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5 Myths About Diabetes Diet, Testing, And Management Category: Diabetes by - June 26, 2013 | Views: 89316 | Likes: 1 | Comment: 0  

Myth #3: The Diabetes Diet Is All I Need To Control My Diabetes

Meal planning for diabetes is probably the most important foundation you need for glucose control, but diabetes management is profoundly more complex than that! Unless you understand the other factors that affect your glucose and know how to counteract them, you will likely have problems managing your diabetes. And diabetes mistakes can be expensive!

Glucose is in the blood for the expressed purpose of providing energy whenever it is needed. We get hungry every four to five hours because energy is constantly being used and our glucose levels continually decline. Once we eat food, blood glucose is restored and we’re good to go. At least, that’s the way it works for most people. Having diabetes changes this process.

The diabetic body has difficulty keeping glucose levels in the safe zone without outside help. For instance, if you eat too much food, glucose levels rise above standard. If you forget to eat, your body may not be able to pull from storage sources to restore glucose to normal. Many factors affect glucose levels. Glucose readings rise when you eat, have an infection, or are under physical or emotional stress. On the flip side, low blood glucose results from taking too much diabetes medicine, forgetting to eat on time, or not properly juggling physical activity with food intake. There are also several syndromes that can lead to glucose fluctuations.

To manage your diabetes and prevent body damage, there is much you need to know. With advances taking place all the time, it is a national standard of care that people with diabetes and pre-diabetes receive Diabetes Self-Management Training (a ten-hour class) every five years to obtain essential instruction.


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