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eBook-Understanding Diabetes and Glycemic Index

Nutrition And The Glycemic Index!

Eating healthy means knowing the nutritional value of the foods we eat. Although once that only
meant vitamins and minerals, we now have a new area: the glycemic index of carbohydrates.
What this does is give us an indication of how the sugar is being used in the body, and which
carbohydrates have higher sugar content and should be restricted. Certain carbohydrates turn
to sugar more so than others, and thus create the potential for high blood sugar. Some of these
products are easy to identify such as cakes, candies, and other sweets, but it also includes
other products such as potatoes, refined white flour, white rice, and even white bread.

Learning to eat carbohydrates that have a lower glycemic index is one step toward having a
more nutritionally balanced diet. In addition, these products are more likely to keep your energy
level to be at its height of performance, thus preventing mid-morning or mid-afternoon
sluggishness that often results from skipping breakfast or consuming foods that are too rich in
quick sugars. The carbohydrates that have a lower glycemic index create slow burning energy
that keeps a person going longer in addition to maintaining that full feeling that prevents
overeating.

For the person who has had trouble with weight in the past, the switch to low glycemic index
carbohydrates will be a welcome change. Often people eat either because they need energy or
because they feel they are hungry, but the way these carbohydrates work in the body will help
with both of those issues and thus a person can eat less, maintain a high energy level, and feel
full longer between meals. It will take a little time to become used to the transition, but once you
learn new eating habits, you will not want to return to your old way of eating.

The Glycemic Index: Preventing Diabetes Through Diet

For those who are prone to diabetes, a change in diet is the best way to prevent or slow its
onset. That means the consumption of carbohydrates that have a low glycemic index so that
less sugar is being stored in the bloodstream. This, of course, will not help those who already
have diabetes, though it will certainly help keep the blood sugar level under reasonable control
– that does not mean you will be able to stop taking your medication, as that is something that is
contingent upon your personal case history and your doctor’s recommendations.

Aside from those who have diabetes in their families, another risk factor is a woman who
develops diabetes during pregnancy. Even if no one in your family has ever had the disease, if
you develop it during pregnancy, chances are higher than normal that you will develop it later in
life. The transition to a healthier way of eating and a switch to low glycemic index carbohydrates
can either prevent or delay the onset. After all, you will be gaining more energy and losing sugar
from your bloodstream, so it is reasonable to assume that diabetes will be delayed and even
prevented.

If you already have diabetes and are on medication for it, the switch to low glycemic index
carbohydrates may alleviate some of your symptoms and keep your blood sugar level under
better control. This is especially helpful for those who have found it difficult to keep it under
control with medication and diet – perhaps you are eating foods that are actually turning to
sugar in the bloodstream, which is what happens with carbohydrates that have a high glycemic
index. Reducing the amount of high glycemic index carbohydrates will definitely make a
difference in your blood sugar level and help alleviate some of the symptoms that are connected
to your diabetes...

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