Weight Loss & Diet
Quick: can you name a food that bumps up blood sugar? Some examples are white pasta and white rice. White bread is another example. Here is another question - Can you name a food that may lower diabetes risk? You may be surprised to learn that pasta, bread, and rice may be correct answers, with a caveat.
Do diabetes and rice mix? Will eating rice raise your A1C and blood sugar levels if you have diabetes? Does rice cause type 2 diabetes? Here is what you need to know about how rice can affect blood sugar and insulin, and how you can make rice a healthy part of your life.
Unlike sugars and starches, fiber does not pile on the calories and spiking your blood sugar. Instead, fiber benefits can include stabilizing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol levels, and improving digestion. With all those benefits of fiber, it is unfortunate that the average American consumes barely half the recommended amount of 28 grams per day for a 2,000-calorie diet.
With diabetes, there are even more reasons to eat breakfast. Skipping it can lead to hypoglycemia. In addition, skipping breakfast can reduce your body’s insulin response. Both of these effects lead to overall higher blood sugar - the opposite of what you want! But what if fast food is your only choice?
What you eat is one of the most important factors in controlling diabetes, so avoiding fast food may be a priority. Still, fast food is almost sure to be an occasional or regular part of life since it is so convenient and great-tasting. The good news is that eating fast food with diabetes can be healthy if you make better choices.
Weight loss, increasing physical activity, and eating well can be all it takes to improve blood sugar levels, and what better place to start than with breakfast? A healthy prediabetes breakfast can stabilize blood sugar and improve insulin action for hours, and it need not take hours to prepare. Here are five easy breakfast ideas to try if you have prediabetes.
When looking for chocolate that is good for diabetes, your best options are baking (unsweetened) cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate, also called unsweetened baking chocolate. Cocoa is power is lower in fat and calories, but unsweetened chocolate can be more satisfying because of its richness.
Whole-grain oatmeal, in particular, shows up often on lists of superfoods, but is oatmeal gluten-free? Here is what you should know about oatmeal and gluten-free diets.
Can I drink alcohol with diabetes? You might be asking this common question if you have diabetes or prediabetes. Alcoholic beverages can affect your blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, and drinking alcohol can have short-term and long-term consequences.