How to Control Diabetes With Food

Proper diet management is one of the best ways for a diabetic to keep their blood sugar levels steady. Learn about how carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels with help from a registered, licensed dietitian in this free video on diet and diabetes.

Part of the Video Series: Diets for Medical Conditions

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered, licensed dietitian here in Tampa Bay, Florida. Now, if you are diabetic, managing your diet can be one of the greatest tools you have to help keep your blood sugar steady. Carbohydrates are what directly affects our blood sugar levels and carbohydrates are found in our starches and grains, our fruits and our dairies. These just have naturally occurring sugars. So, be aware when you are consuming these foods of how much actual carbohydrate you're taking in. First and foremost, check your nutrition label. Look down to see what per serving, how many carbohydrates there is. Fifteen is going to be our magic number because that is what we can consider one exchange of a carbohydrate or one carbohydrate unit, if you will. Number fifteen is that unit exchange. So, if you have something that is 60 grams of carbohydrate, that's quite a few exchanges of carbohydrate per serving. Keep your carbohydrates consistent throughout the day, and try to consume carbohydrates higher in fiber. Our bodies don't digest fiber, and this actually helps us to slow the general digestion process in eating other foods. Slowing the digestion process is going to help those sugars come to your bloodstream a little bit slower, hopefully avoiding those extreme highs and jumps in your blood sugar levels. High fiber comes from the whole fruits and whole vegetables and whole grain products. Eating things more processed, the fiber has been removed some, and this may tend to make your blood sugar rise a little bit sooner than normal. Again, moderation is key here, and also trying to stay consistent with your carbohydrates throughout the day. Read your nutrition and facts labels to see how much carbohydrate you are having per serving, and try to keep one exchange to about fifteen grams. For more information on eating with diabetes, check out eathappy.info. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.

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