Tell me about glucagon and how it relates to weight loss.

I was hoping you could tell me a little about glucagon and how or if it relates to weight loss. I heard in a lecture recently that it works against insulin and helps people to lose weight. Is there any truth to this? Could you just give me a little more information about it and...

A dieter asked my impressions of the Richard Simmon’s Deal-A-Meal program.

I love your website and think you're doing a great service for the dietetics profession. I am also a registered dietitian with a Masters in Health Science. I work at a 600-bed hospital in a major southeastern city. My clinical emphasis for the last four years has been in nutrition support. Here's my question: a...

Why are free vegetables limited portions when cooked?

Why are "free vegetables" limited portions when cooked? When you measure a cooked vegetable, more cooked vegetable (weight) fits in a 1/2 cup compared to the raw version. Serving size and whether a vegetable is counted as free, vegetable or starch exchange is dependent on the number of grams of carbohydrate per serving (around 1/2...

Since insulin turns carbohydrates into fat, is there a medication to take that will slow down insulin production?

Since insulin turns carbohydrates into fat, is there a medication to take that will slow down insulin production? No, and it would not be wise. Your pancreas produces insulin to move glucose into cells where it is metabolized into energy which fuels the body. When your blood glucose returns to a normal range 70 -...

What hints do you have for converting homemade ice cream recipes?

What helpful hints do you have for converting homemade ice cream recipes for use by diabetics? Is it possible to substitute non-dairy creamers plus skim milk for cream? What substitutions can be made for the sugars? What is the use of cornstarch in recipes? I do not have a specific recipe for homemade ice cream for...

After eating breakfast, I become sleepy even though I do not overeat.

I have type 2 diabetes. I have been monitoring my diabetes through a more or less strict diet and daily exercise. My A1c test for the last three years has been within the normal range. Sometimes in the morning after I eat breakfast by an hour or so I become sleepy even though I...

Are supplement drinks and protein shakes good for diabetics?

I am curious as to whether Zeal Supplement drinks and protein shakes are good for diabetics? Why or why not? What is the healthiest diet for a type one diabetic? is a keto diet OK for a Type one diabetic? Thank you in advance for your knowledge. I looked at the nutrition analysis of Zeal on their...

I am a recovering bulimic and am in fear of how my diet affects my life.

I was surfing the net trying to find all the info I could find on hypoglycemia. I am a recovering bulimic. Both my parents are alcoholics. My father is a "rageaholic". I think this stems from a sugar disorder. I am also in recovery for money issues. I am debt free, but I still use...

My husband’s doctor took him off diabetes pills. He is back to his old ways of eating and drinking.

I am so worried about my husband, in January he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His cholesterol was 441 and his triglycerides were 2395 the highest his doctor has ever seen. His glucose was 347. He was put on a diet and pills. Well we followed the diet strictly and seriously in a week...

Which should I follow to eat right – high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and stomach bypass surgery?

I have high blood pressure, diabetics, 1st signs of kidney disease, also have had RNY I am wondering which is the best one to follow by eating right. Follow all as they have a lot in common. I would highly suggest you ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian who can read your...

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