November is American Diabetes Month , and all month long, MountainView Hospital is working to raise awareness about this disease to help prevent the wide range of health issues associated with it. Knowing the facts about diabetes can help you prevent the onset of type-II diabetes or manage your blood sugar when you have been diagnosed with this condition. Nutrition is a key player in the management of diabetes , so here are some basic tips to help you eat right every day.
Keep a food diary
Not only should you know what to eat, but you should know how much of it you are eating. You will want to eat small meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar steady, so write down what you eat when you eat it to keep track. You are less likely to overeat or eat too much of a certain type of food when you can see your daily food intake recorded clearly in front of you.
Focus on fresh foods
Processed food can be highly problematic if you have diabetes, because it typically has more salt, sugar, and fats than you might suspect. You will also get less nutrition from foods that have been processed than you would get from fresh food alternatives. When possible, prepare your meals from scratch using a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep you full and satisfied.
Go for complex carbs
Knowing your sugars is valuable for diabetes nutrition, and this means recognizing what sources of carbohydrates are the best options. You want to opt for whole grains as opposed to enriched and processed ones, as whole grains are higher in fiber and minerals that will take longer for your body to process. Simple carbohydrates like white bread will be processed quickly by your digestive system, so choosing these options can cause your blood sugar to fluctuate more dramatically.
For a better understanding of diabetes nutrition and blood sugar management, visit MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. We offer regular Adult Diabetes Classes that are a free service of our H2U program. Learn more about these classes on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.