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Health & Nutrition - - CONTENTS - Dr Anand H Gokani, Di­a­betol­o­gist

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Iam suf­fer­ing from Type II Di­a­betes and nor­mally have a blood su­gar level of around 250 but after tak­ing medicines, it has come to the nor­mal level. As I am around 85 kgs (aged 52 years, height 158 cms) and have a fat belly, some­body ad­vised me to take ½ lemon juice with 1 tsp honey in warm wa­ter be­fore my morn­ing walk. Please let me know: Will honey in­crease the su­gar level in my blood? Is there su­gar in the honey?

Bipradip B, New Delhi As per your height, your weight should be about 65 kgs. Weight is gained by wrong and abun­dant eat­ing ac­com­pa­nied by a seden­tary life­style. So it is ev­i­dent that if you wish to lose weight, you must eat sen­si­bly and less, and in­crease your phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties sig­nif­i­cantly. There is no short cut to op­ti­mum health and weight. It is widely be­lieved that honey, hot wa­ter and lemon helps lose weight. How­ever, even if this was true, it still will not work with­out the sup­port of a healthy diet and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise. Pure honey taken in a spoon­ful quan­tity per day would not dis­turb the blood su­gar level but if honey has been adul­ter­ated with white su­gar, then it would most cer­tainly raise the blood su­gar level. The test for the pu­rity of honey is to keep the honey in the re­frig­er­a­tor. And if it so­lid­i­fies by the next morn­ing, then it has been mixed with su­gar. Pure honey re­mains in a liq­uid state even in cold tem­per­a­ture.

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