5 Ways to Stop Sugar Cravings Before They Start, Says Dietitian
There is a strong link between carbohydrates, high blood sugar and diabetes. Carbohydrates provide your body with the energy or fuel it needs to function properly.
There are two types of carbohydrates; simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are found in foods like fruit sugar, corn or grape sugar, and table sugar. They are simple sugar molecules. Complex carbohydrates are foods that contain at least three types of linked sugars. So carbs create blood sugar and that’s where the problems for diabetics start. Learn more about the connection that helps control your diabetes…
I have type 2 diabetes and am currently controlling my blood sugar with medication and diet. Blood sugar control is extremely important for any diabetic — it is the only way to minimize future health complications; heart disease; neurological disease leading to amputation; kidney disease and premature death.
Four years ago, my A1C level started getting out of control — it wasn’t terribly high but rising. My doctor increased my medication — with no really satisfying results, my blood sugar was all over the place; I can go from reading a lot at night and waking up to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) early in the morning.
Then I discovered the Atkins diet and, wanting to lose weight, I started following a low-carb, high-protein diet.
Then I discovered the real link between complex carbohydrates, high blood sugar, and my diabetes. Suddenly my blood sugar stabilizes and that’s because I’m no longer stockpiling large amounts of carbs that are pushing my blood sugar too high.
This seems to go against the conventional advice of a good diet — rich in complex carbohydrates — for diabetes. You see, I’ve realized that I should avoid sweet and sugary foods — these contain simple carbohydrates. I didn’t realize that the more complex carbs in breads, potatoes, and cereals also affected my blood sugar.
But (there’s always a ‘but’, right?) The Atkins diet really doesn’t work for me. I have constant diarrhea which makes me stressed and depressed.
So I stopped this diet after 3-months and sure enough my blood sugar started to spiral out of control again.
But now that I know the connection, all I have to do is find the right program for me that follows the low carb guidelines.
And recently, while researching my diabetes website, I found a program that works for me, which I describe in more detail about my diabetes site.
My advice to all diabetics and pre-diabetics, do your research! Understand the close connection between the complex carbohydrates you eat, how they affect your blood sugar, and how it can make it difficult to control your diabetes. Once you understand this connection, research a diet or system that you can adapt to safely control blood sugar.
Remember that too many carbohydrates (complex or simple) will lead to high blood sugar and if you have diabetes, this means your body cannot cope with the overload.