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Shirataki Noodles

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Ann_W, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Ann_W

    Ann_W Type 2 · Member

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    Hi, This is my first time of posting to the forum. I was diagnosed with T2 8 weeks ago and am happy to report that my DN is so far working with me. We agreed that I could give diet controlled a try and I've done a ton of research over the last couple of months and am learning a lot. A severe back problem means that I can't exercise so I'm pleased to have lost 7lbs so far. I've reduced my carb intake by at least half and keep an eye out for products and suggestions that might help with this. My hubby has come across the above product and I was wondering if anyone has tried it and if so, what it's like? I'll include a link in case you want to have a look. TIA for any feedback you can give.

    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/products/p/shiratakinoodle.htm
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Welcome @Ann_W

    I'm going to tag @daisy1 as she has some great information that you should find useful, with regards to the noodles I've not tried them so can't comment. Good luck.
     
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    Larissima Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lots of people on here hate them and compare the taste to rubber bands.

    Personally, I find them OK as a base for a (substantial amount of) tasty sauce or curry. They absorb the taste, so it's important that you have more sauce than noodles.

    They are not the only pasta substitute I use, I like courgetti (courgette spaghetti) a lot, and sometimes just shredded raw spinach or cabbage.
     
  4. Ann_W

    Ann_W Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you both for your quick response. I like courgetti too Larissima and from what I've seen on line, think I'll be sticking to that and just having 'proper' noodles now and again. Hubby's trying to be supportive though and doesn't quite grasp that sometimes these things don't work.
     
  5. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @Ann_W

    Hello Ann and welcome to the forum :) Here, as mentioned above, is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it interesting and useful. Ask more questions when you need to and someone will help.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find over 150,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:

    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates

    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to bloodglucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
     
  6. Ann_W

    Ann_W Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you for this Daisy1, I appreciate it and will have a good read
     
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    babsy2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi I have a severe back problem aswell I use a single underarm crutch outside and a walking stick if needed at home. Not v easy to lose weight but always work in conjunction with gp & diabetic nurse also family & friends and you will always find away I was diagnosed with T2 in 2009 but still find it difficult to lose weight don't be scared to ask anyone who you think might be able to help GOOD LUCK
     
  8. Ann_W

    Ann_W Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you babsy2, I appreciate your support and very much sympathise with you. I use a stick too and a mobility scooter. I'll take your advice on board too
     
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