Prediabetes is a condition identified by a blood test your doctor orders.  Many people find out through a routine physical.  If your doctor tells you your blood glucose values are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes.   It can be diagnosed by 3 different blood tests in the laboratory–fasting glucose test in which someone has not eaten for at least 8 hours, a 2 hour (75 gram) glucose test when you are asked to drink a sugary solution and then a blood is taken to see how your body handles a load of “sugar”, or an A1C or estimated average glucose test which does not have to be performed in a fasting state and reflects the average glucose levels over a 3 month period.

 

Test                                         Normal                     Prediabetes                  Diabetes

Fasting                                   <100 mg/dl                 100-125 mg/dl             >125 mg/dl

2 hour (75 g) glucose               <140mg/dl                   140-200 mg/dl            >200 mg/dl

A1C(est. Ave. Glucose)           <5.7%                          5.7-6.4%                    >6.4%

 

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is made from coconut milk or dried coconut
meat. It is used in a variety of settings, including cooking, skin
care, and even as an alternative fuel source, just to list a few. It
has been a staple in tropical regions of the world for thousands
of years. Dietitians have known and used coconut oil for some
time now since it has been used medically in individuals with
compromised fat digestion or sensitive gastrointestinal tracts.
It usually comes in a jar and it is commonly hardened, or as a solid. It quickly
changes into liquid form (oil) when heat is applied. Coconut oil, as with coconut milk,
contains saturated fat, so a moderate intake of coconut oil is recommended.
As consumers, look for virgin coconut oil which contains a type of saturated fat that
raises both good and bad cholesterol levels. So overall we recommend moderation when
consuming this oil while looking for ‘virgin’ on the label.

Coconut milk and coconut milk-made products like yogurt or ice creams are also very popular among vegetarians and  individuals with a cow’s milk allergy or dairy intolerance. Coconut milk is made by grating the meat of the coconut and   collecting the liquid. Coconut milk is high in saturated fat and is an ingredient in many Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Philippines) recipes and many cuisines. Let’s remember that saturated fat is a type of fat that raises the level of total cholesterol in the blood, also containing higher calories, so moderation is key.

When dealing with children, parents who prefer coconut milk rather than cow’s milk for their children should realize that cow’s milk contains various vitamins and minerals that are essential for a child’s growth and development. Coconut milk’s is not a substitute for cow’s milk, it is lower in protein, calcium and other nutrients found in dairy milk, that could lead to nutrient deficiencies. As well, the effects of a too much coconut milk in a child is unknown. If children do consume coconut milk, they should also add other foods and beverages to their diet to complement the lack of specific nutrients.

 

Diane Machcinski, Registered Dietitian

Diane Machcinski, Registered Dietitian

 

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