Why People With Diabetes Should Avoid Meal Skipping
The diet industry earns about $65 million per year by helping people lose weight. If you are a constant "dieter" and are still not getting the results you need, you might be lured into trying the next step. Why not skip meals to shed pounds? You'd save money and lose weight, right? Skipping meals is definitely not the answer. In fact, skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do, especially if you have diabetes.
It's one thing to skip a meal because you are busy or something came up unexpectedly, but you should not skip meals intentionally.
The Negative Effects of Skipping Meals
If you are someone with diabetes, it is important to eat regular, balanced meals to help stabilize your blood sugars. If you take an oral diabetes medicine that tells your pancreas to make insulin or actual insulin and you delay or skip a meal, your blood sugar can drop. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)—defined as anything less than 70mg/dL—must be treated with 15g of fast-acting carbohydrate to bring blood sugars to a safe level. Low blood sugars result in taking in extra calories from sugar to pick them up. For someone who is trying to lose weight, this doesn't make sense because not only are you taking in extra calories, but you are probably feeling pretty crummy too. Frequent bouts of low blood sugar are not only dangerous but can cause weight gain.
Skipping a meal doesn't mean you can eat more later, either. For example, if you skip lunch, you shouldn't go overboard with the carbohydrates at dinner to make up for it. When you ingest a large meal, rich in carbohydrates, the body must p Continue reading