February 1, 2012

Are You Allowed Sweets As A Type 2?

I almost gave this blog passing marks, until I reread it and wondered when calories had replaced carbohydrates as a measure for determining the quantity of food we eat.
Then I need to ask what are they basing “consumed adequate quantities from the recommended food groups” on in their statement. We are all in trouble if it is the USDA Plate model for nutrition.

This appears to be just another “one size fits all” blog. It would be great if this was true and then we could probably agree on more issues in caring for diabetes. In the real world outside the medical community and especially the world of the American Diabetes Association, individual variances are common and must be allowed.

Yes, we need to be concerned about the number of calories we consume on a daily basis to avoid increasing our weight, but carbohydrates are the rule of consumption for people with diabetes, be they medications free, using oral medications, or using insulin.

The blog is correct when it says, “We now know that both sugar and starch can raise blood glucose. In fact, some starches can raise blood glucose more quickly than some sugary foods. For example, white bread will elevate blood glucose more quickly than a chocolate chip cookie containing equal amounts of carbohydrates.”

Calories or carbohydrates all can be measured on a bell curve. Some people with diabetes are able to eat the average and have no problems with weight gain or blood glucose levels. Other people have problems and must consume less than the average calories and carbohydrates while there are some that can consume more than the average. This has to be based on the body chemistry of the individual, the condition of their pancreas and the lifestyle of the individual.

So please keep this in mind when you read blogs that generalize like this one. If you wish to have treats, as in sweets, make sure that you have made allowances for them

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