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Top 10 Worst Foods For Diabetes

Candy Not only do high-sugar foods like candy, cookies, syrup, and soda lack nutritional value, but these low-quality carbohydrates also cause a dramatic spike in blood sugar levels and can contribute to weight gain, both of which can worsen diabetes complications. Learn to satisfy your sweet tooth by snacking on high-quality carbohydrates such as fresh fruit. Apples, berries, pears, grapes, and oranges all have sweet, juicy flavors and are packed with fiber to help slow the absorption of glucose, making them a much better choice for blood sugar control. When snacking on fruit, pair it with a protein food, such as a string cheese, nonfat yogurt, or handful of nuts, to further reduce the impact on your blood sugar. (For more sweet ideas, see my list of 20 Low-Sugar Snack ideas). Continue reading >>

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  1. stewpot

    I am prescribed 3 x 500 metformin tablets per day, to be taken one tablet with each meal. Sometimes I skip a meal (just can't face food first thing in the morning or just work through lunchtime without a break).
    I have always not taken a tablet if I miss a meal, as it tends to upset my stomach, and also (I have assumed) without food in my stomach there's nothing for the metformin to do.
    Is this the right approach or should I take metformin at meal times even if I haven't eaten?

  2. Andy HB

    Hi Stuart,
    My understanding is that metformin is best taken with food. But I think confirmation is needed from those who still use it (I haven't done so since my initial diagnosis).
    However, what I'd say to you is that you'd be better served eating regularly. Breakfast is, after all, a very important meal of the day for all sorts of reasons and skipping it is not doing you any favours. If the body doesn't receive its expected energy boost in the morning it can go into 'starvation mode' which has various effects. The body slows down making you less able to do things during the day. Also, when you do eventually eat, it is likely that you'll eat like a maniac!
    By the way, I say this because when I was younger, I too missed meals and think this was a major contributor to my eventual onset of type 2 diabetes. I often ended up having humungous meals in the evening (great! ).
    So, my advice to you is work out why you are missing meals and do something about it. That'll then solve the metformin issue and will also probably help you in other health-improving ways.

  3. Copepod

    Welcome to the forum, stewpot.
    Good advice from Andy.
    Also, remember that every pack of medicine comes with a Patient Information Leaflet, which covers questions like yours.

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