Local News: List of diabetic dessert recipes to make at home, learning more about diabetes (8/11/20)

Depending on what type of diabetes a person is diagnosed with in the United States, it can be hard to accept the dietary changes. However, when it comes to the dietary changes it doesn’t necessarily mean giving up dessert. There are always recipes to fallback on.

Pictured above is a raspberry smoothie.

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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, or NIDDK, “Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.” While diabetes may seem it can only occur in people 65 and older, it can actually affect someone who is in their early 20s and younger.

In 2015, the American Diabetes Association noted, youth in the U.S. who were 18 and older were diagnosed with prediabetes. Additionally, ADA said in 2018, “Nearly 1.6 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, including about 187,000 children and adolescents.”

Regardless of age, it can be challenging for diabetics who want to eat what they want instead of being told by a physician what they can and cannot have. Sometimes it’s frustrating when it comes to holiday meals with family and friends because it makes a person with diabetes feel really limited.

With that being said, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention strongly recommends family and friends educate themselves on the subject matter. CDC indicates that by a relative or friend researching diabetes this makes it easier for the person who is diabetic to have confidence in their new dietary lifestyle.

“Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems,” NIDDK explained. “Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.”

NIDDK added if there are not any precautionary measures taken or no one educates themselves about diabetes, then it could lead to the following:

•heart disease


•kidney disease

•eye problems

•dental disease

•nerve damage

•foot problems

The sooner people who are or are not diabetic learn more about the chronic disease the better, so they understand there can be desserts or other food recipes everyone can enjoy.

On Nov. 8, 2018, Christel Oerum wrote an article for Diabetes Strong, providing a list of some of the easiest and low carb desserts people can try at home:

1. Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookies

2. Chocolate Keto Fat Bombs

3. Protein Cheesecake

4. Healthy Chocolate Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

5. Raspberry and Banana Mousse

6. Pumpkin and Raspberry Muffins

7. Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

8. Low-Carb Cheesecake

9. Easy Chocolate Fudge

10. Keto Brownies

Oerum provides all the instructions, as well as ingredients for each recipe at https://diabetesstrong.com/easy-diabetic-desserts/. She noted in the article each dessert has no more than 20 grams or less of carbs per serving.

Not only can friendly, diabetic recipes can be found online at Diabetes Strong and Pinterest, but in many cookbooks — like ADA’s “Quick Diabetic Recipes For Dummies.”

For a low-carb raspberry smoothie recipe, Primavera Kitchen says to get one medium avocado (peeled and pitted), ¾ cup frozen raspberries, 1 ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk, ice cubes and one scoop of sugar-free vanilla protein powder. Then mix all the ingredients together in a blender for 30 seconds and serve. More ice cubes and an extra scoop of protein powder, according to Primavera Kitchen, will make the smoothie thicker.

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