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Posted: Oct 25, 2011

I was eating my breakfast this morning, and was flipping through a magazine, when a pile of promotion ads fell out of the pages.  The first thing I saw was "50% less sugar and calories" in big bold letters - followed by "than the leading 100% orange juice. An excellent source of Vitamin C".   The thing is - the ad states that it's a Vitamin Enhanced Juice Beverage.  My mind slammed into reverse at that point.  It was like TV ads for "juices" for kids that are loaded with sugar / vitamins / "real fruit" - for an instant snack / boost of energy - rather then a crisp apple or  handful of almonds or something not commercially made.  Is it my upbringing of not eating commercially processed foods that makes me this way?  Is it due to my being diabetic, and wanting only the best that I can afford going into my temple of worship - aka my body that got me urked so much?

I went to the manufacturers website - and of course - it seems to be aimed at women (the spokes person is a well known American actress).  The big draw is that the product is "natural" - and the sweetener used in the "juice" is stevia - so of course - lower the sugar content of the "juice" (there is no mention on the website as to the nutritional make up which is very important to us that are watching our carb intake).  I have nothing against this sweetener - I have tried it - but didn't like it in my coffee (it left a bitterness) - so switched back to the evil "sugar in the raw" (8 grams per teaspoon - .75 units of insulin).  I guess my big beef is that what is wrong just with 1/2 a glass of natural OJ - at only 12 grams of carbs? 

I rarely drink orange juice to begin with and get my Vitamin C via other sources.  I guess given the choice - a fresh orange is my choice.  Yes, it takes time to peel - eat - rather then a quick gulp of a glass of "juice" - but that's my choice.    What is yours?

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Posted: Sep 9, 2009


The New Full Moon

I'm a late bloomer, I'm not ashamed to admit this (or should I be?).  I took up reading the first of 4 books of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, which Laura, my niece is telling me are really good - PLUS she's got 2 tickets for the midnight premiere of New Moon on Nov 19th at 12:01.  Sweet.

I am so involved in the characters, that I think they are in my dreams.  So much so, that last night, 02h30 to be precise, I woke up in abit of a sweat, heart thumping away, thinking to myself "Would Edward know that my blood isn't smelling sweet anymore (aka am I going low)?"  LOL - I mean, I'm not a teenager anymore - which is who these books are aimed at - am I regressing back into childhood here?

I tried something different for treating my hypo.  No getting out of my cozy bed (it went down to 12C/54F last night) - going into the kitchen to test my BG to confirm what my reading is - then consume perhaps more then I should to treat it.  No, I was a wise ol' "teenage heartthrob" diabetic gal - I drank a juice box - 22 grams of carbs - to treat my low.  Meanwhile as I sipped away on my juice box, Manouchka my cat aka crotch cat - where she sleeps for most of the night - just purred away.  Too easy, I thought to myself - it's like having 1st class service on an airplane - not having to move.  About 5 minutes, no more passed, and then I was off to sleep again into la la land.

I woke up this morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, wondering to myself, "will I have elevated BG's?"  Which is sometimes common for me when I've had a hypo - but in this case with treating it  just with a juice box - I was amazed to see I was reading 5.3 mmol/l (95 mg/dl ) .  Wow!  Maybe in future I will treat my BG's this way - it's too easy!

So, how many of you treat your overnight hypo's this way - right from your bedside without confirming your readings with your BG meter, etc.?   Just curious.

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Posted: Dec 22, 2008

According to an article in the recent edition of Good Housekeeping magazine, a recent study was conducted that concluded that women who drink apple juice or orange juice in specified quantities have various increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.  They specified that it is the insulin spike caused by drinking juice that increases the risk.  My question – is this hypothesis entirely rubbish or is there any truth to the study?


Obviously, I am obviously no scientist but I believe I can make some educated analysis of their assertions.  First, I do not believe there is any question that beverages with high concentrates of sugar, natural or added, are going to cause insulin spikes.  However, that includes plenty of beverages not just juice.  What about all the soda and other beverages containing high fructose corn syrup?  Last time I checked, they have the same cause and effect WITHOUT any nutritional value.


Second, there was always what is believed to be the “fallacy” that eating sugar causes diabetes.  Over recent years, with all the research available, it seems to be that might not be such a fallacy if you follow the steps through. 


People have increased their intake of carbohydrates for a variety of reasons including taste, desire, ease of preparation, the assertion that low fat is healthy, etc.  If you believe what we were taught in school, we were put on this planet to be hunters and gathers thus we were bred to eat meat and whatever we could pick and eat right, then and there since there was no real storage capability.  The body was created to survive through famine situations (etc.) and therefore, we do not need such high volumes of food, much less carbohydrates.  Thus, the body did not always require high volumes of insulin production and release. 


These historical conditions hardly match up to what we expect of our bodies today.  For some reason, we think we need to eat a lot of food and our tastes buds prefer sweet food rather than rabbit or chicken or ….  On top of that, we no longer have to perform physical work for our daily fare or (in most cases) worry about famine.  We no longer have to slap clothes upside rocks or perform other very physically laborious tasks.  Thus, we spit out extra insulin and store food we do not need to eat in the first place.


So, is the “fallacy” that eating sugar causes (Type 2) diabetes really a fallacy?  I am not so sure it is.   However, does juice really cause the problem?  That I do not believe.  Did they bother to try the same test using soda or fruit “drinks” (which have little to no actual juice) at the same volume, duration and intervals?  I do not think so based on the information in the article.  However, there was not much detailed information about the actual study.  The concept of high volumes of sugar ingestion produce high volumes of insulin production and release, which then creates insulin resistance /decreased insulin production and Type 2 diabetes, is one worth mulling over, however.

Doris J. Dickson

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