Diabetes and Diet: What Do I Eat?
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This class is sponsored by Hershey's Sugar-Free chocolates.
The good news: You have the power to influence your blood sugar levels with what you eat. The bad news: The path to eating right is not always easy to follow. On April 20, 2004 diabetes educator Karmeen Kulkarni joined us with tips and guidelines for controlling your blood sugar levels.
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In the meantime I would encourage you to eat three meals a day and keep your carbohydrate foods consistent at each meal. Carbohydrate food sources are starches and sugars -- starches like pasta, rice, bread, and cereals, and sugars like fruit, juice, milk, desserts.
Be conservative in your portion sizes. If you have a blood glucose meter, I would encourage you to do a fasting blood glucose in the morning; that is, when you wake up and you haven't eaten anything or taken any medication, do a blood glucose and that would be your blood glucose for the day. Then I would encourage you to also do a before lunch and two hours after lunch, a before dinner, and two hours after dinner blood glucose, and take that information into your appointment. Best wishes to stay healthy.
In the interim, the recommendation is not no sugar and no fat ever again, it's just reduced-sugar foods and more of a focus on low-fat choices. There are many options and many choices with some rabbit food but not all rabbit food.
Therefore, I will not recommend a specific percentage of carbohydrate for the day from the total calories. So to provide a menu based on 40% of the total calories will depend on the total calories a person plans to consume and how they want the carbohydrate distributed between the three meals and a snack.
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