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Food and Nutrition Friday: Diabetes Friendly Foods- Garlic

The garlic plant belongs to the genus Allium, along with the onion, rakkyo, scallion, chive, leek, and shallot. Historically, it was used both for culinary purposes and as a health and therapeutic remedy in ancient Egypt.

Garlic is a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, vitamins which contribute to carbohydrate metabolism, and vitamins which may maintain blood sugar levels.

Garlic may reduce the risk of heart disease, a condition that affects about 80 percent of people with diabetes.

It has also been reported that raw garlic could help as reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. This is particularly noteworthy for people with diabetes, who are more prone to atherosclerosis-related inflammation.

Additionally, garlic has been proven to:

🧄 Reduce the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood lipids to improve cardiovascular health
🧄 Lower blood pressure
🧄 Anti-tumor properties
🧄 Stop the growth of cancer cells
🧄 Antibacterial and antifungal properties

Garlic is quite potent, both in taste and odor. Garlic can cause some minor side effects, but these are rare. If you consume raw garlic, you are more likely to experience side effects. This includes:


Consult your doctor if you are taking blood-thinning medications, as garlic may intensify their effects.

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Quick Tip Thursday: Request a GAD Autoantibodies Test to Eliminate a LADA Misdiagnosis

A GAD antibody test can detect LADA through the detection of elevated levels of pancreatic autoantibodies in patients with diabetes who do not require insulin. These antibodies also predict the rate of progression towards insulin deficiency.

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Wellness Wednesday: Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA)

Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is known by its unofficial name, type 1.5 diabetes. The body's own immune system attacks and kills the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. However, the process of destroying all beta cells takes longer in people with LADA than it does in people with type 1 diabetes.

As you lose the ability to make insulin, your body is unable to control your blood sugar levels. You may not need treatment for many months or years after diagnosis like those with type 1 diabetes.

LADA usually begins after you turn 30, and doctors sometimes misdiagnose it as type 2 diabetes.

In fact, up to 15% of people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have LADA. Being misdiagnosed puts people at risk for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and other long-term complications.

Furthermore, if the person does not know they have autoimmune diabetes, they will not be screened for other autoimmune diseases, such as thyroid or celiac disease, which are more common in people with LADA than those with type 2 diabetes.

LADA symptoms are similar to those of type 1 or 2 diabetes. Usually if you don't get better within a few months of taking oral diabetes medications, your doctor might suspect LADA.

LADA is diagnosed with a blood test. Because LADA is an autoimmune disease, individuals with LADA usually test positive for at least one islet autoantibody (a protein produced by the immune system). Tests can be performed on your blood to check for autoantibodies to GAD, IA-2/ICA512, insulin, and ZnT8. These tests vary in cost depending on your insurance coverage.

LADA is usually managed initially through diet, exercise, weight loss, and taking a typical first-line type 2 diabetes medicine, such as metformin.

As LADA progresses, the pancreas gradually loses the ability to produce insulin. Insulin therapy is necessary, as with type 1 diabetes. It is important to monitor blood glucose levels frequently to determine when insulin therapy should be started.

As soon as oral treatments, exercise, and diet plans fail to control your blood sugar, speak with your healthcare provider about insulin therapy.

Sources: DiaTribe and EnM (Endocrinology and Metabolism)

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Register for TCOYD’s FREE Show and Tell Event

The Medicine Cabinet Edition: Examining Medications for Diabetes
A How Stuff Works Segment for Type 1s, Type 2s, and Loved Ones
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00PM

There are so many great medications to help individuals manage diabetes but how do you know what’s right for you? We’re taking a deep dive into the best medications available for treating diabetes while addressing their effect on important related conditions including heart and kidney health. Tune in to hear about the best ways to use these medications and get your questions answered in real-time during the live Q&A.

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