So let us start by looking at the mistakes most diabetic make to ride the roller coaster of the disease and it’s traditional solutions. The following mistakes and it’s solutions should help you get off this ride and back to normal!
3 COMMON MISTAKES TYPE II DIABETICS MAKE:
- COUNTING CARBS: Remember diabetes is a condition where your body is unable to utilize blood sugar that comes readily from carbohydrate rich food. When we eat carbohydrates the insulin should work to push the glucose into cells for utilization. When your body is not responding to food normally due to decreased activity of your own insulin, or decreased response by your cells to insulin, eating carbohydrate rich foods is sure to set you up for failure. The question then asked is “since I take medications to reduce my sugars should I not eat something to keep my sugar stable?” The truth is all foods we eat become calories. So just eating real food is what should be recommended.
- EATING FREQUENT SMALL MEALS
This is sure to set you up for fluctuations you can never control.
Let’s look at this by first seeing what is “real food”?
Food which has one ingredient like vegetables and fruits, unprocessed meats (chicken fish, turkey, lamb, wild game meat)
Unfortunately eating sausage, bacon, whole grain bread and whole wheat pasta no sugar yogurt, diet pop can all get the sugar to go up as they can cause a stress response (increase cortisol) when energy is not readily available from these foods. Chasing sugars with medications or synthetic insulin creates the highs and lows that we see in most diabetics.
So having real food 2 to 3 good meals a day would suffice.
- EATING CANDY AND DRINKING JUICE WHEN BLOOD SUGARS ARE LOW.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO INSTEAD?
When you eat candy or juice to raise your blood sugars then once again you will be over shooting the target and create another roller coaster ride to keep sugars in the normal range. Instead request that you get glucose pills. Glucose pills can give from 15 grams to 50 grams of glucose. In diabetics who use insulin talking to your doctor about getting the hormone glucagon is an option.
So in summary:
- EAT REAL FOOD. THIS MEANS EATING PLENTY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS (WHICH ARE CARBS YOU NEED TO BE TAKING) AND GOOD QUALITY PROTEIN.
- EAT GOOD BALANCED MEALS WITH ¾ OF THE PLATE WITH VEGETABLES, LEAN PROTEIN ¼ OF THE PLATE , GRAINS IF YOU NEED :UNREFINED.
- HAVE 6 TO 8 HOURS BETWEEN MEALS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND RESPOND TO HUNGER
- WHEN BLOOD SUGARS GO LOW: TREAT BY USING GLUCOSE PILLS THEN EVALUATE WHAT CAUSED BLOOD SUGARS TO GO DOWN? FOOD ?ACTIVITY TOO MUCH INSULIN TOO LITTLE FOOD?
Get to the root cause of all issues and not just react to it.
Rebuild your health and not react to symptoms. Stop diabetes from taking over your life and health!
Dr. Nisha Chellam M.D ABIHM, Internal Medicine