Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Foods that heal …

Ivy Gourd (tendli, tindora, kovakkai)

It is seen throughout the year on shelves in vegetable shops and is classified as an herb in Thai and Ayurvedic medicine. Ivy gourd contains beta carotene – a good source of Vit. A that is good for the eyesight,  and Vit. C which protects from cold and flu. Consuming it can help regulate blood glucose. Some research also supports its use as an antioxidant. In traditional medicine, it has been used to treat fever, asthma, bronchitis and jaundice. It is also known to have anti- histaminine properties. Its leaves are used as a poultice in treating skin eruptions.


One of the oldest spices, cinnamon possesses many health benefits one of them being a modest effect in lowering blood glucose levels in people with poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes.
It also has anti- microbial, anti-fungal, anti-tumour, blood pressure lowering, cholesterol and lipid lowering and gastro protective properties.

It can be used to add flavour to sweet as well as savoury foods. 

Spend Less, Eat Well.

With food costs on the rise it is high time to see how one can reduce money spent on weekly shopping. You can cut costs and still have a tasty and healthy diet. Small changes can bring big savings in the long run. 

Plan ….

Write down the menu for the week and shop for the exact quantities. It prevents you from buying things you don’t need.

Shop at the right time

Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach as you may be tempted to buy all the wrong things

Look out for offers.

Keep the receipts and make a note of your spending 

You need not be a loyal customer.

Compare costs and go to the shop that gives you the best deal.

Have a meat- free day

Meats and fish tend to be the most expensive item on the shopping list. You can have a healthy diet without using meat/fish. Replace meats with comparatively cheaper sources of protein such as beans and lentils.

Forget ready-to- eat meals

They cost more and are high in sugar, fat and salt. Instead, cook in bulk and freeze.

Bake your own bread and biscuits

You don’t need‘diabetic’ foods.

What you cook at home will be just as good and more economical. Just follow your dietitian’s advice.

Be brand savvy

Try using the supermarket brand. They are usually cheaper than other brands. You won’t find any difference in the taste.

Don’t waste. 

A lot of food usually goes waste. Don’t pile up food on your plate or others’ plates. Take only as much as is needed and come back for a second helping.

Leftovers can be frozen or stored to be reheated or made into another dish. 

Buy seasonal foods. 

Choose in -season fruits and vegetable as they are fresher and cheaper and contain large amounts of the  nutrients they are supposed to provide.

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