Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar in the blood which causes a host of serious problems. If you suffer from diabetes, you need to eat something every few hours to ensure that the blood sugar is within healthy limits. If you miss a meal, the blood sugar levels may drop drastically making you feel giddy and nauseous. Likewise, bingeing may increase your blood sugar levels. Hence, it is best to eat smaller meals every few hours.
Sugar is a type of carbohydrate and carbs are responsible for increasing the blood sugar. As a diabetes sufferer, ensure that you keep an eye on your carbs intake.
Consume foods high in fibre as the body does not digest the fibre,hence the blood sugar isn’t affected, but fibre makes you feel full and helps in digestion. You can get fibre by eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods. The skin of the fruits is where the fibre is loaded, so where ever possible, have the fruit/vegetable with the skin intact. Women require at least 25 grams of fiber a day; men need at least 38 grams a day.
Don’t reach out for anything merely because it says “sugar-free” as these could be loaded with carbohydrates which could impact your blood sugar levels as much as sugar laden foods. Many sugar-free products contain sorbitol which are high in carbs. Always check the labels for nutritional information.
As a diabetic, you don’t need to completely give up on carbs but choose the relatively healthier ones. Skip white bread made of refined flour which is stripped of nutrients and fibre and has only carbs which causes the blood sugar to spike; ditto with white pasta and white rice.