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Manuka honey

Consuming manuka honey is good for diabetics?

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Any honey including Manuka is typically 80% sugar and it should be treated like that. It is definitely not good for diabetics.

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Do you know how many carbs are in your honey? If you are T1 or T2 care should be taken. Celery is good for diabetics (no carbs).

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Hi maheendran,

For manuka honey, 1 table spoonful has 17 grams of sugar. It consists of half glucose and half fructose. I don't recommend though many benefits claimed, but one can take 1/2 - 1 table spoonful per day judiciously. Please consult your doctor first before you start the use of the honey.

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I would agree that caution be taken in the amount of Manuka honey consumed. I think it is important to realise the message given by many dieticians - there is nothing you can not eat, however, whatever we consume should be in (appropriate) moderation. We should be able to enjoy a variety of things, but we must be cautious in the moderation that we exercise in considering our overall health and wellbeing. As a former athlete and still maintaining a strict fitness regime as well as healthy eating, if I occasionally consume a tempting delight, I will have to burn it off later and have continued to maintain my fitness/health level. For example, in the last three years I have balanced my weight at plus or minus 3 pounds tolerance. I hope this is a helpful illustration to you.

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In your post you say "eating Manuka honey is good for diabetics" ???? If you have a spoonful & then sit still for hours NO its not. Even if you ran miles?

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Don't know what to eat anymore. Seems that fruits aren't good 4 diabetics but I eat quite a lot of bananas, navel oranges & gala apples bc i have been told at a very early age that fruits are just as necessary for health as veggies. I'm also occasionally consuming regular white powder sugar in my coffee.

I am truly sick to my stomach when I use "fake "sugar. The aftertaste is nauseating. Honey is a no no as I have been told. The irony is that I spent the holidays in London with my son & his friends & paid no attention whatsoever to my diet but, upon my return to N.A., I found out that my sugar levels were OK. To be honest, I live my life as if I was diabetes-free and am doing all right.

btw, i have 2 & was diagnosed 3 yrs ago. Should I keep on living like that?

My name is Chris.

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What did your doctor say about your diet? Do you count carbs for each meal and snack?

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My gp never discuss my diabetes with me. In fact, i recently got the news i had a 14cm-long cyst on my left kidney. It took my urologist to give me the news after having a BMI.

As a result, I have kidney surgery next week. I just hope it isn't malignant or else I am gonna sue the pants off the guy. Just saying.

So, discussing my diet with my gp is totally out of the question. And no.

I am not counting carbs , ever. Ever.

I wouldn't even know how to do it.

And I never ever snack.

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I hope that the surgery will be a great success for you. Hope you feel better soon.๐Ÿ˜€

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As a matter of fact, i feel great.

I just don't like the idea of having this Damocles sword hanging over my head. Thanks for your kind words. Take care.

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Also, I saw my gynecologist yesterday and she wants to repeat my kidney biopsy bc she didn't manage to collect enough cells. The pain was so excruciating that she couldn't complete the process. The only thing she could tell from what she collected was a few benign polyps. I'm wondering if diabetes has anything to do with these health problems.

Btw, i am a 67 female.

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I have been T1 diabetic for 52yrs. ALL my life nearly. Honey is HIGH carbs. It might have other heath benefits but it not good for Diabetes. This post is wrong.

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