6 Ways to Wreck Your Blood Sugar Level
What not to do if you have type 2 diabetes.
6. Making Poor Food Choices
When it comes to food and blood sugar, the big mistake is not the single candy bar that you couldn’t resist, Srikanthan says. The bigger picture matters more; unhealthy eating habits, in the long term, will have a worse effect on your blood sugar.
“People think it’s a one-time diversion, but no, it’s a consistent problem that affects your test results,” she says.
The two biggest hurdles, Srikanthan says, are calories and carbohydrates. You have to control both to keep your blood sugar level steady.
“Try to be aware of what’s going into your mouth,” she says.
That means keeping a diet diary to keep track of what you are eating and reading nutrition labels so that you can calculate the proper amounts of the foods you choose to eat.
Failing to eat on a regular schedule is another common mistake. Ahmann often sees patients who miss breakfast or who are too busy during the day to notice they are hungry.
“At home that evening, they tend to lose control, eating a large dinner and then snacking throughout the evening,” he says.