When to Eat when you have Diabetes

When to Eat when you have Diabetes

When you are a diabetic sometimes when you eat is just as important as what you eat.
Keeping a steady stream of food in your system without causing high blood sugars can be
hard to do. But once you figure what works for you, you will have more flexibility and
better control of your diabetes.

It is recommended that diabetics eat many small meals throughout the day or three main
meals and three snacks in between. A typical day may go like this:

* Wake-up and have breakfast
* Mid-morning snack
* Lunch
* Mid-afternoon snack
* Dinner
* Bedtime snack

The timing in between each meal or snack should be two to three hours. This variation
will depend on what you have eaten at the previous meal, how active you have been and
what you feel like. If you are feeling hungry or light-headed and you normally wouldn’t
have eaten for another 30 minutes – don’t wait. Test your blood sugar and move up your
meal. The time it can take for you to wait the 30 minutes can be the time it takes for your
blood sugar to drop dangerously low.

The only time you may want to wait a longer period of time is between dinner and your
bedtime snack. Most times dinner is the biggest meal of the day and you will not need
food again for a longer period of time. Another reason to wait longer is to ensure that
you have enough food in your system before you go to bed to last you through the night
without your blood sugars dropping too low.

If eating this many times in a day is too much for you, consider eating smaller means and
smaller portion sizes. Eating this way (less more often) makes it easier for your body to
regulate blood glucose levels.

Diabetic Sweet Tooth – Craving Sugar

Satisfying a Diabetic Sweet Tooth

Life sometimes doesn’t seem fair – you love sweets and are known for your sweet tooth
but now that you have been diagnosed with diabetes you are afraid you can’t have them
anymore. This isn’t entirely true. Yes, if you previously indulged in many sweets you
can no longer do that (and it may be a contributing factor to way you have type 2
diabetes). But there are ways that you can satisfy your sweet tooth and stick to your
diabetic diet.

Even though sugar isn’t the only reason blood sugars raise the combination of a high-
sugar item and carbohydrates are. There are many sugar substitutes and artificial
sweeteners that are available to purchase on their own or in sweets such as chocolate and
hard candies.

Another way to add sweets into your diet is to substitute them for other carbohydrates in
a meal. If you were planning on having a tuna salad sandwich for lunch instead of having
the bread try eating the tuna on its own and use the saved carbohydrates on a cookie or
two (depending on size and serving information). This can be done with many different
variations, but should be done in moderation – your body really will function better on
those two pieces of whole wheat bread than it will on two chocolate chip cookies.

Speak with your dietician too. A dietician is full of ideas and suggestion on how to
improve your diabetic diet. He or she may have suggestions on snacks or meals that you
would not have considered to be sweet but can certainly satisfy your sweet tooth. Such
as eating a banana to satisfy a chocolate craving. As time goes on you will begin to
appreciate the natural sweet things in life too – such as a juicy apple or a fresh orange.

Diabetes Symptoms & Test Strip Buyers In VA

Diabetes Symptoms

All too often we get sick but ignore the symptoms we may be
feeling, shrugging them off to a cold, stress from work, or
just not feeling well.

There are certain symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored if
they develop. These symptoms could lead to blindness,
amputation of limbs, coma or even death.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes often come on suddenly and are
severely dramatic. The extra stress of diabetes can lead to
something called diabetic ketoacidosis.

Symptoms of ketoacidosis may include nausea and vomiting,
which may also lead to dehydration and serious problems
with the blood levels of potassium. This could lead to a
diabetic coma and ultimately death.

Other symptoms of diabetes may include extreme fatigue. We
all get tired at times, but diabetes triggers a more severe
fatigue than normal.

People with diabetes also experience unexplained weight
loss. This is because they are unable to process many of
the calories they consume. Losing sugar and water in the
urine also contributes to the weight loss.

Extreme thirst is another symptom of diabetes. Diabetes
develops high blood sugar levels and the body tries to
compensate by diluting the blood, which translates to our
brain that we are thirsty.

With this is also excessive urination. It is another way
our bodies have of getting rid of the extra sugar in our
system. But this can also lead to dehydration.

One of the hardest symptoms to deal with is poor wound
healing. Wounds heal slowly, if at all when the carrier has
diabetes. This along with infections that are not easily
remedied can attribute to ulcers and loss of limbs.

Diabetic test strips and supplies in Roanoke VA

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What happens with my test strips once they’re sold to our Roanoke test strip buyers?

Once you sell your test strips to us, we provide them to people with diabetes who for one reason or another cannot afford to buy them over the counter because of their price. Whether we sell them at a discount or donate them, we want to make sure everyone with diabetes has access to the products they need to manage their condition, regardless of their income or insurance level.
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