By: Scott M. King
Recently, while trying to keep track of the kids and the shopping list at a big department store, yours truly had a low blood sugar. I immediately sat down, and my meter confirmed a reading of 52 mg/dl. Fortunately, I was carrying glucose tablets and everything was okay.
Low blood sugars and being responsible for young children in public can be extra stressful. In retrospect, I should have tested my BGs before going into the store. On this occasion, however, I had the luxury of asking my wife Nadia to take over, and I went to the snack bar.
Hypoglycemic Spousal Abuse
Having diabetes means having to take care of your own needs first. It’s easy for me to become grumpy with my family as I struggle to take care of those needs. My civility can go right out the window.
In this issue, pharmacist Paul Schickling offers insights from his own experience on how to avoid an even scarier kind of hypoglycemia. The kind where you fight off people, even loved ones, who are trying to help you. Schickling calls it “Hypoglycemic Spousal Abuse,” and his story is on page 21.
Annual Research Issue
Our job is to always bring you the latest research, along with the opinions of leaders in our community. This month, we have summarized dozens of research topics from all over the world, starting on page 11.
Fats and Diabetes
To a person with diabetes, eating is a lot more than a culinary pleasure. An important dietary issue deals with the kind of fats we eat. On page 27, we unravel fats in the diabetic diet in an article discussing the dangers of eating hydrogenated oil. Unfortunately, almost every snack food, like peanut butter, margarine or graham crackers, is laden with hydrogenated oil.
On page 28, guest columnist Thomas Smith writes about uncovering the cause of his own type 2 diabetes. Smith tamed his blood sugars (360 mg/dl) by cutting out hydrogenated oil, and adding fish and flax seed oil to his diet. He also increased his exercise and fiber, and now his morning blood sugars range in the 80s.
Also, on page 29, “Leave it to Beaver” star Jerry Mathers discusses how he controlled his weight and type 2 diabetes with the Jenny Craig diet.
What is the Diabetic Diet?
Because every food affects our blood sugar, our food is also our medicine. Much work has been published about the effects of diet on diabetes, but I still hear the question, “What should I eat?” The answer depends on several things, and might be different for different people.
We’ve previously published information on several diet approaches, including the low carbohydrate diet. Many readers have told us that they brought their diabetes under control by limiting or eliminating sugars and starches, like bread and fruit.
I’m excited to bring you a look at the other side. On page 30, Karen Chalmers, MS, RD, CDE, tells us that the diabetic diet is a myth and, in fact, we can eat sugar. According to Chalmers, we can eat anything we want, but we need to understand proper nutrition. Understanding proper nutrition goes beyond just diet education. It also goes into the psychology of eating. Besides knowing how to count carbohydrates and fats, we need to know how and why we eat. Chalmers claims it is not healthy to eat with guilt.
Don’t forget that you can order a free issue of DIABETES HEALTH for a friend by sending in the bind-in card on page 11. You can also call our subscription house at 800-488-8468, and request a sample issue over the phone.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!