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The Best And Worst Foods To Eat In A Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Following a type 2 diabetes diet doesn’t mean you have to give up all the things you love — you can still enjoy a wide range of foods and, in some cases, even help reverse type 2 diabetes. Indeed, creating a diet for diabetes is a balancing act: It includes a variety of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The trick is ultimately choosing the right combination of foods that will help keep your blood sugar level in your target range and avoid big swings that can cause diabetes symptoms — from the frequent urination and thirst of high blood sugar to the fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and mood changes of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The Basics of the Type 2 Diabetes Diet: What Should You Eat? To follow a healthy diet for type 2 diabetes, you must first understand how different foods affect your blood sugar. Carbohydrates, which are found to the largest degree in grains, bread, pasta, milk, sweets, fruit, and starchy vegetables, are broken down into glucose in the blood faster than other types of food, which raises blood sugar, potentially leading to hyperglycemia. Protein and fats do not directly impact blood sugar, but both should be consumed in moderation to keep calo Continue reading >>

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  1. Chatty Kathy

    I have PCOS and insulin resistance for >25 yrs. Now test results have changed. What is going on?

    Hi, I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and have been insulin resistant for over 25 years. Unfortunately, I understood that eating a low fat diet would help insulin resistance by keeping my weight down and would help my elevated tryglyceride level, and high LDL level. I understand now that a low fat diet generally means the amount of carbohydrates consumed are too high, which is not good for insulin resistance or for cholesterol problems. For the past two years I have been following a low glycemic index diet to help my insulin resistance. Also, I have been on Metformin for 12 years. I just had a fasting blood test for cholesterol insulin. I was shocked to see the lab results that my Home Care nurse gave me. My LDL is normal now, but my HDL is too low at 0.82 mmolL and my insulin level is 17.5 pmol/L. I know that my insulin level is not the norm for insulin resistance. What I would really like to know is, is my insulin level too low now? If it is, what does that mean for me? Do you know what further tests I should have? I appreciate all the help I can get. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow to discuss my test results.

  2. User2013

    Welcome Chatty Kathy.
    From what I understand your insulin level is not too low. I would get a copy of your labs if you don't already have one but the high end around my neck of the woods is 29, as for the low I am only guessing is around 2-3 or below.
    Are you on meds for cholesterol? Could there be a mistake on the HDL, don't think I have ever heard of one being so low. Mine dropped 10 points with all of my other numbers which I am pleased about but not the HDL. Do you know what your trigly are?
    Are you testing? You might want to talk to your doctor about that. Our bodies have a way of changing and it can get maddening.

  3. Lynnw

    Your insulin level seems good to me, for a fasting level. Do you ever check your blood glucose levels? If your insulin is that low and your blood glucose is in a good range, you may have gotten rid of your insulin resistance. I'll be interested to hear what your doctor says.
    Your HDL, though, is VERY low. Many people here have found that eating a low carb/higher fat diets raises HDL; it did for me.

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