Your body needs carbs. But you want to choose wisely. Use this list as a guide.
Whole-grain flours, such as whole wheat flour
Whole grains, such as brown rice
Cereals containing whole-grain ingredients and little added sugar
Baked sweet or white potato or baked steak fries
Whole-grain flour or corn tortillas
Corn, popcorn or products made from corn
Processed grains, such as white rice
Cereals with little whole grain and lots of sugar
Fried white-flour tortillas
Vegetables and Diabetes
Most vegetables contain fiber and are naturally low in fat and sodium (unless they are canned or frozen in sauces). Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn, aren't included in this category. They are considered part of the breads, grains, and other starches group.
Fresh vegetables, eaten raw or lightly steamed, roasted, or grilled
Plain frozen vegetables, lightly steamed
Low sodium or unsalted canned vegetables
Lettuces, greens, kale, spinach, arugula
Canned vegetables with lots of added sodium
Vegetables cooked with lots of added butter, cheese, or sauce
Pickles (if you need to limit sodium; otherwise, pickles are okay)
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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