Monday, January 05, 2015

Diabetes Care - Self Management

The tasks involved in self-management are relatively easy, once you have learned how to do it. There is more and more help available as the concern about increasing prevalence and cost of DB2 increases. The American Diabetes Association published revised Standards of Care for diabetes, emphasizing that high-quality diabetes care must be individualized to reflect the needs, interests, and abilities of each patient. The primary goal is to reduce blood glucose levels to normal. You self-monitor blood glucose levels at home and have HbA1c monitored very 3 months. The secondary goal is to monitor for and, if detected, promptly treat any developing complications.

Reducing caloric intake is a key to success

If you follow common arguments about diabetic diets, then all diabetics should eat a low carbohydrate, low fat, low protein diet. The only way you can achieve all three goals is to eat a low food diet. Indeed reducing caloric intake is the key to success. Another key to success is to increase your energy expenditure by leading a more active life.

The Alpha Nutrition Program is a standard method of diet revision that proceeds in a simple, logical manner. You eat more vegetables, less fat and balance your new diet according to the best nutritional ideas. The program leaves out foods and food products that are higher risk and includes foods that have protective and beneficial effects.

The Alpha Nutrition approach includes Alpha DMX a specially designed elemental nutrient formula. We invented Alpha DMX to solve the problem of nutrient deficiency when you reduce your caloric intake. With 25 grams of Alpha DMX per day, your nutrient intake reaches recommended daily intakes goals for all vitamins and minerals even if you eat no food.

The Cardinal Rules of DB2

Eat less, exercise more.

You adjust the food you eat and your activity level to bring glucose utilization into balance with intake.

You monitor blood glucose frequently at first until you understand what different foods do in your body.

You use exercise to lower blood glucose if the levels go too high.

If your blood glucose is too high, you can skip meals, take Alpha DMX twice a day and snack on low calorie foods such as celery, lettuce, apples and carrot sticks.

The basic problem with proposing diet revision, as therapy is that eating behaviors are deeply rooted in a psychosocial matrix and are not rationally determined. Diabetic food management requires rational determination of eating behaviors and food selection. The social basis of eating patterns often conflicts with individual needs and opposes the attempts made by an individual to modify diet as a means of restoring or maintaining health.

The idea of "a diabetic diet" as a fixed set of instructions and a restricted food list is stubborn and fits with a passive-dependent attitude - "fix me" A new attitude of approach to diet revision is required especially when you have a chronic illness. The new attitude is based on self-responsible, self-monitored and self-directed change. The Alpha Nutrition Program assumes that you are in charge and you make your own decisions. The professional role is to support your effort to self-manage and assist you in trouble-shooting when symptoms recur or when irrational eating behavior is dominant and you need help complying with the healthy path.

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