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Good Bedtime Snack For Diabetics

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Does Everyone With Diabetes Need A Bedtime Snack?

Are you one of those people who get a craving for ice cream right around 10 pm? Or maybe you like to munch on potato chips when watching late night TV? Snacking before bedtime can be a guilty pleasure, but people with diabetes are often told to include it in their meal plans. Is this something that every person with diabetes really needs? Diabetes Meal Planning has Changed In the past, people who were diagnosed with diabetes were often given vague directions about meal planning, with little attention paid to their personal goals. Most people were told to have 3 meals and 3 snacks per day, without much guidance on exactly what and when to eat. Times have changed, and thankfully so have diabetes meal-planning guidelines. Nowadays, meal plans are much more flexible and individualized. Similarly, the decision to include a bedtime snack in your diet depends on many things – blood sugar levels, weight management goals, and your eating schedule. Blood sugar levels at bedtime are particularly important to look at. A study in the Journal of Diabetes Care recommends having a snack if your blood sugar is less than 126 mg/dl, but to avoid snacking if your blood sugar is higher than 180 mg/dl Continue reading >>

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  1. janet327

    What kind of snack are you suppose to eat before bedtime? I also read somewhere that not everyone needs a snack before bedtime but how do you know if you do or not?

  2. cazimere

    I always have two tablespoons of peanut butter and a piece of hard candy (root beer barrels) before bed. Try some peanut butter or some other snack and see what your meter says in the morning.

  3. susanm9006

    I am not on insulin, so I rarely have a bedtime snack. I don't need the calories and usually my blood sugar is stable enough so that it is unlikely I will go low during the night. Others have found they have a better morning number if they snack before bedtime. So you need to figure out what works best for you. If you are trying to lose weight, I would try to do without one unless you usually go low during the night without it.

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