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Time in Range: The latest parameter to check your blood sugar levels

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New discoveries in the field of medicine have transformed the lives of millions,  in particular of patients with diabetes. Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS) is one such discovery in the field of diabetes. Unlike other blood glucose readings, the CGMS data is not affected by what you've eaten in the last 2-3 days. Also, it is so precise and doesn't average out readings like in HbA1c. The CGMS data of your blood sugar r... Read more

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Can people with diabetes eat mangoes, bananas, grapes and melons?

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Busting the Myths: Should people with diabetes give up fruits completely? A lot of uncertainty exists whether people with diabetes should eat fruits or not. The sugar content of the fruits stops you from enjoying your favourite seasonal fruit which can spike your blood sugar levels. Does that mean you can't eat it? Everyone should eat fruits and vegetables and fulfil their five-a-day target, whether they are living with diabete... Read more

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Dates and Diabetes: Time to add them to your shopping bag

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Dates are the sweet, wrinkly, fleshy fruit of the Mediterranean and Middle-East world. They are a sacred fruit of Muslims, especially in the month of Ramadan. Owing to its natural sweetness, you might be concerned about their impact on your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. Let us explore how this bite-sized natural sweetener can be a part of your diet even if you have diabetes. Dates: What they have in store for you? Un... Read more

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Can I drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

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Drinking alcohol with diabetes - Yes or No? Taking a few drinks at home, social gatherings, or in a pub with family and friends is part of the daily life for many people. However, many of us are not sure whether drinking is safe or not if you have diabetes Is it OK to drink alcohol if you have diabetes? Yes, but with caution. While you can still drink, you should know how it affects your blood sugars and how you should be manag... Read more

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What is PCOS and why do you have it?

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It’s not fun to have PCOS but you know what? There is one good thing – at least you know the cause of all your crappy symptoms. [It’s not you, it’s the hormones!]. And since you know, you can manage it too. A little silver lining, perhaps! Moving on, what exactly is PCOS? ‘Syndrome’ in simple words is a collection of symptoms, a condition where lots of different symptoms like – irregular periods, excessive hair on the face, incr... Read more

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Immunoboosters: Can supplements help during COVID-19 outbreak?

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"During these hard times, it is our good health and good sleep that are enjoyable."    - Knute Nelson Status Quo COVID-19 is omnipresent. Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, fear and panic have travelled globally. The burden of this disease has even questioned the medical infrastructure of developed nations, including America. So what do we do in our country with a population density of 464 per sq. Km where social distanci... Read more

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Janta Curfew and Social isolation. Here’s what you should do.

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the citizens of our country to go into a voluntary lockdown on Sunday 22nd March for 14 hours from 7AM to 9PM, with an aim to instil in people a message of social distancing. As responsible citizens we should all adhere to the call and contribute in the fight against novel coronavirus. It is normal to feel stressed or scared during a crisis, e... Read more

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Immunity building in the time of Corona: 5 Science-based techniques

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You are washing your hands 10 times a day. Stopped touching your face even if it means not scratching the goddamn itch. You avoid meeting relatives and going to work [well, the last two are kinda fun!]. But what else can you do, to help ward off this crazy new virus? Help your body fight, by building your immunity. When you come in contact with any germ, your body tries its best to stop it from getting inside and infecting you. F... Read more

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How to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet?

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As a person with diabetes, you must have been advised to have a low carb-high protein diet. Here's why. Protein, one of the three main macronutrients, helps the body to grow new tissue (build muscle) and repair any damages. Protein can also be broken down into glucose which is used as energy. Unlike carbohydrates, protein gets broken down into glucose much slowly. Because it takes longer to break down, a protein-rich meal does no... Read more

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Diabetes Care: Safe Tips To Follow While Travelling

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Whether it is a work-related trip or a family vacation you’ve been planning for months, travelling changes your daily routine inevitably. Changes in diet, sleep pattern, time zones, exercise routine could potentially off-track of your diabetes management plan. Don't worry - this does not mean that you can’t take a vacation. With a little caution and discipline, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is making new memories! Tod... Read more

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How stress affects diabetes & tips to manage it

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During the day, you might encounter various things (small or big) that cause you to stress out. It’s normal - everyone experiences it. While we might not be able to control the factors causing stress, we can definitely control how we deal with it. The unknown effects of stress on blood sugar control: Managing stress is vital for everyone - but especially so for people living with diabetes. Stress might be unknown reason your blo... Read more

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Diabetes Diet: Can I Eat Rice?

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“You should give up rice” - this is inevitably one of the first (unsolicited) piece of advice you hear when you tell someone you have diabetes. Before you give up what you’ve probably been eating all your life - let’s get some facts right. When it comes to managing diabetes, rice alone is not the problem - carbohydrates are. Carbs are the component of your food that affect your blood sugar levels the most. This, again, does not me... Read more

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Sleep - An Unknown Factor Silently Affecting Your Blood Sugar Levels

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One of the questions that your doctor must be asking at your regular check-ups is about your sleep. Isn't it? Ever wonder why? Well, sleep is as critical as diet, exercise, weight and stress when it comes to keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Let’s understand why. When your blood sugar levels are too high, your kidneys have to work extra to get rid of the excess glucose in your body. This results in frequent urinatio... Read more

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Lifestyle Modification: Small Changes, Big Impact

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Every time you visit your doctor, they ask you about your diet and exercise. Have you ever wondered why they insist on it? Is taking the right medicine (or insulin) at the right time, not enough? Well, it's not Relying only on medicines to manage diabetes is not sufficient. They have to be complemented with positive lifestyle changes to help you reach your target blood sugar levels. We share 8 essential aspects of diabetes manag... Read more

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Does having diabetes mean I have to give up my favourite foods?

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Let’s get one thing straight - there’s nothing called as a 'diabetes diet' Diet is one of the fundamental aspects of diabetes management - as you probably already know. This, however, doesn’t mean that you have to give up the food you love and eat boring, bland food. While the principles of healthy eating are the same for everyone, as a person with diabetes, you need to watch your carbohydrate intake. Again, this does not entail ... Read more

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Diabetes Diet: 20 Fruits That Are Okay To Eat

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If you’ve ever consulted a dietician, one of the first things they recommend is that you eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of three heavy meals. This helps keep your blood sugar levels stable instead of big spikes and drop, which are detrimental to your health. Snacking in between can be tricky for some people and is the easiest time to eat something unhealthy. One healthy and nutritious option is eating fruits. Yes, you he... Read more

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Why is your doctor insisting that you exercise?

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Love it or hate it - you can't ignore exercising! We’ve all heard it, we all know it - exercising is essential. But for most of us, finding the time and motivation to do it regularly can be tough. So why is your doctor adamant on you getting more active? We'll tell you. For people with diabetes, exercise helps lower blood sugar levels in two ways: It increases insulin sensitivity: Which means it improves your body’s ability ... Read more

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Being Prescribed Insulin? Here’s Why It’s Not A Bad Thing

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Insulin - the word that evokes fear and anxiety amongst people with diabetes. Insulin is not the first line of treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. It is prescribed only when the blood sugar levels are uncontrolled with lifestyle modifications and oral tablets. Which is why most people associate it with failure - a failure to have been able to control their diabetes. But that is far from the truth. In type 2 diabetes, the p... Read more

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Acute Hepatitis

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Acute hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by infection with one of the 5 hepatitis viruses. In most people, the disease begins suddenly and lasts a few weeks. What are the common symptoms of acute hepatitis? Symptoms appear suddenly and usually include – loss of appetite, general feeling of illness, nausea, vomiting, fever. Often patient may experience pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. What is the importance... Read more

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Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease [GERD]

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Acid reflux happens when contents from stomach flow back into your esophagus - the food pipe connecting mouth and stomach. It is also called regurgitation or gastroesophageal reflux. Occasional acid reflux is quite common, however, if you have persistent symptoms occurring more than twice a week, your doctor might diagnose a condition known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD]. What are the symptoms of GERD? Heartburn, usua... Read more

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Diet Tips for Adult Constipation

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Constipation is a condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements in a week, and your stools are hard, dry, and small, making them painful and difficult to pass. Even though people often make light of constipation, it is no laughing matter. Straining day after day can not only make you feel miserable but also lead to more serious complications. Let us delve a bit deeper to know more about constipation and ways to trea... Read more

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Diet and food in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) represents a group of disorders that involve chronic inflammation of digestive tract, anywhere from the mouth to anus. The two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease are – Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. IBD can be very painful, disrupt the normal process of food digestion, and in few cases, it may even be life-threatening. If you have been diagnosed with IBD, it may be severely af... Read more

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Liver Insufficiency in Children

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Liver is an important organ of the body with a central function in nutrient absorption and metabolism. If your child has been diagnosed with liver disease, he/she needs appropriate management of diet and nutrition. Why does my child need diet management? Children with liver disease require more energy and proteins but have poor appetite so they usually eat less. Additionally, damaged liver cannot process many nutrients adequately... Read more

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Pre-Surgery Nutrition Buildup for a Child

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As a parent, watching your child undergo surgery is difficult, but small changes in diet can help make things easier. Your child’s upcoming surgery needs adequate physical and mental pre surgery preparation to bear the stress of procedure. Sufficient pre-surgical nutrition buildup helps in preparing organs and body to have quick healing and easy recovery, in other words improve the surgery outcomes. What your child eats and the di... Read more

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Underweight Child

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While we hear a lot about current epidemic of overweight children, you find yourself on the opposite end of spectrum. Doctor has identified your child as ‘underweight’. Let’s find out what does this mean and what can you do about it? How can I determine if my child is underweight? Being able to tell if a child is underweight is tricky as all children grow at different rates and at different times. Also, the growth pattern differs... Read more

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Child's General Health and Nutrition

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A building is only as strong as its foundation; similarly, positive dietary habits incorporated in childhood lead to a healthy life ahead. Changing lifestyles, cooking practices, increased intake of processed and ready-to-eat foods, energy-dense foods and those with high sugar and salt content pose a serious health risk to your child. As a parent do you wonder what can you do to improve the diet and attitude of your child towards ... Read more

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Anemia in a Child

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Your doctor has suspected that your child has anemia (low Hemoglobin level in your child’s blood) and advised you to plan an iron-rich diet for your anaemic child. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand what this means and tips on how you can help your child fight anemia. What does Low Hemoglobin or Iron deficiency Anemia mean? Anemia means that haemoglobin (protein in red blood cells which carries oxyge... Read more

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Overweight child and Childhood obesity

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Traditional Indian wisdom identifies thin and lean kids as weak while plump and chubby kids as healthy. Modern medicine has a different opinion. You may have been told by your doctor that your child is overweight. You are not alone as obesity in children is spreading like an epidemic. Let’s find out what does this mean and what can you do? How can I determine if my child is overweight? Being able to tell if a child is overweight ... Read more

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Constipation in children - causes, treatment and right diet for prevention

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Constipation is one ofthe most common battles between every parent, child and pediatrician. With multiple hidden causes, it is indeed a challenge to understand and address on a daily basis. With the early morning chores, clearing bowels tops the priority in every home. Broadly constipation can be defined as inability to empty bowels over 3 consecutive days. A feeling of bloating, stomach pain, irritability, hard stools, may put th... Read more

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Understanding FitterFly Nutrition Report

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Fitterfly Nutrition Report is sent to parents of children after a 7- day nutrition assessment. This assessment includes maintaining a week’s food diary of the child. Parent exchanges meal details of the child through FitterFly Nutrition App with our Nutrition Team. A link is sent to the parent either on the app or on e-mail on completion of the 7 day food diary. This link leads you to nutrition analysis report of your child for the... Read more

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Immune Boosters - For kids

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The immune system involves an intricate network of molecules and specialized cells that work in close cooperation to fight infection. We rely upon our immune system to defend us from attack by foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. It is a fact that our immune system cannot get stronger overnight. But a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle over a long period of time can definitely keep infections at bay. Read through for s... Read more

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Foods to be given after bout of fever

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Fever is a symptom of an underlying disease or infection. During fever the child may experience loss of taste, loose motions,vomiting. This decreases the appetite and the child may refuse to eat which leads to weight loss and further lowering of  immunity levels. After the fever subsides i.e. during the recovery stage it is vital that the child receives the right nutrition to speed up the recovery. If the child doesn’t receive appr... Read more

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Iron Rich Dill Leaves Dal

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Rajma Shepu Dal   A dash of flavorsome and iron rich dill leaves in your regular dal with zesty Indian spices will make your child lick, the most ignored element of meals, till its last sip. Serves: 1 bowl  Ingredients: Rajmah, black- 1 Tablespoon  Chopped Shepu(Dill leaves)- 2 teaspoon   Chopped onion- 2 teaspoon  Chopped spinach leaves - 1 teaspoon Tomatoes, ripe- 1 teaspoon  Cooking oil- 1 teaspoon  Ginger, fresh- 1 ... Read more

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Disclaimer: All information here, including text, images, tables, videos and any other content is for your knowledge only and we do not guarantee any specific result by following these recommendations as it may vary from person to person. The information is not a substitute for qualified medical advice from a doctor or other medical health expert.