Manage Diabetes Without Feeling Deprived
Normally, our bodies break down the food we eat into sugars, or glucose, which is a necessary nutrient for our cells. When you have diabetes, the glucose doesn’t move into your cells as quickly, causing a backup of sugar in the blood, commonly known as high blood sugar. To manage your blood sugar levels, it’s important to understand which foods will raise your levels and to spread them out throughout the day to avoid a spike.
Taking steps to treat or manage diabetes doesn’t mean living in deprivation; it just means eating a balanced diet. The biggest difference in a diabetic’s eating plan and a healthy diet for non-diabetics is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates you eat such as starches, fruits and milk products.
Food labels are an extremely important tool when managing diabetes. The very first thing you should look at is the serving size, as serving sizes vary greatly among different foods. For carbohydrates, it helps to consider a serving size as about fifteen grams, and decide from there how well the food will fit in your nutritional plan.
Beverly Paddock, a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Services, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how important nutrition is to managing diabetes.