Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Eating Sugar & Understanding Blood Sugar Swings in Diabetes

Yes, you can eat chocolates in diabetes...but

One of the common beliefs in diabetes is that a diabetic person will have to completely stop eating sugar as it will be bad for them. If you are a chocolate lover and/or have a huge sweet tooth, having diabetes in such case will be the most painful, isn’t it?

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Well, the good news is YOU DO NOT have to give these sweet items up forever. The important point is to understand that sugar compounds will increase your blood sugar levels more quickly than other carbohydrates, but the total amount of carbohydrate intake is most important. Accordingly, if people with diabetes can keep the meal serving size small, they can enjoy their favorite sweet food as long as they take into account that the overall total carbohydrate intake and calories do not exceed their usual dietary levels. Which means eating a small portion of sweets should be offset by eating other foods that contain no "sweets."

The most painful part of diabetes is not the disease but the lack of understanding among general public. There are many a myths and ignorance which makes a diabetic suffer more than the painful insulin syringes, and the regular control of what to eat and what not to eat.

Question
So, if by eating sugar we can offset the increased blood sugar levels why a diabetic person experiences the swings in blood sugar? What are the factors to affect it?
Well, to answer that:

CATEGORIZED BELOW ARE A FEW FOOD AND OTHER FACTORS WHICH AFFECTS THE BLOOD SUGAR SWINGS.

AVOID HIGH CAFFEINE FOOD
Blood sugar levels can rise after drinking coffee, black tea, and some energy drinks due to the presence of caffeine. Following Food items contain large portion of Caffeine which makes the blood sugar increase:

Coffee / Tea
Soda / Soft Drinks
Weight Loss pills
Chocolates
Ice Cream
Pain Relieving Pills
Energy Drinks

Even though the sports drinks/ energy drinks main purpose is to help replenish fluids quickly, many of them contain large amounts of sugar. IF you are involved in moderate sports or exercise, having plain  water instead of energy drinks would be enough to replenish your fluids.

AVOID HIGH CARBOHYDRATE FOOD
There are many food items which claim to be "sugar-free," but these foods increase blood sugar levels because many of them contain carbohydrates in starches, fats, and even fiber. Foods with high levels of carbohydrates are likely to raise blood sugar levels very high, and eventually may cause organ damage over time in people with diabetes

AVOID HIGH FAT FOOD
Foods high in fat can cause blood sugar to stay higher for longer periods of time. Pizza, French fries, and most fried foods are high in carbohydrates and fat.

AVOID GETTING DEHYDRATED
Blood sugar rises as your body tries to fight any type of illness. Dehydration, which sets in due to many forms of illness, can elevate your blood sugar. If you are sick with diarrhea and vomiting for more than an hour it may affect your blood sugar. Medicines taken in such illness such as antibiotics may also change your blood sugar. You can check your blood sugar levels during these situations so you can help determine how your body is reacting to these illnesses and treatments.

AVOID STRESS
Stress can cause your body to release hormones that can cause rises in your blood sugar. This is very common in people with type 2 diabetes, practice relaxation techniques with deep breathing and exercise, if possible, to reduce stress. To know more about how stress affects your diabetes you can read our blog on stress

AVOID DRY FRUITS
Have you heard people saying, FRESH FRUITS ARE ALWAYS GOOD? Yes, they are perfect for people with diabetes, because unlike the fresh fruits the dried fruits contain large amount of carbohydrates. Consider this example, a small piece of fresh fruit has the same amount of carbohydrates as in 2 tablespoons of dried raisins or cranberries or cherries. So, eating a handful of dried fruits may cause high spikes in blood glucose levels in many individuals.

ALCOHOL IS A STRICT NO - NO
Alcohol with its high carbohydrate will take your blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride. At first, glucose levels may have a steep rise but then it can fall and remain low hours after drinking. Alcohol has anyways not done any good to our society or to any individual's health in anyway, why to take more chances when you are a diabetic. Avoid it!


The way your blood sugar level gets high due to various food and factors, there are many factors which helps in lowering the levels too. It’s good to know them and follow to better manage your sugar levels.


EATING LOW FAT CURD CAN HELPS TOO
Curd contains "healthy" bacteria that may help protect against gastrointestinal problems. The best way to eat curd is eating its plain low-fat option with no added sugar or fruit. Curd is a probiotic food which helps people with diabetes by improving digestion. Want to know more about benefits of curd on a diabetic person? Read our blog!


Oh, YES! HOUSEHOLD TASKS HELPS in reducing blood sugar level, so help your partner
Ordinary work such as dusting, mopping, cleaning the terrace, taking your pet for a walk, gardening etc. are moderate physical activities which can be beneficial for a person with diabetes and obviously for other people, too. These kinds of activities may help in lowering the blood sugar in a person with diabetes.

People with diabetes should participate in mild to moderate physical activity because the activity may lower blood glucose and increase overall fitness.


EAT MORE VEG
Eating a vegetarian diet consisting more of green plants helps a diabetic to have a much better blood sugar control and required less insulin. We will suggest you to consult your doctor if you are changing your diet plan. Else, you can call or contact us for any clarifications.


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