How Low Carbohydrate Diets Help Manage Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month®. This is a critical time to educate the public about the widespread impact of the disease. For example, diabetes affects tens of millions of people in the U.S., and more than 400 million people worldwide. American Diabetes month is also the perfect opportunity to alert people with diabetes about the latest and most effective ways to manage their condition.

Limiting carbs to manage diabetes

Finding your ideal carb intake is an individual journey, since everyone has a unique response to carbs. The amount you consume per day can depend on factors such as your activity level and the types of medications you’re taking.

One way to calculate a healthy number of carbohydrates per day is to measure your blood glucose with a meter before a meal, and again one to two hours after eating. Ideally, working with a nutrition-focused team of physicians is the most effective means of determining your daily carb intake.

Healthy, efficient, low-carb foods

Here are some foods to help you keep your carbs low and your nutrition and protein high during every meal:

  • Meat, poultry and seafood
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, greens, tomatoes, beets, asparagus, celery and many more)
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Olive oil, coconut oil, butter, cream, sour cream and cream cheese

Make the most of your carbs

During the fall and winter months, it’s tempting to eat comfort foods. Enjoy, but make those carbs count by choosing the most nutrient-dense foods and keeping your portions small. Here are a few ways to get the most from carbohydrates:

  • Avoid sugary drinks like regular soda, sweet tea, fruit punch and sports drinks
  • Eat fresh, whole fruit instead of drinking juice
  • Go for sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes
  • Choose whole grain breads and whole wheat pasta instead of white bread and regular pasta
  • Eat whole grain oatmeal instead of processed cereals
  • Try brown rice or barley in soups, stews and salads instead of white rice.

Specialized nutritional guidance for diabetes and total well-being

At the Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss in Sacramento, our board-certified physicians and nutrition and behavioral specialists are here to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Whether you are living with diabetes or another chronic disease such as obesity, our advanced, customized medical solutions for weight loss can help you live your best life.

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