Type 2 Diabetes – How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes

High blood sugar levels can have a debilitating effect on many parts of the body, with one of the most prolific areas being the eyes. Keeping blood sugar levels in check will prevent both temporary and permanent damage to a diabetic’s vision.

While elevated blood sugar can damage kidneys, heart, and other organs, the eyes are one of the first areas where symptoms will surface. Blurred vision is often an early sign of Type 2 diabetes and, when left untreated, can escalate into more serious conditions.

Diabetes remains one of the most common causes of vision loss:

It specifically attacks the retina by developing small aneurysms and leaking blood. As new blood vessels develop, they are weaker and will themselves, begin to leak. If this blood is allowed to continue to leak it will damage the retina, eventually causing blindness.

One problem with this condition is it often occurs without the person’s vision becoming impaired. They may be unaware something is wrong. This is due to the hemorrhaging occurring in areas where vision is not affected. But the damage will still continue to build until a major episode surfaces. By then, the extent of the damage may be too much to recover from.

High blood sugar can also cause the lens of the eye to become swollen, which can affect eyesight. Once this symptom occurs, blood sugar levels may have to be within normal range for quite some time for the effects to be reversed.

Cataracts, another common eye complication, occurs when high blood sugar causes the lens of the eye to become clouded. Diabetics are much more prone to cataracts than those without diabetes. Surgery is usually necessary to correct this condition.

Glaucoma is another condition generated by a buildup of pressure inside the eye. Over time, the increased pressure damages nerves and blood vessels and can not only change your ability to see clearly, but can also escalate to:

  • headaches,
  • blurred vision,
  • the appearance of shields around bright lights, and eventually,
  • total blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where damage occurs to the small blood vessels. Your likelihood of contracting retinopathy is directly related to the length of time that you have Type 2 diabetes. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop this condition.

As your blood sugar fluctuates over time, it can cause vision problems to occur and then disappear.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, it’s crucial you see an ophthalmologist or optometrist at least annually. The examination will need to include glaucoma screening and a careful examination of your retina.

Your eyes are delicate cameras that capture the world around you; they transmit details to your brain for you to perceive and remember. Your eyes are as fragile as a camera… several parts of the eye are susceptible to damage. Whilst this is true for anyone, it is especially true for people with diabetes. Protecting your eyes means keeping your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

Skin Problems Associated With Diabetes

We are all accustomed to talking about how diabetes, be it Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, affects the inside of our body. But what about the outside? Believe it or not, diabetes can result in a wide array of conditions that affect the skin. High blood sugar levels, combined with poor circulation, puts the skin on your whole body at risk for infections. These infections range from yeast to open wound-related infections.

Statistics show one in every three diabetics will have some sort of skin condition as a direct result of their disease. Often, they will have more than one. The good news is not only can these conditions be successfully treated, but many can even be prevented with a little maintenance and preventive measures.

Skin conditions can manifest in a number of ways. Some may be a result of fungal or bacterial infections while others may be a result of a condition under the skin that transforms the outer layer above it. There are even those that show up as a result of an allergic reaction. Since diabetics are at such an increased risk of developing skin infections it is wise to know what to look for so treatment can begin as quickly as possible.

The fact a condition has surfaced can usually be tied to a condition under the skin. Many times an individual can look back and see something that would have served as a warning sign there was a problem. The skin condition is the actual final stage of the condition that was left untreated. The range of these conditions can be painless to something that will virtually control your life due to its severity and level of discomfort.

Skin conditions can appear in virtually any place on the body. Yeast for example can develop in the mouth, under the arms, or anyplace where there are warm, fatty folds. And all skin, whether on the feet or elsewhere, can become dry and cracked.

While some skin problems are a direct response to an underlying condition, some are actually a surface response to tissue damage. Your doctor can offer the best advice on what you are dealing with.

Preventing complications: Fortunately, many of these conditions can be wiped out simply by getting your blood sugar levels in order. The goal is to achieve blood sugar levels that are as normal as possible as often as possible. In fact, often the severity of a condition will be a direct reflection of just how far out of balance your diabetes is.

It really means controlling your diabetes to the point where you avoid feeling any symptoms of high blood sugar, such as:

  • frequent urination,
  • thirst, or
  • fatigue,

without doing very much, if any, self-testing.

Some of the more complicated skin problems will have to be addressed with the help of medications. Others will require the help of topical creams, ointments or lotions applied for certain periods of time.

Maintaining blood sugar levels as near to normal as possible, will help prevent any complications associated with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Dealing With Anemia From Kidney Disease

If you think the kidneys have little to do with the composition of your blood, think again. There are reasons why anemia (a lack of sufficient red blood cells) is a problem that plagues kidney disease patients. It isn’t just that kidneys filter wastes from the blood and flush them from the body. The fact is that the kidneys themselves are partly responsible for the blood’s very composition.

Kidneys play an active role in maintaining the body, and one way is to produce a hormone called erythropoietin, or EPO. This hormone signals your body to create more red blood cells. But of course, when the kidneys become compromised, they are less able to make the hormone. And virtually inevitably, those with kidney disease will develop anemia as a result.

How severe the anemia will be, and how early it becomes noticeable, depends on several other factors:

  • whether the person is female;
  • whether the person is of African descent;
  • whether they have diabetes;
  • which of the five stages of kidney disease they are currently in.

As soon as someone shows slight signs of kidney problems, it’s a good idea to have blood tests as well, to find out if there’s already an issue with anemia. In fact, regular blood tests are a good idea anyway, because sometimes anemia is someone’s first sign that they even have kidney disease in the first place. But whether the kidney problems were diagnosed first, or the anemia, this problem can’t just be left untreated. A lower supply of red blood cells makes the heart work harder, and this can lead to heart disease. And that’s the last thing someone needs when they’re already dealing with kidney disease.

Treatment for anemia needs to happen in conjunction with treatments for the kidney disease. Usually the doctor will prescribe drugs called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, or ESAs. These injections made under the skin help the body create more red blood cells. And since iron is also needed for making the cells, the patient will need iron pills, and might also want to eat more iron-rich foods.

Nobody should have to fight through the lethargy and weakness of anemia while engaged in a primary fight against kidney disease. And nobody should add heart disease to that battle either, by ignoring the anemia. These three conditions are closely intertwined, so if the anemia can be dealt with, it can only help both the heart and the kidneys as well.

Stop Sugar Addiction That Fuels Inflammation & Heart Disease

Inflammation causes heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Controlling inflammation (not cholesterol levels) is critical if we are to reduce and even cure heart disease and those diseases of aging. As sugar ignites inflammation, it incites heart disease.

Investigators have been pleading with the medical community to pay more attention to helping patients manage inflammation. We now know that inflammation may be initiated by our own immune system in response to inciting events and sugar, more specifically fructose plays a critical role in the process.

High Fructose Corn Syrup And Sugar Addiction

Sucrose, with the chemical formula C12H22O11, is an equal combination of fructose, C6H12O6, and glucose. C6H12O6, is the most common of the sugars involved in this inflammatory process.

There has been a rapid increase in the use of fructose syrup from corn in food manufacturing. This high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is significantly sweeter than sucrose, a much cheaper process for manufacturers but significantly more toxic to our liver, and cardiovascular system.

The inflammatory process that mediates heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity is a result of rapidly rising blood sugar that results in toxic biochemical changes caused primarily by fructose in the cell.

Avoiding sugar and high-glycemic (simple) carbohydrates which the body will rapidly convert to sugar is a primary focus to stop sugar addiction thereby reducing inflammation. A marker of inflammation, C-reactive protein (CPR), plays a major role in heart disease.

Elevated CRP – Another Reason To Get Sugar Under Control

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine identified people with elevated CRP levels had four fold increases in having a heart attack.

Not only is elevated CRP more accurate than cholesterol in predicting heart attack risk, but high CRP levels have turned up in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes and in people who are overweight.

The CRP molecule is not found in foods. However, its levels in the body are strongly influenced by diet more specifically the increased amount of sucrose and fructose, not fat.

A recent Harvard Medical School study revealed that women who ate large amounts of high-glycemic (or diabetes promoting) carbohydrates which included potatoes, breakfast cereals, white breads, muffins, and white rice, had very high CRP levels.

If a woman ate those high-glycemic carbohydrates and was overweight, she had the highest and most dangerous CRP levels. So the link of elevated CRP, heart disease and sugar consumption becomes clearer.

Following high carbohydrate consumption, our body makes CRP from interleukin-6 (IL-6), a powerful inflammatory chemical. IL-6 is a key cell communication molecule. It activates our immune system to release CRP and many other inflammation-causing substances.

Sugar Addiction – Inflammation & Weight

Being overweight increases inflammation because adipose cells (particularly visceral fat cells around our abdominal organs) makes large amounts of cytokines and CRP. These cytokines cause elevated sugar levels because of insulin resistance. That results in more abdominal fat and increasing IL-6 and CRP levels.

This rapidly deteriorating cycle worsens by increasing obesity and higher blood sugar levels even more; in turn that increases the risk of heart disease induced by the burning embers of inflammation. It’s a vicious cycle.

The pancreas responds to excess glucose in the blood stream by pumping out large amounts of insulin. Then the body develops a resistance to persistent elevated insulin levels. Excess blood sugar results in glycosylation. This is the process when sugar can attach itself to collagen inside of blood vessels, organs, and muscles.

This material has the consistency of the outer coating of the dessert Crème Brulee and results in stiff blood vessels with inflammation and blockage, organ deterioration, and systemic inflammation.

High insulin levels and persistent elevated sugar levels results in our body creating long chain fatty acids that are stored inside the belly as visceral fat. Fortunately, when we are young, this process is blocked by progesterone. As both men and women age, progesterone falls to immeasurable levels in our forties and the belly fat battle begins.

The best way to stop sugar addiction and cravings is to control blood sugar and insulin by staying away from simple carbohydrates and eating more protein. That sounds so much easier than it is especially when sweets have the addictive qualities of crack cocaine and opium.

Of all the substances we consume that are damaging, sugar is the most harmful as it ignites inflammation and inflammation causes heart disease. We can see the result of excessive sugar in diabetes, obesity and cancer as well. Having seen the ravages of damaged hearts for 15 years as a heart surgeon, my goal today is helping patients prevent disease.

Symptoms of Disease Are Like Sand in the Hand – Fleeting And Inconsistent

Symptoms of disease are highly changeable, if not unpredictable. The causes of disease remain obscure to most medical practitioners and their patients. A stomach catarrh, or inflammation of the mucous membrane, for example, may initially show up as an irritation and then become an ulcer. Next it may be perceived as a hardening of tissue and, eventually, be diagnosed as cancer. The course and intensification of pathological symptoms (signs of disease) may vary from person to person, and relatively few people develop the cancer stage. However, the previous stages can be equally life threatening. As a matter of fact, many more people die from acute digestive problems than from cancer and coronary heart disease.

A stomach catarrh may be accompanied by various kinds of complaints, including stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, gastritis, and cramping of the stomach. In truth, two people suffering from gastritis never have exactly the same symptoms. One of them may be a very nervous person and his symptoms of gastritis may include headaches and insomnia. The other may suffer an epileptic attack. As the stages of the disease become more pronounced, some, but not all afflicted patients, develop anemia as a result of ulceration and putrefaction of cell proteins. A number of people form hemorrhoids when stomach ulcers begin to occur. Others suffer from stomach congestion, where the food is practically stuck and vomited every second or third day.

Modern medicine views each set of symptoms as different types of disease, each of which requires a separate approach or treatment by a specialist. This makes medical diagnosis and treatment so complex that even doctors are confused as to what measures to take to help their patients. Each new variation of disease produces different symptoms in different people, and the specialists are unable to identify the common cause of the various complaints. Since doctors aren’t trained to search for the cause of the complaints, they tend to treat the various symptoms as if they were separate diseases. To them, the initial stomach pain seems to have no connection with the inflammation of the catarrh; the thickening of the stomach lining is dissimilar to a stomach ulcer; an ulcer is certainly not a malignant tumor; and the tumor just appears out of the blue.

A physician may be able to stop initial pain in the stomach with an antacid or a painkiller, and when the catarrh occurs, he may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs. As the growing ulcer becomes unbearable, a surgeon may decide to cut it out. When the cancer appears, an oncologist may prescribe chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical removal of the tumor and parts of the stomach. Yet none of these symptoms are diseases in themselves; all of them are caused by something else, and without dealing with that something else, the disease will continue to appear in other, seemingly unrelated forms and variations. Symptoms are like sand in the hand. They are fleeting and inconsistent. Only those trained to connect symptoms with their causes can reveal the true nature of disease. Clearly then, it is not in the best interest of the patient merely to receive treatment for the symptoms of his chronic ailments. Addressing the underlying cause is crucial for genuine healing to occur.

Searching for the Cause

Not many people try to find out why their stomach becomes irritated or in what ways they may have contributed to their own illnesses. Instead, they feel they are doing all they can to become well by simply treating the symptoms of their illness as they manifest one by one. Unfortunately, even by removing the final stage of the symptom of disease, which in the above case is a cancerous tumor, the physician has done nothing to address the cause of the very first symptom of disease, stomach pain. Eating irritating foods and bottled salad dressings or having too much refined salt or hot chili may have caused the pain. Others causes may include feeling emotionally upset, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, regular intake of coffee, soft drinks, or artificial sweeteners, overeating, liver congestion, or not drinking enough water.

The latter is probably the most common, yet the least known cause of stomach problems and many other illnesses. I am using the example of stomach disorders to describe the basic mechanisms leading to disease. Most stomach pains are signals of advanced dehydration of the mucus lining. Consisting of 98 percent water and 2 percent water-holding scaffolding, the mucus layer serves as a natural buffer of protection against stomach acids. The cells below the mucus layer secrete sodium bicarbonate, which is kept there to neutralize any of the hydrochloric acid that may pass through the mucus lining. The resulting chemical reaction between the two chemicals produces salt from the sodium bicarbonate and chlorine from the hydrochloric acid. Consumption of foods that require the secretion of large amounts of hydrochloric acid, such as meat, fish, eggs, cheese, and other high protein foods, thus causes high salt production inside the stomach. This alters considerably the water-holding properties of the scaffolding material of the mucus lining. Regular consumption of such foods in large amounts leads to an intensified acid neutralization, and subsequently, to an accumulation of salt deposits in this layer. This causes ‘erosion’ which will allow the acid to reach the stomach wall, and the result is the well-known pain of dyspepsia.

As long as the mucus barrier is properly hydrated through regular water intake, and protein and fat consumption is moderate, any salt deposits are washed away. In addition, sodium bicarbonate is retained, and the hydrochloric acid is neutralized before it even has the chance to penetrate the mucus layer. Thus, there can be no better acid barrier to the stomach wall than water. Yet the stomach pain, which in most cases is rather a thirst pain, is usually combated with antacids and other medications. These drugs, however, do not offer efficient protection against the natural action of the hydrochloric acid. Most people with stomach ulcers and severe abdominal or dyspeptic pain, experience almost instant and total relief of their discomfort after drinking 1-2 glasses of water. Caffeine-containing beverages such as most soft drinks, tea or coffee, on the other hand, have a diuretic effect, and draw water from the protective stomach lining. One cup of coffee or an alcoholic drink can easily bring on a painful attack.

The stomach pain is the first signal to tell a person that something is off balance with regard to his eating habits or the hydrating of his body. The suppression of this pain through drugs usually prevents the patient from finding out what is causing it. Thus, the ignorance about the mechanism of water metabolism – mistaking the thirst pain for a disease, which is a gross misdiagnosis – can be held responsible for the suppression of the initial symptoms of discomfort that could eventually end up as cancer. Most cancers are the result of repeatedly suppressing mild symptoms of illness such as a cold, pain, infection, or headache and treating them as if they were real diseases.

The purely clinical approach to treatment focuses on the progressive stages of pathological symptoms and keeps producing new findings that promise a cure for each of these problems.

The saying that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing certainly applies to the symptom-oriented approach of conventional medicine.

Lessen Blood Glucose Levels With Structured Exercises

As documented in current research by a group made up of Brazilian scientists, blood glucose levels could be improved upon in those with diabetes type two when they implement a structured exercise routine which incorporates both strength training together with cardiovascular exercise.

This data was founded on the conclusions from forty-seven various scientific studies. The study workers likewise deduced that if you happen to perform exercise for a longer period, it’s a lot more useful in reducing blood glucose levels in comparison with rigorous training.

Experts have long recognized that men and women who have diabetes type two can lessen the potential risk of really serious further health concerns, and even greatly improve their condition, thanks to exercising. And yet, until recently, numerous tests presented unclear results in regards to what kind of exercising turned out to be more helpful.

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As noted by medical professional Beatriz Schaan (the research program’s senior author) individuals who possess type two diabetes would most likely benefit from performing a regular fitness program, supervised if possible.

Based on the scientific study, affected individuals would be wise to work out at least 2.5 hours each week due to the fact this offers the maximum gain in lessening glucose levels. On the other hand, if you aren’t able to participate in that level of training every week, even a reduced level could be beneficial.

These specific medical studies were made up of around 8,500 individuals that volunteered. In order to define the usefulness of exercising, the research implemented a way of measuring called hemoglobin A1c. This unique way of measuring is usually described as A1c and assesses blood glucose levels over time.

With regards to this particular investigation, it analyzed average glucose levels across a two to three-month period of time. These types of test results are reported as a percent, and ordinarily levels lower than 6% are considered to be normal. Values are normally more than this for people who suffer from diabetes. The ADA (American Diabetes Association) advocates people with diabetes endeavor to bring down their A1c level to below 7%.

The actual investigation used two groupings of type two diabetes patients, then analyzed the final results for people that participated in an organized workout program to those people that had been advised to work out but without having support. Those engaged in structured exercising took part in custom activities and all of these were being administered. The next bunch was basically just informed that they were required to engage in physical activity together with being advised exactly what they had to do, but had not been supervised or just partly supervised.

The men and women who took part in the organized physical fitness class, which integrated weight training in addition to aerobic exercise, was capable of reducing his or her A1c level by .67% over the actual control individuals. Furthermore, people within the structured physical exercise group which exercised even more than 2.5 hours throughout the week, demonstrated an average decline in A1c of .89% above the control volunteers.

On the flip side, those people within the non-structured physical exercise group averaged a drop of.43% in A1c compared to the control volunteers. In cases where both training advice and diet information were supplied to the non-structured volunteers, these individuals reduced their particular A1c by.58% greater than the control people.

In summary virtually any sort of working out will help lessen glucose levels since it boosts insulin sensitivity. And yet, to bring down glucose levels even further, you need to implement regimented cardiovascular exercise as well as a strength training exercise routine for not less than 2.5 hours a week.

Heart Disease Prevention

By the time you finish reading this, you will feel totally motivated to take care of your heart health by working on ways to lower bad cholesterol. In fact, if you have one ounce of competitive spirit, you should look at this as a race to lower bad cholesterol in order to insure a healthy life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of death is cardio vascular or heart disease. With statistics in the United States showing a surge in obesity, and poor nutrition, it’s no wonder that there are sixty plus million people at risk with high cholesterol.

Bad cholesterol, referred to as LDL or low density lipoprotein is now considered the leading cause of heart disease. Here is why; excess LDL causes severe blockage of the cardio vascular system. LDL is created by foods that are high in saturated fat. This fat buildup forms a plaque that constricts blood flow to the heart.

Un abated, this blockage will eventually cause stroke or heart attack. Depending on your overall health, you may not survive a first heart attack. Because of these statistics, everyone should consider this a race to better health!

What can I do to affect my cholesterol?

If you are looking for natural ways to lower bad cholesterol fast, start by looking at the package of every processed food product you buy. Total cholesterol and saturated fat are the two main items you must look for.

My wife and I were in the store looking for dinner ideas recently, and I suggested that we hadn’t had battered fish fillets in some time. I’ve been eating them for years and happened to look at the back of the box to find the twenty- eight percent saturated fat figures staring me in the face.

Needless to say, I chucked them back in the frozen foods refer as fast as I could! The take away here is that in order to lower bad cholesterol, you must be very vigilant in looking at the labeling on every item you buy. My wife and I crossed over to the fresh fish section and bought some fresh salmon for the grill instead of the battered junk filled with LDL.

In order to lower bad cholesterol, you should include fresh fish in your diet. Here is the reason why. Fish in particular is full of Omega 3 fatty acids. Fatty acids in Omega 3 are the type of fats that you need to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol levels quickly.

If you are not a big fish eater, Omega 3 can be found in other foods such as green vegetables, oat bran, lean meats, and fruit. Cutting back on the red meat is helpful in the effort to lower bad cholesterol, while not entirely giving up the taste of the occasional steak!

Omega 3 fatty acids are especially plentiful in cold water fish. The best source of fatty acids is DHA and EPA found in fish. A simple but powerful way to lower bad cholesterol is to include a fish oil dietary supplement into your daily routine. By taking a fish oil dietary supplement in the form of a soft gel, you will achieve the same goal as eating a fish based meal several times a week.

The best part of a fish oil dietary supplement, is that you will get loads of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid in an all natural fish oil dietary supplement without even sensing the taste of sea food.

In addition to foods rich in Omega 3, exercise even on a moderate level should be included in a daily regimen to help you lower bad cholesterol. Thirty minutes of simple walking will do your heart a big favor according to the American Heart Association.

This elevation of the heart rate for a good twenty to thirty minutes five times a week, will burn calories and keep your weight in check. This exercise will promote more oxygen and nutrients to the blood that leads to the heart. Best part, it’s all natural!

Conclusion

Now that you know the facts, let’s take action starting right now. Moderate exercise in the form of walking for thirty minutes mixed with checking to make sure you buy foods with less saturated fat and more foods with rich Omega 3 and you will prevail in the very important race to lower your bad cholesterol levels quickly!

What Is Gluten and What Is Gluten Intolerance?

Before you can understand gluten intolerance, you need to understand gluten itself. Gluten is neither a grain nor a protein, despite what many people assume. Until the last 5 to ten years, many people had never heard of gluten, but now an entire industry has arisen around the need for gluten-free foods and many consumers must now scrutinize labels to determine whether a particular food contains gluten.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is actually a composite of several peptides from the prolamin family of proteins. Thus an intolerance to gluten is more complex than an allergy to a single grain or even to a single protein.

You will find gluten peptides in grassy grains such as rye, barley, spelt and wheat. Gluten itself is both high fiber and high protein. Because of this it is often used to increase either the protein or fiber content of many foods, including meat replacement foods. It is also used in sauces, flavor enhancers and as a filler and binder in supplements. Thus avoiding gluten means much more than just avoiding baked goods.

However, the most common sources of gluten are common western foods such as baked goods like bread, bagels, muffins and cakes as well as in most common pastas. Gluten’s dense yet flexible nature makes it great for enhancing the texture and density of foods. That chewy texture in most baked goods derives from their gluten content.

What Is Gluten Intolerance?

A significant number of people who consume gluten experience either a histamine response (an allergy) or an autoimmune response (an intolerance). It has recently been estimated that nearly one in ten individuals in the United States experience some degree of a sensitivity to gluten.

The most severe form of gluten intolerance is celiac disease. Currently, researchers believe that one in 133 people in the United States suffer from celiac disease. Unfortunately, many people may not yet realize that they are suffering from celiac disease.

When someone suffers from gluten intolerance, antibodies attack the lining of his or her small intestine, causing inflammation and slowly killing off the microvilli along the intestinal wall. This makes it so that toxins can more easily enter the bloodstream through the intestinal wall and makes it more difficult for the individual to properly digest their food to obtain vital nutrients.

What Are Gluten Intolerance Symptoms?

The most common gluten intolerance symptoms are gastrointestinal in nature. These symptoms include flatulence, cramping, bloating and alternating cases of diarrhea and constipation. However, the malnutrition that results from wearing down the microvilli and inflaming the small intestine’s lining may create a range of symptoms related to malnutrition that can be difficult to enumerate. This is one reason gluten intolerance is so often misdiagnosed or missed altogether.

You should now better understand what is gluten and what is gluten intolerance. If you believe you may be suffering from any kind of sensitivity to gluten, I encourage you to discuss this matter with your doctor right away. Most gluten intolerant people respond well to a gluten-free diet, but you want to make sure this really is your ailment before you try to remove such a common staple in the American diet.

Best Meal Ideas For People With High Triglycerides

If you are following a high triglycerides diet, you may be looking for some suggestions on what to eat, in addition to some best meal ideas. Though not a cookbook, this article should get you started on the right track with what foods to avoid, what foods to eat and a sample menu.

Triglycerides are a form of fat found both in the body and in food. When you eat, the calories that are not used immediately are converted into triglycerides to be used later to supply energy to your body, making triglycerides necessary for health.

The primary way you can help to lower your triglyceride level is to eat no more calories than you burn. If you are overweight, eat less to lose the excess weight. Any surplus calories will be converted to triglycerides and stored as fat.

Foods containing triglycerides are most of the fats we eat, like butter, margarine and oils. But there are foods that will promote high triglyceride levels and these, along with the fats, should be limited, if consumed at all.

Foods to Limit or Exclude

In addition to reducing the fats in your diet, also limit refined and processed grains, simple sugars and alcohol. All of these foods contribute significantly to high triglycerides. Refined and processed grains are in any food that contains white flour or any grain that is bleached or enriched. These include items such as white bread, bagels, crackers, and pastas.

Simple sugars are in foods that contain any of the following:

  • Sucrose
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Corn syrup
  • Maltose
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • High-fructose corn syrup

Unfortunately, even natural sugars, if eaten in excess, may raise your triglyceride level. A good guideline to follow is to limit your daily sugar intake to less than 8% of your total calories each day.

Alcohol such as beer, wine, spirits, mixed drinks, and wine coolers will increase the triglyceride levels. Men should not exceed 2 drinks per day, and women should limit to their intake to one drink per day. Watch the serving size on these. One serving is 12 ounces of beer, three ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
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Foods to Include

So, what can you eat? If not eaten to an excess, the foods you can eat include lean sources of protein, whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Also, include high-fiber foods to help lower the level of triglycerides.

Foods shown to be very beneficial are foods containing the omega-3 fatty acids. This fatty acid helps to reduce triglyceride levels. Fish contains the highest amount of omega-3 so choose fish such as cod, salmon, mackerel, halibut, tuna and sardines. Other sources of omega 3 are walnuts, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

Fish oil supplements will also provide omega-3 and contain other vitamins like vitamins A, B1, B2, C and D. But, fish supplements should be taken under the guidance of a physician to avoid possible side effects.

Best Meal Ideas

For breakfast eat whole fruit, whole grains and lean protein. A sample meal would be an apple or orange, with oatmeal spiced with cinnamon and a hard-boiled egg.

For a lunch that won’t promote the production of triglycerides, look for fresh salads made with lots of leafy greens and some lean protein such as a chicken breast or beans. More and more restaurants are making this option available. But be sure to stay away from the bread and cracker basket.

Complete your day with a three-course meal consisting of a cup of bean soup, a green salad, grilled salmon and asparagus.

Need some dessert? Try a refreshing fruit sorbet, such as watermelon or strawberries. If you need something warm, baked apples or poached pears may be perfect for you.