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Diabetic Diet: Foods That Raise Your Blood Sugar Levels

There is no single diabetes diet, meal plan, or diet that is diabetes-friendly that can serve as a correct meal plan for all patients with diabetes (type 2, gestational, or type 1 diabetes). Glycemic index, carbohydrate counting, the MyPlate method, and the TLC diet plan are all methods for determining healthy eating habits for diabetes management. The exact type and times of meals on a diabetic meal plan depend upon a person's age and gender, how much exercise you get and your activity level, and the need to gain, lose, or maintain optimal weight. Most diabetic meal plans allow the person with diabetes to eat the same foods as the rest of the family, with attention to portion size and timing of meals and snacks. Eating a high-fiber diet can help improve blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Glycemic index is a way to classify carbohydrates in terms of the amount that they raise blood sugar. High glycemic index foods raise blood sugar more than lower index foods. Some patients with type 2 use supplements as complementary medicine to treat their disease. However, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of supplements in treating the diseas Continue reading >>

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  1. puneet

    Indian style boiled and drained rice

    Hi,
    I have just been diagnosed as diabetic and have been reading some messages here. One of the things I read is that many have said stay of rice. I belive that is because of starch.
    At my home, I am Indian, we cook rice by boiling it in water and then draining off the starch water. That way, the rice has very little starch left.
    I would like to know if this is ok to eat or should I also avoid rice cooked like this.
    Regards
    Puneet

  2. Nicoletti

    Originally Posted by puneet
    Hi,
    I have just been diagnosed as diabetic and have been reading some messages here. One of the things I read is that many have said stay of rice. I belive that is because of starch.
    At my home, I am Indian, we cook rice by boiling it in water and then draining off the starch water. That way, the rice has very little starch left.
    I would like to know if this is ok to eat or should I also avoid rice cooked like this.
    Regards
    Puneet I don't eat rice because it is high in carbohydrates; it doesn't matter if you rinse or drain it; rice has a lot of carbohydrates which will raise your blood sugar. I would say, yes, it will probably be better for you not to eat rice, potatoes, dried beans, fruit or anything with a substantial amount of carbohydrates. I keep my carbs to about 30 grams per day.
    Nicole

  3. Rad Warrier

    Originally Posted by puneet
    Hi,
    I have just been diagnosed as diabetic and have been reading some messages here. One of the things I read is that many have said stay of rice. I belive that is because of starch.
    At my home, I am Indian, we cook rice by boiling it in water and then draining off the starch water. That way, the rice has very little starch left.
    I would like to know if this is ok to eat or should I also avoid rice cooked like this.
    Regards
    Puneet Draining the water does not 'drain away' the carbohydrates to any significant extent.
    In my opinion, you don't have to avoid any food item if it doesn't raise your blood sugar to higher than normal levels. Limit the intake of rice, fruits or any carbohydrate rich food items such that after one hour of food, your BG (blood glucose) level does not go above 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL) and after two hours the BG goes below 6.6 mmol/L (120 mg/dL).
    I take a good amount of fruits every day. My rice consumption is also not very insignificant.
    You must also ensure that your carbohydrate intake does not cause hyperinsulinemia (higher than normal amounts of insulin circulating in the blood). One simple and practical way for most diabetics to avoid hyperinsulinemia is to limit carbohydrate intake to a level that does not cause your triglycerides levels to go beyond that recommended for diabetics.
    Regards,
    Rad

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