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Friday, October 29th, 2010

THE G.I. FACTOR: ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Friday, May 8th, 2009

I’M CONFASED ABOUT THE G.I. OF RICE. SOME PEOPLE SAY IT HAS A HIGH G.L FACTOR, OTHERS SAY IT IS LOW.

Rices in Australia usually have a high G.L factor because their amylose content is low. On page 34 we described how amylose is a form of starch which is more difficult to digest and results in lower G.L factors. Doongara and Basmati, are high in amylose and have relatively low G.L factors. You can guess at the G.L factor of rice by its appearance after cooking. If it is sticky and individual grains clump together, the rice is likely to have a high G.L factor. On the other hand, if the rice is dry and the grains separate, it is likely to have a relatively low G.L factor. There are many varieties of rice which show intermediate characteristics and therefore have intermediate G.I.s.

A high fat food may have a low G.I. factor. Doesn’t this give a falsely favourable impression of that food for people with diabetes?

Yes it does. The G.L factor of potato crisps or French fries is lower than baked potatoes. The G.L of corn chips is lower than sweet corn. It is important not to base your food choices on the G.L factor alone. It is essential to look at the fat content of foods as well. Low-fat eating is best for everyone, especially people with diabetes.

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LIVING WITH DIABETES: QUESTIONS ABOUT SMOKING AND ALCOHOL

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Are there any special problems for people with diabetes who smoke?

Yes. People with diabetes of course run the same risk as anyone else from the harmful effects of smoking on the lungs and on the heart. In addition, cigarette smoking affects the same small blood vessels that can also be affected by diabetes. Smoking makes the effects of diabetes worse still, may hasten the process of damage to blood vessels to the eye, kidneys and heart.

There have been some research studies that have shown that young people with diabetes who smoke already have more damage to the kidneys than those who don’t.

For all these reasons, I urge people of all ages with diabetes – don’t smoke cigarettes.

What effect does alcohol have on diabetes?

This depends on how much you have. The dangers of excessive alcohol are well known and are the same for people with diabetes as anyone else. People with diabetes can have moderate amounts of alcohol, particularly with meals, without harm.

There are additional special problems for the person who has diabetes and who drinks to excess. Firstly, if he becomes intoxicated and vomits this will certainly upset diabetic control. Secondly, alcohol taken without carbohydrate can lead to hypoglycemia and this can even happen in someone who has not got diabetes. Thirdly, it can be hard to distinguish between someone who has been drinking and who is having a hypo, from someone who is just drunk. Thus the hypo may go unrecognized and untreated. Fourthly, many alcoholic drinks are mixed with soft drinks or have significant sugar content and thus very high blood glucose levels may develop.

Refer to the list of alcoholic drinks, check the carbohydrate value of common alcoholic drinks. If you do drink, do so in moderation and on social occasions, and have proper meals with the alcohol. Count the exchange value of the alcoholic drinks if they contain significant carbohydrate.

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