7 Good Habits to Give Up for Type 2 Diabetes
You know managing type 2 diabetes isn't just about taking medicine. So you've been trying to make better food and lifestyle choices. But figuring out what's healthy and what isn't can be confusing.
Take these habits. They may seem like they're good for you, but they could actually be sabotaging your efforts.
The supermarket is full of things that appear to be diabetes-friendly because they don't have added sugar. But many have sugar substitutes that contain carbs. That means they have the potential to send your blood sugar levels soaring.
Before you put something in your cart, check the nutrition facts to see how many grams of carbs are in each serving and how much sugar is added.
2. Swapping meals for meal replacement bars
Losing weight can help, and meal replacement bars may seem like an easy way to slim down.
Many meal replacement products are aimed at athletes. So they can be high in calories. Others contain ingredients like sugar alcohols (sorbitol and mannitol, for example), which can cause stomach trouble.
Occasionally, munching on a bar for breakfast when you're pressed for time is OK as long as you pay attention to the nutrition info. But it's smarter to stick with real meals.
3. Loading up on vitamins and supplements
A diet with lots of fruits and vegetables should give you all the nutrients you need. A multivitamin may help fill in the gaps, but it still can't match the real thing -- food.
Some people take supplements like cinnamon or chromium to try to keep their blood sugar levels stable. It's unclear whether these work. If you choose to try them -- Continue reading