Do you know the ins and outs of living with diabetes? Use the tips and advice in this article to help you wage war on diabetes.
The glycemic index of foods indicates how much the food item can affect glucose levels. As a diabetic, you want to eat the foods with a low glycemic index most often.
Due to the large number of diabetics, diabetes awareness has really grown over the past decade. This will help you come to terms with your diagnosis, not to mention prevent you from being inconvenienced.
Ketchup, pop, and other sweets contain this item. That is why it is necessary to read the food labels, and return it to the shelf when you know that it contains corn syrup. “Glucose/fructose” is how this product is labeled in Canada.
If you have hypoglycemia, you need to carry a sugary food such as gum with you. Hypoglycemia can strike at any time, and you must be prepared for an attack. If you didn’t eat breakfast then this is especially true, as skipping meals will make your body crave sugar.
Know which foods are low on the glycemic index and will help your body release glucose slowly. Breads, desserts, juices, pastas and cereals are some of the foods that have a high glycemic index. Processed foods are not good for your sugar levels. Fresh produce, fish, and lean meats should be your main focus.
People who snack a lot, including diabetics, have a hard time saying “No” when vending machines beckon. It is important, though, that you bypass these snacks and eat a complex carbohydrate, such as fruit or vegetables.
When you have diabetes, it is a great idea to eat five to six small meals, instead of three bigger meals a day. Eating smaller, healthy meals frequently during the day helps maintain the stability of your blood sugar levels. This routine also will keep your hunger at bay, decreasing the urge to binge.
After treating lower levels of glucose, you should not be surprised to see your blood sugar actually spike. This can be caused by two things: You could be drinking or eating more because of the lower glucose or the lower glucose could be releasing hormones. If you feel like you are overeating, when you see yourself with low glucose levels, try eating half as much and testing yourself 30 minutes later.
Alter each of your favorite foods or meals instead of crossing them off your list. If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, it can be extremely hard to deal with following a strict diet. Many even believe that they have to completely eliminate all their favorite foods. Other people will continue to consume their favorite foods, regardless of the recommended diet. The best thing to do is look at what you like to eat, and make substitutions. Some foods can be converted from diabetes-foe to diabetes-friend with a few minor tweaks.
You need to know a ton to live a safe diabetes lifestyle. It can be dangerous if you do not take the steps you need to. Try the tips in this article and work hard to live a safe and healthy lifestyle.