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Oct 18, 2009 11:43 AM

Good diabetic blogs, books or magazines?

Can anybody recommend some good food sources for diabetic recipes? Blogs, books or magazines?

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  1. There's a magazine comes into the medical office where I work... Diabetic Living. It's not strictly for recipes but they're a part of it. I believe they've got a website as well.

    1. Diabetic Living is good, especially when first diagnosed. And the American Diabetes Association has a terrific website.

      1. Diabetes Daily isn't bad. There was a really good usenet group, but it got taken over by these idiots who kept posting religious messages and/or commercial spam so that the signal to noise ratio got worse and worse, and I finally stopped visiting.

        And, KristieB's recommendation notwithstanding, I've found that both the American and Canadian Diabetes Associations (I live in the Great White North, eh?) are VERY reluctant to embrace new ideas. For example, when the low glycemic index (GI) and/or low carb diets were introduced to help diabetics, both organizations maintained that there was nothing to them, even though there was a lot of evidence that those diets helped lower blood sugars.

        I've been diabetic for 15 years, and when I changed to a low carb diet (actually, what I call "No white food" - no rice, no pasta, no potatoes, no white bread, etc.), I found it much easier to keep my sugar under control. The ADA and CDA were absolutely no help at that time.

        The good thing about blogs is you get a lot of feedback from different people who have or are trying different things. I recently changed from pills to insulin, and found that while my morning sugar was acceptable, the spikes after meals were really high. (Up to 20 mmol/l; multiply by 18 to get the American figure of 360 mg/l) After doing a lot of internet searches, reading both blogs for personal experiences, and medical sites for information from qualified researchers, I decided to slowly add my metformin pills back into my regime. I was pleasantly surprised to find my after-meal spikes had disappeared, and my readings before meals were in the high 5/low 6 range (90-110). I'm going to discuss this with my diabetes team when we meet at the end of the week, but it seems to work for me.

        That's my final bit of advice - everyone seems to react differently to the various medications, so ensure you have a good dialogue with your physician and diabetes team, and read as much as you can about this disease. There's a lot of attention being paid to it right now, and new ideas are surfacing all the time. Good luck!

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        1. re: FrankD

          Wow FrankD, I had no idea that the American and Canadian Diabetes Associations were so hidebound. I guess I was very fortunate to be diagnosed by the doctors and have the support staff I did. Chalk one up to military health care for being progressive and open to new ideas!! Down in the Norfolk, VA area they send all newly diagnosed diabetics to classes one day a week for about 8 weeks to deal with all sorts of different aspects of living with diabetes. The dieticians taught me how to count carbs, what were better choices to maintain even levels and portion control. And that exercise should be viewed like a medication and the most important one.

          And having doctors who listen to you and trust that you are being truthful with them is very important. My doctors talked about switching me off of Amaryl onto something newer, but I asked not to because I responded so well to the initial treatment with no side effects and have maintained excellent control after 5 years.

          Thanks for the candid rebuttal to my original post, I take all information as a good thing.

          1. re: KristieB

            HI KristieB,

            I met with my new diabetes team today, and I was very pleased to find that the CDA (at least) now understands the importance of carb counting. They are not as extreme as some (I know Richard Bernstein recommends no more than 30 g of carbs PER DAY; I have trouble staying under that PER MEAL!), but my dietician recommended a 43/25/32 carb/fat/protein split, with an additional emphasis on keeping saturated fats low. She was very willing to listen, and agreed with me that sometimes the associations are a little slow to change, but she herself tries to keep up with the cutting edge. What a find!

            To the OP, David Mendoza's blog has lots of low-carb recipes and active blogs as well. "", while not specifically geared to diabetics, has lots of good advice on low carb diets. And I totally agree with you, Kristie, that exercise is important. As winter approaches here in the GWN, I have to put my bike away, so I'm trying to find activities I can fit into my day to replace that cycling!

            1. re: FrankD

              Frank that is marvelous! And I forgot to ask before are you a medicated diabetic or going it with dietary intake and exercise alone? And if you go by intake alone how do you deal with spikes when you have a fever or an infection? I have been battling the flu and my sugars were 230+/- without eating anything and taking my meds. Then the doctor decided I had to go on prednisone for the lungs and I knew that was going to spike it further so he has me titrate my insulin up a tiny bit to cover that. As the flu takes so much out of me at this point exercise is not possible.

              As to indoor exercise I find that we love our Gazelle here in our household. Or being in the GWN you could trade your bike tires in for cross country skis and utilize all that beautiful and abundant snow. It is a terrific sport if you have access to stretches of trails or wide open fields. Or iceskating.