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New to this condition and need help!!
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hello - our 9 year old daughter has been diagnosed "pre-diabetic".  We are trying to keep this in check with diet and exercise so that it doesn't progress...  I feel terrible telling her "no
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New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 7/19/2011 11:42 AM CDT
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hello -
our 9 year old daughter has been diagnosed "pre-diabetic".  We are trying to keep this in check with diet and exercise so that it doesn't progress...  I feel terrible telling her "no" to all the snacks she asks for...   and our 12 year boy is growing like a weed and we can't keep enough food in him, so I feel like I am treating her unfairly (although I know it's for her own good!)  Can you give me some ideas of fun snacks for her?  I hate to give her too much fake sugar, as that's not good for a person either....   Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. 

Re: New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 7/19/2011 12:45 PM CDT
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There are a lot of new snack foods out there that she can eat. Veggie Straws are a great alternative to potatoe chips. She can have quite a few, I think 21 straws are 1 serving instead of 7 or 8. There are also baked versions of traditional snack foods - just check the carbs. For diabetics you want to look at low carbs, high fiber. Also, look for sweet foods that have Stevia in them. Stevia is becoming more popular. Its biggest drawback is that people use way too much - it only takes a few grains to sweeten anything otherwise there will be a bitter aftertaste. If there is an aftertaste, use half as much.

It is harder with children because they don't really understand. As a diabetic, you feel fine. Also, don't make the mistake of looking at what she ate and telling her she isn't hungry. One of the insidious sides to diabetes is that you digest food completely within a very short time, sometimes minutes. "Eat until you are full" doesn't work for diabetics.

Another thing you can do is freeze fruit - not fruit juice. Frozen Grapes, peach slices, watermelon, cantalope and so on make a delicious snack and dessert.

Re: New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 7/19/2011 2:31 PM CDT
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Being a diabetic is more about watching carbohydrates than sugar, not that sugar is not important but always remember carbohydrates turn into sugars!  A snack should never be more than 15 g of carbohydrates.  Try things like yogurt with a lower carb count, string cheese and turkey pepperoni, there are low carb wraps that can be filled with lunch meat, veggies and cheese, there are also now sugar free cake mixes and frosting, low carb breads and low sugar jellies. Get creative and look for lower carb items with higher fiber.   Breads like pumpernickel and rye have a much higher glycemic index so when broke down in the body do not cause such high sugar spikes.  Get some books and cookbooks specfically for diabetes and you will learn alot.  Keeping weight down and regular exercise is also very important. 

Re: New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 7/20/2011 10:42 AM CDT
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Hello, I am new here and have been diagnosed as perimenopausal.  Need some help to know how to lose weight during this time.  My hormones seem to be way out of whack and I seem to gain weight no matter how hard I try to lose.  HELP!

Re: New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 7/20/2011 11:50 AM CDT
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In Response to Re: New to this condition and need help!!:
Hello, I am new here and have been diagnosed as perimenopausal.  Need some help to know how to lose weight during this time.  My hormones seem to be way out of whack and I seem to gain weight no matter how hard I try to lose.  HELP!
Posted by off_my_planet2002


The hormonal changes of menopause may make you more likely to gain weight, however hormonal changes alone don't necessarily trigger weight gain. There are typically a variety of factors involved.

For example, menopausal women tend to exercise less which can lead to weight gain. In addition to reduced activity, as we age we tend to lose muscle mass. Muscle actually requires more calories to maintain than fat does. Therefore, if you don't do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, your body composition will shift to more fat and less muscle resulting in a slowdown in your metabolism. If you continue to eat as you always have, you are likely to gain weight.

For many women, genetic factors play a role in weight gain after menopause. If your parents or other close relatives carry extra weight around the abdomen, you will likely to do the same. Sometimes, stress may contribute to weight gain after menopause as well.

There is no magic solution to preventing or reversing weight gain during menopause. I recommend sticking to the basics to weight control. This includes exercising and including plenty of activity to your day, watching your portion sizes, making good food choices and finding support from your friends and family to help you stick to your healthy habits.

For more individual assistance I recommend talking with your local Hy-Vee dietitian.

Alexandra Economy, RD, LD

Winona Hy-Vee Dietitian

New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 1/19/2012 10:34 AM CST
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I found out that I am not diabetic yet but I am insulin resistant and 130 pounds over weight for my body size and frame. I have been "addicted" to regular pop for years. I have been not drinking pop but I am still having really bad headaches from time to time. I would try drinking Diet drinks but I am allergic to all types of artificial sweetners. Including stevia and splenda. Will drinking just regular un-sweetened tea be worse than just straight water? And what other foods would be better for me since I am insulin resistant? I have cut almost all of potatoes out and limiting my bread intake to one serving a day. Any suggestions?

Re: New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 2/24/2012 4:24 PM CST
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In Response to New to this condition and need help!!:
I found out that I am not diabetic yet but I am insulin resistant and 130 pounds over weight for my body size and frame. I have been "addicted" to regular pop for years. I have been not drinking pop but I am still having really bad headaches from time to time. I would try drinking Diet drinks but I am allergic to all types of artificial sweetners. Including stevia and splenda. Will drinking just regular un-sweetened tea be worse than just straight water? And what other foods would be better for me since I am insulin resistant? I have cut almost all of potatoes out and limiting my bread intake to one serving a day. Any suggestions?
Posted by msw1981


Regular unsweetened tea is a great choice to drink throughout the day.  You will get the benefit of plenty of antioxidants along with staying hydrated.  Black and green teas are the best bets. 

To help with the insulin resistance, the most important thing is to be consistent.  That means try not to skip meals and try to eat the same amount of carbohydrate for meals and snacks at regular times throughout the day.  Carbohydrates are found in the potatoes and bread that you mentioned as well as other grains (rice, pasta, crackers and cereal), beans and starchy vegetables like corn and peas, fruit and fruit juice, milk and yogurt, sugar-sweetened drinks, and sweets.  I also recommend trying to include a source of protein at each meal and snack and trying to choose foods that are high in fiber.  Your local Hy-Vee dietitian would be a great resource for helping you set up a specific meal plan and work on a goal for the number of carbohydrate servings that are right for you.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Re: New to this condition and need help!!

posted at 11/12/2012 5:23 AM CST
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