Effectively managing diabetes means effectively managing blood sugar levels. Accomplishing that goal takes commitment, thoughtfulness, and vigilance. More specifically, controlling blood sugar levels is a matter of regular, consistent monitoring of those levels as well as eating the right foods, at the right times, in the right amount.
A healthy diet is an absolute necessity for anyone living with diabetes. What you put into your body plays an oversize role in the amount of glucose you have in your bloodstream. Therefore, a well-balanced and diabetes-friendly diet can be the key to keeping diabetes in check.
How Different Foods Affect Blood Sugar Levels
Four primary nutrients directly impact blood sugar levels:
- Carbohydrates (the sugars, starches, and fiber in food)
Carbs have the biggest effect on blood sugar levels and elevate blood sugar levels faster than proteins or fats, while protein, fat, and fiber may curb the rise of blood sugar levels after a meal.
Given these dueling effects, eating a diet that provides a balanced mixture of all four nutrients is the best way to keep your levels on the level. But not all carbs and fats are created equal. Avoid empty carbohydrates as well as saturated and trans fats and instead include ample amounts of the following in your diet:
- Whole grains
- Fish like salmon and tuna
- Apple cider vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil and canola oil
Other Aspects Of Healthy Diabetic Eating
Other considerations for healthy diabetic eating include:
- Limiting foods that are high in added sugar
- Eat three meals a day at regular intervals
- Eating smaller portions, spread out over the day
- Staying aware of the amount of carbs you eat and when you eat them
- Eating less fat
- Limiting alcohol use
- Using less salt
- Monitoring blood sugar levels after each meal
People with diabetes come in all ages, sizes, and from all walks of life. They each have their own unique tastes, lifestyles, and health goals. One of the best things you can do when putting together a diabetes diet is to meet with a registered dietitian who can help you based on your particular circumstances and needs, and can discuss how you can improve your eating habits.
Monitoring Glucose Levels As Part Of Your Healthy Lifestyle
As noted, regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is an essential complement to a healthy diet in managing diabetes. While pricking a finger multiple times a day has been the prevailing method to monitor glucose levels, it is also an inconvenient and uncomfortable process. Fortunately, for many people with diabetes, a new, proven, tested, and reliable alternative is available that can make finger pricking a thing of the past.
Traditional glucose monitoring involves pricking a finger multiple times a day to test blood samples, an inconvenient and uncomfortable burden. Now, however, technology has provided those with diabetes a more accurate and easier way to keep track of their blood sugar levels.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a transceiver device that helps those with diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels 24 hours a day without any need to interrupt their day to obtain a sample.
CGM has easy-to-use features that can help each person proactively record and track glucose levels—as well as provide valuable insights on data that helps manage exercise, meals, and daily health status.
Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.