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Living with Diabetes: Food Matters

Diabetics have to learn how to control food intake in order to regulate the peaks (high) and valleys (low) of glucose concentration in their blood. The main goal is to narrow that gap.

When our blood sugar level is low, our brain will naturally send us signals telling us to eat or find sweet foods. At this point, if we eat too much or consume foods with a high glycemic index, it will turn into blood sugar too fast and elevate the peak readings to a higher level.

Conversely, your blood sugar level can become too low if you miss a meal, overdose on medication, or even after intense exercise. Signs of low blood sugar level include dizziness, sudden confusion, and sudden elevation of heartbeat and sweating. Low blood sugar levels can even lead to comas!

Workable Lifestyle Suggestions
  • Try finding food sources with a low glycemic index (slow release). Even sugar is not created equal as some have a much lower index.
  • Always carry some emergency candy or glucose tablets with you. If you experience a low sugar reaction, take them immediately.
  • Don't skip meals; eat smaller portions regularly throughout the day.
  • Have a small snack before going to bed. Include protein with carbohydrates in the snack as it will help slow down the sugar release. 
  • Consider unsweetened and unsalted nuts as a good source of protein.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption to two drinks daily.
  • Cut down on saturated fat in your diet as it could worsen blood glucose control.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal to reduce the likelihood of gum infection.
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