Glycemic Index: What's It All About?
Good carbohydrates, bad carbohydrates. Low glycemic index, high glycemic index. A great tool to help you manage diabetes or lose weight. You might have heard all these statements associated with the glycemic index. What is this glycemic index all about? Is it worth considering as a way to help you control your blood sugar levels?
The Glycemic Index: Food’s Impact on Blood Sugar in Diabetes
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Blurred or distorted vision or difficulty reading that does not
Macular edema or other changes in the retina cause
these symptoms. Temporary vision problems can crop up when your blood sugar
level is high.
The only sign of
diabetic nephropathy in its early stage is tiny
amounts of protein in your urine (microalbuminuria). A urine test for protein
is the only way to identify this problem. Frothy or foamy urine can be a sign
of excess protein. As kidney disease gets worse, you may have:
Swelling (edema) in your feet and legs and, if severe, throughout
Tingling, numbness, tightness, burning, or shooting or stabbing
pain in the feet, hands, or other parts of your body. Usually, symptoms start
in the toes and are worse in the evening. Bone and joint deformities can
develop, especially of the feet (Charcot foot and/or foot drop).
Reduced feeling or numbness, most often in the feet.
Reduced sweating, especially in your feet and legs.
Greatly reduced or greatly increased sense of pain from a light
touch or change in temperature.
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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