we have discussed how to incorporate SPLENDA® Sweetener Products in a variety of recipes. Many of the recipes found at Splenda.com also are considered “Diabetes-Friendly” using a badge that identifies them as such. The SPLENDA® Brand defines “Diabetes-Friendly” as containing less than 35 percent of total calories from fat, less than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat, and no more than 45 grams of carbohydrate per serving.

If you would like to try some of the most popular and highly-rated “Diabetes-Friendly” recipes from SPLENDA.com, the stats have been checked and here are four among the top-rated! Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 1:36pm  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor

Limiting the type and amount of sweets and desserts consumed is important for anyone who wants to live a healthy lifestyle. Readily available nutrition information makes it easier to know what we are eating, and the availability of no calorie sweeteners can help satisfy the sweet tooth, without so many empty calories from sugar.

Let’s take cake for example. I love cake… one of my favorite desserts. Who doesn’t? With a few simple modifications in traditional recipes, you can have your cake and eat it too (although please be sure to still watch your portion size, since all cakes will have a reasonable amount of calories from other ingredients besides sugar)! If you love cake, you will want to check out some enticing cake recipes that are considered “diabetes friendly.”

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:24am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

If you or a loved one has diabetes you may think that the count of the grams of sugars on the label deserves priority attention. That’s not true because the grams of sugars are accounted for within the grams of total carbohydrate. Stay focused on the Total Carbohydrate count if you’re counting carbohydrate grams for meal planning.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8:17am  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

People who have diabetes do not have different nutritional needs than those who do not have the disease. There also is no one diabetes diet or diabetic diet meal plan they must follow. Instead, what individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes do have is a greater motivation to eat well to manage their illness. And when they do that they are also lowering their risk factors for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for all Americans.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 1:54pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

For people with diabetes a key food-related question over time has been “to snack or not to snack?" Diets for diabetes and diabetes meal planning are less focused on rules and more focused on encouraging you to find an eating and lifestyle plan that works for you. Some people find they want or need snacks as part of their day-to-day eating plan, to control hunger between meals and to help with weight control. Other people don’t want to be bothered with preparing and toting or foraging for snacks during the day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:54am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

If you or a loved one has diabetes you, or they, have likely been encouraged to follow a “diabetic diet” or perhaps the term “diabetic diet plan” or even “diabetes meal plan” was used. Do you wonder if there’s just one diabetic diet that’s right for everyone with diabetes or prediabetes regardless of a person’s age, height, weight, physical activity level, eating habits, food preferences and so on? Great question!

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 12:51pm  |  POSTED BY: Robyn Flipse

We have learned much more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of diabetes in the past 200 years, but its connection to sugar remains strong. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, I’d like to share the results of some new research on the role of sugar and artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes) in diabetes, to bring you up to date.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:45pm  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

If you’ve been told you have prediabetes or have a sneaking suspicion you do, take action to prevent or delay the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Large studies conducted around the globe and in the U.S show that if you can detect prediabetes early and then lose and keep off some weight, you can possibly slow down its progression. But first, gain some knowledge.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 11:00am  |  POSTED BY: Hope Warshaw

Good question! First, you likely want to make sure sugar substitutes are safe to use. Second, you want to know how sugar substitutes and foods they’re in may affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels. Let’s get right to the answers.  

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