Helpful info for a healthier lifestyle

Should You Follow a Prediabetes Diet Plan?

Pre diabetes Diet Plan

Pre diabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. (Pre diabetes refers to the condition that typically occurs before one develops type 2 diabetes.) The number of people estimated to have pre diabetes is simply staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the estimate at 84 million Americans. That’s one out of three adults at risk for diabetes! Most people don’t know they have pre diabetes because often there are no symptoms, nor have they been tested for it or told they have it.

November is American Diabetes Month®. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends that all adults over 45 years of age be screened for pre diabetes. Other risk factors for pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes include being overweight or obese, having one or more parents or siblings who have or had type 2 diabetes or women who have had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy).

People can develop pre diabetes and have it for several years or more before blood glucose levels rise high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Think of the diagnosis of pre diabetes as a window of opportunity to take action to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with pre diabetes take action today. Don’t delay! According to CDC, 15 to 30 percent of people with pre diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if they don’t take action immediately.

Let’s switch gears to discuss the specific actions to take if you have pre diabetes or diabetes symptoms and, more specifically, to what is a pre diabetes diet plan. 

How Does SPLENDA® Fit into a Diabetes Diet Plan?

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With all the myths and media hype about low-calorie sweeteners that are swirling around, if you are a person with diabetes, I bet you wonder if you’re wise to use them. As a long time dietitian and diabetes educator with extensive expertise in the research and practical use of low-calorie sweeteners, it’s important to me that you have accurate knowledge on this topic.

Here’s the bottom line upfront: YES, people with diabetes can safely use FDA-approved low-calorie sweeteners as part of a diabetes management plan, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Your next logical question is likely: if it’s OK to use SPLENDA® Sweetener Products, how can you fit them into your diabetes diet plan.

Let’s bust a few myths and offer practical pointers to help you make your diabetes diet plan just a bit sweeter. 

Discovering SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener: 100% Natural and No Bitter Aftertaste

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Looking for a stevia sweetener with no bitter aftertaste? Look no further! SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is made from the natural stevia plant using a stevia leaf extract blend. This unique sugar substitute is 100% natural with nothing artificial. Until now you may have only tasted sweeteners with a stevia extract called Reb A, which can have a bitter aftertaste. By using primarily Reb D, a better-tasting extract from the stevia leaf, SPLENDA® provides a perfect blend that tastes great.

SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener is Perfect for Substituting Added Sugars in Recipes

Ever since I tasted SPLENDA® Naturals, I have been able to modify several recipes while adding flavor and reducing calorie intake. To get you started, let me give you a few recipes to try so you can be successful at using this amazing and better alternative sweetener...

Managing Sugar Consumption on Halloween: Treats Can Be Tricky

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I love Halloween. As an “all foods fit” dietitian, a holiday that celebrates all things pumpkin, chocolate and candy is right up my alley. But did you know that Americans consume 3.4 pounds of candy over Halloween weekend?! While I believe in enjoying candy in moderation, it’s also important to be mindful of the amount of candy and added sugar you’re consuming – especially on a holiday where the numbers can really add up.

Here’s how it stacks up:

The average trick-or-treater consumes 3 cups of sugar on Halloween night alone! That’s 48 Tablespoons of sugar and 2,322 calories. For reference, the American Heart Association recommends 6-9 teaspoons of added sugar per day – meaning on Halloween, trick-or-treaters eat about 20 times the daily recommended amount! That’s not even counting the days after Halloween! And these trends are not just limited to those going door to door – nearly three-quarters of U.S. households pass out candy, and a majority choose their favorite candies to pass out. Additionally, 81% of parents also admit to eating their children’s candy.

Here’s what you can do: