Keeping diabetes in check has a lot to do with the foods that one eats. Diabetics have to keep track of everything that they eat in order to keep their blood sugar at a normal level. A normal blood sugar/glucose reading for a diabetic is 70-99 mg/dL (fasting) and less than 180 mg/dL (after a meal). Did you know that there are some foods that can either help control blood sugar or that have little impact on one’s blood sugar?
Foods that can help control one’s blood sugar includes oatmeal, cinnamon, almonds, quinoa, leafy greens such as broccoli and spinach, and seafood such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, and halibut. Oatmeal is a great choice for controlling blood sugar because of the fiber. The fiber is digested more slowly, thus not causing a sudden rise in blood sugar. The seafood mentioned above has no carbohydrates, so it will not have a negative impact on blood sugar.
Seafood can be a great choice for people with diabetes because of all of the nutritional benefits that they provide. Salmon provides omega 3s, while tilapia is great for protein. Other types of seafood that are best for diabetics include cod, trout, shrimp, shellfish, canned tuna and salmon (in water), and sardines. It is best to keep the seafood to two times per week maximum.
Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cottage cheese, strawberries, and yogurt have very little impact on one’s blood sugar. People with diabetes can enjoy these foods without having to worry about a huge increase in their blood sugar levels. The main thing to remember about any food is that moderation is key. Diabetics can eat other foods than what has been mentioned, they just have to do so in moderation.
Diabetics also have to keep check on how many grams of sugar are in the foods that they eat as well as how many carbohydrates. This can be difficult and tedious to do, but the people at Everyday Health Inc. have created an app that can help diabetics stay on track. The app known as “Diabetes in Check” helps keep track of blood sugar and carbohydrates as well as manages weight and eating better.